Tolbert Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness

The Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness, founded by Dr. Glenna Tolbert in 2005, is a Los Angeles-area 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 is your specialty service?

“We specialize in treating patients with regenerative medicine, which makes it possible for people to find healing and avoid surgery and pills so they can get back to living an active lifestyle without pain. We have always been firm believers that we all have the power to heal and that it is important to get to the root cause of someone’s chronic pain—not just look to surgery and pain medications as the solution.”

What have been your proudest moments during the recent crisis?

“My proudest moments are my staff’s resilience, flexibility and compassion toward our patients and one another. One day I asked Carmen, my medical assistant, how her young son was doing. She responded, ‘Doctor, I don’t know. I’ve not seen him all week.’ Due to the LAUSD school closures, she would leave him with her parents so she could be by my side serving our beloved patients.”

What services do your patients like?

“The most popular services are regenerative medicine injections, exercise training, nonsurgical solutions for arthritis such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and prolotherapy (nonsurgical ligament strengthening) and 30+ nutritional, hormone and immune system panel.”

What can we do to avoid COVID-19?

“One of the underlying problems the virus has exposed is that a person’s immune system is a crucial factor in his or her ability to survive an infection, manage chronic diseases and achieve optimal health after experiencing trauma. I’m not saying any one of us is immune from the coronavirus. But correcting micronutrient and hormone deficiencies can not only slow down the effects of degenerative disease progression but also help prevent future injury and recovery. That’s why we use DNA-based micronutrient testing with all of our executive physicals at the Tolbert Center. These tests measure levels of more than 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells, which fight infection.”