Since 1994

Our Team


Doug Kleber

Doug Kleber photoDoug Kleber received his B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois. He is a Registered Kinesiotherapist and Certified Massage Therapist. Doug is a former All-American football player, collegiate baseball player and Pro NFL player. His focus in working with athletes is on more than building strength; his treatments and training plans ensure that injured players are not only ready to get back into the game, but that they do so with sufficient strength and recovery to prevent future injury.

Sue Kleber

Sue Kleber has a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Illinois. Sue is a seasoned teacher; she has taught health and physical education and is an experienced Junior and Senior High School volleyball coach, and former Big 10 volleyball player. Sue works with her personal training clients to develop and maintain healthy programs that will build strength and endurance in ways that also prevent future injury.


Dr. Samuel Kleber, PT, DPT

Sam Kleber is the Director of Rehabilitation at Personal Performance. He graduated from Bethel College in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and subsequently earned his doctorate in Physical Therapy from Governors State University in 2014.  He is currently working towards becoming credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT).  Dr. Kleber treats a variety of orthopedic, post-surgical, and neurological conditions.  He is originally from Urbana and enjoys any activity involving food.

Caleb Unzicker

Caleb Unzicker PhotoCaleb Unzicker is a graduate of the University of Illinois Athletic Training Education Program, and has a Masters in Health and Physical Education from Illinois State University, where he focused on exercise physiology and biomechanics. He is an experienced athletic trainer for local area high schools. At Personal Performance, his work has focused on injury prevention and treatment, and personalized training. Caleb is also developing an injury prevention and management program for use in Industrial and other on-the-job settings.

Helen Whatley

Helen Pope

Helen Whatley is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. She is a Certified Zero Balancer, and a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher. Helen is also pursuing certification in CranioSacral Therapy. She has training in Reflexology, OrthoBionomy and Deep Tissue therapies. Helen recognizes that we cannot fully separate our minds, bodies, and hearts, and that stress in our lives often results in stress in our bodies, just as pain in our bodies leads to emotional stress. She enjoys working with clients to alleviate short term pain, and to alleviate long term postural and lifestyle practices that lead to discomfort, pain and stress. Helen also loves to design and knit shawls, socks, and sweaters, and enjoys helping knitters and others who use their hands a lot.

James Hall

James Hall Photo

James became interested in fitness after adapting a sedentary lifestyle after high school which led to becoming out of shape. After trying to get in shape on his own, he became eager to learn how to share his newfound knowledge of the body. A graduate from Parkland College with associate’s degree in Kinesiology, James completed the personal fitness training program as well as becoming a certified personal trainer accredited through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) all while making the Dean’s List. During his time at Parkland, James worked with many high level athletes from basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, and even boxers that would make the Golden Glove finals!

Since working at Personal Performance, James has worked with many young athletes who play basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, golf, track, and even division one football. Some highlights of working at Personal Performance have included increasing the vertical jumps of two female high school volleyball players by 3 inches in a month and a half! James also helped a couple of young men become stronger and faster which helped them win their football league’s championship that was played at memorial stadium, and helped a group of young men get to their peak potential strength to make a run at a state wrestling championship with one winning 1st!

James' passion is helping people see and achieve their goals whether it be to lose a few pounds or become the best at their sport.

Amber Blackford, LMT

A local farm girl, wife of a cattleman, and mom of four beautiful kids. Amber graduated from Life Path School of Massage Therapy, Peoria IL in 1998. Amber is member of the AMTA, certified in Equine Massage, and originally planned to work with Equine athletes. But after doing an internship at Personal Performance with Doug Kleber n 1998, she discoverd a passion for and a better understanding of the human body. She has had the privilege of working alongside three doctors in Richmond Indiana, tending to patients who suffered from chronic pain patterns like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and arthritis. Amber has also seen the benefits of massage in a spa atmosphere, working at the French Lick Spa, in French Lick Indiana, as well as a few health clubs. Her work has been diverse depending on each client's need. The majority of her career has been at Personal Performance, which she loves! Amber firmly believes that massage, nutrition, and exercise all are key components to overall health and wellbeing. Trained in trigger point, sports massage, Neurostructural Integration Technique, and Swedish massage, Amber is passionate about the positive effects of massage therapy on the body and mind. She can provide a massage for post workout to help with sore stiff muscles, help with recovery from injury, rehabilitation, or surgery - or to just simply help you unwind and forget about life stresses for an hour of relaxation.

Ron Childs

Ron Childs is a Certified Personal Trainer with NCSA and a graduate of Parkland College. 

Previously Ron started running organized track at the age of 11 and ran AAU track for SandHill based in North Carolina.  He graduated from Normal Community High School in 2005 as a two sport athlete varsity lettering in both football and track as a Sophomore.  He also played two seasons of Division 3 college football at MacMurry College in Jacksonville, IL followed by seven years of semi-pro football in the Midwest. 

Ron loves helping people to not only be fit, but also better themselves as a whole.  He believes it's his duty to change the world, one workout at a time.