Your Performance Team
At Florida Personal we do things differently...
We provide world class coaching and science-based programs to help athletes reach their potential.
Our Performance team is among the best educated and professionally best-trained anywhere in Florida. We’ve always emphasized that fitness is more than body movement: it takes a commitment to healthy nutrition, a positive mindset, and the willingness to learn and experience new ideas.
Kevin Chiddister (Owner)
Kevin earned his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science in 2008. His mission is with each individual he trains they meet their full potential. With 15 years of coaching and training experience, he has the ability to not only improve each individual’s physical performance but also create a connection with that individual to help them strive to put forth their best effort.
Kevin’s training methods are practical, efficient, and extremely effective in helping clients of any background to get into the best physical condition possible by Working Out Smarter not Harder.
Throughout his life he has played sports & been a very active individual. Kevin has made it his mission help as many people as he can by providing the tools each client needs to maintain a life-long healthy lifestyle.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys. They enjoy hiking, swimming, snorkeling, baseball, Pickleball, football, playing on the playground, beach days, Frisbee with friends, and all the amazing things Southwest Florida has to offer.
Dr. Otto Jaasko
Otto received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Doctorate of Physical therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2020. He successfully passed his Board of Certification examinations to become a certified sports medicine and licensed physical therapy provider. Otto has further progressed his clinical repertoire through training in dry needling, spinal manipulative therapy, and nutrition.
Otto is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and American Physical Therapy Association. Otto has also engaged in presenting research at national conferences as well as teaching throughout his undergraduate and graduate careers.
Born in Rovaniemi, Finland, Otto moved to the U.S. to play top-level competitive ice hockey and study sport medicine and rehabilitation. He has worked with a clientele from high-level athletes to complex medical rehabilitation clients. Through his academic, athletic, and clinical experience, Otto provides a unique mix of sports medicine, neuro-orthopedics, nutrition, and fitness expertise through comprehensive evaluation and rehabilitation, as well as personal- and sports performance training.
When not assisting clients with their fitness and rehabilitation needs, Otto can be found playing ice hockey, soccer, tennis, and other sports.
Dr. Gene Giamarino
Gene has been practicing physical therapy and athletic training for more than 40 years. Having played professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization, Gene understands the nuances of athletic performance. Through his sports performance evaluations, Dr. Giamarino can assess athletes break down their weakness and physical limitations, and prescribe a training regimen.
Gene has completed the medical division certification from the Titlelist Performance Institute. His specific programs in golf fitness allow him to evaluate players through video analysis, a comprehensive screening assessment and a corrective exercise regime that is tailored to each athlete. Gene has developed several programs at The Jim McLean Golf School in Miami where he worked to facilitate hip and trunk movement associated with an efficient and reproducible golf swing.
Nick with certifications in Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Sleep Performance, behavioral psychology, brain health, stress management and more. Nick brings a wide range of knowledge of health and fitness to NPT. Though his experiences as a Wellness Specialist, Nick is no stranger to working with Division 1 and professional athletes. Nick has developed a multi-phase recovery program to ensure athletes are progressing at a safe and effective pace.
Dave received his Physical Therapy degree from the University of Ottawa in Canada and has been practicing since 2012. He also completed his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology at Laval University in 2010.
Dave grew up playing football and hockey, and has been involved in sports since then. He has worked with athletes of all levels, from high school to professional athletes. His passion for football brought him to work as a physical therapist and coach in the high school and college level. His passion for sports and rehabilitation combined with his knowledge and skills help him personalize each athlete’s experience according to the client’s need.
Dr. Cory Johnson
Cory earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Coker College in Hartsville, SC. He also was on the NCAA Division II men’s soccer team while at Coker.
Cory graduated from the Doctoral of Physical Therapy program at Florida Gulf Coast University. During his time in the DPT program, Cory conducted research in the field of golf rehabilitation and swing analysis while also obtaining certification from the Titleist Performance Institute.
Cory pulls from his athletic and academic experience to provide optimum rehabilitative care and to help people meet their sport-specific or personal training goals.
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Cory enjoys participating in outdoor activities such as golf, soccer, and other sports.
My personal journey with health & fitness began in 2012 when I started training to compete in fitness competitions. Becoming a personal trainer was a natural progression as my physique changed drastically. I quickly became a go-to fitness expert in my local gym, workplace & community. I truly enjoy helping people get oriented to new exercise routines safely while maximizing results.
Training Philosophy: I pack as much as I can into a highly effective session starting with a 5 minute dynamic warm-up, followed by balance & core work, then Speed, Agility & Quickness (SAQ), before moving on to circuit training (Examples: LIIT, HIIT, TABATA, fat loss, ect.) and ending with a fun finisher or quick fitness challenge immediately preceding a cool-down period with static stretching & time permitting, foam rolling.
I always have a plan & push clients past their comfort zone, while keeping them safe, in order to help them see changes quickly without getting injured. I believe in enjoyable, yet challenging training sessions. Modifications & progressions are always available. Safety & proper form are my primary concerns.
Dr. Susan Mann
Susan can help you reach your goals!
Susan has been a certified Pilates Instructor since 2001 (with over 800 hours of training) through Kathy Corey, Master Instructor. Susan underwent comprehensive Polestar Pilates training, integrating Physical Therapy and Pilates. She is a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, and has worked with clients, who have had physical injuries or disabilities, helping them return to golf.
Her Physical Therapy doctoral case study was entitled the Integration of Health Coaching and Physical Therapy, and is published in Pro Quest. In addition Susan is a Certified Health Coach, through Wellcoaches tm, and is on a personal quest for health and wellness. She enjoys helping others to reach their wellness goals.
Susan Baver Mann, DPT, received her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University in May 2015, her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from University of Iowa with an emphasis on Ergonomics and the Biomechanics of the Spine and Sports Biomechanics, and BS in Physical Therapy from University of Kansas. She has over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist, focusing on women’s health and wellness issues ( such as low back pain, pelvic floor weakness, osteoporosis, scoliosis, fibromyalgia and chronic pain). Susan mixes, Pilates, Physical Therapy and Wellcoaching to help you to become your Best Self for Health.
Jon earned his Personal Training Certification over 11 years ago through The Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Ever since a young age he has had a passion for fitness and helping others, so becoming a Personal Trainer isn’t just a job for him, it’s a dream come true.
Jon is patient, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to creating effective and dynamic workout plans. Having worked with people of all different ages, backgrounds, abilities and goals he has a knack for meeting each person where they are at and helping them get the most out of their time working out. Jon has a track record of success with guiding people to improve their balance and mobility, while building muscle, and burning fat.
Jon loves spending his free time with his wife and their 2 children. He enjoys relaxing at the beach and traveling to explore new places.
He can’t wait to learn more about you and your fitness goals!
Brionna Bailey became a Certified Personal in January of 2020 through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is currently attending Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Psychology. Brionna’s passion for health & fitness lead her to personal training. She is very passionate about helping others find happiness in life and feel good about themselves. She is a firm believer that when you feel good about yourself, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do. Brionna loves helping others see and experience what their bodies are capable of with just enough hard work. She makes it a goal to help you achieve a happy and well-balanced lifestyle that will minimize the risk of future health-related issues while become the best you that you can be.
Jennifer Owens is a certified trainer with over seven years’ experience in designing creative and effective group fitness classes and personalized exercise plans. Jen is skilled at designing a welcoming and fun environment in which clients of all ages can successfully achieve their health and wellness goals. As a former elementary school teacher, Jen is a passionate instructor and understands the importance of being engaged in motivating others to succeed.
SeVonn is a Chicago native that is looking to further himself as well as others. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in exercise science. SeVonn is also a competitive Classic Physique Bodybuilder with the ultimate goal to attain his pro bodybuilding card.
He is fully committed to making lasting impacts by teaching the importance of exercise in a healthy life, and helping others make smarter lifestyle choices every day that will help with long term success with the health goals.
Kendra Solow is a FAFS 3D Movement Specialist and Certified CBD Coach with 11+ years of experience as a personal trainer & group fitness instructor. She’s coached different age groups, from children to professional athletes and seniors pre/post-rehab from Florida to San Diego. After graduating from college with a degree in exercise science & physiology in 2012, Kendra moved to Boulder, Colorado, where she fell deeply in love with the art of yoga, nature & naturopathy. This inspired her next move in 2014 to the Pacific Northwest, where Mind Body Physique was founded in Oregon.
She’s worked and lived very close to nature in off-grid locations pursuing a self-sustainable lifestyle over the past several years. Kendra discovered her healing through nature, fitness, and cannabis as she overcame anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder.
In 2018 she graduated from a 40-week mentorship through the Gray Institute, where she studied Applied Functional Science (AFS). With this advanced education, Kendra recognized how movement paired with cannabis could work synergistically in creating biomechanical alignment and endocannabinoid homeostasis in the human body.
She’s very passionate about teaching others how to build a balanced, self-sustainable body, mind & soul that’s confident from the inside out through 3D fitness training, bodywork, and using the seasons to cultivate their best selves.
Miss Solow resigns in her hometown of Naples, FL, with her family, boyfriend, and their two Australian cattle dogs. Kendra loves being outdoors, boating, gardening and is working towards owning land to cultivate hemp in the near future.
Ryan currently is the director of Pickleball Operations in the Pickleball Capital of the World, Naples Florida. Ryan is entering his 3rd season in this role and will be the first to tell you the future is very bright for Pickleball. Ryan’s passion is being able to develop athletes and watching others succeed in making their goals become a possibility. Last season, Ryan received the “Inspirational Coaching Award” with his development of Pickleball in the Special Olympics in Orlando. Ryan would like to thank all his sponsors who play an instrumental role in the growth of the sport and continued success of Pickleball! You can contact Ryan at email@example.com or check out the Pickleball Academy of SWFL.