Carl Benton | Director - Personal trainer
Carl completed a Bachelor of Education (Phys Ed) degree at the College of St Paul & St Mary in 1991, before embarking on a teaching career in the New Forest. A keen sportsman, Carl gained representative honours at both county and national level in football and cricket and has twice completed the London Marathon for various charities.
During his 10 year teaching career, Carl taught physical education to a broad spectrum of children and specialised in exercise physiology and human anatomy. He also taught adult fitness and circuit training classes, before training in Thai and chinese massage
The move away from teaching to personal training was a natural progression and with over 20 years coaching and teaching experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the studio. As the owner and Director of Personal Best Carl has created a gym environment that is non-intimidating, simplistic and supports all clients ‘physical education’!
Carl has also written over 40 articles for Ultra Fit magazine on health and well-being and has presented to numerous businesses and organisations.
“I would like to invite you to the Personal Best Studio to meet with one of our personal trainers, to see the studio and to discuss how we can help you achieve your health and fitness goals."
Kristine Hagen | Director -Chiropractor
BSc Human Sciences MSc Chiropractic
Kristine Hagen completed her Master’s degree in Chiropractic in 2000 at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, Dorset.
Kristine competed in gymnastics, cross-country skiing and ballet from a very young age, and had performed at a national level as a dancer by the age of 18. Following a severe knee and recurring neck injuries, Kristine was forced to give up ballet and had to pursue an alternative career. Kristine had been treated by a chiropractor following her injury and this, with her desire to help others recover from injuries and pain, meant that Chiropractic was the obvious career path
Since 2000, Kristine has helped thousands of patients recover from back pain, neck pain and whiplash, sports injuries and joint problems. She has also provided chiropractic for Hampshire constabulary, BG (British Gas HQ), Fareham Fire services, BMW and LB Bentley.
Her passion for health and fitness is reflected in the individual care each patient receives, where goal oriented home exercises, nutritional advice and ergonomics feature heavily.
As well as Chiropractic care, Kristine also provides custom and semi-custom made orthotics (insoles), allowing feet and therefore all joints above the ankle to work better. Orthotics are suitable for everyone, sportsmen, elderly and children.
“Our motto is ‘movement is medicine’, and we strive to make your body work better for you, reducing your pain, and increasing ability and fitness, finding new confidence. Come and see how Chiropractic may help you”
Simon Sveder-Cain | Golf specific trainer - Personal trainer
After graduating with a Sports Science degree and PGCE in Secondary Physical Education from University College of St Mark and St John and working as a PE teacher for 3 years, he decided to change careers in 2003 and joined the Personal Best Studio as a Personal Trainer.
Simon has a passion for all sports, especially golf. Playing off a handicap of 3 he decided to specialise his expertise in the field of Golf Fitness, becoming a Titleist Golf Fitness Coach (TPI) in 2008. Within the field of golf Simon has worked with players from the European tour to Gloucestershire County Golf Squads to the club amateur player.
Simon feels it is crucial to have “on going” professional development always improving knowledge and understanding of the health and fitness industry to benefit clients by giving them “cutting edge” ways of training. As a result of this Simon has recently studied a Diploma in Functional Performance with “Faster” one of the leading training organisation within the fitness industry.
Simon’s invaluable experience and knowledge gained over decade working with clients achieving their goals is one of the main reasons he has formed a unique ability to enable any client to reach their full potential.
"I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals whatever they maybe at the Personal Best Studio"
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 in Glasgow.
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 has recently started the Diploma in Functional Performance with Faster Health and Fitness, broadening his knowledge and experience further to ensure each person receives the most up to date and effective training. I look forward to welcoming you and working with you to help you achieve your goals at the Personal Best Studio.
BECKI SIMPSON | CHARTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy
Becki is a Chartered Physiotherapist. She completed her degree in Physiotherapy in 2006 and graduated with honours from the University of Birmingham. Since qualifying she has gained extensive clinical experience across all sectors of Physiotherapy but specialised in neuromuscular and musculoskeletal dysfunction. She gained her experience working within the NHS and now is a fully private practitioner. Becki has provided physiotherapy to acutely ill patients, soldiers returning from conflict zones, Burntwood rugby team, sport enthusiasts, ultra runners and many many more.
Becki is a keen equestrian and competes in Dressage. This has been a passion from a very early age and has competed across the UK and Europe. Due to a number of riding related injuries and a close family member needing extensive physiotherapy she decided to have a change of career from professional rider to physiotherapist. Since then Becki has gone on to study Acupuncture and APPI Pilates which she incorporates into her treatment plans to enable patients to reach their goals. In addition Becki has been able to join together her passion for horses and her love for physiotherapy and complete her Masters Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy.
KATIE MESSER | CHIROPRACTOR
Katie graduated from The Anglo European College of Chiropractic, Bournemouth, in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Chiropractic. Following her graduation, Katie spent four years practicing in a large Bristol clinic providing a wide range of treatments and therapies. During this time, Katie gained experience in treating everyday back pain in all ages, through to diagnosing and treating rare and specialist cases. Since 2010 she has combined her work in Bristol with running a successful clinic in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
Katie treats a wide range of conditions with a special interest in the care of pregnant women and children. She is also experienced in treating soft tissue injuries, offering specialist techniques such as dry needling, to provide relief for tight muscles and postural strain.
Away from work Katie enjoys horse riding and has a qualification in equine chiropractic from the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic, spending her time treating race horses at a number of local yards.
Geoff Boldero MPSPract DipBMec as the clinic’s Chiropodist/Podiatrist,Geoff is here to look after all your foot care needs in a friendly, professional manner. Geoff has worked in the podiatry profession for over 15 years and during that time has assisted many people in managing and overcoming a variety of foot problems.
Although he treats painful symptoms he is particularly interested in getting to the core of the dysfunction that causes those symptoms in the first place. By assessing the biomechanics of the feet, and the wider context of the body posture, he can prescribe foot orthotics, which are specialist shoe inserts, to improve the function of the feet and thereby the whole body frame.
Geoff offers you the benefit of many years’ experience in practice, alongside his continued professional development, which has kept him abreast of new techniques and solutions for addressing foot conditions.
Geoff has seen a wide range of foot conditions in his years as a practitioner, most of which simply stem from abnormal pressures to feet from ill-fitting shoes, unbalanced gait, trauma and every day wear and tear. Regular visits to Geoff will ensure feet are kept in good condition, helping the patient to avoid problems deteriorating and leading to further complications or to resolving situations completely.
Geoff is registered and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council
Katherine Morrison & Ruth Downton | Reception Team