About us:


Get to know us

The people behind “delfine therapieren menschen“ are dedicated to their work heart and soul. We are absolutely convinced of the merits of animal-assisted therapy with dolphins for personal reasons and based on scientific findings.

The Board

Timm Fries

Chairman of the Board

“My motivation stems from the successes we see in therapy. It is deeply fulfilling to experience these small miracles and to contribute in small ways to improve the extremely difficult living conditions of the families. Volunteer work has always been part of my life. Throughout my professional life, I have continuously been involved with social activities, among others in the German School in Sao Paolo, Brazil. At present, I am part of the Board of a horse-riding club.”

Thorsten von der Heyde

Member of the Board

Olaf Wietzke

Member of the Board

“In my life so far, I have almost always been lucky. I was able to grow up healthy and protected and have mostly had good things come to me. At “delfine therapieren menschen“, I would like to give back some of the good I have experienced and to help ease the hardships a little. Again and again I am touched by the fate of children and families – my commitment comes from the heart.”


Miriam Schmidt

Team Assistant

“I used to work in a completely different job. Now I have found fulfilment in the work I do – especially because I am a mother too.”

Corinna Ihlenburg


“Setting myself a meaningful task professionally was my very personal motivation to work for delfine therapieren menschen. I am very happy to be able to support and advise families on their way to their therapy.”

René Wenzel


“Through my work I learn a lot about our families and therapies. I am happy about every success story.”


The Association:
delfine therapieren menschen e. V.

Association’s office / contact:
Angermunder Straße 9
D-40489 Düsseldorf
T: +49 203 74 62 80
F: +49 203 74 81 063

1996 as dolphin aid

Registered association entry:
Registered association at Amtsgericht Düsseldorf (VR8149)

Kirsten Kuhnert

The Board:
Timm Fries (Chair)
Thorsten von der Heyde
Olaf Wietzke

Managing Director:
Timm Fries

Office Düsseldorf:
Miriam Schmidt
Corinna Ihlenburg
René Wenzel

Travel coordination:
Lufthansa City Center Reiseart
reiseart GmbH & Co. KG (Lückertz Reisebüro)
Birgit Hafner und Svenja Kostede
T: +49 251 203199 30

delfine therapieren menschen e. V. is advised and represented by:
Holger Stefaniak, auditor
Wilms & Partner, tax consultant
RA Prof. Dr. Vogel, lawyer

Full members entitled to vote:
We are happy to welcome new supporting members.

Supporting members, annual contribution:
€ 120,00

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