We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders near Temple, TX.

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Neal Ira Shparago DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 4.86 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX

Dr. Neal Shparago is a rheumatologist in Temple, TX. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shparago's areas of expertise include the following: uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shparago studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shparago trained at Tripler Army Medical Center. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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

Bruce A Baethge MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX

Dr. Bruce Baethge's specialty is adult rheumatology. Patients rated Dr. Baethge highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baethge include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Baethge include: Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2005-2007, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha, elected faculty member. Dr. Baethge is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr Katherine Hutka Fiala MD
Specializes in Dermatology
409 W Adams Avenue
Temple, TX

Dr. Katherine Fiala is a Temple, TX physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Fiala include rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. She is professionally affiliated with Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) and Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. She studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Fiala include: Texas Rising Stars; Chief Dermatology Resident, Texas Tech, 2006-2007; and Helen Salyer Anderson Award, Outstanding Graduating Senior for Academic Achievement.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriasis

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

Dr Sai Kavitha Mula MD
Specializes in Neurology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX

Dr. Sai Mula specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Mula (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mula include peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke. Dr. Mula is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. She attended medical school at Kakatiya Medical College. Dr. Mula trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Chief Neurology Residency, UT Southwestern, Austin, TX 2008-2009.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Epilepsy

Sally Borucki MD
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX

Dr. Sally Borucki is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Her areas of expertise include the following: general neurology, peripheral neuropathy, and cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Borucki honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr Arpita V Patel MD
Specializes in Neurology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX

Dr. Arpita Patel practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Patel has indicated that her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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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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