Sleep Disorders Center: Referral Directory
- Chris Speigner, BA, RPSGT
- Laloria Mobley, RPSGT, Clinical Specialist
- Thomas Abraham, RRT, RPSGT
- Sarah Crain, RPSGT
- Laura DelaSierra, RPSGT
- Johnson George, RPSGT
- Kamita Harris, RPSGT
- Miriam McCullar, BA, RPSGT
- Jeffrey Mock, RPSGT
- Diana Palmer, RPSGT
- Joy Paul, RRT, RPSGT
- Joseph Lee Sharpe, RRT, RPSGT
- Vanessa Simmons, BA, RPSGT
- Chase Smith, RPSGT
- Melanie Steed, CRT, RPSGT
- Jane Tate, RPSGT
- Laura Vargas, RPSGT
- Cleta Renee Foster, PSG Technician
- Shambra Bradford
- Melissa Ramirez, MA
- Nicole Johnson
- Rosendo Palomino
Description of services:
The Sleep Center offers consultations and sleep studies to accommodate the full spectrum of childhood issues inherent with severe pulmonary and neuromuscular disease as well as craniofacial malformations to routine sleep studies for enlarged tonsils/adenoids. Outpatient studies are performed at both Plano and Dallas centers while inpatient studies are performed at the patient's bedside during their admittance
Common complaints children experience that typically induce referrals to the sleep disorder center:
- Restlessness or sleepiness; Difficulty falling asleep
- Falls asleep in class or demonstrates features of ADD/ADHD
- Refusing to go to bed or goes to bed but stays up for hours
- Cries during sleep unless rocked by an adult or co-sleeps with an adult
- Very vivid and frightening dreams and/or night terrors
- Body rocking/head banging and/or seizures; Morning headaches
- Wants to sleep until mid-morning or noon or irregular sleep-wake patterns
- Sleepwalking, sleep talking, night sweats, bed wetting and teeth grinding
- Noisy breathing, mouth breathing, snoring and/or gasping for air while asleep
- Enlarged tonsils and adenoids and/or Acid Reflux
- Growth retardation and/or poor school performance
- Variety of chronic pulmonary disease, neuromuscular diseases and/or craniofacial malformations
Procedures performed or problems diagnosed and treated:
- Sleep consultations
- Diagnostic and split night sleep studies
- Diagnostic sleep study for the evaluation of decannulation
- CPAP/BiPAP titration sleep studies for sleep disordered breathing and ventilatory support
- Vent titration studies via trach for ventilatory support
- Multiple Sleep Latency test
Information for referral sources:
- A referral from physician or referral source
- Relevant and most recent medical history/progress notes
- Pre-authorization may be required by some insurance plans
- Patient instructions for specific tests will need to be provided
- Services are provided in close cooperation with the patient's referring physician
- To refer a child to this program, please complete the referral form and fax it to 214-456-5885.
Why Children's Medical Center?
- The Children's Sleep Disorders Center is one of two dedicated pediatric sleep centers that are accredited by the Academy of Sleep Medicine and the only one in North Texas.
- A nationally recognized, fully accredited sleep disorders center with three board certified specialists and a fellowship training program affiliated with UT Southwestern.
- Clinic appointments available Monday-Thursday, studies performed 7 days a week.
- Urgent requests can typically be performed within 24 to 48 hours of request.
- Studies performed on pre-mature infants born as young as 28 weeks up to the age of 18.
- Continuity of care for those children with chronic disorders or long term treatment plans.
- Sleep technologists performing the sleep studies have highly specialized training and include strong backgrounds in neurophysiology, respiratory therapy and/or sleep technology.