Jessica Gal, daughter of an American mother and a Hungarian father, was born on July 6, 1971 in Amsterdam. At the age of 5 she took her first steps on the judo mat, following in the footsteps of her 2 years older sister Jenny. From the age of 7 she discovered competitive sport, and at the age of 13 she became Dutch champion for the first time. In the end she became 11x Dutch champion, 4x European champion, and 4x 3rd in the world. She participated in the Olympic Games 4 times. There was no Olympic medal. All in all, she was at the top of the world for more than 14 years.
Fascinated by the human body, Jessica decided to study medicine during her judo career. She completed this study in 1998, and after the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 Jessica put an end to her judo career to specialize as a sports doctor. During these games she was asked by the national coach to become a doctor for the Dutch women’s hockey team. In this position she participated in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
After working at various sports medical institutions, Jessica Gal decided to set up her own sports medical advice center in early 2009: SMA Jessica Gal Sportartsen. As a sports doctor, she has been involved in the coaching of various sports teams, including the Dutch women’s hockey team, the National Swimming Institute Amsterdam, the Dutch beach volleyball team and the women’s selection of ADO Den Haag.
In addition, she has been a member of the Sportraad Amsterdam, the Supervisory Board of Kennis Centrum Sport, and the advisory board of Stichting Tegenkracht. As an athlete, she is still active in cycling and running.
Jolanda Heere completed her training as a sports doctor in Amsterdam at the end of 2010. As of November 1, 2015 she works at Jessica Gal Sportartsen. In addition, she works, together with an orthopedic surgeon and sports physiotherapist, at the multidisciplinary sports outpatient clinic of the Spaarne Gasthuis.
From 2010 to 2013, Jolanda was a supervising sports doctor at the Dutch Basketball Association. Her main task was the sports-medical supervision of the (injured) athlete in collaboration with, among others, physiotherapists, the trainer, strength trainers and other interested parties, in order to quickly get the athlete back to his desired sport level. This involved both the senior men’s and the senior women’s team.
Within sports medicine, she has experience with preventive sports medical examinations in athletes of every level: from recreational to professional level, but also with injury consultations. Her focus is specifically on sports such as basketball, gymnastics, dancing, running and crossfit. She is also registered as a sports diving doctor for sports diving examinations.
In addition, she applies her knowledge of musculoskeletal ultrasound to the diagnosis of various injuries.
In the sporting field, Jolanda was active in her youth in, among other things, gymnastics, dancing and korfball. Nowadays he does running and crossfit.
Sandra Chung completed her training as a sports physician at the end of 2015. As of April 1, 2016 she works at Jessica Gal Sportartsen. In addition, she provides medical support for the Orange Angels (Dutch Women’s Basketball Team) and the U17 and U19 teams at the KNKV (Koninklijk Nederlands Korfbal Verbond). The diversity of treatments, ranging from injury consultations to the analysis of exercise-related complaints, and the exercise physiology of both healthy athletes and the chronically ill make sports medicine a great profession for her. She has a wide range of interests when it comes to injury problems and exercise-related complaints. In her spare time she plays korfball, running and cycling.
Shanna Ilbrink completed her training as a sports doctor in Groningen at the end of 2016. As of June 1, 2017 she works at Jessica Gal Sportartsen. Until the age of 18 she did gymnastics at national level. She then shaped her predilection for sport and exercise into her choice of study of kinesiology and medicine. She believes that sports medicine is a varied field that requires broad medical knowledge. The alternation in her work between diagnosis and treatment of injuries, sports medical examinations and sports medical supervision of both (top) athletes and chronically ill patients continues to inspire her. In addition to general sports medicine, Shanna has focused specifically on the rehabilitation of chronically ill patients during the last 2 years of her training. In addition, during the 2015-16 season, she provided sports-medical support for Donar, the professional basketball club in Groningen. In her spare time she still enjoys sports: gymnastics, running and cycling.
Pieter Sengkerij has been a sports physician since 2013 and trained at the ISALA Clinics in Zwolle. Pieter has been working at Jessica Gal Sportartsen since September 2020. He also works in Rotterdam at the Sports Medical Center Sparta Rotterdam. Until the age of 28, Pieter has always played football at a competitive level (even at the highest level) and the combination of working as a doctor at a football club seemed like a great combination! He focused on this during his training as a sports doctor. Pieter has worked in professional football for years. In the period 2012-2015 he worked as a team doctor at various youth teams of the KNVB and has also worked as a club doctor at Vitesse from Arnhem since 2013. His expertise lies mainly in preventive sports medical examinations, injuries of the lower extremities and sports cardiology. Being able to move with pleasure is important; Pieter runs fast, mountain bikes regularly and tries to kick a ball every now and then.
Liesbeth Lim has been working at Jessica Gal Sportartsen since 2021 and works at our location in Zaandam on Wednesdays.
She is also affiliated with the Medical Centre for Dancers & Musici (MCDM) where in 2018, together with two rehabilitation doctors, she took over from orthopedic surgeon and founder Boni Rietveld.
Liesbeth Lim worked for fifteen years as a federal doctor at the Royal Gymnastics Union, where she supervised the national gymnastics selections
Christiaan Swellengrebel completed his training as a sports physician in November 2020 and has been working at Jessica Gal Sportartsen since 2022.
During his training, Christiaan was a club doctor at the Youth of ADO Den Haag and Jong ADO. He also worked as a sports doctor at the European Beach Volleyball Championships in Scheveningen, the Dam tot Damloop and the 3-nations BMX Cup (BMX).
In addition to his work at Jessica Gal Sportartsen, Christiaan works at the Fire Brigade and the KNVB.
Christiaan thinks it’s great to get people moving and to help improve health and prevent illness through sport and exercise. In addition, he has a special affinity with knee overload complaints.
As a sports doctor, he has turned his passion for sports and medicine into his dream job.
Stan Vergos completed his medical education at the Free University of Amsterdam at the end of 2021. As of April 2023, he works as a medical doctor at Jessica Gal Sportartsen.
Sports medicine attracts him because patients are highly motivated to get one step closer to their goal every day. He therefore hopes to draw up the most optimal and appropriate treatment plan together with the person in front of him.
He is also particulary interested in human physiology in extreme conditions. That is why, in addition to his work in sports medicine, he works in aerospace medicine. Here he is engaged in research into the effects of space travel on the heart and nervous system.
Stan sees room for a combination in the two fields, as there are important points of overlap between (top) athlete and astronaut.
He himself has practiced judo and basketball intensively in the past.
Nowadays he gets his sports pleasure from running, fitness and dancing.
Jolanda has been working at Jessica Gal Sportartsen since February 2018.
Before that, she worked for 22 years at Transavia as an internal travel service employee.
Jolanda likes to run, does aqua aerobics and loves to travel.
She lives with her husband and 2 children in Vijfhuizen. She enjoys working in a small team and helping and advising patients as best she can.
Carla Léon has been working at Jessica Gal Sportartsen since 2019. She has years of experience as a doctor’s assistant at various practices and outpatient clinics.
She enjoys walking long distances and doing yoga. Carla Léon also enjoys cooking, reading and gardening.
The diversity of work in practice makes the profession unique for her. She is at home in all markets and is happy to assist you behind the counter!
My name is Kyra and I now live in dorms in Amsterdam. This is a distance from where I’m originally from; namely the island Texel! This year I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and I am now in my waiting period for the internships. I really missed contact with patients, so when I heard that Jessica was looking for a new assistant in December ’22, I reacted as quickly as Max Verstappen. In addition to working as an assistant, I am also involved in marketing, Social Media and work as a scientific assistant. Maybe I’ll see you at the practice, see you then!
I’m Cindy and I’ve been working at the practice since April 2023. About half a year ago I made a very conscious choice for a career switch. I used to work mainly in the hospitality industry, but at a certain point I wanted to do something in healthcare. I like sports so I really like the combination of sports and health care!
In my free time I like to ride horses, do Pilates and walk my dog a lot. Furthermore, I can often be found on the football field with my family or we go out. We regularly make nice city trips or other trips because that is what we enjoy very much.
As a practice assistant, I will do everything I can to make it as pleasant as possible for you.