About us

Hedla was founded by Swedish entrepreneur Lars Hedlund. After having suffered a stroke himself he spent more than a decade conducting an extensive search for a neurological rehabilitation center that applied all the latest research to their clinical practice. This unsuccessful attempt eventually led to the founding of Hedla, with the goal of making the most effective neurological rehabilitation available to more people.

About us

Hedla was founded in 2018 by Swedish entrepreneur Lars Hedlund. After having suffered a stroke himself he spent more than a decade conducting an extensive search for a neurological rehabilitation center that applied all the latest research to their clinical practice. This unsuccessful attempt eventually led to the founding of Hedla, with the goal of making the most effective neurological rehabilitation available to more people.

Quality and clinical expertise

Our team consists of highly qualified and committed physiotherapists, speech therapists, neurologists and rehabilitation physicians who all specialize in brain function and its ability to recover and restore lost functions after injury or illness. Hedla's staff are continuously trained in the latest research findings and participate in various research projects regarding neurological rehabilitation. Our vision is to be able to share with us the tools that lead to the best possible progress, with the participant and their conditions, needs and goals in the center.

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Anna Nordström

Doctor and professor 

Chief physician and specialist in rehabilitation medicine at Norrland University Hospital. Anna is also a professor of public health at Umeå University and a professor of sports science at the Arctic University in Tromsö. She is in charge of the Life Medicine unit, where research, care, innovation and users meet to promote healthy aging and technology that can make everyday life easier for chronic diseases and disabilities.

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Anna Sjöholm

Operations manager

Physiotherapist with unique experience of organization, arrangement and implementation of intensive neurological rehabilitation, as well as research regarding physical activity and stroke.
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Bodil Carle Smedley

Physiotherapist

Has been involved since the start in 2003 and developed the concept for the intensive rehab programs in an enriched environment, with neuroscience-based and non-compensatory training as important cornerstones.

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Cecilia Eddin

Speech therapist, specialist in neuropsychology

Speech therapist with many years of experience in the treatment of aphasia, speech practice and neurological voice impairments. Certified in the LSVT method for people with Parkinson's disease.

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Conchi González

Program coordinator and communicator

Spanish/swedish communicator, photographer and filmmaker with long experience of communication through the ability of stories to touch, create understanding and learn new things. Leads discussion groups on life-changing events and meditation as a tool for increased quality of life.

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David Najafi

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist with long and extensive experience in intensive neurological rehabilitation, both in Sweden and Spain. Has worked a lot with digital rehabilitation and also been involved in research work in Japan.

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Doris Ekvall

Physiotherapist

Very competent physiotherapist with a long career in neurological rehabilitation in all its forms and stages.

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Ismael López-Ventura

Doctor

Neurologist, general practitioner and internal medicine trained in Sweden, USA and Spain with more than 20 years of experience in neurorehabilitation.
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Jakob Lidström

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist who for many years worked with intensive neurological rehabilitation in an enriched environment. Has also worked in primary care, municipality and with digital treatment. Jakob has a master's degree in sports medicine and a great interest in research and current evidence.

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Lars Hedlund

Founder of Hedla

The business leader who himself suffered from stroke and aphasia. Passionate about improving the rehabilitation of anyone who has suffered a stroke or other neurological injury.

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Leif Hjerpe

Senior Advisor

Entrepreneur and business leader who in 2003 co-founded Hedla's predecessor, NeuroOptima. Has since worked purposefully to make the very best neurological rehabilitation available to more people.

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Marie Karlsson

Speech therapist

She has extensive experience of intensive rehabilitation in an enriched environment and work with children and adults who have suffered from language and speech difficulties after a stroke or other brain injury. Between programs at Hedla, she works as an investigator of language, reading and writing difficulties at Capio Läkargrupp in Örebro.

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Marika Schütz

Speech therapist, research manager

Industrial doctoral student with extensive experience in the design and implementation of intensive neurological rehabilitation. Responsible for an ongoing research study regarding aphasia and speech practice in collaboration with Uppsala University, Karolinska Institutet and Málaga University.

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Markus Björnström

Speech therapist and psychotherapist

Has for many years worked with brain injury rehab at Danderyd Hospital as well as Stora Sköndal and the Speech Therapy Agency Dynamica. Now also works with investigations, psychotherapy and family support in child and adolescent psychiatry at PRIMA care

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Pablo Cárdenas

Physiotherapist MSc and dietitian

Specialist in rehabilitation after acquired brain injury and in neurodegenerative diseases. Has extensive experience of intensive neurorehabilitation and is educated at the Guttman Institute in Barcelona.

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Patrik Säterö

Doctor

Specialist in rehabilitation medicine and very experienced in intensive neurological rehabilitation and treatment of spastic muscles. Receives participants also at the clinic Rehdo in Gothenburg and offers preparatory treatment prior to rehabilitation at Hedla and follow-up after the program has ended.

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Stefan Andersson

Senior Advisor

The health care manager who is also a trained physiotherapist and assistant nurse. In his capacity as a rehabilitation adviser and CEO, he has for many years been involved in building up rehab operations both in Sweden and abroad.