Rheumatology is a specialty in internal medicine devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases which mainly involve clinical problems with joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis and heritable connective tissue disorders.Rheumatology at Ridgeview is staffed by Carolyn Bowles, MD, FACP, Integrative Rheumatology and Medical Acupunture, Michael Edwards, MD, Rheumatology.
What's a rheumatologist?
Rheumatologists are physicians who begin their specialty training with three years of an Internal Medicine residency, followed by two years of subspecialty training in rheumatic diseases. This is a broad term that includes autoimmune conditions, or those associated with specific antibodies, such as
It also includes some well-known inflammatory processes like
In their training, rheumatologists also study more poorly understood conditions such as
- diffuse musculoskeletal pain
Because of the frequent complexities of these problems, a rheumatologist will obtain a comprehensive history of the problem beyond the presenting symptoms to determine whether there is underlying inflammation.
Family history, diet, activity and sleep disturbances are all potential factors that may be relevant. Treatment is tailored to the individual and may certainly change over time.
About the physicians
Carolyn Bowles, MD, FACP, Integrative Rheumatology & Medical Acupuncture
Dr. Bowles specializes in integrative rheumatology and medical acupuncture. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine; she did her internship and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY, and a rheumatology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.She is board certified in Rheumatology, Internal Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine.
Michael Edwards, MD, Rheumatology
Dr. Edwards graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, in Winnipeg, Canada. He completed fellowship training in rheumatology at the University of Louisville and joined the clinical faculty there as a physician and teacher for 16 years.
For appointments, call 952-361-2450. Appointments are available at Ridgeview Specialty Clinic–Rheumatology (Chaska) in Two Twelve Medical Center, located on the corner of Highways 212 and 41 in Chaska, and in the Ridgeview Specialty Clinic–Rheumatology (Waconia) office in Ridgeview Professional Building, adjacent to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Generally, patient wait time is less than two weeks. Same-day appointments can often be arranged for urgent cases.