Dr. John Verheul, M.D., M.P.H. emigrated as a child with his parents from the Netherlands to spend his formative years in Holland, Michigan. He completed his undergraduate training with honors at Hope College (in Michigan), before returning to native country to graduate Summa cum Laude from medical school at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 1984. After obtaining certifications in primary care and occupational medicine in Europe, he completed his residency in Family Practice as Chief Resident at Chesterfield Family Practice Residency Program in 1988. He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992.
Dr. Verheul has been with Family Practice Associates since 1988 and is also co-owner of CompassMD, a firm specializing in Occupational Health needs. As such, he has been the Medical Director for the Virginia State Police for many years and provides health care to many local and regional police and firefighter organizations. He is a licensed pilot and approved as an FAA Regional Flight Examiner. He is also certified as a Medical Review Officer.
Besides his love of primary care (he was voted a “TOP DOC” in Family Medicine by his multispecialty peers as published in the RICHMOND MAGAZINE of April, 2010) and occupational medicine, Dr. Verheul is recognized as an authority in the area of Fibromyalgia and muscular pain management. As such, he has spoken at many regional conferences on these topics. He holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and regularly teaches both medical students and nurse practitioner students through programs at both V.C.U. and affiliated health programs at the University of Virginia and Eastern Virginia School of Medicine.
Dr. Verheul enjoys traveling and has done so extensively through his M.P. H. training, having provided volunteer care in Brazil, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. He is fluent in Dutch, conversant in German and frequently returns to see his extended family in the Netherlands. He has three wonderful children and is an accomplished jazz pianist. You may just hear him play locally at various clubs and social functions!