Our Guest Faculty
Louise Hay – Recently dubbed “the closest thing to a living saint” by the Australian media, Louise L. Hay is also known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. Her first book, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body.
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate…
Christiane Northrup, M.D. a board-certified ob/gyn, is a visionary pioneer, beloved authority in women’s health and wellness, and the author of the ground breaking New York Times bestsellers including the newly revised Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause.
Colette Baron-Reid is an internationally renowned intuitive counselor, creator of The Invision Project, best selling author who helps others recognize and connect with their own intuition, potential and purpose. She’s a powerful motivational speaker, charismatic broadcast personality, and acclaimed performer, storyteller and recording artist.
Dr. Sarah Hawthorn, BAS, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor, who supports our students in Module One. Dr. Sarah completed her undergraduate honours degree at the University of Guelph in Biomedical Science and Music. She then went on to complete the four year naturopathic medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).
Andrea Albright is a Natural Weight Loss Expert and true weight loss success story, who has kept her weight off for over ten years! She created one of the top-ranked health and weight loss websites in the world, and has inspired tens of thousands of women around the world to lose weight and feel amazing.
Sandra Taylor is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Quantum Success is receiving worldwide acclaim for its uniquely practical approach to personal attraction and achievement. Her first book, Secrets of Attraction helps people attract the love of their lives.
Gregg Braden is a New York Times bestselling author, who is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, ancient wisdom, and the real world! For more than 27 years Gregg has explored high mountain villages, remote monasteries, and forgotten texts to merge their timeless secrets with the best science of today. His discoveries are now shared in 33 countries and 38 languages.
Crystal Andrus Morissette – From life as a homeless teen to coaching A-List celebrities, from having abs of steel and the Miss Galaxy to weighing over 200 pounds after having babies, Emotional Age and Communication Expert Crystal Andrus Morissette is a worldwide leader in the field of self-discovery and personal transformation. A media darling, she has been featured numerous times on Oprah.com, the New York Post, Fox TV, the Daily Mail, CBS Radio, CTV, CityTV, Global TV, Slice TV, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. Crystal is the founder of the S.W.A.T. Institute (Simply Woman Accredited Trainer), an empowerment coach certification exclusively for women that she created with fellow female visionaries Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Dr Christiane Northrup, Colette Baron-Reid, and Sandra Anne Taylor among others. Established in 2009, the S.W.A.T. Institute is now in over 30 countries.
Crystal is the author of five best-selling books, including her latest release entitled, “Simply…Woman: Stories from 30 magnificent women who have risen against the odds!” She is also certified in nutrition, sports medicine, and yoga.
Crystal’s message of resilience, strength, and inner power has allowed her to grace the stage with speakers such as Dr. Phil, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Naomi Judd, Suze Orman, Marianne Williamson, Louise Hay, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Debbie Ford, Sarah Ferguson—Duchess of York, and many more. Crystal has coached women from all walks of life including A-list celebrities, best-selling authors, scientists, doctors, dentists, and lawyers to stay-at-home moms and struggling teens. Her passion is to get down in the trenches and help people become the (s)heroes of their own lives.
Yvonne MacRae, RD, CDE is our Dean and Professor of Nutrition & Physiology. She has been working in chronic disease prevention and management for over 15 years as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. Her passion is to empower women to attain optimal nutrition intake, health and wellness.
Mary Joan Brinson, MSW, RSW is our Professor of Psychology. She is a skilled and compassionate therapist with over 20 years experience of helping women and their families to achieve a sense of happiness, freedom and balance in their lives. She also has a deep commitment to supporting women in their journey of motherhood.
Elizabeth Gorostiza is the Assistant Professor of Module Three (The Business Behind the Business), Lizi is passionate about education and believes learning is a lifelong process. She holds three advanced degrees: A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, graduating Summa Cum Laude with high honors & distinctions, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s in Education. She is a Certified Paralegal and a Family Mediator.
Priya Sharma, M.Ed, CCC is the Assistant Professor of Psychology. Priya has experience working in the areas of personal and career counseling and has dealt with several issues with trauma, body image, eating disorder, depression, anxiety and loss of work. She has a strong passion to help people find their strength and believes in using a holistic approach.
Beverly Pickard – Professor of Women’s Health and Wellness, Beverly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in Sociology, as well as graduating with top marks as a S.W.A.T. Certified Coach. She is a certified group exercise and yoga instructor in Southern Ontario Canada, where she lives with her three children and cat ‘LiLac’.
Izabela Viskupova, L.L.M., M.A. – Izabela is our Professor of Coaching. Her passion is to work with women who have reached a plateau and want to take their life to another level in the straightest line possible. Apart from being a S.W.A.T. Certified Empowerment Coach, she is a Strategic Interventionist and has an extensive academic background in both Psychology and Law. She holds a certificate in person-centered counselling.
The Rest of our Fabulous Team
Aaron Morissette – Aaron spent ten years in post-secondary education, studying Theology and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, before graduating with Honors in Operations Management, while also completing his CITT designation. After leaving a management position at General Motors, he became the Director of Operations for Crystal Andrus Productions Inc. and is the CFO for The S.W.A.T. Institute. He is also married to Crystal Andrus.
Marta Stanczyk – Student Advisor at The S.W.A.T. Institute, Marta joined the team shortly after graduating with 97% average. Her extensive education includes CGA courses, University of Winnipeg, CPA certification and two honor’s diplomas. Marta loves to indulge her curiosity and desire to understand the complexity and beauty of human behavior. She is a published writer and aspiring poet.
Madelaine Dantas – After graduating with a 4.5 GPA in Public Relations, Madelaine Dantas went on to do work for the Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Abilities Centre. She was the Managing Editor of her schools Alumni Magazine called Reflections, which was distributed to over 80,000 graduates, as well as a chair on her program’s fundraising committee. With a specific interest in nutrition and self-help, Madelaine felt the S.W.A.T. Institute was the perfect fit for her. She is now the Editor for Simply Woman Magazine, as well as Crystal Andrus Morissette’s Executive Assistant. She is also Crystal’s daughter.