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Trusted Rheumatologists in Lakewood Ranch FL

At our Lakewood Ranch FL practice, we specialize in providing expert rheumatology care to help you achieve optimal joint health and overall well-being. Our dedicated team of rheumatologists is committed to diagnosing and managing a wide range of conditions, including arthritis and autoimmune disorders. With a patient- centered approach, we tailor treatment plans to your unique needs, ensuring you receive the highest quality care and support. Trust us as your partners in your journey towards a pain-free, active, and vibrant life.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

SLE/ Lupus

Sjogren s Syndrome


What Our Patients in Lakewood Ranch FL Say About Us

average rating is 3 out of 5

It was an outstanding experience from the moment I arrived. Front desk was very courteous. Doctor Fitzgerald is a very caring doctor , great listener ! I can’t express how satisfied I am . She answer all my questions and offer printed information of my health issue, meds and holistic approaches as well. I am extremely satisfied!


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Our Infusion Services in Lakewood Ranch FL

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When traditional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) fail to deliver the desired relief, the next step in managing certain conditions often involves biologic drugs. Unlike their traditional counterparts, biologic drugs are crafted using human or animal proteins, making them a distinct class of medication in the realm of therapeutics. At the molecular level, they exhibit a greater degree of complexity and size, setting them apart as powerful tools in the fight against challenging diseases. Biologic drugs encompass a diverse range of options, many of which are administered through intravenous (IV) infusion therapy. Selecting the most appropriate biologic drug for a patient hinges on a myriad of factors, which are unique to each individual s medical circumstances and the specific ailment being addressed.

Our Rheumatologists in Lakewood Ranch FL


Board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology

Dr. Fitzgerald worked as a rheumatologist in the Pacific Northwest for 3.5 years before relocating to Florida. Fluent in Tagalog and English, Dr. Fitzgerald is committed to providing the highest quality care to her patients and ensuring they fully understand their medical conditions and treatment options.



Board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology

Dr. Panthulu (Dr P) has been serving the Sun City Center Community since August 2017. She founded Sunshine Rheumatology in 2018. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

She chose rheumatology because it is intellectually challenging and exciting. Recent advances in the treatment options including those on the horizon adds enormous gratification in her patient care. She strives towards improving the quality of life for her patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I schedule an appointment at your Venice, FL location?
    If you are a new patient, visit us at to complete the new patient form. Once submitted, a member of our team will contact you to arrange an appointment. Existing patients can reach out to us for appointment-related inquiries by either texting or calling us at 813-333-5080.
  • Do I need a referral to see a rheumatologist at your clinic?
    We accept most major insurance plans, and whether a referral is necessary depends on your specific insurance policy. Please refer to your policy for this information. For any questions about referrals, feel free to text or call us at 813-333-5080.
  • What is the average wait time for appointments?
    At Sunshine Rheumatology, we strive to schedule appointments as promptly as possible. While the average wait time for rheumatology appointments can vary based on several factors, we are committed to minimizing delays and providing timely care to our patients. We understand the importance of addressing your rheumatological needs swiftly, especially for those with urgent conditions or severe symptoms. We make every effort to prioritize urgent cases to ensure quicker access to our specialists. Our goal is to accommodate your needs efficiently while ensuring you receive the highest quality of care. If you have any concerns about your condition or the timing of your appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • Are there any support groups or resources available for patients and their families?
    Yes, there are various support groups and resources available for patients with rheumatic diseases and their families. These resources can provide emotional support, education, and practical advice. Please visit us at this link for more details: Here's an overview: Patient Support Groups: Local and national organizations often host support groups for people with specific rheumatic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, etc. These groups offer a platform for sharing experiences, coping strategies, and emotional support. Online Communities and Forums: Online platforms and social media groups can be a great resource for connecting with others who have similar conditions, especially for those who may not have access to local support groups. Websites dedicated to specific conditions often have forums or chat rooms. Educational Resources: Many organizations provide educational materials, webinars, and workshops to help patients and families understand the diseases, treatment options, and management strategies. Rheumatology clinics and hospitals often have patient education resources. Nonprofit Organizations and Charities: Organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation, Lupus Foundation of America, and others offer a wealth of resources, including information on managing symptoms, advocacy, and research updates. Counseling and Mental Health Support: Living with a chronic condition can be challenging. Professional counseling or therapy can be beneficial for both patients and their families. Some rheumatology clinics may offer or refer patients to mental health services. Physical Activity and Rehabilitation Programs: Exercise and physical therapy programs, often recommended for rheumatology patients, can be found through local community centers or healthcare providers. Family and Caregiver Support: Resources and support groups specifically for caregivers and family members of those with chronic conditions are also available. These can provide tips for caregiving and coping strategies. It's important to check with your rheumatologist for recommendations on support groups and resources that are most suitable for your specific condition and needs. They can often provide referrals to reliable and helpful resources.
  • What can I expect during my first visit and subsequent appointments?
    During your first visit to a rheumatologist and subsequent appointments, you can expect a series of steps designed to diagnose, treat, and manage your condition effectively. Here's a general outline of what to expect: First Visit Medical History Review: The rheumatologist will ask about your symptoms, medical history, family history of rheumatic diseases, and any other relevant health information. Be prepared to discuss when your symptoms started, how they've progressed, and how they affect your daily life. Physical Examination: A thorough physical exam focusing on your joints, skin, muscles, and other areas affected by rheumatic diseases. The doctor will look for signs of inflammation, swelling, and other abnormalities. Diagnostic Tests: Depending on your symptoms, the rheumatologist may order blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging tests to help diagnose your condition. Discussion of Potential Diagnoses: The rheumatologist may discuss their initial thoughts on your diagnosis and the need for any further testing. Treatment Plan Overview: If a diagnosis can be made, they might start discussing treatment options, which could include medications, lifestyle changes, and possibly referrals to physical therapists or other specialists. Subsequent Appointments Monitoring Treatment Response: Follow-up visits are often used to assess how well you are responding to treatment and make any necessary adjustments. This could involve discussing side effects, changes in symptoms, and overall well-being. Regular Assessments: Routine physical examinations and, if needed, repeat blood tests or imaging studies to monitor the progress of your condition. Medication Management: Adjusting medications as necessary based on your response to treatment and any side effects you may experience. Education and Self-Management: Providing information about your condition, how to manage symptoms at home, and any lifestyle modifications that may help. Long-Term Management Strategy: Developing and updating a long-term plan for managing your condition, including discussing prognosis, prevention of disease progression, and maintaining quality of life. Tips for Your Visits Prepare in Advance: Write down your symptoms, any medications you're taking, and questions you have for the doctor. Discuss : Share all relevant health information to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment. Follow-Up: Keep your follow-up appointments and adhere to the treatment plan, reporting any changes in your condition. Remember, the goal of these appointments is to manage your condition effectively and improve your quality of life. Don't hesitate to ask questions and discuss any concerns you have with your rheumatologist.

Still Have Questions? Contact us Now

Address: 6266 Lake Osprey Dr, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240

Phone Number: +1 813-333-5080

Working Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 8Am 5PM

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