Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder which is characterized by low bone mass and deterioration which leads to an increased risk of fractures. Over 10 million people have osteoporosis and there are 1.5 million osteoporosis related fractures in the United States every year. Our physicians use a combination of Heel Ultrasound and DXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) machines to diagnose and treat osteoporosis. The risk of osteoporosis increases with age and long term steroid use significantly increases the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. If you have been on steroids for more than 3 months, ask your Rheumatologist if a DXA scan is appropriate.
Dr. Chandrakant Mehta was the first Rheumatologist to practice in the cities of Hemet and Menifee and has been providing medical care in Southern California since 1983. Dr. Mehta and his wife, Deni Mehta, established Southland Arthritis & Osteoporosis Medical Center and have been blessed with a very loyal and hardworking staff! Dr. Mehta completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Easton Hospital in Pennsylvania and completed his fellowship at Loma Linda University. Dr. Mehta is dual Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Mehta enjoys walking, traveling and playing with his grandchildren!
Dr.Keith Colburn is a distinguished Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine where he served as the Chief of Rheumatology until 2014 and was the Chief of Rheumatology at the Loma Linda VA Hospital until 2016. Dr.Colburn has published over 50 articles in medical journals and was the associate editor for the Journal of Investigative Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Rheumatology and is dual board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr.Colburn has trained many of the practicing Rheumatologists in Southern California and he enjoys traveling and birdwatching.
Dr. Amal Mehta grew up in Hemet and was heavily influenced by his father and his dedication to his community. Dr.Mehta earned a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and his medical degree from Ross University School of Medical. While in medical school, Dr.Mehta earned a Healthcare MBA from George Washington University and has a special interest in implementing technology to improve patient care. Dr.Mehta completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix and completed his Rheumatology fellowship at Loma Linda Medical Center. Dr.Mehta is dual Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and has been appointed as a Qualified Medical Evaluator by the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Dr.Mehta enjoys playing tennis, traveling and spending time with his family and looks forward to making a postive impact in the lives of his patients.
Dr.Ramaswamy completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Lincoln Medical Center in New York. Dr.Ramaswamy completed his Rheumatology fellowship at the University of Southern California and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr.Ramaswamy is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with his family.
Dr. Trivedi completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI which was followed by medical school at the University of the Caribbean. After medical school she completed her residency in Internal Medicine with Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI. This was followed by a rheumatology fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C. Dr. Trivedi enjoys spending her free time cooking, reading, exercising and spending time with her family.
Dr. Ahmad completed her undergraduate degree and Medical School at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. After medical school she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She completed her Rheumatology fellowship at the University of Washington and was a former clinical instructor at the University of Washington. Dr. Ahmad is an expert in treating Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Lupus, Ankylosing spondylitis, Myositis, Scleroderma and Gout. She enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Dr. Chavez-Chiang received her medical degree from the Universidad San Martin De Porres in Lima, Peru. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of New Mexico. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Chavez-Chiang is passionate about healthy living and its positive impact on physical and mental health, motivating a healthy lifestyle on her patients when treating rheumatic diseases. The addition of Dr. Chavez-Chiang expands Southland Arthritis Rheumatology capacity and responsiveness to patients and their families. Dr. Chavez-Chiang enjoys spending time with her family, paddle boarding, hiking, swimming, dancing and she is fluent in Spanish. She loves California and is pleased to be part of the excellent team of Rheumatologists at Southland Arthritis.
Lisa Garcia, FNP earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from San Diego State University and her Master’s of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from California State University Dominiguez Hills. She is nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is originally from Laredo, Texas and moved to California 20 years ago. Lisa enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach and with her husband and three sons.
Angel Bustamante PA-C completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at California State University Fullerton. He then earned his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Western University of Health Sciences in the city of Pomona. He is nationally certified as a Physician Assistant. He grew up in Orange County prior to settling in the Inland Empire and has been treating Rheumatic diseases and performing joint injections since 2003. He enjoys snowboarding, jet skiing, traveling, exercising and spending time with his family and friends. He aspires to make a difference in his community by providing compassionate care and improving the quality of life of his patients.