I was always the friend who snored. No one would want to be within my vicinity while sleeping it was so bad. When I had a bedtime partner (bless her for dealing with it), she would say I would stop breathing and would attempt to roll me on my side so I could breathe again. Weekends when we were supposed to sleep in would end up with me waking up at 5AM, feeling like I had run a marathon. Going back to sleep was like torture so I would get up then and start my day while my partner slept in alone.
At the time I thought sleep apnea was only something overweight, unhealthy people had. I didn’t think it would affect an average-weight generally healthy person like myself. That all changed after attending a continuing education course on dental sleep medicine. At that class nearly every sign and symptom of sleep apnea they discussed was something I had dealt with. At the conclusion of the course, I sought out a healthcare provider and performed a home-sleep test which confirmed my suspicion; I had mild obstructive sleep apnea.
The next step was treating my apnea. I didn’t want to do CPAP as treatment. I felt it would be extremely uncomfortable and the thought of having a machine do my breathing would make me less than human. And, of course, being in the dental field oral appliance therapy was a natural fit. Dr. Collin Emerick, one of my partners in my general dentistry office also attended that CE class. He treated me with an oral appliance and immediately recognized a passion for treating sleep disorders as a result of my success.
I don’t want to say it was a miracle, but the changes it made in my life were dramatic. I suddenly had enough energy to make it through the day without falling asleep at the dinner table or during a movie. I could now sleep in on the weekends if I wanted. It was no longer painful to blow my nose or swallow in the morning. I had more energy for physical activity and lost 10 pounds. But best of all is the thought that oral appliance therapy saved me from dying an early death and added years to my life. It saved my family and friend’s the grief of losing a loved one early.
That more than anything is what led me to found our company Ohio Sleep Treatment. I want to bring awareness that anyone can have obstructive sleep apnea; there is no “type”. I want people to know there is an alternative to the scary CPAP machine. I want people to know that oral appliance therapy is easy, comfortable and convenient. I want to bring down all the barriers people have that keep them from treating their sleep apnea. I want them to live a longer, healthier life too.
– Dr. Brandon Canfield
The culture at Ohio Sleep Treatment is rooted in our Core Values. They are the lifeblood that governs every decision we make.
When our team got together to discuss the values that will guide our company into the future, the needs of our patients was the first topic we discussed at length. Not everyone is a candidate for oral appliance therapy, and we are okay with that. It was clear our mission going forward revolved entirely around the best interest of every person we’re privileged to treat, without exception.
We take sleep seriously. We take patient care more seriously. With many of our staff members having sleep apnea, each person receives the guidance and attention they deserve.
Throughout our organization, expectations, goals and decisions are set with a degree of openness from top to bottom. Trust is vital for the success of any organization and transparency is a vehicle for building that trust.
Our patients demand that candor as well. We vow to remain clear and forthcoming no matter the audience.
Teams are stronger when everyone is willing and able to complete any task at hand. Plainly stated, we are only as strong as our weakest link. We hire, train, and promote based on the value our employees bring to our brand and community. Utility is foundational to the success of the Ohio Sleep Treatment mission.
The healthcare landscape is on the cusp of massive change. We recognize the value of leveraging technology in offering the best possible experience for our patients and team members.
We refuse to become stagnant in an ever-changing marketplace.
At Ohio Sleep Treatment, everyone has a voice. We encourage team members to think for themselves and consider the organization as something we are all responsible for. Accountability and the freedom to make decisions are equally as important within our organization. More so, we value the goals and desires of each patient when plotting their individual course of treatment and we empower the patient to be a part of that decision.
Dr. Brandon Canfield
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, Dr. Canfield continued his studies at OSU earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Canfield’s interest in sleep dentistry was brought on by his own suffering of sleep apnea that was relieved by wearing an oral appliance. Dr. Canfield is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Canfield is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.
Dr. Collin Emerick
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, Dr. Emerick earned his dental degree from New York University College of Dentistry in New York City. Dr. Emerick helped successfully treat Dr. Canfield’s sleep apnea by fabricating an oral appliance he could use at night. He was intrigued by sleep dentistry after seeing the improvement the oral appliance made in Dr. Canfield’s quality of life. Since then, he has devoted himself to learning all that he can about obstructive sleep apnea and the various treatments available. Dr. Emerick is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Emerick is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.
Dr. Sandra Pasquinelli
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Dr. Pasquinelli earned her dental degree from The Ohio State University. Dr. Pasquinelli first became interested in the treatment of sleep apnea after discussing patient successes with Dr. Emerick and Dr. Canfield. She also noticed a number of her family members struggling with CPAP therapy, and wanted to effect positive changes for patients with an alternative and more comfortable therapy option. Dr. Pasquinelli is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is a Qualified Dentist with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of General Practice and Material Science at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Pasquinelli is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Pasquinelli loves playing with her daughters, Evelyn and Lydia, and watching OSU football with her husband, Joe.
Dr. Nicholas Strasser
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, Dr. Strasser continued his studies at OSU earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Strasser has watched and played sports his whole life. He’s passionate about achieving peak performance and optimizing not only his life but most rewardingly, the lives of friends/family/patients. This deep desire for performance led him to the importance of optimizing sleep, and he’s never looked back. Dr. Strasser has 3 boys under the age of 4. He never takes good sleep for granted and appreciates every single night of uninterrupted sleep.
Dr. Strasser is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (A.BSDM) and a Member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
I am a proud graduate of The Ohio State University where I studied Security & Intelligence, Psychology, and the Arabic language. I have a strong, personal interest in our mission of helping people breathe at night as a driver of optimal health and wellness.
My unique experiences in the military and civilian world cater to growing and developing young companies at the foundational level, establishing operational procedures and policies, building and managing professional relationships, and achieving success across disciplines while successfully managing multiple competing projects.
I read often about leadership and emotional intelligence, remaining diligent in developing the skills necessary for working with others. When my teams grow and thrive, it fuels me to work harder.
Outside of work, fitness is life – it gives me the balance and ability to perform at a high level. I love spending time with my growing family as well.
I’m originally from the Dayton area and moved to Columbus to attend Ohio State. Ever since then Columbus has been considered another home of mine. I love watching Buckeye football and any other sporting event. After graduation, I had the opportunity to serve in Columbus and Jamaica for a total of 3 years. If you are looking for someone to talk Jerk Chicken with, I’m your girl! I love being able to work with patients to help them improve their sleep and see how those changes can change their lives.
- Hi there! My name is Abby and I am the sleep case manager here at Ohio Sleep Treatment. After graduation I found a passion for dentistry and pursued my career as a dental assistant. After learning more about sleep apnea and how sleep affects our everyday life I was eager to make the switch. Outside of work you can find me anywhere outside. If it involves nice weather and sunshine count me in! I love spending my free time visiting nature preserves, parks, lakes and all the above. I am so excited to work with you!
Hey there! My name is Leah. I was born and raised in West Virginia. I came to Ohio for college and never left! I love meeting our patients and helping them achieve better sleep and better quality of life. I am so excited to be a part of the Ohio Sleep Treatment team! In my spare time, you can find me checking out local fairs and festivals, visiting different parks with my husband, or playing board games with friends. I can’t wait to meet you!
Hello! I’m a Patient Experience Specialist. My professional modus operandi is treating every patient the way I’d want my own family and friends treated!
I came to Ohio Sleep Treatment to fulfill a desire to help people improve their quality of life after seeing how much my mother benefitted from being treated for obstructive sleep apnea.
My wife and I are huge hockey fans – maybe we’ll see you at a Blue Jackets game!