Kristi Bester, Director & Principal Physiotherapist (BSc (Hons).
Kristi has extensive knowledge of working with patients from around the world. Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2010 from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and professional practice license, Kristi has worked in both the public and private sector. Before moving to the UK Kristi was responsible for overseeing a large private physiotherapy practice.
In 2014, Kristi moved to the UK to advance her career further, working in the NHS, and in a private MSK clinic in a senior position.
In 2017, Kristi set up her own practice, bringing together her passion and expertise to help people within the North East.
“There is no better reward than being able to assist patients in their rehabilitation and have a better quality of life.
I am lucky enough to have practiced around the world in a host of different physiotherapy settings that has advanced my knowledge and experience in physiotherapy, pilates and acupuncture.
Having my own physiotherapy practice is a dream come true. I love Hexham and it’s very satisfying for me to help the local community.”
Carmen Luxton, Physiotherapist.
Carmen graduated from Vasile Alecsandri University in 2014 receiving a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree. After graduation she worked at the leading private practice clinic in Bacau specialising in musculoskeletal, and orthopaedic disorders whilst continuing studies for her MSc in Physiotherapy and gaining both Chartered Physiotherapist and HCPC recognition. Additionaly Carmen is a certified Mulligan Concept Practitioner, qualified in Ostheopathic Articulation Techniques, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation, Rapid Neurofascial Reset Technique Medical Taping, Manual Therapy in pregnancy and post natal, Deep Transverse Soft Tissue Massage.
As a former athlete herself and having worked with professional from different sport fields from dancers to boxing, Carmen understands the importance of preventing and treating sport related injuries providing a fast and full recovery.
Recognising the need to continue her personal development in a environment that offers challenge and opportunity Carmen moved to UK early 2017 taking up a position in a clinic in South East of England for 14 months upon moving to Hexham.
In her spare time Carmen likes to travel, play badminton, run recreationally and has an active interest in animal welfare.
Carl Bell, Practice Manager.
Carl developed a keen interest in physiotherapy due his experiences playing football having played for Newcastle United from the age of 13 to senior reserve team level and England. Following an injury, Carl completed a degree in Applied Health and Exercise Science and then later obtained a degree in Physiotherapy.
Carl started his career as a Physiotherapist in the NHS before moving to more specialist physiotherapy practice working with the UK’s elite forces, senior athletes and Olympians in sports ranging from bobsleigh, rugby, football and rowing. Carl has developed a keen focus in rehabilitation and exercise progression and believes that understanding the demands of a sport is essential in creating a pathway of care to remain injury free. Carl is passionate about the treatment and rehabilitation process and gains great satisfaction from seeing patients being able to reach their goals.
Carl describes himself as an adrenaline junky and his spare time enjoys the gym, running, hill walking and is the dad of two great little boys who like to keep him busy!