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We found 18 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept L.A. Care Health Plan HMO near Torrance, CA.

Dr. Azhar Muttalib, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
23639 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Azhar Muttalib sees patients in Torrance, CA. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include menopause, migraine, and general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Muttalib accepts. He is a graduate of Osmania University, Kakatiya Medical College, and Rangaraya Medical College. Dr. Muttalib's medical residency was performed at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. Muttalib (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Armenian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Meena Oberoi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
23639 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 102
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Meena Oberoi's specialties are family medicine and general internal medicine. Dr. Oberoi's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: obesity, menopause, and diabetes management. She is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Oberoi takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of King George Medical University. Her training includes residency programs at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. Dr. Oberoi (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Jane U Ekejiuba, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21501 Avalon Boulevard; Suite 100
Carson, CA
 

Dr. Jane Ekejiuba is a Carson, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Nigerian. Her clinical interests include menopause, migraine, and general care. Dr. Ekejiuba is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Ekejiuba attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Edgardo Alvarez Osea, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Sepulveda Boulevard
Harbor City, CA
 

Dr. Edgardo Osea is an internist. He studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. His training includes residency programs at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Dr. Osea's areas of expertise include the following: anti-aging, diabetes management, and migraine. The average patient rating for Dr. Osea is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Osea (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Osea's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Marina Raikhel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
25043 Narbonne Avenue
Lomita, CA
 

Dr. Marina Raikhel's area of specialization is family medicine. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Raikhel include menopause, migraine, and nutrition issues. Dr. Raikhel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Raikhel attended The University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Raikhel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. She is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Raikhel is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Abraham Golbari, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
14030 Crenshaw Boulevard
Gardena, CA
 

Dr. Abraham Golbari practices general internal medicine in Gardena, CA. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Golbari's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes management, massage, and migraine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Golbari attended medical school at The National University of Iran and Tehran University of Medical Sciences. In addition to English, Dr. Golbari (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and French. Dr. Golbari's hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Golbari has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Ata Mazaheri, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
20911 Earl Street; Suite 245
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Ata Mazaheri's areas of specialization are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. His clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Mazaheri's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Mazaheri is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Mazaheri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Lydia Talaat Karaman, DO
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
3661 Torrance Boulevard; Suite 104
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Lydia Elias' specialty is adolescent medicine. Dr. Elias's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, migraine, and asthma. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Elias is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. For her residency, Dr. Elias trained at Children's Hospital of San Francisco and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Elias (or staff) speaks Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Elias is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Headache, Nutrition Issues, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Migraine, Obesity, Asthma

Dr. Brenda Shen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
520 N. Prospect Avenue; Suite 103
Redondo Beach, CA
 

Dr. Brenda Shen is a physician who specializes in family medicine. She attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Dr. Shen's areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and general care. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Cantonese. She is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Shen is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Son Xuan Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23451 Madison St. 340
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Son Nguyen works as a general surgeon. Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese. He is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, breast surgery, and colon problems. His professional affiliations include UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Abington Memorial Hospital for residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nguyen is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Skin Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Cancer

Dr. Hubert Vance Sung, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21311 Madrona Avenue; #100-a
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Hubert Sung is a physician who specializes in family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include diabetes management, asthma, and preventive care. Dr. Sung is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Before completing his residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center, Dr. Sung attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diabetes Management, Preventive Care, Acid Reflux, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, General Care, Asthma

Dr. Emily Beth Curran, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
21311 Madrona Avenue; Suite 100-b
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Emily Curran practices general pediatrics. Dr. Curran has indicated that her clinical interests include obesity, asthma, and acid reflux (GERD). Her professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Curran welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Obesity, Asthma

Dr. Homan Siman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1231 N Avalon Boulevard
Wilmington, CA
 

Dr. Homan Siman sees patients in Wilmington, CA. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Siman trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Siman include menopause, migraine, and general care. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Siman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Siman is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Courtney T. Mizuhara-Cheng Mizuhara-Cheng, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
1535 W. Lomita Boulevard
Harbor City, CA
 

Dr. Courtney Mizuhara-Cheng is a family practice physician and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist in Santa Monica, CA and Harbor City, CA. Dr. Mizuhara-Cheng's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Mizuhara-Cheng include migraine, general care, and varicose veins. She honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Providence, and more. Dr. Mizuhara-Cheng's education and training includes medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Kenneth Tetsuya Shiozaki, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2382 Crenshaw Boulevard; Suite 5
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Shiozaki specializes in family medicine and practices in Pico Rivera, CA and Torrance, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Shiozaki speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Shiozaki include sleep disorders, obesity, and diabetes management. His professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Shiozaki is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and a graduate of Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier's residency program. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. David Ngoc Hoang, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13672 Hawthorne Boulevard
Hawthorne, CA
 

Dr. David Hoang's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Hoang attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. His areas of expertise include osteopathic manipulation, asthma, and headache. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Accountable Health Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hoang (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Headache, Osteopathic Manipulation, Asthma, Acid Reflux

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.