Physician Spotlight: Dr. Jason Ridgel

In the 15 years Dr. Jason Ridgel has practiced for Westshore Primary Care, he’s shown a dedication to building relationships. His work allows him to get to know his patients and help them live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, Dr. Ridgel has been fortunate enough to serve some patients long enough to provide care for four different generations of their family.

After years of care, people get to know their physician. Dr. Ridgel’s patients know that he practices what he preaches, as he’s a major proponent of staying active in his time outside of the doctor’s office.

Image of Dr. Jason Ridgel in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Get to know Dr. Ridgel in our latest physician spotlight.

New Study on How Smoking May Affect People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Smoking is already an unhealthy activity, but there may now be even more evidence that smoking can be deadly for people with rheumatoid arthritis. A study conducted by British researchers and published in Arthritis Care & Researchfound that people diagnosed with arthritis had a much higher risk of death if they smoked than if they were smoke free. 

Image of a woman quitting smoking. Learn about how smoking may lead to a high risk of mortality in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

FAQs about Autism

Autism is a disorder that many people have heard of, but not everybody really understands. Also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, autism actually encompasses many different brain development disorders. April is Autism Awareness Month, so we’ve prepared some answers to some common questions you may have about autism.

Image for Autism Awareness Month. Contact Westshore about your autism spectrum disorder questions.