Dr. Lorien Nassi with a patient in clinic

May 12, 2023 / Rheumatology

What to Expect When Visiting the Rheumatology Clinic

The Rheumatology team treats children with conditions that can cause inflammation in many different parts of the body. Some of these conditions include juvenile idiopathic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile dermatomyositis, vasculitis and scleroderma to name a few.

The clinic includes a multidisciplinary team who work together to provide the best care. The Rheumatology team includes: 
  • Doctors 
  • Nurse practitioners 
  • Nurses 
  • Pediatric psychologists 
  • Physical therapists 
  • Occupational therapists 
  • Child Life specialists 
  • Dietitians
  • Clerks and medical assistants
The doctor who staffs the clinic is a board-certified pediatric rheumatologist. This doctor is a pediatrician with special training in treating arthritis and related conditions. You may also meet with fellows who are doctors finishing their specialized training.

Services available for patients seen in our Rheumatology Clinic in Dallas and Frisco:
  • Infusion therapy
  • Digital X-ray and advanced imaging
  • Family Services and Child Life specialists
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Lab Services
  • Psychologists
What to expect at your appointment:
After checking in, a staff member will greet, weigh and measure the child. Then, you will be escorted to an exam room to meet the care team.

What to bring:
  • Although we have disposable shorts available for our patients’ use, your child may feel more comfortable by bringing a pair of their own. 
  • Please bring your child’s immunization record. 
  • Also, please bring any pertinent medical records, all medications your child is taking in original bottles or a list of your child’s medications.
Who you will see:
Prior to meeting the rheumatologist, your child may be seen by a nurse, medical student, resident, fellow or advance practice nurse. The rheumatologist may have a physical therapist, occupational therapist and/or dietitian see your child during the same visit. 

Please understand that this visit may be lengthy. Sometimes it takes more than one visit to make a final diagnosis.

What you need to do
We are specialists in pediatric rheumatology. It is very important for you to maintain a relationship with your pediatrician or family practitioner to meet all other health care needs and provide routine care. If you need help finding a doctor in your area, please call our Family Services department at 214-559-7490 or 469-515-7191. 

Learn more about our Rheumatology department. 

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