About us

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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 about sleep disorders, and their crucial interaction with cardiac, pulmonary, psychiatric, endocrine, and neurological diseases. Finally, we also focus on the bed partner's health as well as on the public health.

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 over 27 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 has hospital privileges at The Villages Hospital. He emphasizes up-to-date quality medical care with special interests in sleep disorders, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, pneumonia, cough, breathing difficulty, snoring and daytime sleepiness. The practice is limited to sleep and complex pulmonary disorders, but we work closely with many primary care providers.

Dr. Albino is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a member of the American Thoracic Society, the Florida Thoracic Society, the Florida Pulmonary Society, the Florida Medical Association, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 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, whether it is managing sleep apnea, treating bronchitis, stabilizing someone with emphysema, or helping someone die with dignity.  Medicine is a deep commitment that I live up to every day.  In my practice, I will continually strive to be up-to-date and 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 treat patients by keeping their goals in mind.  If we skip this all important step of listening, nothing else can make up for it."

heather ellingtonHeather Ellington

Administrator, The Village Sleep Lab

I am the Office Administrator for the Village Sleep Lab. I have been working in the medical field for over ten years. My job is to make sure we provide effective and efficient health care. The joys of working in the medical field are to see all of the advancements in medicine and how they truly help our patients. This is what I feel is our stronghold here at the Village Sleep Lab. Along with being up-to-date with the recent advancements in our area of expertise, we take the time to listen to our patients and really find out what kind of treatment they are looking for. We use our knowledge to help them with their concerns, and in the long run, we help them succeed.

Miyoshi ScottMiyoshi Scott

LPN, Sleep and Pulmonary Nurse, The Village Sleep Lab

I am a sleep/pulmonary nurse, and I have worked with Dr. Juan Albino for the past 3 years. I enjoy the patient contact, the patient feedback, and I really enjoy working with Dr. Albino.

Mr. Philip Ratliff, Patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Philip RatliffWith his wife Linda
Coordinator of the Villages AWAKE (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 good bye 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 said. "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 and called up Dr. Albino and demanded that I receive that CPAP machine as soon as possible. That was 5 years ago 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, and our feelings about the sleep study and our response to treatment with CPAP. We all benefited from each others' 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 9 members, grew rapidly, and formed The Villages AWAKE Group, a sleep apnea support group that is affiliated with a national organization, The American Sleep Apnea Foundation. We now have over 180 members and we meet monthly. All residents of The Villages are invited to attend.

My association with Dr. Albino over the last five 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 AWAKE 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.

Mrs. Lois Brach, Patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Lois BrachCoordinator, The Villages Sleep Apnea AWAKE Support Group

When my husband and I moved to The Villages six years ago, I was searching for a lung doctor because I had experienced a pulmonary embolus and wanted to follow up my medical care. I saw Dr. Juan Albino and he requested my records and proceeded to monitor me for pulmonary issues, but he also was concerned that my neck seemed to be large and I was not as alert as I should be.  He ordered a sleep test, and the results showed severe sleep apnea.

Dr. Albino placed me on CPAP, supplemented with oxygen, and the change in my health was incredible. Actually, the first year I lived in The Villages, I almost became a hermit because of my confusion and loss of cognitive ability. When you have severe sleep apnea, you are in such a fog that you are dangerous. Sleep apnea comes on insidiously and it's difficult to pinpoint a specific problem, you just know something is wrong.

The CPAP was not easy to get used to and I didn't think I could do it at first, but Dr. Albino encouraged me along. After 3 months I finally became adapted to it, and I am very glad that I persevered. I now consider the CPAP an essential part of my good health.

I am much more active now and attend water aerobic classes three times a week. I also play bocce, mow the lawn, and generally get along with my life just fine. I also know that the echocardiogram or heart test that Dr. Albino administered after 6 months of being on CPAP showed that this treatment improved my cardiac status when compared to prior echocardiograms.

The CPAP and oxygen go with me everywhere. When I travel, they are an essential part of my life. At first it was a challenge taking them with me when I traveled, but they have become part of the routine. I owe my life to Dr. Albino and will be ever grateful to him and all the people that make up his staff. Thank you ever so much, Dr. Albino.

Along with other patients of Dr. Albino's, we began sharing experiences about being sleep apnea patients. We then formed a support group in The Villages, called the Awake Group. We would like to let you know that we meet the second Monday of every month at the Bridgeport Recreation Center of The Villages at 6:30 p.m. We invite speakers to our meetings that provide educational talks. In 3 years we have grown from 9 to 175 members, and last month (December, 2007) we nearly reached 200 members. If you are a member of The Villages, we sincerely invite you to join us at the Awake Group and share your experiences and learn more about sleep apnea.

If you are not a member of The Villages then check to see if there is an AWAKE near you by contacting the national parent organization: the American Sleep Apnea Association (www.sleepapnea.com).

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