Reader’s Digest says it bases its compilation of “best” sleep doctors on “certification in sleep and related disciplines,” working at “American Academy of Sleep Medicine-certified centers,” and “extremely high patient-satisfaction ratings.”

Dr. Doekel, is the Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Alabama, the first sleep center in Alabama accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), a professional society in charge of accrediting sleep centers across the United States. Along with board certification in Sleep Medicine with the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM), he also is certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Doekel gets high scores for his kindness and compassion and his wealth of experience.