About Our Facility

     We are located in Riverside. The Arthritis Center of Riverside has been established since 1988.  Al Robert Franco, MD, FACR is the founder and Medical Director.  We have two medical providers and a staff of fifteen people to serve your medical needs.

     Our office is happy to assist you with your insurance questions. We are contracted and accept many of the major insurance plans such as PPO's, Indemnity Plans and we participate in the Medicare program.  We do not accept any HMO's or straight medical. Please call our office and speak with the insurance department with any questions or concerns.

     We have recently expanded our facility. The Arthritis Center of Riverside is a full service Rheumatology Medical Center that includes the following services:

Services on site include:

• High Complexity Laboratory
• Radiology Facility
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
• Spinal Alignment (Vivatec NDR)
• Preventive Medicine
• Nutritional Counseling and Supplies
• Patient Education
• Travel Planning Assistance

Laboratory Services:

• High Complexity Laboratory
• Licensed by CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act)
• Accredited by COLA (Commission of Laboratory Assessment)
• State of the art equipment
• Licensed and experienced personnel

Radiology Services:

• State of the art equipment
• High Energy Beam delivers less radiation
• Frequent inspections to ensure safety
• Licensed and experienced personnel

Office Hours:

Regular office hours are from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday.
We are closed on Fridays.

By Appointment Only:

As a necessity, Dr. Franco and Dr. Lallande must work by appointment. Every effort will be made to see each patient in the earliest possible time frame. Should a situation arise where an established patient needs immediate treatment, our staff will make a strong effort to schedule a same day appointment. If you are unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you contact our office beforehand no later than 48 hours prior to your appointment, in order for our staff to utilize your time period for another patient.

Financial Policy and Insurance:

In general, fees charged by our office are comparable to fees charged by other competent Rheumatologists in Southern California. The payment of fees is the direct obligation of the patient. All patients are required to resolve any payments owed on their account. If payment arrangements are needed, they must be approved in advance.


After hours, weekends and on holidays Dr. Franco, Dr. Lallande or another physician covering for the doctors will be available for Rheumatology emergencies only. All other types of emergencies should be directed to you primary care provider. After hours, your call will be answered by the answering service.



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Arthritis Center of Riverside
11725 Slate Avenue
Riverside, CA  92505
Tel: 951.352.1700
Fax: 951.352.9117

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     *The information in this website is not intended to replace a rheumatology textbook nor be a complete update of the rheumatology scientific literature.  It should not be misconstrued as personal medical advice.  Rather, it portrays Dr. Al Robert Franco's interests in the field of rheumatology, namely, the interrelationship between infections and rheumatic diseases and how this applies to the treatment of arthritis.