Editorial Advisory Board
The members of our Editorial Advisory Board are prominent private practitioners and academics who provide the editorial team with insight into the latest trends and controversies in sleep medicine. If you’re interested in joining the board, please email editor Sree Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy J. Aronsky, DO, FAASM
Aronsky is a board-certified pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine specialist. She is also board certified in behavioral sleep medicine. She has 16 years of clinical experience in sleep medicine and DME. Currently, she serves as medical director for CareCentrix, where she oversees utilization management and clinical policy development. She was previously medical director for quality for the state of Pennsylvania and she has worked with CMS to develop alternate payment models. Aronsky continues her long-standing participation in the American Medical Association Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) and Relative Value Scale Update (RUC) committees, where she serves as primary advisor. She previously served as a director for American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She is also pursuing her MBA.
Gregory W. Bernard, DC, RPSGT
HealthPartners/Regions Hospital, MN
Whitney Sleep Centers, MN
Allina Sleep Center, River Falls Area Hospital, WI
Gregory Bernard is an RPSGT who does consulting with ExamWorks and serves as a sleep technologist with HealthPartners. He is also the owner of Island Chiropractic.
Allen Boone, RPSGT, RST, CCRC
Columbia, South Carolina
A University of Toledo graduate, he is credentialed as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT), Registered Sleep Technologist (RST), and Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC). He has previously been with Sleep Sciences’ The Institute of Sleep Medicine at Birmingham (AL) and HealthSouth Corp. Mr. Boone is currently an associate clinical director for SleepMed, Inc. (SC), where he is responsible for data and project management of clinical pharmaceutical trials, as well as sleep-related educational materials. He currently serves as a director-at-large on the AAST Board of Directors and is a frequent speaker at regional and national meetings.
Michael J. Breus, PhD, DABSM
Breus is a clinical psychologist and both a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He the author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep, which discussing the science and relationship between quality sleep and metabolism. His first book, Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health, an Amazon Top 100 Best Seller, continues to change the lives of readers. It is available in paperback as Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep. For over 14 years, Dr. Breus has served as the Sleep Expert for WebMD. He writes The Insomnia Blog, which also posts regularly on WebMD, The Huffington Post, DrOz.com, and Psychology Today, as well as other popular web sites, making it one of the most widely read blogs about sleep and health in the world.
Daniel B. Brown, Esq
Taylor English Duma LLP
Daniel B. Brown is an experienced corporate and healthcare lawyer representing a wide range of health industry clients in regulatory, corporate, franchising, and financing matters. He brings an established practice consisting of physician practices, diagnostic centers, durable medical equipment suppliers, dental practices, telemedicine providers, reference laboratories, ambulatory surgical centers, and medical device manufacturers, among others.
Brown regularly assists clients in structuring their transactions and operations compliant with the Stark, Anti-Kickback, HIPAA, Civil Monetary Penalties, and other applicable government and third party payor requirements. Brown specializes in sleep medicine and durable medical equipment suppliers, and is a frequent speaker and author in this field. He was formerly the founder and managing shareholder of The Daniel Brown Law Group LLC.
Todd M. Eiken, RPSGT
Mays and Associates Inc
St Paul, Minnesota
Todd Eiken has over 25 years of experience in the field of sleep disorders medicine and extensive experience in health services administration with an emphasis in multi-disciplinary sleep disorders centers. He has served as director for several accredited full-service sleep centers, program director for national training programs for physicians and technologists, director of durable medical equipment operations specializing in NCPAP therapy, and director of numerous outreach sleep diagnostic programs including in-home portable monitoring. His history of extensive involvement in professional activities includes exam development for the Board of Polysomnography Technologists for over 10 years, as well as education committee chair, director at large and president of the American Association of Sleep Technologists. His current research interests include PSG sensor development and alternative monitoring methods and medical equipment evaluation and validation.
Michael E. Garrison, RPSGT
Garrison Sleep Education Services
Overland Park, Kansas
Garrison is adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College, where he teaches students who are earning two-year associate degrees in polysomnography. He is also owner of Garrison Sleep Education Services and director of education at somniTech Inc.
Edward served as the executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association from 2004 to 2014. During his tenure he contributed significantly to raising the visibility of the condition and the work of the association. Currently he is consulting on sleep apnea and non-profit governance.
Kathryn Hansen, BS, REEGT, CPC
Kentucky Sleep Society
Kathryn is executive director of the Kentucky Sleep Society. She serves as a senior advisor to Sleep Center Management Institute. In 2014, she presented in the Sleep Review webcast “Cashing in on Home Sleep Testing.”
Henry L. Johns, BS, RPSGT, CRT, CPFT
VA Eastern Kansas Health System
Johns serves as manager, coordinator, and point of contact for the highly specialized in and outpatient departments within the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System as follows: respiratory care, pulmonary function, sleep lab, non-invasive cardiac labs, and neurodiagnostic laboratories. He is responsible for the clinical administration of specialized outpatient programs on two campuses.
Barry Krakow, MD
Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences Ltd
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Barry Krakow, MD, started in sleep research in 1988 and helped pioneer innovative therapies for chronic nightmare patients. Since 1995, he has practiced sleep medicine full-time and currently operates Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences, Ltd., a private sleep medical center specializing in the treatment of sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea in mental health patients. He is also principal investigator of the Sleep & Human Health Institute, a non-profit research center that focuses on the complex interplay between physiological and psychological sleep disorders. Dr. Krakow’s groundbreaking book, Sound Sleep, Sound Mind (2007) describes in depth the Sleep Dynamic Therapy model of clinical sleep medicine, which aids patients and sleep professionals to recognize the critical value of concurrent assessments and treatments for both the mental and physical components rooted within the vast majority of sleep disorders. In 2013, Dr Krakow joined Classic SleepCare, LLC, as paid medical director, a credit to the company’s innovative and unique business model that focuses on sleep-related DME.
Robert Lindsey, MS, RSPGT
Employed by Piedmont Healthcare, of Atlanta, Georgia, Lindsey joined Sleep Review’s editorial advisory board in 2004. He is the service line director for neurophysiology and sleep services of Piedmont Atlanta and Piedmont Mountainside Hospitals. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he graduated with a Master of Science degree in 1987. In May 1988, he joined the Human Resources staff of Memorial Hospital (CHI) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After working in HR for 3 years, he changed careers and began a career in sleep medicine in 1991 at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was a night technologist from 1991 to 1998. Since 1998, he has directed and managed large sleep disorders and neurophysiology programs, varying from 14 to 22 beds across distant service areas as well as serving as the program director of the Tennessee Academy for Sleep Medicine, (A-STEP accredited) from 2007-2011. His special area of interest is isolated sleep paralysis.
Daniel Loube, MD, FACP, FCCP
Providence Medical Group
Dr. Loube is a physician with Providence Medical Group.
Robert McCoy, BS, RRT, FAARC
Valley Inspired Products Inc
Apple Valley, Minnesota
McCoy is managing director of Valley Inspired Products Inc., a research, testing and consulting company that focuses on home respiratory care products and services. The goal of the company is to evaluate new products and services to determine the most appropriate medical solution for the home respiratory patient at the lowest overall cost. He is also owner of VallyAire Respiratory Services, a contract respiratory services company that provides educational and clinical services to the local community.
Edward D. Michaelson, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM
Diplomate in Sleep Medicine (ABIM)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Dr. Michaelson is board certified in pulmonary medicine, internal medicine, and sleep medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and is a member of Sigma Xi. He serves as medical director for sleep testing facilities. He has advised manufacturers on development of sleep testing devices and has developed add-on applications for sleep study interpretation software. He appears regularly as a guest on nationally broadcast XM radio talk shows for the trucking industry. Dr. Michaelson has developed a cost effective total sleep apnea solution, which provides home sleep testing, CPAP, and compliance monitoring to physicians, dentists, insurance companies, municipalities, and the commercial transportation industry on a local or national basis.
Pamela Minkley, RRT, CPFT, RPSGT
Sleep & Alertness Services LLC
Pam has over 35 years’ experience in dentistry, oral surgery, respiratory care and sleep medicine, and technology. She has served in many capacities with the AAST (APT) including as president and with the BRPT currently as a content expert. Her employment has included management, technical, educational, research, clinical, and industry roles. Pam currently serves the Sleep Apnea Patient Centered Outcomes Research (SAPCON) group as a patient recruiter for the MyApnea.Org sleep apnea patient centered outcomes research network. The groundbreaking group is tasked with enrolling over 50,000 patients and professional to participate in patient-driven outcomes research over the next 10+ years. Pam holds credentials in respiratory care, polysomnography, clinical sleep health, and pulmonary function testing. She is a national and international speaker and educator in clinical sleep medicine and technology.
Shari Angel Newman, RST, RPSGT
Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Spartanburg Regional Medical Center started its sleep medicine program in 1985, making it one of the oldest sleep centers in our country. Newman is privileged to have been a part of this program for 27 of these years of service serving as manager for 22 of those years. The staff consists of highly trained sleep technologists and physicians from pulmonary, cardiology, neurology, and ENT specialties.
Joseph Ojile, MD, FCCP, DABSM
Clayton Sleep Institute
St Louis, Missouri
Dr. Joseph Ojile is the founder and chief executive officer of Clayton Sleep Institute (CSI), a sleep medicine clinical and research organization that includes branded and non-branded sleep clinics, an insomnia center, and a research center. He is president of the Clayton Sleep Research Foundation, which produces an annual national conference, Updates in Sleep Medicine. Dr. Ojile also serves as clinical professor of Internal Medicine for Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is a member of the board of directors of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), and serves as chair of the NSF subcommittee on continuing medical education. For the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Dr. Ojile serves on the Practice Development Committee and in the Technology Evaluation Group. Dr. Ojile is a member of the AASM, a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a member of the American Thoracic Society, and a member of the American Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Ojile is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pulmonary Diseases, and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.
Don A. Pantino, DDS, DABDSM
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
A graduate of Northwestern University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Pantino has worked in conjunction with area physicians, sleep centers, and sleep specialists to provide treatment for patients diagnosed with sleep-disordered breathing. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in the field of dental sleep medicine and has appeared on TV, radio, and presented lectures to dentists, physicians, and patient groups. He is an associate clinical professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, where he developed and teaches the curriculum on dental sleep medicine and is actively involved in research. He holds several patents on devices and methods used in the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing.
Emmanuel Joel Porquez, BS, RST/RPSGT, CCSH
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology
Joel Porquez, BS, RST/RPSGT, CCSH is the founder & principal of Sleepkidzzz. Joel is an experienced polysomnographer with an educational background including a doctor of medicine degree from the Philippines. His credential in Clinical Sleep Health from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) reflects his dedication to educating patients/families, practitioners, and the community in pediatric sleep. Over the past 10 years, Joel has lectured in pediatric courses, Physician Board Reviews, Technician’s Board Reviews, Technician’s A-Step Programs, pediatric scoring classes and dental seminars. The majority of teaching endeavors have been in affiliation with the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine & Technology and at local, regional, and national conferences. He is a published author in medical journals, guest lecturer at Georgia State University, and Technical Board Member for the Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals. Joel has also worked in sleep research, participating in numerous pharmaceutical protocols.
Michael Rack, MD
Reggie White Sleep Disorder Centers
Dr. Michael Rack completed a combined internal medicine/psychiatry residency at West Virginia University-Morgantown in 2002 and a sleep fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2003. After several years as a faculty member at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a brief tenure as head of its Sleep Fellowship program, Dr. Rack entered private practice in Jackson, MS. He is currently surviving the bankruptcy of Reggie White Sleep Disorders Centers in northern Mississippi and pursuing the clinical aspects of sleep medicine with a new passion.
Russell E. Rozensky, RRT-SDS, RPSGT, CPFT, MS
The State University of New York
Stony Brook, New York
Stony Brook Professor Rozensky earned a bachelor of science degree in Respiratory Care, a master of science degree in Healthcare Policy and Management, and an advanced certificate in Health Care Management at Stony Brook University. Russ started his career as a respiratory therapist at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. He was later trained in polysomnographic technology and opened the sleep laboratory at the hospital, where he was later promoted to supervisor. Russ joined the Respiratory Care Program at Stony Brook University in 2001 as an adjunct faculty member and in 2005 he accepted a full-time faculty position. He has served as the program director for the Polysomnographic Technology Program since 2009 and is currently working to convert that program from a non-credit certificate program to a bachelor’s degree program. Professor Rozensky has been a member of the board of directors for the New York State Society for Respiratory Care Southeastern Chapter and is a site visitor for CoARC, specializing in polysomnography accreditation.
Muhammad Sayed, MD, RST, ABDA, RPSGT, CHCQM
Cascade Valley Sleep Disorders Center
Sayed has completed fellowships in both neuro-imaging and stroke research from SUNY at Buffalo, New York. He also completed fellowships in both Healthcare Policy at the US Congress Health Committee in Washington, DC with late Senator Edward Kennedy, and a sleep medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. He has given presentations on various sleep disorders topics in many countries and cities across the US. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), the American Academy of Sleep Technologist (AAST), The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), The American Institute for Healthcare Quality (AIHQ) and the American Medical Association (AMA) where he has obtained his Physician Recognition Award (PRA) with Commendation.
Carlos H. Schenck, MD
Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center and
Hennepin County Medical Center
University of Minnesota Medical School
Dr. Carlos H. Schenck graduated from Johns Hopkins University, received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed a Psychiatry residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he is an associate professor. He has been a staff psychiatrist at Hennepin County Medical Center since 1981 and is a member of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center (MRSDC). He served as co-Chairman of the Parasomnias Committee for the International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Dr. Schenck is a member of the AASM Nosology Committee as well as the AASM Movement Disorders Task Force. Dr. Schenck has also published several books and articles, and participated in a documentary film on parasomnias.
REMgazer Sleep Communications
Shumard has held numerous positions in sleep medicine including with DeVilbiss Healthcare and the American Association of Sleep Technologists.
Lee A. Surkin, MD, FACC, FCCP, FASNC
Dr. Surkin is triple board certified in sleep medicine, cardiology, and nuclear cardiology and is in private practice in eastern NC. His unique practice incorporates evaluation and management of sleep disorders, cardiovascular disease, and obesity medicine. He is also the founder of the American Academy of Cardiovascular Sleep Medicine, an organization dedicated to supporting clinical and academic research, educating healthcare providers, and increasing public awareness on the converging areas of sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease.
Timothy J. Walter, MD, DABSM, DABPN
Capitol Sleep Medicine
Grove City, Ohio
Dr. Walter completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University. He then received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he graduated cum laude and in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He went on to do his residency in neurology at Georgetown University Hospital and fellowship in sleep medicine and neurophysiology at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He started the sleep medicine program at Grant Medical Center and served as the first medical director there. He has also served as the medical director of the sleep lab at Berger Medical Center. He is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine. He is the author of a book on sleep and memory written for the general public entitled REM Illumination Memory Consolidation.
Robert A. Whitman, PhD, DABSM, RRT, RPFT
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas
Dr. Whitman is director of the sleep lab at The University of Kansas Hospital.
Emerson M. Wickwire, PhD, ABPP, CBSM
Howard County Center for Lung and Sleep Medicine
Dr. Wickwire has recently been named director of the insomnia program and assistant professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After completing his advanced training in sleep at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Wickwire co-founded a leading interdisciplinary sleep medicine center that became a model for comprehensive sleep medicine centers throughout the country. He is a frequently sought after expert and has been featured in publications including US News and World Report, Fast Company, the Baltimore Sun, and numerous others.
Among his innovative approaches to the science of sleep is the creation of the WellTap patient portal, currently used by the United States Department of Defense. WellTap integrates telehealth approaches, real-time data analytics, and media-rich patient education to improve health-related outcomes while reducing costs. Wickwire has published over two-dozen peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and scientific abstracts, and has served as a reviewer for numerous academic publications. He is president-elect of the Maryland Sleep Society.
A fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Wickwire is also an active and award-winning educator. He has served on the education committees of the AASM, National Sleep Foundation, and American Pain Society. He holds a special interest in sleep in military populations and serves as a local site director for the Walter Reed National Army Medical Center/National Capitol Consortium sleep medicine fellowship.
An active speaker, Wickwire has presented invited lectures at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Maryland, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, NC, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, and elsewhere. His presentations on human motivation and behavior change were selected by his peers among the top 1% of over 1,300 medical presentations in 2011.