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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

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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Dr Ronald Higginbotham DO 7685 W Emerald St, Boise, Idaho 83704 Phone: 208-376-2522 Fax, 208-375-5860. A reader writes: "Uses T-3 Treats Wilson’s syndrome Lets patient take part in treatment Very supportive! Great staff." (Added 6/03)

Another reader writes:
"He immediately correctly diagnosed a thyroid disorder which was being treated incorrectly by a different Dr. and has I have had success with T-3. Staff are cordial and understanding." (Added: June 2004)


Dr. Richard Christensen -- NO LONGER LISTED (October 2006)


T. Steven Roosevelt, MD PHD -- no longer listed (May 2008)


Dan Reed, MD, GP, Primary Health, Idaho, 208-939-8200 A reader writes: "Dr Reed has been very understanding, supportive and helpful. He listens and agrees to try things that I have researched, if he thinks they are safe. He listens and cares about his patients. And he is willing to learn about things in which he is not already expert." (Added 6/05)


Take charge of your health by ordering your own blood tests without a doctor's order, through MyMedLab. With MyMedLab, you have access to medical tests provided by LabCorp, the same provider used by doctors and hospitals across the US. No appointment or no doctor's orders needed, with conventient locations near you. And you'll pay 50% to 80% less than the usual cost of these tests.

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!

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Dr. Linda D. Burke, General practice/internist/primary care, 445 S. Fitness Place #130, Eagle, Idaho, 83616, Phone/Fax: 208.939.2332
A reader writes: "Dr. Burke is diligent in treating the symptoms of hypothyroidism, not just the numbers. She orders enough bloodwork to check for T3-T4 conversion and other issues, not just the simple TSH. She will work with her patients until they FEEL GOOD! She is very knowledgeable about thyroid issues during menopause and during and after pregnancy. She caught my personal hypothyroidism right away and that was 15 years ago. Dr. Burke is very caring and understanding and we have followed her from Boise to Eagle--she's the BEST!" (Added October 2007)


Elizabeth J. Johnson, Medical Doctor, 112 W. 5th Ave., Jerome ID 83338, (208) 324-1157. A reader writes: "Answers Questions and if not sure will do research and help with anything that I have asked. Seems really concerned about people, and this doc is the first out of 8 to answer any questions I have had about Graves. She tests all my thyroid levels not just the TSH, and she gave me the Armour without making me fight for it, She's just all around great." (June 2006)


Celso Chavez, MD, 1522 17th Street, Lewiston, ID 83501, 208-743-8416. A reader writes: "He moved to Lewiston about ten years ago, coming into the family practice group that I was in. He was not a believer, but after talking to him, he began taking thyroid. He is the one of two family practice doctors that I would consider going to in town, except the other one does not use thyroid. He is in his mid fifties so he will be around for some time."


Dr. Jean Bokelmann Family Practice 465 Memorial Drive Pocatello, ID 83201 (208) 282-4700. A reader writes: "Dr. Bokelmann is by far, the most exceptional physician I've yet to come across. This exemplary professional treats the 'whole person' and her philosophy of care is one that encompasses empathy, respect and intellectual/innovative treatment approaches. I am continuously astounded by the amount of time and energies she unwaveringly devotes towards helping her patients find healing and wellness. There is a sense of genuine caring and devotion to be found in her, that is unparalleled by others in her field. This woman reads her research and is up to date on promising breakthroughs and non-conventional treatments that surpass the realms of general family practice. I have yet to meet any fellow client who also doesn't rave about her quality of care, sunny personality, and simple kindness and sincerity that she radiates. I am truly fortunate to have been under her care and I would recommend her to anyone that seeks the epitome of excellence in a healthcare provider. Dr. Jean resets the standards for medical field, through her keen intellect and expertise, empathetic attitude and collaborative approach towards healing her clients. She truly IS a healer for both mind and body." (Added 6/03)


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