About Our Providers

Priya Reddy, MDFACR

Dr. Priya Reddy is a practicing rheumatologist at AARA-Southwest Florida Rheumatology, based in Tampa Bay. She grew up in Queens, New York before moving to the West Coast of Florida.

Dr. Reddy completed a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Prior to that, she completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of Illinois - Chicago at Michael Reese Hospital where she was a Chief Resident and Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine.

Before opening Southwest Florida Rheumatology in 2010, she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of South Florida, and continues to teach and train Internal Medicine residents as Faculty and Curriculum Coordinator for Brandon Regional Hospital Residency Program- USF.

She is the president elect of the Florida Society of Rheumatology (FSR), is on the board of directors of the American Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates (AARA/Bendcare), and serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Association of Women in Rheumatology(AWIR). Also, she is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, and is a member in good standing with the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, Florida Medical Association, and Hillsborough County Medical Association.

She is passionate about both the science and art of rheumatology and delivering empathic, high quality patient care.

Gina Prakash, MD

Gina Prakash, MD is a Board Certified Internist and Board Certified Rheumatologist and is currently practicing at Southwest Florida Rheumatology at Riverview, FL. She completed her Rheumatology Fellowship from Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.

Born and raised in Nepal, Dr. Prakash completed her Medical School from Nepal Medical College - Kathmandu and then finished her Internal Medicine Residency at State University of New York - Buffalo. She is a member of Florida Society of Rheumatology and American College of Rheumatology.

Staying updated with new ongoing studies in rheumatology allows Dr. Prakash to provide quality care to her patients.

When not at work, spending time with her 2 daughters and husband is Dr. Prakash's favorite pastime. Also, she loves running, hiking, traveling, reading and watching movies. In addition to English, she can speak Hindi - Nepali.

Atefeh Vafa, MD

Dr. Atefeh Vafa, MD is a practicing Board Certified Rheumatologist at AARA-Southwest Florida Rheumatology. Dr. Vafa earned her medical degree and graduated with Honors at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in Iran. She worked as a general practitioner for almost 2 years.

She then went on to complete her internal medicine residency in John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois, before completing a rheumatology fellowship at University of South Florida. Dr. Vafa is passionate about taking care of her patients with rheumatic conditions. Her goal is to provide excellent patient care to make meaningful changes in her patients' lives.

She appreciates the continuity of care that comes with treating chronic illnesses. By offering the most current and state-of-the-art therapies and services, Dr. Vafa ensures her patients have access to the highest level of patient care. She also considers serving people to be a privilege and spends as much time as necessary listening to her patients.

Dr. Vafa's treatment focus includes different diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, Inflammatory myositis, Scleroderma, Psoriatic arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis, Polymyalgia rheumatica, Temporal arteritis, Vasculitis and other Rheumatic autoimmune diseases. In her free time, Dr. Vafa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and cooking.

Teena Lukose, PA-C

Teena Lukose attended St. John's University in New York where she served as President of the Physician Assistant Association and graduated with honors in 2009. She began working for Manhattan's top hospitals specializing in Neurosurgery and Surgical Intensive care units serving both the adult and pediatric population. 

Later, Teena moved to the Tampa, Florida area where she began her family and further pursued her passion for providing exceptional patient care.  Soonafter, she became the lead clinician for an ambulatory surgery center in the heart of Tampa Bay and later promoted to Director of Medical Operations while continuing to practice as a treating clinician in Pain Management.

Teena joins the Southwest Florida Rheumatology family with over 10 years of clinical experience and treating patients with various conditions contributing to pain. She is passionate about getting to the root of the problem and promoting a multi modal approach to managing a patient's symptoms. 

As a former certified dance instructor and fitness coach she has a special interest in nutrition and fitness.  She lives in Riverview with her Husband and three children. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, working out, traveling, and spending quality time with her children.

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