Why choose Connecticut Children’s Rheumatology

Our pediatric rheumatologists evaluate, diagnose and provide therapeutic services to children with a range of conditions affecting the joints and muscles. We work closely with other specialists at Connecticut Children’s to provide comprehensive care for our patients. Depending on your child’s unique medical needs, our rheumatologists may consult with a variety of specialists from allergy and immunology, cancer and blood diseases, cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, nutrition, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, and pulmonary medicine. 

Meet Our Team

Connecticut Children’s board-certified, fellowship trained rheumatologists, physical and occupational therapists, nurses and family support service providers work as a team to provide the best patient- and family-centered care. We are committed to providing specialized treatment for your child’s unique needs in an environment designed especially for kids.

Meet the Team

Condition & Symptoms We Treat

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Scleroderma
  • Morphea
  • Systemic Vasculitis (Henoch Schonlein Pupura, Kawasaki Disease, Other Vasculitis)
  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
  • Periodic Fever Syndromes
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis/Chronic Nonbacterial Osteomyelitis
  • Lyme Arthritis
  • Uveitis
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Limping without injury
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Prolonged fevers
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue


Exterior view of 310 Western Boulevard in Glastonbury

Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Glastonbury

310 Western Boulevard
Glastonbury, CT06033
United States

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Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Danbury

105-A Newtown Road
Danbury, CT06810
United States

South Hadley Specialty Care Center

Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – South Hadley

84 Willimansett Street, Suite 3
South Hadley, MA01075
United States

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Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Shelton (4 Corporate Dr.)

4 Corporate Drive, Suite 282
Shelton, CT06484
United States

Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Westport

191 Post Road West
Westport, CT06880
United States

Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Hartford (85 Seymour St.)

85 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT06106
United States

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Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care & Infusion Center – Farmington (10 Birdseye Rd)

10 Birdseye Road
Farmington, CT06032
United States

Rheumatology Resources & Services

The occupational therapists (OT) and physical therapists (PT) in the Division of Rheumatology are specially trained to meet the unique needs of children with rheumatic diseases. Connecticut Children’s OT/PT services will help restore your child’s ability to function in his or her everyday home and school environments with the highest level of independence.

Occupational and physical therapists have similar areas of focus, but work with different parts of the body to prepare children for many common activities.

  • Occupational therapists focus on the fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders and neck. They evaluate how your child uses these body parts in activities such as writing, getting dressed and carrying things.
  • Physical therapists focus on the feet, ankles, knees, hips, back and neck. They assess how your child uses these body parts for activities such as walking, running and playing. Physical therapists also teach your child how to maintain good posture during daily activities.

Our rheumatologists and therapists work together to tailor occupational and physical therapy individually for the optimal benefit of each child.

OT/PT services at Connecticut Children’s include:

  • A full evaluation to develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques to help reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability
  • A comprehensive exercise program to correct muscle imbalances, improve function and increase range of motion
  • A focus on hands-on treatment with manual therapy to decrease muscle spasm
  • A personalized home exercise program that fits the needs of each child and family
  • Education for parents and families on how to manage their child’s condition and achieve the highest level of activity

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest national nonprofit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. It offers tools to help children live a better life with juvenile arthritis, including information on classroom and school success. The Arthritis Foundation supports some of the rheumatology research programs at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual nationwide event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. The New England Region chapter of the Arthritis Foundation offers Connecticut-based programs and events that bring children and families together. 

The Lupus Foundation of America is the oldest and largest national nonprofit voluntary health organization focused on improving the quality of life for children and adults with lupus.