We found 6 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept TRICARE Prime Remote near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Kuntal Mihir Thaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kuntal Thaker works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Thaker is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Thaker focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Thaker completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thaker has an open panel.

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Dr. Kourosh F Ghassemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1662 Dominican Way
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Santa Cruz, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ghassemi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Ghassemi attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He speaks Persian. Dr. Ghassemi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Donald E Schepps, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
2911 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Donald Schepps sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is vascular surgery. He has a special interest in surgical procedures. Dr. Schepps's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Schepps attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Schepps's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Kathrin Rachel Sidell, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kathrin Sidell's specialty is general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Sidell average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sidell is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Sidell's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Jeanne M Gallagher, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jeanne Gallagher is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Gallagher is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She is not accepting new patients at this time. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Gallagher attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Gallagher speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Susan E Borba, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Susan Borba is a general pediatrician in Aptos, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Borba is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Borba welcomes new patients.

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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