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We found 13 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Net HMO - Flex Funded near Santa Rosa, CA.

Dr. Lisa Brandabur Kremer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4725 Hoen Avenue; Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Lisa Kremer works as an adult rheumatologist in Santa Rosa, CA. Dr. Kremer's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. She attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at Hennepin County Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kremer is conversant in French. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). She welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Todd Jay Hofeling, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4725a Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Todd Hofeling's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include rheumatic diseases. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Hofeling honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Hofeling's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Richard Mendius Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
3883 Airway Drive; Suite 201
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. J. Mendius is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Mendius's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass neurological disorders. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mendius obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. Dr. Mendius is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Neck Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Evoked Potential Test, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Helena Ann-Yvonne Longin, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Dermatology
3883 Airway Drive; Suite 203
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Helena Longin's areas of specialization are general practice and dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Longin's areas of expertise include the following: academic dermatology and skin issues. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. She attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for residency. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Longin is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Contact Dermatitis, Chemical Peels, Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary Neal Furness, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2455 Summerfield Road
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Gary Furness is a physician who specializes in family medicine. His clinical interests encompass general care. The average patient rating for Dr. Furness is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Furness is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Furness has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Sports Health, Lupus, General Care, Rehabilitation

Dr. Robert An-Kuo Lee, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
3883 Airway Drive; Suite 203
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lee, who practices in San Diego, CA and Santa Rosa, CA, is a medical specialist in dermatopathology. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Lee performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical interests include skin issues. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Issues, Melanoma, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Acne

Dr. Frank Lawler Anderson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3883 Airway Drive; Suite 201
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Frank Anderson is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Anderson is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Anderson honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Henry Eric Degroot, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1111 Sonoma Avenue; #202
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Henry Degroot, who practices in Ukiah, CA and Santa Rosa, CA, is a medical specialist in surgical dermatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Degroot include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network and Adventist Health System. After completing medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Degroot has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Contact Dermatitis, Chemical Peels, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Louis Sugarman, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2725 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Sugarman's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery; he sees patients in Santa Rosa, CA and Ukiah, CA. His clinical interests encompass skin issues. Dr. Sugarman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. Dr. Sugarman takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Herpes, Allergy Skin Testing, Rosacea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Reuben Makala Anders, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
864 Second Street; Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. R. Anders practices MOHS-micrographic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Anders is professionally affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anders accepts. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Anders's training includes a residency program at Loma Linda University Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Julie Christine Philp, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
990 Sonoma Avenue; Suite 2
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Julie Philp is a specialist in pediatric dermatology. Dr. Philp has indicated that her clinical interests include skin issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Philp takes. She is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Philp attended Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Philp speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Rosacea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Judith Hong, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
2725 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Judith Hong is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). In her practice, Dr. Hong focuses on skin issues. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Hong is affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Herpes, Allergy Skin Testing, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ligaya F Park, DO
Specializes in Dermatology
2725 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Ligaya Park works as a dermatologist. She has a special interest in skin issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. Dr. Park graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She completed her residency training at UH Case Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Park welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Herpes, Allergy Skin Testing, Rosacea, ... (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.