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Upcoming HLO Closures Due to State Holidays

​Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, September 2, 2024, for Labor Day
  • Monday, November 11, 2024, for Veterans Day
  • Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29, 2024, for the Thanksgiving holiday​

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Practitioner information

The following regulated professions are overseen by the Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the links below:

About the board

The Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board (RTPT) oversees the practices of respiratory therapists and polysomnographic technologists in the State of Oregon.

The RTPT consists of seven members appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Oregon Senate:

  • Three respiratory therapists
  • Two polysomnographic technologists
  • One qualified medical director for polysomnography or respiratory care
  • One public member

Members of the board must be citizens of Oregon. Respiratory therapist and polysomnographic technologist members must have engaged in their respective practice for a period of five or more years immediately preceding appointment. The term of office of each member of the board is four years, but members serve at the pleasure of the governor. Vacancies are filled by the governor by appointment for the unexpired term. A member holds office until the appointment and qualification of a successor.

Members are eligible for reappointment. After serving two consecutive full terms, members must wait at least four years before being eligible for appointment to serve on the board.

Board members

Lori Freimark

Term: 1st Partial
Term end: 11/30/2023
Oregon City

Michael Lefor

Michael Lefor

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 2/29/2020

Dr. Michael Lefor is Attending Physician at The Oregon Clinic and specializes in critical care, pulmonary and sleep medicine, all for which he is board certified. Named as one of Portland Monthly's "Top Doctors" in 2010 and 2012, Dr. Lefor serves as medical director at sleep disorder treatment facilities in Portland and Silverton. Graduating from Oregon Health & Science University with a medical degree in 1996, Dr. Lefor has presented, consulted or acted in an academic capacity at more than 50 conferences, workshops and other events. He served his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and received a fellowship in his practice specialties from the University of Utah. "Ultimately, our responsibilities are to our patients so they can receive the most appropriate, safe, and reliable care," Dr. Lefor said. "Because of my background, I do feel that I am well qualified to provide a physician-patient perspective regarding any regulatory developments governing respiratory care and polysomnography."

Mark Easbey

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 11/24/2023
Junction City

Mark Easbey has been a sleep technician for the past 10 years and since 2016, has been the lead sleep technician at the Samaritan Sleep Center in Albany, Oregon. Easbey served in the armed forces doing four years active duty in the United States Marine Corps. He is highly passionate about the field of sleep medicine and its close connection to respiratory care. Easbey feels a sense of duty to do all that he can do to promote the highest of standards in these two fields to ensure patients get the quality of care they deserve.

Erickson, Michael

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 5/31/2025

Richard Burton II

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 2/15/2028
Gold Beach

The Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologists Licensing Board currently has an opening for a Polysomnographic Technologist. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologists Licensing Board currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.

Board Recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current board member terms expire.

Current vacancies and how to apply

For board recruitment questions or the appointment process, contact the Oregon Governor's Office of Executive Appointments at 503-378-6829.