About Us

An Experienced Medical Sleep Lab

The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance is a fully accredited, medical sleep lab and testing facility that has been in operation for nearly 15 years.  We provide sleep screening, initial consults, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of the full spectrum of sleep disorders and sleeping problems including:  Sleep apnea (snoring); Insomnia; Excessive daytime sleepiness including narcolepsy; Shift work/jet lag/delayed sleep phase; Movement disorders such as restless legs syndrome; Parasomnias (e.g., sleep walking, night terrors and violent behavior in sleep); and Sport performance and training related sleep issues. Investigations may include sleep testing by in-home overnight monitoring (level III) or overnight sleep studies, which are done in the sleep lab (level I). We help people with all types of sleep problems get more sleep.

Sleep Doctors

DR. CHARLES SAMUELS, M.D., CCFP, DABSM

DR. CHARLES SAMUELS, M.D., CCFP, DABSM

Dr. Samuels is the Medical Director of the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Samuels is board certified in Sleep Medicine with the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He has a clinical background in Rural and Urban Family Medicine.

Dr. Samuels is a clinical trial researcher with a special interest in the scientific study of the effect of drugs on psychological processes and behavioral activity and obesity. He has acted as a primary and co-investigator on over 20 clinical trials from Phase II to Phase IV. He has served as the Vice-Chair of the Research Ethics Review Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta from 2000-2003. Dr. Samuels is currently the lead investigator for the Calgary Police Service Health and Human Performance Research Initiative, which is a long-term research project exploring the impact of rotating shift work on health and performance of police officers. This project is part of a North American collaboration including Harvard University, New York State University Buffalo and Washington State University.

Dr. Samuels is also co-investigator in a unique study funded by "Own the Podium" which explores the relationship of sleep on recovery and performance in elite Canadian athletes. He has served as a sleep and performance consultant for the Calgary Flames and the OAR Northwest Africa to Americas Expedition.

AFFILIATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine
  • Medical Director, Centre for Sleep & Human Performance
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology
  • Co-Investigator and Clinical Director, RCMP: Fatigue Management Strategy, F Division
  • Principal Investigator, Own the Podium Sleep and Recovery Research Initiative
Dr. Joseph Askin, M.D., F.C.F.P., Somnologist (ESRS)

Dr. Joseph Askin, M.D., F.C.F.P., Somnologist (ESRS)

Dr. Askin has practiced general sleep medicine at the Centre for Sleep and Human Performance in Calgary since leaving family practice in 2007. He received his medical education at the Universities of Calgary (1989) and Alberta (1991).  He holds the designation Somnologist – Expert in Sleep Medicine from the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) and has trained in life-coaching and medical cognitive behavioural therapy. He provides comprehensive care to patients with the full range of sleep/wake disorders and has a special interest in cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBTi). He has conducted workshops and written articles on various aspects of sleep, work-life balance, and bio-medical ethics.

Dr. Robert Cohen, M.D., CCFP, Somnologist (ESRS)

Dr. Robert Cohen, M.D., CCFP, Somnologist (ESRS)

Dr. Cohen received his MD from Dalhousie University in 1998 and completed his Family Medicine training at the University of Alberta. He holds the designation Somnologist – Expert in Sleep Medicine from the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS).  He practiced a broad scope of community-based Family Medicine prior to joining the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance in 2006, where he provides comprehensive care of all sleep disorders.

Dr. Cohen has given invited presentations to public and professional audiences in the areas of insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea and sleep in medical disorders. His current areas of interest are the primary care approach to sleep disorders and the management of shift work sleep disorder.  

Dr. Cohen enjoys teaching Family Medicine Residents at the Centre with mentoring them with their Sleep Medicine training. He also enjoys working with shift workers and helping them best manage their sleep.

Research Team

Dr. Amy Bender, PhD

Dr. Amy Bender, PhD

Dr. Bender is a Mitacs Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology and works jointly at the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance as a Sleep Scientist. She received her PhD and Master of Science degrees in Experimental Psychology from Washington State University in Spokane, WA specializing in sleep EEG. Her current research focuses on the relationship of sleep and recovery on athletic performance in Canadian National Team athletes. She has developed sleep intervention protocols for numerous Canadian National Teams, and is working towards validating the Athlete Sleep Screening Questionnaire in over 200 Canadian National Team athletes. Her research interests stem from being an athlete herself; she was inducted into the Community Colleges of Spokane Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 and completed an Ironman in 2009.

Clinical Sleep Educators

Dr. Katherine Rasmussen, ND, B.Ed, BA

Dr. Katherine Rasmussen, ND, B.Ed, BA

Clinical Sleep Educator

Dr. Rasmussen ND is the Clinical Sleep Educator at the Centre for Sleep and Human Performance. She works collaboratively with the Medical Director and Centre physicians, to develop, facilitate and manage a clinical sleep education program, which supports an interdisciplinary approach to the diagnosis, management and treatment of sleep disorders.

Dr. Rasmussen communicates with patients, families and the community to educate individuals on sleep disorders, good sleep hygiene, treatment optimization and methods to improve and monitor compliance with prescribed treatment. Her role also involves assisting patients in eliminating barriers to care, in order to maximize their quality of life. Dr. Rasmussen employs concepts of health behavioral change models to enhance individualized patient instruction, and she liaises with physicians and other health care professionals, to manage and assess patient compliance and quality assurance, in order to improve clinical outcomes.

Dr. Rasmussen has 15 + years’ combined experience in childhood, adult and cross cultural education with expertise in health and wellness promotion, as well as, 9 years’ progressive clinical experience including health care operations and general management having established and owned a health clinic in Calgary.

In addition to her post-graduate degree in Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Rasmussen holds Bachelor degrees in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and in Education from Queen's University.

Support Team

LAB TEAM

LAB TEAM

Our highly trained and fully registered sleep technologists (RPSGT*) manage your overnight observation to ensure you have a comfortable yet informative night in our state-of-the-art lab.  A private room with comfortable beds provides a home-like environment to optimize your sleep behaviours and trends.  The facility also offers patient access to a TV lounge and bathrooms and showers.

*The Registered Polysomnographic Technologist™ (RPSGT) is an internationally recognized credential representing the highest certification in the field for the health care professionals who clinically assess patients with sleep disorders.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Our administrative team is committed to providing you with rapid access to our Sleep Physicians and the state-of-the-art sleep test lab at the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance. Our professionals make certain your visit to the clinic and/or sleep lab is informative and value-added.   If you have any questions regarding a new or upcoming appointment, please contact us at patients@centreforsleep.com.

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