Dr. Thomas Ela, MD

NeurologyMaleAge 63

Neurology

Dr. Thomas Ela, MD is a Neurology Specialist in Fullerton, CA and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Ela has extensive experience in Headache, Epilepsy, and Neurodegenerative Disorders. He graduated from University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine medical school in 1987. He is affiliated with St. Jude Medical Center, winner of the Stroke Care Excellence Award. He is also affiliated with Ahmc Anaheim Regional Medical Center. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Thomas Ela, MD

Thomas W Ela MD

2282 N State College Blvd Fullerton, CA 92831 ()
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Affiliated with St. Jude Medical Center Fullerton, a highly rated and top awarded hospital for neurology.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Practices at Top Hospital
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Ela

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Ela treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Ela treats other conditions, please contact the office at (714) 780-9770.

Headache

Headache is a common symptom that can sometimes signal a more serious condition, such as migraine, high blood pressure, or cerebral hemorrhage.Compare with other Headache specialists.

Dr. Ela is experienced in the area of Headache. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Headache
Migraine
Tension Headache
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High
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Very High
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Epilepsy

Epilepsy specialists diagnose and treat spectrum of brain disorders that cause seizures due to an interruption of normal nerve activity in the brain.Compare with other Epilepsy specialists.

Dr. Ela is experienced in the area of Epilepsy. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Essential Tremor
Epilepsy
EEG (Electroencephalogram)
Seizure Disorders
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High
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Very High
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Neurodegenerative Disorders

Neurodegenerative disorders specialists diagnose and treat diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lewy body disease, and Huntington's disease, that break down motor neurons, resulting in debiliating and life-threatening symptoms.Compare with other Neurodegenerative Disorders specialists.

Dr. Ela is experienced in the area of Neurodegenerative Disorders. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 8 conditions and procedures

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Parkinson's Disease
Alzheimer's Disease
Dementia or Depression Screening
Dementia
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High
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Dr. Ela's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anosmia
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response Test
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chorea (Excluding Huntington's Chorea)
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Compound Muscle Action Potential (CMAP) Scan
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Evaluation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dementia
  • Dementia Evaluation
  • Dementia or Depression Screening
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Electrodiagnostic Procedure
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
  • Evaluation for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Evoked Potential Test
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Functional Movement Screening
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Grip and-or Muscle Group Pull Test
  • Head CT Scan
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Home Sleep Study
  • Hypertensive Encephalopathy
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • ImPACT Testing
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Memory Evaluation
  • Meningitis
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurological Testing
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinsonism
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Neuropathy Testing
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy Due to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Pseudobulbar Affect 
  • Quantitative Sensory Test (QST)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rathke's Cleft Cyst
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep-Related Leg Cramp
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stiff-Man Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Sudoscan
  • Syncope
  • TCD Bubble Test
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tension Headache
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency
  • Wada Test

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(714) 780-9770

Dr. Ela accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Basic HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Choice PPO
Anthem
$0 Cost Share AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual Via Exchange)-CA HMO
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze 60 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Bronze 60 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Bronze 60 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold 80 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Gold 80 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Gold 80 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
Minimum Coverage-CA HMO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Pathway X - Network-CA HMO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum 90 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Platinum 90 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Platinum 90 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Priority Select-CA HMO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver 70 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 70 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 70 Off Exchange (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Silver 73 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 87 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 94 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
AvMed
Open Access
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Care Connection PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Priority Select HMO
Select Plus HMO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Principal Financial Group
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
PacifiCare HMO
PacifiCare PPO
WellPoint

Dr. Ela's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ela

4.4

Based on 28 ratings

5 Stars
82.14285714285714%
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4 Stars
0%
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3 Stars
3.5714285714285716%
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2 Stars
3.5714285714285716%
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1 Star
10.714285714285714%
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My husband had a stroke last year and is battling cancer this year and is experiencing TIA’s. Dr. Ela has been wonderful in explaining things to us about his conditions and he knows so much about not only neurology but how the entire body works together. He has recommended us to other specialists to get things checked out. In other words, he thinks out of the box and he cares about your entire health. We’re so grateful to him for the time and attention he gives us. We never feel rushed and by the end of each appointment we feel we have really learned a lot about my husband’s conditions. Can’t speak highly enough of him. Much better than any of the neurologists at St. Joes, I have been to 3 of them there personally and Dr. Ela is far superior in so many ways.. Dr. Ela is the only neurologist we will see now. When we mention to other doctors in the St. Jude system that Dr. Ela is our neurologist, they always say he’s the best...and we agree!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Theresa Doyle – Jul 29, 2020
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Dr Ela is great! He diagnosed my Vitamin B12 deficiency and finally I am starting to slowly get better with B12 injections. I was so frustrated because no one knew why I was feeling so horrible and he figured it out! He's a great neurologist and a really nice guy too. Thank you Dr Ela!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Julie A – Mar 25, 2020
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It’s rare to find a doctor that takes the time to listen to all your questions and concerns and doesn’t rush you out the door. I felt comfortable and confident from the moment he shook my hand. He was able to identify and resolve my problem with my first visit. I highly recommend Dr. Ela!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Nanette C in Yorba Linda, CA – Nov 04, 2018
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I cannot find the words to define Dr. Ela, he is the most caring and patient doctor I have ever met. He not only cares for his patients but also the family members caring for his patients. My dad was referred to him by his primary doctor for Dementia and I cant thank god enough for sending him our way. He really does take his time to listen and is quick to find a solution. Not to mention how efficient his staff is ( Jennifer). I highly recommend this doctor to anyone! You wont regret it.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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Alma in Garden Grove – Mar 04, 2018
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When I was struck down with WNVE my family struggled to find the right Neurologist to care for me. Dr Ela was recommended to them by one of his patients. He is caring and understanding to his patients. He took the time to get to know my not so common disease and do everything he could to help me.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Diane H. in Orange County, CA – Oct 13, 2017
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I bring my mom to Dr Ela office for her Alzheimer's care. I have found him to be very professional and works with the family members regarding the care. I am happy that he is one of my mom's physicians.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Westminster, CA – Jul 01, 2017
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I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Ela for my mother, which I attended. I selected Dr. Ela due to his excellent education, experience and his great reviews. Mom can be a little difficult to get answers from and Dr. Ela was amazingly patient with her and gently coaxed the answers he needed from her. He was able to determine that the headache she had been suffering was emanating from most likely her neck, and, thank goodness, not a pre-stroke condition. His staff was very nice. Thank you.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Dorene S. – Apr 24, 2017
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Called his office searching for a good Neurology, and staff took insurance information and said I will call you right back and never bother to call you back, this means they do not care to get new patients. You think you will like to go to this office. This is how they get bad reputation
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La Puente, CA – Apr 14, 2017
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Dr. Ela has excellent demeanor, education and expertise. He has been the easiest to communicate with than any neurologist I have seen.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Yorba Linda, CA – Aug 16, 2016
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Does not accept Covered California insured patients
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Cypress, CA – Jun 07, 2016
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Honest and truthful. Took time to listen to all the questions and unfortunately he had no answers. He was humble enough to tell us he didn't have a solution or treatment with my medical condition.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Cassidy in Orange, CA – Apr 27, 2016
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I have been a patient of Dr. Elas for a year and a half due to a work related injury. Dr. Ela always takes time to explain what's going on and how he will provide treatment for my particular injury. He never rushes through the examination and answers any and all questions that I have. He is very personable and sincere. I consider him one of the best doctors that I have ever had. I would highly recommend Dr Ela.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Mickey Hansen (Vernon) in Brea, California – Mar 16, 2016
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Care Philosophy

Our patients deserve to be treated with care, respect, and compassion. We are honored to be entrusted with your care.

Specialties

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

Mayo Medical School
Fellowship Hospital
1991
University of California Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1988
Scripps Mercy Hospital
Internship Hospital
1987
University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine
Medical School
1980
Weill Cornell Medical College
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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Is Dr. Thomas Ela, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Thomas Ela, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Ela frequently treats Headache, Epilepsy, and Neurodegenerative Disorders. See all practice areas where Dr. Ela specializes.

Where is Dr. Thomas Ela, MD's office located?

Dr. Ela's office is located at 2282 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Ela speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Thomas W Ela MD

Medical and Healing Arts Inc.2282 N State College Blvd Fullerton, CA 92831
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Ela is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Ahmc Anaheim Regional Medical Center

Anaheim, CA

63% Patients that would definitely recommend, 7% lower than the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)

St. Jude Medical Center

Fullerton, CA

80% Patients that would definitely recommend, 10% higher than the national average

28 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Stroke Care Excellence Award™ (2022)