Here are some facts about me…
My main interests are sports. I have completed 25 marathons including Boston and New York. I have completed triathlons at various distances including Ironman Canada in Penticton in 2010 and 2011 along with Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 2017. I also have a second-degree black belt in karate from the Amateur Karate Federation. For relaxation, I enjoy reading, watching movies & television, playing chess, taking acting classes, playing the piano, listening to music, spending time with family and friends and visiting my brother’s cottage on Lake Winnipeg.
Some favourites of mine
- Newspaper: ‘The Globe and Mail’
- Magazine: ‘Psychology Today’
- National anthem: Russian
- Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, toast, coffee
- Televsion shows–current: ‘The Good Doctor’, ‘Prime Time Sports’
- Television show–all time: ‘Columbo’
- Movie: ‘Dave’, ‘The Fugitive’
- Board game: ‘Trivial Pursuit’
- Drinks: Milk, coffee, slurpee
- iPhone App: ‘White Noise’
- Actor: Michael Douglas
- Author: John Grisham
- Songs: ‘Say Something’ by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera; ‘ Save the Best for Last’ by Vanessa Williams; ‘Style’ by Taylor Swift
Can name all the state capitals
Have run a sub-5-minute mile and a 2:45 marathon
Background, education and experience
I was born and grew up in Winnipeg. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Winnipeg where I was awarded the gold medal in psychology. I then completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Toronto.
After teaching and doing research at universities and colleges throughout Canada, I moved to Calgary in 2000 where I completed the requirements to become a registered psychologist specializing in counselling psychology. From 2001 to 2012, I helped hundreds of clients at the Calgary Counselling Centre where I also supervised many men and women training to become psychologists. In addition to my work at the Centre, I was an instructor at Mount Royal University from 2000 to 2010.
More recently, I have been helping clients with their issues as a private practitioner with Mission Bridge Psychological Associates in Calgary and Myriad Psychology Centre in Cochrane, Alberta. I also continue to supervise budding psychologists.
I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and am a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta. I am also a certified therapist with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, organizations whose members have been assessed for proficiency in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).