Rheumatology

Important information during COVID-19

We require all patients and visitors to wear a mask or face covering while in our clinics and hospital. We’re also screening all patients and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19.

For safety reasons, we only allow one adult visitor per patient, per day. No visitors are allowed for patients with COVID-19. Exceptions to these policies include:

  • Newborn, special care nursery and pediatric patients: Parents and/or legal guardians (COVID-19 patients: only one person)
  • Birth center patients: Two support persons, including a doula (COVID-19 patients: only one person)
  • Patients who need additional assistance: A caregiver or attendant
  • Compassionate care patients (end-of-life patients)
We’re encouraging patients to find other ways to connect with their loved ones, such as FaceTime, Skype or setting up Google Duo (PDF). Our patient care teams can help arrange video chats and more.

If you need in-person or emergency care, don’t delay. We’re open and ready to care for you, with rigorous safety and cleaning protocols in place to help keep you healthy. To see if you should be tested for COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 testing page.


Video Visits

We're also offering video visits. you can talk with your doctor and receive the same personalized care, expert answers and a care plan tailored for you. You can also get care through phone visits, in-person visits and our 24/7 online clinic, virtuwell.com. Schedule an appointment online or call your clinic. For more information on COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 information page.




Rheumatologists are specialists who treat autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that may affect joints, muscles, ligaments or bones. If you need help with swelling and pain caused by inflammation, arthritis or an autoimmune disorder, our rheumatologist, Lucas Pineda Bernal, MD, can diagnose, develop a customized care plan and treat these symptoms. We'll work with your primary care provider and you to find your best treatment, treat your condition and make it manageable.

Services offered

We offer the following rheumatology services:
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Polymyalgia rheumatic (PMR)
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Joint aspiration
  • Joint injections
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Vasculitis
  • Other systemic inflammatory or autoimmune conditions

Make an appointment

Call 715-268-8000.
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