We found 6 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near The Woodlands, TX.

Dr. Tamar Fay Brionez, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6707 Sterling Ridge Drive; Suite C
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Tamar Brionez practices adult rheumatology in Spring, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Brionez graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Brionez is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Tonya Christine Cockrill, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
101 Vision Park Boulevard; Suite 100
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Tonya Cockrill's specialty is adult rheumatology. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Cockrill has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Dr. Celeste Marguerite Thomas, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 260
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Celeste Thomas is a rheumatologist in Shenandoah, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Thomas has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9201 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Frank Parke is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in The Woodlands, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Patient ratings for Dr. Parke average 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parke honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9201 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 285
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Randall Johnson's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Johnson is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
17191 St Lukes Way; Suite 220
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Gwendoline Menga sees patients in The Woodlands, TX. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Menga studied medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.