THYROID TOP DOCTORS DIRECTORY
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
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Jennifer Calvo, Naturopathic Doctor,43292 N. Vision Way, Ste 108, Anthem, AZ 85086, 623-551-0027 623-551-1768, www.eastwestihc.com, DrJen@eastwestihc.com
Gilberto Leon, Naturopathic Physician, 600 S Dobson Rd #D - 33, Chandler, Arizona 85224, 480-857-3484. A reader writes: “He has helped me tremendously with my thyroid
imbalances and treats them all naturally. I feel much better!”
Dr. Sreedevi Reddy -- no longer listed (May 2008)
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Dr. Shaida Sina, NMD, Naturopathic Doctor, 851 South Main Street, Suite E, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, 928-649-0269/928-649-6484, http://www.gaiamedicine.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org. "Dr. Sina is an amazing healer in the Verde Valley who has had tremendous success working with patients requiring thyroid support." (August 2007)
Vigil Holly K MD -- no longer listed (May 2008)
Randall Scott -- no longer listed (October 2006)
Allyn Krieger-Fiedler, Naturopathic Doctor, 16650 East Hawk Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ, 85268, 480.816.1600. A reader writes: "Dr. Allyn was the first doctor I saw that actually helped me. She listens carefully and takes as much time as I need to make sure we are communicating clearly. I recommend her highly as a thyroid doctor, and as a truly helpful physician." (August 2007)
Dr Gary Knighton -- no longer listed, not currently treating thyroid patients
Dr. Chet Monder -- no longer listed (December 2006)
Radhika Vattikuti, MD -- no longer listed (October 2007)
Dr. David Berkenbile -- moved to Missouri (December 2006)
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Frank Palmer Sweet N.M.D., Naturopath, 1731 Mesquite Ave Suite 5, Lake Havasu City, Arizona 928-453-9525, email@example.com. A reader writes: "Treats Wilson's Syndrome and is very knowledgeable and conscientious. He is wonderful for the total health of patients." (June 2006)
Dr. Brard. 217 S 63rd St, Ste 105, Mesa, AZ 85206-6106, (480) 981-8088. A reader writes: "I have been seeing Dr Brard for about 4 years after switching from a "Phoenix Top Doc" who frequently put me off on his Nurse Practitioner, made me use his lab for bloodwork (which was more expensive) and generally was not worth the time and effort. Dr Brard takes his time, does a thorough history and physical, and is on top of all of the data regarding thyroids. He is professional and polite, and should be a great help to anyone with thyroid or endocrine problems who is looking for a caring doc." (October 2006)
Dr Shena Korn, 6632 E Baseline Rd Suite 101, Mesa, AZ 85206 480-354-6700. A reader writes: "he tested me for things other doctors did not...found out not only do i have a thyroid problem but other problems as well...he is very caring and spends time explaining the problem and how to treat it...if your tired of not getting the help you need and getting the run around from other doctors he is the one to see..." (Added: June 2004)
Dr. Lisa Maturo, N.M.D., 134 W. Pepper Place Mesa AZ 480-615-5680 www.maturomedical.com.
Dr. Charlie Schwengel -- No longer listed (March 2009)
Judith Hunt, MD, General practice/internist/primary care, 708 Couer D'Alene, Payson, AZ, 85541, 928 474 1714. A reader writes: "Dr. Hunt is two years ahead of my curve in being diagnosed with hypothyroid herself. She had already been down the path for herself, and did not respond well to traditional treatments either. She therefore took all of the things I was saying quite seriously, and persisted in believing my concerns even after the ENT she initially sent me to tried to say the problems were all in my head. Dr. Hunt has been willing to manage my medications, and trusted me after I said that the Unithroid that my endocrinologist gave me made me deathly ill and non-functional. We are working together to stabilize me on a combination of Cytomel and Armour." (August 2007)
Doug Callahan, D. O. Family Practice 2927 North 7th Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 85308 602-406-3153. A reader writes: "Dr. Callahan listens to his patients. I sent him a copy of your book and asked him to read it, and now we are both on the same page insofar as my thyroid treatment plan. I have a son and daughter with hypothyroidism too, and he is fantastic. He had no problem starting me on Cytomel along with my existing dose of Synthroid, and we have tweaked the doses over the past year to where I feel better now than ever in my life." (Added 4/03)
Ralph J. Luciani, DO, MS, Integrative Medicine, 1530 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: 602-242-4024 www.Drluciani.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul M. Petelin, MD General Surgeon 500 West Thomas Road, Suite 980, Phoenix AZ 85013 (602) 406-8750. A reader tells us, “This excellent surgeon operated on my sister (thyroid cancer) and cleaned up the mess a previous surgeon had made. He removed my thyroid and left me two functioning parathyroids. His patients do not have complications. I had no problems with the surgery and am healing well. My anesthesiologist told me Dr. P is the finest surgeon he has ever seen - quick, sure and knowledgeable. He also happens to be a caring, attentive, pleasant, easy-to-talk-to, nice man.”
John Raines, Head and Neck Surgeon, 333 E. Virginia Ave. Ste 101, AZ, 85004, 480 948-2056. A reader writes: “Dr. John Raines performed my thyroid surgery. He did an excellent job, and I was able to leave the hospital early the next morning with no complications and no pain. The incision healed nicely and is now barely noticeable. I had read that this type of surgery could injure the recurrent laryngeal nerve that controls the vocal cords, and I was afraid of losing my voice. I also expressed my concerns about possible damage to the parathyroid glands that regulate calcium levels in the blood. He patiently listened to and answered all my questions, explaining in detail everything I wanted to know. Both my voice and calcium levels survived the surgery thanks to his capable skills. He has a nice bedside manner that made me feel at ease and confident that I was in good hands. If I had to have another head or neck surgery, I would want him to do it. I highly recommend him to anyone needing thyroid surgery.” (Added 6/05)
Dr Konrad Kail, Thyroid, 13832 N. 32nd St., Ste. C2-4, Phoenix, AZ 85032, 602-493-2273, email@example.com A reader writes: "Dr Kail has just recently completed a clinical study... showing that TSH and other blood measurements are not useful in the diagnosis of hypothyroidism. He has creating a patented approach to predict hormone balance using brachial reflexes." (Added Apr 06)
Grant W. Heinz, 602-833-4402. A reader writes: "My decompression specialist is a wonderful young man whose wife went through all the vague-easily-labeled-hypochondriac-like symptoms before she was diagnosed herself with Graves disease. He has first-hand knowledge of the disease. As far as the graves eye disease, he wrote papers on it when he was at Indiana U. After that he went to Saudi Arabia to work with a doc who felt it was his mission in life to care for Graves eye disease patients. So with a background like that, I was lucky enough to fall into his care. The Universe has guided me in that way since the beginning. His name is Grant Heinz and he has offices in He has even called me at work to ask if I had an appointment with the cataract surgeon. He' very right-hemisphered and innovative. When he did my decompression surgery, he did not follow the typical procedure of removing the floor of the orbit up through the nasal passage because he felt in my case, the eyes would have even more problems being level. He was right. If he had his way, and the money, he would open a clinic just for Graves eye disease patients. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have the business sense many docs do, which makes him all the better in my book. I am a referral patient for him when another has worries or concern."
Dr. Shahrzad Orona, NMD, Naturopathic Doctor, Naturopathic Family Care 13832 North 32nd Street #126, Phoenix, AZ 85032, 602-493-2273, www.4wecare.com / firstname.lastname@example.org. A reader writes: "Dr. Orona has been an incredible asset to my thyroid treatment! She is a provider with the Naturopathic Family Office in North Phoenix, where 6 Naturopathic Doctors, a professional counselor, and many other therapies take place. I was able to work Dr. Orona extensively for my thyroid concerns after she recognized a pattern in my fatigue issues and thinning hair. She uses a variety of different techniques to determine the proper treatment, based on medical history, Thyroflex testing, blood results, and a Wilson's Protocol, and then decides which treatment is best for my individual issues, which I truly appreciate as I believe everyone's bodies run on different needs. She is incredible to speak with, spending 45 minutes to an hour on every visit if needed to discuss not only my thyroid, but my general health concerns and all aspects of life. Her staff is awesome, and very friendly, and I was surprised to learn that they do complimentary insurance billing for my out of pocket expenses, which has helped me to get reimbursement that I did not expect! I have been so impressed by her extensive knowledge and concern over my well-being, that I have recommended all of my family to see her, including my daughter for pediatric care. She is excellent with children, and pediatrics is one of her other specialties. When she is out of the office she recommends other doctors in the office so that I do not have to wait (which is awesome!) and they have all been very good to work with and keep her in-tune with anything I am doing from their recommendations. Overall I would recommend Dr. Orona or any of her other doctors for any issue, especially thyroid!" (May 2008)
James Nichols MD -- no longer listed (May 2008)
Joan Bailey -- no longer listed
Kristin L. Hanson -- NO LONGER LISTED
Dr. Jill Kerr-Shoop -- no longer listed / moved (May 2008)
Dr Geoffrey Radoff -- no longer listed
S. Reddy, MD -- no longer listed (May 2008)
Dr. William H. Higgins, Osteopath/DO, 8619 N. 35th Avenue, Suite 3, Phoenix, AZ, 85051, (602) 249-0999.
Michael Beckley PA-C, 13838 S 46th Place #320, Phoenix, AZ, 85044, 480-759-5151 Fax 480-940-8649
Dr. Robert Upchurch, naturopathic, 1000 Willow Creek Rd. Prescott -- AZ. 86301 520-445-1999. A reader writes: "He listens and then gives you his time & careful consideration of treatment. He also believes that "natural" thyroid medication is best for treatment. I just went through a "thyroid storm" and the MDs I first went to see put me on several high blood pressure meds -- of which I was having terrible reactions to. But instead of taking me off the meds. -- they upped the dosages and added more on top. I had gone to Dr. Upchurch in the past before moving two hours away from where he's located -- but when I was getting worse instead of better -- I e-mailed him asking his opinion -- and his immediate response was for me to tell him all that had been happening and all the meds. I was on. Finally 30 days ago -- I was able to return and stay up! in Prescott so that I could be near him and receive his treatment and advice as I withdrew from all the blood pressure meds. and bring my blood pressure down naturally and by diet correction--back to proteins and low carbs. In the beginning of my treatment by Dr. Upchurch -- he had me tested for diabetes -- of which we found out that I have -- thus between the thyroid storm and previously undiagnosed diabetes -- started the high blood pressure escapade!! The MDs had not done any testing for diabetes -- just put me on high blood pressure meds!!"
Joel Martin, PhD Nutritional Medicine and Immunology, 220 S. Lynx Creek RD, Prescott, Az, 86303, Ph/Fax: 9287170056. Dr. Joel Martin writes in to make patients aware of his approach. "I believe that listening to a patients symptoms are at times more important than what most standardized test reveal due to standards that need serious updating. Currently I believe that there are thousands of woman in this country who have misdiagnosed thyroid problems. I'm a Nutritional Immunologist who became truly focused on this problem because of my wife. Hypothyroidism almost destroyed her and had been misdiagnosed by Mayo Clinic. I treated my wife with subtle T3 time released therapy. T3 is rarely tested and often over looked by most traditional endo docs. Most Docs are trained to look and treat T4. Anyway, with all humility, I am here to help those who know their body and are tired of the arrogant and closed minded approach to medicine at the expense of their lives!" (Added Dec. 2006)
Dr. Lori Barnes, Naturopathic Doctor, 810 W. Gurley Ave, Prescott, AZ 86305, 928-445-1999. A reader writes: "Dr. Barnes is willing to manage a patients thyroid condition, not just based on tests but how they feel. I know I feel bad when my TSH level goes above 2, but my previous doctor refused to do anything unless my TSH level was above a 4 (which the lab says is normal). Dr. Barnes is willing to adjust my medication when I need it, and to try compounding, time-released, T3/T4 combinations...anything that will work best for me. Highly recommend thyroid patients see her if their doctors won't work WITH them." (May 2008)
Robert Myers -- NO LONGER LISTED
Dr. Allyn Krieger Fiedler, NMD Naturopathic Medical Doctor 16650 East
Hawk Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-816-1600, email@example.com.
A reader writes, “She is a very knowledgeable, caring, brilliant physician
who will work to help even if the case is difficult. Dr. Krieger Fiedler
helped me with quantities and subtle changes in the Armour Thyroid that
really worked. I have known her for over four years to be a person with
integrity and the courage to do her best. Her care has made a big improvement
in my health.”
Hope Farner, Natural Medicine, 6207 N. Cattle Track, Suite 4, Scottsdale,
AZ 85250, 480-905-1181. Email: mindpowerandyourhealth.com
Kathleen Gerace, D. O. -- no longer listed
Ali Ghafouri -- M.D., Surgeon, 833-9100. A reader writes: "Dr.Ghafouri is an oculoplastic surgeon -- which means that he specializes in reconstructive surgery around the eyes. He was recommended to me by my endocrinologist because of Dr. Ghafouri's expertise in treatment of patients with thyroid eye disease. During my initial visit -- he spent more than an hour with me going over different treatment options to correct the appearance of my eyelids and eyes. having had this condition for more than 15 years and two previous surgeries -- I thought I was deformed for life. Dr. Ghafouri not only gave me hope but also delivered. I had reconstructive surgery on my eyelids. It has totally changed my appearance. I no longer have the protruding eyes and my eyelids are perfect. Dr. Ghafouri is a highly skillful doctor and I would recommend him anyone. It was blessing that I met him."
William Nelson NMD - NO LONGER LISTED (July 2006)
David Parrish -- NO LONGER LISTED
Dr John Raines, Ear Nose Throat Surgeon, 602-252-6266 with offices in
Phoenix and Scottsdale. "He is the surgeon who operated on me for thyroid
cancer. He also did the FNA which is how I was diagnosed. He is kind
and gentle and he is honest. He has a nice bedside manner. And he did
an excellent job. He is highly regarded and is always voted as one of
Phoenix's top docs. You can not even see the scar on my neck. I am a
nurse and I have spoken to other Docs and he has a high reputation with
his peers as well. And not to mention that 6 years ago he removed my
sons tonsils and he is just as great today as he was then. I highly
recommend him. There is sometimes a wait in his office but he is worth
A reader recommends holistic doctor Debi Smolinski-- N.M.D. Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center, 8010 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale-- AZ 85257, 480- 970-0000. "Dr. Smolinski spent over an hour with me on my first visit. She recorded all of my ailments and asked me how I wanted to be treated. When I have asked her to be more aggressive-- she has complied -- adjusting dosages of Armour-- or adding new dietary supplements-- or trying home remedies like applying cold and heat to throat -- which did bring down the swelling. She knows her body chemistry and nutrition-- and has helped me work out a do-able diet plan -- I lost 15 pounds in 3 months."
Gene Carsia, General Practice, Bell Rd. / 64th St., AZ, 85254, (480)948-7843. A reader writes: “I was very upset with the traditional endocrinologists. Dr. Carsia cares that you feel well for what is normal for you. He is not closed minded to any meds and under his treatment I am pregnant with my third. The only drawback is that you have to pay first and then bill insurance and it is on a walk in basis.” (Added 6/05)
Linda Wright, MD, 7418 E. Helm Drive., AZ, 85260, (480) 483-8986, drlindawright.com. Dr. Linda Wright wrote in to recommend her practice to prospective patients. “Practicing holistic medicine for more than 25 years, dealing with thyroid disorders holistically all that time. Current practice focuses on treatments for internal medicine problems using bioidentical hormones as well as treating pain with trigger point injections and a special stretching program. Vast experience with thyroid disorders of all types.”
Dr. Daniel Duick, Endocrinologist, 9745 N 90th Pl Ste B, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258, (602) 266-8463. "I lived with hypo symptoms and borderline blood work for TEN YEARS until I found Dr. Duick - he listened to me, diagnosed Hashimoto's and immediately began treatment with synthroid. I'm a new person! (August 2007)
Dr. Christianson, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Scottsdale, AZ.
Genene Bekele, Endocrinologist, 11111 N. Scottsdale Rd.#240, Scottsdale, 85253, 602-569-6470. "Dr. Bekele gave me the answers that I was looking for, and told me so I could understand. Great bedside manner. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis." (August 2007)
Dr. John Robinson, www.sottopelletherapy.com. Dr. John Robinson has nominated himself, writing in: "I am a naturopathic physician that works in a very busy practice that focuses on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. My major demographic is menopausal women and I inevitably see many hypothyroid patients, most of whom have been diagnosed And treated with Synthroid ineffectively. I found it necessary to explore the reasons behind how much hypothyroidism I was seeing and why the patients that were supposedly treated for it suffered from all of the classical symptoms related to the condition." (May 2008)
Atul Lalani, Endocrinology Institute 9700 N. 91st St., Suite B220, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258 480) 323-4800
Hayle Aldren MD, MD-H, General practice/internist/primary care,23425 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255, 480 991-1769
Kristina Rudgear, MD -- no longer listed (May 2008)
Dr. Dana Myatt, Family Practice/Holistic Medicine, Box 900, Snowflake, AZ 85937, 928-536-5691, www.drmyattwellnessclub.com/index.html A reader writes: “Dr. Myatt understands and treats true hypothyroidism, not just ‘conventional’ hypothyroidism. Phone consults make her available nationwide.” (Added 10/05)
Krishna M. Pinnamaneni, MD -- no longer listed
Dawn Bantel, Naturopathic Medicine, 3432 E. Ft. Lowell, Tucson, AZ 85716 520-320-0008, firstname.lastname@example.org. “Dr. Bantel is able to integrate natural and conventional medicine to create the best treatment tailored to one's unique needs.” (added 1/04)
Dr. Jonathon Insel, Endocrinology. 6369 E Tanque Verde #150, Tucson,
AZ 85715 520-886-5534.
Dr. Bruce Sadilek, Naturopathic M.D. Hormones/Thyroid/Adrenals 268 East
River Road Tucson, AZ 85704 520-297-9664/520-297-9633 www.drsadilek.com.
Sandra Layman, ANP-C, Natural Hormone Replacement, 5350 E. Erickson Drive, AZ, 85712, 520-731-2333. A reader writes: “She is much more open and knowledgeable about every person having different needs.” (Added 6/05)
Daniel Mihalyi MD, General practice/internist/primary care, 5350 E Erickson Dr, Tucson, AZ 85711, 520-888-3447, http://www.tucsonagemanagement.com/index.html / email@example.com. A reader writes: "Extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, understanding and thorough." (May 2008)
Dr. Judy Hiell -- no longer listed
Julia Lavei, Endocrinologist -- no longer listed
Elizabeth "Lee" Vliet -- no longer listed
Dr. David Alster -- NO LONGER LISTED