more about the doctors
We met each other when Dr. du Cloo was a first-year medical student at the University of Amsterdam and just before Dr. Okabe started to work as a researcher in sociolinguistics for the Dutch government. Six months after our fateful meeting we got married. We have been doing everything together ever since.
So we decided to become doctors together. Dr. Okabe reentered the University of Amsterdam to study medicine. After our graduation from the Medical School, we did our internship at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam (university hospital).
While we were in Japan for our extracurricular training, Dr. Hayakawa, our mentor and former director of Nippon Medical School, encouraged us to become the first Dutch doctors to obtain a Japanese medical license. After completion of our internship, we returned to Japan to start our career in plastic surgery at Nippon Medical School, but soon left to specialize in cosmetic surgery at Jujin Hospital.
In March 1992 we opened Tokyo Skin Clinic, a specialty clinic for cosmetic dermatology and skin surgery, the first of its kind in Japan. In 1994 we published a book in Japanese called “Skin Trouble”. The book deals with those skin problems, from small skin tumors to red face, which are sources of distress, but for which (insurance-covered) general dermatology cannot provide adequate solutions.
For the first ten years, we committed ourselves to establishing a basis for this new field of medicine. We did pioneering work in carbon dioxide laser skin surgery, glycolic acid peels, sclerotherapy, and filler and autologous fat injections. We were also the first to introduce Botox anti-wrinkle treatment in Japan in 1990.
Since we moved to Roppongi in 1996, we have expanded our services to general dermatology and primary care to meet the needs of our predominantly non-Japanese clients. This shift of focus came naturally to us, educated as primary care physicians in the Netherlands. We have also been actively involved in STD check. Our close collaboration with Japan’s leading laboratory, SRL, makes it possible for us to benefit from cutting-edge laboratory technology.
In 2003, making the best use of our unique medical background, we started a completely new project :“the Health Check for Japanese Residents in the Netherlands”. It is held for a period of five days three times a year. During these periods we stay in the Netherlands to perform periodical checkups in a public hospital near Amsterdam. They are mainly intended for Japanese expatriates working for major Japanese companies.
There is no comparable service in the Dutch health system. To provide high-quality care, we received additional training to become certified occupational health physicians and sports physicians.