About us

aasm logoMission Statement

The Village Sleep Lab provides state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders in a caring environment in order to improve the quality of life of the community that we serve.

The center also provides educational opportunities for patients, support groups, physicians, health providers, and the community to increase awareness of sleep disorders and their diagnosis and management.

Goals & Objectives

The Village Sleep Lab strives to provide the highest quality medical care. We have a sleep center that is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; we have a medical director who is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, and we have a technical director and polysomnography technologists who are registered by the American Association of Sleep Technologists.

We believe that health care providers should take the time to listen intently to what patients say about the nature of their problems as well as their expectations for diagnosis and treatment. This process helps to create effective communication and teamwork between patient and provider.

The staff of the Village Sleep Lab actively participates in community activities and provides up-to-date knowledge to the public about sleep disorders and their crucial interaction with cardiac, pulmonary, psychiatric, endocrine, and neurological diseases.

También hablamos español y le proveemos servicios a la comunidad hispana.


Staff


dr. albinoJuan A. Albino, MD

Medical Director of The Village Sleep Lab
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Dr. Albino has been in practice for more than 30 years and formerly held positions as Associate Medical Director and Chief of Adult Medicine in Southboro, Massachusetts. His academic titles have included Assistant Professor of Medicine at New Jersey Medical School and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and at Columbia University.  He has also published several articles on pulmonary problems.

Medical Education: Harvard Medical School, MD
Harvard School of Public Health, MPH
Boston, MA
Internship & Residency: Internal Medicine, Montefiore Hospital
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY

Fellowship:
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Columbia University
New York, NY
Board Certified: Sleep Medicine
Pulmonary & Critical Care

Dr. Albino is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Thoracic Society, the Florida Thoracic Society, and the Florida Medical Association. He has served on the local Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association.

Dr. Albino states: "Serving others has always been a privilege that gives me great satisfaction, and sleep medicine is unique as it can make a tremendous impact on patients' lives and that of their bed partners. Medicine is a deep commitment that I live up to every day. In my practice, I continually strive to be up-to-date and to provide the highest quality medical care. My goal - and I ask it of my staff as well - is to always listen to our patients. It is by careful listening that I actually make a diagnosis, and then I treat the patient by keeping their goals in mind. If we skip this all important step of listening, nothing else can make up for it."


Melyssa RodriguezMelyssa Rodriguez

Senior Registered Sleep Technologist, The Village Sleep Lab

My name is Melyssa Rodriguez. I am the Senior Registered Sleep Technologist and Clinical Sleep Educator. It's been a pleasure working together with Dr. Juan Albino for more than a decade, and the Sleep Lab has become a second home for me. I genuinely enjoy educating the patients and taking time helping them sleep better, which is my ultimate goal. Hablamos español.


Miyoshi ScottMiyoshi Scott

LPN, Sleep and Pulmonary Nurse, The Village Sleep Lab

My name is Miyoshi Scott. I am the pulmonary/sleep nurse for Dr. Juan Albino. I have worked here for more than fourteen years. I enjoy the patient contact and the patient feedback, and I just really enjoy working with Dr. Albino.


Mr. Philip Ratliff, Patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Philip RatliffWith his wife Linda
Coordinator of the Sleep Apnea Support Group

I was referred to Dr. Juan Albino in his capacity as a pulmonologist by my PCP (primary care physician) for a troublesome bronchial condition. After evaluating and successfully managing this condition, I was about to say goodbye to Dr. Albino at our last office visit. However, my wife interrupted me and said, "Don't you want to mention your sleep problem to Dr. Albino?" Puzzled, I replied: "But I don't have a sleep problem." She quickly replied, "Yes you do." We went through another round: "No I don't." "Yes you do." Dr. Albino then asked my wife, "What exactly is his sleep problem?" to which my wife said, "He snores very loudly at night, and he stops breathing for long periods.  He is also sleepy during the day." After several more questions, Dr. Albino suggested that I obtain a sleep study, and I reluctantly agreed.

The night of the study, I thought I would not be able to sleep with all those wires on me, but I actually did. After the study, Dr. Albino called me and said I had sleep apnea and needed to have a second sleep study in order to be treated. Again, I reluctantly agreed, wondering how I was ever going to sleep with a mask blowing air over my face along with all the wire hookups. Well, it seemed that only a few minutes had passed from the time the CPAP was put on my face and the technologist awakened me. "What time is it?" I asked. "It's morning, and you can head home. You did very well," the technologist replied. I could not believe it. That was the best night's sleep I had had in years. I quickly went home, then called up Dr. Albino and demanded that I receive that CPAP machine as soon as possible. That was back in 2004, and I have used CPAP every night since then. I now not only sleep well at night and don't snore, but I am more energetic during the day and no longer take naps or fall asleep unexpectedly like I used to.

After using the CPAP for several months, Dr. Albino invited me and several other patients with sleep apnea to his office for a meeting. We discussed our experiences with this peculiar illness, our feelings about the sleep study and our response to treatment with CPAP. We all benefited from each other's experiences, since each person contributed a valuable perspective. After the second meeting, Dr. Albino asked me and Lois Brock to lead the group and seek an independent meeting place. We started with nine members, grew rapidly, and eventually formed The Sleep Apnea Support Group. We now have more than 350 members, and we meet the second Monday of the month (except during the summer) at 6:30pm in the Bridgeport Recreation Center. All residents of The Villages are invited to attend.

My association with Dr. Albino over the years has been very rewarding. Of course, his recognition of my sleep apnea problem saved my life, and the resulting improvement in my quality of life has been nothing short of phenomenal. Beyond that, his sponsorship and support for our Sleep Apnea Support Group has been outstanding. He is always there when we need him. His presentations are timely, interesting, and usually generate many excellent questions from the members. Thank you, Dr. Albino.

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