Optimizing Sleep Care through a Team Approach: A Conference for Sleep Medicine Professionals

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology will soon hold its third joint conference in Scottsdale, Arizona with the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines (ACSDD). Dr. Russell Rosenberg, founder of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology, discusses the joint effort of the two groups in this report.

Dr. Rosenberg explains that the joint conferences are very beneficial to those who might plan on attending other Atlanta School events. The joint conferences focus not only on the concerns of sleep dentistry but rather on the whole sleep medicine population—physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and even sleep technologists. The joint work of the ACSDD and the Atlanta School has brought together a faculty of outstanding speakers who will address a wide range of sleep medicine topics.

The next joint conference, “Optimizing Sleep Care through a Team Approach,” is scheduled for September 25-26, 2015. This conference, Dr. Rosenberg notes, will offer up-to-date information on a wide range of topics. Those who have attended prior conferences will be hearing new information this September, and that is true for everyone in the sleep medicine field. The conference will offer cutting-edge information everyone in the sleep medicine field will want to hear about.

Interdisciplinary cooperation is important in the sleep medicine field. Sleep disorders, including not just sleep apnea, but narcolepsy and insomnia, may involve a whole team of people. The goal is to provide optimal care for the patient, and that will probably require the joint efforts of several disciplines.

Dr. Rosenberg says that attendees at this joint conference will hear a host of terrific speakers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with the faculty and with other attendees. Everyone will have an opportunity to find out what is happening across the country and to get the latest information on the practice of sleep medicine.

This should be a wonderful conference, Dr. Rosenberg suggests, and everyone who comes will have a great experience.

Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D, D.ABSM, is the Founder and Director of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology. A clinical psychologist and board certified sleep specialist, Dr. Rosenberg lectures and teaches internationally on a range of sleep medicine topics. His areas of expertise include insomnia and disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rosenberg is actively involved in clinical research at NeuroTrials Research Inc. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.


The Downfalls of Poor Practice Leadership, With Dr. Michael Krahe, Founder, ACSDD

The difference between good leadership and bad leadership is the relationship that exists between the leader and the employees, says Dr. Michael Krahe, the Founder of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

While we all like to think we're great at everything, Dr. Krahe uses an approach to point out people's "blind spots."  A lot of people think they're great leaders but when they ask their employees for feedback on how they see them as leaders, these two often collide.  Dr. Krahe always says "if you want to grow, you've got to know" what people think and how they view your behavior.  This is one of things Dr. Krahe does to help practitioners grow in their leadership skills and then he works with the practitioner to improve their leadership skills.

An stressful working environment, increasingly high level of employee turnover, trouble getting employees to join the organization, confusion about duties and tasks, conflicts among employees, lack of accountability and patient turnover are all downfalls of poor practice leadership, says Dr. Krahe.

If you think you need to improve your leadership skills, please contact Dr. Krahe via email at or his cell phone at 814-881-7020.  The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines is a leader in education for practitioners treating sleep disorders and has joined with Sleep Better TV. For more information, visit and .


Leadership Tools, With Dr. Michael Krahe, Founder ACSDD

The greatest tool a practice leader can leverage is relationships, according to Dr. Michael Krahe, the Founder and President of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines.  If one thinks of the relationship that one has with an employee, the magic happens within that space.  All the magic of motivation and all the power of unleashing human creativity sits in this space and the better that relationship is, the more likely that employee will engage at all different levels and be truly inspired to do all the things that need to happen to get to the future, Dr. Krahe says.

Another valuable tool is the charisma of the leader in inspiring others and getting them excited about the value of their work and setting the vision for people.  Along with charisma, the ability to empower people is important.  Giving people the opportunity to grow and advance and stepping away from micro managing people is very unleashing to people because it lets them know they're trusted, says Dr. Krahe.  

Specificity of the task is another important tool because often times, Dr. Krahe will see practice leaders with great ideas but fail to close the deal.  People need to be directed and know what's expected of them.  Setting expectations is another tool leaders have at their disposal to let people know what you want, when you want it and why you want it.  Setting those expectations up front with people gives them clarity.  Dr. Krahe says this is good in helping leaders set expectations for themselves, as well. Communication is a critical function to lay things out clearly and specifically.  Personal integrity is another tool for leaders to demonstrate the values in his or her behavior because employees watch all the time.

Dr. Michael Krahe, is the Founder of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Discplines in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.


Practice Consulting Service For ACSDD Members, With Dr. Michael Krahe, CEO of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Discplines

One of the hallmark events that the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines (ACSDD) offers its members is a yearly conference that provides very different information and experiences.  Trying not to repeat the same information over and over again that typical conferences can do, the ACSDD tries to reach out and find other areas important for their practitioners to know, says Dr. Michael Krahe, CEO and Founder of the ACSDD.

During conferences, members can expect to learn about using the internet to leverage their practice, learn about technology issues and telemedicine, all of which are some examples of how the ACSDD expands its offerings to its members.

The ACSDD also provides services that sets itself apart from other academies.  It works with Sleep Better TV, allowing providers to make videos to educate their colleagues, their patients and to spread the word in their geographical area that they are experts in the field of sleep medicine.  The ACSDD also provides credit card processing rates that are "unbelievable through the largest credit card processing company on that planet, First Data" Dr. Krahe says.  First Data has agreed to do a free credit card analysis for any member to show them how they can save thousands of dollars a year in credit card processing fees.

Over the years, Dr. Krahe has developed a proprietary process on how to go into a practice and in two days have that practice totally organized and focused on where it wants to go and how that's going to get accomplished.  This consulting formula that he uses allows him to organize a team, whether small or large and no matter the specialty, and have them execute.  It allows for the practitioner to develop and follow a plan that can be monitored for success and progress.  Dr. Krahe also works with the practice leader to grow and manage the whole process and allows them to work on the business, rather than in the business.  By providing ongoing mentoring and coaching, it allows the leader move to a new level.

In his career, Dr. Krahe has worked with hundreds of consulting firms and in his experience, he's found that consultants generally try to get in the door and attach themselves to the practice without ever leaving.  He found that very troubling and so in creating this practice consulting added value with ACSDD, he made a decision to teach people how to do something, get clarity on what they want, deliver what they want and then get out.  He doesn't want to attach himself to the practitioner and has thus taken a totally different approach on how to work with people to make sure they get the value and what they bargained for.

Dr. Krahe first works with the practice leader to get them prepared for what's to come and to lead the process.  Dr. Krahe is only there to facilitate the process, as he believes it's up to the practice leader to lead the process.

To reach Dr. Krahe, contact him via email at or his cell phone at 814-881-7020.  The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines is a leader in education for practitioners treating sleep disorders and has joined with Sleep Better TV. For more information, visit and .


How the ACSDD Differs From Other Sleep Medicine Organizations, With Dr. Michael Krahe, Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Michael Krahe, CEO and Founder of the ACSDD, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, in Scottsdale, Arizona says that they differ from other organizations, as evidenced by the comments made by its members.  The words that are continuously spoken to him about the academy's uniqueness really revolves around not only the quality of what they present but the fact that the academy is not out for any political gain that other organizations may get caught up in.

"We've developed a culture of inclusion and openness in the truest sense of the word," Dr. Krahe says, whose members understand that when you've got something to say, as long as it's said professionally, it's open for discussion and consideration.  That's the thread that runs throughout the ACSDD and why its members are really enjoying their experience and why more and more people are joining the academy in place of other choice they may have, Dr. Krahe says.

For those sleep practitioners in the Baltimore, Maryland area, more information on the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines can be found at  Dr. Michael Krahe can be reached directly at 814-881-7020.  Dr. Krahe spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content and is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.