We Work for You
West Michigan Rheumatology feels that it is an honor to be trusted to participate in your care. We take this confidence seriously, and promise to place your interests first. We will coordinate with your primary care team, do our best to integrate your care, and always seek out the highest quality resources to advance your health.
The West Michigan Rheumatology, PLLC, (WMR) established in 1991, is a growing, academically oriented rheumatology practice with 4 rheumatologists.
Our office is located in the East Paris medical corridor in Grand Rapids Township.
Adjacent to our office, in suite 200, is the Mary Freebed Rehabilitation Hospital Behaviorally Oriented Pain Program. This is a national quality, comprehensive rehabilitation program for individuals seeking non-drug oriented therapeutic programs to live better with chronic musculoskeletal pain.
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We have consulting privileges at 3 hospitals: Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus, DeVos Children's Hospital and Mercy Health - Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids.
If you admitted to one of these hospitals we are available to see you and formally consult on the care of your rheumatic disease. If you are admitted to any other hospital, we are happy to respond to the in-hospital physicians via telephone to give advice as needed.
To optimally coordinate your care, we request if you are admitted to ANY hospital that you request the in-hospital physicians send a copy of your "discharge summary" to both your family physician AND your doctor at WMR.
What is a rheumatologist?
View a short video about rheumatology and to learn more about the preparation and professional roles of rheumatologists.
Let us explain more .........
A rheumatologist is a physician who has completed a three year internal medicine residency followed by additional subspecialty training in the care of arthritis, immunologic and musculoskeletal diseases. Some examples would include: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus, vasculitis, inflammatory muscle diseases, scleroderma, Sjogren's Syndrome, and osteoporosis.
A rheumatologist strives to integrate medical, rehabilitative and cognitive interventions to reduce pain, maximize function, prevent joint contractures, as well as maintain physical strength, work and social integration. They work with their patients to create a balanced treatment plan that emphasizes adaptation, self-management and effective coping. Medical treatments may include: exercise, occupational and physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and immunomodulators. Therapy for rheumatic diseases has evolved substantially over the past decade, and now has an increased focus on the use of intensive drug and biologic immune modulators to reduce symptoms and to attempt to prevent tissue damage.
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Our mission is to provide research inspired care. One of our central goals is to make available innovative clinical trials to our patients while still receiving care in West Michigan. The clinical investigators at the WMR have more than 15 years of experience leading and conducting clinical trials related to rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, raynaud's phenomenon, psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus. In particular we have focused on phase I -III trials of innovative biologic therapies for immune based rheumatic diseases. We hope to continue to provide this valuable tool so that we can offer opportunities for the most current scientific treatments for our patients.
It is our goal to communicate clearly with you at all times to create accurate expectations for your care and partnership with WMR. Click the link to read about our "Office policies" related to hours of operation, financial matters, telephone and patient portal communication and what to bring to your first visit.
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Medical Student and Resident Education
In addition to the education of our patients, we are committed to increasing rheumatic disease awareness of our health care providers in West Michigan. WMR is a key training site for the MSU College of Human Medicine. All of our physicians are faculty in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and our practice supports the internal medicine and family practice residencies of the Spectrum Health and St. Mary’s Health System's. Each month we have 1-3 medical students or residents rotate with us in our clinic. This supports an environment of inquiry and collaboration which we believe results in a higher standard of care made available to our patients. We always remain aware that you are the most important learner at WMR.