Erik Bergman, DVM

Certified Purchase-veterinarian, FEI treating vet, Diplomate ECAR, Certified ISELP, Ass. Member LA ECVDI, Academic consultant Ghent University

Dr Erik Bergman graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of Ghent, Belgium in 1996. Directly after graduation, he worked in the department of Equine Reproduction and Obstetrics in Ghent (Belgium) under supervision of Prof A. de Kruif.  After working in Australia for a season as a theriogenologist, he moved his work to Lienden (The Netherlands). In 2000, Dr.Bergman was one …

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Frans van Toor, DVM

Certified ISELP

Dr Frans van Toor graduated from the University of Utrecht in 1989. Directly after graduating, he began working at the Veterinary Clinic Bodegraven in Bodegraven, The Netherlands. In 1990, Dr. van Toor started working at the equine veterinary clinic “de Raaphorst”, Wassenaar, The Netherlands. At this clinic, under the supervision of Dr. Hans van Schie, Dr. van Toor began specializing in …

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Brenda Hoogelander, DVM

Certified Pre-purchase veterinarian, Teamveterinarian Paradressage, FEI treating vet, Chiropractor (FES cert.), Equine Dentist (NVVGP cert.), certified ISELP

Dr Brenda Hoogelander graduated from the University of Utrecht in 2002. During her study, she did various externships in Germany, United States of America and South Africa. After graduation, she completed an internship at Dierenkliniek Emmeloord.

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Elisabeth Van Veggel, DVM

DVM, resident advanced imaging, certified ISELP

Dr van Veggel graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. She was born in the Netherlands but immigrated to Canada with her parents in her early teens. She is at the start of her career and is specializing in equine sports medicine. Dr van Veggel is currently completing an ECVDI (specialist for medical imaging) residency at the University of Ghent.  Dr.van Veggel helps with the daily clinical examination and imaging at the clinic and is responsible for the MRI imaging at SMDC. Dr. van Veggel passed the ISELP Certification in 2018 and currently is world’s youngest ISELP certified member.

Stefan Cokelaere, DVM

DVM, Diplomate ECVS, FES certified and Diplomate ACVSMR

Doctor Stefan Cokelaere originates from Belgium and graduated from vet school at the University of Ghent in 2001. After his study, he did multiple externships abroad including in London, Ontario (Canada), Newmarket (United Kingdom) and in Ohio (United States of America). Furthermore, Stefan completed a year long internship at the Veterinary Clinic de Bosdreef in Moerbeke-Waas (Belgium).  From 2002-2005, Stefan completed a large animal surgical residency at the University of Ghent.

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Marco van Schie, DVM

DVM, CEqD, Certifi ed NVVGP, AED, IAED and IGFP

Thijs van Loon, DVM

Veterinarian, European speciliast in Anaethesolgy and Analgesia, Diplomate ECVAA, PhD.

Doctor Thijs van Loon graduated in 2000 from the Utrecht Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, he worked for 3 years at Dierenhospitaal Visdonk in Roosendaal. After the first year with a lot of general practice, he started to focus on equine anesthesia and internal medicine.

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Bo Staal

Equine Technician

Bo takes care of making appointments and scheduling for our clients. She cooperates during the examinations and treatments of the horses at SMDC.

Mariëlle van Mourik


Mariëlle takes care of making appointments and scheduling for our clients. She cooperates during the examinations and treatments of the horses at SMDC.

Suzanne Kroese

Paraveterinarian / Sales

Roy de Vogel

Equine Technician

Marieke Bogaers

Equine Technician

Colin Stacey

Equine Technician

Daniëlle de Goey

Hostess / receptionist

Dewi Bergman – van Mechelen

Animal Physiotherapist, Chiropractor (FES)

Denise de Wilde

Animal Physiotherapist, Horse Manual Therapist (AEB)

Femke Schepers 

Animal Physiotherapist

Kees Alblas


Daniel Planas


Wilma Nicolaas Ponder

Administrative assistent


Guard and Greeter

Macho is a mix between a Mechelse Shepherd and a Rottweiler. Due to his great character, Macho was bought in 2015 by SMDC to receive clients and guard the property and patients. Macho works together with the video surveillance to protect the clinic. Macho is very friendly  and takes his guard job seriously and keeps an eye out on everything happening at SMDC.