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The following listing includes recommended doctors and practitioners for your thyroid care. Please note that being listed here in the Thyroid Top Doctors Directory doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is the right one for you. The doctor may be an empathetic and warm physician, but not open to working with drugs like Armour or T3 drugs. The doctor may be brilliant and innovative, but have a terrible bedside manner. Or the doctor may be quite costly and not on insurance programs. Always call the doctor's office ahead of time to find out more about the doctor's philosophy, approach, costs, and other important factors before going in for your first appointment. Please let me know if you have feedback -- positive or negative -- about doctors listed here, or would like to recommend your "top" doctor.

Thanks! -- Mary

Become part of the movement for better care! Help keep great doctors in business and encourage more doctors to properly treat thyroid patients by recommending the smart, caring, innovative practitioner who treats your thyroid condition. We might include him or her on the Top Docs Directory! And if you have criticism or feedback about a listed doctor, please let us know now!

Why is a Particular Doctor No Longer Listed?

Doctors who were previously listed here are removed for a number of reasons.
* The doctor has requested that his/her listings be removed because: he/she does not agree with this site’s philosophy or patient-orientation; the practice is too busy and can’t accept new patients; the doctor does not feel comfortable handling complicated thyroid problems; the doctor did not agree with what was said in the patient recommendations; or the doctor said “take me off the list” and offered no explanation.
* The doctor has moved, retired, or died.
* The doctor has lost his/her license, or given up his/her license, and is no longer practicing medicine.
* Patients have provided negative input about the doctor that is of sufficient concern that, in the opinion of the editor, the doctor should no longer be on the Top Thyroid Doctors List.
* Thyroid Top Doctors would face legal concerns if we published specific information about why patients had negative opinions about doctors, or if we shared a doctor’s occasional ranting ”take me off” email, or if we publicized doctors with licensing problems. So please, if you see that a doctor has been taken off the list and want to know why, talk to the doctor directly. If you write to us to ask why a doctor was taken off the list, we’re sorry, but we won’t be able to answer you or share that information.

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Dr. Sam Frankel -- no longer listed -- focusing practice on childhood ENT only (June 2008)


David DeAtkine, Endocrinology, St. Vincent's Prof. Bldg. #1, 2660 10th Ave. So., Birmingham, AL 35205, 205-313-2650. “Thorough, compassionate, and not pushed for time. I felt a sense of relief after my visit with him. He does do FT3 & FT4 testing and is not opposed at all to T3 addition in the form of Cytomel. He IS NOT an Armour prescriber but realizes the significance of adding T3 meds.”

Another recommendation for Dr. DeAtkine:
David DeAtkine, Endocrinologist, St. Vincent’s Hospital. A reader informs us, “I have been a patient of his for the last three years. When no one else would listen, and put me off as “just being depressed” or having “nonspecific problems” Dr. DeAtkine truly listened! For five years I suffered with weight gain, dry skin, depression, hair falling out in clumps, etc....all the things which point to hypothyroidism. He got to the bottom of it and said I had Hashimoto’s thyroid had shrunk! The most important thing, is that he listened to me and did the right tests, even checking my pituitary for problems. He is wonderful!”

Another recommendation for Dr. DeAtkine:
A reader writes: "I am an RN in Birmingham Alabama and I strongly recommend Dr. David DeAtkine at St. Vincent's Hospital (205) 933-4684, as an Endocrinologist he is excellent."

An update on changes in Dr. DeAtkine’s practice provided by a former patient:
I just wanted to make you aware of changing circumstances concerning a Top Doc endocrinologist Dr. David DeAtkine, Birmingham, Al. I am (was) a patient of his and I received a letter in the mail today concerning major changes in his practice starting January, 2004. At that time he will be affiliated with a program called MDVIP, Inc. which is basically a membership only program. In other words, the maximum of 600 people whom he selects to be his patients will pay a $1,500.00 membership fee yearly and he will become an old-fashioned doctor…taking time with the patients etc. This membership fee is NOT covered by insurance. In his letter he seems primarily interested in his diabetes patients becoming ‘partners’ with him in this endeavor. I thought that you would like to know this because he will no longer easily be available to the general public as a Top Doc. (added 1/04)

Another reader writes:
"I have been a patient of Dr. DeAtkine's for 5 years now. He is the only Dr. Ihave ever encountered who Ifelt actually and honestly cared about me. I no longer live in Alabama and yet I travel across the country once a year for my check up. I see him as a "consult" patient now that he is a member of MDVIP. His Diabetes patients only were required to be a part of this membership program, so he is still available to Thyroid patients. I strongly recommend him!" (Added: June 2004)

Another reader recommends Dr. Deatkine:
“I am a former patient of Dr. DeAtkine before the change in his practice and if you can afford the $1,500 dollar membership fee his services are worth every bit of it . I truly miss my visits with him. He has been here for me thru surgery and complaining and weight gain, hair loss, depression and anything else I didn’t understand about my hypothyroidism/graves disease. I have found anyone else I feel as comfortable with as Dr. Deatkine.” (Added 6/05)


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Dr. Robert C. Doekel, Jr. Sleep Disorders Center of Alabama, Inc., 790 Montclair Road Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35213. He treats thyroid patients according to Broda Barnes principles, does a thorough interview and exam, explains things well, uses up-to-date testing, and answers his calls himself when you call back with questions. My preliminary thyroid screens from a family physician showed no abnormalities but he began treatment on the strength of my symptoms, history, and a basal temperature chart. He also sent away an Adrenal Stress Index Test that showed adrenal problems.

Another reader writes about Dr. Doekel:
A reader writes: "I looked on the Top Doc page and found Dr. Doekel-because it said he followed the temp. test guy I called and made an appointment. I went today-I took the thyroid symptoms sheet from your page and I also wrote 3 pages of "life history" then got there and filled out about 10 pages of stuff. Mary, this guy spent nearly an hour with me-no phone calls, no talking to the nurse about someone else, nothing-just me! He read everything I brought-I had started doing the temp. thing in the morning when I made the appointment 3 weeks ago so he also had that to look at. (My temps ran 96.2-96.8) After he introduced himself-I told him I wanted to ask him a question-Why was he working with thyroid patients-his main thing is sleep problems- He said that a close family member had developed thyroid problems and they had gone through the mill and still didn't have answers so he decided to take care if it himself! Did research-went and took classes, etc... So, now he tries to help other that have thyroid problems because he knows what they are going through-It was great to finally have someone believe me and take time to understand what has been going on! Can you tell I'm on cloud nine! So, please if you know who recommended him, please let them know that they have saved my life! Maybe now I might really have one! I thank them, my husband thanks them, and so do my children-because I have really been in bad shape. And, again to you thank you for providing the means in which this was able to take place! If you hubby or family thinks you are taking too much time doing this please show them this letter so they will understand what you do is so very important. Dr. Doekel's office is a 3 hour plus drive for us, but it was worth every minute and will continue to be worth every minute in the months to come--Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!"

Another reader writes:
"I am so glad to see Dr. Doekel's name on your list! I have had the fortunate privilege to be Dr. Doekel's patient for 6 years. He first diagnosed me with obstructive sleep apnea after testing me at the referral request of my cardiologist. During one of my follow-up visits shortly after he diagnosed me, I happened to see his credentials concerning his thyroid specialty. Having had mixed treatments for my thyroid condition since the diagnosis of Hashimoto's in 1995, it had become apparent that the most effective drug for me was Armor, but my GP would not prescribe it. Dr. Doekel very readily discussed his method of treatment was not only comprehensive thyroid tests but heavy emphasis on symptomology and family history. He has helped me with adjusting and teaching me the things to look out for in my care, noting that there are those times when leaving off a dose or taking an extra may be needed. I think he is wonderful; conscientious, caring and can't be beat! The thing that tipped me off to his being a wonderful doc before he ever tested anything was his warm introduction, handshake, ever present, tiny feet and hands pins, and last but not least his infamous "BOW TIE"! His type of medicine is that of legends, like the ones who made house calls long after others stopped." (Added Dec. 2006)

NOTE: Some readers report that this doctor may be booked and not taking new patients. Call to check.


Veronica Hemphill Pediatrician UAB 2000 6th Ave South Birmingham, AL 35205 205-934-7579 (Added 11/02)


Christine Heckemeyer, Endocrinology, Cooper Green Clinic 1515 6th Ave South, Birmingham,Al. 35233, 930-3245, A reader writes: "She is the best Endo I have had. She takes time to talk with her patients and is very caring and listens. The clinic is very busy but she takes time. I was treated for Papillary Thyroid cancer and the first doctor I had there left to go up north. I was sent to a General Meds. Doctor who didn't know too much about ThyCa so she sent me to Dr.Heckemeyer. I'm so glad I now have such a wonderful caring Doctor." (Added Apr 06)


Maria Prelipcean, Endocrinologist, St. Vincents Hospital Professional, Building III, Suite 300, 833 St. Vincents Drive, Southview Medical Group, P.C., Birmingham, AL 35205 (205) 933-4640

A reader writes: "I have had symptoms for over 4 years. I was starting to think I was going crazy because every doctor I would see would tell me that I was "normal". I am an RN who works Labor and Delivery. After trying to conceive for 1 year with no success, I knew something was not right. It did take me 6 months to get an appointment with Dr. Prelipcean, but boy was it worth the wait. She took only 30 minutes to assess me and find she thought I had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. My lab and thyroid ultrasound confirmed her suspicions. I test negative for antibodies but, because I desire to conceive, Dr. Perlipcean is very proactive at treating this disease. I am currently on Synthroid with monthly blood assessments. Hopefully, my husband and I will be pregnant soon! She is a God-send who listens and treats proactively. She even called me personally and spent 15-20 minutes on the phone to explain lab result." (Added March 2009)


Malek Karassi -- No longer listed


Dr, Richard Snellgrove, internal medicene, Thomas Hospital, Fairhope, Alabama 36532, 251-990-1770. A reader writes: "Worked hard to get my thyroid condition to the right level."(June 2006)


Robert Mcalister -- No longer listed (March 2009)


Vicki Moore, Family Medicine. 120 Cahaba Pkwy., Hoover, AL 35124, 205-733-1130. "Even though Dr. Moore is a family physician/surgeon, she tells me that she checks for thyroid disorders in almost all of her patients because she has found a very high percentage of people have thyroid disorders and don't know it. Even though I had complained of symptoms in my ob/gyn doctor, it was Dr. Moore who listened to me and tested and found I had a problem. The bottom line is that if you think you have a thyroid problem, she will test you and she listens to patients. She isn't a corporation either, which I like a lot. She is the first doctor I've ever ha who really listens to me and does something about it. Since she believes a lot more people have thyroid problems than is generally recognized, I think she is an excellent doctor to start with for thyroid problems." (Added Dec. 04)


Glenn E. Peters, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 1505 Fifth Avenue South, Birmingham Alabama 35233-6889 , (205) 934-9766, A reader writes: "Just two days ago I underwent Thyroid surgery with Dr. Peters! He is just outstanding as well as the UAB staff. If you want the best care/doctor from within the best facilities UAB simply stands above them all! The facilities are very very big but throughout all parts of the process I was made to feel as though I was in small private care, they really go the extra mile to be kind and friendly." (Added Apr 06)


Dr. Sharon McKelvy -- no longer listed


Mark Reese, MD, Mobile Alabama

A reader writes:
"I have had hypothyroidism my entire life. Because my exhusband was in the military, I have moved around and went to numerous endocrinologist.Thebest endocrinologist I've ever gone to is, Dr Mark Reese, in Mobile Alabama. He educated me on various topics related to my pituitary tumor and hypothyroidism. He was kind and I felt that he really cared about me and all his patients. My thyroid levels have been difficult to regulate since I developed a pituitary tumor. The tumor on my pituitary gland secretes too much prolactin (hyperprolactin) He checked my thyroid level and prolactin level more frequently than I hadchecked in the past.I've alwaystaken my medication everyday. He listened to me and discussed my concerns. I use to be really over weight and my blood pressure was high. I felt that he understood how I felt. Now that I live in another state, I can't seem to find a doctor like him. He definately deserves to be on a list for giving high quality service on hypothyroidism." (July 2008)


Scott A. Bell, Internal Medicine, 7020 Sydney Curve, Montgomery, AL 36117, Montgomery, AL, 334-279-5700. A reader writes: "I found Dr. Bell through the ACAM website; Dr. Bell tests frees along with TSH, but his treatment relies strongly on how you feel. He also diagnosed me with Insulin Resistance after trying to get other dr's to look at this for two years; accepts insurance, which was also a huge plus for me. He prescribes T3 in combination with T4." (June 2006)

NOTE: This doctor has reportedly instituted an mandatory annual "membership" fee of more than $1000 per year for anyone who wants to be his patient. (October 2007)


Bruce Trippe -- no longer listed (October 2007)


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