J. Thomas Berry, DO
Dr. J. Thomas (Tom) Berry is a native of the North Shore of Chicago. He is a graduate of Evanston Township High School and Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He received his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. Dr. Berry completed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and also served an additional year as a Chief Resident. Serving as Chief Resident afforded Dr. Berry the opportunity to develop and refine his teaching skills. He spent a significant amount of time educating young doctors in the program about Rheumatologic conditions and translated this skill into the way he educates his patients ensuring they understand their diagnosis and treatment options.
Dr. Berry completed his rheumatology fellowship at the University of Illinois in Chicago where he was awarded the William Swedler Rheumatology Fellow of the Year in 2021. During his training Dr. Berry has published in the field of rheumatology and has done multiple presentations at the annual conference for the American College of Rheumatology.
Dr. Berry believes shared decision making is a cornerstone of his treatment plan. He spends time making sure patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options to ensure the best outcomes. His priority is to provide the highest level of personalized care and understands that each patient’s experience with their rheumatic disease and treatment is unique. He is looking forward to utilizing the innovative diagnostic tools and therapeutics available at Arnold Arthritis and Rheumatology.
Dr. Berry currently lives in Chicago with his wife who is also a physician.
Laura Sampson, PA-C
Laura Sampson is a certified physician assistant (PA-C) working with Arnold Arthritis & Rheumatology since 2016.
Laura was born and raised in Eastern Washington State where she earned her undergraduate degree from Washington State University. She moved to Chicago to attend the Physician Assistant Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she developed an early interest in Rheumatology and has been working in the field ever since.
Laura manages multiple Rheumatologic diseases including RA, PsA, AS, gout, and OA and is proficient in ultrasound guided joint injections. She has adopted the Arnolds’ innovative treatment approach to inflammatory arthritis by training directly under Drs. Erin and William Arnold.
She is a dedicated volunteer with the Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP), a division of the American College of Rheumatology. She currently serves on the ARP Executive Committee and Government Affairs Committee, and is published in a journal of the ACR, The Rheumatologist.
- BS: Washington State University
- MMS: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program
- Memberships: Member, Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP)
Member, American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
- Obesity Management in Primary Care Certificate (AAPA/OMA)
Danielle LaCour, PA-C
Danielle is a certified physician assistant (PA-C) working with Arnold Arthritis & Rheumatology since 2021.
Danielle is a native Chicagoan who developed an interest for healthcare at a young age. She first earned her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago. After taking some time off to travel, Danielle went back to school to earn a Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove. From there, she went on to attend the Physician Assistant Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she discovered a passion for the field of rheumatology. Danielle enjoys managing a variety of rheumatologic diseases, such as RA, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, and osteoarthritis. Danielle’s favorite part of the job is when a patient returns for follow up, and she can see a noticeable improvement in how they’re feeling- whether it be a new smile on their face or improvement in their mobility.