Nicole holds the Equinology Master Equine Body Worker® certification, post-graduate and MSc qualifications in Animal Manipulation (small and large animal) with the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and the University of Wales (United Kingdom), and a PhD from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. The subject for her doctoral research was investigation into equine neck pain from the perspectives of pathology, neuromotor control and equine behaviour associated with spinal dysfunction. Nicole's main interest lies in the effect of complementary therapies on equine performance, emphasizing the combination of manual therapy and neuromotor control/movement retraining. In her equine sports therapy practice, she works in direct veterinary liaison to design individualized therapeutic programmes for sport horses in various disciplines, with a particular focus on neuromuscular conditioning and movement retraining in cases with spinal dysfunction. Nicole regularly lectures at various universities and for international professional associations, presenting evidence-based courses on equine spinal dysfunction and locomotor issues, with an emphasis on neuromuscular rehabilitation techniques.
Nicole originally comes from the Netherlands, and is currently based in California, where she is the Course Development Manager for Equinology Inc, a company that provides Continued Education for Licensed Professionals, in the field of equine complementary health care. In addition, she is the President of Equinenergy, Ltd in the United Kingdom.