The Rheumatology Division of Premier Medical Group is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic disease, the most common of which is arthritis. Rheumatic disease can affect the joints, connective tissues and organs, and can cause inflammation, swelling and pain in the joints or muscles.

Premier’s Rheumatology Division provides expert diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of rheumatic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, osteomyelitis, polymyositis / dermatomyositis, scleroderma, Wegener’s Granulomatosus, giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica, vasculitis, and gout and pseudogout.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheeja Francis in our New Windsor office, please call #845.614.0700

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sophia Khan in our Fishkill office, please call #845.790.6871



Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The anti-inflammatory diet is an eating plan designed to prevent or reduce low-grade chronic inflammation, a key risk factor in a host of health problems and several major diseases. 

Foods to Eat on the Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Research suggests that people with a high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, and fish may have a reduced risk for inflammation-related diseases. In addition, substances found in some foods (especially antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids) appear to possess anti-inflammatory effects.

Foods to Avoid

Omega-6 fatty acids (a type of essential fatty acid found in a wide range of foods) are known to increase the body’s production of inflammatory chemicals. Since omega-6 fatty acids help maintain bone health, regulate metabolism and promote brain function, you shouldn’t cut them out of your diet altogether. However, it’s important to balance your intake of omega-6 fatty acids with your intake of omega-3 fatty acids in order to keep inflammation in check.