Physicians Association for Nutrition The Netherlands

Find out more about the PAN team in the Netherlands and their activities here.
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About PAN The Netherlands

Physicians Association for Nutrition the Netherlands (PAN The Netherlands) was established in 2020 as part of the PAN International network. Similarly to the other branches, our goal is to increase awareness about the power of healthy (evidence-based) nutrition. We believe health professionals are often unaware and undereducated about the effect of healthy nutrition on disease prevention. As a result, healthy nutrition is not a standard part of health care in the Netherlands.

By increasing and thus applying this knowledge we can save many healthy life years. Our association aims to do so by educating students and healthcare professionals, providing evidence-based information for the general public and patients and expanding our (inter)national network.

We have around 50 branch members, and an active support group on Facebook of 120 health professionals. Visit our website (in Dutch) for more information about how you can get involved in the PAN The Netherlands community.

Our Goals

Our Goals

EDUCATION

Educating students and healthcare professionals.

SUPPORT

Supporting patients with lifestyle changes.

NETWORK

Expanding our (inter)national network

Meet the Team of PAN The Netherlands

Meet the Team of PAN The Netherlands

Walter Bouwmans

Chairperson and Co-Founder of PAN The Netherlands

Walter is a lifestyle-minded general practitioner with his own practice in the north of the Netherlands. Additionally, he has completed the T. Colin Campbell eCornell Plant-based Nutrition certificate program. Walter is a voting member of PAN International and collaborates regularly with the other international PAN branches.

Carlijn Wagenaar

Secretary

Carlijn is a physician and PhD student at Reade Rheumatology in Amsterdam. Her current research focuses on the effects of a plant-based lifestyle programme in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Her responsibilities at PAN the Netherland include  social media, website content and event planning.

Wendy Walrabenstein, RD

Treasurer

Wendy is a dietician and PhD student at Reade Rheumatology in Amsterdam. Her current research focuses on the effects of a plant-based lifestyle programme in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. She runs her own dietician practice, is the author of the book “Food Body Mind”, and has 15 years of experience with international finance as an economist.

Myrthe Frissen

Board Member

Myrthe is a physician specialising in Environmental Health Science. Her focus is on disease prevention and promotion of health in the general population, with special emphasis on the living environment, climate change and the food system. She’s the founder of “Groenten Zonder Grenzen” (Vegetables Without Borders) established in 2017 and a member of the “Zorg voor Klimaat” (Care for Climate) working group since 2020.