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Advisory Team
Sleep Center Management Institute's Advisory Team has over 250 years of combined professional experience.

SCMI offers a full menu of sleep service consulting services.  Each service project is fully customized per the specific client's needs. 

Advisory Services are billed by the quarter hour otherwise arranged. Consultation is available by phone, email or Skype. Phone and Skype consultations are billed on actual time. Email consultations are billed on total time spent to research and answer submitted questions. 

Contact the SCMI office for more information and/or to request a customized service proposal at 

Meet the SCMI Advisory Team:

Michael B. Breus, PhD, D-ABSM

Dr. Breus is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board atage 31 and,with a specialty in Sleep Disorders,is one ofonly 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction.

In addition to his private practice where he treats athletes, celebrities and the like, he also trains other sleep doctors and consults with major airlines, hotel chains, mattress manufacturers and retailers to provide the optimum sleep experience for their customers.  His audio relaxation CD distributed in Crowne Plaza Hotels  helps millions of people fall asleepeach year; and for over 10 years, he has served as the SleepExpert for WebMD Health, a leading Internet sitefor health-related information and pens “SleepMatters” a monthly column in WebMD magazine.You can also find him on AOL where he is a Wellness Coach discussing topics from mattress choice to sleep apnea. His blogs can be found at WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Insomnia Blog, Psychology Today,  MedPedia,Organized Wisdom,,and Furniture Today. Dr. Breus is the author of GOOD NIGHT:The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health and BEAUTY SLEEP: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep.

As the subject of sleep gains greater momentumin our sleep-deprived society, Dr. Breus has become a widely recognized leader in this highly evolving field. Dedicated to raising awareness of both sleep disorders and what he calls “disordered sleep” in the public and healthcare communities, Dr. Breus is on a mission to develop innovative education and communication programs.  He is a best selling author and  the co-founder of Sleep Center Management Institute.

Duane M. Johnson, PhD

Dr. Johnson is one of America's most respected practice management consultants and a memberof the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has a Ph.D. in Psychology, has been in practice management Advisory Service for over thirty years, and he is often referred to as the"Doctor's Doctor." Dr. Johnson is a member of the National Speakers Association and has spoken to medical, dental and other healthcare groups in all fifty states, Canada,Europe and Australia. He has written extensively in books and articles, being most widely known for his practice management columns syndicated by International Medical News Group publications for over two decades, circulated to over a quarter million doctors. His video- and audio-tapes have also been utilized nationwide, and he has consulted with thousands of physicians over his professional career. Finally,Dr. Johnson is the author of several of our reference manuals and is a senior partner and co-founder of SCMI.

James C. O'Brien, MD, FCCP, Diplomate-ABSM

O'Brien is a medical physician who has been in private practice for 27 years.  He first became involved in sleep medicine over twenty years ago when he began to notice that many of his patients, who were not responding to standard medical treatments, actually harbored undiagnosed sleep disorders.  Not surprisingly, many of these patients when tested and treated for sleep disorders, improved dramatically and experienced greater than anticipated clinical results.  These early and remarkable patient experiences shifted his medical focus towards sleep disorders and achieving healthy sleep.

During his medical career, Dr. O'Brien has worked as a primary care physician, pulmonologist and sleep physician and has lectured innumerable times to healthcare professionals in the United States and abroad about sleep disorders. Additionally, he has appeared on many television and radio programs addressing the need for healthy sleep and the early detection and treatment of sleep disorders

Dr. O'Brien received his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1975.  He completed his Internal Medicine, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine training in the Boston area where he resides.  Dr. O'Brien is currently board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine.  He is a co-founder and the Presidentof TalkAboutSleep.COM, a patient education website designed for those diagnosed and treated for sleep disorders and sleep professionals. 

Michael Rinow, MD

Dr. Rinow has practiced medicine in the pulmonary, critical care and internal medicine arenas with a particular passion for the diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea over the last thirty years.  He is driven by a professional goal of widespread OSA screening in the hope of decreasing cardiovascular morbidity.  Dr. Rinow is boarded in Internal Medicine (ABIM), Critical Care (ABIM), and Sleep Medicine through both the IBSM and ABSM.  He currently practices in a sleep medicine capacity at Northside Hospital in Atlanta and is a member of the Advisory Board for Sleep Center Management Institute.

Dr. Michael Rinow hails from the Buffalo, NY areaHe attended the University of Toronto in Canada for his undergrad work and then graduated Summa Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975.  Dr. Rinow completed an Internal Medicine Residency at CNUY Buffalo in 1978 and then a Pulmonary Fellowship at SUNY Buffalo in 1980.  He served as an Assistant Professional of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Division from 1980 to 1991.  Dr. Rinow is a co-founder of Women's Sleep Health.

DANIEL B. BROWN joined the Health Law Partners, P.C. in 2010 to open the firm's Georgia office and serve as its managing shareholder. Mr. Brown has extensive experience advising clients on the legal and regulatory issues impacting hospitals, physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers, sleep laboratories, dialysis clinics and independent diagnostic testing facilities. He has over twenty years experience dealing with state and federal privacy, reimbursement, self-referral, anti-kickback, and licensure laws as they relate to the structure and operation of healthcare businesses.

Mr. Brown represents a variety of providers of sleep medicine, ranging from multi-state managers of physician-owned labs to owner-operators of stand-alone sleep centers operated as part of physicians’ offices or as Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities. He advises a variety of health care providers in their expansion, reorganization and provision of health care services, as well as compliance with fraud and abuse and HIPAA regulations.

He is on the faculty of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine where he lectures on legal aspects of sleep medicine and sleep lab operations, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation, Washington, D.C. as well as being a member of the SCMI Advisory Team.

Scott Leibowitz, M.D., D-ABSM

Scott Leibowitz, M.D. is a Board Certified Practicing Internist currently fulfilling a Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the Sleep Disorders Center at Stanford University.  He is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Medical College of Georgia.  Dr. Leibowitz completed his Internal Medicine training at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center. Prior to his Fellowship at Stanford, he studied sleep medicine while working with the Sleep Disorders Center of Southeastern Lung Care in Atlanta, Georgia. Recognizing the broad impact and importance of sleep disorders on public health, Dr. Leibowitz is dedicated to raising the awareness of sleep disorders to both the public and the healthcare community, and to developing innovative education and communication programs for their assessment and treatment.  Besides being a member of the SCMI Advisory Team Dr. Leibowitz is the sleep specialist at the cardiology group at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

Jayme Matchinski, Esq.

Ms. Matchinski joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in February 2007. For a number of years Ms. Matchinski was in private practice. She is the former vice president of a national health care consulting firm.

While still in law school Ms. Matchinski served externships with the Air & Water Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as with the Honorable George W. Lindberg, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. In addition, Ms. Matchinski participated in a summer study program of law and economic policy at Ningbo University in the People’s Republic of China.
Ms. Matchinski is a member of the editorial advisory board of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal, and an advisory member of the board for the Sleep Center Management Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jayme Matchinski concentrates her practice on health care and corporate law. She handles regulatory compliance, reimbursement, licensure and certification issues affecting health care providers, health care transactions, and the purchase, sale and formation of health care entities. She has also successfully represented health care providers in reimbursement claims against insurance carriers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Ms. Matchinski is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, the Illinois State Bar Association as well as the SCMI Advisory Team.

Kathryn Hansen, BS, REEGT, CPC

Ms. Hansen is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Sleep Society.  She is known for her extensive experience in sleep society leadership, accreditation, reimbursement and sleep research/grants.  Ms. Hansen speaks extensively, providing over 150 sleep related presentations to business, industry and professional organizations annually.  She speaks to medical staff, civic groups, professional organizations and businesses about the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation and its impact on the financial bottom line ands employee performance. 

Kathryn serves on numerous multidisciplinary healthcare committees, and is an expert in preparing sleep labs for TJC and AASM accreditation site visits.  Ms. Hansen holds a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Kentucky, is a Registered Electroneurodiagnostic Technician, and a Certified Professional Coder.  Ms. Hansen specializes in accreditation, reimbursement and compliance as a member of the SCMI team.

Bob Floro, MS, RRT, RCP

Mr. Floro most recently served as Director of the Home Care Accreditation Program at the Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO), Chicago, Illinois. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to SCMI in the area of sleep DME accreditation, business development contacts with the sleep durable medical equipment industry. 

Mr. Floro’s is highly respected by DME professionals and the DME industry. His leadership helped position the Joint Commission home care accreditation program among the best. This work and knowledge will now greatly benefit SCMI’s sleep DME client businesses.

Mr. Floro holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership from the Ken Blanchard College of Business (Grand Canyon University), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (Eastern Kentucky University) and an Associate in Science degree in Respiratory Care (University of Kentucky).  He is also a Registered Respiratory Therapist (National Board for Respiratory Care) and a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner (Kentucky).

Edward Grandi is a past executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA). The association is the only national nonprofit dedicated to reducing injury, disability and death from sleep apnea and enhancing the lives of those affected by this common disorder.  

He is a member of the editorial advisory board for Sleep Review magazine, a member of the American Thoracic Society Patient Advisory Roundtable and sits on the ATS Members in Training and Transition Committee.

Prior to joining the ASAA, Mr. Grandi served as the development director for two other non-profit organizations. Before entering the non-profit sector he worked for 25 years as an insurance executive, specializing in insurance and risk management for non-profits.  Mr. Grandi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation from the American Institute of CPCU, and the Associate in Risk Management designation from the Insurance Institute of America.  Mr. Grandi joined the SCMI Advisory team in 2009.

Susan Keller, RPSGT

Ms. Keller is a Clinical Sleep Specialist for Phillips Respironics.  In teh past she has served as the Director of Wellstar Sleep Disorders Services, a position she has held for over ten years. In a Director capacity she was responsible for the direction and management of an AASM accredited 12 bed sleep center and 2 bed satellite facility, including budget maintenance, staff scheduling, policy and procedure revision, and community education.  Ms. Keller is a member of the faculty of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology where she focuses on the training of technicians and physicians in sleep disorder diagnostic procedures. She is a member of the Association of Polysomnograpic Technologists, a Board member of the Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals and the Communications Team Chair for Wellstar Health System as well as the SCMI Advisory Team.

Kristine B. Mensching, MBA

Kristine is Sleep Center Management Institute's Business Services consultant. She has eighteen years of marketing, management and business development experience with the last nine years dedicated to specializing in healthcare professional service marketing and development. A business development and marketing specialist, Kristine has been instrumental in the initiation and growth of numerous companies over the past two decades. She earned her MBA from Memphis State University and BS from The Florida State University.  Kristine also manages SCMI's daily operations including all professional, educational and administrative services.

Steve Vinci, RRT 

Steve Vinci, RRT, has 30 years experience in respiratory care and sleep DME services. He provides leadership to a $15M operation and has personally managed 11 successful Joint Commission accreditations. Steve serves on the board of the California Association of Medical Product Suppliers (CAMPS), a statewide advocate for home care. Steve was also appointed to the Home Care PTAC with the Joint Commission and has served for five years, including as its chair.

Mitch Naylor

Mitch Naylor, originally from Wyoming, brings 20 years of DME data processing and computer systems experience to the team. This includes the development and operational management of DME information and compliance systems. His success in the analysis, negotiation and competitive bids has helped secure over $50M in contracts.

Tracy Nasca is the executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA). Prior to that she was a co-founder and the Senior Vice President of Talk About Sleep, Inc., a web-based company providing quality information, support and resources to sleep disorder patients, their family, friends and healthcare professionals.  Diagnosed in 1989 with profoundly sever mixed apnea and RLS, she was a CPAP failure and told by her doctors to get compliant or prepare to die.  Tracy changed her attitude, fought through the difficulties and reached compliance with bi-level.  The positive changes encouraged her to self education sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.  The more she learned, the more alarming it became that there was so little support for struggling sleep disorder patients.  Tracy's life is dedicated to helping others accept their diagnosis and obtain therapeutic compliance and this she is a true expert in sleep patient education.

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