I am educated as a physiotherapist, interested in clinical care. After six years I became a pediatric physical therapist at the Wilhelmina Childrens Hospital in Utrecht (University Hospital Utrecht), dealing with children with orthopedic problems as well as traumatology. I specialised in functional outcome in collagen diseases as well as hypermobility syndrome. I graduated as PhD in 1996 on Osteogenesis Imperfecta. After 23 years of pediatric care, I moved towards Amsterdam in 2008, where I became director of the National and International School of Physiotherapy with 1300 students and 80 teachers. I became responsible for education, patient care and research and became staff member at the department of Rehabilitation of the University Hospital Amsterdam (AMC)., In 2013 I became Professor of Physiotherapy at the University of Amsterdam (AMC) focussing on transition of health care between the primary care and the university hospital. At the University of Applied Sciences I remained to be responsible for the whole education of PT. In research, my collegues and myself guide 10 PhD students in the developed research lines: Complex Care and Urban Vitality.
In complex care, two of my PhD students focus on joint hypermobility and complaints in children with HMS and collagen diseases (Mark Scheper, PhD cand.) and adolescents, focussing on psychological complaints (Janneke de Vries, PhD cand.). We collaborate with the group of Birgit Juul Kristensen and Patrick Calders-Lies Rombaut-Inge de Wandele, and since this year with Verity Pacey. Mark Scheper was invited to come to Australia doing prospective research in Verityâ€™s group.
The collegues of Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands are combined in I-Flex, an international collaboration regarding these topics, sharing ideas, conferences, research, PhD students and articles.
Other research topics in complex care: Intensive care, geriatrics, urban vitality, surgery in oncology, and cardiology: focussing on functional trajectories, tailored diagnostics and care.