The team

Dr. Eric Laarakker – Holistic veterinarian, Founder/Owner of Healthcare-Academy Den Hoek
Eric Laarakker has been working as a holistic veterinarian and researcher, ever since he graduated as veterinarian from the Dutch University of Utrecht, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.
During his study veterinary medicine, Eric Laarakker got convinced that besides Western medicine, also other treatment methods and visions – such as Chinese medicine – are essential to be able to heal an animal (and/or human) in its total aspect. Therefore, after obtaining his degree in veterinary medicine, he followed courses in Chiropractics, Osteopathy, Manual therapies, Phytotherapy, Classic homeopathy, Chinese acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, Neural therapy and other energetic treatments.
The knowledge and broad experience in holistic veterinary medicine that he built up over many years has further developed and deepened his beliefs and visions in this field.
Over the years, Eric developed a holistic protocol, in which many therapies complete each other. As a result of this holistic protocol many horses, small animals and humans were successfully treated, after being ‘given up’ by regular Western veterinarians and medical practitioners.
Eric is as researcher closely involved with the international research institute Water&Light bv. Water & Light performs investigations on health and the quality of crops and food for humans and animals. At the Water&Light Laboratory a technology platform is created dedicated to the role of biophotonics, water, light and system physiology in life sciences. The research is characterized by multidisciplinary cooperation with various universities and research companies. Its focus is on development of new concepts and breakthrough improvements in existing biophotonics technology.
In addition, he is as researcher/developer very active in developing products and new treatments methods in systemic medicine. Amongst others, he has – in collaboration with the Dutch NML Health company – developed the series of 100% natural health products by Phytonics ( )
Eric is a teacher at several educational institutes and he gives lectures in the Netherlands and abroad. He is author of the book ‘Paardentypen’ in which he describes different characters of horses based on the 5 Chinese elements, published in The Netherlands in 2007. And he is the co-author of the book ‘Het tevreden paard’ meaning the contented horse, about horse welfare in practice, published in The Netherlands in 2009.
Eric is an inspired man, devoted to continue his activities as veterinarian, researcher, developer and teacher. Besides that, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and horse back riding with his Arabian stallion Hassan.

 Claudia de Gooijer-Kant – Executive officer and teacher

As executive officer, Claudia is the central contact person within Healthcare Academy Den Hoek for course participants, lecturers and external relations. After her Human Resouce Management studies, she worked for a number of years in that direction at -among others- Oostnet Taxi / Connection (quality project) and Akzo Nobel Information Services (HRM planning of SAP consultants). After this she went into the family business and together with her father and she ran a driving school until the sale of this in the beginning of 2001.
Since she felt an innerdrive to switch from commercial business to a more Holistic Healthcare oriented  practice and lifestyle, she started a college education ‘Naturopathy in animals’ in 2000 (she graduated in 2007). During this study she met Eric Laarakker and became inspired by his innovative visions and holistic healthcare. In September 2001 she started working at the Holistic practice for animals and humans Den Hoek as an assistant. In 2006 she switched working from the practice to the foundation STEHD, Stichting Educatie Holistische Diergeneeskunde, where the board delegated the daily business to her. Nowadays she is the treasurer and secretary for this foundation. In 2011 the educational activities were transferred from STEHD to Healthcare-Academy Den Hoek and she became the executive officer for this educational institute.
Besides coordinating the educational activities she is a teacher in the Connection Sensor course.
In 2015 she started at the College Education Zen-Shiatsu in Amsterdam, and she hopes to graduate from this education in June 2019. She established a small practice  named Zencourage – for Zen-Shiatsu and Holistic Healthcare- at her place in Ruinerwold. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her animals (horses, lovely mini pigs, dogs, cats and a bunch of chickens).
Dr. Aleid Hillebrand – Holistic veterinarian, teacher and administrative assistant at Healthcare-Academy Den Hoek
After graduating from vet school in Ghent, Belgium, I moved to the UK and worked as a small animal veterinarian in several surgeries. Unfortunately, due to my health I was forced to stop working, but this gave me the opportunity to experience the value of holistic treatment first hand. After gradually getting better, I decided to study Veterinary Acupuncture at IVAS in the Netherlands. I became so enthusiastic about acupuncture, I decided to study acupuncture for people as well, to gain more in-depth knowledge and to be able to treat people as well.
I now work as a small animal holistic vet, treating dogs, cats and rabbits and I thoroughly enjoy seeing the positive effects of acupuncture and the holistic treatment on the animals. Besides, I help Claudia in the Healthcare-Academy wherever there’s an extra hand needed.
I’ve given several anatomy/ pathology classes as a guest teacher at a veterinary technician college (Wellant College), and several lectures on rabbits (husbandry, behaviour and common illnesses); on vaccination and titer testing in dogs; on CFS, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia and Lyme’s disease together with Eric Laarakker; and a lecture ‘Introduction to Acupuncture’.
1992 – 1998 Veterinary Medicine
2014 Lecher Antenna Course
2015 Connection sensor course
2015 – 2017 IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture
2017 – present TCMA Acupuncture for people
Dr. Linda Boggie – veterinary acupuncturist (CVA, FAAVA), course coordinator and teacher TCM courses (Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food therapy)
Dr. Linda Boggie graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She became certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 1995 and incorporated acupuncture into her existing small animal practice. She completed the Chinese herbal course at the Chi Institute in 2004. In 2014 she became a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncturists.
In 2003 she moved to The Netherlands and has an integrative practice in Deventer with her husband, a veterinarian specialized in dentistry and orthopedics in companion animals.
Since 1998 she has lectured for various acupuncture courses, advanced continuing education seminars, congresses and symposiums in the USA, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe, Australia, China and Taiwan.
An active member of the IVAS since 1995, she served as President from 2002-08 and remains involved as the Examination committee chair and member of the Board of Directors.
She enjoys Chinese veterinary medical practice, lecturing on Chinese medicine, acupuncture and the use of Chinese herbs in small animals. Any spare time is enjoyably spent with her husband, their Friesian horses, cat, two dogs and a Shetland pony.
Dr. Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz – veterinary acupuncturist, teacher in the Veterinary Acupuncture course
Dietrich qualified in the USA at the Univ. of Georgia in 1982, practiced in Maryland until 1986, moved to the UK and founded an equine practice in Guildford in 1989. His acupuncture interest began in the USA and he became certified through the International Vet. Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 1998. He is a past President of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and continues as its Education Director; he also served on the IVAS Ed. Committee and Board of Directors. He now has a referral acupuncture practice along with his teaching commitments. He conducted and published pioneering research in the thermographic monitoring of autonomic responses to acupuncture in horses with chronic pain syndromes and in needle electromyographic recordings of myofascial trigger points in horses (Acupunc in Med, & Vet Clinics of NA, Equine Practice). More recently he authored the papers “Electro-acupuncture for nerve injury in the horse” in Equine Vet Educ. 2014, and “Acupuncture for pain control” in Robinson & Sprayberry’s Current Therapy in Equine Medicine, 7th ed., 2015.
Dr. Edwin Lipperts – pharmacist, Chinese phytotherapist, teacher in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine courses
Drs. Edwin Lipperts is a licensed pharmacist and Chinese phytotherapist. He studied Pharmacy at the Utrecht University (NL) and completed a 2-year post-graduate pharmacist education in 1994 and has been working as a pharmacist for 23 years now. He also completed a 3-year TCM Phytotherapy course at OTCG (Antwerp, Belgium). Edwin is the owner of De NatuurApotheek, EuroherbsPharmacy and Sanjiao.
 Dr. Ellen Kral – veterinary acupuncturist, teacher in the Veterinary Acupuncture course
After graduating as an equine veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Utrecht University in The Netherlands in 1993, Ellen studied human acupuncture for three years and then became an IVAS certified veterinary acupuncturist in 1997. Thereafter she studied several more subjects like osteopathy, chiropractic, Cranio-Sacral Therapy as well as Eastern therapy forms like TCM Herbs and Shiatsu. Besides these studies, she attended many courses, deepening her knowledge of TCM and TCVM while working in 100% TCVM Equine practices. Besides practicing Ellen enjoys teaching in the veterinary acupuncture course at Healthcare-Academy Den Hoek.
Dr. Ina Gösmeier – veterinary acupucnturist, veterinary Chinese herbalist, teacher in the Veterinary Acupuncture course
Practical veterinarian and dressage rider, additionally qualified in acupuncture and as a Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH) from the Chi Institute and China National Society of TCVM Dr. Gösmeier studied veterinary medicine at the University of Giessen, after which she worked in a practice for horses and small animals. She subsequently obtained the specialist qualification in Acupuncture and undertook additional studies in Chinese herbology at universities in China and Switzerland.
Dr. Gösmeier has been running her own referral practice for traditional Chinese veterinary medicine since 1990, and in 2002 she obtained her qualification as a Wings Kinesiology Practitioner for Animals.
Ina Gösmeier has herself taken part in Grand Prix dressage and she obtained her qualification of “Master in Horse Breeding and Management” in 1989. Thanks to her extensive practical experience, she is also an in-demand writer and lecturer both at home and abroad. She has so far written four specialist books and contributed numerous articles to journals specialising in horse riding and veterinary medicine.
Since 2008, Dr. Gösmeier has been teaching the application of Chinese herbs for veterinary practitioners at the Qi Academy; this led to her qualification as a Certified Veterinary Herbologist (CVH). She is also involved in the teaching of acupuncture to veterinary practitioners at universities and lectures regularly in Britain, Ireland and the USA.
Since 2002, Ina Gösmeier has been responsible for horses for German teams at championship events, where her job is to maintain the health, well-being and performance of the horses using naturopathic methods. 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez
 Dr. Katja Görts – holistic veterinarian, teacher in the Veterinary Acupuncture course
Practical veterinary medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, kinesiology
Katja Görtz studied veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover. After completing her studies in 1999, she worked for a number of years in industry. She also underwent training in veterinary chiropractic at the Backbone Academy and in veterinary acupuncture at the GerVAS in 2009. Alongside her work in the practice, she works as an instructor for the Backbone Academy and also successfully completed her training as a WINGS kinesiologist for animals (WINGS®Tierkinesiologin) in 2010.
Katja is a fan of versatility in horses. She owns a twenty-year-old Zweibrücker mare that is successful in all disciplines up to Class L.
 Peter den Dekker – teacher in Chi Kung / Still Dynamics
Peter den Dekker (1958, The Hague, The Netherlands) teaches since 1985. He conducts chi kung en Da Cheng Chuan training in in The Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Finland and Italy. He is the author of the book The Dynamics of Standing Still.
Peter uses chi kung as a method of improving body structure and health. Many of his students are professionals in music, dance and theater. He leads special trainings for people with immunity weakness and is a sought after guest teacher at academies and congresses. For almost twenty years he studied and trained chi kung and Da Cheng Chuan under sifu Lam Kam-Chuen.
Peter has been teacher and principal at various academies for shiatsu and oriental preventative medicine. For a period of twenty years he worked in a practice for (japanese) acupuncture in Amsterdam. At Healthcaare-Academy Den Hoek Peter teaches in the Veterinary Acupuncture Course and organises specific Chi Kung training days. Peter lives with his partner and daughter alternately in Amsterdam, Dalfsen and Portugal.
 Drs. Peter Kruithof – TCM specialist and practitioner, teacher in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine courses
Drs. Peter Kruithof is a TCM specialist and practitioner. He studied Chinese, and Chinese medicine in the Chinese language at the Shan Dong University of Chinese Medicine in China for almost 7 years.
 Petra Tjeertes – Acupuncturist, Phytotherapist, coach, teacher in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine courses
Petra Tjeertes is a licensed acupuncturist, phytotherapist and coach, since 2009 working in the TCM field in her own practice and in the practice of her father (also a TCM-practitioner).
 Dr. Viviane Miellet – holistic veterinarian, teaching assistant in the Veterinary Acupuncture course
Dr. Viviane Miellet graduated from the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.
While working in a small animal practice she started in 2009 to follow several manual therapy courses for humans and animals.
Since 2014 she has her own integrative veterinary medicine practice in Schoorl (NL) where she uses, in addition to acupuncture, Animal Normalization Therapy, a technique developed by Patricia Kortekaas, a PT from Oregon, USA. Viviane completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society basic acupuncture cours in 2014 and was certified by IVAS in 2015.