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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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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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See Page 2 of California Thyroid Top Doctors listing

Albany

Dr. Marcey Shapiro, Wholistic Family Medicine, 1152 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706, 510-525-2200. http://www.marceyshapiro-md.com. A reader writes: "Marcey Shapiro uses herbs, acupuncture and nutrition as well as medications including Armour. She is willing to do whatever labwork is necessary. Her manner is warm and personable, and she is a good listener. She does not accept insurance, so the initial appointment is expensive, but then that allows her to spend a long time with you doing a thorough intake." (Added: June 2004)

Anaheim

Bruce Chow, OD General Practice 9581 Ball Road Anaheim CA 92804 A reader writes: "Dr. Chow is open to patient feedback, will call you personally with lab results, very caring and understanding, not in a hurry with patients. He will prescribe Armour and believes that just because a drug is newer, it's not necessarily better--he depends on patient input to decide if a medicine is appropriate or not." (Added 6/03)

Apple Valley

Stephen M. Damiani, DO, FAAIM, FACE, Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, 18092 Wika Rd. Hwy 18, Suite 110 Apple Valley, CA 82307, 760-946-3366, Fax: 760-946-3866 "I finally found a doctor that knew the right tests to give me and he found that I had Hashimotos and is treating me with Armour natural thyroid (Synthroid did not work for me). He always keeps on top of my health problems and concerns." (Added Dec. 04)

Another reader recommends Dr. Damiani:
"This doctor is a true specialist. He knows what tests to do and knows his profession. Most of all, he treats his patients with dignity and respect and takes all the time you need. Highly recommended!" (Added 10/05)

Another fan of Dr. Damiani:
"Very caring and knows how to treat a thyroid problem." (Added 10/05)

More praise for Dr. Damiani:
"I went to Dr. Damiani a few months ago after fighting with my HMO doctors for four years. I had an enlarged thyroid and mass in my neck that made swallowing difficult amongst other problems. Dr. Damiani immediately sent me to have an ultrasound and a CAT scan. To make a long story short, three weeks ago I had a rather large mass and thyroid removed and am beginning to feel better. Dr. Damiani continues to monitor me with blood work and medication. I am very happy to have at least found a doctor who is concerned about his patients!" (Added 10/05)

A reader writes:
"I have been sick for 14 months and seen over 20 docs and received no help at all! I wasn't until I was told about Dr. Damiani that I was able to finally receive the help and tests I needed. He is a wonderful doctor, who makes me feel comfortable whenever I am around him." (Added Apr 06)

Another fan:
Dr. Damiani, thyroid, 18092 Wika Rd.Suite 110, Apple Valley, CA 82307, 760-946-3866 A reader writes: "He is wonderful with his and stops at nothing to find the problems you are having to find a solution for you. Highly recommended." (June 2006)

Another fan:
"This Doctor is HIGHLY recommended! He is a TRUE professional that truly cares for each and every one of his patients! Weather it be thyroid or diabetes he's the ONE!" (August 2007)

More kudos:
"He listened and prescribed Armor. Totally not tsh obsessed.He has done all the labs I requested. A very smart man." (Added October 2007)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Damiani gave me to proper tests and with his guidance, got my thyroid blood results to a proper range within a few weeks. He followed up with ultrasound testing to track any changes with my thyroid glands. I would recommend him without reservation." (July 2008)

Another fan:
"Dr. Damiani is a true professional and he and his staff are a pleasure to see. He does his best to get to the root of any problem and doesn't hesitate to refer to the best surgical team at Loma Linda when necessary. I have a history of thyroid cancer and I know I am in good medical hands with him - he cares about his patients - and he has a great sense of humor! Just wanted to add my two cents worth!" (March 2009)

Arcadia

David Freeman M.D. -- NO LONGER LISTED (Deceased, early 2006)

Arcadia

Michael Lauer -- no longer listed


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Bakersfield

Dr. Ramchandra Ayyagari, Reproductive Endocrinology, 3535 San Dimas Street , Ste 20, Bakersfield, CA , 661/323-3266. A reader writes: "While being treated for fertility issues, my discussions with Dr. A included my thyroid condition. After a little bit of coaxing and promising to always be willing to get current labs, Dr. A agreed to prescribe Amour for me, when no one in Bakersfield, CA would. I am now on a dose that seems to work really well with my body, after years of Synthyroid, and am maintaining a health weight; without losing too much hair or having brittle nails. I am a bit of an anomaly as I was diagnosed with Graves disease at age nine, got it under control after four years of anti-thyroid medication, and then had a Throid Storm in my early thirties and was told by my doctors to take the radioactive iodine. Now I'm stuck without a thyroid and forever dependent on medication. Finally something a little more natural and doctor somewhat approved." (June 2006).

Bakersfield

Jason Helliwell; Siniva Kaneen, Other, 8501 Brimhall Rd. Building 300, Bakersfield, CA 93312, 661-377-1400/661-377-1402, www.advancedwomenshealthcenter.com

A reader writes: "A husband and wife Ob/Gyn team, with a P.A. They've been in business since 2005, and so far everyone who's seen them is pleased. They routinely do all the right tests for thyroid function, prescribe Armor or Naturethroid, and are willing to prescribe hormone on a trial basis if labs are normal. I'm not aware of anyone else in Bakersfield this advanced, and I've been looking for years." (May 2008)

Berkeley

Dr. Stephen Langer, General Preventive Medicine & Clinical Nutrition, 3031 Telegraph Ave. 548-7384 A reader writes: "After working with what was supposed to be one of the best endo's in the area and knowing that Synthroid didn't work for me, research on alternative medicine led me to Dr. Langer. A year after being diagnosed with Hashimoto's / Hypothyroidism I feel Dr. Langer has helped me get my life back. He believes in and prescribes Armour. He also has run other tests such as allergy and yeast to be sure that there are not other reasons for my fatigue. He won't stop until you feel good."

Another recommendation:
"I got Dr. Langer's name off of your website after I had pituitary surgery and then symptoms of dizziness, weight gain, and anxiety. All of those symptoms were keeping me from living my full and wonderful life. Two top endocrinologists told me 'nothing was wrong'. They said my blood was fine. Dr. Langer found food allergies, Hashimotos, Hyperthyroid and stayed with me every week for the past six months until I was myself again. Never have I met a doctor like this. His reputation in Berkeley with kids is also stellar. Thank you so much for the listing here and yes, it is true what the previous writer said; Dr. Langer will stay with you until you feel good, or great. He is the tops. Thanks for having this informative place. Without it, I would have been on all sorts of drugs. Thank you." (Added Dec. 04)

Another fan of Dr. Langer:
"I got Dr. Langer’s name and number off your website. After 15 years of feeling tired and my HMO doctor not listening to me, I saw Dr. Langer. In 2 weeks I was feeling great. It’s been 2 and a half months and I’m a new person. He started me on Armour Thyroid and supplements and I’m losing weight, motivated, and feeling so energized. I can’t thank him enough." (Added 10/05)

Another reader writes:
"For 4 years I lived half-a-life. I had so many symptoms -- recurrent mild yeast infection, temperature intolerance, fuzzy headedness, hair loss, constipation... I went from doctor to doctor ... covered specialists in endocrinology, internal medicine, hair loss specialists .... they all said things were normal .... but i didn't FEEL normal... It was frustrating feeling half-alive... and having everyone imply that my symptoms were imagined or just natural part of getting older (i was 26 when this started!!) I found out about Dr.langer on a website. He changed my life. Within a month of seeing Dr.Langer i saw an improvement in my symptoms and after 6 months and adjusted armour dosage i was bask to feeling NORMAL again with ALL my symptoms resolved and the hair loss decreased. To say Dr.Langer is wonderful would be an understatement -- that how much of a difference he made in my life." (August 2007)

Another reader writes:
"I found Dr. Langer on your website after not getting any help for my extreme fatigue. After just two sessions - one for my health history and another after a lab tests, Dr. Langer put me on the tiniest pill I've ever seen, Armor thyroid, and it has literally changed my life! I feel quite normal now and am so thankful for your help in directing me to Dr. Langer. In fact, Dr, Langer was so thorough with me, in our very first conversation he realized he could also help my son's digestion problems. He ordered lab tests for my son, and literally had his problem figured out by the very first visit! We were astounded to find out that he was very allergic to some common foods and avoiding them has helped him tremendously. Thank you very much for providing a service that sends us to such fine doctors!" (May 2008)

Berkeley

Arlan Cohn -- no longer listed -- retired (May 2008)

Beverly Hills

Boris Catz, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.R.S.M., Endocrinology, 435 N. Roxbury Dr. #102, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 273-1766. "I was told I had chronic fatigue and was a closet eater. I was told about Dr. Catz and found out I did not have chronic fatigue but hypothyroid. I had a goiter and tumors. Who knows what would have happened and I was referred to Dr. Catz." (added 1/04)

Another reader writes:
"I meet people all over the place who have had difficulty in diagnosing thyroid problems. When they talk about who finally diagnosed and successfully treated them, Dr. Catz has been their savior!" (Added 4/04)

Another reader writes:
"I've been trying to find out for over a year why I'm exhausted when I wake up and was on depression medication. I thought it was just part of getting older. A friend at work went to Dr. Catz, after getting normal thyroid test results, and found out through ultrasound that she has an enlarged thyroid that was cutting off her air, so they thought she had sinus problems. In 2 weeks on medication, her neck was 2 1/2 inches smaller. I found out that even though I had negative thyroid tests, I had 6 goiters on my thyroid. I am on medication and am excited to get my life back! " (Added: Dec. 04)

Another reader writes:
"I had been very ill for over a year, after the birth of my first child. After seeing numerous doctors here in Bakersfield, I heard about Dr. Catz. He found that I had a goiter, and an under active thyroid gland. He prescribed thyroid hormones, and I've been well. I've been treated now by Dr. Catz for over twenty years, and I am so grateful to him. Before I found him I thought my life was over. I actually wanted it to be because I was so ill." (Added 6/05)

Another fan:
A reader writes: "I found Dr. Boris Catz, here in Beverly Hills. He has reduced his hours a bit, so getting in to see him could take awhile, however he seems to be worth the wait. Rather than seeing him and then ordering tests, he prefers to send you for blood work and a Thyroid ultrasound previous to your appointment. This way he can examine you and have the results right there to consult. It is quite nice to have everything there and have him interpret the results. He was well informed, friendly, and very good about giving information out right away on thyroid disease. I have only just started to see him, but I feel confident in his abilities, and in his obviously vast experience." (October 2006)

Another fan of Dr. Catz:
I've been treated for hypothyroidism for nearly 14 years. For the last 2 years I've had many symptoms, but the test always come back "normal" Dr Catz found that I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which caused gall bladder problem that was misdiagnosed as I.B.S. and Acid Reflux. He discovered antibodies and the need for both thyroid hormones (Synthroid and Cytomel [T4 and T3]) and DuoZyme . He also found that my daughter has Hashimoto's, and enlarged thyroid, and a nodule. She needs only T3 at this point. We both are taking more folic acid, as well. Dr. Catz helped us by doing more complete testing instead of just the "routine". He is the only one who will - I've been to several, I know what I'm talking about." (October 2006)

Another fan:
"After years of being ignored by my GP and tired of feeling exhausted, cold, and unable to lose weight even though I was dieting and exercising like crazy, I decided to take matters into my own hands and found Dr. Catz in your web page. My blood work was fine but after taking the time to recollect my family history, and looking at my thyroid ultrasound Dr. Catz found out I do have a Thyroid problem. I have no words to explain how great it felt to finally have somebody really listening and doing something about it." (October 2006).

Another Catz fan:
"Dr. Catz saved me. At the age of 19, I was misdiagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian syndrome and told I would never have children. A friend recommended me to Catz and he told me the previous diagnosis was wrong and that all I had hypothyroid. I have been on the medicine for 3 months and taken a new set of fertility tests and my OB/GYN said that I need to start birth control if I don't want to get pregnant because I am " fertile Myrtle." Thank you Dr. Catz." (Added Dec. 2006)

Another reader writes:
"I was overweight, tired, depressed, and after having 3 miscarriages VERY upset and fed up with doctors who couldn't help me. Then God (through a close family friend) sent me to Dr. Catz! I now have energy, lost weight, happy, and have a beautiful daughter! Dr. Catz took the time to listen to me and answer ALL of my questions. He helped me get my life back and it was better than it has ever been! Dr. Catz is an expert in thyroidism and I for one am grateful for all he has done for me!!" (Added Dec. 2006)

Beverly Hills

Joshua Trabulus M.D. -- no longer listed (May 2008)

Beverly Hills

Cathie Lippman, MD, Environmental and Preventive Medicine, 291 S. La Cienega Bl, Ste 207, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-289-8430/310-289-8165, doclipp@aol.com. A reader writes: "Caring and knowledgable." (June 2006).

Beverly Hills

Pejman Cohan MD, 150 N Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211-2142. (310) 657-3030.

Note: This doctor is reportedly using the old, out-of-date TSH lab reference range. (May 2008)

A reader writes: "This is the BEST and most knowledgeable doctor I have ever been to. He has such amazing bedside manners as well. Have been to 4 different endocrinologist and they couldn't figure out my condition. The minute I walked in, he knew. He is amazing with analyzing your blood test too. LOVED him." (October 2006).

A reader writes: "My husband had Graves disease in 1994;and has had multiple health problems since. Dr.Cohen and his staff are kind, professional, and genuinely concerned. He was the FIRST to tell him "I will try to help you feel the best that you can"...I was in tears to finally have found a physician that wanted to help us!" (August 2007)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Cohan has always taken the time to explain everything to me and make sure I understand what is going on. I completely trust his decisions." (Added October 2007)

Beverly Hills

Dr. Eva Cwynar, Endocrinologist, 465 N. Roxbury Drive, Suite 733, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Phone/Fax: 310-271-5438 310-271-5920 www.dreva.com
A reader writes: "I had been seeing an internist who prescribed bio-identical hormones to me for hypothyroid and after almost 2 years of not being on a regulated dosage I decided to get a second opinion. Dr. Eva ran extensive tests and diagnosed me with Hashimoto's Disease. So we are in the process of changing my medication and I have more energy than I did three months ago. I like Dr. Eva's energy when she comes in the room. She really knows her stuff compared with my previous Doc. She is straightforward but in a caring way and willing to work with integrative medicine as well as traditional. I went to her because I heard she would prescribe armor. I feel like I am in good hands and will soon be on a good healthy track in treating my thyroid." (Added October 2007)

Another fan:
"My friends and family agree with me that Dr.Eva is absolutely the most caring and meticulous doctor we have ever been to. An office visit with her is long and relaxed as she doesn't over-schedule. Her office staff is amazing." (July 2008)

Beverly Hills

Payam Kerendian -- no longer listed

Buellton

Barney Van Valin, General practice/internist/primary care, 185 W Hwy 246, Buellton, CA, 93427, 805-680-3091. "Dr Van Valin is a fabulous open minded, forward thinking doctor. He looks beyond the generally accepted methods of treating illness and never hesitates to think outside the conventional medicine box. He has successfully treated me and others in my area who suffer with MS symptoms by balancing thyroid, cortisol, and other hormone levels. Dr Van Valin has been a God send to me and I highly recommend him." (August 2007)

Brentwood

Richard Guttler (Richard B. Guttler, MD / Santa Monica Thyroid Center / Santa Monica Thyroid Diagnostic Center ) -- Not listed. (For information, see: About Richard Guttler, Richard Guttler's Dogma)

Burbank

Dr. Richard Anderson, Internal Medicine, 2701 W. Alameda Ste 200, Burbank, Ca 91501, 818-843-4192. A reader writes: "I have been going to Doctor Anderson for over 10 years. I first approached him with using Armour about 6 years ago. I thought he would shoot it down. He listened to me and made the changes. I moved to a different city and tried new doctors. All refused to put me back on Armour. I decided to drive the 30 miles when I realized he was the BEST! " (Added: June 2004)

Another reader writes:
"He is very in tune with a patient's needs physically and emotionally. Very honest with a great sense of humor." (Added 6/05)

Yet another reader writes:
"He is the best. He knows his stuff. He listens to me and involves me in the decisions, lets me make choices." (Added 6/05)

Burbank

Dr. Ronald Stein -- no longer listed (July 2008)

Camarillo

Harvey Schneir, MD -- NO LONGER LISTED

Chico

James Nagel, Internal Medicine, 1560 Humbolt Rd, Chico, CA 95928 530-893-0105, A reader writes: "Stays up to date with treatments. Listens to his patients all the way through!!!!" (Added June 2005)

A reader writes:
"I went to Dr. Nagel based on this site's recommendations and am very happy with my treatment for hypothyroidism. Dr. Nagel listened to my concerns, ran extensive tests, and decided to put me on Armour (my previous doctors prescribed synthetics that were not working well enough). Now I feel so much better!" (Added 1/06)

Chico

Dr. Leena Singh, Endocrinologist, Chico, CA 95926

"I was referred to Dr. Singh after I tested positive for hypothyroidism. She was very attentive, listened to all of my issues, and was thorough in prescribing the blood work. I was further diagnosed with Hashimotos, something my general practitioner didn't even screen for. My general practitioner prescribed Armor and Dr. Singh was supportive with having me continue on Armor Thyroid." (May 2008)

Chico

Edward Meyer -- no longer listed

Costa Mesa

Alvin M. Yee, General practice/internist/primary care, Griffin Medical Group 1650 Adams Ave, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626, Ph/Fax: 714-549-6500 - 714-549-6552. www.griffinmedical.com. dr.yee@griffinmedical.com. A reader writes: "I was treating w/ my primary Dr. (through my HMO), she had put my on Synthroid?, and I was constantly feeling poorly. After two years, I went and saw Dr. Yee, he gradually shifted me to an Armor Thyroid Medication, And I now feel "normal" again, even better. I ended up losing a little weight, and was able to concentrate a lot easier. I owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Yee for making what seemed to be such a simple change in my treatment." (Added Dec. 2006)

Costa Mesa

Judi Goldstone, General practice/internist/primary care, 1650 Adams Ave Costa Mesa, 92626 714 549-6550 www.griffinmedical.com dr.goldstone@griffinmedical.com

A reader writes:
Dr. Judi Goldstone is a fantastic ohysician who treats my daughter and I as well as many of my neighbors for hypothyroidism. She spent over an hour with me going over my abg tests and symptoms. My daughter and i are feeling so much better. We have energy, have lost considerable weight, no longer constipated or depressed and no longer have cold feet and hands. Dr. Goldstone is simply a great internal medicine specialist " (March 2009)

Covina

James Privitera -- no longer listed

Chino

Ali Etemadian Internal Medicine Riverside Dr. Chino, CA 91710 909-591-6227. A reader writes: "Personal care, sympathetic, willing to listen to patient needs and ideas... An amazing man and doctor who I would recommend to anyone with or without thyroid problems." (Added 11/02)

Del Mar (San Diego area)

A reader writes: "Dr. Monica Moore takes time to hear all my concerns and I never feel rushed when I'm there. She actually SAT DOWN in front of me and asked me a whole battery of questions, successfully diagnosing my hypothyroidism with embarrassingly little help from me. She has been very open to my suggestions and concerns about my medication and is never defensive about my questions regarding my lab numbers. She's just so open-minded and has really involved me in my own path to wellness. Her office staff is the BEST, so friendly and helpful, I can't help but smile even when I'm feeling lousy. (619)793-5000"

Note: This doctor may not be accepting new patients. Call ahead to check.

Downey

David Berger -- no longer listed

Encinitas

Shen Wang MD, Neurologist, 477 N El Camino Real #310, Encinitas, CA 92024, 760-942-2222. A reader writes: "After several years of attempts of having the thyroid treated I questioned DR Wang as to tests in normal range despite all symptoms of hypo. I was shocked with his admitting to me quite often tests are normal & a very broad range of normal. He has medical records on me for 14 years & has seen dramatic changes. With my finally questioning him over such he put me on Armour realizing I had not been treated for this problem & needed to be. My GP who is listed here as a top thyroid DR ignored my complaints stating tests were normal. Period. No discussion. I was quite thrilled to finally have this problem addressed properly with feeling results. I wish I had of realized a neurologist could have diagnosed this long time ago." (Added: June 2004)

Note: This doctor is a neurologist, and is most likely to refer you to a another doctor for thyroid care, so check ahead of time. (Added Dec 04)

Encinitas

Ujwala Rajgopal, General Surgery, 320 Santa Fe # 300, CA, 92024, 760-753-5667. A reader writes: "Excellent technique." (Added 6/05)

Encinitas

Dr. Paula Luber, General practice/internist/primary care, 317 N. El Camino Real #104, Encinitas, California, 92024, 760-944-3408.

A reader writes: "I would like to add my recommendation of Dr. Paula Luber to your site. I have Hashimoto's and endured years of not feeling well while being treated "by the book". Finally, I decided to seek counsel outside the group of doctors I was seeing. At Dr. Luber's recommendation, I began taking Armour Thyroid in place of a synthetic and began to notice a difference almost at once. Adjusting the dosage to what worked took a little time but she was always helpful and willing to listen to how I was feeling, not just what my "numbers" were. Dr. Luber seemed genuinely excited at the improvements I was seeing. Probably my most exciting moment was going to the HMO for a different issue and finding out I had a 65 pulse. My resting pulse had been in the high 80's to low 90's for years! With the new treatment, I've lost that "low-lying anxiety" feeling that I had even on my best days. My T3 and T4 are nicely balanced now, instead of my T4 being high and my T3 being low. I only wish I had been able to find a doctor to "think outside the box" with me years ago. If you are in the greater San Diego area, I highly recommended Dr. Luber. She is a family physician and thyroid patient herself who has walked in our shoes. She uses Armour Thyroid, deals with adrenal issues, and uses a functional medicine approach to wellness with her patients." (August 2007)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Luber was my rescuing angel after many, many misdiagnoses and unsuccessful treatments. I had consults with family practitioners who did not know how to treat hypothyroidism and a wildly (and high) fluctuating TSH, psychiatrists who asserted my problem was all in my head (even when presented with medical journal literature on the emotions and the endocrine system!), and endocrinologists who simply looked at by lab values and said I was fine, refusing to treat me. (At one point, I was almost too weak to stand.) With Dr. Luber's personal approach--looking at the patient and *not* simply the numbers--my hypothyroidism is under control and I am now fully functional--I am feeling like myself again. (Dr. Luber prescribes Armor Thyroid, which is a T4/T3 therapy. Most doctors use only T4 supplementation.)" (May 2008)

Encinitas

Linda Olafson, MD, General practice/internist/primary care, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 317 N. El Camino Real, Suite 104, Encinitas, CA , 92024, Phone/Fax: 760-944-2986, Fax 479-0875 www.lindaolafsonmd.com
A reader writes: "Dr Olafson helped me with a recent thyroid issue. After visiting a couple other doctors who were not very helpful, I saw Dr Olafson who determined that I was hyperthyroid. She spent more time with me then any other doctor I've seen and actually listened to my concerns. Her approach was extremely comprehensive and included both medications and supplements such as magnesium, CoQ10, and Acetyl-L-Carnitne. Soon thereafter, my symptoms improved and I am feeling much better. I would highly recommend Dr Olafson for thyroid or any other related issues." (Added October 2007)

Fresno

Joseph B. Hawkins Jr., Endocrine, 1377 E. Herndon Ave., Fresno, CA 431-6197. A reader writes: "Dr. Hawkins is a great listener and let's me be apart of my thyroid health care. I am a relatively new patient but I have great expectations. He has already helped me tremendously."

A reader writes:
"Dr. Hawkins was a great communicator, which seems such a rarity today, especially with Specialists. He is extremely knowledgeable, caring and enthusiastic in his approach to treatment. I highly recommend him. He's simply the best in the Valley, if not one of the best in the country!" (Added 6/03)

Another reader recommends Dr. Hawkins:
"Dr. Hawkins is a great communicator. He's knowledgeable and compassionate. He's been the first Dr. to sit down and really explain my disease in terms that made sense to me. I recommend him highly. He's simply the best in the Central Valley, and probably one of the best in the country!" (Added 6/03)

Fresno

Paul Norwood -- no longer listed (October 2007)

Fresno

Dr. Deborah Van Gundy, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, 7300 N. Fresno St., Kaiser Permanente, Fresno, CA 93720, (559) 448-4370, http://www.permanente.net/homepage/kaiser/doctor/deborahvangundy/. A reader writes: "A friend recommended Dr. Van Gundy because she was a good listener and helpful with her lupus. I arrived prepared with printouts about the new TSH range. But , she already knew about the range and was quite willing to work with me to get my TSH below 2." (Added Apr 06)

Fresno

William R. Work, M.D., Family Practice/Anti-Aging, 1660 E Herndon Ave, #101, Fresno, CA 93720, 559-435-8000/559-380-2879, wworkmd@comcast.net/www.drworkmd.com. A reader writes: "Has been using Armour successfully for years." (Added Apr 06)

Fresno

Dr. Srikanth, Endocrinologist, 1805 E. Fir, Suite 101, Fresno, CA. 559 323-9236. A reader writes: "I have found Dr. Srikanth to be not only knowledgeable,easy to understand,she also explained thyroid function,disease and treatment in a way that a patient can understand as well. Most important to me was that she listened to my symptoms (not just test results), and made minor adjustments on medication that has made a huge improvement in how I feel. I will always be grateful!!" (October 2006).

Another reader writes:
"I have been seeing Dr. Srikanth for a year. My symptoms on synthetic medication were getting worse after using for 17 years. Dr. reevaluated and put me on Armor Thyroid, things are turning around for the better, I haven't had my followup with her yet. I have read Dr. Shames book and have changed when I take my pill, what I am eating/drinking and supplements I am ingesting. Good luck on your path!" (May 2008)

Fresno

Ioana S. Schipor, MD, Surgeon, 1351 E. Spruce Avenue, Fresno, CA 93720, (559) 432-3303, www.ccent.com

"When Dr. Schipor told me I had thyroid cancer and had to have my thyroid surgically removed, she was excellent. She explained everything so well and answered all my questions. She is a very talented surgeon and gives great after-care. I would highly recommend her." (May 2008)

Fountain Valley

Dr. Stanley Arnold -- no longer listed (October 2007)

Fountain Valley

Allen Green, M.D.18152 Brookhurst St. Fountain Valley, CA. 92708 (714)378-5656. Another reader writes: "I found this Doc on the Forest Labs site after hearing about it in Mary's newsletter. His office staff and the one Nurse that I met are very efficient, professional, & personable. The Nurse told me all of my vitals without me having to ask! It's been a very long time since I've seen a group this good! Dr. Green is very knowledgeable and up to date on thyroid issues. He listens to you and makes you feel very comfortable even if you have an embarrassing Alzheimer's moment or two (as I did). He will work with you to obtain "your" health goals." (Added 11/02)

Another reader writes:
"I have been going to Dr. Green for over 7 yrs., and would never consider going elsewhere. He and his staff value your time, I have never had to wait over 10 minutes to be seen, very rare now! They are all very respectful and treat us as clients. Dr. Green is an amazing doctor, keeps up to date, welcomes your input and when he comes up with a plan and you follow it - it works!" (Added 6/05)

Fountain Valley

Dr. Evelyne Llorente, General practice/internist/primary care, 11180 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA , 92708 (714) 596-2040

A reader writes:
I found Dr. Llorente on the Wilson's Syndrome website and she is wonderful. She really listened to me and did extensive blood work - not just the usual TSH tests. She prescribed T3 for me as well as bio identical hormones. She is an internist, so she takes care of everything for me. Dr. Llorente truly cares about her patients." (March 2009)

Glendale

Dr. Barry Cohan -- no longer listed

Glendale

Dr. Stephan Hasinski -- no longer listed (October 2007)

Glendora

Dr. Cynthia Stuart, General practice/internist/primary care, 440 W. Foothill Blvd, Glendora, CA 91741

"Excellent open-minded and caring doctor. She is extremely helpful and allows you to be a part of the decision-making process. She continues to help even if you're not in the same city or country (like I am). I would highly recommend her to everyone." (May 2008)

Goleta

Diana L. Schwarzbein -- NO LONGER LISTED, Left practice to focus on training (April 2006)

Greenbrae

Dr James Gardner, General practice/internist/primary care, 599 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ste. #203, Greenbrae, CA., 9490, 415-925-8888, Fax #: 415-925-8880. http://www.gardnermd.com. A reader writes: "Very thorough, open to patient input, was happy to put me on the natural thyroid medication of my choice. His philosophy is that the patient knows what medication they feel their best on, not what the pharmaceutical companies say is best. You will see on his website that his philosophy is fully integrated and his considers the most valuable opinion is the patients. I have known him personally for a very long time, and have seen him as my own physician through cancer, bone marrow transplant and now hypothyroidism. His willingness to literally sacrifice his own personal time and finances to help his patients is unparalleled. He has been given some of the usual misinformation about Synthroid but still allowed me to choose the natural medication of my choice. I know he has done this for other patients as well, because others had come to him with similar complaints about the doctor not letting them choose their own prescription. His office is very thorough and ON TOP OF THINGS. They treat their patients like family, not as a $ sign. I wish there were more doctors like him. I travel an hour and 15 minutes to see him because he is such a dedicated man." (Added Dec. 2006)

Harbor City

Robert Zane, General Surgery, 25825 Vermont Avenue, Kaiser Permanente, Harbor City, CA 90731, 310-517-3400. http://www.kaiserpermanente.com. "No nonsense doc. Understood my wanting to get the lumps out asap. did such a great job my work called to make sure i could come back so quickly."

Harbor City

Dr. Gary Belzberg, General Surgery, 25825 Vermont Avenue, Harbor City, CA 90731, 310-325-5111 www.kaiserpermanente.com "Extremely knowledgeable and professional; a true expert on the thyroid. I was very concerned about my thyroid problem and had done a lot of research. I had seen two specialists and wasn't very confident with either one. Then I met Dr. Belzberg and was very impressed. He answered all of my questions and more including the history on thyroid surgery. His expertise put me at ease and the following surgery went perfectly. I would highly recommend him to anyone with a serious thyroid disease." (Added Dec. 04)

Hemet

Hitendra Shah, Family Practice, 229 West 7th Street, Hemet, CA, 92583. 909-487-2550. hhshahmd@hotmail.com. "He listens to you and answers all the questions. He performs all necessary tests and then prescribes Armour thyroid if necessary. He is also well acquainted with herbs and natural non drug alternatives."

Another reader writes:
"I started seeing Dr. Shah when I was 11 years old due to my thyroid and hormone imbalance. He has helped me through puberty!! He's a great doctor. We have sent at least 10 friends to him with wonderful results. Thank God." (May 2008)

Another reader writes:
"Six years ago, I spent my days sitting on the couch because I was so exhausted and depressed that I could hardly move and was afraid to tell anyone. My daughter found our WONDERFUL Dr. Shah on this website and my life has totally changed for the BETTER!!! Dr. Shah listened to me, my symptoms, and was so kind and hopeful. With Armor and natural Progesterone, I've had my life given back to me." (May 2008)

Another fan:
Thank God for Dr. Shah and this website!!!! I found Dr. Shah on this website about six years ago. Now, my whole family and many friends also see him. He listens to your symptoms, gives you hope, knows many alternatives--including ARMOR-- and natural progesterone....which I needed desperately. I am very grateful to this patient, smart, kind man." (May 2008)

Another reader writes:
"I went to Dr.Shah based on the recommendation of this site and he has changed my life! Prior to seeing Dr.Shah I was experiencing fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, mild depression and I felt like i could barely function. I saw many doctors who would rule out thyroid problems after performing a blood test which always came out normal. Instead they would tell me my symptoms were from stress and anxiety. Then I went to see Dr.Shah, he was the first doctor who told me normal thyroid levels doesn't mean its OPTIMUM. He treated me with Armor and within no time I was back to normal. I highly recommend Dr. Shah he's truly one of the best doctors I've been to." (May 2008)

Hermosa Beach

Renee Love, Other, 1438 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach CA 90254, 3107982656, www.lovenaturalhealth.net / reneelove@labiomed.org

"Renee is an amazing Naturopath...she is very determined to find the root cause of the issues that I bring to her. I would highly recommend her to anyone I know, including my family." (May 2008)

Inglewood

Boyapall Remuka MD, 501 E Hardy St, Ste 110, Inglewood, CA 90301-4015. (310) 412-1096. A reader writes: "Will prescribe Armour, takes Blue Cross, returns phone calls, is not intimidated by informed patients, will work with you. Fairly traditional mindset/training, but she has allowed me to combine Armour with my synthetic T4 and to raise my dose because symptoms haven't been alleviated even though lab numbers are "normal" and TSH is low. (October 2006).

Irvine

Julie Kahn, Naturopathic Doctor, 4 Hughes #175, Irvine, CA, 92618, Phone: (949)600-5100 Fax: (949) 600-5101, http://www.iprogressivemed.com. A reader writes: "Dr. Kahn is a very caring, attentive doctor who listens to me and really takes seriously my concerns. She attempts to incorporate my treatments with my life. I started my search for an Alternative Medicine doctor after being told by my new Endocrinologist that I should take cholesterol medicine for a total cholesterol of 205. I was feeling fatigued, brain fog, no energy, all the usual symptoms of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Dr. Kahn had me tested for food sensitivities and allergies and for adrenal function. Discovered I had many food sensitivities and had very low adrenal function. After changing my diet to eliminate the problem foods and starting a supplement program for the adrenal function, I am feeling so much better! No insurance in California for NDs, but their office does blood work on the premises and will bill your PPO or medicare. And the cost of an office visit is 1/2 what a conventional MD would charge. Well worth it!"(August 2007)

A reader writes:
"I have seen three doctors for my hashimoto's disease. I was fed up after my last doctor kept telling me I am stressed and I need to see a therapist and take prozac. I asked her to run more tests but she looked at my previous blood test and said you seem fine. So I googled to see if I can find the best thyroid drs in Southern California. Stumbled on this website and found Dr. Kahn. A little hesitant because I had to pay out of pocket. I answered a full questionnaire. She went through it and asked me questions. She ordered to test my B12, iodine, food allergies and adrenals. All tests came back and she gave me B12, iodine and adrenal support. I have to cut out quite a bit for food allergies but in less than a week I have lost 7 lbs and tons of energy. My hashimoto's symptoms - allergies, puffy eyes, tired all the time and digestion problems have disappeared or subsided. Dr. Kahn explained each test and what each deficiency affects my body. " (March 2009)

La Jolla

Mark Stengler, Naturopathic Doctor, 8950 Villa La Jolla Drive Suite A-107, La Jolla, CA, 92037, 858-450-7120 www.lajollawholehealth.com info@lajollawholehealth.com

A reader writes:
Dr. Stengler is exceptional, bright and informed. He is a great listener and definitely treats symptoms! He prescribes Armour and orders extensive tests not just TSH. He truly looks at the whole health picture and takes time to understand the patient's needs. I would highly recommend him." (March 2009)

La Jolla

David M. Odom, MD - no longer listed

Lafayette

Dr. Peter A. Linfoot, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Internal Medicine, Peter Linfoot PhD, MD, Endocrinologist, 978 Second St Ste 220, Lafayette, CA 94549, 925-962-1240 925-962-6984, peterlinfootmd.com.

A reader writes: "This doctor takes the time to listen and address the concerns of the patient. He seems to me most concerned to getting to the root of the problem and correcting it. His office setting is very relaxing and not at all like the typical doctor’s office. He takes all of your information during the appointment so that it will be instantly available at the next appointment. All of my questions were answered in a simple way that showed me that the doctor does not feel threatened by a patient asking questions. He also ordered the most detailed set of lab work that I have ever had done. I highly recommend Dr. Linfoot to anyone who is having problems getting answers to their medical situation." (Added 10/05)

Lafayette

Dr. Ashby, General practice/internist/primary care, 1012A 2nd Street, Lafayette, CA, 94549, Phone/Fax: 925-283-1210
A reader writes: "I was seeing a doctor for 3 years who kept telling me that my thyroid was doing well on Synthroid despite the fact that I was putting on weight, losing hair and more. I ended up in the ER with edema, that was the last straw. I started looking for another doctor. I found Dr. A. Elaine Ashby, she listened to me. The first visit she put me on Armor and Levoxyl. I had blood tests about every 6-8 weeks for almost a year. I had developed reverse T3 which even the Endocrinologist I was referred to did no check for. Dr. Ashby gave me back my life and made me feel in control again. I have had 2 adjustments to my meds and now I only test every 6 months." (Added October 2007)

Laguna Beach, Orange County

Dr. Janet Huang Endocrinologist 3182 Coast Highway, Suite 405 Laguna Beach, CA 92651 is 949-872-2850. A reader shares, "I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s in April 1999. I have seen two other endocrinologists and they both told me to take my Synthroid and there was nothing else wrong with me. Dr. Huang cares enough to look more deeply at the individual. She found high testosterone levels and is currently working on this problem, then she will start on the next symptom so that hopefully I can feel like I used to (normal). She stays on top of all the new research and is very well educated. I have referred a friend to her who has had hyperthyroidism for a few years and other symptoms. Dr. Huang is treating her and she also feels back to normal. We swear by her!!!!!"

Laguna Hills

Manuel Fernandez, MD endocrinologist. Kaiser Permanente, Imperial/Orchard Medical Offices, Downey, CA 90242, (800) 823-4040

NOTE: Dr. Fernandez is no longer in private practice, and is now working for Kaiser Pemanente HMO. Only available to Kaiser HMO members in the area.

Writes one reader, "Besides being my cousin, he was there for me when I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. I am on Lithium, but no one ever bothered to look at my thyroid gland although I was having symptoms before being put on lithium. My cousin said to me that lithium can BRING out thyroid disease that is already there. It apparently runs in our family. Most of my cousins, his sisters, have it. His wife tells me he is most helpful to women going through difficult post partum times. He is a devoted endocrinologist."

Another reader recommends Dr. Fernandez:
"Until I found Dr. Fernandez, I was so tired I couldn't get off the couch. My hair was falling out in chunks, my sudden weight gain couldn't be explained and my cholesterol fell into the high risk category. A previous doctor was hesitant to run the correct tests which finally confirmed a diagnosis of Hashimoto's. I was prescribed Synthroid, but my symptoms weren't improving and in some cases were getting worse. This is when a friend recommended Dr. Fernandez. He suggested we try Armour Thyroid instead and took the time and ran the tests necessary to get to the root of my problem. His compassion and knowledge changed my life. Every symptom has improved dramatically for me, including a normal cholesterol range, finally. If you feel like you aren't getting the answers you need or the understanding you deserve, I can't recommend Dr. Fernandez highly enough." (Added 2/03)

More praise from a reader for Dr. Fernandez:
"Previous doc said that my 3.3 levels were "just fine" and my weight gain, fatigue, etc was just because I turned 30. Went to Dr. Fernandez who spent over an hour with me, answering my questions and really made me feel comfortable. I can't thank him enough!!" (1/04)

Another reader writes:
"Smart, supportive, friendly, explains things thoroughly. I travel over 60 miles each way just to continue with the very effective plan he developed to treat my Graves Disease." (Added 4/04)

NOTE: Readers report that Dr. Fernandez is no longer in private practice, and is now working for an HMO. (October 2006.)

Laguna Hills,

Dr. Sandeep Chaudhary, Endocrinology, 24012 Calle de la Plata, CA, 92654, 949-770-4177. A reader writes: "I was recommended to see Dr. Chaudhary. He is extremely thorough, very detail oriented. He went through all of my symptoms, all of my previous lab results, and gave me an even greater understanding of how to treat this disease. He also uncovered pre-diabetes, which my former doctor wouldn't even test for, despite nonexistent weight loss (7x/week workouts and restricted diet). I truly have more control of my health!" (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
"I met Dr. Chaudhary after being diagnosed with a large nodule on my thyroid gland. He was extremelythorough and very kind. He explained all the options and help me to proceed accordingly with the right plan of care. He referred me to an excellent surgeon. I had my thyroid gland removed. My surgery went well but since then, I have been struggling a bit to get my levels to a normal value. Dr Chaudhary has been very supportive and helps keep me positive and on track. He is sensitive to patient's needs. I am a nurse and would highly recommend him." (Added 1/06)

Laguna Hills

Dr. Alan O. Marcus, endocrinologist 23961 Calle de la Magdalena. Suite 531, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. 949-770-4177. A reader tells us, "After seeing 3 different endocrinologists who wouldn’t listen to me that I still didn’t feel good & always felt tired and all said my blood results were "normal" I went out of my HMO and went to see Dr. Marcus. He listened to me completely & knew exactly what my problem was. He also switched me to Armour Thyroid (which I wanted) but the other endocrinologist refused me. I highly recommend Dr. Marcus!"

Another recommendation:
He made me feel like a human again after years of suffering. I will always be thankful." (Added Dec. 04)

Another reader writes: "I am an internal medical specialist and work for the VA in Long Beach but am a patient of Dr. alan Marcus's for the last 10 years. He is the greatest. He is so brilliant that no one else was able to tell me what was wrong with me but him. As a result, I am a healthy, thin, diabetic, post thyroidectomy patient that is very grateful to Dr. Marcus. He has the best bedside manner and a photographic memory. He is world renowned. Please recommend him to any one."(August 2007)

Laguna Niguel

A reader writes: "My top doc is psychiatrist Dr. Martin T. Jensen from Laguna Niguel, CA. He treats people in person and over the phone. His website is http://www.drjensen.com"

Lake Forest

Dr. Raymond Chang, endocrinologist. 23331 El Toro Rd, STE 102, Lake Forest, CA 92630, 949-916-9100/ 949-916-0091, www.scke.org. A reader informs us, "I went outside of my HMO because I wasn’t getting the answers I needed. Dr. Chang is an expert in thyroid problems, and is caring and gentle as well. He listens to your concerns, never hurries you through appointments, and fully explains everything to you. He is a first-class thyroid specialist."

Another reader writes:
"He is extremely caring and compassionate. Plus he has a sense of humor. He willingly gives above and beyond normal care. I happily recommend him to everyone!" (Added Dec. 04)

Another fan:
"I second the comments of the other reader regarding Dr. Chang. He really took time to make his patient, my 11-year-old son, feel comfortable. I also went outside my HMO network to see him as most other doctors will not deal with grey areas such as a "low normal" as an indicator that the patient really does need thyroid treatment." (Added: Dec. 04)

Lakeport

Dr Laura Wedderburn Internal Medicine 5375 Lakeshore Blvd Lake County Lakeport, CA 95453 707-263-5679 A reader writes: "She said that how you feel is more important than test results and has experience with T3. She was very caring and listened to me. She even asked how I felt. Awesome. Also, she accepts Medi-Cal, a really big plus for me. It did take a month to get in to see her, so call early!" (Added 11/02)

Lake Tahoe

Dr. Janice Levesque -- NO LONGER LISTED (Moved to Washington state)

Long Beach

Yvonne Tyson, Family Practice, 911 E. San Antonio Drive, Long Beach, CA 90807, Phone: 562-423-0436, A reader writes: "She listens and will work with the patient to resolve problems. I have been on Armour for approximately 12 months, being evaluated for thyroid levels every two month. We are almost at a maintenance dose now." (Added: Dec. 04)

Long Beach

Dr. Berkson -- no longer listed

Los Angeles

Richard Guttler (Richard B. Guttler, MD / Santa Monica Thyroid Center / Santa Monica Thyroid Diagnostic Center ) -- Not listed. (For information, see: About Richard Guttler, Richard Guttler's Dogma)

Los Angeles

Expert in breast implant/thyroid relationship/treatment -- "Dr. Nachman Brautbar Center for Internal, Occupational and Toxicological Medicine, 2222 Ocean View Ave. #100 LA CA. 90057 (Prof. U of Southern Ca. School of Medicine), 213 365-4000"

Los Angeles

Dr. Theodore Friedman Endocrinology 1731 E. 120th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059 (310) 335-0327/fax - (323) 563-9352 http://goodhormonehealth.com Specializing in treating patients with adrenal, pituitary, thyroid and fatigue disorders. A reader writes: "If you have a complicated case, I would highly recommend Dr. Friedman. He is an expert on adrenal and pituitary issues as well as thyroid, and is willing to work with your regular doctor after you see him if you are out of area (I flew in from the bay area to see him - most worthwhile trip I have ever made). He is a research doctor, and so is very knowledgeable and willing to look beyond the obvious. I would highly recommend him."

Another fan:
"Dr. Friedman is the only doctor in my 12 years of Thyroid and Adrenal problems that cared and listened. He is the best! New patients should note that his practice is "unconventional" in that he does most of his correspondence via email and has office hours one night a week at night." (July 2008)

Los Angeles Area

A reader recommends holistically oriented physician, Huy Hoang, M.D., in the L.A. area as a sensitive, caring doctor, knowledgeable about thyroid issues.

Los Angeles

John McCann, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute (UCLA) Orbital and Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Division, 100 Stein Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90095. 310-825-0206. A reader writes, "I was diagnosed with TED (Graves Disease-Thyroid Eye Disease). A friend recommended that I look at Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. I went to their web page and contacted them by e-mail. I started visiting the doctor in December 1999. I had my last visit on April 25, 2001. He did decompression surgery (bulging eyes) and eye lid surgery. Dr. McCann is caring, personable, very professional, compassionate, and enthusiastic about his work. I am amazed at how great my eyes feel and look. The Professor of Ophthalmology (Dr. Robert Goldberg) and Dr. McCann invented a new procedure for decompression surgery that is less invasive. Their patients come from all over the world. I could not have asked for a better outcome. At my last visit I was both happy and sad. Happy that my journey was done and sad that I would not be back to see a doctor who treated me with the utmost care and respect, both as a patient and as a person."

Los Angeles

Jorge Mestman, Thyroid/Pregnancy, USC, 1355 San Pablo St., Los Angeles, CA 90033, 323 442-5100. www.usc.edu/keck, mestman@usc.edu

"I'm a Hashimoto's patient who found Dr. Mestman after I ended up in atrial fibrillation for 4 hours from too high a dose of Synthroid, thanks to a once highly regarded endocrinologist. Dr. Mestman is Director of the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, and has written many major papers on thyroid in pregnancy. He is warm, a good listener, encourages questions -- he was delighted that I attended the "health professionals only" USC Thyroid Symposium. I liked him so much that I continue to use him as my thyroid doctor, five years after the birth of my daughter." (Added 6/02).

Another fan:
"I found Dr. Mestman from your site when I was panicked, pregnant and hypothyroid. He is unbelievably professional, thorough, he listens and evaluates all aspects of health, he considers the patient's feedback in choosing the dosage (as well as tests). Of any doctor in any specialty, I find him to be the gold standard. One note: very difficult to get into his practice - but possible. He specializes in thyroid problems throughout pregnancy and also focuses on diabetes. I have been a patient for 5 years." (July 2008)

Los Angeles

Dr Uzzi Reiss, OBGYN/Antiaging medicine, 414 N Camden Drive, 310 247 1300 A reader writes: "Dr Reiss is very compassionate and very knowledgeable about hormones and the holistic approach to healthcare. He just published a book about this subject. He does a huge battery of tests to make sure your not suffering form other imbalances and listens to what you saying. He believes in a holistic approach and supports healthy eating and exercise. The added bonus is that he is also an OBGYN so he can help with the fertility problems associated with thyroid disorders or with easing menopause. He has an international clientele who travel to see him because he is such a champion of women and has an excellent reputation among other doctors. He uses natural supplements in conjunction with any medication you may need. I went to numerous doctors all over the country and the Mayo clinic with all of my symptoms before finding him. He has changed my life and I will always be grateful. He is also very progressive and is on top of the latest research concerning alternative medicine. The final bonus is he makes a multivitamin/mineral that is awesome and you can buy all of your supplies at his office. Do not let the Beverly Hills location intimidate you, His is a very casual office but very thorough. I will be moving to New York City this year but plan to keep him as my doctor. I would never dream of going to anyone else. He is just that good. PS he also treats men. He helped my husband with a male hormonal problem."

Los Angeles

R Virginia Russell, Internal Medicine/Endocrinology, 5901 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 203, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323 965-4744. "Dr. Russell is genuinely concerned about a persons health symptoms and will refer you to a specialist in that particular field for further test in order to get to the problem. She has also returned phone calls personally herself."

Los Angeles

Mark A. Goodarzi, Endocrinology, Cedar-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, CA 90048, A reader writes: "He is very knowledgeable about adrenal issues." (Added 4/04)

Los Angeles

Ruchi Mathur, Endocrinology/Diabetes, 6310 San Vicente #220, CA, 90034, 323-931-7525. A reader writes: "She's calm, bright and understanding and willing to be innovative. She knows about alternative therapies and really listens to patients." (Added 6/05)

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Margaret England, Endocrinologist, 1125 S. Beverly Dr. Suite 401, Los Angeles, CA, 90035, Ph/Fax: (310) 277-9301. A reader writes: "Dr. England is very knowledgeable, a great listener and very thorough. I strongly recommend her." (Added Dec. 2006)

Los Angeles

Dr. Anju Mathur, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 1212 N. Vermont Ave. #101, Los Angeles, CA 90029 323-661-7661 fax 323-661-0747 www.AngelMedCenter.com info@angelmedcenter.com

A reader writes:
I had been trying for 17 years to get my doctors to figure out why I had severe and constant muscle pain and severe fatigue. This was so bad that the only reason I was not disabled and on pain meds is because I am extremely stubborn. I lived my life anyway. My doctors had no idea why I felt like this. My thyroid tests were in the low end of"normal". I was referred to Dr. Mathur, who initially diagnosed me with clinical hypothyroidism due to my many symptoms; later I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis/Syndrome. She put me on Armour Thyroid as well as other hormones (I was entering menopause). Within 2 weeks of taking the Armour my pain began to disappear. The only time it has ever come back even a small amount is when the thyroid levels got too low (the levels fluctuate, making management a little bit tricky). She does not take insurance and she's relatively expensive, but getting rid of that constant pain was worth more than I paid." (March 2009)

Los Angeles

Hans Gruenn, M.D. -- no longer listed

Los Gatos

Dr. Tiffany Gorman Family Practice/Sports Medicine 360 Dardanelli Way Suite 2E Los Gatos, CA 95032 408-378-1101PH/ F408-378-1039. A reader writes: "I have never had a doctor listen the way Dr. Gorman does! She lets you tell her ALL of your symptoms, then asks a few questions, lets you actually answer them, and then figures out a treatment. I've never been treated like a "dummy" for asking questions. She is enthusiastic about her patients doing their own research on health subjects. Her staff is pleasant and very sharp people. They go out of their way to make sure you get taken care of. I would save money and go to her anyway even if she wasn't on my insurance!!" (Added 11/02)

Los Gatos/San Jose

Dr. Catherine Grellet, 15251 National Ave. Ste. 104, Los Gatos, CA. 95032, (408) 358-7360, fax 408-358-7357. One reader writes, "Dr. Grellet is a caring, gentle and knowledgeable doctor who listened to my symptoms and checked for herself to diagnose me as hypothyroid - even when two Reproductive Endocrinologists and several TSH tests said I didn't have a thyroid problem. She herself has thyroid problems and knows first-hand how misdiagnoses can be so common and harmful for the patients."

Another reader writes:
"I would like to second the recommendation for Dr. Grellet - she is a very caring doctor who takes your symptoms seriously. She is currently treating me for hypothyroid, and I am very impressed with her."

Another reader recommends Dr. Grellet:
"I have been being treated for Hypothyroidism for over 10 years, but when I experienced trouble with repeated miscarriages and my former Endocrinologist would not even talk to me about a thyroid connection to infertility. I started seeing Dr. Grellet she spent an hour with me on our first meeting just getting to know me and my situation, and finding out where I wanted to go from here. We set up an appointment for the following week, and she did the most complete physical I have ever had. She was the first Dr. to check for anti thyroid antibodies, and do a complete thyroid screen (all my other Dr. did for the past 2 years was a T4). Needless to say my antibodies that should have been below 2 were above 70. She actually LISTENS to her patients, and does not mind at all if I ask questions, or have articles I would like her to look over. She has been very open to my suggestions and concerns about my medication. She is the first Dr. that has actually involved me in my own treatment. I highly recommend her." (Added 2/03)

More praise for Dr. Grellet from a reader:
"I had been on Synthroid for 20 years and was always tired. Questions to my previous doctor were met with "you're on the right meds." I literally shook Dr. Grellet's hand and she started in on the questions about my Hashimoto's. Turns out that she noticed my hand was as cold as ice when she shook it and that's all she needed to consider Armour. Now I have energy and warm hands/feet. I love everyone in Dr. Grellet's office and will be a life-long patient." (added 1/04)

Another fan of Dr. Grellet:
"OK, a bit repetitive, but it is not possible to sing too many praises for the amazing Dr. Grellet! She is exactly what all doctors should strive to become-a caring, dynamic, brilliant person. After two doctors told me I needed counseling for my depression, exhaustion, and freezing hands and feet, Dr. Grellet worked with me to get the exact right dosage of thyroid medication. I feel like a completely different person. Thanks to her I got pregnant quickly, and I have the energy necessary to keep up with my daughter. I owe her such a great debt!" (Added 10/05)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Grellet is wonderful. She is caring and really listens. She treated my 14 year old daughter like an adult and helped us get answers to why she was feeling so horrible. A person like Dr. Grellet is rare. My husband and I feels lucky to have her take care of our child." (Added Apr 06)

Los Gatos/San Jose

Lopa Patel, Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Catherine Grellet's office, at About Women's Health Medical Group in Los Gatos, CA.??15251 National Ave. Ste. 104, Los Gatos, CA. 95032, (408) 358-7360, fax 408-358-7357.

A reader writes: "Lopa Patel knows what you are talking about when you visit her office. She has thyroid disease.I had seen a GP 4 months prior to finding Dr. Grellet's name listed on the Top Docs webpage. I was not diagnosed by my GP but less than twenty-four hours after my lab test was done at the About Women's Health Medical Group, Lopa called to tell me I tested positive for the thyroid anti-bodies and yes, I do have Hashimoto's thyroid disease. When in her office, I never feel like anything I feel or say is unimportant. She listens and then gives you options for treatment. She doesn't just hand you a prescription, she offers recommendations for treatment and lets you decide. She even writes everything down on a bright pink sheet of paper, so you won't forget or lose the paper! Everything they do in their office is about the patient. I highly recommend Lopa Patel if you want a health practitioner who treats you like you are part of the treatment team." (May 2008)

Los Osos

Dr. Thomas Najarian, Hepatic & Metabolic Diseases, 2280 Sunset Dr., Suite D, Los Osos, CA 93402 805-528-0650, FAX 805-528-1690 "Dr. Thomas Najarian is a Harvard Med School Graduate with a BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. At first I found this odd until I quizzed him on his educational background. Then I realized that his engineering roots taught him both analysis and problem solving which have enabled him to dive into the understanding how the human brain and thyroid dance and dysfunction together. I am a 46 year old female who has had joint pains for 20-years. Early menopause hit me at 40. At which point I went to four different gynecologists who turned me away because I was too young. I then turned to a local well-known endocrinologist in Goleta Dr. D. S., who was compassionate and recognized the hormone problem, anemia, and B12 deficiency right away. She also noted that my thyroid gland seemed enlarged; yet felt it was fat around the gland. Dr. D. S. stated that it appeared that my body was not repairing due to fact that I had tendonitis and carpal tunnel in both hands and arms, yet did not have an answer for this problem. I was diagnosed with low thyroid (YES even though my numbers are well into the normal range and he requested I purchase the book THYROID POWER) and he immediately put me on ARMOUR thyroid. On the 4th-day I woke up a new person approximately 3-minutes prior to the alarm rather than hitting the snooze for 10-12 slaps. Additionally the pain in my joints went down about 25%. By the 7th-day, the first day on a full dose, I had amorous thoughts about my husband and it had been years since I had an actual sex drive. Additionally the pain in my body was down by about 50% and I was now sleeping like a rock. For 23-years I have blamed my husbands snoring for my not sleeping; now I cannot tell you if he snores. By the 14th-day my entire body was pain free. I do not appear to have any signs of the tendonitis or carpal tunnel, my hips and back do not hurt, I was told I had Fibromyalgia and Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osteoporosis in my neck and I now have NO PAIN WHAT SO EVER ANYWHERE. So in the last two weeks I have made appointments with bad I feel better than I have felt in 20-years, and I am not taking any anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids for the first time that I can remember." (added 1/04)

Manhattan Beach

Dr. Khoi Vu, General practice/internist/primary care, Revitalife Medical Center 3201 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite A, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266, Phone/Fax: 310-545-1154 (phone) 310-545-1132 (fax)
A reader writes: "I spent two years with a doctor who prescribed Synthroid and nothing else, and refused to prescribe me Armor even when I begged and showed him article after article all because my labs were "normal" - even though I felt lousy, fat, tired and was losing my hair. After all that, I found Dr. Vu who immediately switched me to Armor and diagnosed Adrenal Fatigue. After 6 months, I still have a long way to go but I feel like a new person. Dr. Vu is a great listener and he wants to hear how you're feeling. He supports his diagnosis with labs but doesn't rely solely on "the numbers" to know how you are doing. I'm so glad I found Dr. Vu." (Added October 2007)

Mar Vista

Richard Guttler (Richard B. Guttler, MD / Santa Monica Thyroid Center / Santa Monica Thyroid Diagnostic Center ) -- Not listed. (For information, see: About Richard Guttler, Richard Guttler's Dogma)

Marysville (also Sacramento)

Phillip Warner, Other, 201 D Street, Marysville, CA, 95901, Phone/Fax: 530-749-8511
A reader writes: "Dr. Warner is an OB/GYN by training, who previously had a practice in the Bay Area (and, I believe, taught at Stanford). He retired, then was asked to take over a friend's practice in Marysville after the friend's death. That was several years ago. He now has offices in Marysville and Sacramento (near the airport and Arco Arena), and specializes in HRT, thyroid and weight loss. I consider him a terrific diagnostician -- and have recommended him to friends, with good results. After listening to my various symptoms, he told me that he thought we were dealing with menopause, hypothyroid and fibromyalgia, and that he thought my symptoms were interrelated. (At the time, I was on Synthroid, and TSH tests looked like things were fine, although I felt horrible, achy, foggy, depressed and exhausted.) He tested (including T3, Free; Thyroxine, Free, Direct; T3, Reverse; and TPO) and found that I was hypometabolic, had very low ferritin levels, and deficiencies of Vitamins B and D. He's prescribed T3 and a bioidentical hormone combination through a local compounding pharmacy and some vitamin supplements, in addition to the Synthroid I'd previously been on. Symptoms I've been suffering through for over 15 years are now largely gone, and my quality of life is enormously improved. I highly recommend Dr. Warner!" (Added October 2007)

A reader writes:
"I am lucky to have found Dr. Warner. I had been on Synthroid for years and although my labs said I was in the range, yet I had symptoms. I woke-up tired, exhausted all day, overweight, my legs felt heavy while walking, cold feet, etc. Dr. Warner LISTENS. He knows when it comes to hormones, no two people are alike. He will work with you. By the way, I am no longer on synthroid. Yeah for Armour and Cytomel." (March 2009)

Mill Valley

Dr. Beth McDougall, General practice/internist/primary care, Holistic/complementary/alternative, 125 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA (San Francisco Bay Area), 94941, 415-388-5520 www.clearcenterofhealth.com, A reader writes: "Dr. McDougall is an outstanding doctor! Friends recommended her 1 yr. ago and I am thrilled with my results. My body needed a complete rebalancing...not only have I had Hashimoto's for 12 years, but I recently encountered 10 months of HIVES, a B-12 deficiency, and anemia. I can't say enough about her interest in each, individual, patient. We sit and review blood workups, every symptom and overall health since the previous visit. Dr. McDougall will then continue balancing the body based on every piece of information. My thyroid now includes T3, I've had No Wheat or Dairy since January, and have had No Hives." (October 2006)

Mission Viejo

Dr. Daryn Peterson, Holistic Medicine, Mission Viejo, CA, Fax: 702-869-9248, doctorpeterson@hotmail.com. A reader writes: "I contacted Dr. Peterson after I was diagnosed with Arthritis. He explained to me how the body works and gave several examples on how to reverse disease. I started on is program and not 4 months later did the Arthritis subside, completely! Dr. Peterson is amazing!" (Added 10/05)

Modesto

Teresa Jacques -- no longer listed (March 2009)

Modesto

Dr. Genevieve Yue -- no longer listed

Monterey

Dr. Jeffrey W. Rice, 901 Pacific Avenue, Monterey CA, 93940, 831-373-3153. A reader writes: "Dr. Jeffrey W. Rice has been my primary care physician for 15 years." (October 2006).

Morgan Hill

Dr. Jill Snyder, 17760 Monterey Rd #A5, Morgan Hill,CA 95037, 408-779-5581, A reader writes: "Dr. Snyder saved me mentally and physically after suffering for 5 years trying to find a Doctor to help me. She is so pro active and listens like no other doctor I have ever been to. It is a pleasure to see her when I do have to see her. And she wants to hear me tell her how I'm feeling which is a rare and strange thing in this day and age. She treats the whole me and not just the little numbers on a paper." (Added Apr 06)

Carmel Valley / Monterey Area

Howard Press, MD, 13748 Center Street, Suite B, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, 831-659-5373 Fax: 831-659-5290, "Dr. Press is an M.D. who integrates a holistic approach into his practice. He was the first doctor that actually spent 10 full minutes looking over all of my test results (I had brought copies of my 18 yr. Hypothyroid condition) at the beginning of our visit. Then he sat and talked with me about my symptoms for quite a while. He is a doc that is willing to go more my how you feel than by the test results. He suggested that I try T4 & T3 taken separately, and I have never felt better. I had read about this and talked to my other doc but she said that my numbers were within range, so my thyroid was working properly. He takes time with his patients and I have never had to wait more than 5 minutes to see him. He keeps up with the latest research and is a caring wonderful man. He has helped many of my friends and family members with problems that other doctors had not answers for. If you live in the Monterey area, I would highly recommend that you see him, not only for your Thyroid, but as your family doctor."

Mountain View

Dr. Len Doberne -- no longer listed

Mountain View

Dr. Naruns, Surgeon 650 -964-0600 Mountain View, CA. A reader shares, "He did my total thyroidectomy for Graves and is one of 3 surgeons I was told could do this surgery well in the Bay Area. I felt grateful to have him."

Newport Beach

Dr. Duc Do, Endocrinologist, 307 Placentia #202, Newport Beach, CA 92648, 949.574.4114 ph, 949.574.4144 fax.

A reader writes: "After seeing another endocrinologist in NB for about 18 months, I tracked down Dr. Do who had been my original doctor but then split off from the partnership and started his own practice just down the street in Newport. Though knowledgeable, with the other doctor there were long waits,it was hard to get appointments and not much time spent with me. I'm so glad I found Dr. Do again, who originally diagnosed me with hypothyroidism and really spends time with his patients. He'll take the time to explain how the thyroid works within the body and the test results, answers your questions and explores options for treatment. He asks a lot of good questions and really works to help find the best solution to treat your medical situation. Because Dr. Do spends time with his patients and doesn't rush, he doesn't overbook appointments so there aren't long waits and crowded waiting rooms when you get there. I definitely recommend Dr. Do." (May 2008)

North Hollywood

Craig Jace, Nutritional Medicine, 10843 Magnolia Blvd, Suite 1, North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-505-8610. http://www.jacemedical.com. "Holistic oriented doctor that also looks at the whole endocrine system as well as the thyroid. Uses natural thyroid and also has compounded T4 and T3 for allergic patients. Does blood, saliva, urine testing for all the glands. Familiar with Wilson's Dx using t3 Therapy. Sees relationship of foods and thyroid disease. Easy to talk to."

Orange

If you are looking for a natural alternative/modern medical office for the treatment of thyroid, I can tell you about Dr. Michael Grossman, 949-770-7301. He does the modern side, however, has a chiropractor, Dr. Cindy Katz, that is extremely thorough in her treatments. My thyroid tests keep showing up normal, she has put me on a dietary regime, organic iodine and we are looking at other possibilities. Dr. Katz schedules her appointments separately, but, the office can give you the number. She is professional, funny and intelligent."

Orange

Ramona Krutzik, Endocrine Oncology, 1140 La Veta Ave Suite 420, Orange CA 92868, 714-285-1904, ENDOMEDGRP@AOL.com. A reader writes: "I was 19 I learned that I had a very hard to diagnose well-differentiated multi-focal cancer, Hurthle Cell variant of follicular & papillary carcinoma. She has been great, & is very nice and very calming." (Added 1/06)

Orange

Dr. Edward Lee, Head & Neck Surgery, 1140 La Veta Ave Suite 520, Orange CA 92868, 714-543-2000, Works out of St. Josephs Hospital. A reader writes: "I was 19 when I was Diagnosed with well-differentiated, multi-focal, Hurthle Cell Variant of Follicular & Papillary Carcinoma. I have had 3 surgeries across my throat and my scar is only 2 in long and 1 cm wide, he is amazing! So much smaller than the standard 5" x 1". He is the most attentive well educated doctor I have ever met." (Added 1/06)

Orinda

Randy Ammon Endo 1 Country Club Plaza Orinda, CA 94563 (925) 254-7450. A reader writes: "Dr. Ammon prescribes Armour thyroid." (Added 11/02)

Another reader recommends Dr. Ammon:
"Slow to warm up to, very cautious but does prescribe Cytomel with Levoxyl. Listens well and answers all your questions. He's really helped change the quality of my life!!" (added 1/04)

Pacific Grove

Bassiri, Haleh, MD, Endocrinology and Metabolism, 505 Central Ave Ste 200, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, Phone: (831) 655-3307 , A reader writes: "Dr. Bassiri is an incredibly personable, knowledgeable, and compassionate doctor. On my first visit, she spent an hour with me -- reviewing my history and discussing my current symptoms and progress. Subsequent visits have never been rushed. She is always thorough in her exams and focused on me as a person, not just as a patient. She does not seem to mind being asked a lot of questions during appointments and will return calls personally if concerns arise after hours. She is interested in more than just test results -- she wants to make sure that her patients are feeling and functioning well, in addition to what the numbers show. I just adore Dr. Bassiri on so many levels and feel incredibly grateful to have found her." (Added: Dec. 04)



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