We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Managed Choice 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Thaker's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Thaker's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc H Levin, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology
2025 Soquel Avenue; Level 3
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marc Levin is a specialist in neuro-ophthalmology. He works in San Francisco, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and San Carlos, CA. His clinical interests encompass eye problems. Dr. Levin accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Scheie Eye Institute. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Eye Movement Disorders, Graves Disease, Strabismus Surgery, Facial Problems, Eye Problems, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Josh P Novic, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Josh Novic is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Novic (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Dutch. Areas of expertise for Dr. Novic include neurological disorders. Dr. Novic is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Novic a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Novic takes. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Brain Hemorrhage, Nerve Conduction Studies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael A Gansaeuer, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Michael Gansaeuer's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gansaeuer's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gansaeuer include peripheral neuropathy, stroke, and neurological disorders. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Gansaeuer (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and French. Dr. Gansaeuer's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Gansaeuer welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Memory Loss, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Brandon Donald Culver, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brent Culver's specialty is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Culver is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Culver's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjogren's Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary M. Morrill Morrill, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Mary Chuba is a specialist in dermatological immunology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include skin issues. Dr. Chuba accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Chuba completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her 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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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian T Brunelli, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brian Brunelli works as a neurologist in Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in neurological disorders. Dr. Brunelli has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University for residency. Dr. Brunelli is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Myasthenia Gravis, Evoked Potential Test, Nerve Conduction Studies, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi works as a gastroenterologist in Santa Cruz, CA. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ghassemi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Ghassemi performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Grant Andrew De La Motte, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite D
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Grant Delamotte's specialties are neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Delamotte has a special interest in neurological disorders. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Delamotte is professionally affiliated with 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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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Brain Hemorrhage, Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman practices general internal medicine in Newport Beach, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. In his practice, Dr. Goodman focuses on internal medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Goodman obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Goodman is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Bone Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Margaret Jacqueline Mioduszewski, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Other
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Mioduszewski is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). In her practice, she is particularly interested in skin issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Mioduszewski accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After attending the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Mioduszewski completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Dr. Mioduszewski (or staff) is conversant in French and Polish.

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

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Herpes, Hair Problems, Rosacea, Scabies, Shingles, Mole ... (Read more)

Dr. Marin S Muller, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marin Muller specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Santa Cruz, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Muller include internal medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Muller studied medicine at the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital for residency. Dr. Muller (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Heart Problems, Internal Medicine, Celiac Disease, HIV/AIDS

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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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