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Advisory Committee

The Be Well MC’s Advisory Committee’s role is to advise our center on medical and organizational matters. The Committee consists of medical professionals who have retired from practicing but are sharing their experience with our Thai medical team. They will not practise at our center.

Dr Bernardus (“Ben”) van Zoelen
Retired cardiologist

Dr van Zoelen completed his medical studies at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands where he specialized in Family Medicine. After working as a GP in the Internal Diseases and ER departments of a private hospital for one year, he decided to specialize in Cardiology at The Anthonius Hospital in Utrecht. After becoming a licensed cardiologist Dr van Zoelen worked 30 years in the private hospital, “Het Diakonessenhuis” in Utrecht where he obtained in-depth experience a/o in bradycardia rythm disturbances, implanting over 400 DDD pacemakers. Dr van Zoelen also performed over 1000 coronary artery angiograms.
Dr Van Zoelen now resides in Hua Hin and advises the Be Well medical team on cardiovascular aspects.

Dr Gerard Smit
Retired general practitioner

Dr Smit studied medicine at the University of Utrecht where he specialized in family medicine. In 1976 he established his own family doctor practice near Rotterdam, the Netherlands, until his retirement. From 1981 to 1992 Dr Smit was teaching medical students at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in family medicine . From 1982 till 2006 he was training medical graduates from the same university to specialize as general practitioner. Dr Smit was Chairman of the Association of Family Doctors in his region for a period of 6 years. After retirement Dr Smit and his wife decided to relocate to Hua Hin where they spend most of the year.
Dr Smit will advise the Be Well medical team on medical & social aspects of family health care.

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