In The Moonlight: Julie DeWitte, RCP, RPSGT, RST
Julie DeWitte, RCP, RPSGT, RST is the assistant department administrator at the Sleep Disorders Center for Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Medical Center. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field of sleep diagnostics and respiratory therapy. She is a member of AAST and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Why did you decide to become a sleep technologist?
One night I was working in the PICU and was talking with a pediatric pulmonologist. As it turned out this physician was the medical director of the hospital’s sleep center. He asked me if I knew anything about sleep. I laughingly said, “Other than I need some— No!” He started training me, and I fell in love with the field. That was almost 27 years ago.
Where was your first job in sleep technology?
University of Southern California University Hospital in Los Angeles.
Why did you become an AAST Member?
I first learned of AAST in 1994 (then known as the Association of Polysomnographic Technologists) when I attended a conference in Los Angeles. I was amazed at the information and cutting-edge technology presented, and immediately signed up as a member. The information provided by AAST was (and still is) invaluable to me. I have remained an AAST member ever since and am currently on the board of directors.
Who has had the greatest influence on your career?
I have worked with so many wonderful sleep professionals over the years it would be hard to name them all. I would, however, say that Dr. Dennis Hwang has been the most amazing physician I have ever had the privilege to work with. He is truly a leader in sleep medicine and with his mentorship I have become a much better technologist with a wider range of knowledge. My comprehension of sleep medicine continues to grow every day through the leadership of Dr. Hwang and the amazing research we conduct.