At this moment there are six members of the ‘Hands Across Borders’ team:
Ton A.R. Schreuders, physio and hand therapist (CHT-NL, PhD), has worked for 7 years in Thailand at the McKean Rehabilitation Center (leprosy work) and after returning to the Netherlands worked at the Erasmus University Rehabilitation department. He is coordinator of a hand therapy course since 1999 and is still doing clinical work at one of the Hand & Wrist Centers. He has travelled to Nepal, India and Myanmar for Hands Across Borders.
Marjolein Wind MSc, occupational and hand therapist (CHT-NL), has about 20 years of working experience in hand therapy in hospital settings and as an owner of a hand therapy practice in Amsterdam. She is currently working in the Hand & Wrist Center in Amsterdam. She has a passion for traveling, exploring other countries and learning about different cultures. The aim of Hands Across Borders to share knowledge without benefits suits her way of living.
Wim Brandsma PhD, hand therapist (semi-retired), is founding member and honorary member of the Dutch Hand Therapy Society, and also founding member of Hands Across Borders. Working experience in the USA, two African and two Asian countries.
Wim Theuvenet, plastic and hand surgeon (European Board Certified), has specialized in Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery at the University Hospital of Nijmegen. Since 1987 till this day he is a Senior Consultant for the Leprosy Mission International (TLM) and the Netherlands Leprosy Relief Association (NLR). He is supervising a great number of Leprosy and General Reconstructive Surgery Training programs in 13 countries in Asia, Africa and South America. In these courses interested National Doctors are trained in a “hands-on” way in reconstructive surgery technique. He finds being involved in these training programs a wonderful learning experience. And an effective tool to further upgrade local clinical patient care!
He is looking forward to be of assistance to you!
Lise Brandsma, occupational and hand therapist, has worked in different work settings and has a passion for working with clients with chronic pain and chronic conditions where the mind and body connect. She joined Hands Across Borders because she supports sharing knowledge and building bridges without monetary aim and with honest intention and commitment.
Diedrik van der Berg
Diedrik van der Berg, occupational and hand therapist (CHT-NL), began his career at a school for disabled children and has worked with juveniles with rheumatic diseases. Currently he is working at Reade (a centre for rehabilitation and rheumatology) and The Hand Clinic, both located in Amsterdam. He thinks that looking over borders, finding each other and sharing knowledge is necessary, fun to do and good for your soul.