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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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Why is a Particular Doctor No Longer Listed?

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


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Dr. Robert Rees-Jones -- no longer listed (March 2009)

Boulder

John C. Lowe, MA, D.C., Center for Metabolic Health, 1800 30th St., Suite 217A, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone (303) 413-9100 Fax (303) 413-9101. A doctor writes to recommend himself. "I'm a chiropractic physician, and specialize in disorders of hypo-metabolism underlain by hypothyroidism or thyroid hormone resistance. I have co-treating medical physicians on the treatment team who prescribe according to recommendations. I am the primary doctor, however, managing all cases. The practice is multidisciplinary, holistic, and involve nutritional, herbal, and thyroid hormone therapies." Our website address is www.drlowe.com

A fan writes:
I have tried to find a doctor for over 20 years who could treat me for thyroid problems. This doctor works with you and stays with you communicating frequently. She has done so much for my condition. I highly recommend this doctor.

A reader writes:
"I recommend Dr. Lowe highly! After reading some of Dr. Lowe's writing and reading the website he has with his wife and partner, Dr. Gina Lowe, I decided to try a phone consultation. I typed a short, one-page medical history and faxed it along with my latest blood test results. It was easy to set us a phone consultation appointment within a week of calling. I spoke with Dr. Lowe for almost an hour. He shared as much information with me as he could during this period. It was the most informative time I have ever spent with a medical doctor so far. I generated four pages of notes that I have referred back to several times." (Added Dec. 04)

A patient writes:
I came from PA to Boulder to see them and they far exceeded my expectations. They spend time , listen, utilize tests that the majority of Drs. don't. I can't say enough about them! When I arrived I had pain and every other symptom from Fibromyalgia. They were so compassionate. Within a couple of months after that visit, via phone, we had transformed my condition from 95% pain and lethargy to 10% if that. They are not afraid to think outside of the box. Kudos to these doctors! They are worth every penny to travel to see." (Added: Dec. 04)


Boulder

Dr. Mary Shackelton Naturopathic Physician, Flatirons Health Center, 2975 Valmont Rd # 100, Boulder, CO 80302 303.448-9098. A reader writes that Dr. Shackelton, "has excellent alternative practices to treat the cause as well as the condition. Is well acquainted with all aspects, is knowledgeable and will listen to the problem rather than just give out another prescription."

Another reader recommends Dr. Shackelton:
"She will work with you to treat your specific thyroid condition. She also specializes in the treatment of insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome and diabetes." (added 1/04)

Boulder

John O'Hearne, MD, Internal Medicine, Integrative/Holistic Medicine, 1823 Folsom, Suite 200, Boulder, CO 80302, 720-406-7581, http://www.jsohearnemd.com. Dr. O'Hearne has trained with renowned practitioner Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum and has worked with hypometabolism, fibromyalgia and thyroid expert John Lowe, DC, as well as Rudi Ballentine, MD. ohearnejs@aol.com

Another fan:
"Dr. John O'Hearne's presence and practice in Boulder is one of the great blessings and serendipitous events in my life. My wife and I moved to Colorado in 1991, from the New York City area, where Dr. O'Hearne was our physician at the East-West Medical Institute. Under his care, we had never felt healthier or happier with the overall scope of our health care." (Added: Dec. 04)

A patient writes:
"Dr. O'Hearne is a caring , interested Doctor. Interested in every aspect of your health, not just the problem at hand. I was introduced to Dr. O'Hearne through Drs. Honeyman-Lowe & Dr. John C. Lowe so we could coordinate my treatment for Fibromyalgia. He has been amazing to work with! Open minded and caring and available by phone. I live in PA and sought treatment in Boulder because I had read about these Doctors. Dr. O'Hearne is the first medical doctor that actually listened to me. Thanks to him I am feeling great and as I said I do have Fibromyalgia! Thanks Dr. O'Hearne for your compassion." (Added: Dec. 04)

Another fan:
"I have been seeing Dr. O'hearne about my thyroid problems and other medical issues and he is the best doctor that I've ever seen about this. He is concerned about me as a whole person. Before my other doctor would just test my blood, say my thyroid levels were 'ok' with the medicine she prescribed and we wouldn't talk again until my next yearly appointment. Dr' O'hearne addresses other issues about my lifestyle that affect my thyroid, not just the levels from a blood test."(August 2007)

Note: His original training in holistic/integrative medicine was with Rudi Ballentine, MD (author of "Radical Healing", "Diet & Nutrition" etc) in 1985-87 in the 2000 hr physician training program at the Himalayan Inst. He works either as a primary care integrative physician or as a consultant to other practitioners.


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Boulder

Dr. Pierre Brunschwig, MD, Helios Integrated Medicine, 4150 Darley Avenue, Suite 1, Boulder, CO 80305, 303-499-9224 303-499-9224 (fax), http://www.e-helios.com/, info@e-Helios.com The doctor's office writes:
"What makes Pierre such a great doctor is that: 1.) He approaches medicine as a scientist, 2.) He listens, 3.) He genuinely cares about his patients, 4.) He is constantly learning, including learning from his patients, 5.) He makes clinical judgments based on experience and knowledge, rather than dogma. Unlike so many (most?) doctors who practice medicine mainly as a way to make a living, medicine and healing are his life's work. As well as being a Board Certified Family Practice Physician and associate clinical professor at the University of Colorado, Pierre is a formally trained homeopath and acupuncturist, and he trained with Dr. Alan R. Gaby regarding nutritional IVs, often called Myer's Cocktails. In fact, Pierre is one of only about three medical doctors in Colorado who routinely prescribe and administer nutritional IVs. Needless to say, Pierre treats his patients from a whole-person perspective and utilizes multiple diagnostic healing modalities as appropriate. Pierre is a healer who makes experienced clinical judgments based on signs (observable conditions), symptoms (what the patient reports), and test results. Oh, and Pierre is also very knowledgeable and capable regarding treatment of adrenal and thyroid problems with a variety of medications (including Armour, of course), utilizing a wide variety of tests and clinical observations, and focusing on whether a patient is actually getting well." (March 2009)

Boulder

Dr. Kamath, Endocrinology, Boulder Medical Center, Boulder Colorado, 303-444-4441.

Note: this doctor relies strongly on TSH over symptoms (July 2008)

A reader writes: " I had 3 miscarriages before being diagnosed with Graves Disease, I was told to see this Dr. that she specialized in thyroid conditions with pregnant women. She monitored me very closely and kept only the dosages I absolutely needed and not any more because of the baby. I am high risk anyway because of my age (39) I am proud to announce that my daughter born May 2005 is healthy and has been tested for thyroid problems and so far she has none. This doctor listens to you and takes the time you need, she will call you after hours or on a weekend just to check up on you. I highly recommend this doctor." (Added 1/06)

Boulder

John Campbell -- no longer listed (March 2009)

Centennial

Jacques Saari, Blueridge Innovative Health, 9695 S. Yosemite St., Suite 385, Lone Tree, CO 80124, 303-706-9192 http://blueridge4myhealth.com

A reader writes: "Saari is great because he takes the new blood tests (not just TSH) and will prescribe not only natural thyroid, but also compounded thyroid for more exact dosages. Also, he considers the seasons (winter vs summer) when prescribing. He listens well and will recommend naturopathic practitioners if you need it. He even said I should work on a Candida diet. He also knows about PCOS." (Added Dec. 2006)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Jacques Saari is a great doctor. He is progressive, thorough and practices cutting edge medicine. He also knows the other doctors in the Denver area who are ahead of the curve. He has helped me get to the bottom of some long term health issues, including thyroid. I've been on Levothyroxine and he discovered I was ot converting it to T3." (March 2009)

Centennial

Sherrie Somers, General practice/internist/primary care, Osteopath/DO, 14000 East Arapahoe Rd., Centennial, Co 80112, 303-617-7782

"I was worried that I might be getting Alzheimers at an early age and I had some other health issues. Dr. Somers listened to me and tested my TSH. The result was 4.8 I know that most doctors don't worry until the levels are above 5 or 6. Dr. Somers though was current on the latest information and had further test done that showed I had Hashimoto. Having been raised by a mother who is a nurse, I immediately started researching all the material I could find on the subject. At my next appointment, I arrived with a pile of books and a list of questions. Dr. Somers listened to my concerns and also stated that she was glad to see that I was reading up on the condition. I was happy to find that she was up on all the latest information that I had been reading about in books such as Thyroid Power. She was very supportive when I asked if I could take Armor instead of Synthroid. Dr. Somers is an excellent doctor." (May 2008)

Colorado Springs

Dr. Juetersonke, Thyroid, 3525 American Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80917, 719-597-6075, www.drjlifepulse.com. A reader writes: "Dr. Juetersonke of Colorado Springs CO is willing to prescribe Armour"

Another reader recommends Dr. Juetersonke:
"He is what you call a third line doctor. He specializes in treating the very people that doctors give up on. He let me pick what I wanted to do. He prescribes T4 and T3 combo drugs and he also prescribes Armour."

Another reader writes:
"He listens to you, believes you and takes your symptoms seriously. Knowledgeably prescribes T4 and T3 . Finally someone who respected how one can suffer with hypo symptoms. Well worth the trip from the Denver area. The office visit and the treatments prescribed were affordable." (Added 11/02)

A reader writes:
"I had gone unsuccessfully from doctor to doctor for 15 years suffering from depression and chronic fatigue syndrome which was resulting in large part from low thyroid levels. Dr. Juetersonke is on the forefront of modern medicine and worked with me to come up with solutions to my problems. He also prescribed both T4 and T3 to control my thyroid levels. I have been seeing him for two years now and feel better than I have in 20 years!" (Added 10/05)

Another fan:
"Dr. J saved my life - literally. I am here 16 years later because of him. When panic attacks and other bizarre symptoms took over my life unexpectedly, I must have seen over a dozen MDs and more than 10 psychiatrists - no one could resolve my symptoms and they had me so drugged up I couldn't function. I just wanted to die. Finally, one psychiatrist asked me how much of my symptoms did I feel were mental or physical - I told her that I KNEW it was physical - she immediately sent me to Dr. J. Over a period of time, and through different trials and tribulations of medicine - he helped me to regain my life back. He was always there - 24x7. Some thyroid symptoms are very scary - but when you have a doctor in the wings that is willing to get you through it - it is priceless. I owe this man - 10 fold." (Added Dec. 2006)

More praise:
"Dr. Juetersonke is very knowledgeable about treating hypothyroidism. He cares about how you feel rather than just your TSH levels. And he will prescribe Armor, if you choose it." (Added October 2007)

Another reader writes:
"I just wanted to add my words of praise for this doctor. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's over 5 years ago and no one would listen to me about my continuing thyroid issues and symptoms while just taking Synthroid. Dr. J. took ONE LOOK at me at our initial visit and said, you have thyroid disease and polycystic ovarian syndrome. People with PCOS cannot metabolize the necessary T3 from Synthroid alone. He put me on a split dose of Cytomel and Synthroid, and I am now able to lose weight AND all my symptoms are gone. I also see his nurse practitioner for my PCOS issues, and everyone in that office is fabulous. I could not give any doctors a higher recommendation." (Added October 2007)

More kudos:
"Dr. J treats you like a human being and listens to your symptoms and treats them vs. looking at you as a lab value. He shared the results of a study that was completed in 2006 proving that women who have been on Birth Control for long periods of time lose testosterone. He has recommended testosterone therapy for me and though I just started the program; I am confident that he will help me find the right answer eventually. Highly Recommended!" (Added October 2007)

Colorado Springs

Laurie Grant, PA-C, MBS, Holistic and Natural Medicine, 2207 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, 719-531-5768.

A reader writes: "34 years of experience in conventional, holistic and natural medicine, prefers drugless therapies, also Armour for thyroid treatment." llgrant13@earthlink.net (Added 4/04)

Colorado Springs

Dave Frahm, ND, MH, CNC, CNHP, Bio-feedback testing for nutritional deficiencies and toxic overloads, 3620 W. Colorado Ave., CO, 80918, (719) 593-8694, HealthQu@HealthQuarters.org. A reader writes: "He's helped many folks with low thyroid." (Added 6/05)

Colorado Springs

Dr. Joel Klein, 620 South Cascade, Ste C, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903 (719) 457-0330

A reader writes:
"For 20 years my wife and I have fought General Practioners and Endocrinologists over her hypothyroidism. We finally were able to get Armor and she felt better... then the fight was to get enough. One General Practicioner did prescribe enough, then moved his practice from our area. Then the next Doctor cut her dosage in half. This yo-yo type of approach went on for several years. We finally did our own research, was able to obtain armor through mail order and she started taking adrenalin supplement, and began feeling better. Through a very fortunate series of events, a close friend recommended we visit Dr. Klein who owns the Klein Center for Holistic Medicine in Colorado Springs. After only two visits both my wife and I were amazed at how much better she felt. By better balancing the T-4 and T-3 and"customizing" the amount of T-3 by using a compounding pharmacy, and by addressing other issues related to the hypothyroidism, Dr. Klein, who actually worked with us , is achieving the right levels of thyroid hormone that my wife needs... not based on a blood test, but based on how she feels. The amount of T-3 has actually been reduced, but by addressing all of the issues, my wife has felt better than she has in twenty years. In fact, I had to go to Dr. Klein myself to get energy the natural way to keep up with my wife. It's great!!! We very highly recommend Dr. Klein and his approach to dealing with thyroid issues." (March 2009)

Denver

Dr. Jeff Boone, Internal medicine, Colorado Heart Imaging at 303-433-8800. A reader writes: "Dr. Boone really understands the importance of early detection of heart disease and managing stress...and he uses the new ultra-fast CT scanner to find out your risks for having a heart attack."

Denver

Dr. Kendall Gerdes, Environmental, 2 Steele St., # 200 Denver CO 80206-5708 ph 303-377-8837. Writes one reader, "I was fortunate to find this wonderful doctor after 2 years of taking Synthroid during which my symptoms never went away. He really listens and has changed my life!"

Denver

A reader writes in to tell us that there is a chronic fatigue syndrome clinic at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Illness. The doctor who specializes in the chronic fatigue is Dr. Jim Jones. He also deals with patients with fibromyalgia, as do some of the other physicians on the team. Their specialty is not endocrinology per se, but given that they specialize in autoimmune diseases of various sorts, they also see people with Graves and Hashimoto's, given they are also autoimmune. They can refer to other endocrinologists in the Denver area.

Denver

"I went to Dr. Howard Kerstein 4545 East 9th 320-2888, he was wonderful!!! I had eye surgery done by Dr. Eugene Wiggs 2005 Franklin St 863-0011."

Another reader recommends Dr. Kerstein:
Howard Kerstein Endocrinology 3865 Cherry Creek N Dr, Ste 322 Denver, CO 80209 / 3865 Cherry Creek N. Dr, #322, Denver, CO 80209, 303-394-2888. A reader writes: "My other doctor only ever checked my TSH and said she was "at a loss" when I didn't feel better after months of Synthroid. Dr. Kerstein listened very well and suggested we try adding T3 since I have not felt better on T4 alone. He said it was up to me whether I wanted to add Cytomel to my Synthroid or go with Armour, explaining the pros and cons. Dr. Kerstein ordered a bunch of tests to find out the cause. He seems a very kind and competent person." (Added 4/03)

Another fan:
Rarely can a patient locate a doctor that will give you a personal call with any xray or blood test results. Dr Kerstein is a genuine exception. He will listen to you and work with you. He cares about his patients, plain and simple. If necessary he will prescribe T3 which is a rarity in its self. Great Doc and I recommend him to anyone that is looking for answers to a better lifestyle. (Added 1/06)

Denver

Dr. Mervyn Lifschitz, Endocrinologist and Internist, 4545 E. 9th Avenue, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80220, 303-388-4673.
Note: this office does not accept credit card payment. (March 2009)

"Dr. Lifschitz actually listened to my horror stories about the numerous endocrinologists I have seen. He spent over an hour with me. It was the most thorough exam I have EVER had for my thyroid disorder. It turns out that I may have an adrenal problem, which has caused all of the other problems. He actually looked at the type of and location of the fat I have on my body. After 5 purple tops (test tubes for blood) I felt totally sure that he would not miss anything in my blood! He called immediately upon receiving my lab results (what a novel concept, I usually call the Dr. to ask if they have any results yet) to schedule more tests. He is requesting a CAT scan of my adrenals (first time for that) and an ultrasound of my ovaries. If you have ever wondered where all the GREAT doctors have gone, the answer is I found one!" (Added 6/02).

A reader writes:
"Everything the previous reader said was true. Dr. Lifschitz did a complete physical exam, along with taking the time to listen to me & write everything down. After running quite a few xray & lab tests, he personally called me to tell me the results & answered all of my questions. He also considers how the patient feels & not just the test result numbers. While I was initially a little unsure of how this experience would be (the office doesn't have a fax, they insist on a referral even when your medical plan doesn't require one, & they require documentation of past tests prior to seeing you), it was well worth the little extra effort it took to get in. This office is truly run on old-fashioned service ethics & they care about the patient. " (Added: Dec. 04)

Denver

Dr. Philip Neff, Surgeon, 8550 West 38th Avenue #308, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 (303) 425-2808. One reader says that, "This surgeon was wonderful. He is very compassionate, really takes to time to explain everything in great detail to you. A wonderful bedside manner. He has performed breast lump needle biopsies on me as well as removal of my thyroid. He not only helped me understand the surgery and treatments and did a great job on the surgery, but he was very emotionally supportive."

Denver

Dr. Steven Osa -- no longer listed

Denver

Dr. Alissa Gadacz, ND, Naturopathic Physician, 549 E. 19th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, 303-917-4470. A reader writes: "Dr. Gadacz is familiar with how the thyroid functions and how it affects everything in your body. I have had incredible success with her treatments and am so happy with the results!" (Added 10/05)

Englewood

Linda Davis Internist Front Range Internal Medicine 499 E Hampden Av Ste 400 Englewood CO 80110 303- 788-1620 I switched to this doctor when I had a change in insurance -- she was highly recommended by my cousin who has been a nurse for over 20 years . I had just started on Synthroid with my previous doctor. Dr Davis answered my questions and changed my dosage slightly after doing the appropriate tests. I have been on that dosage now for at least two years. When the New England Journal of Medicine article came out I asked her about it and she said that she would ask the two endocrinologists she knew and would get back to me. She called a few days later. We discussed what they had to say about it and decided not to do anything with it for the time being. In August of 2001 I made an appointment to reevaluate my thyroid its levels. I had lost 70 lbs on a ketosis diet but did not feel any extra energy and was sleeping erratically. During my appointment we discussed Armour although Dr. Davis said that she is concerned about the lack of consistency available from this I did not get the feeling that if I wanted to try it that she would not agree- and we also talked about getting my TSH down into the 1-2 range my last one was 4.5-. She also asked a lot of questions about my lifestyle -- stress levels. We discussed a number of choices I would have after the test results came back so when her nurse called me I knew what was next. In this most recent appointment I asked her how many patients she has seen with thyroid problems and she said "hundreds". I am recommending her due to her general handling of all my health care issues. She listened to my thoughts and concerns but also incorporated a larger view of what might be causing my symptoms as well as temporary and long term solutions for both. Also in other instances where I needed more immediate care and she was not available I have been seen by three other doctors at this practice. I received excellent care from each of them as well.

Englewood

Dr. Floyd Russak, Family Practice, 8200 E. Belleview, Englewood, CO 80111, 303-694-5757, www.east-westhealth.com. A reader writes: "Has been my thyroid physician for the last 8 years. Has been a God-send and also works with women going through menopause like me, which can be tricky with thyroid illness. He is a true healer, not a drug-dealer type of Dr. and the other physicians and acupuncturists are top, too." (Added 1/06)

Fort Collins

Patti Caputto, C.N., Certified nutritionist, 519 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins. 970.224.5521. "If you are frustrated in your search for effective treatment, see Patti," writes one reader. "She has extensive knowledge of thyroid function and dysfunction, as well as a comprehensive grasp of women's health issues and how they may interact with the thyroid and other glands. Patti uses Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA), a kind of muscle testing, to work with the body's intelligence to determine what the body needs. There is no one-size-fits-all approach here. If Patti determines that a prescription will help, she works closely with several medical doctors. Patti also can determine which thyroid medication will be most beneficial, whether it's Armour, Synthroid, Thyrolar, etc. She offers a lot of support in conjunction with conventional treatment, including raw glandulars and a variety of nutritional supplements."

More about Patti Caputto:
"Patti is compassionate and listens closely to your needs and goes out of her way to take care of them. She is skilled, very experienced and takes the time to do a good job. She recommends supplements to help your body build itself up. I am much stronger and healthier since seeing her. She works closely with an MD in Fort Collins. I highly recommend Patti."

Another reader writes:
"We consider Pati our family healthcare provider. She cares. She listens. She knows how to get to the root problems efficiently with the use of CRA. She is very skilled and knowledgeable and works with several medical doctors as prescriptions are sometimes needed. Pati finds the best nutritional and medicinal support for the thyroid. I feel much better!" (Added 6/03)

Fort Collins

Nikki Carter, NP Nurse Practitioner Inner Health 1017 Robertson Ft Collins, CO 970-472-500 A reader writes: "She started by Checking everything, T4, T3, Thyroglobulin, B12 and many more. She then, started talking diet, exercise, medicine and attitude. She listens and doesn't assume, I feel better than I have felt in almost ten years! She combines thyroid replacements and Vitamins and minerals. So cool to feel like getting of the couch again." (Added 11/02)

Another fan:
"We also had outstanding results with Nicki Carter's attentive care. My mother was so overly medicated with pain pills, sedatives, heart medicines, B.P medicines, all newly prescribed in response to typical symptomatic pharmaceutical treatment of thyroid malfunction. It took almost a year, but Nicki was able to wean mom off of all medications other than her thyroid supplement, of course. Mom is now back to walking, cooking, baking, sewing, living a productive life. I honestly did not think that I would ever see my 85-year old mom walk again let alone achieve such a quality of life. Don't give up. In our case, going to specialists just about killed my mom, and going to a nurse practitioner definitely saved her. Many Thanks, Nicki!" (August 2007)

Grand Junction

Dr. Scott Rollins, Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado, 2470 F Road (Patterson), Unit #8, Grand Junction, CO 81624. 970-245-6911. www.imcwc.com

A reader writes: "I live in Grand Junction, CO, the largest city on the CO western slope. Had been going to a internist for 4 years since my regular doctor moved. I had been on Armour Thyroid since 1964 when my thyroid and 2 parathyroids were removed for a pre-cancerous condition. I had been on 3 grains for years but this female doctor did "thyroid" tests and took my dose down to 1 1/2 grains. I kept feeling worse and she also took my hormone therapy from me saying I was to old to need that. I have osteoporosis (severe) and am allergic to Fosomax and related products. When I finally got angry about the way I was feeling, weight gain, hair loss, skin problems, pain, etc. she informed me my TSH was within normal limits and never even based my dose on T3 or T4 (which was not within normal limits). I then went to the Compound Pharmacy in town and they referred me to Dr. Scott Rollins, who bases Armour dosages on all three tests. I went to this wonderful man and he actually spends time with you, explains everything and found out I was actually hypothyroid, needed hormones for my osteoporosis, needed DHEA and not cortisol, etc. I am now being treated appropriately and can not tell you how much better I feel." (October 2006)

Greenwood Village

Dr. Michael Yudez, General practice/internist/primary care, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Osteopath/DO, 8200 E Belleview, Greenwood Village CO 80111, (303) 694-5757. http://www.east-west-health.com. Rudiyudy@aol.com.

A reader writes: "I've been on every antidepressant known to man; but never felt any better. I went to Dr. Yudez thinking I was pre-menopausal. He checked my labs and found out I'm hypothyroid. He put me on Armor, we adjust the doses according to how I feel and NOT just my labs and I am FINALLY starting to feel human again. He is the FIRST doctor who has actually sat down and LISTENED to me, interacting with me, and not treating me like and idiot. I am so grateful I found him!!!!" (June 2008)

Lafayette

Dr. Carolyn Sanders, General Practice, Indian Peaks Family Medicine 511 Crossing Drive, Suite 100 Lafayette, CO 80026 Tel # 303-664-9812. A reader writes: "After many frustrating attempts to alert a long a series of doctors to my symptoms over a 15-year period, this one finally listened carefully, acted quickly, and discovered my hypothyroidism. She was the first who was willing to consider that my symptoms were cause for concern. Her diagnostic and follow-up procedures were thorough as was her explanation of the disease its treatment."

Lakewood

Connie Sanchez N.D., Naturopathic Doctor, Center for Health, 3190 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Ste 301 Lakewood., Colorado 80227, http://www.thenutritiondoc.com/index.html

A reader writes: "Doctor Sanchez is a licensed naturopathic physician (ND). Her expertise is treating people with chronic illness. Dr. Sanchez tailors a treatment plan to the individual, incorporating nutrition, detoxification, and lifestyle changes in addition to treating the cause." (Added 4/04).

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Sanchez is very sincere and and caring. She is very interested in figuring out the cause - not just treating the syptoms. She taught me how to take care of myself. She uses detoxification, nutrition, and metabolic typing in order to help someone get well. She is a very wonderful doctor - one I highly recommend - she has turned my life around." (Added 6/05)

Longmont

Dr Peter Schmid, ENT/Head & Neck Oncological Surgery, 1305 Sumner Street, 100, Longmont, CO 80501, 3036516770, A reader writes: "Dr. Schmid is a kind, compassionate doctor who takes time to listen to my concerns. He is a great listener and very intuitive. His surgical talent is unmatched." (Added Apr 06)

Pueblo

Dr. Kajsa Harris, Family Practitioner, 1927 E. Orman Ave., Suite G-32, (719) 564-3719. This reader writes, "When I went to her she had been the only doctor who would listen to me and really wanted to help. I’m a very stubborn person but she makes sure that I take care of myself."

Pueblo

Kenneth Duane Dernovsek -- no longer listed (June 2008)

Salida

Margaret Gedde, General practice/internist/primary care, 1115 E Rainbow Blvd #120, Salida CO 81201 , 719-239-0643 Fax 775-766-9681, http://www.natural-hormone-balance.net / mgedde@natural-hormone-balance.net

A reader writes: "Dr. Gedde is the best doctor I have ever worked with, keyword here being 'with', because she truly considers the relationship a partnership and listens to her patients. Her prices are incredibly reasonable, she is highly qualified and knowledgeable. She specializes in hormonal treatments and has helped me immensely." (May 2008)

Wheat Ridge (Metropolitan Denver)

Debra A. Friesen, M.D. Internal Medicine & Women's Health -- NO LONGER LISTED (APRIL 2006)

Wheat Ridge

Dr. Karen Kelly -- no longer listed (October 2006)

Woodland Park

William R. Schroeder, DO, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Internal Medicine, 400 West Midland Avenue, Suite 155, Woodland Park, CO 80863, 719-686-0032, whoofhearted@earthlink.net. A reader writes: "Graduate of the Associate Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Caring, extensive knowledge of thyroid issues." (Added 4/04).

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Schroeder, in my experience, is a brilliant, compassionate and creative doctor. He has humility, curiosity, a willingness to research new areas, a collaborative approach to care, and will go to bat for his patients no holds barred. His care goes above and beyond what is expected of even the best of doctors. And he never gives up. His office staff are also exemplary. I cannot recommend him and his staff more highly." (Added Dec. 2006)

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