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We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Roseville, CA.

Dr. Brian Cornell Anderson, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2929 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Brian Anderson sees patients in Chula Vista, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Anderson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Japanese. Dr. Anderson's areas of expertise include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. His professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Sharp Rees-Stealy. Before performing his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Anderson attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Anderson has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing ... (Read more)

Dr. Corrie D Broudy, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Corrie Broudy practices adult rheumatology in San Diego, CA. She has a special interest in immunotherapy and lupus. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Broudy accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Montefiore Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Broudy speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Immunotherapy, Lupus

Dr. Patricia Marie Kettlehake, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
1050 B Avenue; Suite C
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Patricia Kettlehake is a general internist and general pediatrician. She graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Kettlehake include warts, menopause, and adolescent gynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Kettlehake is 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kettlehake is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Gynecology, Sports Health, Type 1 Diabetes, Eczema, Down Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michelle Terez Pelle, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4065 3rd Avenue; Suite 102
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Michelle Pelle is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Pelle average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pelle's areas of expertise include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pelle honors. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Pelle performed her residency at Geisinger Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Pelle (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Pelle's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. John Richard Pedrotty Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1222 First Street; Suite 1
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. John Pedrotty sees patients in Coronado, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. After completing medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and National Naval Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Pedrotty's clinical interests: warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. The average patient rating for Dr. Pedrotty is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Pedrotty is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, scleroderma

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1855 1st Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Thomas trained at Mayo Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thomas include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas honors. Dr. Thomas speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. James D Wolosin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2929 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. James Wolosin practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wolosin include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Wolosin has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Wolosin trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Wolosin's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Bile Duct Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tova Suzanne Steinhauser, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2020 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tova Steinhauser practices family medicine. Her areas of expertise include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Steinhauser attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Franklin Square Hospital Center. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Neck Pain, Chronic Fatigue ... (Read more)

Dr. Alissa Gail Speziale, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2929 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Alissa Speziale sees patients in San Diego, CA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Speziale honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Speziale is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Darren Bond Keller, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2929 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Darren Keller practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Keller trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for his residency. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Keller speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Adeunice Sanchez-Mata, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2020 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Adeunice Sanchez-Mata's specialty is family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Sanchez-Mata is 1.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include warts, psoriasis, and headache. Dr. Sanchez-Mata is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients. Dr. Sanchez-Mata studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Psoriasis, Headache, Eczema, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
7930 Frost Street; Suite 103
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jim Turnage works as a family medicine practitioner. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. Dr. Turnage is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Sharp HealthCare, Dr. Turnage attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Turnage is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Paul Raffer's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Raffer's areas of expertise include the following: nerve conduction studies (NCS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Raffer speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Seizure Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elaine F Harpster, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Elaine Harpster is a dermatologist in San Diego, CA. Dr. Harpster's clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and shingles. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Eczema, Shingles, Hair Loss

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Specializes in Dermatology
200 West Arbor Drive; Mc 8201
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tissa Hata practices dermatology (skin disorders) in San Diego, CA. Her clinical interests include academic dermatology and psoriasis. Dr. Hata is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Academic Dermatology

Dr. Jeffrey Michael Melancon, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Melancon's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Melancon's clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and shingles. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Melancon is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, scleroderma

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Eczema, Scleroderma, Biopsy, Skin Cancer, Acne, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

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What is an Autoimmune Disorder?

An autoimmune disorder happens when the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues of its own body, causing symptoms of illness. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. While some are very rare, others are fairly common. Combined, autoimmune disorders are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, affecting approximately 24 million people.

A properly working immune system identifies foreign substances in the body that might cause illness, such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system then creates antibodies which attack the foreign substances, neutralizing them and keeping the body safe. In people with autoimmune disorders, something goes wrong with this process. For reasons we don’t understand very well, the immune system creates antibodies to attack the patient’s own tissues.

Symptoms of an autoimmune disorder depend on which tissue is being attacked by the immune system, but common symptoms of autoimmune disease include fever, fatigue, and a general feeling of just not being well. Autoimmune disorders are more common in women than in men, and they may run in families. Autoimmune disorders can affect various parts of the body such as blood vessels, connective tissue, endocrine glands, joints, muscles, red blood cells, skin, and many others.

It is common to have more than one autoimmune disorder at a time. Most are chronic, or life-long illnesses, although they may come and go in flares. Treatment for autoimmune disorders depends on which part of the body is being attacked. For example:
  • A type 1 diabetic whose pancreas has been damaged will need insulin.
  • A person with Hashimoto’s whose thyroid has been damaged will need replacement thyroid hormones.
  • Someone with Sjogren’s syndrome will need eye drops and mouth rinses to replace tears and saliva.
Many autoimmune disorders of all kinds are treated with immune-suppressing medications, such as corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone) to reduce the effect of the immune system.