Lake Regional Health System announces Chelsea Pendleton, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, has joined Lake Regional Sleep Medicine Clinic. Pendleton works closely with Justin A. Malone, M.D., to diagnose and treat sleep disorders, including insomnia and sleep apnea.
“We’re pleased to welcome Nurse Practitioner Chelsea Pendleton to our sleep medicine team,” said Todd Bailey, Neurosciences Service Line Director at Lake Regional. “Pendleton is an empathetic provider who listens well and understands how important quality sleep is to our overall health.”
Pendleton earned a Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from Chamberlain University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She began her nursing career in 2008 as a critical care registered nurse with Lake Regional Health System. She is certified to treat patients across the lifespan and is skilled in assessment and monitoring, health restoration, wellness promotion and illness prevention.
“In the past 12 years, I have witnessed countless patients and families devastated by illnesses that could have been prevented,” said Pendleton. “For this reason, I chose to return to school and become a provider to advocate for preventative medicine. I was drawn to the specialty of sleep medicine because I know how important sleep is to our overall health and what harmful effects lack of sleep can have if not treated.”
Pendleton builds rapport with her patients to create an environment of trust and to increase patient confidence.
“Active listening and providing empathy are two of the most important factors when creating a positive working relationship with patients,” Pendleton said. “Active listening conveys respect and builds trust.”
Pendleton lives in Ulman, Missouri, with her husband and their teenage daughter. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors and travel with her family.
Lake Regional Sleep Clinic is located on the third floor of Lake Regional Hospital. To make an appointment, call 573.302.2715.
Patients receive sleep testing at Lake Regional Sleep Center, also located on the hospital’s third floor. The center offers a full range of diagnostic testing, including sleep studies (polysomnograms), multiple sleep latency testing (MSLT), maintenance of wakefulness testing (MWT) and home sleep testing (HST). Sleep studies require a physician’s order and are conducted Monday through Saturday nights from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. For more information, visit lakeregional.com/Sleep.