Rheumatology & Osteoporosis

Our Practice

The physicians and staff of R&O welcome you as a patient and appreciate the opportunity to provide you healthcare. Our physicians are specialists in rheumatology, osteoporosis, and autoimmune diseases.

In 2004, Dr. Vernon Garwood founded Rheumatology & Osteoporosis Services, P.C. (R&O). R&O is founded on the vision that there is a unique art to helping patients achieve success in their daily lives. It takes the right amount of compassion, listening, and understanding patient needs to help patients manage their health. We strive to find the right combination of medicine, physical activity and lifestyle choices for every patient. We help our patients successfully manage their health through expert, attentive, individualized care.


We strive to stay on time and appreciate your prompt arrival for your appointment. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to complete any necessary paperwork. We ask for a 24-hour cancellation notice if you can’t make your appointment. If a patient “no-shows” three appointments or if a patient “no-shows” their new patient appointment, we may not reschedule them unless approved by the physician or practice administrator. If you arrive past your scheduled appointment time, you may be asked to reschedule.

Pharmacy Refills

If you need refills on any medications, please ask at your appointment. Mail order prescriptions may be picked up at your convenience at the front desk. If you run out between appointments, please ask your pharmacy to contact us for an updated prescription.  Our policy is there will be no early refills on medications and no replacing any narcotics/pain medications that are lost or stolen.

Inclement Weather

Please call before you start out if the weather is bad to make sure we are open. If we do end up closing, our phone message will have that information. If you had a scheduled appointment, we will call you later to reschedule.


Please call Deb orMegan with any billing and/or insurance questions you may have. We participate with many insurance carriers including Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Midlands Choice, United Healthcare, UMR, Aetna and several other PPO organizations. However, we recommend you contact your insurance carrier for specific coverage details. We do accept Medicare assignment.


Co-pays are to be paid at each visit. If we find out your insurance has a high deductible or coinsurance, we will request payments to be made at each visit. For individuals without insurance, we request that payment be made at the time services are rendered unless payment arrangements have been approved in advance. Cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Discover and Visa are accepted. There is a $35.00 charge for all returned checks.


We will offer selected samples of medications as available. We do have access to patient assistance medication programs offered by some drug companies to help with costs of drugs for our patients who qualify.

Patient Education

We have resources available to help you learn about diseases and treatments. Remember that we are on your team – and that you LEAD the team. We are focused on patient success at R&O.


Our doctors will be available for rheumatologic hospital consultations if needed. If you need to be in the hospital, your hospital care will be coordinated by your primary care doctor, or an in-patient specialist, who will consult with either of our doctors.


We do not have a lab at R&O. We use Nebraska LabLinc (NLL) and Quest Diagnostics as our primary labs. If you would prefer to have your labs drawn at a different location, we are more than happy to accommodate your request. Please check the back of your insurance card, as there may be a preferred lab for your policy.

Bone Density Scans

Our DEXA scanner is available during business hours to measure your bone density. Our physicians are specialists in OSTEOPOROSIS evaluation and treatment. Our whole team will work with you to maximize your bone strength and help prevent fractures.


R&O has an x-ray machine which can provide a full range of x-ray services. Please call ahead of time if you need your x-rays to take to another physician. We prefer you to pick them up, but it is also possible to mail them.

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Mon — Thur 8am — 4pm
Fri 8am — 12pm

1520 South 70th Street
Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: 402-464-9000
Fax: 402-464-4447
After Hours: 402-473-1953