As a physical therapy student in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Jules Hesse developed a special interest for headache and orofacial pain disorders. In 1982 he completed his training with a cum laude thesis: ‘Dysfunction of the Stomatognathic System’. That same year he was appointed as a staff member to the Department of Oral Function at the Dental School of the University of Amsterdam (ACTA) by former chairman Professor Tore Hansson. Jules Hesse became the first physiotherapist in Europe to be appointed to a dental school with clinical and teaching tasks. Developing and incorporating orthopedic screening and examination protocols into dental examination protocols became an important task in the initial years of his appointment. It became clear to him that in a clinical environment patients are often unable to comprehend or frequently even misinterpret the clinicians’ explanation. Clarifying complex functions in the head and neck area became therefore a major challenge to him. It is undisputed that a thorough explanation concerning the nature of the disorder is an extremely important part of patient management.
A growing need for better patient communication tools also stimulated the idea to create a new teaching and instruction model that would improve patient understanding of headache, neck and craniomandibular disorders.
After completing his PhD-thesis (1996): ‘Craniomandibular Border Characteristics and Orofacial Pain: a clinical and experimental investigation’, Jules Hesse has spent many years developing and improving dental-orthopedic teaching models.
Today Dr. Hesse lectures frequently in Europe and abroad as an integral part of his daily activities.