Monique Steegers, anesthesiologist - pain specialist and associate Professor Education of Pain Medicine.
Where and when were you born?
Voorburg, a small village near the Hague, I was born on a Sunday July 18th 1965
Where do you live and with whom?
I live in Malden with my daughter Chris, she is 18 years old. I have a son (Wout) of 20 years who is living in Nijmegen, studying embedded engineering and last but not least a daughter (Anna) of 23 years who is living in Amsterdam and is studying dentistry.
Who was your role model when you were a kid?
As a kid I wanted to be a ballerina and my idol was Kate Bush who was an English musician, sing- and songwriter, producer and a dancer. She has an extraordinary style of music that just comes out of her soul. When I became older I was inspired by people who dared to follow their heart and somehow tried to make a difference, like Nelson Mandela who has his birthday on the same day as mine.
Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)
I tried to be a ballerina but was not talented enough. My other role model was in jail for a large part of his life so that was also not a good idea.
What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?
As a medical doctor, anesthesiologist pain-specialist, trying to improve the quality of life/health of patients in pain all over the world by medical interventions/innovation, education and research.
What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?
I hope in the next 5-10 years that we make progress in prevention that acute pain becomes chronic and to improve pain treatment in acute, chronic and cancer-pain.
For what can we wake you up?
Slowly cooked lamb shank
What is your hobby and how good are you at it?
I like different sports: kickboxing, running, cycling. I am not very talented but I like them all for different reasons. Kickboxing is a full body workout and is also a mental training and gives you the opportunity to get rid of your stress.
I like to cook and invite people, to have a nice conversation during a good dinner.
What is your biggest irritation?
Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?
The Dalai Lama, and talk about health and happiness.
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