We found 10 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders near Goodlettsville, TN.

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Specializes in Dermatology, Other
3040 Business Park Circle
Goodlettsville, TN
 

Dr. Mark Fairhurst practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Goodlettsville, TN. Dr. Fairhurst studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. He has a special interest in warts, acne, and psoriasis. The average patient rating for Dr. Fairhurst is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fairhurst accepts several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Psoriasis, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Skin Cancer, Acne, Skin Issues

Specializes in Family Medicine
353 New Shackle Island Road; Suite 103a
Hendersonville, TN
 

Dr. Paul Leavitt is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Leavitt's areas of expertise include the following: male incontinence, female incontinence, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Breast Pain, Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Ear Pain, Eczema, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Neurology
353 New Shackle Island Road; Suite 244c
Hendersonville, TN
 

Dr. Helion Cruz's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Cruz's clinical interests: migraine, parkinson's disease, and neuromuscular disorders (nerve & muscle diseases). He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare PPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His medical residency was performed at Temple University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Cruz speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center and TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Seizure Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Neuromuscular Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
353 New Shackle Island Road; Suite 101 A
Hendersonville, TN
 

Dr. Brad Wilson works as a physiatrist and interventional pain specialist. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Clinical interests for Dr. Wilson include back pain, spinal injection, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Wilson is affiliated with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Major Joint Injections, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
607 W Due West Avenue; Suite 122
Madison, TN
 

Dr. Marcus Min's medical specialty is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Min a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Min include alcohol abuse, male incontinence, and migraine. He is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center. He is in-network for MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more. After attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Min completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is conversant in Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Breast Pain, Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Cryosurgery, Sports ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
353 New Shackle Island Road; Suite 107a
Hendersonville, TN
 

Dr. John Stewart is a physician who specializes in family medicine. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, male incontinence, and depression. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Stewart is in-network for Amerigroup, MultiPlan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stewart graduated from East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Stewart trained at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In addition to English, Dr. Stewart (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Breast Pain, Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Ear Pain, Sports ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
3443 Dickerson Pike; Suite 580
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. Mary Clinton's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Clinton graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for her residency. In her practice, she is particularly interested in seizure disorders, parkinson's disease, and stroke. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Humana are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clinton honors. Dr. Clinton is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Seizure Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Amyotrophic Lateral ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
355 New Shackle Island Road; Suite 206 A
Hendersonville, TN
 

Dr. Ifeanyi Obianyo is an internist in Hendersonville, TN. Dr. Obianyo studied medicine at Meharry Medical College. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, male incontinence, and depression. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Obianyo honors. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus

All Interests: Breast Pain, Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Bone Marrow Exam, Eczema, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Dermatology
201 Bluebird Drive
Goodlettsville, TN
 

Dr. Keith Loven's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Loven's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include laser hair removal, moles, and acne. He is professionally affiliated with Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and TriStar Skyline Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Laser Hair Removal, Skin Cancer, Acne

Specializes in Family Medicine
607 W Due West Avenue; Suite 102
Madison, TN
 

Dr. Harry Bonnaire is a Madison, TN physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bonnaire include alcohol abuse, male incontinence, and migraine. Patient ratings for Dr. Bonnaire average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bonnaire (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French. He is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Breast Pain, Male Incontinence, Female Incontinence, Eczema, Dizziness, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

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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.
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