We found 12 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Thaker include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Thaker completed a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Thaker'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: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Josh Novic is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in neurological disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Novic takes. Dr. Novic graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Novic (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Dutch. He 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 Dr. Novic's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Mark H Levin, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2025 Soquel Avenue; Level 3
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marc Levin is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in San Francisco, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and San Carlos, CA. In his practice, Dr. Levin focuses on eye problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levin honors. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Levin trained at Scheie Eye Institute. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). Dr. Levin is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Eye Movement Disorders, Graves Disease, Strabismus Surgery, Facial Problems, Eye Problems, Botox ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Gansaeuer works as a neurologist. His areas of expertise consist of peripheral neuropathy, stroke, and neurological disorders. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Gansaeuer takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Gansaeuer graduated from the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. Dr. Gansaeuer (or staff) speaks 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 is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Memory Loss, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Brent Culver is a rheumatologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Culver is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Culver 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 practices adult gastroenterology in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Ghassemi is conversant in Persian. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. 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). Dr. Ghassemi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mary Chuba is a dermatological immunologist in Soquel, CA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests encompass skin issues. Dr. Chuba takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Chuba's 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 her office for an appointment.

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

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

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

Dr. Brian Brunelli is a neurologist in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Brunelli's clinical interests include neurological disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brunelli is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Myasthenia Gravis, Evoked Potential Test, Nerve Conduction Studies, ... (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 an internist in Santa Cruz, CA. His areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Muller honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Muller trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital for his residency. Dr. Muller (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and French. His professional 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. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Goodman include general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Goodman attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Goodman is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Bone Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, ... (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 neurologist and neuromuscular medicine specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in neurological disorders. Dr. Delamotte's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Delamotte is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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: 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 Soquel, CA physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Mioduszewski has indicated that her clinical interests include skin issues. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. 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 languages: French and Polish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Mioduszewski's 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.
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