Dr. Shields Abernathy, MD

Allergy & ImmunologyMaleAge 71

Allergy & Immunology

Dr. Shields Abernathy, MD is an Allergy & Immunology Specialist in Templeton, CA and has over 43 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1979. He is affiliated with Twin Cities Community Hospital. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Shields Abernathy, MD

Shields B. Abernathy, M.D.

1050 Las Tablas Rd Templeton, CA 93465
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Dr. Abernathy's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Chronic Pharyngitis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Abernathy treats Chronic Pharyngitis more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Abernathy treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Pharyngitis
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Abernathy treats Pharyngitis more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Abernathy treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Pollen Allergy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Abernathy treats Pollen Allergy more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Abernathy treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Abernathy's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Pharyngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergy Shots
  • Allergy Testing
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Blood Allergy Testing
  • Breath Testing
  • Breathing Disorders
  • Chronic Pharyngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID)
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Dermatitis
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dizziness
  • Drug Allergy Testing
  • Dysphagia
  • Emphysema
  • Headache
  • Heart Disease
  • Hernia
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hives
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypogammaglobulinemia
  • Immunodeficiency Syndromes
  • Itchy Skin
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Nasopharyngitis
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patch Testing
  • Pharyngitis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Pollen Allergy
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Rash
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Vertigo
  • Wheezing

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(805) 434-1000

Dr. Abernathy accepts the following insurance:

ADVANTAGE Health Solutions, Inc.
Advantage Health Solutions
Aetna
Aetna HMO
Bronze - Advantage 2500 PD EPO
Bronze - Advantage 5750 PD HMO
Bronze - Advantage 5750 PD POS
Bronze - Advantage 6350 PD Health Network Option Plan HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Silver - Classic 3500 PD PPO
Anthem
$0 Cost Share AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual Via Exchange)-CA EPO
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze 60 D EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Bronze 60 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Bronze 60 EPO AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Pathway EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold 80 D EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Gold 80 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Gold 80 EPO AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
Minimum Coverage D EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Minimum Coverage EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Pathway X - EPO Network-CA
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum 90 D EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Platinum 90 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Platinum 90 EPO AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select-CA PPO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver 70 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver 70 EPO AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver 70 EPO Off Exchange-CA
Silver 73 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver 87 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver 94 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Assurant Health
AvMed
Open Access
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Advantage
Blue Card PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Blue Shield of California HMO
Blue Shield of California PPO
Healthy Families EPO
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
Medicare Advantage PFFS
First Health
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA PPO
HAP Insurance
Medicare Advantage PPO
Health Net
Health Net PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Kaiser Permanente
Medicaid
Medicare
Medicare of California PPO
MultiPlan
Kaiser PHCS Network PPO
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Tricare
TriCare for Life
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
PacifiCare HMO
WellPoint
WellPoint PPO

Dr. Abernathy's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Abernathy

3.3

Based on 40 ratings

5 Star
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4 Star
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3 Star
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2 Star
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1 Star
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Allergies be gone!
Dr. Abernathy has been our allergist for years. He has been great and helped us immensely. Thanks Dr. Abernathy. Enjoy your retirement.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Ro & Randy – Jul 06, 2022
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I have been taking my wife, who is cognitively impaired, to see Dr. Abernathy for several years regarding her respiratory allergies, and asthma. Recently, she has developed digestive issues that we have struggled to solve, even after seeing a gastroenterologist. When I mentioned this to Dr. Abernathy he suggested we do a simple skin test for food allergies, that might also impact her gut. We’re still adjusting my wife’s diet based on the results of the test, and hopefully it helps. But this shows the level of care Dr. Abernathy has for his patients. We weren’t at his office because of her digestive issues. Yet he cared enough about her overall health to try and help with her find answers. How many doctors do that? Thank you Dr. Abernathy for your many years of service to our community.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 01, 2022
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thorough
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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bill fagundes – Nov 17, 2021
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I give him five star rating as he is so committed to making me well. I’ve been very ill for several years and I have some great doctors but never have I seen anything like this! This man is dedicated, knowledgeable, and very very personable. I recommend him highly!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Margie Turley – Nov 12, 2021
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I've been a patient of Dr. Abernathy's for many years, and have always been greeted in a warm, friendly and timely manner. The doctor is pleasant to work with and highly skilled and rooted in the reality in the treatment of my asthma. I would highly recommend him to my friends and family.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mark – Jun 17, 2021
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I Adore Dr. Abernathy - he treated me for allergies, did the testing, I went on allergy shots and it was discovered they gave me Migrains... the ER doc called him because they wanted to do a lumbar puncture on me and I begged him to call Abernathy - I had just ramped up on the dosage when the headaches started... turns out he was literally in the middle of writing a paper regarding this issue that "some" people (rare, but does happen) get migraines. Like I said, they wanted to do a Lumbar Puncture thinking it was Neuro related - it wasn't it was the shots. But he also treated me as a Human, he was extremely caring and advised me on some other health issues I had... granted he's a bit quirky, as I see some of the reviews left aren't positive (he reminds me of Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future) The office staff is Excellent as well.... I literally drove to Templeton from AG because he's that good. AND I REALLY ENJOY HIS PERSONALITY!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kate Brennan – May 14, 2021
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I would like to thank Dr. Abernathy and his staff for the excellent care I rec'd as a patient. I was hesitant to receive the Covid vaccine due to a past allergic reaction to the shingles vaccine. Dr. Abernathy took a thorough patient history, was sincere and attentive, answered all my questions, gave me useful information and basically steered me in the right direction. I am now fully vaccinated against covid and am thankful for his kindness, caring and knowledge.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Patrick Ford – May 03, 2021
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Honestly, I'm more than thoroughly disgusted with the provider and his attitude. I understand that some doctors liken themselves to being a god. But, Abernathy takes it to an entirely different level. He isn't a brain surgeon he is an allergist. You would think that his birth was God hand delivering him from the heavens. His holier than thou attitude, his disrepectful nature, and just completely disgusting behavior ... narcissist doesn't even begin to top this. I'm certainly not going back and will make sure I tell everyone else I know to find a new doctor. Whether he is good or not isn't even something I can vouch to. His bedside manner, attitude, and such made it impossible to even want to listen to him. He is a nasty little man with an over inflated sense of self importance.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Sep 03, 2020
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Just went in there (6/15/20) and 100% of the patients were wearing masks. ZERO PERCENT of the staff were wearing masks. I cannot believe the callous disregard for patients, some of whom have allergy related asthma. These are supposed to be health professionals. Truly disgusted. I would give zero stars if I could.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Jun 16, 2020
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I have been a patient of Dr. Abernathy for several years. He has been treating me for allergies. He and his staff are efficient, kind, and professional, but more importantly, they treat me as if 'I matter'.
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Debra – Oct 30, 2019
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I have been a patient of Dr. Abernathy's for years and i would highly recommend him. He has always been attentive to me and handles any issues which i might have .
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Tom B. – Oct 29, 2019
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Dr. Abernathy is great. He has a friendly and efficient staff. I've been a patient for many years and love that I can count on being in and out of the Doctor's office in 20-30 minutes - unheard of these days. Dr. A is a great listener and good communicator - he's also got a great sense of humor!
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Carla M – Oct 26, 2019
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Dr. Abernathy has helped me for the past five years with my allergies amd asthma and done very well by Dr. Abernathy. I highly recommend him.
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Carl Hopkins – Jun 05, 2019
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I was actually referred to Dr. Abnerathy by my general practitioner. The office is dated and very uninviting. Staff was O.K. and the assistant was very pleasant, but all my hopes changed when the Dr. entered the room complaining about a busy day and he was surprised he was still standing. He then asked me why was I was here and things went downhill with his arrogant tone and unprepared ability to meet with me. I would never recommend this Doctor.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Feb 01, 2018
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The first couple of time I saw Dr. Abernathy he seemed knowledgeable and reasonable. The last time I saw him, he was angry and extremely unreasonable. His voice was raised and he was behaving very badly. I absolutely do not recommend this doctor. He seems to have personality disorder or something that makes him behave erratically.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
9 people found this helpful
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King City, CA – Apr 29, 2017
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I went in with a issue and he was rude and talked in a loud tone, even at which he yelled. The staff was nice but not the doctor himself. My problem didn't sound like it mattered to him. Would not recommend!
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
8 people found this helpful
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Paso Robles, CA – Apr 18, 2017
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Using latest medical information and technologies with a caring and dedicated team.

Specialties

  • Allergy & Immunology

Board Certifications

  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Internal Medicine

Education

1984
UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1983
UCLA/Wadsworth Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1983
Wadsworth Va/UCLA Med Center
Residency Hospital
1983
Wadsworth Va/UCLA Med Ctr
Residency Hospital
1981
Wadsworth/UCLA Med Ctr
Fellowship Hospital
1981
Good Samaritan Hosp
Residency Hospital
1981
Good Samaritan Hospital
Residency Hospital
1980
Lac Usc Med Center
Internship Hospital
1980
Los Angeles County - U S C Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1979
Medical College of Pennsylvania
Medical School
1975
Harvard University School Of Public Medicine
Undergraduate School
,

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Shields Abernathy, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Abernathy frequently treats Chronic Pharyngitis, Pharyngitis, and Pollen Allergy. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Abernathy treats.

Where is Dr. Shields Abernathy, MD's office located?

Dr. Abernathy's office is located at 1050 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton, CA 93465. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Abernathy speaks Spanish, French, and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Shields B. Abernathy, M.D.

Shields B. Abernathy, M.D.1050 Las Tablas Rd Templeton, CA 93465
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Twin Cities Community Hospital

Templeton, CA

60% Patients that would definitely recommend, 10% lower than the national average