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Betsy Hendricks, MD, 444 Hwy 64E, Office 1, Conway, Arkansas 72032.
501 327-2967. A year after I started menopause, at age 52, I began seeing an endocrinologist because
of my history of polycystic ovaries. Each time I saw him (every 3 months for approx. 3 years) he would
examine my neck and tell me my thyroid was enlarged. However, he didn't treat me because my thyroid
tests were coming back "normal". (I later fired him because of a disagreement over an insurance issue.)
Last year I got so tired I could hardly put one foot in front of the other. On the recommendation of a
friend, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Hendricks. Using lab tests and basal temperature readings,
she began prescribing Armour thyroid and supplemented it with Unithroid this year. This may sound
simple enough, but treatment was complicated because I also have Wolfe Parkinson White heart
syndrome. Dr. Hendricks approach to my treatment has been cautious but effective. I am feeling better
today than I've felt in many years, and I'm confident I'm in very good hands. Dr. Hendricks is an
excellent MD, and I recommend you take a look at her web site:
"I, as well as my mother, father, brother,sister, nephew, and two close friends cannot say enough how thankful we are that we found Dr. Hendricks. I actually found her through your website more than a year ago (Thank you!!!)and she has literally been a life saver for each and every one of us. When I compare her prices, the limited number of times we have had to see her for significant benefit with the money we all spent trying to get the appropriate medical care she is quite the bargain. She has closed her onsite supplement store and refers her patients to one in Searcy, AR for the prescribed supplements. Thank you for all your hard work." (August 2007)
Note: As of October 2006, reports are that this doctor has raised her prices, and initial visits can run as much as $600, and other visits as much as $150 for a half hour. Check ahead of time regarding prices for office visits. (October 2006)
Dr. Thomas Atkinson, Fayetteville, Arkansas. A reader writes, "Dr. Tom
treated my mother and I for hypothyroid. He was very helpful. He believes in a lower "normal" range
and uses Thyrolar. He is kind, funny and has a great nurse. I have recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia
and I miss the wonderful care of Dr. Tom. I would highly recommend him to anyone in Northwest
Arkansas with thyroid problems.
Another reader likes Dr. Atkinson:
"compassionate, with a good sense of humor, really cares about his patients, listens closely, and will
recommend alternative treatments, supplements, exercise, etc. He's not just in it for the money, and he
loves helping people. He still prescribes drugs for patients who want them, but he is very open to those
who want alternative remedies, and he researches the best ones.
Note: Readers have reported that this doctor is no longer treating thyroid patients. (October 2006)
Dr. Hugh Jackson 4107 Massard Road, Fort Smith, AR, 72903, 479-478-7091. (Note: relocating to Fayetteville in 2009).
A reader writes: "Dr. Jackson is kind, compassionate, and truly cares
about the health and well being of his patients. He takes plenty of
time to answer questions and make sure doctor and patient are both in
agreement with the developing treatment strategy. He is willing to consider
research and information brought to him, as well as the recommendations
by coaching physicians, such as Dr. Shames. Dr. Jackson is willing to
prescribe Armour and Cortef, and will try various dosage ranges looking
for a positive outcome. No doctor with a better bedside manner can be
found!" (Added 11/02)
Note: A reader writes to share that "This doctor does not accept patients who are uninsured.... no exceptions; not even advance cash payment." (Added Dec. 2006)
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Dr. Carol Chaney M.D., Natural and Alternative Medicine P.O. Box 1254,
701 N. Walnut St. Suite B, Harrison, AR 72601 741-7211. "She is an MD,
but now treats primarily nutritionally. She will prescribe medication
, if necessary. Her thyroid replacement choice is Armour. She is anti-synthetics.
She is wonderful, and has turned my life around, after regular doctors
told me nothing was wrong, and handed me antidepressants. I had hypothyroid,
among other things. She uses the basal body temps to help diagnose thyroid
Another reader recommends Dr. Chaney:
"I took my wife to her for hypothyroid symptoms, and we had a truly
wonderful experience, which is so rare to have with doctors. She listened,
was not threatened by our education, but rather appreciated it, and
does not consider blood tests the determining factor of thyroid problems.
She prefers Armour thyroid, but if your preference is different, she
will gladly accommodate that. Also interested in the actual health of
the patient rather than just writing a prescription and scheduling another
appointment, and will make suggestions based on nutrition as well as
pharmacology. An excellent, knowledgeable doctor who knows there are
new things to be learned.o
Another reader writes:
"This doctor is absolutely the greatest. She really knows what she is
doing --has hypothyroidism -- herself. She uses natural thyroid."
Another reader praises Dr. Chaney:
”Dr. Chaney brought me back to the land of the living!!! She focuses
on your symptoms and works to heal your body. I knew that I was on my
way to being hospitalized if I didn't get some help. I was frustrated
because I had been to my Primary Physician, an Otolaryngologist and
an Endocrinologist and none of them seemed to care. I went to Dr. Chaney
in June and I feel 100% better in only 2 months. She put me on Armour
and Cortef, along with some supplements and I am a new person. She truly
was a gift from God and she has worked a miracle on me.o (added 1/04)
A reader writes: "I am pleased to refer Dr. Kevin Ganong. He is working
with me and I am so relieved to find someone who has some genuine interest
and answers. He is a wonderful dedicated family man. On my first visit
I told him I didn't know it but I had been looking for him for over
2 years. I know he will be able to help me. I am now awaiting latest
test results and his input. He had suggested putting me on a natural
thyroid extract. I am virtually ignorant re thyroid, but reading and
learning all I can. Dr. Ganong answered my gazillion questions and I
felt he was pleased that I was interested in the info re my health"
John Baldridge, M.D., Endocrinologist, St. Vincent Circle, Little Rock,
AR 72205, 501-552-4763. A reader writes: "Finally, a doctor in central
Arkansas has been located who actually listens to symptoms and doesn't
just look at test result numbers. Dr. Baldridge is known to spend time
with his patients, working with them, and adjusting their medication
until the patient feels better. He is generous with samples and he prescribes
Cytomel (T3).o (Added 4/04)
A reader writes:
"This guy prescribes Armour. My life has changed because of it!" (Added Apr 06)
"Please add his name as a physician who prescribes both Thyrolar and Armour." (June 2006)
Melissa Taliaferro, M.D., General practice/internist/primary care, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 106 Cherry Street (P.O. Box 400), Leslie, Arkansas, 72645, Ph/Fax: 870-447-2599 / 870-447-2917 email@example.com. A reader writes: "I've been a patient of Dr. Melissa's for over fifteen years and highly recommend her to anyone. She has regularly checked my thyroid tests (blood tests) and makes the proper recommendations for treatment. I appreciate her method of treatment and go to her with any problems I may have." (Added Dec. 2006)
Donald L. Bodenner, M.D.,Ph.D, endocrinologist, oncologist, VAMS
Center thyroid clinic, Slot 587, 4301 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205-7199
501-686-5130. A reader writes: "He came this year from the Mayo Clinic
to establish a thyroid clinic at the Med Center / VA. He sees his patients
on time, listens, offers alternatives, and gives the patient choices
Joe B. Colclasure ear, nose and throat, Little Rock. A reader tells
us, "My mother was diagnosed with a cold nodule on her thyroid...Dr.
Colclasure promptly felt it...sent her for a needle biopsy and then
on to another doctor. I was very pleased with his service...
Mary Sain, MD, Internal Medicine, 2601 Kavanaugh, #6, Little
Rock, AR 72205, 501-614-8072
A reader writes: "Incorporates holistic medicine in her practice"
(Added: June 2004)
A reader writes:
"After going to several doctors complaining that I still was not feeling good after having taken
levothyroxine and Synthroid, Dr. Sain actually listened. I found her on this website and she is an angel.
She agreed with treating my hypothyroidism with Armour. She actually tested for Free T3 which no one
else had done. In fact, Dr. Sain ran several tests that were abnormal that no one else had ran and not just
dealing all with thyroid problems. She listened attentively to me, she talked to me and she told me that
I did not have to live like this anymore. She doesn't follow traditional lab value ranges or treat
accordingly to just numbers. She listens to your symptoms. She also is aware of the new lab ranges
promulgated by the endocrinology association. She is a great doctor and truly takes a holistic approach
and helps to achieve the well being of you body, mind and soul. I highly recommend this excellent
doctor!!!! (Added 1/06)
Brendan Stack, MD, FACS, Otolaryngology. (was formerly located in
Hershey, PA.) Professor and Vice Chairman o Adult Services, Chief, Division Head and Neck Oncology,
Director of Clinical Research, University of Arkansas College of Medicine, Department of
Otolaryngology. 4301 W. Markham St., #543, Little Rock, AR 72205. 501-686-5140. (Updated
thyroid cancer and Dr. Stack removed my thyroid. He explained everything
to me very clearly. He was able to remove all the cancerous tissue and
at this time I am cancer-free. (Added 4/04)
A reader writes:
feel truly blessed to have found my "top doc" in Brendan Stack.
He has done a remarkable job with my thyroid cancer.His kindness &
caring is beyond compare. His nurse could not have been more special
too. She went out of her way to be sure that I was well taken care of
as well as my family. The wonderful sense of humor in Dr.Stack's office
helped so much to lift my spirits too. Thank you isn't enough."
(Added: June 2004)
Another reader writes:
"I highly recommend Dr. Stack not only for his kindness & compassion
but for his impressive abilities as a surgeon. He was always ready to listen to my concerns & explained
things in terms I could understand. The thing that made me most comfortable was that Dr. Stack
performs hundreds of thyroid surgeries a year..not just a few! That made me feel much more at ease.
If you are looking for an outstanding surgeon in PA., look no further!" (Added: June 2004)
Another reader writes:
"I went to Dr. Stack after doing a lot of research & after the recommendations on this site. He is an
excellent surgeon with years of experience with thyroid problems. He does listen intently to my concerns
& does not rush through the visit His staff was great – very caring & concerned not only with me but
it seems that every patient in that office was treated like they were very special people. My surgery went
very well and I too give Dr. Brendan Stack "two very enthusiastic thumbs up" He is my "top doc" as
well. (Added 6/05)
William Ford MD, Surgeon, Mountain Home, Arkansas, Ph/Fax: 870-425-9120. A reader writes: "Dr Ford is a Vascular Surgeon. I was referred for having thyroid Nodules........ Dr Ford was the 3rd Doctor I saw for my Nodules. He kept me on my Armor, monitored me with Ultrasound and labs every 8 weeks for changes in the nodules. Instead of wanting to do a total TT on me immediately he "wanted to make sure I really needed my thyroid out". I liked him so much, very kind, very experienced and likes Armor. I feel good and still have my thyroid. He will watch me with Ultrasound and is working with Dr Carol Chaney on my care.......Very professional and friendly office staff also. A+ I highly recommend him for any surgical opinions needed. And his office accepts insurance assignment and his First office visit was reasonable under $100. " (Added Dec. 2006)
Dr. Kimberly Garner, General Practice, 4747 Dusty Lake Drive, Pine Bluff,
Arkansas 71603, 870-879-6795. "She generally cares about her patients.
She takes her time with each one, even if she is behind on her appointments.,
She doesn't try to treat everything with extra medications, but actually
treats the whole patient."
Sherwood/North Little Rock
Raymond Maracek, M.D. Internist, special interest in endocrinology.
1308 Kiehly Avenue, Sherwood, AR 72120, Phone 501-835-0703. A reader
writes, “After years of major medical problems including eight hospital
stays in one year, I changed doctors and was very blessed in finding
Dr. Maracek. He not only listened but he did his own investigating (tests)
and then made his recommendations. He started me on thyroid medication
even though I was in the low-normal range, changed some other medications
I was on at the time, monitored me closely and encouraged me. I have
been in the hospital one time since and that was for a severe strep
infection - that being in the 10 years since first seeing Dr. Maracek.
What more could one ask for?"
Dr. Jeffery R. Baker, General Practice and Alternative Medicine , Immanuel
Clinic, 900 Dorman Springdale AR 72764, 28501 756-3251
"1. He listens,
2. He will work with the patient with his her specific needs. e.g. is
willing to work on getting my thyroid meds in balance rather than dismissing
my case on only one test result, 3. He also brings his wealth of knowledge
in sports medicine into his practice and this can be very helpful in
total body wellness."
"Dr. Baker is
wonderful!!! He listens and he works with you. I have been a patient for the past three years. He has been treating me for and an automimmune
disease of my thyroid and has me on a compounded, time released T-3 along
with synthroid. I can't begin to tell you how it has helped me and
improved the quality of my life. Don't hesitate to see him." (Added March 2009)
Dan Martin DOM, OMD, Alternative OM Medicine, 619 East 6th Street,
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854, 870-772-8622, firstname.lastname@example.org Northfieldclinic.info. A reader writes: “This
clinic uses Armour and treats Wilsons syndrome!” (Added 1/06)
A reader writes:
"He figures out why you have a problem. Instead of giving you a pill to fix a symptom" (Added Apr
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