Laree Fordyce, BTech, CCRP, RPSGT, RST, CCSH, is the director of clinical sleep services at Maple Respiratory Group, the president and technical director of Sound Sleep Solutions, and a member of the AAST Board of Directors.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A neurodiagnostic technologist. I wanted to do something in the medical field. I always thought the brain was fascinating. This job didn’t require any shift work.
Why did you decide to become a sleep technologist?
Being a sleep technologist came about by accident. I was working as a neurodiagnostic technologist. There was a staff shortage in the sleep lab due to an early maternity leave. They asked me if I could help out for a while. In my associate degree program, we learned all modalities (EEG, EP, EMG and sleep), so I was trained. This was only supposed to be for a few months. Here I am 25 years later.
Where was your first job in sleep technology?
Providence Hospital in Anchorage Alaska.
Why did you become an AAST member?
Honestly, when I wrote my RPSGT exam in 1995 (the three-part exam), if you became a member of the APT, you saved money off the exam fee. I have been a member ever since. There is so much educational information available from AAST. I have learned so much from the articles, and I have used this information throughout my career.
Who has had the greatest influence on your career?
There have been so many great people that have influenced my career. First would be Dr. Anne Morris. She taught me so much about the respiratory side of sleep medicine. Dr. Manisha Witmans has been another significant influence in my career. She has taught me everything I know about pediatric sleep. She has also encouraged me to get involved and educate others in sleep. With this, I have met the fantastic people within AAST, who have helped mentor me.
You can read the entire interview in the Q4 issue of A2Zzz.
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