We offer education in which we provide training about our products and also about seating and positioning. We stay up-to-date with the latest developments and perform studies to bring more science into seating. We value the knowledge we gain and want to share this with you.
Vicair offers – in collaboration with its distributors – a combi-course that consists of two parts: a seating and positioning course with Dutch accreditation that is specially developed for clinicians and a Vicair product training. The first focusses on addressing seating and positioning problems that clinicians often face in assisting their clients. The latter then continues with explaining the technology and functionality of the Vicair cushions, relating to practical cases in which they can be used. We discuss making adjustments in an interactive setting, through this hands-on approach you immediately learn which changes can help in certain situations.
We also offer clinical days and seating seminars. Clinical days are hands-on workshops in which you will be guided through live seating assessments. Together with the educator the participants can achieve maximum comfort without compromising skin protection and stability.
Seating seminars are a full day theoretical program during which knowledge about seating and positioning will be shared. Topics that are really relevant in your market can be addressed on request. A Vicair product demonstration is also part of the standard seminar day.
“What a day!!! Thank you to all Healthcare Professionals who attended our education seminar focused on proper seating and mobility system set up. The intelligent yet hilarious, Carlos Kramer, Head of Education of Vicair kept the group entertained and well informed with principles of cushion and back support design for wheelchairs and how proper set up can affect pressure redistribution and positioning”
– Trisha Swan, Embracor Medical
“It was a fantastic practical workshop and the therapists who attended came away with a greater understanding of the principles of seating and positioning, as well as some great tips on how to apply the outcomes of a postural assessment to product selection.”
“Sharon is a passionate speaker with an abundance of knowledge that she manages to translate into readily understandable material in her presentation. If you have the opportunity to attend one of Sharon’s seminars, I highly recommend that you take it!”
– Lonneke Oppeneer, children’s fysiotherapist, Heliomare, the Netherlands
In the Vicair Academy Library you can access all our educational resources. The Library contains all kinds of varied educational or product knowledge related document downloads. All the knowledge we gain in the field or through our scientific research is available in the Library. Interested in the knowledge that we have to offer?
Head of Education
Carlos specialised himself in seating and positioning through gaining practical experience whilst working for long term care centres, rehabilitation centres and rehab vendors. His educational background is in physics and before pursuing his passion in the industry, he spent 7 years teaching in schools on all levels. He expanded his knowledge of seating and positioning through his close relations and now colleagues Sharon Sutherland-Pratt, Bengt Engström and Bart Van der Heijden. Carlos is the head of education at Vicair since 2012 and continues to combine his expertise in teaching and passion for seating to provide high quality education in the field worldwide.
Account manager, The Netherlands
Jolanda only recently rolled into the wheelchair industry, but has fitted and adjusted many wheelchairs in that time. What might be even more important however, is that Jolanda has over 20 years of experience expertise. Due to a late diagnosis of Lyme disease, she has partial paraplegia and has spend al those years in a wheelchair herself. Of those 20 years she already has been sitting on a Vicar wheelchair cushion for 10 years, providing her with plenty of experience with the cushions and the development they went through. Next to providing a lot of advice about the Vicair wheelchair cushions Jolanda’s primary activity is sharing her knowledge and experience. After all the years sitting on a Vicair cushion she’s become a true expert and provides training about our products and sitting in a wheelchair throughout the Netherlands. Even though she mainly focusses on assisting Dutch clients, Jolanda can also sometimes be found at International events.
Physiotherapist, International Accountmanager
Mark graduated from the academy for Physiotherapy and has gained his experience practicing his trade literally all over the world. From private practice to development work in Papua New Guinea and Bosnia-Herzegovina. His work has always had a focus on those with disabilities and rehabilitation. He returned to the Netherlands and started work there in the assistive technology industry, working for dealers, suppliers, government and nursing homes. In the most recent years of his career Mark started working for some of the largest companies in seating and positioning in the assistive technology market.
Mark has spent a great deal of his career abroad and has shifted his main focus to educating over the last couple of years. He dedicates himself to providing training, hands-on workshops and seminars to therapists, dealers, wheelchair users and their caregivers. Mark is passionate about anything and everything related to skin protection, seating and positioning. He provides educational activities for Vicair on an international level and you might just run into him at plenty of events.
As international account manager for Vicair, Michel travels the world and meets people in all shapes and sizes, with each their own unique set of abilities, limitations and various scopes of seating challenges.
It is his personal goal to find the highest possible level of comfort and functionality in wheelchair seating systems. He strongly believes that most individual seating problems can quite easily be solved by using one of the standard Vicair products. You just have to know to pick the right one. Michel loves the daily interaction with assistive technology professionals, distributors, clients and therapists from all over the world, to share his own insights and learn from their knowledge and experience. “There is not much we can’t solve when we put our heads together.”