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We found 11 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Managed Choice near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman is a general internist. Dr. Goodman's clinical interests include general care. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Goodman's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Bone Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Alexander Gansaeuer, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Michael Gansaeuer, who practices in Santa Cruz, CA, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gansaeuer include peripheral neuropathy, parkinson's disease, and stroke. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Gansaeuer accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Gansaeuer's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Gansaeuer (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and French. He is affiliated with 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: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Memory ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kuntal Thaker is a gastroenterologist in Santa Cruz, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thaker accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Cancer, Upper ... (Read more)

Dr. Josh P Novic, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Josh Novic's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Novic's areas of expertise include neurological disorders. Patient reviews placed Dr. Novic at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Novic (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Dutch. Dr. Novic is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Spine Problems, Stroke, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brandon Donald Culver, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brent Culver is a rheumatologist. Dr. Culver studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He trained at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Culver include rheumatic diseases. The average patient rating for Dr. Culver is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Culver is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjogren's Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi is an adult gastroenterologist in Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Ghassemi performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Ghassemi is affiliated with 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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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Liver Cancer, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marin S Muller, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marin Muller works as a general internist. His clinical interests encompass general care. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Muller graduated from the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Muller (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Muller has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Heart Problems, General Care, Celiac Disease, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Mary M. Morrill Chuba, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Mary Chuba is a specialist in dermatological immunology. Dr. Chuba's areas of expertise include skin issues. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Chuba completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Chemical Peels, Rosacea, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian T Brunelli, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brian Brunelli is a neurologist. He is especially interested in neurological disorders. Dr. Brunelli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Brunelli is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Evoked Potential Test, Nerve Conduction Studies, Movement Disorders, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Grant Andrew De La Motte, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite D
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Grant Delamotte is a neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. On average, patients gave Dr. Delamotte a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Delamotte include neurological disorders. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Delamotte attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Delamotte is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Spine Problems, Stroke, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Margaret Jacqueline Mioduszewski, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Other
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Mioduszewski is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Her areas of expertise include skin issues. Dr. Mioduszewski accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa for residency. Dr. Mioduszewski (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Polish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Herpes, Hair Problems, Rosacea, Scabies, Shingles, Mole ... (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.