Lupus In Minority Populations & Lupus Myths

I went into the field of Rheumatology because I felt I could make a difference.  I first encountered “Lupus” when I met an African American girl during medical school and we became friends.  She was diagnosed with Lupus and passed away from complications.  She didn’t feel like she had a good relationship with her physician Read More…


Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that plays an essential role in immune function by affecting numerous cells that regulate the immune system response. It specifically enhances the fighting or defense response of certain types of white blood cells which results in decreased inflammation.  The T cells of the immune system or “killer cells” will not Read More…


May kicks off Lupus Awareness Month!

The first time I ever heard the word Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or “Lupus” I was in my third year of medical school. I encountered a young African American female in her twenties and we eventually became friends. She always felt tired and she described the feeling as having the flu all the time.  She simply Read More…


Arthritis Awareness

Arthritis Myth’s Answered Consulting a doctor and really asking about the myths and truth behind any medical diagnosis, fear or curiosity is so important to make sure you are doing all you can to keep your health in order!⁠  MYTH: Supplements like Glucosamine and chondroitin work for all types of arthritis. TRUTH: Glucosamine can benefit Read More…


Raynaud

When I was an ice skater, I would notice my hands change color to white, sometimes blue and then ultimately red after my time on the ice. Often, I would wear 2-3 pairs of gloves during my practice session because my hands would get so cold and painful.  My core body temperature was always warm Read More…


When is it The Right Time to See a Rheumatologist?

Remember a rheumatologist is a specialist that focuses on the diagnosis of bone and musculoskeletal disorders and autoimmune diseases. We often are considered detectives in trying to analyze various symptoms and blood work results to figure out a diagnosis. ⁠We will all experience joint pain and muscle aches at some point in our lives. For Read More…