MD, QME, FAAPMR
The Tolbert Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness, founded by Dr. Glenna Tolbert in 2005, is a medical facility specializing in nonsurgical and minimally invasive techniques and procedures to help patients enjoy long-term pain relief. The vision of the practice is to restore quality of life and wellness and optimize patients’ ability to function. Dr. Tolbert has been practicing medicine for 27 years and teaches and publishes as an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.
What challenges are specific to your industry?
“Nowadays health care is mostly run by large corporations, Big Pharma, hospitals and insurance companies that dictate care. Consequently, our medical system is becoming more of a ‘sick care system.’ What is presented to the public as preventive care is limited by what the insurance companies or health plans will authorize and/or allow.
My challenge is to 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 joint replacements.”
What is your #1 piece of advice during this unprecedented time?
“We can look at this unprecedented time of pandemic as an opportunity to care for one another. Now is not the time to revert to blame or become caught up in our own pride and not take this outbreak seriously. My hope is that when all of this is over (and it will end), what remains is how much compassion we had and still have for each other.”
Tell us about the heroes on your team.
“Adhering to CDC guidelines and our local Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, we remained open to serve our patients during the COVID-19 onset. My team has been amazingly resilient, flexible and compassionate toward our patients and one another. Rashin Darabi and Julien Bourdevaire creatively offer one-on-one exercise training and yoga through telehealth. Our social worker, Allison Kaye, has stepped up to the plate, offering in-person as well as online mindfulness and psycho-therapy support. Our medical assistants, Carmen Castrellon and Dina Nazarian, keep our office running smoothly during times when anxiety is at an all-time high and people need and deserve individual attention.”