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Dr. Janice Geneva Matthews received her degrees in social work & sports psychology from the University of Michigan- MSW (Ann Arbor) and Columbia University- Ph.D. (New York City).  She trained and worked with the legendary

Vic Braden; and has conducted her own private practice in counseling, mediation & psychotherapy in the Chicago area for over 30 years. She has worked with touring tennis professionals, elite tennis juniors, and NBA sports teams.​


Mel Phillips, Jr., received Masters Degrees Chicago State University (Social Work) and Concordia University Chicago (Educational Leadership). He is a board-certified life coach [Life Coaching Board Certification] from the Center for Credentialing & Education. Mel’s competitive sports experience has included baseball, basketball, bowling and tennis. After competing in NCAA Div I (Howard University) and NAIA (Chicago State) tennis, Mel obtained Tennis Teaching Pro certifications from PTR and USPTA. He has also served as a Tennis Director, high school, collegiate and private coach.


Dr. Gail Grabcynski earned her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Masters degree in the Science of Organizational Leadership, and a Ph.D. from Olivet Nazarene University. She has worked extensively with the NFL, assisting in the development of the “Rookie Success Program.” She has her own private practice; many of her clients are professional athletes in a variety of sports- football, soccer, basketball, and wrestling (as well as the coaching staff.) She uses her expertise to assist with the unique stresses & challenges of the elite athlete.



Ed Cruzat received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard University where he played NCAA Division I Tennis. He also competed for the University of Cincinnati, where he qualified for the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships (Doubles); he later became a touring tennis professional. He is a certified member of the International Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and Head Coach of High School Tennis Teams. He has also served as a Club Tennis Pro, Tennis Director at Tennis Corporation of America (TCA) and private tennis coach.

Your A-Team, 
for your A-game.
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