May 23, 2023 - TCO
TCO Launches Rheumatology Specialty Service to Enhance Patient Care
Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) announced today it will be adding a new specialty service this summer with the addition of 10 talented rheumatologists. These highly experienced physicians will provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the TCO team.
“This team of physicians has an excellent reputation in the market, and we are confident this new service will help take the care we deliver to patients to the next level,” said TCO President Dr. Owen O’Neill. “By being a part of an independent model, the rheumatologists and their care teams now have greater flexibility and control over their practice, allowing them to focus on delivering personalized, value-based care that meets the unique needs of each patient.”
Patients can now book physician appointments at TCO’s Eagan, Hudson, Stillwater, and Woodbury locations. Physician start dates will vary throughout the summer.
With the addition of rheumatology as a specialty service, TCO will be able to provide a more comprehensive approach to treating musculoskeletal conditions.
“Rheumatology and orthopedics have a natural synergy,” said TCO Chief Operating Officer Janet Benton. “We’re excited to provide patients with a multidisciplinary team of specialists who will work together to develop personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs. This collaborative approach not only leads to better outcomes, but also a better patient experience.”
As one of the country’s largest independent orthopedic practices, TCO is committed to improving patient outcomes and the overall patient experience through innovative treatments and services. The addition of rheumatology to its specialty services is a significant step in this direction.
TCO will continue to invest in new technology, expand services, and add talented providers to the team to ensure patients receive the best possible care. With a reputation for excellence and a patient-first approach, TCO is proud to serve the community and looks forward to the exciting opportunities ahead.
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Meet the TCO Rheumatology Team
Joseph S. Bert, MD, specializes in providing accurate diagnoses and effective treatments for his patients. He works to develop personalized treatment plans that are tailored to individual needs and preferences and strives to provide care in an atmosphere where patients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and asking questions.
Dr. Bert begins seeing patients on Monday, July 10th at TCO’s Hudson and Woodbury locations.
Sharon L. Frattalone, DO, specializes in autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and vasculitis. She prioritizes staying up to date with medical literature and building relationships with her patients to provide the best possible care.
Dr. Frattalone begins seeing patients on Wednesday, July 5th at TCO’s Hudson and Stillwater locations.
Rachel E. Kneeland, DO, manages adult patients with complex autoimmune diseases, such as connective tissue disease, vasculitis, inflammatory arthropathies, and crystalline arthritis. She enjoys building long-term relationships with patients and working toward improving their health, wellness, and mobility.
Dr. Kneeland begins seeing patients on Monday, August 7th at TCO’s Eagan and Woodbury locations.
Marty T. Mertens, MD, is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to his rheumatology patients and emphasizes early and accurate diagnoses, patient education, and communication with other healthcare providers. He emphasizes patient education and communication to ensure personalized and effective care.
Dr. Mertens begins seeing patients on Monday, July 10th at TCO Stillwater.
Eric S. Miller, MD, specializes in diagnosing and treating inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and vasculitis. He utilizes musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and procedures and is passionate about providing long-term care for his patients and helping them improve their condition over time.
Dr. Miller begins seeing patients on Tuesday, July 11th at TCO’s Hudson, Stillwater, and Woodbury locations.
Marc W. Nolan, DO, specializes in rare and complex conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and vasculitis, taking a whole-body approach to minimize the impact of these conditions. He collaborates with physicians in other specialties to find the best-personalized treatment plans for his patients.
Dr. Nolan begins seeing patients on Wednesday, August 2nd at TCO’s Eagan and Woodbury locations.
Ellen R. Shammash, MD, chose rheumatology for its broad spectrum of diseases and the ability to form lasting relationships with patients, combining the most up-to-date science with a compassionate approach to diagnosis and treatment. She uses shared decision-making to create personalized treatment plans for her patients to improve their quality of life.
Dr. Shammash begins seeing patients on Tuesday, August 1st at TCO’s Eagan and Woodbury locations.
Paul H. Sufka, MD, emphasizes early diagnosis and personalized treatment for autoimmune and inflammatory conditions to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. With extensive experience in rheumatology, he is committed to providing the highest level of care to his patients.
Dr. Sufka begins seeing patients on Monday, June 19th at TCO’s Eagan and Woodbury locations.
Jessica T. Thueringer, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions and prioritizes evidence-based, personalized care for her patients. She values forming long-term relationships with her patients and working as a team to find the best treatment plan to improve their quality of life.
Dr. Thueringer begins seeing patients on Tuesday, August 1st at TCO’s Eagan and Hudson locations.
Sou-Pan Wu, MD, has seen significant advances in our understanding of rheumatic diseases over the past two decades but also recognizes the increasing complexity of patient management that comes with it. He strives to provide the best care possible by being thorough, practicing evidence-based medicine, and staying up to date with the latest treatments and modalities.
Dr. Wu begins seeing patients on Monday, July 17th at TCO’s Hudson, Stillwater, and Woodbury locations.