OUR PEOPLE

Visionaries, innovators, educators, entrepreneurs and medical experts… the CHEK Clinic team is as diverse as it is effective.

GAVIN JENNINGS
CEO, Founder

With a varied career spanning 30 years and three industries, Gavin has spent the last 18+ years building a successful Holistic Health Clinic. He was the driving force behind the development of the CHEK Academy education system which sets out a clear career development path for CHEK Practitioners. He is also the Global CEO of CHEK Institute.

As the owner of Physiotherapy, Osteopathic and Chiropractic clinics, Gavin has seen first-hand the dysfunction of ‘traditional’ services offered by medical professionals and holistic health clinics. “Patient care has been sacrificed for patient numbers,” explains Gavin. “The experience in the NHS – and, sadly, even in private practice – is ‘quick in, quick out’ with a focus on the next patient or the next appointment.

“A GP appointment in the UK lasts an average of 6 minutes, whilst an NHS or physiotherapy appointment is around 20 minutes. Such strict time limits for assessing and treating patients are not sufficient to take into account the whole person and can never lead to them becoming fully functioning. Practitioners who work in this way can really only provide quick fixes. Our approach is designed to bring about fundamental change which leads to life-changing, long-lasting results.”

In his role as CEO of the world-renowned CHEK Institute, Gavin has met many Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Personal trainers who have chosen to study the CHEK System of Holistic Health. In general, they are disillusioned with the standard, ‘reactive’ approach to treatment and seek the skills and knowledge that will enable them to swim against the tide and offer something more to patients.

The CHEK Clinic has evolved from Gavin’s own established, successful clinic. It provides a high level of holistic health assessment and coaching to people suffering with chronic dysfunction alongside services for qualified CHEK Professionals and their own clients or patients.  

Gavin’s dream for CHEK Clinic over the next few years is to teach all CHEK Practitioners how to run such a clinic and give them the blueprint to build their own CHEK Clinics across the globe.

PAUL CHEK
Founder of CHEK Institute

Paul Chek is a world-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise, stress management and holistic health.

Paul’s unique, integrate approach to treatment and education, developed over more than three decades, has changed the lives of many of his clients and spawned a new generation of holistic health practitioners.

By treating the body as a whole ‘system of systems’ and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has been successful where traditional approaches have consistently failed. Paul is the founder of the CHEK Institute, based in California, USA. He regularly shares his thoughts and theories on his popular blog and has published several books including the influential Eat, Move and Be Healthy, Movement that Matters and The Last Four Doctors You’ll Ever Need.

Paul is a sought after international presenter and consultant and a frequent guest on podcasts, radio and internet radio shows.

MATTHEW WALLDEN
MS (Osteopathic Medicine), CHEK Practitioner Level 5, CHEK Golf Performance Specialist

Matthew originally qualified as an osteopath and naturopath in London. Later, while working clinically and lecturing on osteopathic technique, he completed a post-graduate Master’s degree in Osteopathic Medicine before embarking on the CHEK Practitioner Program.

Matthew has been an effective and valued member of the CHEK faculty for a number of years and is passionate about sharing his in-depth knowledge and practical skills with advanced-level CHEK students.

As a corrective exercise specialist, Matthew has consulted for various top sports teams including Chelsea and Charlton Athletic Football Clubs and Surrey County Cricket Club. He has lectured at four major UK osteopathic colleges and on many post-graduate courses for medical, rehabilitation and fitness professionals.

Matthew is a sought-after speaker and contributor. He is currently involved in several book publications, including his upcoming book, ‘The Hamstring Syndrome. He also sits on the advisory board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

Matthew’s work is his passion; he loves to help people to better health through coaching and treating patients, and teaching other practitioners.

PAULA CARSE
Senior Chek Practitioner

Paula is qualified to degree-level in Sports Therapy and began her career in working in sport. Since 2006, she has carried out part-time work for Wigan Warriors, Widnes Vikings and Southport FC, and also worked at Liverpool Football Club’s Academy for two seasons.

Whilst running her own sports Injury clinic, Paula expanded her work in other areas: from running monitored exercise groups for post-heart surgery patients to stretching and flexibility workshops for GB Gymnasts, and back-pain and confidence clinics for horse riders.

Paula joined the Clinic in 2009 as a Sports Therapist and Massage Therapist and is qualified as a CHEK Practitioner Level 4. In reaching this level of training and skill, Paula ranks as one of the most experienced CHEK Practitioners in the UK. She has worked closely with Gavin to develop the Clinic over the last 10+ years and been a valued mentor for fellow CHEK Students for many years.

In her role at CHEK Clinic, Paula perfoms high-level assessment and analysis of all new clients and patients, and provides ongoing coaching and mentorship using the CHEK system. Paula’s approach focuses a lot of time on lifestyle work, introducing manageable and life-changing modifications for each client.

As well as coaching individuals to help them achieve their health and lifestyle goals, Paula supports CHEK practitioners with their own health coaching. She also works alongside CHEK Professionals and other health or medical professionals to deliver advanced assessment and coaching for their patients and clients.

Paula has extended interests in hands-on treatments and is qualified in Pregnancy Massage and Visceral Manipulation of the abdomen and pelvis levels up to level 3.

TONY MURATORI
CHEK Clinic Facility Manager, CHEK Practitioner Level 2

Tony began his career in the health and fitness in 1988 running his own health and fitness centre while completing an associate diploma in Health Science. From 2001, Tony worked in some of Sydney’s elite sports clinics specialising in injury rehabilitation, pain management, sports conditioning and nutrition coaching to get clients’ and athletes’ health back on track.

Tony decided to further enhance his skills and knowledge by studying with the CHEK Institute. He has successfully completed Integrated Movement Science level 1, 2 and 3, Holistic Lifestyle Coaching level 1 and 2 and is continuing his studies. Once completed, Tony will be qualified to the highest CHEK Practitioner level that the CHEK Institute has to offer. 

Combining 30 years of fitness and industry experience with the CHEK approach allows Tony to deliver a highly professional, personalised and effective service. He takes great care and time to give each client the necessary tools to manage their body, their health and their life. 

MATTHEW RIDING
CHEK Practitioner Level 2

Matt has over 15 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry during which time he has gained specialist skills in clinical exercise rehabilitation, including cardiac, stroke and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Matt became a CHEK Practitioner before becoming part of CHEK Clinic where he works alongside the global holistic health team. A highly-effective Practitioner, Matt provides ongoing coaching for the Clinic’s individual clients and patients. He also coaches CHEK Practitioners looking to improve their own health and wellbeing by experiencing the entire CHEK system first-hand.

ANGELA CLIFF
BSc (Hons), MBAcC Acupuncturist

Angela is skilled in the use of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to identify the complex health issues relative to an individual’s environment, relationships, occupation, community and lifestyle.

Through her studies at degree level and continuous professional development, Angela has gained a deep understanding of how harmful habits and patterns can impact our health, and the need to restore balance to both body and mind. As such, acupuncture is a perfect fit with the holistic approach we practice at CHEK Clinic.

Angela uses acupuncture alongside other treatments, such as moxibustion and cupping, focusing on guiding clients to invest in their own health so they can reach the level of wellbeing that they deserve.

Angela works with clients with a diverse range of health conditions from mental health to pain management and is also trained in cosmetic acupuncture.

She is an accredited member of the British Acupuncture Council and holds the required local authority license to practice.

STEVE BRAYNE
BA (Hons), Acupuncturist

Steve spent many years working as a Health & Safety consultant and part-time Karate instructor before deciding to re-train as an acupuncturist. He became interested in eastern health therapies and after experiencing severe back pain cause by spondylolisthesis – a condition where one of the vertebrae slips out of place onto the bone below it.

Having found little relief from pain with medicines, stretching or exercise, Steve decided to try acupuncture. After a few sessions, he was surprised to feel that his pain was more tolerable and his range of movement had increased. Despite still needing surgery to correct the problem, Steve was sold on the benefits of the therapy and enrolled at the Northern College of Acupuncture. Following three intensive years of study, he gained a first class Honours Degree in Acupuncture through Middlesex University and has been practising the ancient art ever since.

DR. ANTON KRIGE

Dr Krige graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1994. He emigrated to the UK in 1996 and, following specialist training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine (including a fellowship year in Melbourne), has been practicing as an NHS hospital consultant since 2005 (full GMC registration since 1996 with specialist registration from 2005). He is an active clinical researcher and innovator within his NHS practice (www.researchgate.net/profile/Anton_Krige).

Dr Krige is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and has successfully completed their intensive Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) course. A voracious learner, he has subsequently completed many other courses and workshops in his specialist field and other areas of medicine. His extensive research skills allow him to identify useful new knowledge to apply in his clinical practice. He has followed the work of the CHEK Institute over many years and the principle of the CHEK approach inform much of his work.

The CHEK Clinic welcomes Dr. Krige to the team in the role of Functional Medicine Practitioner. His expertise further enhances the care that clients and patients can access at the Clinic.

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