When compassion shifts a medical paradigm: A neurologist’s journey to heart-based medicine
Dr. Jorina Elbers is a pediatric neurologist who trained in Toronto, Canada, and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Stroke. After her fellowship, she became an assistant professor of Neurology at Stanford University and began her clinical practice at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. During that time, she also completed a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Trail Design at Stanford. Dr. Elbers has always had an interest in conversion disorder and other unexplained neurological symptoms, but it was during her 6 years at Stanford that she began to study this population and link their symptoms to adverse childhood experiences and trauma. She has since left Stanford to start her own private practice, and began her work with the HeartMath Institute to develop a trauma-focused Heart Math certification program. Dr. Elbers lives in Santa Cruz county and enjoys hiking, running, and spending time with her husband and two sons.