Who Are We?
Dr. Jolly-Gabriel – Executive Director
Below is an excerpt of Dr. Jolly-Gabriel’s wonderful contributions.
Dr. Donald Jolly-Gabriel is a leader in hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a visionary, and a great humanitarian. He has worked in the area of Hyperbaric Medicine since the late 1970s. He was trained, mentored by, and continually collaborated on multiple projects with hyperbaric pioneers throughout his career, including Dr. Bruce W. Halstead, Dr. Richard A. Neubauer, Dr. David Hughes, and other great visionaries.
Dr. Jolly-Gabriel studied with internationally renowned doctors in London, Aberdeen, Scotland, and California. Together they developed research facilities in California, Africa, and Romania, making great strides while helping many in need. Dr. Jolly-Gabriel has had the privilege of treating more than 90,000 patients with this life-altering therapy.
Dr. Jolly-Gabriel has an incessant passion for helping others. He has personally worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. He has founded multiple charitable organizations, sat on numerous boards of directors, and contributed thousands of hours to charitable causes inside and outside the hyperbaric medicine field.
Dr. Jolly-Gabriel has been a leader and an advocate for others. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his work around the globe and has been featured as a speaker at hundreds of conferences worldwide. He is responsible for establishing prominent educational events. Dr. Jolly was instrumental in presenting to United States Congress the problem of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with thousands of soldiers. The group he was with helped raise funds to hire and maintain a congressional lobbyist.
In 1998, Dr. Jolly-Gabriel founded what became, at the time, one of the largest HBOT facilities in North America at the Whitaker Wellness Center. He was the Director of the facility for over ten years. Dr. Jolly-Gabriel is the Executive Director and Founder of the South Bay Hyperbaric Center in Irvine, California.
Justin Cole – Operations Manager – Irvine
Justin is deeply committed to helping patients and serving their individual needs. Justin became interested in complementary medicine and nutrition when his wife was pregnant years ago with their first child, and she suffered from Asthma. Due to the asthma medication’s serious side effects, his wife could not take the mainstream treatment, especially while she was pregnant. Through nutrition and complementary medicines, they found relief and hope. This opened a new understanding for them of the power of the body to heal and complementary medicines.
Justin is thrilled to be mentored by Dr. Jolly-Gabriel, one of the pioneers and leaders in Hyperbaric Medicine today. As a Certified Medical Technician with a nutrition and customer service background, Justin brings care, attention to detail, and knowledge to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Institute.
A native of California, Justin, and his lovely wife have three wonderful young children. During his time off, he loves the time with the family and enjoys the outdoors, especially going to the parks and the beaches of Southern California. You will be pleased to meet Justin when you come to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Institute.
Dr. Leigh Erin Conneally – Medical Director – Irvine
Dr. Connealy treats the WHOLE person and is open to all potential treatment possibilities. She has over twenty years of experience finding the ‘root cause of an illness.’ She has taken numerous advanced courses, including homeopathic, nutritional, and lifestyle approaches while studying disease, chronic illness, and cancer treatments. She is passionate about changing her patients’ lives and giving them their lives back.
Dr. Connealy began practicing medicine in 1986. In 1992, she founded the Center for New Medicine in Irvine, California, where she serves as Medical Director. Her practice is firmly based on the belief that strictly treating health problems with medications does not find the root cause of the illness