Rheumatology

Rheumatism is a group of diseases marked by inflammation or degeneration of connective tissues and joints, such as arthritis. Rheumatic conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, and osteoporosis.  Rheumatic diseases tend to be chronic but their progression may be unpredictable. An accurate, early diagnosis and treatment plan can save time and money and reduce the long-term severity of the disease.

OPA Rheumatologists

Dr. John Botson is a fellowship-trained, board-certified rheumatologist. He is also certified clinical densitometrist and focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and the management of osteoporosis. Dr. Ryan Ragle is board-certified and fellowship trained as well and practices general rheumatology and has particular interest in rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, lupus and inflammatory myopathies. Dr. Summer Engler treats many rheumatologic conditions, including complex autoimmune diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system. In addition to the rheumatologists, Laura M. Luebke, PA-C specializes in bone health and treats patients with osteoporosis and other related conditions as well as many rheumatic conditions.

Referral Required:

Please note that OPA is not a pain management center and due to the overwhelming need for rheumatologic care in Alaska, a referral is required along with an initial rheumatologic workup. Ask your primary care provider for details.

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John Botson, MD, RPh, CCD

Special Interests:
Lupus Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis Management, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
PA-Cs:
Laura Luebke, PA-C
Brandy Moates Atkins, DNP, FNP-C, RN
Location:
Anchorage
Appointments:
907-249-5542
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Summer Engler, MD

Special Interests:
Autoimmune Diseases affecting Musculoskeletal System including Lupus and Scleroderma
PA-Cs:
Laura Luebke, PA-C
Brittany Sedlacek, PA-C
Location:
Anchorage
Appointments:
907-249-5542
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Ryan Ragle, MD

Special Interests:
General Rheumatology, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vasculitis, Lupus Inflammatory, Myopathies
PA-Cs:
Laura Luebke, PA-C
Brandy Moates Atkins, DNP, FNP-C, RN
Location:
Anchorage
Appointments:
907-249-5542