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Dr. Zarbalian is drawn to rheumatology because of the ability to partner with patients to positively impact their quality of life. From common diseases like Raynaud's syndrome and gout (pictured left and right, respectively - if you are viewing this on a computer) to the rare conditions such as dermatomyositis, the spectrum of rheumatologic disease is vast. 


Dr. Zarbalian has a wealth of experience with the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sjogren's, vasculitis, sarcoidosis, and ankylosing spondylitis. He also is well-versed in the treatment of non-inflammatory diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. He has done research on vasculitis (Giant cell arteritis) and presented his research at the annual American College of Rheumatology conference


Beyond standard approaches to rheumatologic care, Dr. Zarbalian always strives to personalize the treatment approach to address each patient's unique physiologic imbalance.

We can reduce the need for medication by implementing complementary approaches including the following:

  • Nutritional modification  

    • Elimination diets and addition of foods with evidence for their benefit in autoimmune disease

    • Tailoring the diet to address each person's physiologic imbalance (using Asian medicine principles)

  • Herbal formulae tailored to each individual person's unique physiologic disturbance 

  • Mind-body medicine 

    • Includes different methods for vagus nerve activation

  • Acupuncture and Cupping

What else does a rheumatologist treat?  Beyond those noted above, see a more comprehensive list below or at the American College of Rheumatology

A Rheumatology visit may help you if you suffer from the following conditions:

  • Autoimmune disease : from common conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and raynaud's syndrome to rare autoimmune diseases like sarcoidosis and dermatomyositis.

  • Joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, gout, and pseudogout.

  • Chronic pain due to fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndromes.

  • Localized pain including pain in the back, neck, shoulders and hands, osteoarthritis, tendonitis and bursitis.

  • Other conditions including inherited disorders of the connective tissue (Ehlers-danlos syndrome, hypermobility syndrome) and autoimmune diseases effecting other organs which are treated in collaboration with other subspecialists (eye inflammatory disorders; autoimmune lung diseases)

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