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About Dr. & EleVive

Clinical psychologist, sports therapist and mom of two teens, Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo decided to launch EleVive when she realized that our kids rarely learn the valuable coping skills they need — including stress management and resilience — to succeed in today’s complicated world. 


Applying the same proven techniques that have earned her loyal clients for more than 20 years, including Olympic athletes and top C-suite executives, she developed the program to empower young people and their parents by offering them real strategies for real-life challenges. 


Dr. E uses a cutting-edge, science-based approach to transform and optimize mindset, as all our thoughts and behaviors start with nerves firing in a certain pattern within the brain. Neuro-Regenerative Training™, or NRT, is a patented system she created that uses neuroscientific principles to rewire the brain and boost performance. Going far beyond “positive thinking,” NRT relies on neuroplasticity — the ability of neural pathways in the brain to change — to literally reprogram how the brain functions, leading to greater happiness, health and success. 


Based on NRT principles, EleVive helps teens overcome negative patterns and establish positive ones, so they can elevate their mindset and thrive. Consider it the customized training your children will never receive in school — a practical toolkit that will set them up for success in every aspect of their lives, including sports, academics, performing arts and social situations, now and in the future.

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Master's in Physical Therapy at Duke University 

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Dr. E’s Mentors in Psychology School

Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, 

Christine Maguth Nezu, Ph.D. and Arthur M. Nezu, Ph.D

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at

Drexel University (formerly known as

MCP Hahnemann University)

Started private practice

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Forged into public speaking

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Wrote "A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription to Happiness" bestselling book

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First appearance on The Today Show

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Wrote "Better than Perfect:
7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love" book

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Met Coach Tom Cardamone

School principal and performing arts director 

Tom Cardamone is a husband, father, and lifelong educator. Tom graduated from Boston University with a degree in Secondary English Education, and spent 9 years as a Middle School English teacher, Coach, and Advisor. Tom went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Teaching and Leadership from

St. Xavier University in 2005. 


Following his years in the classroom, Tom became a Middle School Administrator, serving as an Assistant Principal for 5 years before transitioning to his current role as a Junior High School Principal.

Tom excels in building positive and supportive connections with people of all ages, doing so through the modeling of and living with a growth mindset.  

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Started sports psychology practice 

Dr. E saw an opportunity to help teach young people that with the right mindset, they can excel even more in their sport.

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Met Coach Steve Drum

Retired Navy SEAL Master Chief

who co-created the Warrior Toughness Program 

Stephen Drum is a combat-tested Navy SEAL senior enlisted leader with 27 years of leading and developing high-performance teams. He trained and led U.S. and foreign partner special operations forces on high-risk and strategically vital missions across the globe, including combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  


Stephen recently co-developed and taught “Warrior Toughness” training for The U.S. Navy.  This vital program fundamentally changed the culture of the Navy in how it trains and prepares young sailors and officers for the acute stress of intense combat operations.  During his Navy career, Stephen has personally trained thousands of elite military soldiers and Navy SEAL candidates, helping them succeed in some of the most demanding combat operations and training courses in the world.  


As a speaker and consultant, he helps individuals and organizations such as CDW, Horizon Pharma, Assertio, and 9 Energy, develop leadership and performance strategies, so they can plan, prepare, and execute at the highest level-when it matters most!

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Met Coach Amy Cardamone

Former dance instructor 

Amy Cardamone is a wife and mother of two teenagers. She attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy for three years and moved on to major in dance at Point Park University. Pursuing her love of dance and performing, she worked as a performing apprentice with River North Dance Company in Chicago. She then shifted her path and taught dance for 21 years at Jenny’s Dance Centre as well as Lake Forest Dance Academy. 


It was in teaching where Amy found her true passion of teaching and helping develop the career of the young dancer. Moving on from her own dance career, in order to have more time home with her family in the evenings, Amy took on the role as a teaching assistant at a school in Grayslake. She was able to make strong connections with children of all ages, both at the studio and in education, enhancing their skills, training and building strong relationships. Amy is grateful to now have the opportunity to continue her passion of preparing and providing skills for young people to becoming their truest, most resilient self.

Founded EleVive

Dr. E decided to develop EleVive as a result of seeing how teens - and their parents - can struggle during these years. Knowing that true success is predicted by non-academic factors such as stress management, grit, growth mindset, and a healthy sense of self, she created an avenue to teach these skills to adolescents and their families using the latest in neuroscience research. The ultimate goal is to empower our young people to flourish in the present and future.

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Coach Kelsey Schwab joined EleVive

Clinical and Mental Health Performance

professional and former women’s soccer

team collegiate Player

Kelsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois, a Mental Performance Consultant, and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She recently received her M.A. Counseling: Clinical Mental Health and M.S. Human and Sport Performance from Adler University in Chicago, Il. Before her graduate studies, she received her B.A. Psychology with an Exercise Science minor while playing on the Women’s Soccer Team for four years at Concordia University Chicago. 


Kelsey has experience providing clinical and mental performance services to coaches, parents, and athletes from club levels all the way to the professional level.

She enjoys taking from both her sport and clinical background to provide a holistic and collaborative approach to treatment in assisting her clients thrive in challenging situations. 

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Featured in Sheridan Road Magazine

selected as North Shore (Chicago)

Premiere Doctor in 2021


Want to learn more about EleVive? Click here to access a brief,

complementary workshop from Dr. E.