Meet Our Team

Our enthusiastic and motivated team are highly trained and committed to providing you with a personal and professional approach to the best available health care.

Our highly experienced team consists of Sleep Medicine Specialists, a Sleep Specialist Dentist, a Sleep Psychologist, CPAP Therapists, and a Dietitian. We work closely with an extensive network of other Specialists (e.g. ENT Surgeons) that can assist with your care if needed.

The Centre is committed to medically driven treatment according to patient need, with a broad range of services offered by Experts in their areas to achieve the best results for every patient.

Dr Anup Desai

Sleep & Respiratory Physician, Medical Director, Sydney Sleep Centre

Dr Anup Desai - MBBS (Syd) FRACP PhD Sleep Medicine (Syd)

Dr Anup Desai is a Specialist Sleep and Respiratory Physician. As well as his Specialist Sleep and Respiratory Physician qualifications, he has a PhD (Syd) in Sleep Medicine. He sees all Sleep and Respiratory conditions, and has a particular interest in non-respiratory sleep disorders, such as insomnia, parasomnias, restless legs, narcolepsy and unexplained sleepiness/tiredness.

He has extensive experience in issues related to obstructive sleep apnoea and driving and has helped to draft regulatory guidelines in this area. His focus is on a broad and realistic approach to each patient's sleep disorder. For instance, when treating obstructive sleep apnoea, treatment advice will consider CPAP, dental splint management, ENT procedures, managing nasal disease, weight loss and possibly positional therapy.

Dr Desai has built up a strong multi-disciplinary team around him at Sydney Sleep Centre (including CPAP therapists, a Sleep specialised dentist, a Sleep Psychologist and Dietician) and has close relationships with other local experts, such as ENT surgeons.

Detailed CV

Dr Anup Desai graduated from the University of Sydney in Medicine and underwent Physician training at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Towards the end of his Specialist training he commenced a PhD in Sleep Medicine at the University of Sydney. He was awarded several grants and prizes for his period of research (The Harry Windsor Postgraduate Research Scholarship; CONROD Fellowship, Royal Australasian College of Physicians; project grants from the Motor Accidents Authority of NSW, NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and St Vincents Hospital). As he finished his PhD degree, he was awarded the Allen and Hanburys Overseas Travelling Fellowship from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand to study in the UK (Oxford & London).

In 2003, he worked as a post doctoral Research Fellow at the Sleep Investigation Unit of St Thomas' Hospital, London. During his experience abroad, he also worked as a Consultant Physician in the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine in Birmingham Heartlands Hospital where his main role was to set up a large public hospital sleep laboratory, the largest in Birmingham at the time.

After returning to Sydney in 2004, Dr Desai commenced work at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and as an Associate Physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He continued these roles for several years while also establishing a private consulting practice in Camperdown.

In 2008, he was awarded a Senior Staff Specialist role at The Prince of Wales Public Hospital in Randwick, Sydney. At that stage he established a private clinical practice in Randwick at The Prince of Wales Private Hospital. He continues his Prince of Wales Public Hospital role today, as well as his two private clinical practices in Macquarie Street (Sydney Sleep Centre) and Randwick. His other major roles at present include Conjoint Senior lecturer, UNSW; Clinical Senior Lecturer, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney; Medical Assessor NSW Motor Accidents Authority; Medical Review Panel NSW Motor Accidents Authority and NSW WorkCover Trained Assessor of Permanent Impairment.

Recent Media

Sydney Morning Herald article 2 July 2017

Sydney Morning Herald article 2 July 2017

2. Sydney Sleep Centre Interview

Dr Desai was interviewed by Tara Brown from 60 minutes at the Sydney Sleep Centre clinic in September 2016. They discussed the tragic Coroners case of Phoebe Handsjuk. Dr Desai reviewed the Coroners report in which the Coroner formed the opinion that Phoebe Handsjuk plunged to her death while in a sleepwalking like state. He provided an expert Sleep Physician opinion on the medical evidence from the Corners Investigation and presented this in the 60 minutes segment. A link to the full TV episode is below:

https://www.9now.com.au/60-minutes/2016/episode-34

3. smh article June 2016 - sleep anxiety is the new zeitgeist

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4. Driver Fatigue Radio Campaign - in conjuction with NSW Transport and Nova 969 Radio; March 2016, midnight to 6 am timeslot

5. A Current Affair

http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/9008802/nod-off-get-off

6. Good Weekend Article

http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac%3bjsessionid=4986F90AC49FD4DF2D5EECC490CB51B6?sy=afr&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=1463&clsPage=1&docID=SMH1207283D55V17US79 

7. Advice to Coroner - smh

http://www.smh.com.au/national/sleep-apnoea-threatens-to-put-many-truckies-asleep-at-the-wheel-court-told-20130130-2dl6w.html

Dr Chaminda Lewis

Sleep & Respiratory Physician

Dr Chaminda Lewis - MBBS, FRACP

Dr Chaminda Lewis is an adult Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Physician with a particular interest in Sleep physiology and non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in complex patients. His other interests include obstructive sleep apnoea, interventional pulmonology, respiratory infections including tuberculosis, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as respiratory and sleep problems in patients with spinal cord injuries.

He graduated in Sri Lanka and did his internship in the prestigious professorial units reserved for the top graduates in the country. Thereafter, he did his Basic Physician training at Concord hospital and was offered advanced training positions in Concord and Prince of Wales hospitals. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Neuroscience Research Australia institute (NeuRA) and works as a Staff Specialist at The Prince of Wales Public Hospital in Randwick. He has private practices in the Sydney CBD (Sydney Sleep Centre) and in Bella Vista.

Dr Lewis has built strong relationships with others involved in Sleep medicine which includes ENT surgeons, dentists, Sleep technicians, CPAP providers, dieticians, sleep psychologists and physiotherapists and is able to provide a comprehensive management of sleep disorders.

Dr Geraldine Ash

Sleep Dentist

Dr Geraldine Ash - BDS (Syd) Grad Dip Dental Sleep Med (UWA)

Dr Geraldine Ash is a graduate in Dentistry from the University of Sydney with experience and qualifications in the practice of Dental Sleep Medicine. She has worked as a Dentist in both Australia and internationally since the early 1980s and over the past decade has provided Dental Sleep Medicine consultations and services in addition to general dental services. 

In pursuit of her interest in treating sleep difficulties with dental appliances she completed a Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine in 2013, being in the first cohort of that qualification. She works closely with the Specialists who refer patients to her. Patient care is of paramount concern to her. She has tutored and mentored colleagues in the field and continues to extend her knowledge in the area. 

Geraldine is a member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA); the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA); and the Sleep Health Foundation.  She has been a member of the Board of the ADA in Canberra.

Rosemary Clancy

Sleep Clinical Psychologist

Rosemary Clancy - BA (hons), MAppPsych, MAPS CCLIN

As a Clinical Psychologist working in Sydney for over 20 years, Rosemary Clancy has extensive mental health experience which can benefit your patients, through psychological assessment and evidence-based, best-practice treatments for circadian sleep-wake disorders and insomnia, as well as associated mood and anxiety issues.   

Her background in mental health (post -Clinical Psychology Masters degree from Adelaide University) stems from a decade (1993-2003) with Macarthur Mental Health (SWSAHS), treating adult mood, anxiety, sleep and eating disorders.   Since 2008 she has been Senior Psychologist/Allied Health Manager at The Sydney Clinic, where she has continued to specialise in treating insomnia, anxiety (including panic, phobic, and obsessive compulsive, disorders), and mood (particularly major depression, and bipolar patients’ sleep needs).

Now at the multidisciplinary Sydney Sleep Centre, she can provide your patients with proven behavioural and cognitive interventions to regulate sleep-wake cycles and manage/stabilise mood, and treat worry, panic and unhelpful coping behaviours associated with sleep disorders. 

Fumi Somehara

Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist, Level 1 Anthropometrist

Fumi Somehara  - BSc(Nutr)(Hons), B.App.Sc (Ex.Sp.Sc)

 

Fumi is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with a firm philosophy - Eat better, Get better, and Live better. There is no food banning or food shaming involved in her approach. Instead, Fumi focuses on your unique individual nutrition and health needs, and gives you the right knowledge and advice tailored specifically for you. 
 
Fumi's experience ranges across a broad spectrum, including Weight Management, Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, PCOS, Cardiovascular issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Food Intolerances, and Coeliac Disease. She also has special interest in Sports Nutrition for both recreational and professional Athletes and Dancers.
 
If you are after some strategies to improve your health and wellbeing, Fumi's here to help you out.

Fumi's Blog Site

Nathalie van der Howen

Sleep Respiratory Therapist

Nathalie van der Howen - BScBiol

Nathalie is a Sleep Respiratory Therapist with a compassionate approach to patient assessment and treatment of Sleep Disorders, including Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. She graduated from University of New South Wales (UNSW) with a Bachelor of Biological Science and is a dedicated and experienced professional working closely with patients to achieve the best outcomes for her patients.

Nathalie has an extensive working history in Community Pharmacy and it is here that her passion for supporting patients who suffer from Sleep Disorders, and in particular Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, was galvanised. As part of the team at Sydney Sleep Centre, Nathalie is focused on maximising the healthcare benefits for patients, and ensures all patients receive the best treatment and are followed up appropriately.

Sleep Respiratory Therapist

Roy Sweeney - BSc, PGDipMedTech (Sleep)

Roy is our latest Sleep Respiratory Therapist. He comes to us with substantial experience in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Roy graduated from Otago University with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Medical Technology endorsed in Sleep Medicine (with Merit). He has also completed the cardiology papers for this diploma.

Roy has extensive experience in both hospital and community roles, so can deliver a high quality of service with a knowledgeable and friendly approach. As part of the team at the Sydney Sleep Centre, Roys’ passionate approach allows patients to rest assured that they are receiving the best care and treatment possible.

Laura Athos

Reception/Administration

Laura Athos

Laura is receptionist with a compassionate and empathetic approach to patient assistance. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological sciences at The Australian Catholic University. Laura is hoping to become a clinical psychologist to further help individuals suffering from insomnia and other mental health related issues which may impact sleep. She is determined to provide the best service possible and assist patients with any enquiries they may have.

Reception/Administration

Sarah Howle - BPsySc (CQU), BCom (UOW)

Sarah has years of customer service and administration experience and enjoys working within the health care industry. She has a Bachelor of Psychological Science and is currently study a Masters of Social Work. She is hoping to work within the mental health area upon completion of this degree. Sarah aims to ensure every patient has a positive experience and receives the best care possible.