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We found 12 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Health Net HMO - Flex Funded near Santa Rosa, CA.

Dr. Mickie Hsiao Mei Cheng, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3883 Airway Drive; Suite 201
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Mickie Cheng works as an endocrinologist. Dr. Cheng's areas of expertise include diabetes. She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition to English, she speaks Taiwanese. Dr. Cheng is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Gary Nichols' medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Nichols is especially interested in general care. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. 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). Dr. Nichols is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Jill Rushton-Miller works as a family practitioner in Santa Rosa, CA and Salinas, CA. Her areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Rushton-Miller takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Dr. Rushton-Miller is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Thomas Honrath's area of specialization is family medicine. His clinical interests include general care. Dr. Honrath's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Honrath completed his residency training at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. 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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Dr. Regina Lisa Arvon, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
990 Sonoma Avenue; Suite 9
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Regina Arvon's areas of specialization are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics; she sees patients in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Burlingame, CA. Her clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy, genetic issues, and fibroids. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arvon is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Nassau University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Arvon has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. Dr. Arvon is accepting 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 works as a family medicine physician in Santa Rosa, CA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is especially interested in general care. Dr. Armstrong honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa for residency. Dr. Armstrong is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Robert Heckey's areas of specialization are general practice and family medicine; he sees patients in Santa Rosa, CA. Dr. Heckey's clinical interests include general care. He accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Heckey's hospital/clinic 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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Dr. Tabitha Doniach, PhD, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
131b Stony Circle; Suite 1600
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Tabitha Doniach is a physician who specializes in family medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. She takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Doniach graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Doniach trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Doniach is conversant in Spanish. 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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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 obstetrician and gynecologist in Santa Rosa, CA. Dr. Wang speaks Mandarin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wang include women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Wang's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Mayo Clinic. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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

Dr. Brad Drexler is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Healdsburg, CA and Santa Rosa, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Drexler trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Drexler include women's health issues. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Drexler is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. Dr. Drexler is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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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 practices family medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. Dr. Mesches is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from New York Medical College. Dr. Mesches completed his residency training at Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Daniel Santiago's specialty is family medicine. His clinical interests encompass general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. Dr. Santiago studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Santiago honors. Dr. Santiago has a closed panel.

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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.