The three pillars

‘education’, ‘scientific research’ and ‘good health care’

form the basis of the Academy Institute.

The Academic Institute for Physical Therapy PLUS, also called ‘AI’) is a well-known institute that was founded in 1974 as one of the first physical therapy practices in the Netherlands and is located in a former bathhouse at the eastside of Utrecht.

Besides a wide range of physical therapy specialties, the AI offers various paramedic disciplines. The short lines make it possible to cooperate closely together to resolve your problems as well and as quickly as possible. The AI is affiliated to major network organizations and we meet the strict quality requirements of health care insurance companies.

The Academy Institute is also a training institute. It accommodates students from the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht among others, provides education for physical therapists and is closely involved in scientific research in the field of physical therapy and kinesiology. The staff are trained to a master’s degree and follow PhD programmes.



  • Basia Verwey


Physical therapists

  • Holger Drechsler

    Sports physical therapist and ultrasound

  • Maud Eeuwen

    Orofacial physical therapist, psychosomatic physical therapist, neurology/elderly

  • Simone Gouw

    Orofacial physical therapist, psychosomatic physical therapist, gnathologist

  • Geiske Pronk

    Pelvic physical therapist

  • Dr. Maarten van der Worp

    Sports physical therapist & manual therapist


  • Judith Bouma

  • Lonneke de Roovere

Health care insurance
Since January 1, 2006, the DTF (Direct Access Physical Therapy) is applicable, allowing the patient to go to a physical therapist without a referral.

It is important that the patient has a supplementary healthcare insurance. Physical therapy is not always reimbursed from the basic healthcare insurance. There are major differences in the number of treatments that will be reimbursed between different insurance companies. If you do not have a supplementary healthcare insurance, you must pay the treatments yourself. For the price list of the Academy Institute, see ‘Het AI’ → ‘Zorgverzekering’.

Physical Therapy
The Academy Institute offers different physical therapy specializations. For more information or to make an appointment with one of our therapists you can contact us at 030-2515596 (select option 1), info@academieinstituut.nl or via the online contact form under ‘Contact’.

  • Expertise Centre for Complaints of the Lower Extremities/Leg (BEC)

  • Pelvic Physical Therapy

  • Intermittent Claudication

  • Ultrasound and Shockwave Therapy

  • Physical Therapy

  • Manual Therapy

  • Neurology and Elderly

  • Oncology

  • Orofacial Physical Therapy (physical therapy of the jaw)

  • Programme: Neurofit (exercise group for neurological patients)

  • Programme: Pregnancyfit (exercise group for pregnant women)

  • Psychosomatic Physical Therapy

  • Running

  • Sports Physical Therapy

Other paramedics
Alongside physical therapists the Academic Institute offers several other paramedic disciplines. For more information or to make an appointment with one of the paramedics, please contact the relevant contact.

  • Fysiofitness Bèta-Move
    Holger Drechsler
    Tel: 030-2515596

  • Acupuncture
    Bas van Dijk
    Tel: 030-6703942 or 06-11014978
    E-mail: acupunctuurbasvandijk@gmail.com

  • Buurtteams
    Tel: 030-7400509
    E-mail: Oost@buurtteamsUtrecht.nl

  • Occupational Therapy
    Bastiënne de Regt
    Tel: 06-10325348 or 030-2322431
    E-mail: info@mensinbedrijf.nl

  • Speech Therapy
    Hanneke Bax
    Tel: 06-18018761
    E-mail: info@bestemmingbereikt.com

  • Mensendieck Therapy
    Eveline Egeler
    Tel: 030-2523568 or 06-21206072

  • Podiatry
    Jacqueline Montrée
    Tel: 06-13808330
    E-mail: JackyMontree@podoservice.info

  • Psychology
    Poly Papageorgiou
    Tel: 06-28542307