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Rheumatologists are internists with special skills and training in the complex diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and rheumatic illnesses. They treat many other conditions, including tendon issues, joint and muscle injuries, rare inherited disorders and pain in bones and other connective tissues.

Meet our Expert Board Certified Rheumatology Team

Ena Sharma, MD 

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Nikita Patel, MD 

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  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus (SLE)
  • Scleroderma
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Vasculitis (ANCA vasculitis, giant cell arteritis, etc.)
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition disease
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Inflammatory myopathies (dermatomyositis, polymyositis)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Adult onset Still’s disease
  • Osteoporosis after menopause
  • Medical management of Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis of shoulders, elbows, hips, knees
  • Joint injections with steroid to shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger joints, knee, ankle, great toe
  • Bursa injections with steroid to shoulder, hip, knee
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound of peripheral joints to help determine cause of joint disease and to guide joint injections for improved results  


Pacific Central Coast Health Centers contracts with most health insurance plans, including Medi-Cal, and provides health care services that fit your health plan benefits. If you have questions about the health insurance plans we accept, contact the office where you would like to be seen and our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • CenCal
  • Cigna
  • Coventry – First Health
  • Health Net
  • Healthsmart – Interplan
  • MCS
  • Medi-Cal
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan – Beech Street
  • Networks by Design
  • Physicians Choice Medical Group
  • United Healthcare
  • United Tricare
  • Western Growers

What makes our Rheumatology team stand out?

Dignity Health's Pacific Central Coast Centers newest service line is Rheumatology. Our team of expert Rheumatologists are uniquely skilled and accepting new patients. Ask your primary care physician for a referral.