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By: AAST Associate Editor on April 28th, 2022

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AAST Member Spotlight: Kevin Adley, RPSGT, CCSH

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Kevin Adley Kevin Adley, RPSGT, CCSH, is the director of business development at DrLullaby and currently serves on AAST’s Educational Advisory Committee. AAST recently spoke with Adley on his career path in sleep, what excites him about the future of the industry and more.

What led you to enter the world of sleep?

Like many others, my stint in sleep medicine was supposed to be temporary. I was working towards my bachelor’s degree on my way to medical school. At the time, sleep technology served a clear purpose for me as it provided:

  1. Experience in the medical field and
  2. Flexibility for my class schedule. (This was back in the early 2000’s — before Netflix and other streaming options so there was plenty of time to study at night.)

Think back on when you first entered the profession — what advice would you give yourself now?

Continue to challenge yourself. Don’t get comfortable or complacent. As Robert Frost writes in The Road Not Taken: "Way leads on to way." Often, things are not the way we hoped they would be, and if we’re not careful, we find ourselves wishing we could go back — back to the past, back to our comfort zone. In the case of my road traveled, there are absolutely no regrets!

Don’t be afraid to try something new. I’ve gone outside the traditional sleep technologist’s path to work in the field of dental sleep medicine (DSM) as the clinical director for the nation’s largest DSM practice. My latest challenge is heading up business development for DrLullaby, a digital/telehealth startup company that has a mission to improve access to care for behavioral sleep medicine (BSM).

What is one resource that has made you more successful in your career that others should know about?

This may be cliché but earning the Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) credential opened opportunities and provided confidence in going beyond the walls of the sleep lab.

What can we find you doing when you’re not working in the sleep lab?

I haven’t worked in a sleep lab in over four years, but when I’m not working, I often can be found running the trails. About six years ago, I got into running ultra-marathons, a race distance that is beyond 26.2 miles. The longest one I’ve done was a 100k race through the hills of Dubuque, Iowa. With that said, first and foremost, I’m a devoted husband and father and family obligations are top priority these days.

What makes you hopeful or excited about the future of the profession?

Innovation. It’s exciting to see how technology and innovation have provided alternative treatment options for patients today; they truly have more options than ever. Whether it be for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or for the field of BSM, companies are innovating new technologies to improve access to care and improve patient outcomes.