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We found 28 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept WellPoint near Wheaton, IL.

Dr. Elisa Yang Mee Rhew, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 310
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Elisa Rhew's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Dr. Rhew trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rhew include rheumatoid arthritis. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rhew is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Pin Lin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 310
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Pin Lin practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Lin is conversant in Mandarin. Her areas of expertise include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lin honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kamran A Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2340 South Highland Avenue; Suite 160
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Kamran Chaudhary specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Schaumburg, IL, Oak Brook Terrace, IL, and Lombard, IL. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Chaudhary trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. His areas of expertise include vitamin D deficiency, nutrition counseling, and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Chaudhary has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Depression, Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. Corinna Elisabeth Sophie Weckerle, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 507
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Corinna Weckerle practices adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Weckerle's areas of expertise include raynaud's, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weckerle's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Lupus, Raynaud's, Sjogren's Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael L Sams, MD
Specializes in Physical Therapy, Adult Rheumatology
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 340
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Michael Sams is a physical therapist and adult rheumatologist in Naperville, IL and Glen Ellyn, IL. Dr. Sams's areas of clinical interest consist of lupus, arthritis, and sjogren's syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sams welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Angelica Kathleen Gierut, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 507
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Angelica Gierut's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in connective tissue disorders and autoimmune disorders. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Gierut graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Gierut's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Connective Tissue Disorders

Dr. Brinda P Joshi, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1020 E Ogden Avenue; Suite 100
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. Brinda Joshi's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for residency. These areas are among Dr. Joshi's clinical interests: knee problems, trigger point injections, and lupus. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma, Osteopathic Medicine, Knee Problems, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Women's Health ... (Read more)

Dr. Subhash Kanubhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 424
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Subhash Patel, who practices in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Dekalb, IL, is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include dizziness, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients. He attended Rush Medical College and the University College London (UCL) Medical School and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Donald C Hoscheit II, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
25 N Winfield Road; Suite Ll01
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Donald Hoscheit is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hoscheit is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. These areas are among his clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Hoscheit is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Anne Jelinek, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 420
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Katherine Jelinek specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Jelinek's clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and more. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Jelinek attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Manish Prabhakar Kapadia, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 180
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Manish Kapadia sees patients in Naperville, IL, Glen Ellyn, IL, and Plainfield, IL. His medical specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include the following: cerebrovascular disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Kapadia attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kapadia's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Electrophysiological Study, Autoimmune Disorders, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Norman A Aliga, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic; 26w171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Norman Aliga is a physiatrist. Dr. Aliga's areas of expertise include the following: amputee rehabilitation, prosthetics, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has an open panel. He attended the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin for residency. Dr. Aliga has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Aliga (or staff) speaks Filipino and Ilocano.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Prosthetics, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Amputee ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura A Oswald, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7 Blanchard Circle; Suite 200
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Laura Oswald sees patients in Wheaton, IL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Her clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), newborn care, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Dr. Oswald is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Before performing her residency at MacNeal Hospital, Dr. Oswald attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Oswald accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hypertension, Osteopathic Medicine, Diabetes, Sinusitis, High Cholesterol, Women's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mircea Tudor Iacob, MD
Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Neurophysiology, Other
25 N Winfield Road; Suite 424
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Mircea Iacob is a physician who specializes in vascular neurology and neurophysiology. His areas of expertise include the following: cerebrovascular disease, sleep disorders, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Iacob is a graduate of Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. His training includes a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Iacob has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Neuromuscular Disorders, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebrovascular ... (Read more)

Dr. Henry C Echiverri, MD
Specializes in Vascular Neurology
3s 517 Winfield Road; Suite A
Warrenville, IL
 

Dr. Henry Echiverri is a medical specialist in vascular neurology. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Echiverri include seizure disorders, dizziness, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Echiverri accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Echiverri is conversant in Filipino. Dr. Echiverri is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Back Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Headache, Electromyography, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelle L Berggren, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
199 Town Square; Suite A
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Kelle Berggren is a dermatologist in Wheaton, IL. Her clinical interests include acne, psoriasis, and varicose veins. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Berggren honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing her residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Berggren attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, Psoriasis, Varicose Veins, Hives, Acne

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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.