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THYROID TOP DOCTORS DIRECTORY

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

Thanks! -- Mary
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Become part of the movement for better care! Help keep great doctors in business and encourage more doctors to properly treat thyroid patients by recommending the smart, caring, innovative practitioner who treats your thyroid condition. We might include him or her on the Top Docs Directory! And if you have criticism or feedback about a listed doctor, please let us know now!

Why is a Particular Doctor No Longer Listed?

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


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December 4, 2010

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Albany

Robert Kershaw -- NO LONGER LISTED

Alpharetta

Alan Einstein -- NO LONGER LISTED

Atlanta

Cindy Brown -- no longer listed (March 2009)

Atlanta

Dr. David Dalrymple -- NO LONGER LISTED (retired)

Atlanta / Buckhead

Edward Garbacz -- NO LONGER LISTED

Atlanta

Dr. Andrew Golde, MD, FRCSC, FACS Ear Nose and Throat Surgery 960 Johnsons Ferry Road Suite 200 Atlanta, Georgia 30342 404-943-0900 www.advancedentpc.com "Best Thyroid Surgeon" (Added 11/02)

Another reader recommends Dr. Golde:
"Dr. Golde removed half my thyroid in 2000. People can barely notice my nearly hairline scar. My endocrinologist has even said "nice scar" on several occasions. He is also one of the sweetest and most personable doctors that I have ever been to." (1/04)

Atlanta

A reader writes: "With regards to your list of Top Docs, I would like to submit the name of Dr. Olivia Mulligan. Dr. Mulligan is an endocrinologist who practices in Snellville, Georgia (suburban Atlanta). Her office is in Eastside Medical Center and her phone number is (770) 979-4236. Dr. Mulligan is, in my estimation, what a doctor should be. She never shrinks from answering any question. When reviewing tests results she will go over them with you, line by line. She's not finished until you feel comfortable that you understand the information. She and her staff are very supportive of their patients. I hope you will include her in the list."


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Atlanta

Dr. James Fortson, Ear, Nose, Throat Head & Neck Surgery, 285 Boulevard N.E. Ste. 220, Georgia 30307, 404.768.9350, 404.659.2273, www.fortsonent.com. A reader writes: "He's quiet and I had no idea he would be so expert or kind. Dr. Fortson is an amazing surgeon with a great deal of skill and compassion for his patients. His caregiving was excellent and I highly recommend him. His staff is competent and they made my life easier." (Added 6/05)

Atlanta

Dr. Jim Barron, gynecology, 780 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ga. 30304, 404-497-4700. A reader writes: "In addition to solving problems, Dr. Barron has wonderful bedside manner. He has a great support team as well, and can bring some comic relief to a situation that's sometimes too serious." (Added 6/05)

Atlanta

Frank Matalone, DO, Nutrition, 4646 North Shallowford Rd, Atlanta, Ga 30338, 770-676-6000. www.progressivemedicalcenter.com

Note: some patients report that this practice may require extensive -- and very costly (up to $3000) -- testing as part of initial evaluation. (March 2009)

He diagnosed me with Hypothyroidism when my GP said that I was fine despite the plethora of symptoms that I was experiencing. Dr. Matalone also explained the importance of detoxification and using natural forms of thyroid instead of synthetics. Progressive Medical is truly a one of a kind clinic.(Added 1/06)

Atlanta/Dunwoody

Viktor Bouquette, MD, Integrative Medicine, 4646 North Shallowford Rd #100, Ga 30338 770-676-6000, 770-392-9805 Fax www.progressivemedicacenter.com.
Note: some patients report that this practice may require extensive -- and very costly (up to $3000) -- testing as part of initial evaluation. (March 2009)

A reader writes: "He listens to me and knew that my thyroid was not functioning optimally despite my PCP stating otherwise. I have been to numerous doctors with no answers until I decided to go to Progressive Medical. They turned around my life." (Added 6/05)

Another reader writes of Viktor Bouquette, MD, Frank Matalone, DO, NMD, Gez Agolli, NMD PhD
Another reader writes: "They get to the root cause of disease, specializing in diagnosing and correcting underlying metabolic disorders. Including thyroid and adrenal disorders." (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
"He was the only doctor out of so many others who listened to me. He ordered extensive lab testing to get to the root cause of my problems. What a blessing to have found Progressive Medical Center." (Added 10/05)

Another recommendation:
A reader writes: "Dr. Bouquette was the only physician to listen to me. i went to numerous doctors with no relief until I found Progressive Medical. They got to the root cause of my problem. They not only ran the testing but took the time to explain them in detail and teach me how to eat and detoxify. Today I am alive again and have an abundance of energy! Thank you Dr. Bouquette and the staff at Progressive Medical." (June 2006).

Atlanta

Dr. Kimberly Williford, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Naturopathic Doctor, 4646 N Shallowford Rd, Atlanta, GA 30338, Atlanta, GA, progressivemedicalcenter.com

Note: some patients report that this practice may require extensive -- and very costly (up to $3000) -- testing as part of initial evaluation. (March 2009)

A reader writes:
Dr. Williford is wonderful. She, like everyone else at Progressive, thinks outside of the box and treats patients using complementary therapy. She prefers Armour, and also treats adrenal fatigue. I love her; she's done a lot to improve my quality of living. She is young, too, so I feel (as a younger woman) I can relate to her." (March 2009)

Atlanta

Dr. Harry K. Delcher, Endocrinologist, Other, Institute for Metabolic Research, Hammond Drive, Atlanta, GA, Atlanta, GA, Phone/Fax: (404) 943-0328
A reader writes: "For those in the North Atlanta area suffering from thyroid, metabolic issues, autoimmune diseases Dr. Delcher is the best. He is supportive and listens. After visiting several doctors that said no to T3 or Armor thyroid. He is also knowledgeable about female hormone issues and insulin/metabolic disorders. He is truly an excellent Doctor." (Added October 2007)

Atlanta

Dr. Jeff Donohue, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 107 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW Atlanta, GA, 30305, 866-460-3246, www.bodylogicmd.com jdonohuemd@bodylogicmd.com

A reader writes:
"It took years to find the right doctor to treat my subclinical hypothyroidism. I found Dr. Donohue on referral. He was the only doctor to find that my testosterone levels were at "0" and treat me. He is extremely patient-friendly. He isn't intimidated by a patient's knowledge or questions. He is knowledgeable on thyroid issues, BHRT, and adrenal issues. He is cash only but well worth it for feeling well again!" (March 2009)

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Atlanta

Alex Rikhter, MD, Internal Medicine, 1140 Hammond Drive, Suite G-7105, Atlanta, GA 30328, 770-351-0900. aerikhter@yahoo.com. "I have been to so many doctors and this is the first doctor I can ever say is Amazing! He asks questions, not from a chart, but from his head and heart. He wants to understand exactly how your feeling and talk to you about it. Dr. Rikhter tells you all of your options so you can talk about them together. He has genuine concern with how you feel and the problem isn't solved until you feel 110% better. He is someone you can call at 8 pm, like a friend, if you need anything. He is such a caring person and loves what he does. I guarantee you that there are no other doctors out there like him. This is the first doctor I can say I trust with my life. I am moving about an hour away and I will always go to him." (Added 6/02)

Another reader recommends Dr. Rikhter:
"Dr. Rikhter is an amazingly patient doctor. He listens and takes the time to explain everything thoroughly. Once, after a long, confusing explanation, he even asked me, patiently, if I wanted him to explain again. He never rushes through an appointment or makes me feel like he has any other patients but me. He's also always prompt with his appointments. Dr. Rikhter is a wonderful doctor in every way. I would (and do) recommend him to everyone." (added 1/04)

Atlanta

Dr. John M. Wolff, MD, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism Doctor and Internal Medicine Doctor, 3193 Howell Mill Road North West, Atlanta, Georgia (GA). "Dr Wolff fought for me and showed true empathy. I have also referred two friends to Dr Wolff that still thank me for sending them to such a wonderful doctor. He successfully resolved or treated their issues - thyroid tumor/nodules and hypothyroidism." (August 2007)

Atlanta

Carol Greenlee -- No longer listed (October 2006)

Atlanta

Dr. Scott Isaacs -- no longer listed (October 2007)

Atlanta / Roswell / Dunwoody

Dr. John Hamilton "Chip" Reed III, Endocrinologist -- NO LONGER

Atlanta - Buckhead Area

Dr. Spencer Welch -- no longer listed

Augusta

Dayal Davis Raja, M.D. Endocrinologist, Oncologist, 1040 Alexander Drive, Suite 3322 Augusta, 30909

A reader writes:
"Excellent US trained, Board Certified and completed an Endocrinology Fellowship". This was how Dr.Raja was described to me, but it was his pleasant personality, intelligence, time with me to explain all that he was doing, and why he was doing everything that impressed me. He really made me feel like I was in control of my condition for the first time and so far so good! " (March 2009)

Brunswick

Dr. Arlauskas, Surgeon, 3 Tower Medical Park, 3215 Shrine Road, Brunswick, GA 31520-4300. (912) 265-5125. A reader writes: "Doctor Arlauskas is simply amazing. He is a brilliant surgeon who is not only gifted but caring. He answered every one of my questions and continued to explain my situation in lay term so that I left with a level of comfort and clear understanding on what the next steps were. Don't let his young looks fool you; he is 36 year old (2006) and has performed hundreds of Thyroid operations with great success. I have been told by other Oncologist in the area he is the one they always recommend and is considered to be the best Surgeon in Glynn County, GA. I thank him for saving my life." (October 2006).

Brunswick

Dr. Jamieson, Oncologist, 2500 Starling Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. (912) 466-5100. A reader writes: "Doctor Jamieson is an extremely skilled Radiation Oncologist who is as personable as they come. He is knowledge and expertise is second only to his care for the patient. He was able to answer all of my questions in a manor that could easily be understood and gave me great hope of success. I thank him for pursuing the thyroid and other cancers and for saving my life." (October 2006).

Brunswick

Dr. Anna Cabeca, General practice/internist/primary care, Osteopath/DO, 2712 Parkwood Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520-4727. (912) 267-7780. www.cabecahealth.com, drcabeca@cabecahealth.com. A reader writes: "After years of infertility, chronic fatigue, weight gain, constipation, muscle aches and general malaise, Dr.Cabeca's nurse practitioner, Cheryl Tyler, WHNP took the extra step to do an T3 and T4 test. Both were extremely low and she immediately started me on armour thyroid. Four months later, I miscarried. Dr. Cabeca took an "aggressive" approach, placed me on synthroid and raised my dosage based on my basal temperature. Not only did my symptoms greatly improve, I now have a much greater chance of becoming pregnant. I am recommending Dr. Cabeca because she's the only physician in five years who took the time to do the lab work, monitor my basal temperature and reassure me the symptoms were not all in my head. She is also ruling out all other causes for the miscarriage. If I had found her when my symptoms first started, the quality of my life would have significantly improved and I may not be trying to have my first child at 35. I would strongly recommend her to any woman with thyroid or fertility issues." (October 2006).


A reader writes:
"Excellent holistic health provider!" (Added October 2007)

Covington

Dr. M. Manning, Internist, 7138 Georgia Highway, 30016 Phone 770-786-9700 "Dr. Manning has worked with me and we have come a long way," says this reader. "Started out with "your tests are normal," so it must be your heart or so on and so on. When I keep in his face after all the heart tests and depression meds he said "what would you like to do?" WOW! We started with a change to Armour and tests for Ft3 Ft4 and tsh. Now we treat me together, not a lab report."

Cumming

Alan Einstein Internist 1100 Baptist Medical Center Dr. Suite 230 Cumming, GA 30041 678-455-3833. A reader writes: "This doctor is willing to work with his patients to find solutions. He is not threatened by patients who read, he actually likes for his patients to take an active part in their treatment. He prescribed Armour for me before I could ask. He uses special formularies of T3 when needed. In addition to be a good doctor, he is also warm, caring and a lot of fun! He is on most insurance plans." (Added 4/03)

Cumming

Dr. Michael Milton, Family Practice, Advanced Medicine and Longevity Center 6030 Bethelview Road, Suite 403 Cumming, GA, 30040 "I have been suffering with thyroid problems for almost 4 years now," shares this reader, "Moving from Doctor to Doctor and getting absolutely nowhere. I was referred to Dr. Milton by a friend and he gave me the light at the end of the tunnel. He uses the Barnes Theory of diagnosing Thyroid dysfunctions and works with his patients and listens and then does what it takes to have his patient’s thyroid working at peak performance. He prescribes Armour Thyroid. I live in Michigan. This is nothing new to him as he has patients all the way from Japan. His staff is fantastic and very warm and helpful. I was at my wits end. After two miscarriages back to back and 4 years of turmoil this man by the grace of God has given me my life back."

Another fan of Dr. Milton writes:
Dr. Michael Milton. General practice. 770-205-6068. A reader writes: "This is a Top Doc because he knows his stuff about the thyroid. I had been suffering for a long time and had tried convincing doctors of what I thought was going on with me -- but he took one look at me and knew. Even still -- he read over all my notes that I had been taking -- of symptoms I had been having and the various dosages of Synthroid I was on at the time -- which just wasn't working. He validated my feelings and the symptoms I was having -- for the first time in a long time. He sat with me for a good while and explained about thyroid & pituitary function -- and possible malfunctions -- reverse T3 -- and sounded as if he was reading from Mary's book. Thanks to the forum -- I was able to ask intelligent questions and concerns about symptoms that I was having -- whether they were related to the thyroid -- and he was not put off by that and did not act offended that I was questioning things -- as I have had happen before. In fact -- I think he was rather impressed that I knew so much about my own health. After he had spent some time with me -- he had his nurse come in and he re-explained everything in her presence -- so she would be familiar with my situation too -- and to make sure I understood everything. It was such a relief to know that there is actually someone out there with an open mind. He's agreeable to phone consultations and will adjust dosages as needed over the phone. He's about 40 miles from where I live -- but I'd gladly make the drive on a daily basis if needed to see him. He's worth the out of pocket money to see him and worth the drive to go see."

Another reader writes:
"I have gone to a lot of endocrinologists in the Atlanta area over the past 12 years. Dr. Milton is the first doctor I would recommend. He studied under Dr. Coddington and has a special technique for diagnosing thyroid function along with standard blood tests. I always hear people in the waiting room talking about how he is best doctor they have ever been to. He is willing to listen and help. I go a long distance to see him when other doctors are closer. It is about a 2 month wait getting in to see him but he is worth the wait."

Another reader recommends Dr. Milton:
"I realize that there are other recommendations for Dr. Milton already posted. That's the way I found him. But I must tell everyone that I have been seeing him since March, 2002. He is terrific. I had been to 4 doctors who told me that I was just severely depressed. One sent me to a psychiatrist. I just kept telling all of them that I was only depressed because they wouldn't listen and treat my hypothyroidism. Dr. Milton did extensive blood work. I am now on Armour and Cytomel and I'm doing better all the time. He is terrific and I recommend him highly." (Added 11/02)

More praise for Dr. Milton:
I have been to many doctors who have treated my symptoms without finding the disease. Many TSH tests have come back "normal" and I was about to give up. I was referred to Dr. Milton and the first thing that he said to me was that he wanted to be sure to understand what I was telling him and also that I understand what he is explaining to me. He took plenty of time with me and did, in fact, diagnose me with hypothyroidism. I finally have a doctor who can help me! The 2.5 hour drive was well worth it!!! (1/04)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Milton listens and understands. If you have 50 questions (like I did) he will answer everyone of them. Since I've been with this doctor for 2 years, he has helped me lose my weight (45 lbs). He prescribes Armour thyroid and treats me not just my lab results. I drive 150 miles one way to his office and it's well worth the drive. I highly recommend him to someone else with hypothyroidism. I wouldn't have found Dr. Milton without this site, THANK YOU!" (Added: June 2004)

Another reader writes:
"He saved my life." (Added: June 2004)

Another fan:
"Dr. Milton really listens to you as a patient and as an intelligent human being. I knew something had to be terribly wrong with me because I was exercising, watching my food intake, and not losing an ounce. On top of that, the fatigue I was feeling was overwhelming. Dr. Milton has given me a light of what has been a very long tunnel of other doctors and medications. Thank you, Dr. Milton, from the bottom of my heart." (Added Dec. 04)

Another reader reports:
"I went to Dr. Milton because of the comments on this website. He has definitely done more toward resolving my lingering symptoms from Hashimoto's Thyroiditis than any other Dr. I've been to in the Atlanta area since being diagnosed (after almost fainting in the waiting room) by my Ob/GYN almost 8 years ago. Dr. Milton does more for the mind/body connection than anyone I've been to, and he promotes patient involvement, reading books, taking vitamin supplements and such. I was frustrated that I didn't think things were moving as fast as they could though. He was treating me like I had just been diagnosed, rather than his being about the 6th or 7th in a long line of Docs for almost 8 years. I have VERY severe PMS, and he hesitated to address this symptom, even after my 3rd visit. He seems to have a strict plan with steps that he does not alter from, even if you have been there before. This is hard if your insurance does not cover his visits as he does NOT accept any form of insurance up front. I think he would be perfect for someone suspecting they have a thyroid problem, or has been misdiagnosed by a Dr. that only does a standard TSH test. Dr. Milton is very up to date on tests and has no problem ordering them and subscribing natural thyroid hormones, but remember that he does not accept insurance and requires full payment at the visit. You must file your own insurance." (Added 6/05)

Yet another reader writes:
"Dr. Milton is remarkable. He has a holistic approach to medicine and will sit and talk with you for however long it takes to answer your questions and explain his techniques and treatments. But, probably the best thing about Dr. Milton is his office staff. I have left doctors in the past because their staff was thoughtless, rigid and seemingly uncaring. To me, that speaks more about a doctor's character than anything that takes place in the examining room. His waiting room is light, airy and comfortable. There's a small, bubbling fountain and a table where you can help yourself to a cup of hot, herbal tea. But, you never wait in there long. I've never had to wait longer than 15 minutes to see him, and that only happened once. He has pictures of his children in his office and when you ask about them, he glows with pride. It's rare to find a doctor who's not afraid to connect with patients in such a personal way. I owe him a lot." (Added 6/05)

Another fan of Dr. Milton:
"Dr. Milton is awesome! His practice offers real personalized medicine. He listens to your symptoms and then treats you based on those symptoms. I wish there were more doctors like him out there." (Added 10/05)

More feedback:
"I have Graves Disease and refusing to do RAI, TT, STT and wanting to stay on ATD's, I had been thru 15 endos in the last year. Nobody was willing to work with me. I wanted to start on modified Block and Replace (most drs. don't even know what this is). I found Dr. Milton thru this website - thank you Mary Shomon for having a place I could go to!, Dr.Milton is everything and then some in the good dr. category. He listened, didn't discount anything I was feeling, and agreed with me about the modified B&R. After struggling for 5 years with this disease, I have found the "jewel". He doesn't take insurance, but worth any out of pocket costs." (August 2007)

More praise:
"Dr. Milton is awesome. I was diagnosed with graves disease and was treated with RAI by my first endocrinologist who used a cookie cutter approach to any thyroid problem. My body crashed and my first doctor didn't catch the signs until I was very sick. A friend suggested I go to Dr. Milton and he had me feeling like a new person within a week. I don't know if it was the Armor or the herbal treatments but whatever it is it worked. He is caring and will listen to your concerns and needs. He is out of network but it is well worth it. He will work with you by letting you get your labs drawn at you general physician so your insurance will cover it. " (Added October 2007)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Milton has been treating my hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's for 6 months now. He also diagnosed Adrenal Stress which answered a lot of questions. He helped me understand my autoimmune condition, and the mind/body connection. My hair has stopped falling out and I am feeling generally well and learning how to live with Hashimoto's." (May 2008)

Another reader writes:
"I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 3 years ago and self treated for 2 years until my adrenals were completely burned out and I was just getting worse. After 2 visits, Dr. Milton has me on the right track with thyroid and adrenal treatments. After the first visit, i was sleeping better and hot flashes went away in 2 weeks. Last year i tried Progressive Medical, but did not find them helpful at all. They wanted to focus on candida and "leaky gut" rather than thyroid or adrenal issues. Dr. Milton gets right to the root of the problem and explains everything so I understand what is going on. He also encourages me to educate myself about the autoimmunity." (May 2008)

More praise:
"Dr. Milton blends the scientific with the holistic and it makes a big difference. I spent over 20 years with a hypothyroid condition that no other doctor could figure out. My test ranges were considered normal, but what I (and other doctors) didn't know is that it is the ratio between the T3, T4 and TSH levels that is important in treating this condition. It takes a PROPER diagnosis, which many doctors are not trained on(Why is this so???). I discounted my symptoms, like many women do, and tried to ignore it or as one doctor said "Just have another cup of coffee.", which was the worst advice. I was craving salty foods like mad, had a low temperature, low blood pressure, low heart rate, and was exhausted all the time. I have always been a very healthy person so I couldn't understand why I felt so bad--I didn't even have the energy to do the things I liked doing, like shopping or working out. Here's what to expect with Dr. Milton: Be prepared to be diagnosed properly, but be aware that it does take time to get test results back. It takes 2 months to get an initial appointment, so make the appointment as soon as you can. Once you get there, they don't take insurance, but they do provide you with the paperwork that you need to file with your own. Otherwise, it is about $200 for the initial consultation. It's worth every penny. After his evaluation, you will probably need some blood tests, which they will work with you if you can use the lab that your insurance uses. It takes a couple of weeks for them to get the tests back...yes, hang in there...but it is the second consultation where he can assimilate the information from the tests with his evaluation. Again, worth every penny and the 55 miles each way I drive to see him. In my case, I also needed an adrenal test, so it will be a few more weeks before I find out the results. Now, I am on Armor and I thank God every day for this man because it has been almost 2 weeks and I'm feeling better." (June 2008)

A reader writes:
"Thank goodness I checked your site for someone who was able to treat my problem competently. Even on thyroid medication from another doctor on this list, I was still feeling terrible, he kept blaming it on stress. I went to Dr. Milton and within 4 days was feeling so much better. Even though my blood work looked normal, he got to the root of the problem. I also like that while you are talking, he types notes into his computer and then gives you a copy before you leave. His office schedules adequate time, you are never rushed and he takes the time to listen. I'm going to switch the rest of my family over to him as their primary doctor. " (March 2009)

Duluth

Dr. Susan H. Boyle -- NO LONGER LISTED. Asked to be removed. (June 2006)

Gainesville

Doctor Robert Grant, Endo, 174 Prior St. NE, Gainesville, GA, 770-5361381. "Dr. Grant considers more than just blood test and is willing to prescribe T3 (Cytomel) and Armour. My TSH was very low. Instead of automatically reducing my thyroid medication, he asked "How do you feel?" I replied," I feel great. For the first time in years my joint pain is gone, my memory has returned, and I'm no longer having emotional swings and episodes of rage." He considered other factors such as pulse rate, blood pressure, body temperatures and my past problems Mercury poisoning and with the ineffectiveness of Synthroid. He wanted me to stay on the relatively high dose of Armour and Cytomel. I asked, because the T3 levels were at the top of normal, "Should I reduce the T3?" He replied, "Keep taking it." AT LAST A DOCTOR WHO DOES NOT PLAY THE BLOOD TEST NUMBERS GAME. He is an older doctor and takes the time necessary to get to know all about you. In addition, he is reasonable and will not over charge the patient."

Gainesville

Dr. Jeffrey Lev, Endocrinology, 660-B Lanier Park Drive NE, Gainesville, GA 30505, 706-532-8999 (behind Lanier Park Hospital). A reader shares the following, "He has prescribed Armour to me, and was extremely open minded to alternative treatments. I was very pleased with his demeanor and would highly recommend him to someone else with hypothyroidism."

Another recommendation:
"I am a 3 year Graves disease patient who is adamant about staying on anti-thyroid meds and will avoid RAI at all costs. Dr. Lev is the 3rd Endo I have seen for my Graves. He is calm, compassionate and thorough. He listened to my concerns and complaints and did NOT try to force RAI on me. He even has a sense of humor...imagine that...an Endo with a sense of humor! At my first visit to Dr. Lev he spent a solid hour with me taking a full, thorough background history including the health of extended family. Then we spent another 30 minutes discussing my treatment to date and what we would do in the future for me. His knowledge of Graves specifically might be lacking a bit, as he believes in the TSH test (which I do not) and he did mention RAI once to me, but understood where I stand after I explained why I feel so strongly about avoiding RAI. I must say that the hour I spent with Dr. Lev was a welcome change from the other 2 Endo's I've seen over the last 3 years who would rush me in and rush me out within 15 minutes. I feel like I was HEARD for the first time since I was diagnosed! I'm thrilled to have found him, and I thank the original poster who listed him on this site, as I probably would not have found him without this site!" (Added 6/02).

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Jeffery Lev helped me to successfully reduced my A1C from 12.7 to 6.0 in a 9 month time frame. I would highly recommend him to other diabetic or endocrinology patients." (Added: Dec. 04)

Gainesville

Karen Newell, MD, Women's problems, Alternative Medicine, 1016 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501, (770)533-4494/(770)533-9919, www. gahealthandmedicine.com. "Caring, up to date. Various therapies, incl. acupuncture chelation and hyperbaric oxygen." (Added 6/02)

Another recommendation:
"I had been to many different doctors to find out what was wrong with me, and I finally found Dr. Newell. She made it a point to find out what was wrong with me and have me well in less than a year. She is very sweet and caring and wants all her patients well enough so that they don't have to come back." (Added 6/02)

Kingsland

Jimmy Diaz, Internal medicine/Integrated medicine, 140 Lakes Blvd, Suite D, Ga 31548, 912-729-6606, drjimmydiaz@tds.net. A reader writes: "This doctor is awesome. I feel so good after giving up endocrinologist that wasn't helping me at all and getting to Dr. Diaz. I am now on Armour Thyroid and feeling great. This doctor cares enough to make whatever is wrong with you right. Please call if you're around here. I have a new lease on life." (Added 6/05)

Another reader recommends Dr. Diaz:
"This doctor is a rare find. He listens and sincerely wants to help you get your life back." (Added 10/05)

Lawrenceville

David W. Kunz -- No longer listed (March 2009)

Lawrenceville

Dr. David Shore -- NO LONGER LISTED (April 2006)

Macon

A. Keith Martin, Surgeon. 330 Hospital Drive, Suite 315 (912) 750-8606. A reader shares, "Dr. Martin and his entire staff are first-rate. When diagnosed with Thyroid cancer he spent as much time as my husband and I needed to evaluate treatment options, the procedure, side effects, etc. In fact, after the surgery he came to check on me three times that day and twice more before I was discharged the day after my surgery, to make sure that I was doing well, that the hospital staff was responsive to my needs and to assure my husband that I was doing well!! He continued to follow up with my care for 6 months...and I have no noticeable thyroid "necklace" to show for his skill as a surgeon! I thoroughly recommend this practice for those needing thyroid surgery in Middle Georgia. He skill and concern are well worth the drive."

Macon

Dr. Lisa Snellgrove, General practice/internist/primary care, Macon, Georgia , (478) 742-8461 "I am a nurse and was working at the same hospital Dr. Snellgrove was working at this day i am going to discuss. I was 4 months postpartum and feeling horrible. I knew something was wrong I was so "brain-fogged" that I could not figure what was going on. I was faxing something and had my side 2 the doorway and Dr. Snellgrove walked in and immediately told me she thought something was wrong with me and she was pretty sure it was my thyroid (keep in mind she had not seen me prev. this day and really did not know me well). well then it clicked so I went to my MD at the time that day 2 have my labs drawn and sure enough my TSH was 224. She practically saved my life and is now my md! She is brilliant and I highly recommend her!" (July 2008)

Marietta

A reader writes: "A Top Doc in Marietta, Georgia is Dr. Ralph Lee, a family physician who practices preventive medicine and nutrition therapy. He prescribes natural Armour thyroid, diagnoses and treats food allergies and Candida, and is a very nice, unpretentious man. His number is 770-423-0064."

Marietta

Elyse Glaser, Endocrinologist -- NO LONGER LISTED

Macon

Lesley Cowan,M.D., Internal Med, 3951 Ridge Ave, Macon Ga 31210, 478-757-7345. A reader writes: "After trips to so many other doctors, she is the first to listen and believe the symptoms are real even though some lab values are only borderline. She WILL keep trying until she helps you. She gave me my life back! I feel so good after feeling so bad for so many years. She is Doctor Wonderful!" (June 2006).

Macon

Dr. E. Glynn Taunton, D.O., 193 Pierce Ave, Macon, GA 31204. 478-957-4867, Fax 478-745-5564. "I have been seeing him now for 6 months and I am almost completely well. The pain in my body and my joints is all but gone. He treats the whole person and finds the root cause of a problem and goes after it. He is VERY knowledgeable and will explain everything to you in terms you can understand without talking down to you. He has given me the best treatment than any other Dr."

Another reader recommends Dr. Taunton:
"Dr. Taunton is the best! He understands that once you've got thyroid disease, you probably have other endocrine imbalances. He promptly tests/treats your adrenal glands, runs a sex hormone panel, and checks pituitary function. He knows that a deficiency in HGH, TST, DHEA, or cortisol, for example, will leave you feeling just as bad as thyroid disease, and that hypothyroidism often results in such imbalances. Dr. Taunton prefers to use natural thyroid, but will also adjust dosages using combination therapy. He also treats with nutritional supplements and checks for yeast and allergies. He has you fill out a survey before your first appt so he can immediately identify areas which may be causing you problems (with your thyroid, endocrine imbalances, bowels, and environment---all sorts of stuff). He is also a pharmacist so he KNOWS his drugs and when to avoid them. Dr. Taunton fully comprehends every aspect of thyroid disease, as he himself has hypothyroidism and takes Armour medication for it daily. Due to his intimate knowledge of hypothyroidism and endocrine imbalances (he treats himself for adrenal insufficiency as well), Dr. Taunton TRULY UNDERSTANDS why you suffer your various symptoms, and he works to optimize your health naturally, through endocrine and nutritional balance rather than through drugs. Don't worry about walking in depressed---he won't throw any Prozac at you! He does NOT treat symptoms; he cures illness! Your symptoms will all go away because he will fix the underlying problems. He also will spend hours with his patients; your first appt will likely be 2-3 hours long, and follow-ups will last 0.5-1 hours. I can recommend Dr. Taunton unequivocally and can say without reservations that if you seek care from him, you WILL be healed." (Added 11/02)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Taunton saved my life! I had been to seven doctors in four years and not one of them mentioned thyroid problems. They did mention that it was all in my head, IBS,"female" problems or recommended that I plan my funeral. I walked into his office weighing 80 lbs and only able to eat baby food. Not only did he diagnose a rare form of e-coli but Wilson's Syndrome, too. Within months, I was eating REAL food, the violent overheating of my body temperature stopped and I was able to go to a yoga class and go skating. I have my life back thanks to Dr. Taunton and recommend him to all my friends!" (March 2009)

Marietta

Dr. Mark Starr Preventative Medicine/thyroid /adrenal 627 Cherokee St. Suite 6 Marietta, GA. 30060 770 528-9214 770 fax 528-9215 http://www.starrpainclinic.com. A reader writes: "He had taken his time and looked at my past medical history from birth. He uses additional tests for thyroid and adrenal function and subscribes natural hormones and thyroid. He also tests for Candida so your immune system can recover. He supplies books and websites for additional info and uses past info from Dr. Broda Barnes." (Added 4/03)

Another reader recommends Dr. Starr:
"I really felt like he listened to me. I was pleasantly surprised seeing an M.D. with such a good grasp on natural health and the welfare of his patients. I am impressed and hopeful I will be well soon." (added 1/04)

Note: Readers report that Dr. Starr does not accept any type of medical insurance. (August 2007)

Marietta

Dr Ken Knott, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,1455 Bells Ferry Road Suite A, Georgia 30066, 770-421-8094. A reader writes: "I had a partial thyroidectomy. A few years after surgery, I was very lethargic, always cold, brittle hair, tendonitis and it was difficult to concentrate. I went to several endocrinologists over several years that performed the standard blood test and stated that I was normal. I remembered that I had my blood tested before my surgery. When I compared the current lab result to the previous results, I discovered that my hormones changed 400%. I decided to find a physician who was familiar with tendonitis and thyroid replacement therapy. Luckily, I found Dr. Knott. He is a cash only physician but on the first visit, he spent at least 30 minutes with me reviewing my history and current symptoms. He was the first physician to measure my free T3 and discovered that I was significantly below normal. Additionally, he found that I had iron and B 12 deficiency. He started me Armour and B-12 injections. Because of Dr. Knott, I have my life back and I cannot thank him enough." (Added 6/05)

Monroe

Steven R. Taraszka, MD, Pain Medicine, Bio-identical hormone replacement, fibromyalgia and many others, 9244 West Spring Street, Monroe, GA 30655, 770-267-4455 or fax 770-267-7495, "Most caring and knowledgeable physician I have ever met! Cured me after the Mayo Clinic said it couldn’t be done!" (Added 4/04)

Another reader writes:
"Doctor Taraszka -- known as DOC -- is awesome. He is not your ordinary doctor. Most doctors you go to when something is wrong and it cant seemed to be figured out they do a few blood work test or maybe an x-ray or two of some sort. and then get back to you whenever and tell you they cant find anything. This is SO OPPOSITE from Doctor Taraszka, he cares! He will find out and get to the bottom of your sickness,pain,or even in some cases diseases! He has saved MANY patients life, mine included. This doctor is dedicated and truly has compassion and concern to ALL of his patients. It doesn't matter what it takes Doc will go the extra 10 MILES to help his patients.I have even had to call him at his personal resident a few times and he talked me through my problem. He is the most intelligent person I have met. I am no dummy myself and I have lots of very smart friends and family!! I mean it when I say that he is the BEST!! God Bless Doctor Taraszka and his family, including his staff family." (May 2008)

Oakwood

Timothy Flynn, Family Practice/Endocrinologist, 3931 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, GA 30566, 770-503-1481. "Dr. Flynn listens, is up to date on his info and uses how I feel as well as my blood tests to treat me." (Added Dec. 04)

Oglethorpe

Dr. E. Glynn Taunton is now in Macon. See Macon listing.

Powder Springs

Dr. Michael Christa-- no longer listed

Ringgold

Dianne Roland, M.D., The Diabetes and Thyroid Treatment Center at Hutcheson on the Parkway, 4700 Battlefield Parkway, Suite 150, Ringgold, GA 30736, (706) 861-2826. A reader writes: I have had a wonderful experience with Dr. Roland. Dr. Roland was able to change my son's Synthroid prescription to Armour Thyroid in a very short period of time. He was not doing very well on Synthroid, either. He adjusted to the change to natural thyroid very easily and is doing great. Dr. Roland, who is a thyroid patient herself is a wealth of information on the advantages of natural thyroid. I can, and do, wholeheartedly recommend this doctor for treating you as the individual person you are---not just the numbers on a piece of paper. She's not just a Top Doctor but, a wonderful, caring person as well." (August 2007)

Rome

Kevin Brown, General practice/internist/primary care, Rome, GA 30165, 706-291-1270. A reader writes: "My endocrinologist diagnosed me with Hashimoto's and just felt the lump in my neck every six months. When I told him I was so tired after work every night I could barely stand up he said I should exercise. After four years of being told that I couldn't be treated because I would only be treated until my hormone levels were normal, and they were already normal, I found out that even the Endocrinology "gods" (AACE) say you should treat someone with a goiter and another autoimmune disease. I had enough so I went to Dr. Brown to get a recommendation for another endocrinologist. Instead, he actually listened to what was going on and asked if we could work on it together. Although he is incredibly intelligent and very well informed, if I want him to check out something I have read online, he actually does it! Can you imagine?! I am now on Cytomel and doing much better. We are working on my ferritin level also. It has been awesome to finally feel like, after so much frustration, there is finally someone who is willing to listen and think beyond the lab tests! I can remember almost 20 years ago getting tested for hypothyroid and being told my levels were normal and telling the doctor then that whatever they were calling "normal" was obviously not normal for me because if anyone fit the definition of hypothyroid it was me. Why do so many doctors refuse to believe that we know our own bodies, yet they insist that they know so much for certain when all of science is improved by trial and error - emphasis on the error! Fortunately, Dr. Brown is not a doctor with an ego problem." (October 2006).

Note: As of Dec. 2006, some prospective patients report that this doctor's office asks a series of questions, and if you are hypothyroid and not feeling well with your current treatment, they will discourage you from seeing Dr. Brown because they say he is not an expert in hypothyroidism treatment. Make sure that you ask plenty of questions before making an appointment with him, and be very clear about what you are hoping to achieve, to make sure that this doctor is right for you.

Rome

Walter Jagiella M D, General practice/internist/primary care, 101 John Maddox Drive, Rome, GA USA, 30165, Phone/Fax: 706-235-3333, dietspa@aol.com
A reader writes: "I had long suspected my thyroid was low - saw Dr Jagiella mostly because of a weight problem - with the first visit - because of his questionnaire he started me on armor excellent results." (Added October 2007)

Roswell

James Bean, MD, General practice/internist/primary care, 603 W Crossville Rd, Roswell, GA 30075, 678-277-9007

"He is helping my wife and me slowly but surely regain healthy thyroid, adrenal and testosterone, estrogen and progesterone levels. Men really need to go to a doctor like this: one that listens and educates." (May 2008)

Savannah

Douglas G. Gresham,M.D., Endocrinologist, 340 Eisenhower Dr., Savannah, Ga., (912) 355-6029. According to one reader, "To him, I am NOT just a lab result. He believes in tweaking the dosage of medication until the patient is in a normal range BUT also NON-symptomatic!"

Note: Keep in mind that some readers like this doctor, they have found him to be, as they described him, "an adherent of the TSH range brigade."

Savannah

John Northup, General practice/internist/primary care, 12345 Mercy Blvd, Savannah, GA, 31419, 912-927-3046. "I was on Armour Thyroid 1996 thru 2005 when I changed towns ( move from Ft Lauderdale) a physician in Savannah did not approve Armour Thyroid and got me off it and insisted I take Synthroid. On Synthroid from 2005 to present I gained 15 lbs, loss a lot of hair,swollen eyes, developed dry skin and did not feel well. I changed doctors to Dr Northup who put me back on Armour Thyroid about 6 weeks back and I feel better and have started loosing weight and loose less hair. I truly appreciate Dr Northup for "listening" to me and putting me back on Armour Thyroid. He is very knowledgeable and open minded physician." (August 2007)

Savannah

Dr. Stoever -- no longer listed

Sharpsburg/Newnan/Peachtree City

Dr. John Schuler -- NO LONGER LISTED (Doctor requested removal on penalty of legal action)

Suwanee

Ellie Campbell, General practice/internist/primary care, Osteopath/DO, 3925 Johns Creek Court Ste A, Suwanee GA, 30024 , 678-474-4742 fax678-4740095, www.campbellfamilymedicine.com, dr@campbellfamilymedicine.com. Dr. Campbell wrote in to say about herself: "I am board certified in family medicine with clinical interests in BHRT and functional medicine. I prescribe Armour and custom compounded T3/T4 if needed. I keep ZRT and DT saliva test kits on site." (August 2007)

Stockbridge

Sondi Moore-Waters, M.D. Integrative Medicine, 130 Eagle Springs Court Suite, , GA 30281, 770-507-2930, rosehillmedicalcenter.com. A reader writes: "She really listens - I am getting my life back. We are monitoring my thyroid condition closely and treating the anxiety and digestive problems it has caused. She is the first medical doctor who hasn't told me "it's stress - learn to live with it"." (Added 6/05)

Thomaston (Formerly in Zebulon)

Dr. Virginia Sharron Jones. 201 Jackson Ave, Thomaston, GA 30286, (706)647-1200.
NOTE: As of April 2006, it has been reported that this doctor may not be taking new patients, but as of October 2006, a reader writes: "Her practice in Thomaston must not be as overwhelming as it was in Zebulon. I have no trouble getting/rescheduling appts. as needed."
A reader writes: "Because I discussed several articles here on this site and she knew exactly what I was talking about and agreed wholeheartedly with the fact that synthetic T4 alone is inadequate -- that the thyroid can mess up your whole body and life -- she knew that soy was bad for you and that it's in everything and is eager to help me achieve a better quality of life and also assured me that blood test could be inaccurate in many cases and she would also rely on my physical symptoms. To top that she knows what Wilson's Syndrome is and believes it exists! You may have to wait -- but she takes her time with every patient. "

A reader writes:
"I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's after 25 years of trying to convince doctors that I indeed had a thyroid problem. Knowing that it was autoimmune and genetically transmitted, I recommended Dr. Jones to my mom who lives in Georgia. My mom really does not like going to the doctor but was extremely fatigued and needed help. She LOVES Dr. Jones and thankfully they had established a relationship before mom ended up with a bout with Rheumatoid Arthritis in February. Dr. Jones listens and works with her patients and their symptoms. We are now trying to get all family members in to see her because we now know that my brothers and I may be transmitting this to our children and we want to save them the suffering that we have endured as a result of undiagnosed or undertreated thyroid disease. I am so thankful that Dr. Jones is up to date on the latest in thyroid lab values and will prescribe Armout Thyroid rather than just allowing patients to try synthetic T4. Because of her, my three children are getting the help they need before they are ravaged by the effects of hypothyroidism as I was until age 43." (March 2009)

Stockbridge

Dr. Ravinder Kurl -- no longer listed

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