We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept TRICARE near Santa Cruz, CA.

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

Dr. Kuntal Thaker is a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Thaker's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thaker honors. He studied medicine 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. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thaker 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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ghassemi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Ghassemi speaks Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA and Scotts Valley, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Before performing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Sidell attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Sidell is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Jeanne Gallagher practices general pediatrics in Santa Cruz, CA and Scotts Valley, CA. Dr. Gallagher is rated highly by her patients. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She is not currently accepting new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Gallagher attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Gallagher speaks Spanish.

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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. Dr. Borba speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Borba 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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