Dr. Rodela Named On-Site Physician At Life Care Centers Of Cleveland And Ooltewah

Monday, April 7, 2014

Life Care Physician Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Life Care Centers of America, placed Laina Rodela, M.D., as an on-site physician at Life Care Center of Cleveland and Life Care Center of Ooltewah.

Dr. Rodela will share time between the two buildings, caring for patients in each. She will work with both facilities’ current on-site physicians (Andrea Bowers in Cleveland and Joy Boggess in Ooltewah).

“Working with seniors is rewarding on several different levels,” said Dr. Rodela. “I enjoy interacting with the patients and their families, providing medical care through a difficult time in their lives and assisting in their return to home in a way that achieves their functional goals.”

Before coming to Life Care, Dr. Rodela worked with Hearth Hospice and Palliative Care in Chattanooga and North Georgia. Prior to that appointment, she was an appeals physician at Unum in Chattanooga, reviewing medical records to determine patients’ physical functional capacities. She also has experience as a hospitalist at Erlanger Health System.

Dr. Rodela earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2000. She completed her residency in internal medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga unit, in 2003.

She currently resides in Signal Mountain with her husband, Louis, and their daughter, Meredith.

For more information about Life Care Physician Services, please contact Doug Veazey, director of field operations for Life Care Physician Services, at 473-5028 or Doug_Veazey@lcca.com.


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