Alan R. Schenk, M.D., FACP, FACR

Dr. Schenk is a board-certified rheumatologist in practice since 1984. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. His internal medicine residency was served in Miami. Afterward, he completed a fellowship in rheumatology and clinical immunology at the University of California/Irvine, where he achieved the rank of Clinical Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Schenk is founding Medical Director of the Saddleback Osteoporosis Clinic and served as Director of Continuing Medical Education at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, Laguna Hills for twenty years. He was recently appointed to Saddleback’s Physicians Well-Being Committee.  He is certified in the interpretation of bone density studies (DXA) by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. He incorporated diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injection techniques into his practice in 2006, a first among Orange County rheumatologists. Dr. Schenk was one of 500 rheumatologists nationwide who were named Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report in 2012. He was named a Top Doctor by Orange Coast Magazine and the Orange County Medical Association in 2013, 2014 and again in 2015.

Dr. Schenk resides in south Orange County with his wife Nancy and has two young-adult children. He has performed on acoustic jazz guitar and mandolin at the Laguna Art Festivals and many other local venues.  He has been a featured soloist in ensembles ranging from acoustic duo to 18-piece swing orchestra.  His fingerstyle guitar solos are frequently requested by our infusion room patients!

Sheryl Poblete-Lee, O.T.L.

Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession aimed at enabling people to live their lives to the fullest. To occupational therapists, a “full” life means optimal ability to participate in the activities you want and need to do, despite any health or environmental barriers. These everyday activities are what we call “occupations,” and they are the building blocks to good health and independent living.

Sheryl received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. With over 30 years in the field, she has become very broad and accomplished in her scope of practice. Sheryl has expanded her skill level in manual therapy, (myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, joint mobilization), vestibular and balance training, fall prevention, hand therapy and splinting, cognitive and memory rehab, arthritis therapy, back pain (body mechanics, core stabilization, core strengthening, ergonomics), shoulder pain, stroke rehab, and sports injuries. Sheryl has a high level of experience and the ability to help people problem solve or use alternate techniques to be independent.

For Sheryl, being an Occupational Therapist puts life into perspective. “ I have an optimistic outlook on the human being and the ability for each individual to reach their potential. I have first hand experience with my own injuries and what ability really means. It’s overcoming what a person cannot do by replacing it with what they can do. “ Sheryl feels rewarded by helping others attain their goals.

Sheryl enjoys surfing, snow skiing, boating, fishing, cycling, dancing, and laughing especially with the two stars in her life, her children. She has a passion for Life and good health and feels blessed that she can help others be the best they can be.

Sheryl Poblete-Lee, O.T.L.
Nancy Nicolosi, AGNP-C

Nancy Nicolosi, MSN, AGPCNP-C

Nancy joined our practice in 2011 as an infusion specialist, and quickly embraced the role of Rheumatology Nurse. In 2015, she received her Masters of Nursing from Maryville University, and became an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.  Nancy’s philosophy is “the patient comes first”.

Nancy is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, earning a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Over her 30 year career, she has been an oncology nurse holding a certification as Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN), a corporate nursing services coordinator for a national home health company, home health nurse and a hospice nurse, among other roles.

Nancy is a member of Rheumatology Nurse Society and the Allied Health Professionals division of the American College of Rheumatology. She lives in Mission Viejo, CA with her husband and three young adult children. She enjoys gardening and time spent with family and friends.

Dawn Menning, MS, RD, CDE

Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Center, Inc. is pleased to welcome Dawn Menning to our team. Dawn is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University and her Masters of Nutrition Education from Rosalind Franklin University. She has helped people reach their health goals throughout her 20-year career.

Dawn has experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, working with adult and pediatric inpatients, and serving as an instructor and administrator with the American Association of Diabetes Educators. She enjoys working as a lifestyle coach, guiding her patients toward healthy eating habits and exercise. Dawn is an author of several publications in research-based journals and has been interviewed for numerous magazine articles featured in Today’s Dietitian, Reader’s Digest, and Diabetes Forecast, among others.

Dawn can provide the following nutrition counseling services:

  • Weight management
  • Prediabetes or diabetes
  • Wellness/prevention\
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Group nutrition education
  • Grocery store smart shopping tour

Our concierge members will appreciate her personalized advice on dietary aspects of rheumatic disease, and tips for enjoying a healthier lifestyle.

Ask our staff if you would like to sign up for Dawn’s nutrition classes, or to arrange a private visit.