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

Dr. Kuntal Thaker practices adult gastroenterology in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Thaker include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thaker attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His 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. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests encompass general care. Dr. Goodman is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gansaeuer's clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy, parkinson's disease, and stroke. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. He graduated from the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Gansaeuer (or staff) speaks German and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting 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. Brandon Donald Culver, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brent Culver sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatic diseases. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Culver studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Culver completed a residency program at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes 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. Josh P Novic, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Josh Novic works as a neurologist. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In Dr. Novic's practice, he is particularly interested in neurological disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Novic is open to new patients. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Novic (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Dutch.

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

All Interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Stroke, Neurological Disorders, Memory Loss, ... (Read more)

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. Clinical interests for Dr. Ghassemi include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Ghassemi attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He speaks Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ghassemi is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Mary Chuba, who practices in Soquel, CA and Los Gatos, CA, is a medical specialist in dermatological immunology. Dr. Chuba's areas of expertise include skin issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for residency. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Chuba honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Chemical Peels, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, Hair ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Marin Muller's specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Muller include general care. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Muller takes. Before performing his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital, Dr. Muller attended the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Muller (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Brian Brunelli's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Brunelli's clinical interests include neurological disorders. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Brunelli is accepting new patients.

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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 specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Santa Cruz, CA. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, Dr. Delamotte completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His areas of expertise include neurological disorders. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Delamotte is accepting 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 practices dermatology (skin disorders). She is especially interested in skin issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mioduszewski honors. Dr. Mioduszewski attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Dr. Mioduszewski (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Polish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Mioduszewski welcomes 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.