ARCK Expands in Wichita, Extends Advanced Specialty Care to Kansas City Area

By: Sarah Gooding
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The fellowship-trained physicians of Arthritis and Rheumatology Clinics of Kansas, LLC, (ARCK) have a well-established reputation in Wichita for their dedication to relieving pain and suffering by providing advanced specialty care in a compassionate and efficient manner. In response to growing need for those services, ARCK will expand its practice in Wichita this summer and open a second location in the Kansas City, Kansas, area.

“When we started this practice 15 years ago, we purposely put an ‘s’ on the end of ‘clinic,’” says Timothy Shaver, MD, FACP, one of ARCK’s co-founders. “Our goal was — and remains — to provide quality care and specialization in a focused setting, and we have been looking for an opportunity to expand.”

That goal has come to fruition as ARCK expands its regional footprint in Wichita and Kansas City.

Leading-edge Care

ARCK’s rheumatologists accept referrals for patients presenting with a broad spectrum of symptoms, providing expert diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as arthritis, systemic autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders, osteoporosis, gout, lupus vasculitis, fibromyalgia and tendinitis.

ARCK’s expansive capabilities foster convenience for patients and enhance the patient experience. A few of the on-site services provided are extremity MRI, X-ray, ultrasound and bone densitometry testing.

Higher Level of Service

Greater demand has opened opportunities for two new physicians — Melanie Rohr, MD, and Maya Estephan, MD — to join the practice in Wichita as Shirley Wang, MD, FACR, transitions to the Kansas City area to lead ARCK’s new initiative there.

“We can provide all of these services here in Wichita, saving patients a great deal of time,” Dr. Shaver says. “The fact that we are really focused in this area positions us to provide highly specialized care for these complicated illnesses.”

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Shadi Shahouri, MD, FACP

Shadi Shahouri, MD, FACP, says ARCK has become the go-to specialty practice for all rheumatic diseases because of the physicians’ expertise and advanced diagnostic tools.

“Not only do we treat all kinds of arthritis and autoimmune diseases, but we also participate in high-standard clinical research during which we can offer our patients cutting-edge therapies that are not readily available in other places,” Dr. Shahouri says. “There is a huge demand for our services in this region.”

Experienced Providers

That demand has opened opportunities for two new physicians — Melanie Rohr, MD, and Maya Estephan, MD — to join the practice in Wichita as Shirley Wang, MD, FACR, transitions to the Kansas City area to lead ARCK’s new initiative there.

“One of my goals is to bring ARCK’s philosophy of patient care to Kansas City with a focus on empowering our patients in the management of their health and assisting them to obtain the treatment necessary to do so,” Dr. Wang says. “In today’s healthcare environment, ARCK strives to partner with our patients every step of the way in this process.”

Key components of ARCK’s model of care are providing state-of-the-art treatment, promoting patient education and assisting in the preparation of future Kansas physicians.

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Shirley Wang, MD, FACR, is transitioning to the Kansas City area to lead ARCK’s new initiative.

Dr. Wang embodies that philosophy and has put it in action in her years of practice in ARCK, and her dedication and expertise earned her Best Doctors in America honors in 2015–16.

She joined ARCK in 2008 after completing her medical education at the University of Kansas, with subsequent internal medicine training at KU–Wichita and a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma. She also has been a Clinical Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine since 2009.

Among Dr. Wang’s clinical interests are full utilization of an Early Arthritis Clinic to detect and initiate timely treatment and prevention of joint disease, rheumatic diseases and pregnancy, scleroderma, systemic connective tissue diseases, and general rheumatology. She is also trained in musculoskeletal ultrasound and has received additional training in pediatric rheumatic disease, including pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. Dr. Wang is also fluent in Mandarin.

Meet the New Rheumatologists

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Melanie Rohr, MD

Melanie Rohr, MD, was born and raised in Wichita and graduated from medical school at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Loyola University and a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is a certified clinical densitometrist and has completed rigorous training in musculoskeletal ultrasound, which fostered her interest in treating inflammatory arthritis. She has presented her work at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

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Maya Estephan, MD

Born in Lebanon, Maya Estephan, MD, attended elementary and middle school in Montreal and high school in Lebanon. She graduated at the top of her class from Saint Joseph University School of Medicine in Beirut and trained in internal medicine at both Hôtel-Dieu de France University Hospital Center and the University of Kansas at Wichita. She brings a multicultural background, extensive medical experience in multiple academic systems and a compassionate approach to all she does. She has presented her work at meetings of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology.


Referrals can be made to any of the physicians at either location by calling 866-612-4815. More information about ARCK is available at