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Leading Rheumatologists in Sun City Center, FL

We specialize in delivering expert rheumatology care at our Sunshine Rheumatology clinic in Sun City Center, FL, to help you reach optimal joint health and general well-being. Our skilled rheumatologists are committed to identifying and treating a wide range of illnesses, including arthritis and autoimmune disorders. We design treatment regimens to your specific needs using a patient-centered approach, ensuring you receive the finest quality care and support. 

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Conditions We Treat at Sunshine Rheumatology Center in Sun City Center, FL

We specialize in the treatment of various rheumatic conditions, including:

Rheumatoid Arthritis


Sjogren's Syndrome

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

SLE/ Psoriatic Arthritis






Patient Reviews from Sunshine Rheumatology Center, Sun City Center, FL

average rating is 3 out of 5

I have one word "awesome". Julie was very thorough and was explained to me so I could understand my situation. The time they all spent with me was great. I really like Dr. P also. Everyone was so polite and kind to me.


Debbie Jarvis

Our Infusion services in Sun City Center, FL

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When traditional disease-modifying antirheumatic medications (DMARDs) fail to provide the desired relief, biologic medicines are frequently used to treat specific disorders. Biologic medications, unlike their traditional equivalents, are made from human or animal proteins, making them a distinct class of treatment in therapeutics. They are more complicated and larger at the molecular level, distinguishing them as powerful tools in the battle against difficult diseases. Biologic medications include a wide range of choices, many of which are delivered via intravenous (IV) infusion therapy. The best biologic medicine for a patient is determined by a variety of characteristics that are unique to each individual's medical situation and the specific condition being treated.

Why Choose Our Infusion Services in Sun City Center, FL?

Our Sunshine Rheumatology clinic in Sun City has expert rheumatologists who are committed to designing treatment plans to your specific needs in a comfortable and technologically equipped facility, with your well-being as our first priority.

  • Rheumatologists with Years of Experience: Our clinic in Sun City, Fl has a team of trusted rheumatologists with years of experience in addressing rheumatic disorders. They collaborate with you to develop the best treatment plan, including infusion therapy, for your specific needs.

  • Advanced Technology: To deliver infusion therapy safely and effectively, we use cutting-edge equipment and medical technology. Our team follows the highest standards of care so you can have confidence in your treatment

  • Personalized Care: We prioritize your health and well-being. We offer personalized care plans tailored to your specific illness and treatment needs. Our staff takes the time to answer any questions you may have and handle any issues you may have.

  • Convenient facility: Our rheumatology clinic in Sun City is easily accessible, making infusion treatments available to people of Sun City and nearby areas.


Our Rheumatologists in Sun City Center, 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



Board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology

Dr. Komal K. Patel joined our Sunshine Family in June 2024. She is a board-certified Internal Medicine & Rheumatology physician who completed her residency and fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Before returning to her roots in Tampa bay, she gained expertise in rheumatology as a faculty at Johns Hopkins. She has a strong commitment to global health and education, often volunteering abroad for clinical care and community development programs, and delivering educational lectures.

Rheumatology is her passion, as it can address complex diseases affecting multiple organ systems while improving patients’ quality of life. Outside the clinic, Dr. Patel enjoys triathlon training, hiking, and traveling with family and friends. 

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Julie has worked as a Registered Nurse and Team Leader at Brandon Regional Hospital since 2006. She graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner from South University, Tampa in 2017. After working as a Nurse Practitioner in various clinical settings she became interested in Rheumatology as she started serving patients with chronic illnesses and realized that she could make a difference by providing compassionate care. She joined Sunshine Rheumatology in January 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Calicut medical College, Kerala, India. During her free time, she enjoys traveling with family, watching movies, engaging in social and cultural activities of church and has a passion for dance and music.

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Address: 938 Cypress Village Blvd, Ste A, Sun City Center, FL 33573

Phone Number: +1 813-333-5080

Working Hours: Monday Friday 8Am 5PM

  • 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.
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