Nephrology

Nephrology services are now available at Watson Clinic Plant City.
 
Watson Clinic's board-certified nephrologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disorders.
 
The kidneys several crucial functions, such as filtering our blood of toxins and removing waste from our bodies, balancing our fluids, and regulating our blood pressure and red blood cell production. When left untreated, non-functioning or diseased kidneys can lead to death within a matter of days.
 

The National Kidney Foundation estimates that nearly 26 million American adults suffer from chronic kidney disease, which often results in complete kidney failure.  This debilitating disease is usually the result of conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, excessive drug or toxin intake, urinary tract infections, family history, kidney stones and hypertension.

Prevention and Treatment
There are several preventative steps you can take that could assist you in avoiding various disorders, such as drinking plenty of water to clean your body of toxins, keeping track of your blood pressure, and exercising regularly.

Early indicators of chronic kidney disease include swollen feet and ankles, poor stamina and sleep habits, dry and itchy skin, muscle cramping, poor concentration and appetite. 
 
Screenings for Chronic Kidney Disease involve a detailed health history and risk assessment, blood pressure readings, and blood and urine testing. If kidney failure does occur, our nephrology team provides comprehensive guidance through each stage of prevention and treatment, as well as hassle-free referrals when additional care is needed such as hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis or kidney transplantation procedures.
 
 

Nephrology Physicians & Providers:

 
Dr. Michael J. Achinger
Michael J. Achinger, MD, MS
  • Medical School: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, MD
  • Internship & Residency: Wilford Hall Medical Center/Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship: University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, TX, Nephrology
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine & Nephrology
  • Member: American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Transplantation, American Medical Association

    Dr. Steven G. Achinger
    • Medical School: University of Miami, Miami, FL, MD
    • Internship & Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, Internal Medicine
    • Fellowship: University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, TX, Nephrology
    • Board-certified: Internal Medicine & Nephrology
    • Member: Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology, Florida Medical Association, Polk County Medical Association

      Marcia Berry, ARNP-C
      Marcia Berry, APRN
      • Undergraduate Degree: Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, FL, BSN
      • Nursing School & Masters Program: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, MSN
      • Member: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

        Angela J. Ritchea, ARNP-C
        Angela J. Ritchea, APRN
        • Undergraduate Degree: Belmont Technical College, St. Clairsville, OH, ADN
        • Nursing School & Masters Program: Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV, BSN and MSN
        • Member: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

          Locations

          Watson Clinic Main
          1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
          Lakeland, FL 33805

          Watson Clinic Bartow Obstetrics & Gynecology
          2000 Osprey Blvd., Suite 201
          Bartow, FL 33830

          Watson Clinic Plant City
          615 E. Alexander St.
          Plant City, FL 33563

          Please call 863-680-7190 for additional information.