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My Mission.

Being a patient of Dr. Yu entitles you to complete care, individualized treatment, and immediate contact with him. Your rheumatologist won’t make you wait days or weeks for a response. You will be given more time to ask the questions you still have and more antiquated medication to assist you to ward off false information.

Dr. Yu is a rheumatologist who practices integrative, functional, lifestyle, and rheumatic medicine. He provides attention and knowledge in a really uncommon way. If any physicians have received extensive training in these combined fields, it is extremely rare. In addition to his distinctive method, Dr. Yu will give you direct access when you sign up as a patient. Your rheumatologist won’t make you wait days or weeks for a response.


What Our Practice Offers

Dr. Yu uses an integrated and functional medicine approach to treat a variety of autoimmune illnesses. He will consider the advantages and disadvantages of drugs and biologics and give you a personalized plan for managing your autoimmune disease.

Dr. Yu can treat a wide range of conditions in addition to the following autoimmune rheumatic diseases and arthritis:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lupus
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s
  • Vasculitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Autoinflammatory conditions
  • Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

Dr. Yu also sees patients that have conditions other than rheumatic diseases. He has training in lifestyle medicine, integrative medicine, and functional medicine as well. Please contact our office if you have any questions (email preferred).

As A Patient

I was just like you!
I have experienced many years of pain from my autoimmune disease and arthritis. I understand how it feels to be a patient and understands that not every patient wants pharmaceutical drugs to get better. I have been through the highs and lows of suffering from chronic disease and understand how hard it is to find the right doctor. I still remember the days that I could not walk to work or had to take days off of school due to my chronic illness. Luckily, I don’t have to think about that anymore as a patient as my disease has improved significantly.

As A Specialist

On a mission to help others like myself.
I have training in both integrative medicine from the University of Arizona and am certified in lifestyle medicine from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. I understand the power of pharmaceutical drugs but also know that autoimmune disease can improve through a more holistic route as well. I use the knowledge I have learned from functional, integrative, and lifestyle medicine to develop a unique treatment plan for my patients.

Frequently Asked Questions.

What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine that focus on diseases mainly with immune-mediated disorders of the musculoskeletal system, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, connective tissue diseases, and vasculitides.

What are my Process?

1. Investigating the Root Cause

I discuss and dive into the potential root causes of your condition.

2. Discuss Integrative Medicine

I discuss different aspects of integrative medicine that could potentially be used to help with your medical problems

3. Create an Individualized Plan

I will then create an individualized plan that will fit their personal needs and goals that combines the philosophies of allopathic medicine, integrative, functional, and lifestyle medicine.

What Methods Do I Use?

I combined many of these medicines to make a custom plan that works best for each patient.

1. Allopathic Medicine

This field of medicine is also commonly described as conventional medicine or Western medicine. Typically it is used to contrast with alternative medicine and is known as science-based, modern medicine.

2. Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine explores the root causes of disease with evidence-based therapies such as diet, exercise, sleep, social connectivity, and stress.

3. Integrative Medicine

This field of medicine looks to combine the best of conventional medicine with the best of alternative medicine to create an integrative approach. Integrative medicine consists of nutrition, herbs, supplements, Ayurveda, mind-body medicine, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, aromatherapy, etc.

4. Functional Medicine

The philosophy of functional medicine is to get to the root cause of disease. It looks at a patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors to produce a personalized treatment plan.

When should you consider the consultation of a rheumatologist?
When you have joint pain, joint stiffness, or joint swelling. There are many other symptoms that may need the consultation of a rheumatologist that is attributed to specific rheumatic diseases or underlying inflammation.
Why should you be a patient of Dr. Yu’s?
Dr. Yu is a rheumatologist that combines the fields of lifestyle medicine, functional medicine, and integrative medicine. His unique model of care and expertise is very rare. Very few physicians, if any, have undergone extensive training in these different fields. In addition to his unique approach, when you become a patient of Dr. Yu’s, you will get direct access to him. You will no longer need to go through the front desk in order to access your rheumatologist.
Does Dr. Yu take insurance?
Dr. Yu is out of network with all insurances. When you get a consultation with him, he can generate a superbill for you to give back to your insurance for compensation. All labs, imaging, and medications ordered can go through your insurance. Contact your insurance to find out the rules regarding seeing an out of network physician.
What are the consultation rates?
$400 for new visits/60 minutes and $250 for follow-up visits/30 minutes.

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