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We found 7 rheumatologists who accept Silver Compass 4000 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Abie Nellatt Samuel, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street North; Suite 2e
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Abie Samuel is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Samuel's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Samuel honors. She is professionally affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Dr. Robert Warren Nickeson Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Rheumatology
601 5th Street S, Suite 504; Department 7795
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Nickeson is a rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) specialist. Dr. Nickeson is affiliated with All Children's Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Nickeson honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Jan Antonio Berrios Colon, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
620 10th Street North; Suite 2e
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jan Berrios is a rheumatologist. Dr. Berrios accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Orlando Health. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Berrios is affiliated with Orlando Health, Suncoast Medical Clinic, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Dr. Julio A Gonzalez-Paoli, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Julio Gonzalez-Paoli, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Lugo Ruiz speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. She attended Ibero-American University (UNIBE) and then went on to complete her residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Dr. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres is an adult rheumatology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Torres's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He is professionally affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Torres attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Joint Injections

Dr. Laisa Margarita Santiago Ramos, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
601 5th Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Laisa Santiago is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology. She is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital. Before performing her residency at Miami Children's Hospital, Dr. Santiago attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the medical specialty that is concerned with arthritis and other diseases of inflammation. Inflammation can occur anywhere in the body, but it is most common in the joints and connective tissues. Arthritis, which occurs in the joints, is also a very common condition, so rheumatology is strongly associated with joint care. But rheumatology is about more that just arthritis. Other conditions that a rheumatologist might treat include:
  • Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease
  • Ankylosing spondylitis, inflammation at the base of the spine
  • Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that stops production of tears and saliva
  • Fibromyalgia, a disorder causing widespread, chronic pain and fatigue

Pediatric rheumatologists are doctors that specialize in treating inflammatory diseases in children. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory diseases can begin even in childhood, and can cause a unique set of problems for active and growing children.

Rheumatologists use patient symptoms as well as lab tests and imaging tests such as MRIs to diagnose disease. Treatment varies widely depending on the diagnosis, but it may include physiotherapy (to improve motion, ability, and function) or medications. Commonly prescribed medications include anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDS (e.g. Tylenol, Ibuprofen) and steroids, or immune system suppressants such as methotrexate and TNF inhibitor medications (e.g. Enbrel, Humira). The goal is always to increase the patient’s ability to move without pain and to reduce the need for future treatment.