About Dr. Jorina Elbers, M.D.
EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND
Dr. Jorina Elbers is a neurologist, specializing in pediatric neurology, who was trained at one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and has a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from Stanford University. She worked as an assistant professor at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for 6-years where she cared for children with stroke, brain injury, seizures, as well as more common neurological issues such as headaches, tics, and post-concussion syndrome.
During her time at Stanford, Dr. Elbers grew in her interest in helping children with stress-related, often medically-unexplained, symptoms. She sought to gain a deeper understanding of the neurophysiology of stress and trauma, and the connection between stress and the body. This ultimately took over her clinical interest and Dr. Elbers left Stanford to start her own trauma-sensitive neurology practice where she specializes in treating children and adults struggling with chronic, often unexplained, neurological symptoms.
TRAINING AND SPECIALTIES
As a neurologist, Dr. Elbers understands the intricate link between the mind and body, and how the accumulation of stress or trauma can translate into neurological or other medically-unexplained symptoms. Through her own research and others’, Dr. Elbers understands how chronic stress or trauma causes adaptations in the nervous system, leading the brain and body to become dysregulated, and ultimately, symptomatic.
Dr. Elbers will work with you or your child to help identify if medical symptoms are related to stress, and can offer non-pharmacological interventions to increase your/your child’s capacity for emotional and physiological regulation toward symptom-improvement or resolution.
Dr. Elbers uses a trauma-sensitive, attachment-focused approach, and is trained in the following:
I use a wide-lens, holistic approach with my patients, taking time to explore not just their neurological symptoms, but also additional symptoms which may involve other systems within the body.
Researchers are beginning to recognize that chronic stress or trauma can impact not just our emotional health, but also our physical health. Over the last 6 years, I have dedicated my career towards understanding the impact of stress on health, and how to work directly with the nervous system to restore its important functions.
It is critical to empower people with tools they can use themselves, which help to balance the nervous system and improve symptoms related to sleep, digestion, repair and resilience.
PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGIST (2012-2018)
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Children’s Health
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (2012-2018)
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University
Stanford Pediatric Stroke Program, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
MASTER OF SCIENCE (2012-2013)
Epidemiology and Clinical Trial Design
FELLOWSHIP: Pediatric Stroke (2009-11)
Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto
RESIDENCY: Pediatric Neurology (2004-2009)
Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto
MEDICAL EDUCATION: (2000-2004)
MD, University of British Columbia
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: (1995-1999)
BSc, Kinesiology, University of Victoria
Brainspotting (Phase I – October 2019)
Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (Jan. 2019)
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional- International Association of Trauma Professionals (2018)
HeartMath Certified Trainer (2016)
HeartMath Interventions for Medical Professionals (2015)
Medical Board of California (2012)
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2011)
Canadian Board Certification in Neurology (2009)
Press Ganey Comments
“Dr. Elbers was very sensitive & knowledgeable and she took the time to sort through all of my son’s symptoms. We finally got an answer to what is going on and how to treat it. She was very competent and put me at ease.”
“Dr. Elbers was amazing! She gave my daughter a whole new perspective with which to approach her health issues, and my daughter immediately trusted her. Dr. Elbers spent extra time with us to help us understand her underlying condition and recommended treatment options. A very productive visit.”
“Dr. Elbers was exceptional with extraordinary care and compassion.”
“We love Dr. Elbers! There is nothing I would change about her level of care.”
“Dr. Elbers was very compassionate, examined my daughter very well, listened to my complaints, took time to explain the possible treatment, and was above all honest!
“Dr. Elbers is wonderful and working with her to get the care we need for our son is unlike any other experience we’ve had. She responds to emails and returns calls promptly, coordinates with our child’s other providers, and was able to get our son in with the specialist he needs at Stanford. Having a doctor of her caliber available locally is such a benefit. She is able to accomplish more in one visit then we’ve been able to accomplish in the past 6 months within our medical plan.. I absolutely recommend her to any parent needing high quality pediatric neurology services for their child!”
“I brought my son here and Dr. Elbers was so incredible with him. She is very knowledgeable and takes her time. She looks for the solutions outside of medicating kids. Our community is lucky to have this practice.”