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We found 10 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Jupiter, FL.

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Specializes in Neurology
601 University Boulevard; Suite 102 101
Jupiter, FL
 

Dr. Linda Pao, who practices in Jupiter, FL and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. These areas are among her clinical interests: migraine, carpal tunnel syndrome, and electromyography (EMG). Patient ratings for Dr. Pao average 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: Boca Raton Super Doctors and South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Pao is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
4520 Donald Ross Road; Mail Code Weston
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Michelle Dompenciel practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Her areas of expertise include the following: migraine, guillain-barre syndrome, and restless leg syndrome. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Dompenciel is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dompenciel graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Resident in Neurology and Resident of the Year Award. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Neuromuscular ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
4520 Donald Ross Road; Mail Code Weston
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 

Dr. Danita Jones' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Jones include migraine, guillain-barre syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Jones's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Jones include: Florida Society of Neurology Resident Travel Scholarship. . Orlando, FL; Women's Professional Staff Association Grant. . Cleveland Clinic Florida; and Resident AAN Scholarship, Annual Meeting. April 9-16 . Honolulu, HI. Dr. Jones is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Neuromuscular Disorders, Status ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Andrew Vitulli Jr., DO
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4600 Military Trail; Suite 107
Jupiter, FL
 

Dr. Peter Vitulli specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in Jupiter, FL and Coral Springs, FL. Dr. Vitulli's areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Nova Southeastern University. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Ricardo Mejia, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2101 S Us Highway 1
Jupiter, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Mejia is a pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. Dr. Mejia (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Clinical interests for Dr. Mejia include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Before performing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Mejia attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mejia takes.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shauna Kay Kranendonk, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
224 Chimney Corner Lane; Suite 3002
Jupiter, FL
 

Dr. Shauna Kranendonk is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Kranendonk include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and hair problems. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
2151 S Alternate A1a; Suite 1350
Jupiter, FL
 

Dr. Deanne Collier is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. She attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Collier's clinical interests include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Collier accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
4495 Military Trail; Suite 204
Jupiter, FL
 

Dr. Larry Cohen is a specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cohen include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Patient reviews placed Dr. Cohen at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cohen is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology
654 W Indiantown Road; Suite 103
Jupiter, FL
 

Dr. Elise Hillmann's medical specialty is pediatric dermatology and dermatopathology. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Hillmann's clinical interests include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Hillmann average 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4495 Military Trail; Suite 204
Jupiter, FL
 

Dr. John Kowalczyk, who practices in Jupiter, FL and Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. His areas of expertise consist of psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Kowalczyk is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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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.