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Mary Washington Rheumatology

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With the rise of COVID-19 cases in our region, Mary Washington Medical Group offices are limiting waiting room access for your health and safety. If you or your child has an appointment, please call the office from your car before entering the building. Only one support person or parent may accompany the patient inside. Please note that patients and visitors are required by law to wear masks in all healthcare facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Location

    1101 Sam Perry Blvd.
    Suite 413
    Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

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    P: 540.899.3595
    F: 540.899.3599
  • Hours

    Monday–Friday: 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


    Please call 540.899.3595 to schedule an appointment. Click or tap the virtual visits button to learn more about telephone and video visits.

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Our goal is to provide high quality, comprehensive and compassionate care to Adult patients with Rheumatic Disease. Rheumatology is a sub-specialty of internal medicine devoted to the diagnosis and management of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatologists mainly deal with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues and allied conditions of connective tissues. Our Rheumatology team treats a variety of autoimmune diseases, inflammatory conditions and osteoporosis. In addition, we may provide initial consultation services for musculoskeletal pain conditions.

There are more than 100 types of rheumatic diseases, including but not limited to, Rheumatoid arthritis, Systemic lupus, Systemic Sclerosis, Systemic Vasculitis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Spondyloarthropathy, Osteoporosis and Psoriatic arthritis. Many of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the autoimmune diseases may require various blood tests and imaging modalities to best help diagnose and plan treatment.

How Does the Rheumatologist Work with Other Healthcare Professionals?

Patients with autoimmune disease are usually complex patients requiring multi specialty care. A team work approach, involving various specialists, is often required to help diagnose and manage complicated autoimmune conditions.

We often work with a team of providers in the community to help treat our patients including primary care physician, various sub specialists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and mental health providers.

What should I do if I think I have a Rheumatic or Auto-immune disease?

It is best to obtain an initial evaluation with your primary care provider to discuss your symptoms and concerns, and to obtain further testing as needed. If your primary care provider is concerned about an underlying auto-immune disease, then they may refer you to our office.

Our Physicians

Avnit Ahuja, MD

Dr. Avnit Ahuja is a graduate of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Punjab, India. She completed her internship and residency training in internal medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Ahuja is board certified in rheumatology, internal medicine, and geriatrics. She completed both her rheumatology fellowship and geriatric medicine fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center, as well.

Education and Experience

Christele Bock, MD

Dr. Christele Bock has been practicing medicine for over 15 years and is double board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine. She treats general rheumatologic conditions which range from osteoarthritis to complex diseases like vasculitis. Dr. Bock is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, the Association of Women in Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Association.

Education and Experience

Maria Darland, MD

Dr. Darland is a graduate of Kharkiv State Medical University in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Darland is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. She completed her Rheumatology Fellowship at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.

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