Joint pain, muscle aches, full-body soreness — for some people, these can be signs of a cold or flu. But for others, these are signs of a rheumatic disease or connective tissue disorder.


Connective tissue disorders impact the tissue that acts as “glue” in the body that gives body parts shape and helps them stay strong.

Some rheumatic diseases and connective tissue disorders are autoimmune disorders, meaning the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells.

At Stormont Vail Health, our rheumatology specialists are committed to helping you ease the symptoms of rheumatic disease and connective tissue disorders — such as pain, stiffness, or swelling.

Your rheumatologist is important for helping you with your rheumatic disease or connective tissue disorder, but it’s still important to have a primary care provider as well. Your primary care provider can perform annual exams, diagnose and treat everyday illnesses, screen for other diseases and help you keep your entire body strong

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Our Rheumatology Providers

J Gardner, M.D.

Specialty: Rheumatology
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Edward Letourneau, M.D.

Specialty: Rheumatology
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Cindy Rodriguez-Silva, M.D.

Specialty: Rheumatology
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Our Rheumatology Locations

Cotton O’Neil Garfield Clinic

901 SW Garfield Avenue
Topeka, KS 66606
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Cotton O’Neil Lawrence Clinic

2200 Harvard Road, Suite B
Lawrence, KS 66049
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