Our clinicians are an essential reason our patients have a positive experience transitioning to a CPAP assisted sleep. We have some amazing people with many backgrounds and different personalities who have a real passion for what they do.
Please enjoy getting to know our team!
Why did you choose to become a Respiratory Therapist?
I chose to become a Respiratory Therapist because I was always interested in the medical field but also wanted to be hands on with patients. I get to be there to help babies take their first breath, to help the patient who needs home oxygen, to work alongside physicians to help mechanically ventilate patients who have had major traumas or critical illness, to increase the quality of breathing and the care of people’s lives while living with chronic respiratory illness, such as COPD and Cystic Fibrosis, to educate children and parents on asthma and be there to help them through an onset and to improve people’s everyday lives by helping them sleep better while deterring other health risks caused by their sleep apnea. I get to educate, counsel, along with rejoice in patient’s miracles and successes in their health – who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
Where did you study to become a Respiratory Therapist?
I studied to be a Respiratory Therapist in St. John’s, Newfoundland through the competitive program at the College of the North Atlantic.
How long have you been in the sleep industry?
I have been helping people with their sleep apnea through different settings for 10+ years – in the hospital and also in the private sector, in Fort McMurray and Edmonton area.
What motivates you to deliver excellent patient care?
My motivation is always to help others – to help other’s sleep better than they ever have, to breath better, to be more informed and educated in their health and to have a better quality of life overall. To help other’s through their struggles and health issues then rejoice in their victories in the end, is very rewarding!
How do you keep a healthy work/life balance?
I keep a healthy work life balance by working with a wonderful co-worker who I get to share tasks with that balance my work day which leads to me loving my job, I also stay active in my community and spend my time off with my family and friends doing things I love.
What advice can you give patients to make the transition to CPAP therapy easier?
Be positive about the changes that are about to happen – a better nights sleep, the multiple health benefits, your partner possibly sleeping better, more energy, higher metabolism and a better outlook on live because of all of these. Also, be patient! CPAP therapy is not a one size fits all – it needs to be customized to you and we can do that by working together to find the best outcome possible, it can take time!
Any tips and/or suggestions to make CPAP therapy more comfortable?
Communicate – communicate with your clinician on how you are feeling, what you are thinking and any changes that need to be made. If we do not know about these things, we cannot help customize your therapy and make it as comfortable as possible!
What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?
The smiles on my clients faces and the appreciation that they show when they realize how much CPAP therapy has changed their life for the better!
Something interesting or unique about you, or what you like to do when you’re not working.
When I’m not working, I love powerlifting which is a common interest I have with my husband and I love doing crafts with my kids.