Get to know our speakers and learn more about their backgrounds and areas of specialty.
Mary K. Schroth, MD
Mary K. Schroth, MD is the director of the University of Wisconsin Pediatric Pulmonary Center. Her area of expertise is in the respiratory management of pediatric neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Schroth earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. She is board certified in pediatric pulmonology and pediatrics.
She was included in the Best Doctors in America® lists for 2011, 2013 and 2014. Dr. Schroth was also honored with UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award in 2012 for achieving the highest level of patient satisfaction.
David Ingbar, MD
David Ingbar, MD is a pulmonologist and critical care physician at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. He was named one of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine’s top doctors in 2012 and was included in the Best Doctors in America® lists for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Dr. Ingbar earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Washington and his pulmonary medicine and critical care fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.
Ronald Reilkoff, MD
Ronald Reilkoff, MD is a pulmonologist, internal medicine and critical care physician at HealthEast Care System in Minneapolis, Minn. Dr.
Reilkoff earned his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at Yale-New Haven
Hospital and his pulmonary medicine and critical care fellowship also at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Marc Pritzker, MD
Marc Pritzker, MD is a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Pritzker earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, where he also completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship.
He was named one of Minnesota Monthly's Best Doctors for Women in 2014 and was included in the Best Doctors in America® lists for 2011 and 2012.
Jennifer D. James, RPSGT, RST, PHR
Jennifer is the Managing Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. She has over 20 years of clinical sleep medicine experience. She has worked in a number of settings including hospital based and independently owned sleep centers. She has functioned in a variety of roles in the sleep field including: conducting polysomnographic studies, clinical sleep training, developing an A-STEP program, providing accreditation oversight, DME, marketing and sales. She is a founding member of Sleep Review Magazine's editorial advisory board. She has written several articles about sleep and the sleep management field including: an original case study about PLMS, successful mentorship of the sleep technologist, and achieving CPAP compliance.
Orvar T. Jonsson, MD, FACC
Dr. Orvar Jonsson is a cardiologist at Sanford Heart Hospital. Dr. Jonsson serves as the Director of the Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension programs and is the region’s only Board-Certified Cardiologist in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant. His specialty interests include Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure, Non-Invasive and Invasive Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine and CT Coronary Angiography. He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant. He performs right and left heart catheterization.
Dr. Jonsson is a member of Heart Failure Society of America, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. Dr. Jonsson is an Academic Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota. His clinical research interest focuses on advanced heart failure technologies, cardiovascular disease and medication therapies.
Eyad Kawar, MD
Dr. Kawar is an attending physician in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. His interests include pulmonary physiology, respiratory mechanics, and respiratory muscle function and disease. His research focuses on the relationship between lung volumes and sleep-related breathing disorders.
Dr. Kawar graduated from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. Following his Chief Residency, he completed fellowship training at Brown University, Providence, RI. Dr. Kawar joined Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in 2013. He is academically affiliated with the University of South Dakota.
Thomas Luzier, MD
Dr. Thomas Luzier graduated from medical school at University of Kansas. He compeleted his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver Colo. He completed an fellowship in adult and pediatric allergy at Children's Mercy Hospital and University of Kansas. Dr. Luzier served 30 years in the military, 14 year on active duty and 16 years in the reserve.
He is a Fellow of the American College and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as well as a Fellow in the American Allergy of Pediatrics. He has served on numerous speaker bureaus, insurance and hospital boards and specialty boards. He currently practices at Aberdeen Asthma & Allergy's in Aberdeen, SD.
Bhanu Prakash Kolla, MD
Bhanu Prakash Kolla, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist and Sleep Medicine Physician at Affiliated Community Medical Centers-Willmar Skylark Center in Willmar, Minn. He graduated from Osmania Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India. He completed his psychiatry residencies at the University of Oxford in Oxford, United Kingdom and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he also completed his sleep medicine fellowship. Dr. Kolla is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. He is also a member of the United Kingdom's Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Association of Psychopharmacology.
As a Sleep Medicine Physician, Dr. Kolla treats patients with insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep problems in the context of psychiatric illnesses.
Meghna P. Mansukhani, MD
Meghna P. Mansukhani, MD, is board certified in Family Medicine and Sleep Medicine. She earned her medical degree from Osmania Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India. She completed one residency at Oxford, Kent-Surrey-Sussex, North West and West Midlands Deaneries in the United Kingdom and a second residency in Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. A Sleep Medicine Fellowship was also completed at Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Mansukhani currently evaluates and treats such sleep disorders as sleep apnea, insomnia, parasomnia and narcolepsy at Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar, Minn. She also holds the title of Medical Director for the sleep center at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willimar, Minn., and Affiliated Community Medical Centers-Marshall Sleep Center in Marshall, Minn.
Anne Snyder, RRT
Anne Snyder is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Clinical Education Specialist based in St. Paul, Minn. Her job includes giving seminars and in-services on respiratory topics and modalities around the United States. She has acute care clinical experience from working in a cystic fibrosis center, two level-one trauma centers and covering ER/ICU at a smaller community hospital. She has also served as a lead therapist for a Medicare program treating and educating geriatric patients in skilled nursing facilities. Additionally, she has spent time in a special outpatient pulmonary laboratory and adult and pediatric pulmonary clinics.
Lisa J. Stellinga MS, LPC-MH, CCDCIII
Ms. Stellinga is therapist who earned her Master’s degree at South Dakota State University in Counseling & Human Resource Development, and her bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies. She’s worked in related fields for 25 years including outpatient and home-base therapy, hospitals, alcohol and drug treatment centers, group homes and schools. She currently works with adults who suffer from insomnia, anxiety, depression and trauma as well as couples, families and children with trauma histories. She uses effective treatments, somatic processing, skill-building to help individuals find health and balance; she also enjoys public speaking!
Rizan Hajal, MD, FCCP
Rizan Hajal, MD, FCCP, is American Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He received his medical degree from Saint-Joseph University School of Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Nassau University Medical Center at the University of New York -Stony Brook. He completed a fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Columbia University’ St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, NY. He has been in private practice since 2005 at Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants in Sioux Falls, SD.
The Sioux Falls Sleep Center is led by Dr. Rizan Hajal. Dr. Hajal has been actively involved in sleep medicine since 1999, taking part in more than 20,000 sleep studies. With his double board certification from the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board in Sleep Medicine, Dr. Hajal has achieved one of the highest distinctions among sleep specialists.
Dr. Hajal has been actively involved in sleep medicine since 1999, taking part in more than 20,000 sleep studies and diagnosing sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy. With his double board certification from the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board in Sleep Medicine, Dr. Hajal has achieved one of the highest distinctions among sleep specialists.