We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Medigap Medicare Supplement Plans near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Kuntal Mihir Thaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kuntal Thaker's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Thaker takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Thaker's residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thaker's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Kourosh F Ghassemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1662 Dominican Way
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ghassemi honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Ghassemi's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Kathrin Rachel Sidell, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kathrin Sidell is a general pediatrician in Santa Cruz, CA and Scotts Valley, CA. Dr. Sidell is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sidell honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jeanne M Gallagher, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jeanne Gallagher is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Gallagher's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Gallagher's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Dr. Susan E Borba, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Susan Borba's medical specialty is general pediatrics. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Borba's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Borba is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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.
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