We found 11 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Health Net HMO - Flex Funded near Santa Rosa, CA.

Dr. Jill Elizabeth Rushton-Miller, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Jill Rushton-Miller's medical specialty is family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rushton-Miller include general care. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She is a graduate of Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Rushton-Miller completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rushton-Miller's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Gary M Nichols, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2455 Summerfield Road
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Gary Nichols' specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Nichols has a special interest in general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nichols accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Nichols attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Thomas J Honrath, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Honrath is a family medicine practitioner. He is especially interested in general care. Dr. Honrath's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Honrath's medical residency was performed at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Honrath's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Regina Lisa Arvon, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
990 Sonoma Avenue; Suite 9
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Regina Arvon is a perinatologist and genetics specialist in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Burlingame, CA. In her practice, Dr. Arvon focuses on high risk pregnancy, genetic issues, and fibroids. The average patient rating for Dr. Arvon is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arvon honors. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Arvon has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. Dr. Arvon's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Renee A Armstrong, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
510 Doyle Park Drive
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Renee Armstrong specializes in family medicine and practices in Santa Rosa, CA. Dr. Armstrong attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She trained at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa for her residency. She has a special interest in general care. Dr. Armstrong's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Unfortunately, Dr. Armstrong is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Dr. Robert P Heckey, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Robert Heckey works as a general practitioner and family practitioner in Santa Rosa, CA. His clinical interests encompass general care. Dr. Heckey's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Heckey is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Rita Y. F. Wang, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
34 Mark West Springs Road; 2nd Floor
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Rita Wang is a general OB/GYN in Santa Rosa, CA. She attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Wang include women's health issues. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Mandarin. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Wang is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Tabitha Doniach, PhD, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
131b Stony Circle; Suite 1600
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Tabitha Doniach's area of specialization is family medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Doniach's areas of expertise include general care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). She graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Doniach is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Jeremy Carl Mesches, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
131 Stony Circle; Suite 1600
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Jeremy Mesches specializes in family medicine and practices in Modesto, CA and Santa Rosa, CA. In his practice, Dr. Mesches focuses on general care. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Mesches studied medicine at New York Medical College. His residency was performed at Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mesches is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Brad Drexler, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1144 Sonoma Avenue; Suite 119
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Brad Drexler's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Drexler include women's health issues. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Drexler honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Drexler is professionally affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
144 Stony Point Road
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Santiago's area of specialization is family medicine. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Santiago include general care. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Santiago is affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.
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