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Snore MD Fort St. John Sleep Clinic Helps Peace River Residents Sleep Peacefully

19 December 2019Categories:Our Dream TeamAuthor: Matt Richmond
Snore MD’s Fort St. John’s Sleep Clinician (Bobbi-lee Woodward) and Clinic Coordinator (Cassie Jenkins) share their personal stories and how they help local residents.

Between BC Hydro’s Site C dam project, the oil and gas patch, and the many area farms and ranches that dot the Peace River valley, Fort St. John is one of British Columbia’s most energetic cities. Hardly a day goes by without someone waking at the crack of dawn or working through the night. That’s why Fort St. John and Peace River Regional District residents must get at least 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep a day. If sleep-related disorders such as snoring or obstructed sleep apnea (OSA) are preventing you from conducting your daily tasks, see how Snore MD’s new Fort St. John sleep clinic can help.

Look for Our Sleep Sign

Our new Snore MD Fort St. John snore clinic is easy to spot off the Alaska Highway.

Located next to the Totem Mall alongside Safeway and Starbucks, the clinic offers free parking. It is easily accessible by car and the shuttle that travels daily from the Peace River Site C dam camp six kilometres away. 

The 15th Snore MD clinic to open in Western Canada, a steady stream of patients has visited the store since mid-November, with many curious to find out what Snore MD is all about, Bobbi-lee Woodward, Fort St. John sleep clinician says.

“Snore MD has been a positive addition to Fort St. John. It’s a go-go kind of city. We never slow down, especially those people who work on the dam or oil patch. We understand how that works and the sacrifices that workers and their families make and the benefits they can get from a good night’s sleep,” she says.

Walk-in for Sleep Solutions

Geared towards customer satisfaction, Snore MD works with health practitioners and sleep experts to provide the best sleep solutions.

“We are the only clinic in town that you can walk-in without a doctor’s referral and take home a sleep testing device. We are also happy to answer any questions. We hope you come in a stranger and leave as a friend,” Bobbi-lee says.

“We’re also open later during the day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, as people tend to get busy and only have time at the end of the day to come see us. We are also open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people who work all week,” adds Snore MD Fort St. John clinical coordinator Cassie Jenkins.

Meet our Dream Team

Bobbi-lee Woodward – Sleep Clinician

Born and raised in Fort St. John, Bobbi-lee Woodward has a saying that goes: “once you drink the water in the Peace River, you always come back.”

Brought up on a cattle ranch to parents who were outfitters, Bobbi-lee rodeoed across Canada and the US as a Barrel Racer and later was Kamloops Pro Rodeo Queen running for Miss Rodeo Canada. She later received her licensed practical nursing (LPN) degree at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and Grande Prairie. Ten years ago, she, with her husband, moved back to Fort St. John. Bobbi-lee worked as a home care nurse before landing her new position at Snore MD.

“Snore MD’s values line up with what I wanted to be as a nurse. I’m enjoying the follow-up care with patients and the relationships it has created,” Bobbi-lee says.

Cassandra “Cassie” Jenkins – Clinical Coordinator

A transplant from the Kootenays, Cassie and her husband, an RCMP officer, and their three boys moved to Fort St. John a year ago. A registered nurse (RN), Cassie received her schooling in Cranbrook and Castlegar through the University of Victoria. She worked as a  public health nurse in Nelson before moving to Fort St. John.

“This town has been great to my family, and I love the people here,” she says.

Sleep in Three Easy Steps

As soon as any patient steps through the door, they are greeted either by Cassie or Bobbi-lee.

“The first step is to learn their name, discuss what brought them into our store, and depending on their symptoms we offer our free sleep evaluation,” Bobbi-lee explains. “Patients are then encouraged to take their free sleep test home with them for two nights.”

The test measures blood oxygen levels, airflow, the diaphragm expansion when breathing, as well as the rise and fall of the diaphragm and is electronically scored to get accurate results.

If OSA is suspected, patients receive a further evaluation on a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP machine.

“I like people to feel the benefit of the sleep apnea machine and have us work out any kinks before we continue with ongoing treatment,” Bobbi-lee says.

Snore MD’s CPAP masks are put out in the open so people can see and touch them before purchasing any equipment.

“People are often surprised to find out how light and easy our masks are to wear,” Bobbi-lee adds.

How Care for Life Benefits Fort St. John Sleep Apnea Patients

Treatment does not end once patients purchase their sleep equipment through Third-Party Extended Insurance benefits or Snore MD’s interest-free financing. Through Snore MD’s Care for Life Premium Support Program, patients receive unlimited distilled water refills, follow-up appointments, remote monitoring, care calls, as well as progress updates.

“We’re also just a phone call away if they have any questions,” says Bobbi-lee.

Peace River valley residents ready for a better sleep, better life can contact Snore MD’s Fort St. John sleep clinic at 778-576-1469 or walk-in to our location at 102-9201 100 St. next to Safeway.

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