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We found 28 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near La Mesa, CA.

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas sees patients in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Ananthram Pottipati Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2301
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ananthram Reddy's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati. He trained at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Reddy is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mahmoud Lajin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 330
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Mahmoud Lajin sees patients in La Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Arabic. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Lajin is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Lajin studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lajin completed a residency program at Beaumont Hospitals. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lajin takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2301
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Reddy's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Reddy average 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Reddy has an open panel. He studied medicine at Guntur Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Reddy trained at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. He speaks Telugu.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rokay G Kamyar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5119 Garfield Street
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Rokay Kamyar's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Kamyar attended Chiba University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kamyar include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kamyar takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kamyar (or staff) is conversant in German and Japanese. Dr. Kamyar is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Liver Biopsy, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexander Shpaner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Alexander Shpaner is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Shpaner's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Shpaner include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shpaner's office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Shpaner is conversant in Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Polypectomy, Crohn's ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Meng Hua's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Hua has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Hua attended Heidelberg University for medical school. Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hua is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer works as a gastroenterologist. Her education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). These areas are among Dr. Schaeffer's clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Banaie, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 420
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ali Banaie's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Banaie graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Banaie takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Francis Leonard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 200
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Leonard is a family medicine physician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leonard include warts, cryotherapy, and depression. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Leonard is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Neck Pain, Colitis, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leon R Kelley, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics
292 Euclid Avenue; 220
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Leon Kelley is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Kelley's areas of expertise include warts, adoption issues, and adolescent gynecology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He obtained his medical school training at Meharry Medical College and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Kelley welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Headache, Type 1 Diabetes, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura A Hackett, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Laura Hackett is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Hackett is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Hackett include warts, menopause, and sports health. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Hackett graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Depression, Sports Health, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeanne E Montal, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jeanne Montal speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include warts, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and enuresis (bed wetting). Dr. Montal's hospital/clinic affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp Rees-Stealy. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Montal honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Headache, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Circumcision, Preventive Care, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Yousuke Takashi Horikawa, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Yousuke Horikawa's area of specialization is general pediatrics. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and parenting issues. Dr. Horikawa is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Horikawa is conversant in Japanese. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Headache, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Multiple Pregnancy, Allergies, Preventive Care, Behavior ... (Read more)

Dr. Eva Pei-Srbich Leonard, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 200
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Eva Leonard is a La Mesa, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leonard include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Leonard is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brij Gupta, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
10158 Buena Vista Avenue
Santee, CA
 

Dr. Brij Gupta obtained his medical school training at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Gupta's clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Alcohol Abuse, Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Eating Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.