Gwen van Strien is a physical therapist and hand therapist from TheHague in the Netherlands. After receiving her degree, she went on to attended medical school and received her degree at Leiden University Medical School. She moved to the USA were she received a master’s degree Hand Therapy from VCU in Richmond, Virginia. Currently she holds the position of founder/course director and lecturer at the school for hand therapy at the National Institute for Post Graduate Allied Health Education in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. She is also lecturer in the Department of Rehabilitation at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has authored numerous articles on hand rehabilitation and was author of chapters in various textbooks on rehabilitation of the hand and on hand surgery. She has served as a corresponding editor for the Journal of Hand Therapy. She has over 30 years of clinical experience in hand rehabilitation, both in private practice and in hospital settings and is the owner and director of her own hand rehabilitation consultancy practice helping to set up hand centers in the Netherlands over the past 30 years and providing HT training and lectures both nationally and internationally. She is the founder of the Dutch Society for Hand Therapy.