We are healthcare professionals dedicated to helping people with neuromuscular disease and other causes of breathing muscle weakness live happier and healthier lives by promoting noninvasive ventilatory support strategies.


John R. Bach, MD

Core Team Member, Medical Director

Dr. Bach is a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, professor of neurosciences, the director of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic, and medical director of the Center for Ventilator Management Alternatives. He has over 400 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and 7 medical textbooks on neuromuscular and pulmonary medicine and has lectured on these topics in over 60 countries.

Michael Chiou, MD

Core Team Member, Operations Director

Dr. Chiou completed his medical education at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where he also completed his preliminary training, before moving on to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency. He has  research interests in brain injury medicine and pulmonary rehabilitation of unweanable ventilator-dependent patients.

Lou Saporito, BA, RRT

Core Team Member, Technical Director

Lou is a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) with over 40 years of experience. He created many of the noninvasive respiratory management techniques that permit people to avoid respiratory failure, hospitalization, intubation, tracheostomy tubes, institutionalization, and lifelong nursing care. He has been the technical director for the New Jersey Center for Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation since 1992.

YOUR translation TEAM

María Victoria Herrero


the BreatheNVS app

BreatheNVS is a website that will explain to you and your physicians the noninvasive ventilatory techniques that can be used to assist breathing muscle function.

Coming Soon!

BreatheBB is a community forum where ask you can questions, discuss concerns, discover insightful advice, contribute to community discussion, and share experiences.

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The information contained within this application is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice and is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think that you are having a medical emergency, immediately call 911 or the number for the local emergency ambulance service. The BreatheNVS website is an ongoing project and we will continue to bring you new resources and information.


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