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Dr C.M. Visscher (1971) has been appointed professor of Orofacial Physiotherapy at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA), effective 1 January 2018.

Prof Corine Visscher, professor Orofacial Fysiotherapy
Photo: Dirk Gillissen

Corine Visscher’s research focuses on patients with chronic pain in general and disorders of the jaw joint and headaches in particular. She is currently involved in amending the ACTA curriculum. In addition, she treats patients within a multidisciplinary team that includes trainee dentist-gnathologists, orofacial physiotherapists and a psychologist.

In her capacity as professor, Visscher will be focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of muscle and joint disorders of the masticatory system and the neck. Examples of such conditions are pain (including chronic pain) and movement disorders, along with the aftercare of oncology patients.

Visscher is an orofacial physiotherapist and epidemiologist. Prior to 1 January 2018, she was an associate professor at and chair of the Oral Kinesiology unit in the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA). As of January 2018, Visscher will serve as director of the dental school. Visscher earned a PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2000 for her research into temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) and neck pain.

Corine Visscher has (co)authored over 70 international peer-reviewed publications, helped draft the international classification system for TMD (DC/TMD) and is a board member of the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics.