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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Jacqueline Hahn, N.D., Naturopathic Doctor,142-B Kinnole St. Hilo, HI 96720 Big Island, Hilo 96720, 8089697848/8086961430
Dr. Laurie Steelsmith, Neuropathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, 4747 Kilauea Avenue Suite 201, 808 737-0414/fax; 737-0334. A Reader writes: "She is very thorough, investigates asks questions, keeps working with the patient until the patient feels better. She really cares about her patients." (Added 11/02)
"Aloha! I wanted tell about my TOP DOC. His name is Dr. Dukee Kim and his door says "Internal Medicine." His phone number is (808) 946-2442 and is he located in Honolulu, HI. Over a year and a half ago, I was in my car, trying to find parking in Waikiki on a Saturday night. This is no easy feat, but I've done it a million times and never really stressed about it. As I was driving, my heart started racing and pounding, I was totally disoriented, and all my muscles felt like they were seizing up. I was terrified. I somehow drove myself to a hospital specializing in the treatment of women and children. I don't remember getting there. After waiting what was in my opinion, too long, I finally saw a doctor there. They noticed my heart going really fast and said that I had an anxiety attack. They gave me a prescription for Xanax and sent me home. No blood tests or anything. The next day I called my doctor and set up an appointment. I've been seeing him since I was 15 and I tell him everything. I was perfectly willing to believe the anxiety thing. Why not? I was under a lot of stress at the time. I told him about the car and that my period was 3 months late. He did a whole series of blood tests and discovered hyperthyroidism. This may not sound very extraordinary, but I've talked to a whole bunch of people who go from shrink to shrink to shrink for years before someone thinks to check blood, and my doc caught it at the first sign. He listens to me, explains things to me, asks about the stress levels in my life. He actually pays attention, which is more than I can say about my endo. :-) "
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Dr. George Seberg -- no longer listed (March 2009)
George Ewing, 1329 Lusitana 603, Honolulu, Hi 96813, Phone: 808-5212712, A reader writes: "one of the BEST doctors I ever seen. most important listen to patients and is trying to understand the causation rather that provide the relief to the symptoms as all American QUACKS are used to do. He saved my life after poisoning by occupational exposures. This doctor also employed the team of physicians who evaluated me and tried to make proper diagnosis" (Added: Dec. 04)
Monique Yuen, Naturopathic Physician/endocrine specialist, 750-D Kapahulu Ave., HI 96816, 808-732-6996, firstname.lastname@example.org. A reader writes: "Monique has succeeded in getting me off thyroid medication by spending long times talking with me about the high stress I've been under for years, my diet, and emotional issues. She titrated me very slowly off unithroid, and we replaced it with a natural supplement plus an adrenal tonic. I've changed my lifestyle so that I'm looking after myself properly for the first time in many years. We also addressed the issue of my not knowing what it is will make me really happy in my life--and me at 57! She's kind, interested, intelligent, and very well versed in endocrine medicine." (Added 6/05)
Dr. Braun, Family/General Practice/Urgent Care 130 Kailua Road, Kailua.
"Dr. Braun is great. He listens completely to symptoms and is willing
to go with the best treatment for the individual and he uses the numbers
as a gauge and no absolute. He discovered my hypothyroidism and often
tests for the condition as he believes it to be much greater problem
that often goes undetected. I would never have known to ask for the
test. He has been researching the disease for the last ten years and
is up on all the latest. He is also a great all around doc and I highly
recommend him. Oh and the best thing is you don't have to make an appointment
-- since he is also urgent care you can just pop in 7 days a week from
8 am to 8 pm. Two days a week there is a great nurse practitioner. I
rarely have to wait for more t!han 15 minutes. Truly a great find!"
Dr. Leia Melead, Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist, 1435 Kuhio Hwy. Suite 206, Kauai, Hawaii 808-822-2087. A reader writes: "She has been in private practice since 1985, and really listens to your problems, and is concerned about treating the whole patient, not just the test results. She is very caring and compassionate and knowledgeable. Her specialty is female hormonal balancing. I am so happy that she is on Kauai." (Added: June 2004)
A reader writes: "Julie Claire Holmes, N.D. (808) 878-3267, 16 years experience. Specializes in women's hormonal issues and anti-aging. Very competent and knowledgeable about both conventional and alternative approaches. Open, supportive, listens well. Makes her expertise available for what YOU want to do."