Drs. 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 ( www.phytonicsmed.com )
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, dog, cats and a bunch of chickens).
Drs. 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
Drs. 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.
Annette Denekamp – Human Acupuncturist, teacher in workshop ‘Nutrition according to the Five Elements’
Na ruim 20 jaar als verpleegkundige en anesthesie-verpleegkundige in de westerse geneeskunde te hebben gewerkt, heb ik besloten mijn hart te volgen en ben ik gestart met de opleiding tot acupuncturist bij de TCMA in Amsterdam. Sinds 2010 ben ik werkzaam als acupuncturist, en vanaf juli 2014 bij Den Hoek.
Daarnaast ben ik als praktijkdocent verbonden aan de TCMA (acupunctuuropleiding).
Ik heb diverse bij- en nascholingen gevolgd, waaronder: Advanced life support, acupunctuur bij gynaecologische klachten en menopauze, Meridian Wave Acupuncture (is een speciale techniek die bij pijnklachten ingezet kan worden), Cosmetic and facial acupuncture en elektro-acupunctuur (ook dit pas ik veelvuldig toe bij pijnklachten). Intern bij Healthcare-Academy Den Hoek heb ik de Connectie-sensor cursus en de Lecher-antenne cursus gevolgd.
Verder heb ik in 2016 de scholing voor Dorn-therapeut gedaan. Dit is een subtiele manipulatietechniek waarmee diverse problemen en scheefstanden van de wervelkolom, het bekken en beenlengteverschil op subtiele maar effectieve manier behandeld kan worden. Deze methode is veilig en veel zachter dan bijvoorbeeld chiropractie.
Naast alle behandelmethodes die u wellicht kent van Den Hoek ben ik ook gespecialiseerd in de Chinese 5 elementen voedingsleer.