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Arthritis Specialists of Northern Nevada joins Saint Mary's Medical Group

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RENO, Nev. – Thursday, September 10, 2015 – Arthritis Specialists of Northern Nevada has joined Saint Mary's Medical Group (SMMG) and will now be managed by rheumatologist Teresa Chavez, MD and nurse practitioner Kimberly Morris-Windisch, APRN. The clinic will remain at 93 Bell Street in downtown Reno.

"This expansion allows Saint Mary's to provide arthritis care to additional patients in our community," said Lori Martin, Saint Mary's Medical Group executive director of clinical operations. "Our specialists focus on providing treatment options or medications, coping mechanisms, techniques for preventing disability or regaining function to patients with arthritis or rheumatic diseases."

Dr. Chavez studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and completed her residency training in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wis. She then went on to complete her rheumatology fellowship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Dr. Chavez practiced rheumatology at TLC Rheumatology in Carson City, Nev. for 13 years and served as chairperson on the Advisory Association for Arthritis Care for the State of Nevada for two years. Additionally, she is a longstanding fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.

Kimberly Morris-Windisch received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif. and her Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Morris-Windisch was a rheumatology nurse practitioner at Arthritis Specialists of Northern Nevada for nearly thirteen years. Furthermore, she served as an internal medicine nurse practitioner and family medicine nurse practitioner in northern Nevada for a combined three years and an echocardiography technologist at Kaiser Permanente of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif. for five years.

The role of a rheumatologist is to treat, diagnose and manage patients with arthritis or other rheumatic diseases affecting the joints, muscles, soft tissues, bones and other internal organs. Because rheumatic diseases such as lupus, tendinitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are very complex, patients benefit from the care of a rheumatologist who is an expert in this field of medicine. Dr. Chavez specializes in the nonsurgical management of musculoskeletal disorders and offers treatments including joint/soft tissue injections and infusion therapies.

Arthritis Specialists of Northern Nevada will be accepting new patients Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 775-329-6772 or visit


Saint Mary's Medical Group

Saint Mary's Medical Group is a fully-integrated Medical Group which offers a robust line of services including primary care, urgent care and specialty care including the Center for Neurovascular and Stroke Care, the Center for Cardiovascular Care and the Women's Health Center. Designed to unite a team of board-certified physicians, specialists and nurse practitioners, the Medical Group is focused on preventive care and building medical homes. Saint Mary's Medical Group includes physicians who specialize in family practice, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's Medical Group is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit