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We found 17 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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thomas include rheumatoid arthritis. United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas accepts. Dr. Thomas graduated from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. Dr. Thomas (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Malayalam. He is professionally 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 physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Clark performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Baethge's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Baethge has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2005-2007, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha, elected faculty member. Dr. Baethge speaks Spanish.

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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's specialty is adult rheumatology. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. Dr. Shparago is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Shparago accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center.

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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, who practices in Temple, TX, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Czerwinski's education and training includes medical school at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. Her distinctions include: 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. In addition to English, she speaks French. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Pain, Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Dupuytren's Contracture, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, ... (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 is a physician who specializes in neuro-ophthalmology. 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Tsai attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. 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 specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Tramonte trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tramonte 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Dr. Pfanner attended 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Pfanner include: Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors Award, 2011-2012; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2009-2015. Dr. Pfanner is professionally 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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barad takes. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Barad include: Vice Chair, Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section; Most Outstanding First-Year Resident; and President, Residency Association. In addition to English, Dr. Barad (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare and Central Texas Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Katherine Fiala is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. She works in Temple, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Fiala's education and training includes medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars; Chief Dermatology Resident, Texas Tech, 2006-2007; and Helen Salyer Anderson Award, Outstanding Graduating Senior for Academic Achievement. Dr. Fiala 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. Terry C Lairmore, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Terry Lairmore works as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lairmore include gastrointestinal cancer and endocrine surgery. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Lairmore 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. His education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Lairmore has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Paul Ace Friedman, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
2401 South 31st Street; Department of Pmr
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Paul Friedman is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Before performing his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Friedman attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Tyler, TX and Temple, TX. Dr. Borucki obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her areas of expertise include general neurology, peripheral neuropathy, and cerebrovascular disease. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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, Surgical Dermatology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Lindsey Hicks sees patients in Temple, TX and Round Rock, TX. Her medical specialties are dermatopathology and surgical dermatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hicks include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Hicks honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For her professional training, Dr. Hicks completed residency programs at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hicks include: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship; and Holman Taylor Dermatology Scholarship. She speaks Medical Spanish. Dr. Hicks is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Leo Arnold Conger Jr., MD
Specializes in Other, Surgical Dermatology, Aerospace Medicine
1809 Sw Hk Dodgen Loop; Suite 100
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Leo Conger practices surgical dermatology and aerospace medicine in Belton, TX and Temple, TX. Dr. Conger attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He trained at Brooke Army Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Conger include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Conger is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Harry Thomas is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. After attending Oxford University Medical School, he completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Scott & White Healthcare. He is closed to 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)

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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.