WNY Rheumatology Center Expandsby Allison Whalen
Board-certified Nurse Practitioner joins practice
Tue, Apr 17th 2012 11:13 amWilliamsville, New York; April 16, 2012— Most patients with chronic rheumatic diseases require on-going follow-up care to live a satisfying quality of life. Although education is available from a variety of resources, education provided by a rheumatology nurse practitioner is most beneficial.
The Western New York Rheumatology Center, located at 1825 Maple Road (at the corner
of Ayer Road), Suite 2A in Williamsville is pleased to welcome Kathleen Cloutier, ANP-BC, to the practice. Cloutier will work with board-certified rheumatologist Sunita Chadha, MD, to provide new and existing patients individualized care plans that improve functional ability, pain and emotional well being.
"Kathleen serves a critical role in caring for and educating our patients," said Dr. Chadha. "We can now accept more new patients from across the Buffalo-Niagara region who may be suffering from chronic pain, joint inflammation, joint damage, loss of function or disability that can result from rheumatological conditions such as RA."
Cloutier has a master's degree in science with certification as an adult nurse practitioner from Daemen College and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. With 24 years nursing experience at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and DeGraff Memorial Hospital, she is a skilled and specialized educator who can better assess a patient's individual concerns and provide tailored education that incorporates strategies that improve the likelihood of success.
"I consider myself a caring individual with the best interests of the patient always in mind," said Cloutier. "I can demonstrate how to administer self-injections, explain potential side effects and provide emotional support for dealing with persistent pain that can lead to stress and sometimes depression. I'm also here to help arrange clinical tests and lab work, monitor your drug therapy, provide referrals, administer injections and coordinate hospital admissions if needed."
According to the Arthritis Foundation, 1.3 million Americans suffer from RA. It is a systemic disease, which means it can affect other organs in the body. Although the cause is unknown and there is no cure, RA is easier than ever to treat with new prescription drugs, exercise, joint protection techniques and self-management.
"The right care provider is crucial to living well with rheumatic conditions," said Dr. Chadha. "Although many patients first see a primary care physician for their pain, conditions like osteoporosis, lupus, osteoarthritis, gout and rheumatoid arthritis really should be treated by a specialist who is trained in the latest and most effective treatments. Early detection can improve your prognosis and may help prevent joint and bone destruction."
Patients are encouraged to view more information about the Western New York Rheumatology Center, its services and how to make an appointment on the Center's website at www.wnyrheumatology.com. For questions about this announcement, please call Sunita Chadha, MD, at 716-810-9292.