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We found 17 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's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Muttalib (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Armenian. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and general care. Dr. Muttalib's professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. After completing medical school at Osmania University, Kakatiya Medical College, and Rangaraya Medical College, Dr. Muttalib performed his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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 areas of specialization are family medicine and general internal medicine; she sees patients in Torrance, CA. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include obesity, menopause, and diabetes management. Dr. Oberoi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She graduated from King George Medical University. She completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. Dr. Oberoi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Oberoi welcomes new patients.

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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 practices family medicine. Dr. Ekejiuba attended Ross University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ekejiuba include menopause, migraine, and general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ekejiuba takes. She speaks Nigerian. She is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Ekejiuba's practice is open to 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Osea's areas of expertise include the following: anti-aging, diabetes management, and migraine. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Osea accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He welcomes new patients. After attending the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school, he completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Dr. Osea (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Headache, Diabetes Management, Allergies, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Migraine, Anti-Aging, General ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Marina Raikhel is a family medicine physician in Lomita, CA. She 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's areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and nutrition issues. The average patient rating for Dr. Raikhel is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Raikhel honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Raikhel (or staff) is conversant in 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. She 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Golbari obtained his medical school training at The National University of Iran and Tehran University of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes management, massage, and migraine. The average patient rating for Dr. Golbari is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Golbari is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Golbari (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Golbari's practice is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery and practices in Glendale, CA and Torrance, CA. He is especially interested in acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Mazaheri honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Mazaheri (or staff) speaks French and Persian. His professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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

Dr. Brenda Shen works as a family practitioner. In addition to English, she speaks Cantonese. These areas are among Dr. Shen's clinical interests: menopause, migraine, and general care. She is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Before performing her residency at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Dr. Shen attended St. George's University School of Medicine. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Shen's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Lydia Elias specializes in adolescent medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: obesity, migraine, and asthma. Dr. Elias honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. After completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, she performed her residency at Children's Hospital of San Francisco and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Elias (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Hubert Sung is a family medicine physician. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Sung's medical residency was performed at VA Wadsworth Medical Center. His areas of expertise include diabetes management, asthma, and preventive care. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Sung speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. 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's specialty is general pediatrics. She is especially interested in obesity, asthma, and acid reflux (GERD). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Curran graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Dr. Curran is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She is accepting 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 is a Wilmington, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and general care. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Siman is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Siman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. His professional affiliations include 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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Specializes in General Surgery
23451 Madison St. 340
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Son Nguyen, who practices in Torrance, CA, is a medical specialist in general surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, breast surgery, and colon problems. Dr. Nguyen is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. His professional affiliations include UCLA Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Nguyen is accepting new patients.

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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. 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 works as a family practitioner and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include migraine, general care, and varicose veins. Dr. Mizuhara-Cheng accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Providence, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. After attending 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, she completed her residency training at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.

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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 sees patients in Pico Rivera, CA and Torrance, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, obesity, and diabetes management. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shiozaki is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. His medical residency was performed at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Shiozaki is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Shiozaki welcomes 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 works as a family practice physician in Hawthorne, CA. Dr. Hoang (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Clinical interests for Dr. Hoang include osteopathic manipulation, asthma, and headache. He is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Bay and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. After completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Hoang honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Accountable Health Plans, and more. He has an open panel.

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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.