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Perchance to Dream


Former Patient Helps Others Sleep Better

Lauri Leadley spent so much time in hospitals as a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, she vowed to care for others as an adult. Valley Sleep Center’s owner still occasionally struggles with her illness, but it never dims her smile or determination to give back.

With five Valley locations, Valley Sleep Center is one of the largest independent facilities in Arizona, diagnosing 6,000 patients annually for sleep-related issues like insomnia, sleep-walking and snoring.

Such treatment is traditionally performed in a hospital-like setting, but Leadley’s patients enjoy modern technology and the comforts of home. Private suites include plush beds, flat screen televisions, wireless internet and their own bathrooms. “You can’t have a sleep study if you can’t fall asleep,” Leadley says.

Two years after founding the business with her husband, Glenn, Lauri was pregnant with their third child when everything changed in a day.

“October 28, 1992,” she remembers. “I was told I had cancer that kills people in six weeks and because I was pregnant, they didn’t know what to do. Scariest thing ever.”

The diagnosis? Burkitt’s lymphoma, a rare cancer that threatened Lauri’s life and her unborn child’s. After what she calls “the hardest decision of my life,” she agreed to risky, aggressive chemotherapy treatment that saved them both.

Now cancer-free, Leadley gives back by encouraging other cancer patients and through an annual “Go to Bed Fed” food drive for the United Food Bank. And with three new clinics opened last year and revenue up six fold over 2005, Leadley’s goal of building Arizona’s biggest and best sleep center is being realized.

And as for her youngest child? Connor, born six weeks premature, is a now healthy, happy 18-year-old who will graduate from high school this spring. If his mom’s losing any sleep, it’s for all the right reasons.

Article courtesy of the “Phoenix Business Journal”

Client Reviews

"I was especially impressed with Andrew the Respiratory Therapist who reviewed my study with me and answered my questions. Andrew thoroughly explained everything about the Cpap machine-from start to finish. I never felt rushed and was assured I could contact him with any additional questions or needs. Andrew told me he would follow up with a call in a week and he did. I believe this center performed the study appropriately and the added benefit of having Andrew teach me about the machine and what to expect was a bonus."

Candace M.

Scottsdale, AZ

"I recommend them highly!! I took my 2 year old daughter for a sleep study and was very impressed. Our sleep technician was amazing with her, very patient and kind. The DVD we brought to watch while getting her hooked up got stuck in the TV and they vowed to return it. We got a call the next day checking on our daughter and saying how sweet she was, they mentioned the DVD. Several days later, we received the DVD plus a new copy of the Lion King with a nice note. They are very good at what they do and if they can make a 2 year old feel at ease, they can probably do the same with anyone!!"

Anthea S.

Tempe, AZ

"Great staff, they make you feel so at home. Every medical facility should be this nice. Felt like a nice hotel. Someone has great taste in decorating. Thanks for making us feel at home."

Steve N.

San Diego, CA