Mark started his career in sleep medicine in 2003, becoming a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist in 2005. He has worked in a variety of areas including portable acquisitions, research studies for parasomnias, complete EEG studies, pediatric studies, and treatment methods which include ASV (Adaptive Servo Ventilation) and Oral Appliances. Mark has assisted in the development and expansion of the Clinical Support department to provide training and support to MedBridge Healthcare’s night and day operations. He has managed the implementation of new sleep lab sites and onsite training of staff throughout the US. Mark sat on the Exam Writing Board of the American Board of Sleep Medicine as a clinical expert in the creation of the RST exam. Mark has served on the Carolina Sleep Society as a board member to help develop a yearly convention to promote the benefits of Polysomnography (PSG) and Sleep Medicine.
I am a RRT, RPSGT, RST who originally started my sleep career in South Carolina. I worked in the Upstate of SC as Lead Tech of a 10-bed sleep lab before moving to Charleston, SC to be the Practice Administrator for a SleepMed sleep physician’s practice and four-bed lab. After working there for almost five years, I took the position I have held for the last four years as Clinical Services Manager of NC for SleepMed, Inc. I recently became District Manager of Operations for SleepMed. I manage all sleep and therapy operations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” –Maya Angelou
Company Employed With: SleepMed, Inc Job Title: District Manager of Operations Number of Years of Sleep Associated Experience: 15 years
My career in Sleep Medicine began in 1991. After graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy from Florence/Darlington Technical College, I earned my registry in Respiratory Therapy and started employment with McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC. I was employed as an RRT but worked in the area of Neurodiagnostics. The hospital was starting up a two-bed Sleep Disorder Lab, so I was sent to Mobile Ala to achieve training in Polysomnography. In 1993, I took and passed my registry in Polysomnography becoming the 1003 person in the world to earn this credential. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration in 2001.
Today, I am still employed with McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC as the supervisor of our six-bed Sleep Disorders Lab. I also maintain a PRN employment status with two privately owned AASM Accredited Sleep Disorder Labs as an outsource scoring technologist.
In the fall of 1991, I had the honor of gathering with nine other Sleep Professionals to develop and form the Carolina Sleep Society. I am so very proud and honored to be not only a part of its original foundation, but to support its continued growth and success in where we are today and what we have achieved for our members.
Company Employed With: Ballantyne Diagnostic and Sleep Center Job Title: Technical Director, Operations Manager Number of Years of Sleep Associated Experience: 13 years
Should individuals, who are not in the field of sleep medicine be allowed to attend CSS meetings? (Example, should a spouse or friend be allowed to attend the workshop or educational meeting?) Yes
The Sleep medicine field is changing drastically. Can you give us your perspective on the current climate i.e. home testing, 3-to-1 patient ration, etc…? I believe there are times where running three patients is acceptable but should not be mandatory or the “new” way sleep medicine goes. Running 3:1 ration limits the amount of time you get to dedicate to your other patients making it difficult to educate them properly and put them at ease. Home testing also serves a purpose but I don’t feel that it should replace the Gold Standard in-lab study. I have observed false negatives too many times. Not to mention that there is no guarantee that the patient is even the one using the test during the night.
Are you satisfied with the current meeting location or number of events? Would you prefer to have the CSS meeting at a different location? If so, where? Yes, I would like to see a Fall event held in the NC mountains and online course offered.
What subject matter would you like to see presented at future workshops/educational meetings? How to integrate home testing into your facility. How to start supplying DME to your patients.
What is your current position and how will it help you serve the CSS? I am currently serving as Public Relations for the CSS. I feel that I am able to think outside the box and bring ideas to continue to improve the way we at CSS do things to make everyone’s experiences better.
Please provide any additional comments or suggestions for review and consideration. I have served on the CSS board over the past year and have a much better understanding on what is expected of me. I have a great working relationship with the board members and would like to be able to continue serving the CSS in the future.