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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. After attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Thomas's clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes 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 takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Reddy attended Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati for medical school and subsequently trained at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA and El Cajon, CA. Dr. Reddy speaks Telugu. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Reddy is a graduate of Guntur Medical College. His training includes a residency program at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy accepts. Dr. Reddy 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)

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

Dr. Mahmoud Lajin's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Lajin's clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Lajin is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes 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. Rokay G Kamyar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5119 Garfield Street
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Rokay Kamyar is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Kamyar is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kamyar's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Chiba University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Kamyar has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Kamyar (or staff) speaks German and Japanese.

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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)

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer, who practices in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Schaeffer's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Schaeffer is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. 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)

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

Dr. Meng Hua specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Diego, CA. Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hua include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She attended Heidelberg University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Hua a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Alexander Shpaner specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shpaner takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is conversant in Russian. Dr. Shpaner is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Ali Banaie sees patients in La Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark's residency program. These areas are among Dr. Banaie's clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Banaie has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is conversant in Persian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He 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, Liver ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Leon Kelley's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, adoption issues, and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Kelley takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Meharry Medical College and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Kelley has an open panel.

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

Dr. Joseph Leonard's specialty is family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard has a closed panel.

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

Dr. Jeanne Montal's areas of expertise include the following: warts, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and enuresis (bed wetting). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Montal obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp Rees-Stealy. She has an open panel.

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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 works as a pediatrician. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Areas of expertise for Dr. Horikawa include warts, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and parenting issues. Dr. Horikawa is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Horikawa is conversant in Japanese. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Laura Hackett's medical specialty is family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Hackett's clinical interests: warts, menopause, and sports health. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Hackett is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Ellen Levine, MD, DO
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
5290 Baltimore Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ellyn Levine's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Levine include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levine accepts. She is not accepting new patients at this time. She is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Levine's medical residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Men's Health Issues, ... (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 specializes in general internal medicine. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Leonard's areas of expertise include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Menopause, Cryosurgery, Depression, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (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.