AAST Member of the Month: Lisa Endee
Meet Lisa Endee, the AAST member of the month!
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1. Where are you from and where do you practice today?
I was born and raised in New York and have spent most of my life in Suffolk County, Long Island. I am currently a full time Clinical Assistant Professor of both the Respiratory Care and Polysomnographic Technology programs at Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management. My responsibilities include curriculum development, teaching, and clinical oversight of students in both programs.
2. How did you get involved in sleep medicine?
I am a licensed respiratory therapist and always had a strong interest in sleep diagnostics and therapeutics, particularly in patients with sleep related breathing disorders. Shortly after obtaining my RT license, I obtained supplemental training in polysomnography. I was very fortunate to gain employment almost immediately in several sleep testing facilities across Long Island. Most of my 13 years of clinical experience in the field was spent at Good Samaritan Hospital Sleep Apnea Center in West Islip, NY. As the Clinical Coordinator, I ran the day to day clinical operations, helped expand the adult facility from two to six beds, and coordinated the development of a four bed satellite pediatric sleep disorders center. After working with students for over 10 years as a Clinical Instructor in the field, I joined the faculty of Stony Brook University’s Respiratory Care Program full time.
3. What are you doing today in sleep medicine?
Besides helping to educate and train future sleep technologists, I have been busy helping with curriculum development, program logistics, and gaining approval for a new Bachelor’s of Science in Polysomnographic Technology Program at Stony Brook University that will accept its first class this fall. It is the first of its kind in the northeast and will satisfy the new educational standards for the Polysomnography “Authorization to Practice” in New York State.
I am currently involved in various research projects and public health initiatives targeting sleep wellness and drowsy driving awareness and prevention. One of my favorite projects is a Distracted Driving Prevention Program for High School Students in collaboration with my colleagues from Stony Brook University. This program includes a drowsy driving curriculum component that a colleague and I developed with the goal of raising awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving to teens and young adults, improving recognition of the signs of drowsiness, and teaching students how to respond in situations where they or another driver becomes drowsy while driving. It has been extremely well received and my team is in our 3rd year of implementation within four high-needs school districts on Long Island. We are currently in the process of copyrighting the curriculum so other school districts have the opportunity to benefit from this important public health initiative.
I am also a strong advocate for the field and try to stay actively involved in local and professional organizations. Some of my memberships/roles include:
2016- Present Chair of the Program Advisory Committee, Family Health and Wellness, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
2016- Present Member, Personnel Committee, Family Health and Wellness Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
2015- Present Member, Speakers Bureau Taskforce, American Association of Sleep Technologists
2013- Present Member, Program Advisory Committee, Family Health and Wellness, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
2014-Present Member, Scholarship Committee, Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists
2014-Present Committee Member, Membership and Communications Committee, American Association of Sleep Technologists
2000-Present Member, Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists
2000-Present Member, American Association for Sleep Technologists
1997-Present Member, American Association for Respiratory Care
4. When did you become a member of the AAST?
Feb 23rd, 2000.
5. Did anyone encourage you to become a member at any point?
I was encouraged to do so during my first APSS conference.
6. What are the benefits of being an AAST member?
There are many benefits of membership that I have experienced. There are an enormous amount of educational and clinical resources. I have participated in many of the CEU webinars available to members. I also very much enjoy working with other technologists in the various committees I serve in an effort to improve and advocate for the field.
7. Why is it important for sleep technologists to become members of the AAST?
The AAST offers great benefit to sleep technologists. There are vast educational, career, and clinical resources, opportunities to get involved in both advocacy and the organization, and the ability to network and engage with other specialists in the field.
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