Welcome to my solo practice, Cuevas Center for Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.
Most people that come to see a rheumatologist are experiencing pain and fatigue, joint tenderness and swelling, rashes, hair loss or changes in weight. I have always had a special place in my heart for the care of people experiencing pain. Over the years, I realized that the traditional medical model was failing many patients who have arthritis and fibromyalgia (as well as other rheumatolgic conditions). There’s just no way to adequately evaluate, educate, encourage and equip a person struggling with physical, emotional and spiritual pain in a 15 minute time slot a few times a year!
Treating the whole person requires time and attention. I want to provide this type of care to all of my patients. I find that diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and especially fibromyalgia are misunderstood. I have been told over and over by struggling patients that no one would listen... that no one understood... that no one knew where to start.
After years of experience as a rheumatologist (combined with personal contemplation, research, planning and prayer), I believe a model exists for the care of rheumatology patients that will help improve quality of life. This integrative model will provide more time, attention, empathy and expertise to arthritis and fibromyalgia patients .
Services & Pricing
Rheumatologists deal mainly with autoimmune disorders of the musculoskeletal system (such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus), numerous types of arthritis (such as gout and osteoarthritis) as well as conditions causing widespread pain (such as fibromyalgia).
My goal is to offer comprehensive and compassionate care to patients who may have felt in the past that their needs were not being met. I want to give each patient the time they require to achieve his/her health goals. Every person is unique and deserves an individualized treatment plan.
We treat: Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Gout, Pseudogout, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Dermatomyositis, Vasculitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Scleroderma, and evaluations for possible autoimmune disease.
Paperwork & Scheduling
All services at The Cuevas Center are due at time of service. We accept cash, credit card and HSA cards. Medicare patients are not allowed to apply for reimbursement and must sign a waiver to be seen. Click here for the waiver.
Before your return appointment, please fill out the Return Patient Questionnaire. Once completed print and bring with you to your appointment.
About Dr. Leslie Cuevas
Dr. Cuevas is a board certified rheumatologist who completed her training at Vanderbilt in 2004. She does not participate with any insurance plans and is therefore considered an ‘Out of Network’ provider. Patients are required to pay for their treatment at the time of service. Dr. Cuevas will provide you with a receipt (also known as a super bill) at the end of each appointment. Some patients can submit this to their insurance for the possibility of reimbursement. Please note that Medicare patients are not allowed to apply for reimbursement.
Dr. Cuevas has elected not to participate in insurance plans in order to avoid the administrative problems plaguing the healthcare system today. Working outside of the insurance system allows Dr. Cuevas to customize your treatment plan so that you can receive the treatment that your condition warrants. She is intentionally keeping staff small and her patient census small so each patient can get more direct time and attention from Dr Cuevas herself (instead of mostly from nurses and front desk staff). She believes that every patient is unique and merits an individualized treatment plan.
Outside of work, Dr Cuevas likes spending time with her family, cheering for the Titans and Preds and enjoying all types of music.
Dr. Cuevas saved my life. I had been seeing a rheumatologist beginning March of 2018 because I was having a significant amount of back pain and did not feel well. They thought I had an autoimmune disease. Seven months and many doctors later, I still did not have a final diagnosis, and my symptoms continued to get worse. In October of 2018, I heard of Dr. Leslie Cuevas, and it was recommended I schedule an appointment with her. I live an hour and a half away, but at that point, I would go anywhere to try and figure out what was wrong with me. I have a four-year-old son, and I teach high school, I just wanted a diagnosis and needed to feel better. I met with Dr. Cuevas on a Wednesday afternoon and described my symptoms. When I mentioned my back pain, she immediately asked if she could look. As soon as she examined my back, she told me I needed an x-ray and blood work. I had both tests completed right after my appointment, and two days later on a Friday, she called to inform me the results showed I had a tumor on my spine. I went in to see her the following Tuesday, and she sent me to the hospital. That is when I found out I had cancer. Three months after my diagnosis, I have had two back surgeries and two types of chemo. I am feeling better every day, and back to living my life and doing what I love. I do not know where I would be without Dr. Cuevas. I am no longer under her care because since she diagnosed me with cancer, I now see an oncologist. However, Dr. Cuevas still checks on me weekly and is a friend. She is a blessing, and my family and I will forever be grateful for the care and compassion she has shown us. There is not another doctor like Dr. Cuevas. She does not rush you through your appointments; she sits with you and lets you ask questions. Through everything, she even made contact with my primary care doctor at home so she could make sure he was informed of everything that was happening to me. She has been fantastic and is just awesome!
In 2016 I started experiencing a significant amount of pain in my joints, weakness in my body, my throat would hurt so bad it was painful to eat. I was having trouble doing basic things like standing up or putting on my clothes.
My primary care doctor had blood tests taken, and the test results came back positive that I have an autoimmune disease. My next step was to schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist, and that is when I met Dr. Cuevas.
Being diagnosed with any disease is scary, but as soon as Dr. Cuevas walked into the room, I knew I was going to be ok. She sat down and spoke to me as a person, and asked me questions about my health, my family and my hobbies. She wanted to know about my life so she would know the best way to treat me.
I have other health problems, and I needed doctors who specialize in what I have. Dr. Cuevas referred me to a group of physicians who I now strongly trust, and the best part is, they all work together for my health.
I have difficult days, to where I sometimes cannot do much. My family is right there for me, and Dr. Cuevas is right there for them. She has helped my family get through this with me. We believe in her and think of her as not only a physician but also a friend.
I drive over an hour to see her, and every minute of my drive is worth it. It is difficult to find doctors who genuinely care about you as a person, and will listen. She does all of this and more.
Dr. Cuevas has been a blessing in my life. She goes above and beyond trying to help her patients, and I respect and love that.
I am afraid of going to the doctor, and because of that, I had not seen a doctor in a long time.
In the spring of 2017, I was experiencing terrible pain in my knee, which I thought was the result of an injury I had several years ago. My daughter scheduled me an appointment with a primary care doctor, and the doctor immediately sent me to see Dr. Cuevas. The primary care doctor said, “Dr. Cuevas is the very best, and you need to see her.”
When Dr. Cuevas came into the room, she immediately put me at ease and was comforting and responsive to all of my questions. She knew at a glance what was wrong, and my test results confirmed, I have advanced rheumatoid arthritis.
Later, I was diagnosed with diabetes, and Dr. Cuevas worked closely with my other physicians to make sure I was on the right treatment plan. She is cooperative with everyone; it is obvious she just wants what is best for her patients.
I believe that finding doctors who work together is rare. All of my doctor’s text and talk to each other regarding my care. They respect each other, and I know the other doctors truly value her opinion.
I had a setback in my arthritis in the fall and was not feeling well. I live three hours away, so I called Dr. Cuevas, and she immediately responded and gave me a treatment plan. She makes it easy to work with and does whatever is best for the patient. I was so happy she was able to treat me over the phone, and saved me from driving six hours.
Dr. Cuevas takes the time to explain my medicine, so I fully understand how everything works together. I remain in good shape because of her skills and ability to treat me as a whole person, and not just my disease.
I feel blessed to have found Dr. Cuevas. I was diagnosed with lupus in the early '90s and have been seeing a rheumatologist since.
Four years ago, I decided it was time for a change, and I was looking for a new rheumatologist to treat my disease. I had some friends who knew Dr. Cuevas and recommended I see her. I did, and you could say the rest is history. She is the exact kind of doctor I was looking for, personable, compassionate, and hands-on.
This last year I went through a significant amount of stress in my career. I posted on Facebook to ask for prayers because I was about to have a long stressful weekend at work. Not long after my post, I received a call from Dr. Cuevas. She had seen my post and said she was calling to check on me. I thought, ‘wow, how amazing she is taking the time to call me.’ We spoke for a bit, and she then gave me advice on how to get through my weekend, so my lupus did not flare up.
Recently I was diagnosed with vasculitis. Dr. Cuevas connected and referred me to physicians who are specialists in this area. That is one more thing I love about her, she pulls in experts when needed, and she surrounds herself with a strong physician network. They all work together to do what is best for my health. Those are the kind of doctors I want to have taking care of me.
She takes time with you, and when she comes in the exam room she sits in the chair, on your level, so you are speaking eye to eye. This makes me feel comfortable, and it shows she wants to have a conversation and listen to her patients.
She never tells you what to do, she works with you to make sure it is the best healthcare plan for your lifestyle.
I survived a long stressful year because of her. She is a great physician and a great friend.