We are Maple Respiratory Group

Maple Respiratory Group (MRG) has built one on the most knowledgeable integrated teams of respiratory and sleep disorder specialists. Our respected pulmonologists, sleep specialists, interpreting physicians, technologists, respiratory therapists, educators and support staff are committed to the highest level of patient care.

Maple Respiratory Group (MRG) has built one on the most knowledgeable integrated teams of respiratory and sleep disorder specialists. Our respected pulmonologists, sleep specialists, interpreting physicians, technologists, respiratory therapists, educators and support staff are committed to the highest level of patient care.

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Three areas of focus

Sleep Services

MRG operates one of Canada’s most advanced programs for diagnosing sleep disorders in children and adults, through an accredited sleep lab.

Respiratory Services

Since 2011, we have been providing high quality Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) to adult and pediatric patients in the Calgary region.

Education Services

MRG provides accredited courses and certifications to medical professionals, including Sleep Technology Training Programs and Certified Respiratory Education.

Meet our team

Executive Team & Co-Founders

CEO

BEN ASUCHAK

RRT

CHIEF SLEEP STRATEGIST

RODNEY ROUSSEAU

CCSH, RRT, RPSGT, RST, FCSRT

DIRECTOR OF RESPIRATORY DIVISION OPERATIONS

MARK SCHAFER

RRT, CPSGT

DIRECTOR OF SLEEP SOLUTIONS

LAREE FORDYCE

B.TECH, CCSH, RPSGT, RST, CCRP

Clinical Leadership Team

MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF RESPIRATORY SERVICES DIVISION

DR. MICHAEL A. ROMAN

MD, FRCPC, FCCP

MEDICAL CONSULTANT OF MRG

DR. WILLIS H. TSAI

MD, FRCPC, FAASM, MSC

MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF SLEEP SERVICES DIVISION

DR. MANISHA WITMANS

MD, FRCPC, FAAP, RPSGT, FAASM, BSCMED

MEDICAL CONSULTANT – PULMONARY

DR. JAMES MICHAEL (MIKE) RAMSAHAI

MD, FRCPC

Administrative Team

Education Division

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

CHRISTY LEISHMAN

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

HAROLD FLOHR

CPA, CMA, PMP, MBA, BAc

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

MEENA KUMAR

MAppSc, RRT

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF SLEEP SERVICES

RACHEL FORDYCE

RPSGT, RST, EMR

Our roots run deep

Maple trees have deep root systems that can extend as far as 25’ from the tree. At Maple Respiratory Group, our roots date back decades prior to our formation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RHS Canada is founded by Ben Asuchak and Rod Rousseau. Provider of oxygen therapy, Home  sleep apnea testing (HSAT), CPAP equipment.

RHS receives full accreditation. Becomes Canada’s third largest provider of sleep and chronic lung disease services. 53 offices coast-to-coast.

Sound Sleep Solutions becomes accredited by the College of Physician and Surgeons (CPSA).

RHS opens pulmonary/respiratory diagnostic and follow-up treatment clinics in China.

Maple Respiratory Education begins providing international certified training in Sleep Technology. Our Sleep Courses are accredited by the Board of Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) STAR Program and by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) A-STEP Program.

Sound Sleep Solutions becomes accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). It is one of three sites in Canada to receive this accreditation.

RHS Canadian Homecare Division sold to VitalAire Canada Inc. Maple Respiratory Group is born with a focus on sleep and respiratory disorders.

Both Lung Diagnostic Centres Inc. and Sound Sleep Solutions become part of the MRG family.

MRG establishes a relationship with Chinese Association of Geriatric Sleep Sciences to establish standardization of polysomnographic laboratories.

MRG opens 17 locations in Columbia, across seven cities to serve 18,000+ patients.

MRG establishes a Respiratory Educator (PREP) Program.

MRG brings all operating arms together under a unified brand.

Lung Diagnostic Centres Inc. joins MRG

After a proud history serving Alberta clients as Lung Diagnostic Centres Inc., LDCI and its respected team of Respirologists, led by Dr. Michael Roman and Dr. Willis Tsai, will now be operating under the Maple Respiratory Group name.

Maple in name – global in nature

Maple Respiratory Group is expanding at home and across the globe. Today we have four PFT labs and one dedicated sleep lab in Calgary, Alberta. We have opened network clinics in Columbia and partnerships with other countries, and are excited to share our advanced diagnostic services and training programs with the world.

CEO
BEN ASUCHAK, RRT

As CEO and co-founder of Maple Respiratory Group Inc. (MRG), Ben Asuchak leads an integrated team of medical professionals committed to a model of ‘Inspired Wellness’ in respiratory and sleep care diagnostics. His vision is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to sleep and respiratory health. This extends beyond testing and diagnostic services, to include accredited training and certification for medical professionals. In addition, he is focused on establishing MRG as a centre of excellence in clinical research and knowledge-sharing.

Under Ben’s guidance, Maple Respiratory Group has built a network of pulmonary laboratories and sleep clinics in Calgary. He has overseen efforts to bring internationally recognized standards of training and education to Columbia and other regions of the world, under the Maple Respiratory Group banner.

A graduate of the SAIT Polytechnic Respiratory Therapy Program, Ben has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering chronic lung disease and sleep disordered breathing. He has led operations as an executive/ director of four of Canada’s leading clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic solution providers.

Ben continues to dedicate his career to changing the way the medical community views chronic disease management. He serves on several professional advisory committees, and is a respected lecturer on the topic of respiratory therapy.

CHIEF SLEEP STRATEGIST
RODNEY ROUSSEAU, CCSH, RRT, RPSGT, RST, FCSRT

Rod Rousseau is the Chief Sleep Strategist of the of Maple Respiratory Group Sleep Division, with international sites throughout Colombia. He oversees a team of 380+ dedicated professionals.

Rod graduated from the NAIT Respiratory Therapy Program and is a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and a FCSRT. He is a Sleep Educator and is Certified in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH). Rod is also a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) & Registered Sleep Technologist (RST). He’s worked in many aspects of Respiratory and Sleep care – including sleep lab diagnostics, community care, and respiratory therapy instruction (NAIT). Rob’s business experience involves management, consulting, and business development. He serves on the board for a number of companies.

Rod has remained active in education. having attended both Stanford and Atlanta’s schools of Sleep Medicine. He enjoys lecturing in Sleep Diagnostics and Therapeutics for the MRG Sleep and Respiratory Education Programs. Rod has also presented to the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, World Congress on Sleep Apnea, American Association of Sleep Technologists, and at various professional event in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, China and Colombia.

He is dedicated to changing lives through education, policy research, diagnostic and therapeutic excellence.

DIRECTOR OF RESPIRATORY DIVISION OPERATIONS
MARK SCHAFER, RRT, CPSGT

As Director of Maple Respiratory Group Inc., Mark Schafer, has assisted in the expansion of MRG both nationally and internationally. Over the past several years, he has worked diligently to build and maintain strong relationships across the professional healthcare field.

Mark graduated from NAIT Polytechnic Respiratory Therapy Program and is a Certified Polysomnographic Technician (CPSGT). He graduated from University of Saskatchewan’s College of Commerce, specializing in Community Health.

Mark is very active and engaged in the field of professional health and education for respiratory care and sleep health. He sits on several prominent advisory and planning committees. Mark has an incredible passion for giving back to the community and is often found leading events that create interest and enthusiasm among medical professionals and community members alike. He is a proud supporter of the Make a Wish Foundation and other local charities.

DIRECTOR OF SLEEP SERVICES
LAREE FORDYCE, B.TECH, CCSH, RPSGT, RST, CCRP

Laree Fordyce is the Director of Sleep Services at MRG, and Program Director for the MRG Sleep Training Program. She has been professionally involved in the field of sleep health for over 25 years, accumulating vast experience in both pediatric and adult sleep medicine. Her career has taken Laree across Canada and abroad. She has worked in multiple capacities: as a clinical sleep educator, technical director, sleep therapist, electro-neuro diagnostic technologist and research coordinator.

Laree oversees MRG’s Sleep Training Program, which is accredited by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and taught internationally. Laree has had the privilege of speaking on many topics in North America, Colombia and China. She was awarded the AAST Dr. Elliot D. Weitzman Service Award in 2009, the AAST Mary Carskadon, PhD. Literary Award in 2012, the AAST Service award in 2015 and the Canadian Sleep Society Technologist Award in 2017. She is currently on the American Association of Sleep Technologist (AAST) Board of Directors.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF RESPIRATORY SERVICES DIVISION
DR. MICHAEL A. ROMAN - MD, FRCPC, FCCP

Dr. Michael Roman is the Medical Director of the MRG Respiratory Services Division, as well as the Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is an attending Respirologist at the Rockyview General Hospital and a member of the Rockview Respirology Consultants (R2C). Dr. Roman completed his medical degree at Western University and moved to Calgary to complete training in Internal Medicine and Respirology at the University of Calgary. Following his Respirology training, he travelled to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles to complete a fellowship concentrating on exercise physiology, clinical cardiopulmonary exercise testing and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Dr. Roman has an active inpatient and ambulatory clinical practice in general respirology. He is the director of the Regional Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory, as well as medical director of the Community Accessible Rehabilitation (CAR) – pulmonary rehabilitation program. His research interests include exercise physiology, pulmonary rehabilitation and COPD management. Dr. Roman maintains an active role in undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching.

MEDICAL CONSULTANT OF MRG
DR. WILLIS H. TSAI, MD, FRCPC, FAASM, MSC

Dr. Willis Tsai is the Medical Consultant for MRG’s Respiratory and Sleep Services Divisions. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the Cummins School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is a staff respirologist and board-certified sleep specialist at the Rockyview General Hospital and Foothills Medical Centre Sleep Centre; as well as a member of the Rockyview Respirology Consultants (R2C).

Dr. Tsai received his medical degree from the University of Toronto, and is certified in Internal Medicine (University of Toronto), Respirology (Western University), and Sleep Medicine (University of Calgary). During his post-doctoral research training in Sleep Medicine, he also received his MSc (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Calgary.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF SLEEP SERVICES DIVISION
DR. MANISHA WITMANS, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, RPSGT, FAASM, BSCMED

Dr. Manisha Witmans is the Medical Director of MRG Sleep Solutions. She is a renowned board-certified sleep specialist, who subspecializes in pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Witmans completed her medical training at the University of Saskatchewan, and her residency in Pediatrics and her fellowship in Pediatrics Respirology at the University of Calgary, Alberta Children’s Hospital. She subsequently completed additional fellowship training in Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in California. After returning to Alberta, she developed the pediatric sleep program at the Stollery children’s hospital in Edmonton. Dr. Witmans is a passionate and driven professional who is striving to improve sleep and patient care for children and their families. She has helped with the development of the current international guidelines on the use of polysomnography in pediatric respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders.

CERTIFIED PROJECT MANAGER
CHRISTY LEISHMAN

Christy joined Maple Respiratory Group in 2016 and in this time has worked in both the Administration and the Finance & Accounting Departments.

With hard work and dedication, Christy’s role has evolved from office administration to management. In her current position, Christy leads in the development and implementation of policies and procedures ensuring compliance with CPSA Accreditation Standards for our Pulmonary Function facilities, manages and oversees the Administration Team, serves as a primary liaison for external offices, physicians, and medical associations and is MRG’s Privacy Officer. Christy’s organizational skills and attention to detail has improved company workflows, enabled cost and time efficiencies, and increased patient care by leading the project that enabled our test results to be available on Alberta Netcare. Christy has her Project Management Certification from Mount Royal University.

Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, interior design projects, spending time with her husband and 4 children and exploring the outdoors with their beagle.

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
HAROLD FLOHR, CPA, CMA, PMP, MBA, BAc

Harold Flohr is the Financial Controller at Maple Respiratory Group Inc., where he leads and coordinates the financial and accounting activities of the company. Harold has directed successful teams across multiple industries: including healthcare, logistics and transportation, metal recycling, real estate, consumer products (retail and wholesale), and advertising. Over the course of a successful business career, Harold has worked across North America, Latin America and Asia.

Harold is a CPA, CMA and graduated with distinction from the MBA program at INCAE Business School. He is a certified Project Manager from MRU and is pursuing a PMP designation.

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
MEENA KUMAR, MAppSc, RRT

Meena is an experienced health care professional as well as a dynamic take-charge academic administrator with over 30 years of highly successful and diversified experience in managing three large and complex academic programs at SAIT, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

A graduate of SAIT’s respiratory therapy program, Meena earned her Master of Applied Sciences from Australia’s Charles Stuart University in 2010. Meena spent more than a decade in the industry, working for the Calgary Health Region and Medigas Praxair Inc. before returning to SAIT as an instructor in 2000. In 2008, she became the Academic Chair for Therapeutic Services and in 2018 took on the role of Academic Chair for Life Sciences where she was responsible for the respiratory and paramedicine programs.

Meena has a strong passion for effective leadership and has presented on leadership and educational topics at several national and international conferences. She has received the Certificate for Advanced Leadership and Development from the Chair Academy. Furthermore, she has dedicated herself to ensuring learners are best prepared for their careers.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF SLEEP SERVICES
RACHEL FORDYCE, RPSGT, RST, EMR

Rachel Fordyce is the Technical Director of MRG Sleep Laboratory, and is an instructor with the MRG Sleep Technical Training Program. She is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) & Registered Sleep Technologist (RPSGT & RST), with a background in both pediatric and adult sleep medicine.

Rachel has a passion for sharing her knowledge and expertise as professional trainer and instructor. She has served as a Chair for the exam writing committee for the Pediatric Sleep exam, with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).