Glenna Tolbert,

  • Owner/Medical Director

    Tolbert Center for
    Rehabilitation and Wellness

  • Locations

    17609 Ventura Blvd., Suite 114, Encino  |  240 S. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 250, Beverly Hills

  • Phones

    818-784-7197  |  424-355-0344

  • Website

  • Photographed by

    Thomas Cunningham IV

  • Special Section

    Women in Business

The Tolbert Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness, founded by Dr. Glenna Tolbert in 2005, is a Los Angeles-area medical facility offering nonsurgical and minimally invasive techniques and procedures that help patients enjoy long-term pain relief. Dr. Tolbert, a board-certified physician specializing in physical medicine, rehabilitation and spinal cord medicine, has practiced medicine for 28 years. 

What does your company stand for?

“At the center, we incorporate our love for medicine into everything we do. The philosophy here is to offer everything we can to help people be all that God intended for them to be, which is fabulous regardless of what their insurance covers. Our goal is to remove the healing barriers and provide tools that help patients be their best selves.”

What is the secret to your success? 

“Having fun, a listening ear, a compassionate heart and Southern hospitality.” 

What sets your practice apart from the rest?

“We specialize in treating patients with minor functional challenges and/or complex disabilities and problems, requiring a total-person and individualized approach. We seek to find the root cause of the problem and reverse it whenever possible, and focus on repairing and rebuilding our patients after prolonged illnesses or injury. We diagnose and treat nutritional, genetic and environmental risks that contribute to many chronic and degenerative conditions. We also provide evaluations and prescriptions for power wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment.” 

How do you encourage greatness in your team? 

“I challenge my team to be bold with an idea that might save a patient’s life. I also challenge them to be scared when others in the health care industry shun our nontraditional approaches to medicine, because they know that our treatment could actually heal someone. Most of all, I encourage the team to take those bold steps not just to be different—but for the love of medicine.”

In what ways are you an innovator or an influencer?  

“I empower patients to take control of their own health by introducing them to a world of wellness and healing options that insurance companies and health care plans will not offer and actually downplay or criticize. These services include advanced nutritional testing and supplementation, hormone optimization, and regenerative injections to heal joints and potentially prevent the need for joint replacements.”

Tell us about your family.

“I dedicate this profile in loving memory of my brother, John Timothy Watkins, July 25, 1974—July 18, 2021.”