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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, who practices in Spring, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Brionez takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Shenandoah, TX and Tomball, TX. On average, patients gave Dr. Cockrill a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She has received the following distinction: 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' area of specialization is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Thomas is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas accepts.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9201 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Frank Parke, who practices in The Woodlands, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Parke's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parke takes. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Randall Johnson's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Johnson has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Gwendoline Menga is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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.