Clinical Director & Co-founder
Throughout the last 19 years, Kris’ journey as an Osteopath, naturopath, teacher and student has seen him work with many teachers from West to East, explore different cultures and study an array of scientific approaches and movement arts. As this journey unfolded, it became Kris’s deep rooted ambition to build a space that encourages individual self-sustainability, and to create a culture that teaches individuals and health professionals from all walks of life and backgrounds the deep knowledge of human structure, form and wider ecology.
Spending many years researching the anthropological roots of human existence, it is these principles that form the foundation of Kris’s approach. Combined with his osteopathic practice and other treatment modalities, Kris uses an array of evidence-based scientific strategies, movement forms and philosophical principles to teach his patients and students how to develop greater movement intelligence, build structural resilience and improve athletic performance.
Movement Coach & Founding team member
For more than 15 years, Pavlina has been studying, understanding and exploring movement. Pavlina’s path to understanding human form has taken many turns into many depths, beginning with stage performance, choreography and the creative understanding of human expression, moving onto pilates, functional strength training and developing her movement practices.
A journey of competing and discovering different movement forms has allowed Pavlina to build a fluid and dynamic approach to movement and strength training. Pavlina has combined the art of artIstic expression with a scientific understanding of the human body to develop a creative and performance based approach to movement for her clients and students.
Clinical Director & Co-founder
Paul’s understanding of human movement and body awareness has been developed over 15 years of industry experience and his own background in competitive sports.
After studying and working as a personal trainer and strength coach, Paul returned to university to study Sports Rehabilitation. This gave him the opportunity to advance his skills and work alongside different health professionals, gaining a more in depth understanding of the human body.
Paul has a vast range of experience when it comes to dealing with injury and exercise treatments. Utilising his experiences and teachings, Paul uses his sports physiotherapy practice to understand the origins of pain, focusing on movement strategies to develop patients’ awareness of their own bodies, prevent injuries and maximise sports performance.
Trude Stjernen is a physiotherapist from Norway. She graduated from Oslo Metropolitan University in 2008, and since then worked in multidisciplinary clinics first in Norway and then in Dubai after moving there in 2014. Her main knowledge and experience is within musculoskeletal issues, with a wide variety of cases, anything from acute injuries to more long term pains.
Trude strongly believes in movement as medicine and this is an important factor in her treatments alongside manual work. She is also passionate about helping people suffering from long term pain gaining back confidence in their bodies and returning to movements and activities they have been avoiding due to pain. She believes in adjusting or changing up training or activities rather than stopping movement.
Trude has a personal interest in training and staying active, and she also has done courses to enhance her knowledge when it comes to exercises and training. She completed a course in strength training/coaching and also uses her own experience with training when dealing with different clients.
Osteopath, Naturopath & Lifestyle Medicine practitioner Zainali has been practicing for over 9 years. His interest and love for sports initially took him into elite athletics dealing with some of the UK’s top 100m Sprinters & Long Jumpers. He founded his own clinic in the UK where he treated a variety of people from sports to chronic pain and autoimmune conditions.
The knowledge he has built up has allowed him to assess and treat according to your functional goals and abilities, utilising active movement therapy. 3D movement assessments and functional exercises. Zainali is an accredited Golf Performance Specialist from the Gray Institute (USA). This unique approach has enabled him to assist golfers in their mobility and stability as it relates to golf biomechanics.
Most recently, he has embarked on the Institute of Functional Medicine programme beginning with the AFMCP course. This avenue has broadened his understanding of the integrated systems of our human body. It has deepened his Osteopathic treatment to be able to address chronic disease and pain using nutrition and lifestyle changes. Zainali continues to learn, teach and educate himself in order to better serve others.
Melissa is a Physiotherapist hailing from sunny South Africa. After completing her training at Stellenbosch University, South Africa She has worked with a multitude of sports people over the years in various settings.
Melissa has worked with a Professional Soccer team for 3 years, a Provincial woman’s rugby team, other professional athletes as well as your everyday runners, triathletes and gym goers. She is a keen endurance athlete herself and has a special interest in all things endurance related.
Melissa is an open minded and holistic therapist who aims to treat the individual and not just the condition. A large component of that is encouraging movement and exercise in all her patients, to motivate them to take control over their own wellbeing.
Oliver recently relocated to Dubai after working for 5 years in clinics based in South Yorkshire, England.
He gained his Masters of Chiropractic degree from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth in 2014 and has been a practicing member of the General Chiropractic Council and British Chiropractors Association for the last 5 years.
Oliver is a keen athlete and enjoys tennis, squash, and windsurfing. With a keen interest in music, Oliver is also a skilled saxophonist, having spent many years playing in a jazz band and an orchestra.
Recognizing chiropractic medicine’s ability to give patients a greater quality of life, Oliver uses many treatment modalities to best ﬁt the patients needs with a focus on Spinal Manipulative Treatment. He enjoys treating patients of all ages with their aches, pains and injuries.
Yorke’s passion for sport & movement has influenced her career path as a Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor. Gaining her Physiotherapy degree in Durban, South Africa, Yorke has directed her focus into sports and orthopaedics and completed a post graduate diploma in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy. With her love for movement, she pursued training in Pilates becoming a certified comprehensive Pilates instructor.
Yorke has worked with a range of people from elite athletes including Olympians, the South African Men’s Indoor Hockey Team, to weekend warriors and anyone in pain wanting to improve their quality of life.
Yorke is a keen sports person herself, growing up in competitive hockey and swimming circles. She now enjoys an active lifestyle including running, gym, golf and Pilates. Her aim for her patients is to treat them holistically through movement, rehabilitation and education for long term benefit and lifestyle change, rather than short term symptom relief.