I was born and grew up in the Netherlands, becoming a GP in 1989. I was motivated to do nonprofit work, and worked the next 18 years in The Hague in a health centre where the patients came from more than 30 countries; mostly refugees and immigrants.
My wife and I moved to NZ in 2009 after a year in Western Australia where I worked as a roving locum GP. We then lived near Kaitaia, Northland where I completed my NZ Fellowship in General Practice in 2013, while working there as a GP. We moved to Richmond in 2018 because we love the incredible natural beauty of the area,- the snow peaked mountains and the sea,- and appreciate the wide variety of social and cultural opportunities.
I enjoy the variety of people I meet working here as a GP, seeing every age group. One of my interests is mindfulness,- how to use this to deepen my experience of life, and my work as a GP. In my free time I enjoy fitness training at the gym, swimming and hiking. We participate in the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum: working to help our region move towards a sustainable future.