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Bone Densitometry & Heel Ultrasound

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

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

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

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. Dharmarajan Ramaswamy

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. Janki Trivedi

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. Natalia Chavez-Chiang

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.


Dr. Marc Phillpotts

Dr. Marc Phillpotts is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Phillpotts earned his medical degree at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He moved to Washington, DC where he completed Residency training in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital, then Fellowship training at the George Washington University. He has held an academic position as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the GW SMHS. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Medical Association, International Society of Clinical Densitometry and American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Phillpotts has expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound and bone densitometry. In his spare time, Dr. Phillpotts enjoys running, swimming and tennis.

Dr. Arlene Bravo

Dr. Arlene Bravo

Dr. Arlene Bravo is a Board Certified Physician in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She has a clinical interest in treating a wide variety of rheumatic diseases, while working collaboratively with her patients to achieve an ultimate goal of improving their quality of life.

Dr. Bravo earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biochemistry and Neuroscience from UCLA, and then earned an M.D. and Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Following completion of her internship and Internal Medicine Residency at Loma Linda University (LLU), she was an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at LLU prior to completing her Rheumatology Fellowship at UCSD. She is also a member of the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Bravo is a proud military wife, dedicates her free time to her two children, and enjoys traveling.