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.

Andrew

Favorite Treat: Caramilk

Favorite Place: Phoenix, AZ

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

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV Show: Tom Clancy Fiction

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

Self-Care Tactics: Hot tub

Andrew Williamson

Director of Operations

Andrew joined the Bridges Health Team in 2021 following a 25-year career as an Advanced Care Paramedic. Andrew is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal, the Governor General’s Medal for Exemplary  Service, and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for his work in the advancement of Emergency Medical Services provincially. Andrew has served as a board member and the Vice President of the Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan. He is a director with Synergy 8 Community Builders, a philanthropy group who raises money for children’s health initiatives. He is an alumnus of the 2012 Leadership Saskatoon program, to which he credits his strengths in collaboration and respect for diversity. Andrew is currently undertaking an MBA from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.

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.

The Business Development Team

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

Bani

Favorite Treat: Cake

Favorite Place: Venice

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

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: Long drive, a walk, vacationing

Banipreet Kaur

Administrative 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 and traveling.

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. 

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.

Close up of a Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) against green background, England, UK.

Favorite Treat: Sour Patch Kids

Favorite Place: Banff

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

Dogs or Cats: Both, I have two cats, Margo & Franklin

Favorite TV ShowFriends

If I was born an animal, I would be a: Silver Fox

Self-Care Tactics: Videogames and Lake visits

Gabriel Goh

Health Services Consultant

Gabriel was born and raised in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. He grew up speaking and thinking in English due to his grandparent’s watching John Wayne’s movies. Gabriel graduated from an international high school in Singapore and attended the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated with a 4-yeat Degree in Psychology and minored in Sociology.

 

Gabriel have experienced working with children and adults with learning disabilities along with working with a registered psychologist who specialized in Neurofeedback training.

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.

Kyle

Favorite Treat: Popcorn

Favorite Place: Emerald Lake Lodge

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

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Favorite TV ShowAny sporting event

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

Self-Care Tactics: Working out and playing sports

Kyle Oleniuk

Occupational Therapist

Kyle Oleniuk is an Occupational Therapist that joined Bridges Health in 2021. He graduated from the University of Regina where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Specialty in High Performance Training. Kyle then moved on to the University of Alberta and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. He also works for the Saskatchewan Health Authority working in acute care, mental health and hand therapy. He has taken additional training since graduating including becoming certified as a Functional Capacity Evaluator (FCE) through Ergoworks Protocol.