Eline Anemarie Maria Bolster was born on May 22th 1984 in Enschede, the Netherlands. She graduated from high school in 2001 with a specialization in nature and health. Between 2001 and 2005 she studied physical therapy at Saxion, the University of Applied Sciences in Enschede. After receiving her bachelor degree, Eline worked for two years in a private practice in Vriezenveen where, in addition to general patients, she gained experience in working with children under the supervision of colleagues. From 2006 until 2010 she followed the pediatric physical therapy specialization at Avans in Breda. During this period, Eline worked for two years as a student pediatric physical therapist in a private practice in Hoofddorp. In December 2009, she started as a pediatric physical therapist and research assistant at the department of rehabilitation medicine of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. To be able to contribute to the improvement of evidence based practice in pediatric physical therapy and rehabilitation, she started a part-time master in evidence based practice at the University of Amsterdam in 2011. She received her master’s degree in 2013.
While continuing her part-time work as a pediatric physical therapist, she worked as a lecturer for the minor pediatrics at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam from 2011 until 2015. From 2013 onwards she combined both part-time positions with the PhD project Pediatric Exercise TEsting in rehabilitation (PETE) at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam under supervision of prof. dr. Vincent de Groot, dr. Annet Dallmeijer and dr. Astrid Balemans. In 2015 she stopped as a lecturer at the minor pediatrics and started as a lecturer at the master program pediatric physical therapy of the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. During her PhD, Eline launched an ‘Intercollegiaal Overleg Fysiotherapie’ (IOF) for young pediatric physical therapists in and around Amsterdam. In 2016, together with Eefje Muselaers, Eline founded the junior chamber of the Dutch Association of Pediatric Physical Therapy (NVFK). This chamber offers young colleagues the possibility to develop their professional prospects and the opportunity to participate in projects of the NVFK.
Eline currently works as a pediatric physical therapist at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam and as a lecturer at the master program pediatric physical therapy at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. In her latter position, she is also involved in a lifelong learning project. Furthermore, Eline remains a board member of the junior chamber of the NVFK.