Lakeshore Health Partners – Rheumatology offers comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with systemic autoimmune diseases, all forms of arthritis and other conditions of the musculoskeletal system.

They diagnose and focus on non-surgical treatment of arthritis and related rheumatic diseases such as:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatric Arthritis (PA)
  • Polymyalgia Rhematica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjorgren’s Syndrome
  • Vasculitis

For appointments, advice, and medication refills, please call during office hours. You may also schedule appointments, send messages and request medication refills through the patient portal. If you do not currently have a Lakeshore Patient Portal you may request access by calling during office phone hours.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. It causes joint problems such as pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function. The exact cause of the immune system’s faulty response is unclear. As with other autoimmune diseases, researchers think some people may be genetically more likely to develop RA. They can also be environmental factors, such as viruses or bacteria that trigger rheumatoid arthritis. Although adolescents and young adults in their 20s can have rheumatoid arthritis, overall risk increases as you age.


Gout, sometimes called "gouty arthritis," is a painful form of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body. 

The painful flare-ups may be concentrated in the big toe, as well as swelling and pain in the ankles, knees, feet, wrists or elbows. Flare-ups last days in the beginning, but can become progressively longer. Left untreated, gout can cause permanent damage to joints and kidneys.


Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.5 million Americans. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lung There are different types of lupus, each of which causes different symptoms.  Because similar symptoms can occur with other diseases, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and thyroid problems, lupus can be difficult to diagnose.

Meet Our Rheumatology Team

Harry Staley, MD

Education & Training

Institution Degree
Robert Packer Hospital (Sayre,PA) Internship/Residency
Indiana University School of Medicine MD
University of Massachusetts Hospital (Worchester) Fellowship

Stephanie Branam, DO

Education & Training

Institution Degree
Lincoln Memorial University - Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine DO
Oakwood Healthcare SystemDMC Huron Valley - Sinai Hospital Internship/Residency Residency
Wayne State University School of Medicine - DMC/Henry Ford Hospital Fellowship

Laura Norder, FNP-C

Education & Training

Institution Degree