Expertise and Compassion yielding Better Health

Family Arthritis Center physicians have been caring for the families of Palm Beach County since July of 1987. We have convenient offices located in the Western Communities near Palms West Hospital, as well as Jupiter, near Jupiter Medical Center.

Rheumatology is a medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of certain autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

All of our physicians are board certified in their specialties and experienced diagnosticians who can work with you to optimize your health and well-being. We are very fortunate to have nurse practitioners available who are certified and specially trained in the field of rheumatology.

Family Arthritis Center is pleased to offer Oasis Health nutritional supplements and topicals. Formulated by rheumatologists, the supplements are designed to help achieve your goals and find you balance needed for a healthy lifestyle. They have outstanding purity in their sourcing of raw materials and are packaged for convenience. The products do not contain GMO’s and are Gluten Free.

Meet Our Physicians

Dr. Busch is a Board Certified Rheumatologist and is an experienced diagnostician who can work with you to optimize your health and well-being.

Dr. Howard M. Busch
Dr. Howard M. BuschFounder
Dr. Howard M. Busch founded the Family Arthritis Center in 1987 and has built a tremendous following through his diagnostic skills and compassionate treatment of his patients. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, followed by his medical studies at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology. He performed his internship at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by a Medical Residency at Norwalk Hospital, an affiliate of Yale University. He was chosen to be Chief Medical Resident and an instructor at Yale. His Rheumatology Fellowship was completed at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey, where he was awarded the Northeast Regional Fellow Award for Research. He is the author of several articles and was selected to be the Chief Fellow. Dr. Busch is a noted national speaker and is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for numerous pharmaceutical companies. He has been an investigator for numerous clinical trials. His wife Stacey is an active participant in the practice. They have three beautiful daughters and is a proud grandfather.
Dr. Ekaterina Simakova
Dr. Ekaterina SimakovaPhysician
Dr. Simakova has joined Family Arthritis Center and will be seeing patients primarily at our Jupiter office location. She is a third generation Rheumatologist and is passionate about bones and joints and healing others. She obtained her Medical Degree with distinction from Volgograd State Medical University, in Volgograd, Russia, where she also completed her Internal Medicine Residency. She completed the fellowship in Rheumatology and obtained her PhD in Rheumatology at the Scientific Research Institute of Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology in Volgograd, Russia.

Dr. Simakova moved to the United States in 2014 and passed her USMLE exams. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Danbury Hospital, an affiliate of Yale University, and became Internal Medicine Board Certified in 2019. Her Rheumatology Fellowship was completed at the Suny Downstate Medical Center/King’s County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, where she was chosen Chief Rheumatology Fellow.

She is married and has a son. In her prior life, she was a champion ballroom dancer. Now, she and her family welcome the Florida weather, the evergreen nature that surrounds us and the lizards.

Dr. Christine Savage
Dr. Christine SavagePhysician
Dr. Christine Savage has joined our practice. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in physiology and neurobiology from the University of Maryland at College Park, followed by her MD degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She performed her internship and residency training at University of Miami/Jackson memorial Hospital, followed by her fellowship certification in rheumatology at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Savage was an assistant professor at University of Miami Medical Center, Division of Internal Medicine in the Rheumatology Department. She has published books and monographs and has juried and refereed journal articles and exhibitions. She possesses an extensive research background with Integral Rheumatology and Immunology Specialists, the US Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health. Her special interests in rheumatology are systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma. She has two children and a dog, and she loves to play volleyball.

Katherine Torres
Katherine TorresPhysician Assistant
Katherine Torres, Physician Assistant, is a graduate of Barry University in Miami Florida with a Masters of Clinical Medical Science. Native of New York that has been in Florida for 20+ years. She has a strong medical background in radiology and emergency medicine. She joined our team in March of 2022. Currently She resides in Port Saint Lucie and for hobbies she paints, reads novels, and enjoys outdoor activities such as bike rides and hiking. Her and her husband do love to travel and try new foods. Katherine Is a pet mom to three wonderful dogs and a lizard. Katherine Currently practices out of our Jupiter office and is bilingual offering English and Spanish services.

Meet Our Nurse Practitioners

We are very fortunate to have Nurse Practitioners available who are both certified and specially trained in the field of Rheumatology.

Mary Jane Strandberg
Mary Jane StrandbergNurse Practitioner
Mary Jane Strandberg is a proud grandma of three and the mother of four. MJ relocated from the Northeast and is a budding artist in her spare time and loves to cook, especially Italian food. She has been a nurse for over 30 years and with the practice for eight years and has a strong background in E.R. and I.C.U. Medicine. MJ loves her transition to Rheumatology as she enjoys learning new things and loves getting to know patients and their families and working with them to develop the best health possible. MJ loves to travel and spend time with her family.
Rachael Busch Feuer
Rachael Busch FeuerNurse Practitioner
Rachael Busch Feuer has been with the practice since the beginning. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology and later nursing, before pursuing her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Miami. She has worked in Internal Medicine and Pain Management prior to finding her passion in Rheumatology. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners & Florida Society of Rheumatology. Her desire to educate others has translated into her being the founder and chair of the AARA APP Committee. She is married, has a bird and a dog. She enjoys snowboarding, martial arts and singing in her spare time.
Roslyn Fox
Roslyn FoxNurse Practitioner
Roslyn Fox has joined our center crossing over from internal medicine. After seventeen years as an RN, she advanced her career by pursuing her master’s. She received her bachelor and master’s degree in nursing from Nova Southern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She previously worked in Massachusetts as an RN before relocating to Florida in 2007. She recently married and has two dogs and two parrots. She loves to travel and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Rachel J. Smith
Rachel J. SmithNurse Practitioner
Rachel Smith is originally from Saginaw, Michigan, where she began her patient care journey in 2008, as a nursing assistant. In 2011 she moved to North Carolina and became a Registered Nurse. While working as a RN, she went on to become a family nurse practitioner in 2017 with honors from Winston Salem State University, North Carolina. She previously worked in Norfolk, Virginia before relocating to Florida with her family in 2021.

Since becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Rachel has developed a strong clinical background in Family Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine and Wound Care. She has found the transition to Rheumatology to be an ideal application of her experience as well as an opportunity to gain more knowledge to provide the best outcomes for her patients.

When she is not working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. She also loves animals, she has a 10 year old Australian Sheppard Lab mix, named Buddy. She enjoys reading, baking and kayaking.


Please call to schedule an appointment. To better serve you, our offices operate by appointment only. If medically necessary, we will make every effort to see patients the same day.


Palms West Medical Mall 5
12977 Southern Blvd., Suite 200, Loxahatchee, Fl 33470
PHONE: 561-798-8184
FAX: 561-793-2588


1025 Military Trail, Ste 209, Jupiter, FL 33458
PHONE: 561-747-1987
FAX: 561-747-1313


Please see the form below for our accepted insurance plans

If you have any questions about your coverage, feel free to call our office to discuss your personal situation and coverage at Jupiter 561-747-1987 or Loxahatchee at 561-798-8184. We will make every effort to work with you regarding finances.

Pre-Register Online 

All new patients  pre-register online and  please call your respective office to obtain access: Loxahatchee 561-798-8184 or Jupiter 561-747-1987.


Please email the form securely to our New Patient Coordinator  [email protected] or fax to 561-793-2588.


“From the moment I stopped in to make an appointment(Chantel) with Dr Busch, to getting a nice reminder phone call from Margie, to having xrays done(Jane), to having my visit with Dr Busch I felt welcomed and well cared for ! I am a retired physician so I have an idea of how a good office runs. I give this team an A. On my appointment day I was greeted warmly by the desk staff, my wait time was minimal, and I found the staff working directly with Dr Busch (Rebecca, Nick, Margie, Jane) incredibly empathetic, caring and helpful.

As to the primary reason for my visit, seeing Dr Busch, he was so pleasant on initial hello, and he took lots of time to listen to my concerns. He then took time to ask me questions and do his exam to figure out what was going on. He explained his thoughts regarding a possible diagnosis, tests he wanted to do, and a treatment plan. He gave me hope that I will be able to “get my life back” and get back to exercising. I give him an A+.

In summary, if you are looking for a wonderful rheumatologist with a great supporting cast look no further than the Family Arthritis Center.”

Nancy L – from Google – June 2019

Reviews of Dr. Busch

“After relocating here to West Palm Beach, my husband I both had an initial visit with Dr. Busch who was the most thorough rheumatologist either one of us has ever experienced. His patient manager, Margie amazingly was able to get our records from our previous doctors in a very short time. Highly recommend Family Arthritis Center.”

From – June 2019

“My very first visit as a new pt was amazing he knew exactly what I was feeling and how to treat my RA a godsend if u will I’m new to the area and I’m so happy with my experience with Dr. Busch”

Stephanie – from – June 2019

“Cannot say enough about this doctor. His patience, knowledge, and empathy far surpassed anything I could have expected. I really liked his conservative approach. He is not one to have you go through a million tests before treating. He also has a WONDERFUL “bedside” manner. Thank you Dr Busch.”

Nancy – from – June 2019

“So kind and patient. So knowledgeable. Listens. Great office! Top notch!”

Kaye B, Stuart, FL Aug 15, 2018