Your Trusted Source for Rheumatology Care in North Houston
Rheumatic diseases present with a host of symptoms that vary in severity and prognosis. Are you bothered by swelling, tenderness or constant pain in your joints? Do you suffer from an unexplained illness that remains unresolved? Do you experience unusual warmth or redness around joints or patches of rash or discolored skin? Answering ‘yes’ to any of these questions is a clear indication that you may need to schedule a visit with the rheumatologists at Northwest Diagnostic Clinic.
Whether your symptoms are triggered by an illness or by wear and tear on joints from injury or over use, the common denominator in any rheumatic illness is the need for early evaluation by a caring and compassionate healthcare provider who can develop a treatment plan to make sure you experience the best quality of life possible. Drs. Carmen Perez-Masuelli and Leslie Wilson are highly experienced board certified rheumatologists who bring relief to thousands of patients suffering from a variety of rheumatic diseases.
Over their many years of treating patients in North Houston, they have brought relief to those who suffer from the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Systemic Lupus, Sjogren’s, Dermatomyositis, Scleroderma, Raynaud’s Phenomenon, Vasculitis, Gout, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Osteoarthritis, Tendonitis, and a host of other rheumatic ailments. These ailments and diseases are often systemic and require a thorough investigation to determine the root cause and best course of treatment. The diagnostic process is very much like putting together the pieces of a puzzle and, as Dr. Wilson states, “it’s a complex field that often involves more than the joints, so we ask a lot of questions starting with the patient’s medical history.” Furthermore, because these conditions can affect other systems in the body, the doctors collaborate closely with a team of primary care physicians, as well as subspecialists that include pulmonology, dermatology, orthopedists, and other subspecialties. The key to stopping or slowing down the progression of these conditions is early detection and treatment.
Not only do patients at Northwest Diagnostic Clinic benefit from two of the area’s leading rheumatologists but the on-site imaging and lab services add to the convenience and affordable care. There is also an on-site infusion suite is located in the same area as the doctor’s office to carry out infusion therapy treatments. Moreover, a specially trained support team of nurses, assistants and technicians ensure that patients are treated with respect and kindness. In most cases, they tend to form a close bond with their patients throughout the course of their treatment.
A Partnership Years in the Making
Dr. Carmen Perez-Masuelli and Dr. Leslie Wilson first crossed paths at Mount Saini School of Medicine in New York as fellows under the tutelage of the world-renowned Rheumatologist, Dr. Harry Spiera. Known as a champion of challenging cases from around the world, Dr. Spiera gave Drs. Perez-Masuelli and Wilson a tremendous opportunity to treat a broad range of rare conditions and develop care plans. “We would perform workups on his patients,” said Dr. Perez-Masuelli, “and trained with a busy load of patients from all nationalities and complexities.” She went on to describe their fellowship as “the best professional experience one could imagine.”
Dr. Perez-Masuelli joined NWDC in 2001 and is dual board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. She has been awarded Top Doc status by H Magazine and Texas Monthly for the past ten years, as well as holds the esteemed position as one of the top 3% of doctors in the country by US News and World Report.
Dr. Wilson, who is also recognized as a Top Doc, joined Northwest Diagnostic Clinic in 2006 after holding the position of Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Medical School. She is board certified in Rheumatology.
For the ultimate in patient care, NWDC’s comprehensive diagnostic imaging center at Cypress Station is equipped with X-ray, ultrasound, bone densitometry (DEXA), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The imaging center in Shenandoah/The Woodlands is equipped with X-ray, ultrasound and DEXA. NWDC maintains accreditation by the American College of Radiology in CT, MRI, and ultrasound.
The highly-trained team of medical professionals and office staff work in unison to ensure that every patient receives the best possible care in a courteous and comfortable environment. From scheduling to the front desk, from the exam room to the back office, and at all other points along the healthcare process, NWDC strives to make each and every person feel at home the moment they walk through the door, whether they’re an established patient or new to the practice.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffers from pain and debilitation caused by the symptoms of an autoimmune-related illness, making an appointment with one of the doctors at Northwest Diagnostic Clinic is the first step toward an improved quality of life.