Our Leadership

Garry

Favorite Treat: Ice Cream

Favorite Place: Palm Springs

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: NHL Player

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV Show: James Bond

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Greyhound

Self-Care Tactics: Driving Vintage Cars

Garry Derenoski

President & CEO

Garry is the founder of Bridges Health and has been the President and CEO since the organizations inception in 1997.  Prior to launching Bridges, Garry worked in the insurance industry as a bodily injury case manager, adjudicator and supervisor for 18 years. Throughout the duration of his career, he has excelled in the vocational rehabilitation field; attending to long and short-term disability claims, case management, return to work coordination, vocational evaluations, transferable skills analyses, labour market surveys and mental health claims. He has served on several boards, including Saskatoon Health Authority. He is the only member to serve two consecutive terms as President of VRA Canada. He also sat on the board for VRA Saskatchewan society and served on the board of Saskatchewan Association for the Rehabilitation of Brain Injured. With Garry’s diverse and extensive career history in the health and wellness sector, he has evolved Bridges Health to be one of the leading service providers in Western Canada.

The Business Development Team

Eric

Favorite Treat: Ice Cream

Favorite Place: Chitek Lake cabin

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Batman

Dogs or Cats: Neither

Favorite TV Show: Parks and Rec

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Rhinoceros

Self-Care Tactics: Reading

Eric Olauson

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Eric is the proud father of a son and a daughter. Eric has served as the MLA for Saskatoon University, City of Saskatoon Ward 8 Councillor, and has been involved with the Knights of Columbus, SREDA Board of Directors, Prairieland Park Board, District Planning Commission and the Planning For Growth Committee.  Eric received his Project Management Professional designation in 2012, his Recreation and Leisure Diploma from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and is currently working towards his MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University.

Kyle

Favorite Treat: Total sweet tooth – any ice cream or candy

Favorite Place: Skiing in Jasper, Alberta

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: A Firefighter

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV Show: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Wolf

Self-Care Tactics: Usually do something physically active, some days call for the opposite

Kyle Anderson

Sr. Business Development Consultant

Kyle Anderson has earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counselling. By learning about the significant link between physical and mental wellness, Kyle utilizes a holistic approach towards overall health. Kyle’s professional experiences include providing individual and group counselling, working in the fields of substance use, eating disorders, crisis intervention, and mood and anxiety disorders. Working with Bridges Health has allowed Kyle to facilitate workshops with organizations and communities to increase awareness and knowledge surrounding mental health and wellness. He has worked in the field of mental health and performance psychology in Chicago and Victoria before returning to his hometown of Saskatoon.

 

With Bridges Health, Kyle wears multiple hats, working primarily on the business development side of the organization. He is a facilitator of mental health workshops as well as content developer in the Psychological Health and Safety Program. Kyle also performs ergonomic assessments and return-to-work assistance through Bridges’ digital ergonomic assessment program called ErgoWorks.

The Administration Team

Laurie

Favorite Treat: Chips & Dip

Favorite Place: Emma Lake

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Accountant

Dogs or Cats: Dogs!!!

Favorite TV Show: Any home improvement shows

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Koala Bear

Self-Care Tactics: A walk or boat ride at the lake

Laurie Sprung

Finance Manager

Laurie earned her BAC from the University of Saskatchewan – Edwards School of Business while raising a family and working full time.  In 2002 she chose to pursue her longtime goal and was successful in obtaining a position in the Accounting Department for a Government Agent Property Management Company.  Laurie brought 17 years’ accounting and system software experience with her when she joined the team at Bridges Health in June 2019.  With strong communication skills and personality, she acts as an excellent liaison with Bridges Health customers and partners.  She oversees all areas of the Financial Accountability and Reporting for Bridges Health.

Bani

Favorite Treat: Ice Cream & Cakes

Favorite Place: Venice & Iceland

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Doctor

Dogs or Cats: I love Both ❤

Favorite TV Show: The Originals

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Bunny

Self-Care Tactics: Swimming, reading or go for a walk

Banipreet Kaur

Executive Assistant

Ms. Kaur earned her degree in Business Administration-Accounting from Sheridan College Ontario.  She has 2 years of experience in the retail industry, assigning tasks, auditing, and meeting production targets.  Banipreet is goal-oriented, motivated, highly professional, skilled in prioritizing and completing tasks independently.  She has extensive experience with Microsoft Office Suite.  Knowledge of spreadsheets, databases, accounting, and personal income tax software programs such as Sage 50, MS Access and Profile.  Banipreet loves reading, traveling, and swimming.

Mariam

Favorite Treat: Cheesecake

Favorite Place: My bed or the gym

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Doctor

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV Show: Grey’s anatomy

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Tigress

Self-Care Tactics: Going for a walk or reading

Mariam Haideri

Administrative Assistant

 Mariam obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in summer 2021. She joined Bridges Health team in November 2021. While in the University, Mariam worked as a Dispatcher and Customer Service Representative at Riide. Mariam is passionate about Psychology and Mental Health Care. In her free time, she likes to go to the gym, binge Netflix and read. Mariam brings her hard working attitude and passion to help others forward in her work.

The Consulting Team

Daryn

Favorite Treat: Chocolate

Favorite Place: Mexico

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: No idea!

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV ShowSix Feet Under

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Alpaca

Self-Care Tactics: Time with friends, dinner parties, vacationing

Daryn Willis

Sr. Case Manager

Mr. Willis has ten (10) years’ experience in human resources, risk management, disability management, and adjudication of short-term and long-term disability claims. Mr. Willis has conducted multiple assessments of injured/ill employees and has assessed and evaluated claims for benefit entitlement by reviewing contractual, objective medical, functional, and occupational information. Mr. Willis has extensive experience reviewing and assessing appeals for assigned policies, determining and evaluating both medical and non-medical influencing factors that affect the duration of claims, developing and maintaining outcome-focused case management plans.  Mr. Willis has expertise in engaging claimants throughout the claim process by communicating in a sensitive, tactful and respectful manner to further understand the medical, social and personal aspects of their absence.

Stephanie H.

Favorite Treat: Coffee and desserts!

Favorite Place: Santorini, Greece, or Hawaii

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Police Officer

Dogs or Cats: ALL the dogs

Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Polar Bear

Self-Care Tactics: Having a good support system, sleep hygiene and meditation

Stephanie Hernandez

Sr. Health Services Consultant

Stephanie has over eight years of experience in the fields of disability management and vocational rehabilitation. Additionally, she has experience working in a management, leadership and quality assurance role. Stephanie’s experience as a Consultant has included managing STD, LTD, absence management and injury management files. In her role, she has assisted individuals with functional, cognitive, psychological and developmental impairments and health conditions to overcome barriers to return to employment and/or quality of life. Stephanie holds her Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) designation through the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) of Canada. She has a 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan.

Russ

Favorite Treat: Peanut butter pie

Favorite Place: The gym and my chair at home

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Sportscaster

Dogs or Cats: Cats or Small dogs

Favorite TV Show: Forensic Files

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Bull

Self-Care Tactics: Squash/exercise

Russ Warner

Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

Russ has been with Bridges Health since 1999, specializing in administering vocational testing, conducting Transferable Skills Analysis and Labour Market Surveys.  He is a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC) and has attained his RRP designation (Registered Rehabilitation Professional). He assists clients with job coaching, interview techniques, and job placement. Russ has 6.5 years experience as an Employment Counselor, assisting social assistance recipients to find suitable employment. Russ has extensive experience in resume creation, teaching job search techniques, conducting mock interviews, and job placement. 

Kathryn

Favorite Treat: Reese’s Pieces Dairy Queen blizzard

Favorite Place: Wherever my dog is

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Police Officer

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV Show: Top Chef

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Sea Otter

Self-Care Tactics: Working out at the gym so I can eat as much ice cream as I want, and snuggling with Belle, my giant lap dog

Kathryn Stephaniuk

Health Services Consultant

Kathryn obtained her bachelor’s of arts degree with a major in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in the spring of 2020, after which she joined Bridges Health as an entry-level Health Services Consultant in November 2020.  While attending university, Kathryn worked as a line cook at Ayden Kitchen and Bar and Little Grouse on the Prairie. She comes from a big family with five sisters, which all took classical music training and Ukrainian dance lessons together growing up. Kathryn brings her personable attitude and a strong interest in helping others forward in her work.

Chloe

Favorite Treat: Chocolate

Favorite Place: All the lakes in the Summer

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Doctor

Dogs or Cats: Cats

Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Butterfly

Self-Care Tactics: Go for a walk, cook myself a nice meal, and put a face mask on.

Chloe Banda

Health Services Consultant

Chloe obtained her bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan in the summer of 2021. She then joined Bridges Health in October 2021as an entry-level Health Service Consultant. While in University Chloe worked at Earls Restaurant as a server and bartender where she eventually transferred into a leadership role as a shift manager. Chloe is originally from the small town of Shellbrook but has lived in Saskatoon for 5 years now. Chloe brings her professional customer service and passion to help people as a highly motivated employee for Bridges Health.

Lesley

Favorite Treat: Getting Outside

Favorite Place: Mexico

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Doctor 

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV Show: Matlock 

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Pig 

Self-Care Tactics: Breaks often, and spend time with grandchildren – my mental health!

Lesley McIntyre

Vocational Trainer, Educator and Quality Assurance

As a veteran consultant with Bridges Health, Lesley has extensive experience working with individuals who suffer from mental health, acquired brain, and physical injuries.  Completing her degree in Psychology, and minoring in Indian Studies, she also possesses the Registered Rehabilitation Professional designation through VRA Canada where she spent two terms as President.  Most recently, Lesley completed her Cognitive Behavior Therapy Certificate and is currently working toward certification with the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists.  Areas of expertise include vocational testing, job search and interview skills, labour market studies, and returns to work.

The Occupational Therapy Team

Christa

Favorite Treat: what ever snack food is within arm’s reach

Favorite Place: The Farm

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Psychiatrist

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV Show: Finding Your Roots

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Bear

Self-Care Tactics: Climbing my family tree

Christa Kaytor

Occupational Therapist

Christa completed her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba. She has worked in community mental health, acute care, and long-term care settings.  She has experience working with adult learners at SIAST, University of Regina, and University of Saskatchewan. 

 

She grew up in rural Saskatchewan and is now living the city life. Her varied experience helps her to provide services on a contract basis – providing occupational therapy assessments for a variety of clients.

Corey

Favorite Treat: Favorite Treat: Cheesecake

Favorite Place: Baseball diamond

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: MLB Baseball Player

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Falcon

Self-Care Tactics: Exercise

Corey Kooy

Occupational Therapist

Corey has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education at the University of Saskatchewan before completing his Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba in 2000.  Corey joined Bridges Health in 2003. He is a certified Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluator, and has extensive experience in performing home and personal care assessments and farm assessments to identify potential barriers and make recommendations for clients returning to pre-disability home activities or employments.

Ellen

Favorite Treat: Chocolate Covered marshmallow

Favorite Place: In my home library with a good book

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Teacher

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV Show: Gilmore Girls

If I was born an animal, I would be a: I am not a animal lover and can honestly say that I do not identify with any one animal

Self-Care Tactics: Long walks, a phone call with my Mum, a cup of tea and a mystery novel.

Ellen Stafford

Occupational Therapist

Ellen Stafford is an Occupational Therapist that joined the Bridges Health team in 2016. Ellen graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2016 after completing a 4-year psychology undergraduate degree from the University of Winnipeg in 2013. Ellen has since completed additional training and education in the areas of ergonomics, mental health and low vision to assist in her current practice as an Occupational Therapist.

Erin

Favorite Treat: Ice Cream

Favorite Place: Candle Lake, SK (or anywhere with a beach!)

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up and be a: Teacher

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV Show: Parks and Recreation

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Female Orchid Mantis (as suggested by her spouse)

Self-Care Tactics: Exercise, reading, spending time outdoors

Erin Rissling

Occupational Therapist

Erin is a licensed Occupational Therapist with Bridge’s Health in Regina, where she is responsible for completing home and worksite assessments, as well as office ergonomics and job site monitoring. She also works for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in a community mental health role. She received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Regina in 2014, and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of  British Columbia in 2016. She has experience working in acute care, in a community setting in mental health, as well as working with automobile insurance, and office ergonomics in a private setting. 

 

Erin has been working with Bridges Health over the last 5 years, beginning with full-time and moving into a casual position. Erin is interested in helping clients function at their highest level to achieve a better quality of life, both inside and outside the home. She uses a holistic and client-centered view when working with clients and understands that there are multiple areas of life that contribute to overall wellbeing.