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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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Brionez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Dr. Brionez is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Tonya Cockrill is a rheumatologist. Her average rating from her patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cockrill honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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 rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) specialist. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas accepts. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9201 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Frank Parke's specialty is adult rheumatology. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Patient reviews placed Dr. Parke at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Randall Johnson is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Johnson has received the distinction of 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. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She attended medical school at 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.