PORT ST. LUCIE — When people think of the field of rheumatology, they likely think of two common medical conditions — rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis — very common problems that affect over 1.5 million Americans.
However, there are more than 100 rheumatology diseases that if missed or left undiagnosed can have severe consequences, including gout, fibromyalgia, vasculitis and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma and other musculoskeletal pain disorders.
This is why Fort Pierce native Lindsey Porth Healy chose her current field – to help and educate people.
A Family Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in rheumatology since 2010, Healy earned her degree as a R.N. at Indian River State College in 2005 and B.S.N. & M.S.N. at Florida Atlantic University in 2008.
She’s held a wide variety of positions since then as both an R.N. for St. Lucie Medical Center’s Med-Surg Unit and ICU, as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Ramgopal at Associates of Infectious Diseases, rounding at both Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and St. Lucie Medical, Heart & Family Health Institute and Treasure Coast Medical Associates under rheumatologist Dr. Mark Greenberg of Rheumatology Associates, and most recently for Dr. Mark Pamer’s office in Port St. Lucie.
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