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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept First Health near Santa Monica, CA.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1328 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Elyse Rubenstein specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Santa Monica, CA. She attended medical school at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. She trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Rubenstein include lupus and arthritis. Dr. Rubenstein's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. William James Wickwire, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3831 Hughes Avenue; Ste 504-b
Culver City, CA
 

Dr. William Wickwire practices pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery in Redondo Beach, CA, R. H. E, CA, and Culver City, CA. After attending the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota and a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Dr. Wickwire's areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wickwire takes. In addition to English, Dr. Wickwire (or staff) speaks Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Wickwire's hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Acne, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul Steven Yamauchi, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; #1160w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Paul Yamauchi is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Yamauchi's areas of expertise include hair problems, acne, and psoriasis. Patient ratings for Dr. Yamauchi average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Yamauchi attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Yamauchi speaks Japanese. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Acne, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 360w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Marc Wishingrad specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Wishingrad's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Wishingrad include nutrition counseling, gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wishingrad accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Wishingrad (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, scleroderma

All Interests: Bulimia, Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
1801 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Martina Wiedau is a neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wiedau include general neurology, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Wiedau takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wiedau's office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Wiedau attended the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine for medical school. She has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. She speaks German.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Polymyositis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Headache, Neck Pain, Hydrocephalus, General Neurology, ... (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.