About Our Practice

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art, compassionate care for patients with arthritis, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, and other rheumatic diseases. After ensuring that you have an accurate diagnosis, we work with you to develop an individualized treatment program that best meets your personal needs and philosophy. Our goal is to ensure that you are a full participant in your family, work, and recreational activities.

Our History

Healing for Over 50 Years

Founded in 1968 by Dr. Howard Levine, the Center for Rheumatic Diseases and Osteoporosis was the first rheumatology practice established in Montgomery County. We have cared for more than 100,000 patients referred by hundreds of physicians. Our patients come from as far north as Gettysburg, PA, from as far east as Annapolis and Delaware, and from D.C. and many counties in Virginia.

We participate with almost all locally available medical insurance plans including Medicare, Aetna, all Care First products including Blue Choice, United Healthcare including all Mamsi products, Johns Hopkins health plans, Cigna, OneNet PPO, and Adventist Healthnet. We are committed to continuing participation in as many insurance plans as possible, to allow continuity of care for our patients.

We are an integrated medical practice providing a full range of services to patients with rheumatic disorders and/or osteoporosis, including physician consultations and ongoing care for rheumatic diseases; DXA scan interpretation and physician consultation and ongoing care for osteoporosis; and on-site infusion therapy and laboratory blood drawing facilities.

Our Team

Get To Know Us

Dr. Mullins is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, and trained at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, the National Institutes of Health, and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Mullins has been chosen by his peers to be listed in every Washingtonian Magazine “Best Physicians” edition for the past 30 years. Dr. Mullins was named “Montgomery County Physician of the Year” in 1994 by the Montgomery County Medical Society, and received the Medical Society’s President’s Award in 2016.

Dr. Sharma is trained in adult and pediatric Rheumatology and is board certified in adult Rheumatology. Before beginning her residency training in Internal Medicine, Dr. Sharma lived in Bern, Switzerland and worked in a research capacity for the Maurice E. Mueller Center for Orthopedics, an affiliate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Sharma is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology. She sees adults and children (age 8 and older) with Rheumatologic conditions.

Dr. Sharma has been chosen by her peers to be listed in the Washingtonian Magazine “Best Physicians” editions since 2012

Dr. Sharma has been nominated as a new “up and coming doc to watch”, has been featured in the Washingtonian Magazine, and has appeared on WJLA’s Good Morning Washington.

Dr. Sharma was awarded the Marriott Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, by the Arthritis Foundation.

Before joining the Center for Rheumatic Diseases, Dr. Goyal served for 3 years as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, then several years as a rheumatologist with the Princeton Medical Group in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Goyal has been chosen by her peers to be listed in the Washingtonian “Best Physicians” edition every year since joining our practice. Dr. Goyal is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Goyal sees adults with rheumatologic conditions.

Practice Administrator

Elizabeth Bernardo, R.N., B.S.N.

Infusion Nurse

Michelle Hinds, R.N., B.S.N.

Nurse

Shenalyn Kadusale, R.N., B.S.N.

Certified Nursing Assistant

Jurlliana Orosco

Insurance Coordinator

Annabelle Molieri​

Prior Authorization Specialist

Kristine Aguilar

SCHEDULING SPECIALIST

Desiree Alimbuyao

INSURANCE COORDINATOR​

Lisa Haynes

Medical Assistant

Lance Wilson Jr.

Patient Coordinator

Sarah Valvassori

Scheduling Specialist

Jovan Ballesteros