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We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Bronze Choice HSA 6300 - 2 near Temple, TX.

Dr. Aabu Alex Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Aabu Thomas' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Thomas honors United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. In addition to English, Dr. Thomas (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Marilyn Kay Clark, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Marilyn Clark is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Temple, TX. Dr. Clark is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Clark's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, Giant ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Armo Baethge, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Bruce Baethge works as an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Baethge is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Before completing his residency at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Baethge attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Baethge honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Baethge's distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2005-2007, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha, elected faculty member.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Neal Ira Shparago, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Neal Shparago is a Temple, TX physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shparago include uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Before performing his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Dr. Shparago attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Shparago is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Gout, Uveitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wendy Lynne Czerwinski, PhD, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2401 South 31st Street; Division of Plastic Surgery
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Wendy Czerwinski sees patients in Temple, TX. Her medical specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Czerwinski is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She attended the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. She has received distinctions including First Annual Jensen Award, Bruner Hand Fellow, Mayo Clinic; Clifford Snyder Award - PSRC, Best resident paper at annual international meeting, McGill University; and Clifford Synder Award - PSRC, Best resident paper at annual international meeting, McGill University. Dr. Czerwinski speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Dupuytren's Contracture, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cosmetic Surgery, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan Hong-Soo Tsai, MD
Specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology
1815 S. 31st Street; Scott & White Clinic - Temple Pavilion
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Tsai works as a neuro-ophthalmology specialist in Temple, TX. After attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Tsai completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Cataract Surgery with ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Jasper Tramonte, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Tramonte is a neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Temple, TX and Round Rock, TX. Dr. Tramonte's average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Rising Stars; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; and Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Radiculopathy, Tilt Table Test, Myasthenia Gravis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy Paul Pfanner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2401 S 31st Street; Department of Gastroenterology
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Pfanner's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Pfanner has received include Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors Award, 2011-2012; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2009-2015. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Ashis Vanmali Barad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Ashis Barad is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Barad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Gujarati. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare and Central Texas Medical Center. He attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Barad has received include Vice Chair, Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section; Most Outstanding First-Year Resident; and President, Residency Association.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Allergies, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Terry C Lairmore, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Terry Lairmore is a physician who specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Lairmore's clinical interests include gastrointestinal cancer and endocrine surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Lairmore attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Valedictorian and Founder's Medal, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Vanderbilt Third Year Surgery Clerkship Award; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Pheochromocytoma, Breast Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Hutka Fiala, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
409 W Adams Avenue
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Fiala's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fiala studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars; Chief Dermatology Resident, Texas Tech, 2006-2007; and Helen Salyer Anderson Award, Outstanding Graduating Senior for Academic Achievement. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Acne, Mohs Surgery

Dr. Paul Ace Friedman, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
2401 South 31st Street; Department of Pmr
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Paul Friedman, who practices in Temple, TX and Waco, TX, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Friedman graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Friedman accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Joint Pain, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injuries, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sally Sandlin Borucki, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Sally Borucki works as a neurologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: general neurology, peripheral neuropathy, and cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Borucki is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Borucki takes. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Migraine, Dementia, Cerebrovascular Disease, Peripheral ... (Read more)

Dr. Lindsey Dailey Hicks, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Lindsey Hicks' area of specialization is dermatopathology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hicks honors. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then she performed her residency at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Hicks has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship; and Holman Taylor Dermatology Scholarship. She speaks Medical Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Psoriasis, Botox Injection, Juvederm, Acne, Laser Surgery, Rashes, Melanoma

Dr. Harry J Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Harry Thomas' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Scott & White Healthcare. After completing medical school at Oxford University Medical School, Dr. Thomas performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas accepts. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan Ramprasad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Ramprasad works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Ramprasad honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He has received the following distinction: NASPGHAN Neurogastroenterology and Motility Award. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Biliary Disorders, ... (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.