We found 11 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Health Net HMO - Flex Funded near Santa Rosa, CA.

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Dr. Jill Elizabeth Rushton-Miller, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Jill Rushton-Miller's area of specialization is family medicine. Her clinical interests encompass primary care. Dr. Rushton-Miller is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Rushton-Miller completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Dr. Rushton-Miller is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Thomas J Honrath, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Honrath is a family medicine physician. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. Dr. Honrath's areas of expertise include primary care. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Honrath is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Renee A Armstrong, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
510 Doyle Park Drive
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Renee Armstrong's area of specialization is family medicine. Her clinical interests encompass primary care. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Armstrong is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. Dr. Armstrong is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Dr. Gary M Nichols, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2455 Summerfield Road
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Gary Nichols specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Santa Rosa, CA. His clinical interests include internal medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Nichols accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Nichols's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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Dr. Robert P Heckey, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Robert Heckey works as a general practitioner and family medicine practitioner. Dr. Heckey's clinical interests encompass primary care. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Heckey is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Regina Lisa Arvon, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
990 Sonoma Avenue; Suite 9
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Regina Arvon, who practices in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Burlingame, CA, is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. These areas are among her clinical interests: high risk pregnancy and fibroids. Patient ratings for Dr. Arvon average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arvon honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before performing her residency at Nassau University Medical Center, Dr. Arvon attended Temple University School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Arvon speaks Spanish. Dr. Arvon is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and CPMC - St. Luke's Campus. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Tabitha Doniach, PhD, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
131b Stony Circle; Suite 1600
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Tabitha Doniach's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Doniach include primary care. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Doniach graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She speaks Spanish. Dr. Doniach's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Rita Y. F. Wang, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
34 Mark West Springs Road; 2nd Floor
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Rita Wang specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. In her practice, Dr. Wang focuses on women's health issues. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wang attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Her residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Wang is conversant in Mandarin. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Dr. Jeremy Carl Mesches, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
131 Stony Circle; Suite 1600
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Jeremy Mesches practices family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mesches include primary care. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Mesches completed a residency program at Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. Dr. Mesches's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Brad Drexler, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1144 Sonoma Avenue; Suite 119
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Brad Drexler, who practices in Healdsburg, CA and Santa Rosa, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. His clinical interests encompass women's health issues. Dr. Drexler has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Drexler trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Dr. Drexler is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
144 Stony Point Road
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Santiago is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Santiago's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. He is especially interested in primary care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Santiago accepts. He is affiliated with Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. Unfortunately, Dr. Santiago is not currently accepting new patients.

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.
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