Rheumatology

Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of systemic autoimmune diseases and inflammatory arthritis. The hallmark of most rheumatic diseases is inflammation that affects the connecting or supporting structures of the body. Often, this means the joints, but inflammation can also impact the tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles, blood vessels, and organs. Accurate diagnosis and patient-specific treatment can reduce symptoms and reduce long-term severity and loss of function related to rheumatologic diseases.

OPA Rheumatologists

Our rheumatologists—Dr. John Botson, Dr. Ryan Ragle, and Dr. Summer Engler—are board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians. They focus on the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of rheumatologic conditions, helping patients manage their disease. These conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, inflammatory myopathies, osteoporosis, lupus, Sjögren's syndrome, and other complex autoimmune diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system. Also on staff are two certified physician assistants. To learn more about each of our providers, please select their individual bios below.

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
Brittany Sedlacek, PA-C
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
Brittany Sedlacek, PA-C
Location:
Anchorage
Appointments:
907-249-5542
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Laura Luebke, PA-C

Special Interests:
Bone Health, Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Rheumatology
Location:
Anchorage
Appointments:
907-249-5542
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Brittany Sedlacek, PA-C

Special Interests:
Rheumatology
Location:
Anchorage
Appointments:
907-249-5542