Henriette graduated from the Dutch school for Occupational Therapy in 1972. After working in the Netherlands, mainly in vocational rehabilitation, she came to Newfoundland in 1982, where she worked in the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre. This is where she started to specialize in “Seating.” This specialization has focussed over the years on clients that need complex positioning and/or non-standard wheelchairs. Since 1990 Henriette has worked part time in Adult Rehabilitation with a varied clientele (the Miller Centre and Health and Community Services) and part time as a Seating Consultant.
Henriette has attended international Seating and Positioning Conferences regularly since 1985. She was one of the founding directors of the Canadian Adaptive Seating and Mobility Association (1988 – 1998). Relevant certification courses included the Certification course Matrix System (Vancouver, 1988) and Ride Certification courses — Toronto 2004 and Denver 2007. Other relevant training includes general workshops in the field of postural assessments, pressure-sore treatment and prevention, wheelchair electronics, wheelchair comparisons and training in Universal Design.
In addition to her experience in positioning and wheelchairs, Henriette has 10+ years of experience working with children, 10+ years working in vocational rehabilitation, she has provided some medical-legal advise and she has worked all through her career solving client’s issues related to activities of daily living (ADL).
Memberships include the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists (NLAOT), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB).
At IOHS, Henriette specializes in seating and mobility assessments, ADL assessments in relation to seating and mobility, provision of prescription for the appropriate mobility equipment, and supervision of all the custom work that might be required to this equipment.