In the Moonlight: David Wolfe, MSEd, RRT-SDS, RPSGT, RST
David Wolfe, MSEd, RRT-SDS, RPSGT, RST, has been a respiratory therapist since 1994. His research focuses on sleep-related treatments and side effects, as well as infection control processes in a sleep facility. He has served as the chair of the AAST Educational Products Committee, on the CEC Accreditation Committee and as an elected AAST Director-at-Large where he served as liaison to the Educational Products Committee and the Program Committee. Besides his passion for sleep medicine and sleep disorders, Wolfe has two kids who he jokes “have bad sleep habits.”
What did you want to be when you grew up?
For some reason, I remember first wanting to be a civil engineer, then an astronomer, optometrist, and finally decided on a respiratory therapist.
Why did you decide to become a sleep technologist?
I was teaching at a respiratory therapy school and they wanted one of the instructors to train in sleep, so it could be taught in the program. It sounded like a cool field to learn more about, so I jumped at the chance. About 20 years ago, I was asked if I wanted to work in a sleep lab. It was the best thing I could have done. I immediately loved the field of sleep medicine and became more involved by speaking on various “sleep” topics at local community events, for the newspaper and television, and eventually local, state, and national/ international conferences.
Why did you become an AAST Member?
The AAST has so much to offer for the sleep technologist, or any health professional, involved in sleep technology. You get a lot for the cost of membership. In addition, I truly believe in supporting your profession, so, even if I didn’t use the AAST resources, I would still join every year.
You can read the entire interview in the A2Zzz Q2 2020 issue.