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

Thanks! -- Mary

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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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December 4, 2010

Join Mary Shomon, exercise/fitness / metabolism expert Teresa Tapp, and hormone expert Rob Carlson, MD for a full-day, information and action-packed workshop on Saturday December 4, 2010 at Safety Harbor Spa, near the Tampa airport in Florida. Learn more about hormone balance, hormonal resistance, building metabolism, losing weight, and balancing hormones, and approaches to help you feel and look better in the new year and beyond.

Details, and sign-up information

Altamonte Springs/Greater Orlando

Dr. Ivan R. Rosado, 661 E. Altomonte Drive, Altomonte Springs, Florida. (407) 830-1677. A reader tells us, "Dr. Rosado does 5-6 thyroidectomies per week. He sat with hubby and myself for an hour for the initial visit. He was very thorough in his explanations of all procedures, risks, alternatives, etc. This included many visuals and written material we could take home and read. The incision was a hair less than 2". He uses a retractor so it doesn't have to be a wide cut. I have seen some people with 6-8" cuts after surgery. He told me to use vitamin E so the scar would be less noticeable. We were given a thorough report of the procedure including the cold nodules, the cyst, and the huge growth which were all removed. I was given all the information for my medical files without having to plead for them. Within a few hours of the operation I could speak, had no problem with the nerves, or parathyroid. This doctor radiates self confidence, yet is warm and patient oriented. A week after the operation the stitches were removed by his just pulling two thin strings that were outside the bandage. One little speck of blood on the cotton. No pain at all. The most thorough doctor I have ever come across. You can just look at his hands and know he is an excellent surgeon. Top notch."

A reader writes:
"Dr. Rosado did a thyroidectomy on me in Sept. 2008. My initial office visit with him was extremely informative and after presenting all alternatives completely, allowed me to make my own decision. Surgery was successful and Dr. Rosado made the ordeal as comfortable as possible. He has a great bedside manner and my husband was very impressed with his knowledge and patience in communicating answers to every question. He is a competent and caring person and surgeon. We highly recommend him." (March 2009)

Altamonte Springs

Dr. Scott VanLue -- NO LONGER LISTED (October 2006)

Boca Raton

Kenneth N. Woliner, MD, ABFP, Holistic Family Practice, 2499 Glades Road, #106A, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-620-7779.

Note: Dr. Woliner does not accept insurance. Be sure you understand the cost of an initial and followup visits at the time you make an appointment. If you are geographically located near him, he requires that you have your bloodwork done through and billed by his office, through the laboratory he prefers.

A reader describes Dr. Woliner, "Member of the American Holistic Medical Association and the Institute of Functional Medicine. Also Board Certified in Family Practice and has admitting privileges at Boca Raton Community Hospital. Provides 1 whole hour with new patients (one hour with the doctor, not just one hour in the waiting room!)" (Updated 07/03)

A reader writes:
"After four years of misdiagnosis by other doctors, I went to Dr. Woliner after reading the Shames book. I suspected I had thyroid problems, but Dr. Woliner quickly ascertained it was andropause. He prescribed a number of natural vitamins and supplement, to help fight my symptoms and then prescribed male hormone therapy for the cause. His approach is smart and his demeanor is warm. I drive for hours each way to see him, so you know that's an endorsement." (Added: Dec. 04)

Note: This doctor took over patients for Dr. Richard Shames (who moved in late spring 2002 to California. Dr. Shames recommends him personally, and said Dr. Woliner works with natural and synthetic thyroid, and also has expertise in diabetes and weight management. (Updated 6/02)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Woliner subscribes to the head to toe school of medicine. He listens to patients and is not afraid of requesting labs to rule out unusual problems. He is particularly thorough diagnosing complicated Thyroid problems and was the only doctor of about 10 I saw that actually diagnosed me correctly. He is respectful, pleasant and focused. It also appears he continues his study to stay on top of the most recent medical info available. If you have trouble getting diagnosed, this doctor will go great lengths to find the trouble." (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
"He is extremely thorough and proactive with his patients. I like the fact that he is organized and exceptionally intelligent. He straightened my thyroid issues out within a few months, something my precious doctor couldn't do or even tried. I would recommend him in a heart beat and have to other thyroid sufferers." (Added 1/06)

"I found Dr. Woliner via Mary Shomon's note that she'd met him during a seminar on Dr. Teitelbaum's protocol. Thankfully, I was able to consult with him via phone consult as I live outside of the US. I was looking for someone to aggressively treat my adrenal problems when thyroid therapy alone worsened my Fibromyalgia. Dr. Woliner is very open minded about treating hormone imbalance and believes in tackling the whole problem at once instead of just dealing with one problem at a time. I am very indebted to him." (Added Apr 06)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Woliner has given me my life back ... once again! Initially I met Dr. Woliner thanks to Mary's books & her site sharing info on the book 'Thyroid Power' by Dr. Shames. I flew from NYC to FL in hopes of finally finding a Dr. who is an out of the box thinker and who also wouldn't force Synthroid or other forms of t-4 on me, (which my system seems to reject.) Both Dr.'s Shames (who was in the midst of moving when I had my first appt) & Woliner together concluded that I needed higher dose t-3 treatment. Which worked quite well and brought me back to health, until a I chose to attempt to find Dr.'s closer to home who unforuntately didn't understand my higher- dose t-3 need making me very ill, once again, with all hypo-symptoms & then some for many miserable months. So 3 months ago I sought help from Dr. Woliner (after 6 years) ...and in addition to putting me back on the higher dose t-3 to treat my thyroid hormone resistance, he has a found other hormonal issues that other Dr.'s with the same blood work on me, didn't acknowledge. These problems are now being corrected successfully thanks to Dr. Woliner's guidance in appropriate supplementation. I feel like 'me' again, can function, (even work crazy hours,) have my positive outlook back, and have lost much of the weight gained from improper treatment by other Dr.'s. Also Dr. Woliner's entire staff is terrific, all are extremely helpful. So, if you are in need of a Dr. who treats the body as a whole, & successfully treats your individual health issues ... on an individual basis ... Dr. Woliner is the Dr. for you. (He's well worth traveling to & also treats over the phone with your test results in hand). " (March 2009)

Boca Raton

Dr. Robbins, 400 South Dixie Highway,#210. (561) 395-3282, or (954) 421-1929. FAX: (561) 395-3304. A reader requests, "I hope you will add Dr. Robbins to your top doc list and I hope you will interview Dr. Robbins on APICH syndrome. I bet a lot of your readers have this syndrome but they never went to the right doctor for a correct diagnosis."

Boca Raton

Charles E. Williamson MD, Functional Medicine, 2799 North West 2nd Avenue Boca Raton, FL 33431, Ste. 105, Boca Raton, FL. 33431, (561) 798-6600.

Education, training, integrative & functional approach to patient care. (Added 6/02)


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The results are confidential. And you can track changes in your results using MyMedLabs' free "Personal Health Record (PHR)" online. Of course, you'll need to review your results with your physician, but this allows you, the patient, to take the first steps toward getting the tests you need to live well!

Order Mary Shomon's Recommended Basic Thyroid Profile: Thyroid/TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody/TPO,Thyroid Antibody/Anti-thyroid AB

Order Mary Shomon's Recommended Followup Thyroid Profile: Thyroid/TSH, Free T4, Free T3

Note: Patient-ordered medical testing is not available to residents of NY, NJ or RI

Boca Raton

Dr. Levenson -- no longer listed (June 2008)

Boynton Beach

Neil Goldhaber, MD - Board Certified, American Board of Otolaryngology Thyroid Surgery - ENT 8189 Jog Rd (also has an office in Wellington) Boynton Beach, Florida 33437 561-734-3636. A reader writes: "Dr. Goldhaber performed a Rt Hemi Thyroidectomy on me in April of this year. 1st off - I myself am a medical professional so I scrutinize all my docs - for my standards are probably much higher than some because I look at it all from the "other side". Dr. G did a great job surgically on me - he will discusses all with you, his game plan to include follow up & Q & A session - my scar was minimal - looks good w/my help also. Hopefully with the endocrine deity watching over me I won't have the Lt side removed but if I do he's the man." (Added 11/02)

Another reader writes:
Dr. Goldhaber is one of the most personable doctors I have ever met. I am a crIical of doctors after working in an open heart unit. Dr. Goldhaber operated on my thYoid on 1/18/05 and found a huge mass. It is not cancerous, but he took the time to explain to me all my options and gave me enough information to make an informed choice. The scar is minimal and if I ever needed any kind of surgery again, I would choose him to do it." (Added 6/05)

Boynton Beach

Ira M. Fine, MD, Internal Medicine, 10075 Jog Road #203, Boynton Beach, FL 33437 561-330-3463 A reader writes: "I have never felt better since I have used bio-identical hormone replacement." (Added June 2005)

Boynton Beach

Dr. Mary Scanlon, Family Practice, D.O., 4971 Le Chalet Blvd, Ste 300, Boynton Beach, FL 33436, 561-733-3222. A reader writes: "Dr. Scanlon is very caring and very intelligent. She is willing to work with the patient and looks at symptoms and not only blood tests. She is also open to treating hypothyroidism with Armour Thyroid and Cytomel." (June 2006)

A reader writes: "Mary Scanlon was a delight to visit, she is a very bubbly person that listens carefully to what symptoms you have and is happy to pre-scribe in order to achieve the results you are looking for. She is very caring, very personable and very in the know of Thyroid conditions. * Please note this is her current address as per August 2007" (Added October 2007)

Boynton Beach

Dr. Michael Mellman -- no longer listed (March 2009)

Boynton Beach

Dr. Gary Pepper -- NO LONGER LISTED


Dr. Philip Rasulo, MD, Endocrinologist, 724 39th St W, Bradenton, FL , 34205 , (941) 746-0120

A reader writes:
In 1999, I was diagnosed hypothyroid, and put on Synthroid. The very first week was great, then the light went out. I was sent to Dr. Rasulo who did all the tests and recommended Armour Thyroid based on the fact that body didn't convert T4 to T3. Since then my PCP has stuck by that decision and I've been fantastic. I appreciate Dr. Rasulo's research and willingness to go with what the patient needs and not what's the most popular. " (March 2009)

Brandon/Tampa Bay Area

Dr. Carol Roberts Holistic Doctor Brandon, Florida 813 661-3662. "Dr. Roberts is a breath of fresh air! She listens to your concerns, thoroughly explains her treatment focus, answers your questions, and treats you according to how "YOU" feel, not just how the numbers read. She treats your whole body , not just the gland under your chin! Prior to meeting Dr. Roberts, I was the typical thyroid patient who spent years going to endocrinologist who either over-billed my insurance company for any test they could (but didn't treat my thyroid at all), told me surgery was the only option, or they filled me up with Synthroid, Glucophage and diet pills! No one would listen to how "I" felt. They just read the numbers on the lab work and declared me "healed." According to them, if I didn't feel well, then obviously I needed an antidepressant! Dr. Roberts is simply a wonderful, caring human being. I've recommended her to a couple of friends/associates and they, like me, are feeling better than they have in decades!"

Another fan:
Carol Roberts, holistic MD Wellness Works Lakeside Drive Brandon, FL 33510 (813) 661-3662 A reader writes, "Dr. Roberts will prescribe Armour without any hesitation. She’ll also offer a hair analysis and blood allergy test and other holistic type treatments. She is not a specialist in thyroid disease, so you need to judge how you feel yourself. Her prices seem to be about average."

Another fan:
"She treats your symptoms and does not watch the clock while she is talking to you. You will leave her office feeling like you finally found the right doctor! I drive 120 miles to see her and I would drive further. I want all my family and friends to go and see her!" (Added 6/02)

Another reader recommends Dr. Roberts:
"After searching one doctor after another to help me with a series of strange symptoms and debilitating fatigue, Dr. Roberts was recommended to me. She saved my life. She immediately replaced Synthroid with Armour and worked hard to regulate my thyroid. She is highly compassionate and knowledgeable. Her belief is to "strengthen the body, focus the mind and lift the spirit." My commute which can sometimes be over two hours is well worth it." (Added 11/02)

Another fan:
"I was diagnosed as hypothyroid in 2004 and placed on Synthroid. I felt better quickly and dropped over 20lbs in weeks. After about two years, my energy levels were decreasing and I eventually became depressed. I went from working out 6 days a week to 3 as i didn't have the energy. Depression took over. I went to my doctor and weepily told her I was depressed. She spent 5 whole minutes with me and blessed me as depressed. Off I went with no changes, not even anti-depressants! That was the final straw. I found Dr. Roberts on this website and she was only 3 miles from my home! She spend an hour with me reviewing my history. Then she told me that on the Armour, I would begin feeling better in about a week. I looked at her like she had three heads. I was so used to feeling depressed that it sounded to good to be true. Well, she was right. I did feel a little better in a week. After about six weeks on the Armour, I was back to normal. She also recommended vitamins. I will never visit another "regular" physician again. Although I work in the medical field, my experience has led me to become cynical with traditional medicine. I have told many hypothyroid friends about Armour. Two of them went to their doctors who have never heard of Armour but prescribed it anyway. They feel better too! The cost difference from Synthroid to Armour was a whooping 16 cents per month! Life is good again thanks to Dr. Roberts." (July 2008)

Brandon/Tampa Bay Area

Dr. Erika Bradshaw, Holistic Doctor, Mainstream Meds, 1209 Lakeside Drive, Brandon, FL 33510 813.661.3662, fax 813.661.0515.

NOTE: Dr. Bradshaw also practices one day a week in Palm Harbor, Florida. Dr. Erika Bradshaw, 727-786-1661, 34621 US HWY 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL. 34684. She sees patients by appt. on Mondays and walk-ins on Fridays. The rest of the week she is in Brandon.

"Dr. Bradshaw is an associate of Dr. Carol Roberts at Wellness Works, whom I found on your website. I was unable to get an appointment with Dr. Roberts right away, but was told Dr. Bradshaw was just as good as Dr. Roberts. On my first visit, Dr. Bradshaw IMMEDIATELY took me off of 4 meds that my endocrinologist and my internist had me on, off. She put me on Armour thyroid. This is the BEST I have felt in FIVE YEARS since being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and hypothyroidism!!! I've been losing weight effortlessly, have more energy, and people have noticed that I'm almost back to my "old self" again. She's great!!!" (added 1/04)

Another recommendation:
"She has compassion and patients love her." (Added Dec. 04)

Another reader writes:
"I found Dr. Erika Bradshaw listed here after many hours of research. I KNEW I didn't feel right, yet my doctor insisted I was on the appropriate dosage for my thyroid. If you have a thyroid condition, are taking meds and still don't feel well; you came to the right place . Help is on the way! Make an appointment to see Dr. Erika Bradshaw at her Brandon, Florida office, or at the Palm Harbor location where you will find her 2 days a week. No, you are NOT supposed to feel as lousy as you do just because you have a thyroid condition. And you don't have to either! You may say, "But I AM SEEING A DOCTOR! I was too, but I was not well. Listen to your body. If you know in your heart you don't feel like you should even though you are taking your meds, you may be on the wrong medication. You will feel like you are in the company of an old friend with Dr. Bradshaw. She will LISTEN to YOU.... and not expect you to fall into a "cookie cutter" lab range. I haven't felt this good in 9 years! I forgot what it was like to feel well. Dr. Bradshaw has introduced me to my "old self", and it's wonderful. I will be eternally grateful to her. You can find the "old you" again, like I have, when you let Dr. Bradshaw find the right "balance" for your body. Dr. Erika Bradshaw will help you get there. " (Added: Dec. 04)

Another fan:
"Thanks to Mary Shomon's book living well with hypothyroidism. I found Dr. Bradshaw's name and I traveled 92 miles many times to see her, she saved my life after I moved to Fl. in 2000.I kept getting very ill. She and her office staff are very caring and I moved to N.W. Ga and away from her. I am hoping to find a clone of her,but there is just one of her." (October 2006).

Another fan:
"I went to Dr. Bradshaw in January, 2007 feeling very poorly for 5 years. After a very comprehensive discussion with Dr. Bradshaw she prescribed armour thyroid for me and took me off synthroid. What a blessing! After 3 months on armour I have lost 24 pounds and my swollen eyes, face and neck have returned to normal. She is absolutely my TOP DOC."(August 2007)

A reader writes:
"It has been life changing. She immediately noticed my thyroid, hormone levels out of whack-to which my previous dr said was nothing. Being placed on thyroid and hormone medication, I am a new person. Within 3 weeks on meds, everyone noticed a difference in me-mostly the weight loss. I have so much good energy, am focused and just feel so good. I look forward to my visits to the clinic! And the staff is fabulous! " (March 2009)

Cape Coral

Richard Torricelli, General practice/internist/primary care, Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral, Florida 33914, 239-573-1606

"Dr. Torricelli is compassionate to his patients needs. He takes the time to HEAR you!" (May 2008)

Delray Beach

Nancy De Jesus, MD, Holistic Family Medicine, Bioidentical Hormones and more, 900 E. Atlantic Ave. Suite # 9, FL, 33483, Tel. 561-279-2722 fax 561-279-2522.

Note: this doctor is quite expensive, and a one-hour visit may cost as much as $700. Clarify costs and length of visit up front. (July 2008)

A reader writes: "Finally a doctor who listens and understand what hormonal imbalances can affect not only your health buy your life. I visited so many doctors and took so many unnecessary medications: antidepressants, diuretics, blood pressure and cholesterol drugs just to name a few. Dr. De Jesus correctly diagnosed me with hypothyroidism and Progesterone/Estrogen imbalance, I started Armour Thyroid and Bioidentical Hormones and I am a new woman in control of my life." (Added 6/05)

Another reader recommends Dr. DeJesus:
"She listened to everything I said and told me that she could help and that she and her staff were not just medical help, but friends. If you feel that something just isn’t right and everyone keeps telling you that you’re fine, go see Dr. DeJesus and she’ll give you the truth." (Added 10/05)

Another fan:
"I have been seeing and diagnosed by Dr. DeJesus for about 4 years now. I have (since age 16) R/A, MVP, and severe hypoglycemia; now found to have pernicious anemia and severe hypothyroidism-possibly cancerous, along with very low progesterone. I'm now on bio-identical prog., and Armor thyr. med's. I also have a severely herniated c5/6 to be operated on in Dec..This woman IS AN ANGEL ON EARTH!! VERY COMPETENT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE (not to mention a holistic doc. first) I WOULD HIGHLY (and do) RECOMMEND HER AS A DOC. TO ANYONE!! There's not enough praise I could sing about her AND HER STAFF!!! I'm insured, BUT pay out of pocket for her-GLADLY I MIGHT ADD. If you pass this info along, only good would be the outcome. She really listens and cares about her patients' needs. This is rare and hard to come by. Not to mention, much appreciated! as well as NEEDED!! She and her staff do whatever necessary for the wellness of her patients. Her office offers massage, acupuncture, dermatology; along with preventive medicine, age management, hormone modulation and weight management. I'LL FOREVER SING HER PRAISES WITH THE UTMOST ADORATION AND APPRECIATION!!! SHE AND HER STAFF ARE THE EPITOME OF WHAT A DOCTOR/WELLNESS CENTER SHOULD BE!! (October 2006)

More praise:
A reader writes: "For four years I went from doctor to doctor who tested for menopause, depression, bi-polar, PTSD, for months. In addition to wasting my time, they cost me thousands of dollars and prescribed nothing by antidepressants that caused more problems instead of helping. I finally decided to be responsible for my health instead of asking a doctor. I read Suzanne Somers book about aging and when she described perimenopause, I called Dr. De Jesus immediately. She had blood work done and from the panels was able to recite my list of symptoms without me ever opening my mouth. Her kindness, availability and staff make her all the more invaluable as a partner in my health. I highly recommend her as a GP, for thyroid treatment, for anti-aging support." (Added October 2007)

Fort Lauderdale

Richard Mack Harrell -- No longer listed (July 2008)

Ft. Myers

Gary Pynckel, General practice/internist/primary care, Osteopath/DO, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL 33966, 239-278-3377, 239-278-5266

"This doctor has been vary patient with me and my difficult to diagnose thyroid condition. He started me on Armor at my request and when I thought I might also have adrenal issues, he prescribed HC until I was better. However, after coming off the HC (very low dose for only 2 months), the Armor was still not helping me. He suspected that I was producing RT3 instead of T3 so he switched me to Cytomel and I am finally getting better. He did not insist on Synthroid when I first went to see him like so many doctors do and he is always willing to listen to me and work with me. He is never condescending and he even tells me when I've taught him something new. While not a thyroid specialist, he does treat quite a few thyroid patients and in my opinion, he has more knowledge about thyroid issues than any endocrinologist." (May 2008)

Fort Myers

Richard J. Weiss -- no longer listed (October 2007)


Laurence Kennedy M. D. Endocrinologist University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville, Florida 32610-0226 He mentioned that Synthroid had been the standard for a long time and there had been much about it in the news recently but he did not put me down for having the info from this newsletter and was more than willing to do a trial of adding T3 to the T4 based upon my 20+ years of written history of thyroid diagnosis treatment and problems. He would not go so far as to put me back on Armour. But he acknowledged that nature had given us T3 and T4 for a reason and we should not necessarily have to be stuck with just one. I was given a trial of Thyrolar 2 for 60 days. Health and numbers improved but still a little high in the T3. So now I am on generic T4 and Cytomel. I was interested in the fact that he waited for 2 months to recheck as previous physicians had only waited two weeks. And yes I got better slowly. The other day I looked in the mirror and my eyes are no longer sunken. He was very good at answering my questions and explaining his reasoning to me. He is going to write to my Family Practice Doc and explain to him the goals he has as far as my numbers and health are concerned.

Another reader recommends Dr. Kennedy:
"After years of being told that my thyroid levels were fine, I was fortunate to schedule an appt. with Dr. Kennedy. He took the time to listen to my symptoms without quickly brushing them off as "nerves" or other ailments. He closely reviewed the checklist I had brought with me from this web site, and asked me questions. Most importantly, he listened to me. He was pleasant and informative re: thyroid disease, in spite of working in a busy clinic environment. He increased the medication I have been taking at the same dosage for 7 years. I am feeling so much better. I am looking forward to my follow-up visit, as I trust that I am working with a well-informed and patient doctor." (Added 6/03)


Bruce Rogers 4739 NW 53rd Ave, Suite A Gainesville, FL 352-371-9847

A reader writes:
Dr. Bruce Rogers is the only doctor I feel that really listened to my symptoms. He diagnosed my hypothyroidism, plus he was the only one who finally diagnosed my lupus, which I have had symptoms for years before and other doctors said it was in my head. I feel he is the best doctor I have ever went to." (March 2009)


Dr. Mazzaferri -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006)


Dr. Fernando Diaz, endocrinologist. A reader writes: "Dr. Diaz diagnosed me in 1987, not only was he wonderful, he explained everything to me and he listened. He was always there when I had a problem."

More praise for Dr. Diaz:
"I highly recommend my endo, Dr.Fernando Diaz. He is very dedicated and thorough in his diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of his patients. He listens carefully to what his patients have to say, and answers all of our questions. While I cannot say with any certainty how specialized he is with regard to Graves Disease, I do know that he treats a great many thyroid patients in addition to diabetes patients, so I am sure he has a good knowledge of Graves Disease. Dr. Diaz is a very good endocrinologist in the South Florida area, who also happens to specialize in Internal Medicine & Nuclear Medicine additionally. Here is his contact information/location: Dr. Fernando Diaz, 3990 Sheridan Street, Suite 206, Hollywood, FL 33021, (954) 987-8183

A fan:
"Dr. Fernando N. Diaz is one who takes the time to look at the whole picture to develop a treatment plan for each patient. In my humble opinion, the human body may be capable of reacting to a traumatic experience by developing disease. Dr.Diaz gets to know his patients, their experiences-both good and bad-and their concerns. He asks questions and calmly listens to his patients response. He then orders tests (blood-work, scans, etc..) to confirm his prognosis. Dr. Fernando Diaz is one who takes time and dedication with his patients. He truly enjoys his profession and finds fulfillment through the well-being of his patients. In today's medical world, physicians are highly controlled by the Health Insurance Industry and they are sometimes limited as to what they can and cannot prescribe/order/ fill in the gap, many physicians find they can make more money by increasing the amount of patients they see per day; as a result patients spend more time in the waiting room than with the actual physician. With Dr.Fernando N. Diaz, however, the time you spend in the waiting room is well worth it. Once Dr.Diaz enters the patient room, he sits down and truly listens. He is calm and makes you feel as if you were the only patient in his office. He is in no hurry and makes you feel comfortable from day one. During my first visit, Dr. Diaz asked many questions and conducted a physical examination of my thyroid. His original prognosis was Hashimoto's Disease. This was later confirmed through the bloodwork he ordered. Since the disease is not in the advanced stages, Dr. Diaz ordered further bloodwork and a follow-up visit to continue monitoring this disease. He is very thorough and extremely knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Dr. Fernando N. Diaz to anyone seeking quality treatment." (August 2007)


Dr. Mark Sukenik, ENT surgeon, 5012 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL Phone: 954-966-7000, A reader writes: "he is an excellent surgeon," (Added: Dec. 04)


Dr. Jellinger -- no longer listed


Dr. Jeffrey Dach, General practice/internist/primary care, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Naturopathic Doctor, 4700 Sheridan, Suite T., Hollywood, FL, 33021, 954-983-1443,,

A reader writes: "I highly recommend Dr. Dach to anyone that is frustrated with thyroid issues. For years I bounced from doctor to doctor - each giving me prescriptions for levoxyl and cytomel. Even when my test results wouldn't budge below 5, they wouldn't prescribe higher doses because I was "within range" and "too high a dose will cause osteoporosis later". Who cares when I can't get out of bed now?! Dr. Dach was recommended by a friend and he's been a lifesaver. He spent over an hour with me on my first appointment (I have Hashimoto's) and switched me to a bio-identical (Nature-Thyroid) in addition to testing my vitamin D levels (I was severely deficient). Not only does he listen, he opened my eyes to a lot of issues that all of my other doctors never even mentioned. I've been going to him for about a year now and the change has been nothing short of amazing - can get out of bed and be a functional human whose hair isn't falling out! He is kind and caring and highly informative. I highly recommend Dr. Dach to anyone frustrated with their current treatment! He will make you feel well!" (August 2007)


George Tershakovec, Oncologist, 151 NW 11street, FL 33033, 305-247-4555. A reader writes: "Great bed side manner. Uses common English to explain treatment." (Added 6/05)


Dr. Robert Miller, MD, Endocrinologist. 1547 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville Fla. 32207. 904-396-5428. A reader writes, "Dr. Miller is a kind, patient doctor who took all the time I needed to answer my questions concerning Graves Disease. His office help was very helpful and did not rush me out of the office after my appointment. Dr. Miller and his entire staff were reassuring and genuinely concerned about my health."

Another patient writes:
"Dr. Miller is one of the most up to date physicians I have ever known. I am a retired nurse and I have seen plenty of the good and the bad. He is a good listener and will always allow your input on what you think might help your condition. You work together as a team. My income is small and he helps with my medications by giving me ample free samples of whatever I am on. His office staff has never had a cross word nor ever made me and others feel like we are "pestering" them. Dr. Miller is the very best in my book. His is conservative and only orders test that are needed. I would give him an A+." (Added 6/02)


Dr. Tom Morgan, Endocrinologist, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville. 4500 San Pablo Road, 32224. 904-953-2000. A reader provides this input, "When my thyroid medication was not working we tried a different kind that I wanted to try, and he said OK and it works very good."


Dr. John Purcell, endocrinologist, 904-384-2240. A reader writes: "After suffering with Graves and a hyperactive thyroid for 5 years, I finally went to see Dr. Purcell. The treatment, compassion, and the time Dr. Purcell has given me both in his office and away has been quite extraordinary. I am finally on the correct dosage of Synthroid."


Miguel Roura, MD, Endocrinology, North Florida Endocrinology, 3625 University Blvd., Jacksonville, FL (904) 448-5500. "I was going to one of the local endocrinologists after being diagnosed and having surgery for papillary carcinoma of my thyroid. He kept giving me the same medication and I kept feeling awful – tired, grumpy, depressed and gaining weight like crazy!! I finally made the decision on my own to go see someone else and that someone else was Dr. Roura. After one visit and one set of lab results he had me on different medications and feeling like new. He takes time, listens and doesn’t make you feel rushed when you see him – he is great!!" (added 1/04)

Another reader writes:
"I was looking for a new Endoc. when I found your website. I got Dr. Roura's name and did some research and then made an appointment. It took a few weeks to get in, but I love him!!! He listens and he is willing to keep working with you! He is not a chart person. Thank you for the website!" (May 2008)


Dr. Ricardo Silva -- no longer listed


Dr. Lorraine Dajani, Endocrinology, 1820 Barrs Street, FL, 32204, 904-384-2240. A reader writes: "After telling many Doctor's for at least 10 years that I did not feel well, the only one to listen and find my problem was Dr. Dajani. Not only did I have a low thyroid, but I had many thyroid nodules as well. She is very caring and compassionate. Her staff was very caring as well. I feel sure that I will now be on the road to recovery. I highly recomend her as a very caring and competent Endocrinoligist for anyone seeking a Doctor to care for their thyroid or diabetes needs." (Added 6/05)

Another recommendation:
A reader writes: ""Wonderful Doctor" She is the best as far as I'm concerned!! My diagnosis was Hashimoto's Thyroiditis & Papillary Carcinoma. Treatment was a total thyroidectomy & radiation. Dr. Dajani was very caring and always available. I had complications and she was right there to discuss things with me and make sure I understood everything. She takes the time that is needed to discuss your treatment, where you are and where you need to be. Very knowledgeable in her field and cares about how you feel and what you have to say. Awesome Dr.!!!" (June 2006)


J. Sample Magee, M.D., Endocrinology, Diabetes And Metabolism, 580 W. 8th Street, Suite 6005, FL, 32209, (904) 244-9600. A reader writes: "I had just been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and told I needed to seen an endocrinologist. Doctor Magee came highly recommended by not only other doctors, but people in Jacksonville who have diabetes, thyroid problems, and other problems with the endocrine system. My first dealings were with his staff, and his staff is top notch. I can't say enough good things. They were able to schedule a thyroid scan for me immediately and worked hard to provide me with an appointment to see Doctor Magee right away. I asked to be put on a cancellation list since I work only 5 mnutes from his office, and, to their credit, I was put on that list and called in for an earlier appointment than originally scheduled. Doctor Magee was wonderful. He took time to explain my thyroid scan results, my lab results, that I have Graves' Disease and what my treatment options are. He spent an entire hour with me. He is not the type of doctor who says "this is what we're going to do." It's a decision the patient and doctor makes together. I go back in 6 weeks to discuss the options he gave me and formulate a game plan. I've never felt so comfortable with a doctor or his staff." (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
"I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in Aug 1995. I was being treated in a military hospital, of which I am very grateful. For personal reasons I no longer was able to receive care from the military. I began seeing a primary care physician. After approx six years of primary care for my IDDM, I was referred to an endocrinologist due to uncontrolled glucose, constant headaches, incredibly high hemoglobin results, failing vision, weight gain, etc. I was very disappointed with the lack of concern I received from the endocrinologist I was referred to. In May 2006 I was hospitalized for heart arrhythmia, 500+ glucose, and leg cramps. In the hospital I was treated by Dr. J. Sample MaGee as the attending physician and things have not been the same. My Hemoglobin results have decreased, my vision is better than ever, I no longer have the pain in my legs and most of all Dr. MaGee and the staff are wonderful. I know this sounds like a sales pitch, but I have nothing to gain, other than to vent my feelings about the great level of care, concern and attention I've received in the past three months. I thank God, I got sick that day, versus some other day, otherwise, I would have never been treated by or gotten a referral to Dr. MaGee. I would go to my boss's doctor appointments with him for support and noticed Dr. MaGee's genuine concern. I wanted that, and now I am more than grateful. All my meds were changed and I now look better and feel better than ever before." (October 2006).


Dr. Waduud -- no longer listed


Dr. Gary Pepper Endocrinologist Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists. "He has worked with me 5 years now. He has been willing to change my dose of Levoxyl/Cytomel per my needs and was willing to prescribe Armour per my request. We have built a good relationship and I trust him to treat me properly. I started on Synthroid, felt better, however my doses increased regularly. Then when the dose topped out I started feeling very tired between meals. That's when he suggested Cytomel, thank god! It worked very well, however proper dosage was critical. I then asked for and got a scrip for Armour. I think Gary Pepper listens well and spends the proper amount of time with me."


Daniel Nuchovich, MD -- no longer listed


Jose Fernandez, General practice/internist/primary care, 300 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, Florida 34741, 407-935-9012. A reader writes: "I've been struggling with a lot the last few years, everything from hypoglycemia, infertility, miscarriage, allergies, anemia (nearly died had to have a blood transfusion) and horrible migraines misdiagnosed, and stomach problems misdiagnosed. I recently had a baby and had my gall bladder removed. Dr. Fernandez gave me progesterone shots to help me with the baby to carry to full term. I developed pre eclampsia at 38 weeks and tried natural birth but also developed low blood sugar. I had to have an emergency c section. I'm 41 years old, NEVER had problems with my blood pressure and I feel after reading Dr. Blanchard's book to ask for the TSH test. Mine came back "normal range" at 2.3. I discussed this book with Dr. Fernandez and he believes that sometimes people can display normal range but have symptoms of hypothyroidism. So he started me on 25 mg of Synthroid to see how it goes. I don't have insurance and he is saving me money by not sending me to a specialist. I am having problems regulating my low blood sugar. So I hope this works. I thank God for Dr. Fernandez. He helped me to carry my son full term and is working with me now and has been for several years. I hope he can help someone else. I also read the website and appreciate what you do Mary, you are right we are in charge of our health and it is our responsibility." (October 2006.)

Lake Mary

Dr. Maha Ansara -- no longer listed (June 2008)


Dr. S. Todd Robinson, Family Practice, 4406 S. Florida Ave., Suite 30, Lakeland, FL 33813, Phone: (863) 646-5088, A reader writes: "Dr. Robinson is the best doctor I've ever had in terms of compassion, understanding and willingness to try things out of the mainstream. He doesn't take insurance but his fees are reasonable. He is a regular doctor but leans toward the holistic and will prescribe Armour without a fight. He makes me feel like I know my body and condition best and treats by how I feel rather than just by the numbers. A better doctor is not to be found in central Florida." (Added: Dec. 04)


Lee Alice Goscin Penny -- no longer listed (moved out of area) (March 2009)


Herbert R. Slavin, M.D., Internal Medicine, 7200 West Commercial Boulevard, #210, Lauderhill, FL 33319, 954-748-4991 or 954-748-5022,, A reader writes: "Treats thyroid disorders as described by Ms. Shomon’s website. A member of ACAM." (Added 4/04)


David S. Klein, MD, Pain Center of Orlando, Inc., Pain Management, Longwood, FL, 32750 (407) 679-3337 ,,

A reader writes:
"David S. Klein, MD of the Pain Center of Orlando ( is an outstanding, experienced physician who understands the use of Armour thyroid and bio-identical hormones in achieving optimal health, especially in the treatment of pain. I suffered greatly from adrenal fatigue and Dr. Klein restored my health...I was diagnosed as hypo-thyroid and have taken Armour for three years now. I literally feel 20 years younger. " (March 2009)


Dr. Kutikoff, General Medicine, 13005 Southern Blvd, Fl 33470, 561-790-3750. A reader writes: "After going to 5 doctors with major symptoms she is the only one who did the correct tests to properly diagnose me. You can look her up in the yellowpages. She is a great doctor!" (Added 6/05)


NOTE: Dr. James Sotrop -- NO LONGER LISTED, who used to be listed on this site, has requested that his name be removed. He does not want to be associated with a patient-recommended list of top thyroid practitioners, and he does NOT want patients from this site to contact him for appointments. (June 2005)


Dr. Joya Lynn Schoen M.D., Holistic M.D., 341 N Maitland Ave. Maitland, FL. 32751 407-644-2729. A reader informs us, "She stays on top of the newest and best research, and she knows all about thyroid problems, including testing for T4 and T3 and she knows how to treat it. She is also one of the nicest women I know."


Carlos A. Pacheco M.D., Endocrinologist, 635 N. Maitland Avenue, Maitland 32751-4486, Tel: (407)629-4901 Fax(407)629-0168

"This Doctor is very patient oriented. He worked with me for over six months finding out just what my problem was. I had hypothyroid, but also had ant. pituitary failure. He helped me get assistance with my medications as I was unable to work, and always listens to my input and is willing to read articles that I bring. He is always up on the latest medical facts and shares any new information with his patients. I feel that this man literally saved my life and would recommend him highly. When my other Doctors wouldn't listen, he did." (May 2008)


John Duncan, pediatric endocrinologist, 5200 Babcock St., Palm Bay, Fl 32905. 321-723-0072. This reader shares, "Dr. Duncan has been very thorough. He takes a lot of time with us, has been very accessible and responsive as we have dealt with Graves disease. He gives us detailed explanations and listens to our concerns and questions."


Rajesh K. Desai, M.D. -- no longer listed

Miami & Weston

Dr. William A. Abelove, M.D. -- no longer listed


Luigi Meneghini Endocrinology/Diabetes 1450 NW 10 Ave Miami, FL 33136 305 2436504 A reader writes: "He takes interest in helping to cope with hypothyroidism." (Added 2/03)


Dr. Christopher Cave -- no longer listed (May 2008)


Allan L. Fedosky, M.D., Family Medicine, Anti-Aging Medicine, 4554 Highway 20 East, Niceville, Florida 32578 850-897-1824/850-897-1827. A reader writes: "He takes the time to really listen. He runs tests before he prescribes anything. When he prescribes, he starts with the lowest possible dosage, preferring to monitor results rather than undo a possible overdosage." (Added 1/06)

Another fan:
"Dr. Fedosky is a fantastic Doc. He listens, cares, and makes it his business to make you feel better. I had been struggling with replacement hormones and the correct levels for years and Dr. Fedosky was the first to really improve my quality of life." (Added Dec. 2006)

Another reader writes:
"I have been a patient of Dr Fedosky's since 1995, I am so happy that Dr Fedosky prescribed armor-thyroid to me almost a year ago, the benefits are to long to list. But thank god he marches to his own beat." (Added Dec. 2006)

NOTE: Patients report that this doctor does not take Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Call ahead to find out about your insurance.

North Miami

Gerardo Franco, Family Practice - D.O., 11601 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 202, North Miami, FL 33181, 305-899-0190. A reader writes: "He listens and works with you." (Added 1/06)

Orange Park

Linda Johnson-Bennett, MD, Internal Medicine, 1209 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073, (904) 278-7012. A reader writes: "She is just Wonderful, she takes time with you and allows you to help with making decisions on what type treatment you as the patient would like to try. She gives her opinion but allows you to make suggestions and is willing to do what you feel most comfortable with. Very committed to her patients. A++++ Personality!" (Added: June 2004)

Orange Park

Gary Bernard MD, General practice/internist/primary care, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Pointe Medical Services, 1996 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park FL 32073, 904-276-5700 fax 904-272-1474, A reader writes:
"Dr. Bernard is certainly a "tells it like it is" kinda guy, he lives what he preaches...and he changed my life when finally someone recognized that I had a thyroid issue which was causing me panic, weight gain, depression, mood swings, and FATIGUE...He started me on Armour and I've been on it ever since (2 1/2 yrs)...he does have his own compounding pharmacy there but I prefer the Armour brand, even though it's out of pocket $ for me...less than $1 a day...I usually have to wait a while to see, bring a magazine...or a book...and if you are looking for a genteel doc, he is not the one. He has a strong personality... But no one around here does what he does. Including bioidentical hormone replacement for men and women." (July 2008)

A reader writes:
"Dr Bernard specializes in internal medicine & natural hormone replacement therapy. I have always suspected I had low thyroid, but my test results were in the low normal range. Dr Bernard started me on a natural thyroid supplement and 1 month later switched me to 60 mg of the dessicated thyroid. Wow, the weight loss and energy boost surprised me. I was also prescribed B12, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone & testosterone (all natural) as I am menopausal. Dr Bernard does follow my symptoms and is not only dictated only by the thyroid lab results. He continues lab testing and closely follows my results. Having Crohn's Disease from the age of 5 yrs old, other doctors have ignored my constant fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, etc. My husband is dying from leukemia and I could not handle the emotional, mental & physical stress if my accupuncture doctor had not recommended Dr Bernard. Since natural products are very important to me, Dr Bernard is the answer. I also enjoy his no nonsense personality." (March 2009)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Bernard's unerstanding of the unified body systems is seen in his vibrant attack on obesity and his unswerving determination to help everyone reach youthful mind and body functions and physical appearances. He has an authentic, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor and multi-tasks like a raw computer--which can un-nerve those who don't know him, or who are scared and want hand holding. Once past that point, there is so much trust in his ability to set your course stratight, that waiting for his time is not a problem. Having Dr. Bernard work with you is like a friendly "Dr. House" on steroids--he's a genius who has politeness, and loves to move on to more patients every 5 minutes! His ability to be reached even by phone at all times of the day is reminiscent of house call doctors of yesteryear. He's certainly made a believer out of me after now losing 3 pant sizes in 10 months, and feeling great every day, without having to refinance the home." (March 2009)


Samuel E. Crockett, M.D. -- no longer listed - retired (October 2007)


Dr. William Hall, Endocrinologist, Orlando, 407-894-3241. "He believes that optimum TSH level is between 1-2, which has made all the difference for me."


Dr. Rita Rahbany Endocrinology & Diabetes 1200 Hillcrest St. Suite 200 Orlando, FL 32803 407 896 9863 / Phone: 407-894-3241, . A reader writes: "This doctor listens to you. When I asked her to put my on Armour she had no hesitations. She was very interested in why I wanted off Synthroid. She is very caring and seems to understand the conditions associated with hypothyroid. I highly recommend Dr. Rahbany." (Added 2/03)

A reader writes:
"I have been treated for hypothyroidism for over 10 years and Dr. Rahbany has been the most concerned and most thorough of the many doctors I've seen. Although other doctors said I was on the right doses, I felt horrible. Dr. Rahbany has been working with me for the last 7 months to get my thyroid regulated. She believes in the 1-2 range and I'm feeling better now than have in years. It's still not regulated completely, but she is staying on top of it and is doing her best to make sure I'm feeling the best I can." (Added: Dec. 04)


Dr. Julie Bauer, Endocrinologist, 1603 S. Hiawassee Rd. Suite 105, FL 32835, 407.293.2150, A reader writes: "Dr. Julie Bauer diagnosed me with Graves disease while I was breastfeeding my 8-month-old son. She was so considerate of my choice to continue breast-feeding. My son has food allergies and continued breast-feeding was a high priority for our family. Dr. Bauer respected our choice and worked with me as long as it was medically safe for me to breast-feed. She returns phone calls herself with her consistent caring manner. Dr. Bauer is as concerned with my symptoms and my levels." (Added 6/05)

Another fan:
"I am hypo thyroid and I have PCOS. She is so wonderful and never cuts me off when i am talking. I don't know what I would do without her. My husband and I found out recently that we are expecting our first baby. All it took was getting the PCOS under control according to Dr Bauer. Those male endo's really don't get it."(August 2007)


Thomas Shellenberger, Surgeon, MD Anderson Cancer Center-Orlando, Orlando, FL. A reader writes: "Dr. Shellenberger came to MD Anderson-Orlando from MD Anderson-Houston in the summer of 2006. He is highly knowledgeable in thyroid cancer and recurrent thyroid cancer. Top notch surgeon, absolutely the best thing to happen for thyroid cancer patients in the central Florida area. He reviewed my case and planned for a total thyroidectomy and bilateral lymph node-ectomy to remove my unusually quickly spreading Papillary thyroid cancer. My surgery was expected to take 6 hours but due to the fast spread, Dr. Shellenberger ended up spending 15 hours in surgery removing almost 50 lymphnodes bilaterally in my neck as well as my entire thyroid while keeping in tact my vocal chords and all shoulder and neck muscles. Within 2 hours of waking I was talking and within a few days my voice was back to normal. He continues to closely monitor my treatment and progress along side my endocrinologist. I cannot say enough about Dr. Shellenberger. Even after my surgery ended at 1:00 a.m. he was in to see me in recovery at 8:00 a.m. He is very dedicated to his patients and genuinely cares about his patients." (Added Dec. 2006)


Andrew Martin, Endocrinologist, Florida Hospital Diabetes Center, 2520 N. Orange Ave. Ste. 102, Orlando, FL 32804, 407-303-2801,

"I have been going to Dr. Martin for about 8 years. He has worked with me to find the best treatment for me as an individual. He has been willing to try Cytomel, and I am now on Armor thyroid. He is very humble, and listens to me and treats me with respect. I recommend him highly." (May 2008)


Dr. Kimberly Bourne -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006)


Dr. Robert Constant -- NO LONGER LISTED (April 2006)

Ormond Beach

Dr Arnold Vera -- no longer listed

Palm Beach

Osa Nyman, Endocrinology, 12300 Alternate A1A #109, Palm Beach, Fl 33410 561 799 6881. "Willingness to prescribe Armour." (added 1/04)

Another fan of Dr. Nyman:
"I like her patient/doctor approach to my care." (Added 10/05)

Palm Beach

Darrin Frye, MD, Metabolism, Preventative Medicine, General, 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 6C, Palm Beach, FL 33467, 561-805-7331. A reader writes: "Very caring and knowledgeable, understands subclinical hypothyroidism, open to using Armour Thyroid." (Added June 2005)

Palm Beach Gardens

Neil A. Ahner M.D., Internal medicine/nutrition/antiaging chelation, 10333A North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410, 561-630-3696 fx 561-630-1991.

A reader writes: "it took me years to find a doctor who was informed about recent studies and updates and really listens to his patients. He is a member of ACAM and A4M which gives him a broad base of nutritional and antiaging medicine. Bioidentical hormones are his specialty." (Added: June 2004)

A reader writes:
"After five years of searching for a doctor who actually understood hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue and seeing countless"ologists" and taking numerous antidepressants which never worked, then taking Synthroid, and even finding a doctor who prescribed Armour, but at too low a dose and without appropriate increases, I finally found Dr. Ahner, a doctor who actually treats his patients -- not their lab test results. My husband is seeing him as well, as he also suffers from hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. Dr. Ahner spends time and actually listens to patients. He treats by symptoms, not test results, and he keeps working with a patient until they feel well again. What a revelation! He is an elderly man with a young attitude who learned how to treat hypothyroidism before there were lab tests and he continues to do so today. He is also excellent with sex hormones and other issues that plague hypothyroid patients. He really"gets" it and really works to help his patients." (March 2009)

Palm Coast

Jill Kerr, DO, General practice/internist/primary care, Palm Coast Primary Care, 9 Pine Cone Dr., Ste 104, Palm Coast, Fl, 32137, 386-445-6191,,

Note: Dr. Kerr moved from Phoenix, AZ to Florida during the spring of 2008.

A reader writes:
"She LISTENS! She prescribed Armour my 1st visit. I think she's really good. Turned my life around very quickly. I'm a happy camper after several bad experiences with other local docs. :)"

Another reader recommends Dr. Kerr-Shoop:
"This Dr. does REALLY listen & understands! I asked her about Armour & she said she would use it if all else failed. She started me on Cytomel right off the bat, I was already on Levoxyl & had brought some of my labs with me. She has been having me take a blood test every month & evaluating it. Has changed my meds. each time & I am starting to FEEL BETTER for the first time in 25 yrs. Give her a try, I really like her." (Added 6/05)

Another reader writes of Dr. Kerr:
"I found Dr Kerr on this web site and checked her out myself. At the time I was having a difficult time getting any doctor to listen to me. She listened to me and my issues with my Thyroid. She took me off of Synthroid and had me try Armour. It has worked great over the past several years although I have had to adjust the dose several times. She has taught me to listen to my body and allowed me to be adjust my meds according to my symptoms instead of blood test. She is up to speed with alternatives and practices both traditional an alternative methods. To top it all off she is nice!" (Added 6/05)

Palm Harbor

Dr. Erika Bradshaw, Holistic Doctor. Dr. Bradshaw is an associate of Dr. Carol Roberts at Wellness Works in Brandon. Dr. Bradshaw practices one day a week in Palm Harbor, Florida. Dr. Erika Bradshaw, 727-786-1661, 34621 US HWY 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL. 34684. She sees patients by appt. on Mondays and walk-ins on Fridays. The rest of the week she is in Brandon. (added 1/04)

Palm Harbor

Dr. David Hicks DDO McMullen Booth Rd Palm Harbor Florida 787-3911. A reader writes: "Actually LISTENS to what you have to say and works with you on ALL aspects of your problem." (Added 4/03)

Palm Harbor

Dr. Paul Soutard -- NO LONGER LISTED

Palm Harbor

Brad A. Case, M.D., F.A.C.S., General, Vascular & Laparoscopic Surgery, 2626 Tampa Road, Suite
204, Palm Harbor, Fl. 34684, 727-773-2273/727-771-6048. A reader writes: "Great bedside manner, perfect thyroid removal, plastics closure of wound, great follow up care." (Added: June 2004)

Panama City

Naima Abdel-Ghany -- moved

Pembroke Pines

Dr. Wayne Case, Family Practice, 17933 NW 7th St - Suite # 102 Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 Phone (954) 436-1927 Fax (954) 436-0463. This reader shares, "Dr. Case is a doctor who listens to your needs and is really willing to treat you. For him, you are not just a lab number. He’ll test you for anything he feels necessary. He spends time with you and he gives you plenty of emotional support. He believes treating you according to your symptoms, not just according to your TSH. He’s tested my adrenals and female hormones and is always making sure my tests are up to date. He gives me Synthroid - that’s my choice - but he’ll give you T3 if you ask for it."


Dr. Robert Rubey, Surgeon, 1717 North "E" Street, Tower 3 Suite 434 , Pensacola, Florida, 32501-6373, Phone/Fax: 850-444-4777 ph 850-434-3387 fax n/a, n/a
A reader writes: "Dr. Rubey is the most compassionate, caring and professional Doctor ever. He took extra time to explain everything to me and was very thorough. He is a remarkable individual with a wonderful personality that shines with his intelligence. His staff are caring and compassionate as well. I highly recommend him. I am sure all of his patients feel the same way." (Added October 2007)


Dr. Randall Riche-- no longer listed

Port St. Lucie

Dr. Mark Borchelt -- no longer listed


Mark Lupo, MD, 5741 Bee Ridge Road Suite 500, Sarasota, Florida 34233, (941) 342-9750, (941) 342-9788 (FAX), Dr. Lupo writes in to share: "My opinion is that I am a more open minded endocrinologist than the vast majority and that most of my patients and future patients will agree with this assessment...My approach combines the lab values, the patient's symptoms, and the clinical scenario (ie, other med problems and age). I have had some good success with T4/T3 combo therapy in this setting in many patients. But as you know, it's not for everyone. Hypothyroidism must be treated one patient at a time, there is no universal approach that works for every one. Some are at high risk for complications if TSH is oversuppressed and it is my responsibility to steer them away from harm." (August 2007)


Dr. Daniel Watts -- no longer listed


Enas Sallam, Internist, 5350 University Parkway, Suite 101, Sarasota, FL 34243, 941-917-4675,,

Note: reportedly not accepting new patients, and focusing on pediatrics (May 2008)

A reader writes: "Dr. Sallam works WITH you as a peer, not as an authoritarian." (Added Apr 06)


Allan L. Fedosky, Family Practice, Family Practice And Antiaging Medicine, 4554 Hwy 20 E., Niceville, Fla 32578, 850-8971824 /8508971827 AFEDOSKY@EARTHLINK.NET A reader writes: "He treats with Armour Thyroid." (Added 11/02)

Another reader adds:
"Dr. Fedosky is a very warm and caring doctor who takes the time you need to explain your lab and diagnosis. After being sick for many years I came away from his office feeling like I got a accurate diagnosis and "a doctor who cared that I was sick". Dr. Fedosky is committed to providing testing, education, and medication for Hypothyroidism. In the Panhandle it is a rarity." (Added 6/03)

More praise from a reader for Dr. Fedosky:
"Dr. Fedosky really understands and explains thyroid disease. He understands the T3 and T4 thing and explains it in simple English. I went to him after my regular doctor tried to take me off Armour and put me on Synthroid." (added 1/04)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Fedosky is a kind, caring and compassionate Christian physician who takes the time to listen to his patients and gets a complete medical history before running any tests. After evaluating my lab results, he took the time to educate my about my hyperthyroidism and explained all treatment options thoroughly. He treats you with respect and he understands thyroid issues because he is himself a lifelong thyroid patient who has made thyroid diagnosis and treatment his life’s mission. Dr. Fedosky’s treatment program has given me my life, my health, and my self-respect back." (Added 4/04)

Spring Hill

Maria Scunziano, Internal Medicine, 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34606, 352-688-8116. A reader writes: "She listens to what you have to say, and is willing to make an effort to provide you with a meaningful diagnosis." (June 2006)

Another reader writes:
"She tried prescription meds which made me worse, so now I am on coconut oil and feel fantastic, like my old self. She is an Alternative doc and always listens to you and is not rushing you to leave." (Added Dec. 2006)

St. Augustine

Robert A. Oesterle, Endocrinology, 300 Health Park Boulevard, Suite #3008, St. Augustine, FL 32086, 904-810-2425, "Prescribes Armour and treats the patient, not just a set of test numbers. Explains everything in terms you can understand. The best doctor I have seen in over 5 years." (Added 4/04)

Another recommendation for Dr. Oesterle:
"This doctor spends time explaining and drawing diagrams that are easy to understand about my test results, disease, and treatment. Treats with Armour and synthetics. States that the thyroid is treatable and the effects are reversible with proper treatment but it takes compliance with treatment and time. My family is noticing a big difference in me since starting treatment. Treats diseases of the thyroid, diabetes, hormone replacement, obesity, and weight control." (Added 4/04)

St. Petersburg

John DeCosmo, holistic health/family practice, 1811 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N., St. Pete, FL 33704, Phone: ph 727-896-9292, fax 727-896-8512, A reader writes: "dr listens, works with patients & thyroid meds " (Added: Dec. 04)

St. Petersburg

Dr. Brickener, Bay Pines VA Medical Center, St. Petersburg Florida. A reader writes: "I would like to add an EXCELLENT doctor to your file. I had been trying for almost 30 years to receive several hormone tests, had had a replacement dr. change my Armour t3-t4 to synthroid, and had hit a brick wall. Because of other circumstances I enlisted treatment through the Bay Pines VA Medical center in St. Petersburg Florida, and was referred to Dr. Brickener, an Endocrinologist. He listened, tested me as I requested, placed me on t3-t4 therapy and Testosterone injections. My symptoms were markedly reduced, my Fibromyalgia pain reduced from a level seven to a level two, and my strength and endurance increased. Dr. Brickener was a literal lifesaver and Godsend!" (Added: Dec. 04)


Neil A. Ahner, M.D., Nutrition and Chelation, 705 North Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34996, 772-692-9200,, "After years of Synthroid and a doctor who didn’t understand hypothyroidism, I was so lucky to find Dr. Ahner and now feel much better using Armour." (Added 4/04)


Dr. Gray Fenton DO, 12651 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, FL 33323, 954-838-7200, A reader writes: "He listens." (Added 4/04)


Susan Odell, PA, 8399 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Sunrise, FL, 33351, 954-741-4181. A reader writes: "I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's Autoimmune after 2 years of trying to get my primary care physician to run antiglobulin tests which turned out to be very high. I was referred to Dr. Odell with my two page list of symptoms in hand and my own extensive research on the subject. I was placed on thyroxine. I was a bit wary of this medication after reading all the holistic books, including those by Mary Shomon which are my favorite but decided to give it a try. Eight weeks later my symptoms were worse and I returned to Susan very upset. She was very understanding and told me that we would do whatever it took to make me feel better. I was placed on Armour 4 weeks ago and feel markedly better. I credit Susan for being a kind, concerned, caring person which in turn makes her a wonderful physician. I feel I am well on my way to managing this disease."(August 2007)


Celeste B. Hart, MD -- no longer listed


Dr. Sylvia Campbell, Surgeon. 217 S. Nantanzas Ave, Tampa, FL 33609, 813-875-2655. A reader shares, "Dr. Campbell is incredible. I am a nurse and I first had contact with her speaking at a conference I was attending. I thought to myself if I ever need a surgeon she would be it. I had heard through the grapevine later on how good she was in several specific situations. Also all my coworkers think she is great. When I knew that I needed thyroid surgery I asked my friend the pathologist whom he would recommend and she was on his list of high favorites. Also my endocrinologist recommended her. Her office looks like a home and there is beauty all around you when you are there. The staff are really nice and helpful. Dr. Sylvia is so thorough and always remembers that you are the patient. She explains the surgery well and has you make a list of questions right up to surgery. She will phone you at home the night before surgery and ask if you have any more questions. She was right beside me preop supporting me. After surgery when I had problems with my bandage (not her fault) and she had to be called in the night, she was very kind to the nurse who took care of me. After surgery she was looking out for my emotional health with the cancer diagnosis and making sure that I had a support system in place. The physical scar is looking great with no problems after surgery. She gave me lots of tips on how to make the scar fade the best."

Another reader writes:
"I first met Dr. Campbell in 1987 when I worked in the ICU. She had been in surgery for 8 hours with her patient but still insisted on sitting with the patient to make sure she was settled and okay. She always puts her patients first. She does a great deal of volunteer work and has even made trips to Haiti to help the people there. In Tampa, Sylvia Campbell is our one true Angel." (Added 6/05)

Tampa/St. Petersburg

A reader writes: "I would like to recommend my physician, Kevin Nowakowski, M.D. in St. Petersburg, Florida, to anyone who is looking for an interested, knowledgeable endocrinologist."


Dr. Brandford Carter, Surgeon, Moffitt Cancer Center, Moffitt Clinic Building (MCB), 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL, 33612, 813-745-4673 Online

A reader writes:
"Dr. Bradford Carter is an unbelievably talented, caring surgeon! I had a total thyroidectomy, and came through with little pain, and my voice intact. The Moffitt hospital was very comfortable, too. I am so glad I sought a 2nd opinion there - which quickly became evident that they would be my first and best choice." (March 2009)


Jeffrey Miller, Rheumatology, 3218 West Azeele, Tampa, FL 813-876-7523, "He spent 2 ½ hours with me the first time I saw him, taking a complete medical history, asking questions, and checking me. He was willing to follow my intuition that I needed to try something different than T4. He put me on Armour and I felt much better, but I told him I might need a different dosage. He then prescribed several different dosages and allowed my to try each one, reminding me to stay on the same dosage for at least 6 weeks. When I had a problem recently on a totally different matter, his office staff managed to work me into his schedule so I didn’t need to go to the emergency room. He’s been great." (Added 4/04)


Steven Schweinshaupt MD, Primary Care, Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL, 813-969-2030. A reader writes: He listened to me and my concerns. I was being treated on T4 only (Synthroid) and my labs were close to normal, although I was feeling awful with an array of symptoms. My endocrinologist would not even listen to my requests to try another drug and chastised me for trying to play doctor. Dr, Schweinshaupt listened, ran additional tests and is now giving me a trial on Armour Natural Thyroid. He did not have the typical "just because I graduated med school I know all" attitude. I think he is a great caring doctor and would recommend him to anyone." (Added 6/05)


Raul F. Nodal MD, Other, 5012 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL. USA, 33624, 813-960-2142/813-960-2143, "My husband is an MD board-certified neurologist who was the only person that diagnosed my hypothyroidism while other Drs thought I suffered from depression and almost killed me from side effects of different antidepressants. He treat all his hypothyroid patients with Armour thyroid with great results."(August 2007)


James Sotrop -- NO LONGER LISTED, who used to be listed on this site, has requested that his name be removed. He has stated that he does not want to be associated with a patient-recommended list of top thyroid practitioners, and he does NOT want patients from this site to contact him for appointments. (June 2005)

Vero Beach

Dr. William Lasswell of Vero Beach Fl.

This doctor, says a reader, "prescribed Armour Thyroid for me without hesitation. My request for Armour had been denied for many years by the doctor who preceded Dr. Lasswell."


Dr. Freddy Avni, General practice/internist/primary care, Other,1395 S State Road 7 Ste 420, Wellington, FL 33414

A reader writes:
"I have the need to explain to you what kind of Hero Dr. Avni has become to me. I have gone through a lot, and felt lost for some time now. It seems that I've been living with this since childhood (I am now 24). Only now, when I finally have my own child did I discover the severity of this illness. Among the many things, I have suffered from "kidney stones," I went through a difficult labor that ended up with a caesarean wound that needed to be packed everyday for about a month and a half; I have suffered with exhaustion that was thought to be a result of caring for a newborn. I went to doctors that heard me but did not listen, and said I am depressed when the only thing I wanted to do more than anything in the world is take care of my own son, raise him so that he could feel his mother beside him, be a wife to my husband, a good sister and daughter, and to say it simply, just have control over my life so that I could once again breathe normally. All I wanted was health, and, in turn, I'd be able to achieve happiness.

I finally went to Dr. Avni yesterday. He didn't conclude anything right away, and listened to me while patients waited for about a half an hour. He gave me hope, hope to live once again (that's how terrible I've been feeling). I've seen maybe 4 doctors that each told me something else, some in the emergency room, some that are primary doctors. I've spoken to people around me that just never understood- everyone didn't want to believe it, but believed that it was postpartum.

I am writing to you, to indirectly thank Dr. Avni for listening. For not concluding things right away. For hearing me when no one did. He is a remarkable doctor and I am proud to know him and to say that he is my doctor." (July 2008)

West Palm Beach

Barry Horowitz -- no longer listed

West Palm Beach

Slobodan Jazarevic, MD, Surgery, 1411 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 561 832-1234 "Treated my family and my friends for a variety of thyroid problems, most required surgery. He does a large number of thyroid operations. He is kind, skilled and patient - very self-confident. He is a doctor that you would not hesitate to have operate on you." (added 1/04)

Another fan:
"I found this doctor from the top Doc list. I've been going to him every 3 months due to Hashimoto's/Hypothyroidism He treats me like a person, and has no problem with armour thyroid. He also discovered additional problems with my thyroid. He is very thorough. I'm in good hands." (July 2008)

West Palm Beach

Dr. Paul Liebman, Surgeon, 2511 Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, Florida. A reader writes: "I drive 100 miles round-trip for each visit and it is well worth it. Dr. Liebman took time to really talk to me, tell me the whole procedure, about the recovery and what would happen if they found cancer. He does a lot of thyroid surgery. He was kind and patient and made a scary experience much easier."

West Palm Beach

Gary Pepper, Diabetes and Endocrine Specialist, 1515 No. Flagger Drive, Suite 430, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, 561-659-6336, Fax: 561-659-0253, "He is very thorough and caring and he listens. He works with you to make you feel your best. He now has me on Armour and I feel like a new person." (Added Dec. 04)

West Palm Beach

Dr. Raymond Henderson, Thyroid/Breast Surgery, 2601 Flagler Dr Suite 216, West Palm Beach, FL 33407, 561-804-9898. A reader writes: "Dr. Henderson came highly recommended to my by several leaders in our medical community. He was the only surgeon who took the time to explain my condition in detail, as well as explain the surgical and post-surgical process. He has followed through with my care beyond expectations. He embodies all of the qualities of a skilled surgeon, as well as maintaining a wonderful bedside manner!" (Added 10/05)


Dr. Abelove -- no longer listed

Winter Haven

A reader writes to recommend Dr. Edwin Lee. "He is young, but good and kind and understanding.

A reader writes:
"Wonderful doctor. Didn't have a long wait. He is very understanding and helpful. Would highly recommend him to all." (Added Dec. 2006)

NOTE: As of April 2006, readers report that he is not accepting new patients.

Winter Haven

Christopher Miller -- NO LONGER LISTED

Winter Park

Joya L. Schoen, M.D., 1850 Lee Road, Winter Park FL 32789, Phone: 407-644-2729, A reader writes: "Dr. Schoen is absolutely wonderful. She is very knowledgeable about both thyroid issues and women's hormones. She really listens to me, takes the time to answer my questions and takes my desires for specific treatments seriously. She will prescribe Armour. I happen to be on Synthroid and Cytomel. She pays attention to lab results, symptoms plus some alternative methods her office uses for diagnosing what meds your body would do best on. I'm very impressed." (Added: Dec. 04)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Shoen was great. She listened to me, and i had the testing done, and am now on treatment i should have been on years ago. I have only been on the treatment for 3 days and feel much better already. I highly reccomend Dr. Shoen to anyone i talk to about their problems." (March 2009)

Winter Park

Dr. Mandry -- no longer listed (June 2008)

Winter Park

Dr. Victor Roberts -- no longer listed (March 2009)


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