Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, a licensed psychologist and adjunct faculty at the University of Manitoba, has extensive experience working with athletes in both Canada and the United States at all levels of performance. She has attended almost every multi-sport games from the Canada Games to the Olympics and Paralympics, and has travelled extensively with a wide range of teams. In addition to her work in sport, Dr. Leslie-Toogood has worked with several other high performers including medical doctors, business leaders, and performing artists. A highly sought after speaker, she has published in peer-reviewed journals, presented numerous times at International conferences, and has been a guest for popular media sources including CJOB, CBC, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Sun, CTV and others. She is currently the Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and an active member of several other professional associations. Prior to returning to Canada, she was a faculty member at Kansas State University where she was the Coordinator of the Curriculum for Student Services in Intercollegiate Athletics and the Athletic Department Liaison. She believes in empowering people to manage their humanity so they are able to maximize their human potential. She works hard to ensure that people are able to fully enjoy their entire life experience (the highs and lows) and that they are continually learning and growing both as a person and performer. Dr. Leslie-Toogood draws from several psychological theories including humanism, mindfulness and CBT. Her personal mission statement is “passion, commitment and intensity unleash a new freedom of an energetic, balanced and holistic person who is healthy for life”.
Dr. Leslie-Toogood uses an individualized approach to enhancing performance. She works hard to create a trusting relationship and utilizes critical conversations as necessary. She is available for both group and individual service delivery, and has many tools in her repertoire including bio- and neuro-feedback. Notably, most extended health care plans cover psychological services.
Individual, group, Skype and telephone consulting services available.
Michelle Sawatzky -Koop grew up in Steinbach, Manitoba where she attended the Steinbach Regional Secondary School and graduated in 1988. She led her volleyball team to the 1987 “AA”Provincial Championship. The starting setter on the 1989 Canada Summer Games Bronze Medalist Team, she was recruited to play with the University of Manitoba Lady Bisons from 1988 to 1993. At the University of Manitoba she was the starting setter as they won the National Championship in 1990, ’91 and ’92. Throughout her University career she garnered many personal awards – she was named CIAU Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992. In 1993, she was named the University of Manitoba Female Athlete of the year.
Internationally, Michelle was a member of the Junior National team in 1990 and also of two World Student Games teams in 1991 and 1992. May of 1993 marked the start of Michelle’s career as a member of the Senior National Team. In 1995, she was part of the bronze medal finish at the Pan American Games in Argentina. March of 1996 the team qualified for the Olympic Games and in July of that same year, the team finished 9th at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Volleyball is not the only facet of Michelle’s life. Music is certainly the other side of things. Michelle began to study music at the age of 4 and studied piano and voice for many year. She graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Music in 1993 with a Bachelor of Music Piano Performance. In 1992 and 1993, she participated in the National Music Competition and also in 1993, completed a 12-concert solo piano tour of Western Canada. As a member of the National Youth Choir in 1992 and 1993, she performed throughout Canada and at the World Symposium of Choirs.
Since the Olympics, Michelle has been a motivational speaker and has shared her story across Canada. Hers is a story of overcoming obstacles and persevering “no matter what” to reach her dream. Michelle relate’s her inspiring story of growing up in Canada and against the odds achieving her dream of making it to the Olympics on the Canadian National Team. She was constantly being underestimated by coaches and team members because her relatively short stature as a volleyball player. But her love of the game and her determination to practice,train,and work hard toward her dream allowed her to navigate the obstacles and opportunities she faced. Michelle’s accomplishments speak of the heart of a true champion.
Lindsay Berard is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Her training combines the experience and training in providing assessments and using evidence-based treatments for general mental health concerns, with a focus on supporting athletes and performers to meet their goals and achieve greatness. Lindsay provides performance and sport psychology services for individual athletes (young children to professional level), teams, and sports organizations. During individual sessions and team workshops, Lindsay incorporates techniques to help athletes develop a sense of who they are, identifying and amplifying their strengths and directing focus onto the areas they struggle with. Through feedback and support, athletes are provided with the opportunity to apply and practice skills to develop into the individual they want to be. While sessions are designed to support and maximize training and competition experiences, Lindsay provides her athletes with the tools needed to encourage a strong performance in all aspects of life. She is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and is involved with other psychological associations, including the Canadian Psychological Association.
In therapy, Lindsay uses a holistic, integrative, strength-based approach and works with her clients to determine the most appropriate treatment type based on their needs and personal goals. This includes working in a variety of treatment modalities such as client-centered, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based approaches. Lindsay sees clients experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions (including grief and adjustment to workplace injury and health diagnoses). She provides treatment under the supervision of Dr. Leslie-Toogood, which offers the ability to use extended health care plans to cover services.
Lindsay also has extensive experience in developing and evaluating treatment programs, and in providing engaging, reflective, and fun workshops on mental health, mental disorder treatment, and well-being. Passionate about developing leaders within the community, Lindsay pulls on her history of being a leader and ‘do-er’ involved with sport, non-profits, and community organizations to engage and ignite the leadership potential within young females.
Stephen Dubienski. As a sport psychology and corporate mental skills consultant, Stephen is backed by an extensive background in sport psychology, sport management, and elite athletic performance. With a Masters in Sport Psychology from the University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Georgia Southern University and Executive Sports Industry Essentials Program Certificate from Columbia University, Stephen offers innovative management and recovery tools for individuals suffering from psychological setbacks.
Stephen works with, and develops top amateur athletes, Olympic athletes, professional athletes, top executives and companies striving for optimal performance and results. When developing individuals, he provides leadership on self-management, self-awareness and mental wellness training through proven performance tools. His areas of expertise include managing and developing colleagues’ mental strengths, corporate health and wellness culture, performance consulting, and the ability to make tough, timely and critical decisions.
Performance psychology is about understanding and amplifying human behavior and human interaction. Stephen’s passion is to understand the human being first and positively impact performance (behaviors) and relationships (interactions) within and around the organization. Business performance psychology is a service that influences humans both at work and away from work. His focus is targeted towards mental health and wellness, personal performance optimization, and open human collaboration within different levels of the organization. He believes developing and creating an environment that builds and fosters trust, cohesion, and collaboration with and between employees at all levels of the organization. When committed communities form, the organization’s efficiency and productivity grows exponentially and a positive culture is rooted within the employee and organization. Stephen uses his knowledge and experience with Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Training as a powerful tool to assist in the development of mental training programs for individuals. This is a core element of his approach to a full holistic health and wellness training program. Human beings can quickly learn to positively alter their emotional, mental and physiological state to perform at their best under challenging and stressful conditions giving them a stainable competitive advantage.
Stephen is an established Sport Psychology Instructor at the University of Winnipeg, a TedX Winnipeg Speaker (Using Biofeedback for the Psychological Effects of Concussion), a Manitoba Open Tennis Singles Champion, a husband, a father of three children and an entrepreneur. In 2017 he was awarded the Jim Henderson Dedicated Service Award in Health & Performance presented by Sport Psych Manitoba at The Cal Botterill Legacy Lecture and he is a board member of the sports science and medicine council of Manitoba.
His professional career includes working for Lorning Ward Sport Management, the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC), IG Wealth Management and Red Bull. He is currently the Director of Sport Performance and corporate performance at the Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Clinic, ADD Centre Winnipeg.