Meet The Team
Carl Benton | Director - Personal Trainer
Prior to establishing the Personal Best, Carl taught Physical Education, coached teams and ran Fitness classes for 10 years in the New Forest. Carl was also a regular contributor to Ultra Fit magazine, writing over 40 articles in collaboration with Pete Cohen.
Personal Best opened its doors in April 2001 solely as a Personal Training Studio. In 2005 Carl & his wife Kristine bought the business and set about creating something special. Inspired by the Scandinavian ‘health house’ concept, Personal Best is a fully integrated clinic and fitness studio that offers a wonderfully diverse range of wellness expertise and services under one roof.
Carl enjoys playing golf in his spare time and running after his two boys, who constantly keep him on his toes! In moments of peace, he loves reading especially cookery books and loves cooking for friends.
Carl is registered with the National Register of Personal Trainers
Kristine Hagen | Director -Chiropractor
Kristine qualified from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in 2000 with a Masters degree in Chiropractic. Kristine worked on the south coast, starting her own clinic in Portsmouth in 2003. When the opportunity to move to the Cotswolds and set up Personal Best arose, Kristine and Carl set about creating something special. Inspired by the Scandinavian ‘health house’ concept, Personal Best is a fully integrated clinic and fitness studio that offers a wonderfully diverse range of wellness expertise and services under one roof.
From an early age, Kristine has loved movement, performing both ballet and gymnastics to a very high level. Her love of movement and passion for helping people move well led her on her career path. Kristine continues to attend seminars and workshops and has widened her treatment skills to include kinesio-taping, medical acupuncture, insole (orthotic) fitting as well as spinal and extremity rehabilitation.
Kristine Works closely with Southmead, Nuffield and Winfield hospitals, as well as the local GP practices and can refer directly for MRI and X-rays or surgical appointments. With over 16 year’s experience, she is able to provide for Bupa, AXA/PPP, Saga, WPA, (plus all other major medical insurance companies).
As Director of Personal Best Clinic, Kristine is responsible for overseeing the clinic team, patient care and day to day running of the clinic. Kristine strives hard to create the best environment and patient care procedures to ensure our patients receive the best possible care and service.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two young boys, walking, reading the latest Nordic Noir and travelling.
Kristine is registered with the General Chiropractic Council and the Scottish Chiropractic Council.
Geoff Boldero | Chiropodist & Podiatry
Geoff trained at the renowned SMAE Institute in Maidenhead and gained a Diploma in Chiropody and Podiatry.
With over 20 years experience in various settings Hospital, GP Surgery, and Multi-disciplinary Clinics, Geoff has seen many thousands of patients and he prides himself on his approachability, which enables him to get to the heart of the problem quickly.
Geoff specialises in all areas of biomechanical Podiatry practice including gait analysis, orthotic prescription and manufacture and regularly receives referrals from GP’s and Consultants for his services.
In his spare time Geoff enjoys spending time writing and recording music, property development, Swimming and Yoga
Geoff is Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Nadene Lidington | Chiropractor
Nadene qualified from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic with a Masters degree in Chiropractic. Nadene first encountered Chiropractic at a young age following a sports injury. By chance she got treated by Kristine who treated her and her family back in her home town of Southampton. From this point on the seed was sewn and she was inspired to follow the same rewarding career path of reducing pain and restoring function to people.
Nadene continues to attend seminars that widened her treatment skills to include Kinesio-taping, medical acupuncture and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation. Nadene believes that by getting to the route of the problem and teaching her patients exercises to help self manage, symptoms can pass and function can be restored. Regular maintenance will help to decrease the chance of the injury reoccurring.
Outside of clinic Nadene enjoys socialising with friends, playing netball at a competitive level and horse riding.
Nadene is registered with the General Chiropractic Council and the British Chiropractic Council.
JJ Cook | Personal Trainer & Sports Therapist
JJ initially completed a Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy with Premier Training International in 2007. Feeling that there was still far more that he could learn about the industry, he studied for a Degree in Sports Therapy at the University of Gloucestershire in 2008. Throughout his degree, JJ was able to work with and train elite athletes. JJ spent some time working with the players at Gloucester Rugby Club and in 2011 was part of Scotland Students Rugby Leagues medical team at the Four Nations Championships.
Integrating the roles of Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist, he is able to treat and rehabilitate injuries of all kinds, as well as ensure clients maintain and exceed their fitness goals. Treating and training through a holistic approach, where the focus is on the whole body and how it moves, each person is able to reach their full ability.
JJ continues to broaden his knowledge and experience further to ensure each person receives the most up to date and effective training.
In his spare time, JJ loves all outdoor pursuits especially hill walking, reading and taking time out with friends
JJ is registered with the National Register of Personal Trainers and is a Member of Society of Sports Therapists
Ian Dowling | Sports Therapist
Ian graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a First Class Sports Therapy Degree and works with Cinderford Rugby Football Club providing treatments, rehabilitation and pitch-side cover.
Before completing his degree, Ian had a career with the Metropolitan Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary. As well as keeping Gloucestershire safe and sound, Ian has had a lifelong interest in sports and played rugby to a high standard. Since then he maintains his healthy lifestyle with a combination of cycling and weight training, taking part in several long distance charity cycle rides over the past few years.
In his spare time Ian is a keen photographer and loves to travel.
Ian is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists.
Ian is available for Sports massage on Monday 6-8pm, Tuesday 8am – 1pm and Wednesday 8 – 4pm
Tom Bowrey BSc Psychology | Personal Trainer
Tom has a degree in Psychology from UWIC and is a fully qualified PT and Golf Biomechanics Coach. Tom has always enjoyed sports and has represented his district and county in golf, rugby, football and cross county running. As a scratch golfer, Tom was drawn to gain a greater understanding of the golf swing and his golf biomechanics training has enabled him to work with many a keen golfer from amateur to professional.
Tom believes that training to reach your goals should be fun and varied, he therefore incorporates different styles of training to make sure you will stay motivated and keep coming back. In conjunction with the mobility work, Tom uses a mixture of boxing, high intensity training, cardiovascular exercise, weight training and plyometric work to find the right blend and fitness style for you to progress to, reach and pass your fitness goals. Tom has experience working with clients with different kinds of injuries, as well as stroke rehabilitation, sport specific requirements and general fitness.
Tom continues to gain further knowledge in the fitness industry, recently completing a Diploma in Fitness Nutrition, to make sure the exercises and information he passes onto his clients is up to date and relevant to them.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing golf, running, and walking on Cleeve Common with his wife and their dog.
Charlotte Ellis | Personal Trainer
Charlotte is a fully qualified PT and former Ladies European Tour golfer. Having retired through injury Charlotte understands the drawbacks of injury and the subsequent rehab and gym work required to get back to fitness.
Throughout the 1000’s of hours of coaching, practice and training for golf over the last 15 years Charlotte has gained a good understanding of the mechanics of the golf swing and how to get the most out of one’s game. Her experiences on the Tour have enabled her to work with many a keen golfer from amateur to professional.
Charlotte believes that training to reach your goals should always be fun and varied; incorporating different styles of training to make sure you will stay motivated and keep coming back. In conjunction with the mobility work, Charlotte uses a mixture of boxing, high intensity training, cardiovascular exercise, bodyweight and strength training and plyometric work. Finding the right blend and fitness style for you to help progress, reach and surpass your fitness goals.
Charlotte loves all things sport. As well as golf, she enjoys tennis, hockey and skiing. She also has a passion for driving! In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys spending time with her 5 dogs, meeting up with friends, listening to music, cooking, baking and creating things.
Lucy Thomas | Chiropractor
Lucy qualified from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic with a First Class Masters degree in Chiropractic. Growing up locally, Lucy has always had a keen interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and after competing in a variety of sports at a young age; she was inspired to learn more about optimising musculoskeletal health and reducing pain.
Lucy enjoys treating both adults and children and has experience in treating paediatric patients. Whilst at University, Lucy was assigned to a newborn breastfeeding clinic with the aim of providing support and advice for mothers and their babies.
In her spare time, Lucy enjoys running and playing lacrosse. Lucy is registered with the General Chiropractic Council and is a member of the British Chiropractic Association.
Dr Jessica Prior | Aesthetic Practitioner
Jessica graduated from Cardiff Dental School with Honours in 2012 and now works as a dentist at Minchinhampton Dental Practice. Her interest in aesthetic procedures led to further training and study within the field of facial rejuvenation in 2014. Jessica has subsequently enhanced her expertise by training to an advanced level at the Avanti Aesthetic Academy in Harley Street and the Dr Bob Khanna Training Institute.
Jessica offers anti-wrinkle injections and skin treatments to give you a fresh, younger looking appearance. She is a firm believer in achieving beautiful and natural results and is passionate about tailoring each treatment specific to the client’s needs. Jessica offers a free of charge consultation to discuss your treatment options. For more information please follow the link to her website: www.drjessicaprior.com
Dr Jessica Prior will be at Personal Best on alternate Saturday mornings between 9-12.
Caroline Mudd | Massage Therapist
Caroline has completed an ITEC Diploma in Sports Massage. Alongside massage, she is undertaking a Masters degree in chiropractic at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and is due to qualify in December 2019.
Her approach is to apply massage from a chiropractic mindset by assessing the body as a whole. She enjoys the challenge of unravelling the complexities of musculoskeletal conditions and identifying and treating the root cause, rather than focusing purely on the symptoms.
Before entering the world of massage and chiropractic, Caroline did her first degree in French and Business, which led her to a career working in pan-European technology accounts for a public relations agency in London. The advent of parenthood meant a change of focus and for the past ten years she has been running her own business creating silver jewellery out of children's fingerprints.
With a keen interest in healthy eating, Caroline enjoys cooking and entertaining, and creating tasty dishes for her vegan daughter that the whole family can enjoy. She is a keen skier, likes running, attending fitness classes and walking her Border Terrier 'Pickle' in the beautiful Cotswold countryside.
6:30AM - 8:30PM Monday - Friday
7:00am - 2:00 PM Saturday
How To Find Us
Unit 1, Frogmarsh Mill, South Woodchester,
Stroud GL5 5ET, United Kingdom
Phone: 01453 873811
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