We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Bronze 4850/HMO Premier 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Temple, TX. After completing medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Shparago performed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. His areas of expertise include uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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 is an adult rheumatologist in Texas City, TX and Temple, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Before performing his residency at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Baethge attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Baethge takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2005-2007, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha, elected faculty member.

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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 medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). She graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. Dr. Fiala takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fiala 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. She is affiliated with Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) and Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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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, who practices in Temple, TX, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Mula include peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Dr. Mula is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mula obtained her medical school training at Kakatiya Medical College and performed her residency 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. She has received the following distinction: Chief Neurology Residency, UT Southwestern, Austin, TX 2008-2009. Dr. Mula (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

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

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

Dr. Arpita Patel is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Temple, TX. She has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS). She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Dr. Patel attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for residency. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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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