About Us



ELA Health is an organization dedicated to providing access to exceptional medical specialty care to communities through the use of telemedicine. 


Patients are always top priority. Instead of waiting weeks to be seen by a specialist, we bring the best board certified specialist to your town by means of expedient, reliable and secure internet technology.


We are transforming the telemedicine experience by incorporating a certified technician or mid-level provider at the point of service, to guide, facilitate, and make the virtual visit more impactful.


“ELA is Humanized Telehealthcare”.

We envision health becoming a reality in every part of the world.

Our industry's future hinges on its ability to achieve higher quality care, improved patient outcomes and lower costs. We achieve that by enabling healthcare organizations to provide "anytime, anywhere" care to patients, operate more efficiently and cost effectively.



ELA Health’s goal is to optimize the healthcare experience of every patient. We create, promote and maintain the highest level of health in the target population and the community through coordinated access to expedient, efficient, compassionate, value-based healthcare services using Telemedicine.


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Professional Board


Paula has 16 years of leadership experience in building telemedicine networks.  She currently serves as President and CEO for Salus Telehealth. Prior to assuming the role at Salus, she served as the CEO for Global Partnership for Telehealth for 11 years.  She has been a driving force behind the formation of and the successes of Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, Alabama Partnership for Telehealth, and Florida Partnership for Telehealth. Paula served 18 years at the Southeast Health Unit, Division of Public Health in the capacities of Telehealth Director, Coordinator for the Georgia State Cancer Registry, and Director of the Community Care Services Program. Paula is a Registered Professional Nurse and graduate of Georgia Southwestern University.


Richard P. Cole is recognized as a Florida Leading Attorney in the areas of personal injury defense law, medical, legal and professional malpractice. In addition to litigating cases, Mr. Cole has experience defending professionals in administrative investigations related to their professional licenses. Mr. Cole is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals; the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; the Supreme Court of Florida; and all local courts within the State of Florida.


Gabriel Valle, M.D. FACP, FCCP, FASN, FASH

Dr. Valle completed his Internal Medicine specialty training, Chief Residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension. He is the Nephrology Subspecialty Education Coordinator for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program at Holy Cross Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Nova Southeastern University School of Medicine. Dr Valle has been named one of “America's Top Doctors"  by Castle Connolly for 17 consecutive years. He served as two term Chief of Medicine of the largest private hospital in Fort Lauderdale, and holds a leadership position in Holy Cross Physician Partners CIN/ACO since it’s inception. He is the Medical Director of the only ASH Certified Hypertension Center in Florida. Dr. Valle believes the best way to predict future health is to create it.


René focuses his practice on a range of health care and life sciences matters, with a particular emphasis on telehealth, digital health, and mobile health matters. He also handles matters involving Medicare and Medicaid, legislative and health policy, general compliance, and health information technology. He is a member of the Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law Legal Resource Team, where he offers advice and counsel on issues relevant to the telehealth community.


Dr. Ferguson is an active leader in forensic psychiatric education and public policy development. She has served on numerous committees within the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and chaired AAPL’s Forensic Training of General Psychiatry Residents Committee for a decade; was a Senior Trustee for the Colorado State Psychiatric Society, in addition to serving as a member of the Society’s Executive Council and Legislative Council and the president of her local chapter of the Colorado Psychiatric Society; and served on numerous state interagency committees as well as a health care advisory board for a US congressman.


Dr. Jeffrey Kesler serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Salus Telehealth. Prior to starting Salus, he served as the COO for the Global Partnership for Telehealth that encompasses four companies responsible for the advancement of telehealth and a mission to deliver worldwide access to healthcare. Along with implementing and operating telehealth clinics in over ten Countries and nineteen states, Dr. Kesler has over 20 years of clinical and operation experience in the healthcare field.