Integrated Support Team Services

When working with teams, Talisman Centre's 3433 Integrated Support Team (IST) combines experts in sports medicine, nutrition, physiotherapy, massage, chiropractic, strength, and conditioning (to name a few) with a common goal of helping athletes succeed in sport by maximizing their health, recovery, strength, and endurance. This approach is vital to performance as all of the IST providers work alongside the athlete and their sport-specific coach to provide ongoing feedback in a collaborative approach.

  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Massage
  • Sport Training
  • Nutrition

For more information on our trainers and dietitian please contact Jon Bird, Sport Development Manager 403.355.1259 or jbird@talismancentre.com
For more information or to book with our physiotherapists, massage therapists and sport medicine doctors, please contact LifeMark Health at 403.221.8340.


 SPORT TRAINING CONSULTANT

Les Gramantik

Coaching Since:

1972

Specialty Areas: 

Athletics, sport development stages 3 -6 LTAD

Les brings a great deal of depth to the team as our 3433 Sport Performance Training Consultant. His concentrated background as the coach of the Canadian athletics national team in various roles since 1984, including six Commonwealth Games, three Pan American Games, eight Olympics/Paralympics and eleven World Athletics Championships. Les’s passion for sport extends to his coaching and consulting with over 50 Canadian national champions and medalists in a variety of speed and power events. More recently he has been an athletic and planning consultant for a number of sports such as Hockey, Football, Kayak-Canoe, Bobsleigh and Professional Golf. His role with our team mirrors his continued Involvement in a mentorship capacity in all levels of coaching education from NCCP to NCI and lecturer at the University of Calgary. He has become a leader of developing coaching education programs, writing the Competition Development curriculum for athletics and he is an expert in yearly planning and periodization.


 PERFORMANCE SPORT TRAINER

Llew Edwards

Coaching Since:

1987

Specialty Areas:

Strength and Conditioning, Program Design

Background

As an Olympic-calibre athlete, Llew trained from 1988 to 2002 alongside some of the fastest athletics and bobsleigh athletes in the world. He hung up the cleats and the high speed of bobsleigh bearing the 2010 Winter Olympic torch down the bobsleigh track in Calgary. Llew mastered the art of body awareness and positioning during his year as an athlete and became a cerfified training and conditioning with certifications in stretching and sport science. Llew has coaching both professional and amateur sport athletes, including some in the CFL, NFL, NHL and CIS. He is always up for trying a new sport for the experience of pushing through, reaching new heights and the joy of keeping a healthy mind and body.

Interests

Llew loves music, art, movies, sport and good coversations. When he’s not at the gym, you can often find him in the mountains.

Elmer Heger

Coaching Since:

2004

Specialty Areas:

Triathlon, Swimming, Endurance Training

Background:

Elmer started competitive swimming in Germany when he was 4. When his swim coach switched to triathlon Elmar followed, spending 10 years on the German first division state triathlon team. In 2007, he moved on to long-distance triathlons competing in Ironmans and ‘Challenge’ events all over Europe. During his tenure as a professional long course triathlete in Europe, Elmar coached teams to German University Swim Champs and podium finishes at the Masters World Champs in swimming. He continues to use his sport science degree to coach the Talisman Masters Swim Club and Triathlon Club.

Interests

Elmer continues to study coaching – adding new drills and expertise to his tool box. When he’s not coaching he’s training to improve his personal best in long course triathlons. When he’s not training he’s taking long walks with his two dogs or having coffee in a nice café.

Elmer encourages his athletes to train hard but never forget to have fun and be grateful for being able to do what they love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katarina Fraser

Coaching Since:

2011

Specialty Areas:

Strength training and conditioning / TRX / Fascia Stretch Therapy

Background:

Kat’s background of sport and activity developed though competitive hockey and an array of sports such as basketball, soccer, badminton and snowboarding to name a few. She began her coaching career in high school, coaching girls hockey and continued through university. Since graduating from St. FX in 2011 with a BA in Human Kinetics Kat has gathered experience as an exercise therapist at a physiotherpy clinic and has been personal training since June 2011. Kat puts a strong emphasis on functional weight training so athletes and fitness enthusiasts can develop proper movement patterns and posture to excel their training and prevent any injuries. This past year at Talisman Centre Kat has trained an abundance of clients, small groups and has coached the Aquabelles and Cascade swim groups for drylands training.

Interests:

The past four years Kat has taken numerous courses to advance her knowledge for her clients. Between strength training, posutural anatomy, program design, TRX R4 Team Trainer, fascia stretch therapy and rehabilitation Kat can use a combination of expertise to challenge and progress beginners or more advanced athletes. In her free time you can catch Kat pumping iron, long boarding, golfing, mountain biking , snowboarding, just about anything to get active and outdoors!

Kat strives to educate people on functional movement patterns for clients to apply to sport and everyday life while motivating athletes to reach their goals faster than they could ever imagine. But let’s have some fun in the making!

 

Lascelles Brown

Specialty Areas:

Bobsleigh – Brakeman; Speed and Power

Background:

Lascelles grew up playing all kinds of sports in Jamaica. Because of his natural athletic ability, he was asked to try out for the Jamaican bobsleigh team. Not only did he make the team, he set a start record for the 2-man bobsleigh at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. After marrying a Canadian, Lascelles joined the Canadian Bobsleigh team. He has so far competed for Canada in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games. Lascelles’ accomplishments as a brakeman are vast. Not only has he won 2 Olympic Medals – a Silver in 2 man and a Bronze in 4 man, he is the 2005 World Champion in 2 man and also has Bronze and Silver World Championship Medals. He is a 4 time overall World Cup Champion, a 2 time World Push Champion and was the #1 Brakeman for 3 Olympics in a row. Lascelles has countless World Cup medals, including Monaco’s only World Cup Medal ever, in any sport.

Considered one of the best brakemen in bobsledding history, he continues to train for the next Olympic Winter Games in 2018.

Lascelles has been helping to develop new bobsleigh and skeleton athletes for the past 10 years and continues to offer his expertise whenever he can. He is a natural athlete and with his skills, knowledge and leadership abilities, coaching is a natural progression for him.

Interests:

When Lascelles is not training or competing or coaching or public speaking, you can usually find him at home with his wife and 6 kids. He is an amazing photographer and he loves to sing.

 

 REGISTERED DIETICIAN

Kelly Drager

Nutrition Coaching at Talisman Centre:

10 years

Specialty Areas:

Weight Management, Sport Performance

Background:

Being from a small Alberta prairie town Kelly spent much of her time playing sports on ball fields and in ice arenas, and later focused on competitive figure skating and dance. She moved to Calgary and completed a Bachelor of Physical Education; Exercise Physiology honors degree from the University of Calgary and it was at this time she was introduced to the mountains. Her passion is outdoor rock climbing but she has recently shifted some of her focus to training for indoor local, national and international bouldering competitions. Her career path also progressed and Kelly went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition at the University of Alberta and became a RD. She has since also completed a MSc in Exercise Physiology at the University of Alberta and is a level 1 International Society for the advancement kinanthropometry (ISAK) accredited anthropometrist.

Kelly has been involved with the Endurance Training Programs at Talisman Centre for her decade of time at Talisman Centre guiding numerous triathletes, runners, bikers with their nutrition. She loves the motivation and community aspect of endurance sports. But you likely won’t find her signing up for a triathlon anytime soon...she loves biking and running but skipped the water sport aspect moving straight from the prairies to the mountains. She credits the Talisman Centre for allowing her to grow and experiment in sport nutrition. She looks forward to what the next decade of sport nutrition coaching will bring.

When not scaling walls or mountains Kelly gets her exercise fix through any other outdoor sport (trail running, mountain biking, back country skiing) and her food fix by spending numerous hours in the kitchen trialing new food combinations.

Her motto is: Every day is an opportunity to be better, don’t get ahead of yourself because it’s the moments that are the pieces to your puzzle.

 

PHYSIOTHERAPY

For more information or to book please contact LifeMark Health at 403.221.8340

Evan Wasylynuik, MBA, BScPT, BScKIN, FCAMPT, CGIMS

Education

  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association – Orthopedic Division Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy
  • Gunn IMS – Certificate in Intramuscular Stimulation
  • Masters of Business Administration, Bond University, Robina, QLD, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science Physiotherapy, University of Saskatchewan
  • Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan

Professional Organizations

  • Physiotherapy Consultant – Canadian Alpine Ski Team and Canadian Luge Team
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association – Orthopedic Division
  • Fellow of the Canadian Association of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapists
  • Physiotherapy Alberta
  • Golden Key International Honors Society
  • Bond University Alumni

Employment

  • Centric Health – Clinical Lead/ Physiotherapist
  • Life Mark Health Senior Physiotherapist

Athletic Interests

  • Running, Cycling, Skiing

Julie Rabnett

Education

  • Level I/II Upper Quadrant Manual Therapy
  • Level 1 Foundations of Anatomical Acupuncture
  • Sport First Responder
  • Masters of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, University of Calgary
  • National Sport School High School

Professional Organizations

  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Physiotherapy Alberta
  • Orthopedic Division of Canada

Employment / Clinical Experience

  • Physiotherapist, Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team Sochi Paralympics 2014
  • Physiotherapist, Canadian Para-Alpine Swim Team 2013/2014 season
  • Physiotherapist, LifeMark

Athletic Interests

  • Canadian Alpine Ski Team 2004/2005
  • Alberta Alpine Ski Team 2002-2004
  • Ontario Sailing Team 1999-2000
  • Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Skiiing, Yoga

Brittany Jobagy

Education

  • Master of Science Physiotherapy, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Professional Organizations

  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Physiotherapy Alberta

Employment

  • Physiotherapist, LifeMark

Athletic Interests

  • Competitive Court and Beach Volleyball
  • Alberta Beach Volleyball Team 2003-2005

Eric Lee

Eric graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2010 after completing a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. He has completed Level 2 post graduate courses in manual therapy from the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He has also completed training in acupuncture and is a Certified Acupuncture Practitioner by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Eric has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 2010.


Eric's physiotherapy practice focuses on manual therapy, exercise prescription to correct/resolve muscle imbalances that lead to musculoskeletal injury and impairment, as well as acupuncture and other modalities. His goal with each patient is to educate them on their injury and empower them to take an active role in their rehabilitation process. He works closely with many athletes to help them return back to sport.

Eric currently participates in ice hockey, yoga and weight training. He has completed a marathon and a triathlon. In the future, he plans on completing a full Ironman race. During the summer months, he is an avid watersports enthusiast and loves to wakesurf and stand up paddle (SUP) board.

 


SPORTS MEDICINE

For more information or to book please contact LifeMark Health at 403.221.8340


Dr. Kate Margaret Wiley // MO, CCFP, CASEM

Education

  • Diplomate Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Resident, Family Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) Queens University, Kingston, Ontario
  • AB Honours Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Professional Organizations

  • Alberta Medical Association
  • Canadian College of Sports Medicine
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian College of Family Physicians

Employment

  • Family Physician/Sports Medicine, Alberta Health Services, Talisman Centre Sports Medicine
  • Family Physician, King West Medical, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Family Physician, Ottauquechee Health Centre, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centre, Woodstock, VT
  • Family Physician, Frontenac Medical Associates, Kingston, Ontario
  • Family Physician, Family Practice Locum Tenens, Delta and Richmond General Hospitals, Delta and Richmond, British Columbia

Athletic Interests

  • Previous Competitive Road, Track and Cross-Country Runner
  • Masters Triathlete
  • Previous Competitive Swimmer

MASSAGE THERAPY

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Jason Smaylski // RMT

Education

  • 1000 Hour Massage Therapy Certificate

Employment

  • Massage Therapist, Health Partnership, Golder Associates
  • Massage Therapist, Westbrook Family Chiropractic
  • Massage Therapist, Soft Tissue Rehab Centre
  • Massage Therapist, LifeMark

Athletic Interests

  • Basketball, Volleyball, Snowboarding, Hiking
  • Playing vinyl records, volunteering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary

Currently on Maternity Leave

Stephanie Coughlan // RMT

Education

  • Massage Therapy Diploma, Foothills College of Massage Therapy (2200 hours), Calgary, AB
  • Kinesiology Program, Mount Royal College, Calgary, AB
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy Certification
  • Hydrotherapy Certification
  • Myofascial Release Therapy Certification
  • Lymphatic Drainage Therapy Certification
  • Pre & Post Sporting Therapy Certification
  • CORE Therapy Certification

Professional Organizations

  • Member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)
  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) 2200 hour program
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, City of Calgary

Employment

  • Sport Massage Therapist, Life Mark / Centric Health Sports Physio, Calgary, AB
  • Sport Massage Therapist, Swim Canada / Cascade Swim Club, Calgary, AB
  • Sport and Relaxation Therapist, Live Nation, Calgary / Edmonton, AB
  • Sport Massage Therapist, Speed Skating Canada, Calgary, AB

Athletic Interests

  • Swimming, Soccer, Golf, Muay Thai