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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Pauline Harding, M.D. -- no longer listed (May 2008)
Gary Wainer, General practice/internist/primary care, erwyn, IL, 60402, 708-484-0042
Dr William Epperly, Bio Identical Hormone Therapy, 245 S Gary Ave Ste#
105, Bloomingdale IL 60108, 630-893-9661/630-893-5665 fx. www.drepperly.com. A reader writes: "He
was the only doctor who did a full hormone check including testosterone of which I was extremely low
on. He started treating me with bio identical hormone pellets of estradiol and testosterone added natural
progesterone orally and Armour thyroid as I was at 2.63. Shortly after he started treating me I
started dropping weight which I could not do for 10 years of several other doctors. I finally had energy,
and all my peri/menopausal symptoms had greatly improved or disappeared. He listens and spends time
with you, has a great bedside manner. And you will not find an overbooked, waiting room, with a doctor
rushing to get to the next patient. He's truly been a Godsend. He works with both conventional and
alternative medicine and as an added credit he's also an allergist. I like the fact that he actually knows
his patients, including reviewing your chart before he comes in the room. He works at getting people to
realize they must do their part in their health too. Finding the right doctor has made a huge difference
in both my physical health and mental as well." (Added 1/06)
Kathryn A. Wilson, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Carle Clinic, 1701
East College Ave, Bloomington IL 61704, 309-664-3800. "She is very kind
and understanding. She really listens to what you are saying. And she
tries to help you in any way she can. She changed my life!!!!!" (Added
Dr. John Poge, 1401 Eastland Drive, Bloomington, IL, 309-663-8311, http://www.meta-ehealth.com/site/office/index.jsp A reader writes: "Dr. Poge is brilliant! He is convinced you should treat the problem, not just take care of the symptoms. He is a rare find!" (Added 10/05)
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Dr. Jennifer P. Nepomuceno, M.D., General Practice, 475 Brown Blvd,
60914. A reader writes: "She has been my GP for 5 years now and has
done a wonderful job. She listens to what I have to say patiently and
without exasperation. She also has a thyroid disorder herself so she
understands what goes with this type of disorder. She has a family practice
with her husband but if you see her as a doctor you always see her unless
you don't mind seeing Dr. Rey her husband. She is wonderful and I recommend
her highly for anyone in the Kankakee area. She is also Board Certified
in Family Practice."
Keith Moss, General practice/internist/primary care, 300 Riverside Dr., Bourbonnais, IL, 60914, Ph/Fax: 815-935-2784. A reader writes: "I've recently started seeing Dr. Moss after my doctor moved out of state. I was concerned that he wouldn't be open to my thyroid problem as most doctors seem to be. I was wrong. He is wonderful! He does the appropriate lab work including testing for antibodies etc. and listens to me as I let him know I monitor my bloodwork as well as any doctor. When my T4 level drops and I share how I'm feeling he tweaks the dosage of Armor Thyroid I am taking. Anyone in this area, should consider seeing him. He doesn't even use a Physicians assistant, he sees his patients himself. I feel he is very thorough, not just with thyroid conditions. " (Added Dec. 2006)
Dr John Jones, Psychiatry, 2100 Sibley Blvd, Calumet City, IL 60409,
708-862-4060. A reader writes:
William C Bayer, Endocrinologist, DuPage Internal Medicine, 517 Thornhill Dr., Carol Stream, IL , 60188, Phone: (630) 668-3210 Fax: (630) 668-3505, http://www.dupageinternalmedicine.com
Alan Bain, Osteopath/DO, Alan F. Bain, D.O., Osteopath/DO, Alan F. Bain, D.O., 55 East Washington St., Suite 3305
Chicago, IL 60602 , , 312-236-7010, www.cihci.net, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Eulien, Internist, 2800 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60657 773-525-4740. "I have been Dr. Eulien's patient for years. He always listens and is concerned with making you well and really cares about his patients. He is also willing to try new and alternative methods." (added 1/04)
Dr. Michael McNett, Center for Fibomyalgia, Fatigue, and Chronic Pain, 4332 N. Elston Ave., Chicago Il 60641, 773-604-5321, http://www.paragonclinic.com.
Sally Radovick, MD, Endocrinology - Pediatric, 5841 South Maryland Ave MC5053 (University of Chicago Children's Hosp), Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 702-6432, http://www.ucch.org/doctors.html A reader writes: "Dr Radovick is a Professor of Endocrinology, Section Chief, and is up on the latest endocrinology studies." (Added 2/03)
Dr. Robert Rosenfield, Pediatric Endocrinology, MC 5053, Wyler Hospital Pavilion, 5839 S. Maryland Ave. Chicago, IL 60637-1470 773-702-6432. "Dr. Rosenfield treated me for 12 years after being diagnosed with Hashimoto's at the age of 9. He is great with kids and shows genuine concern for his patients. He is the Head of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Chicago. I would recommend him to any families needing pediatric endocrinology care." (added 1/04)
A reader writes: "Three years ago I needed thyroid cancer surgery and
came to Chicago to have this done. Dr. Natan Sher at Ingalls Memorial
Hospital located in Harvey, Ill. did this surgery and needless to say
it was successful. Dr. She is also the head and throat man at the University
of Chicago. I recommend him highly."
A reader writes: "I had my surgery done at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. My surgeon was Dr. Gerald Ujiki and my endocrinologist is Dr. Henry Ruder. Both were very good."
Dr. I. Yohay, 30 E 15th Street, Suite 314, Chicago Heights, Il 60411 708-709-2010. "Dr. Yohay is very dedicated to her patients. She listens to your concerns and makes sure you understand every aspect of your treatment. She explains things to you in terms you can understand. She is always available by phone if you ever have any questions. I am glad I have her as my Doctor." (added 1/04)
Jifunza Wright, Holistic Family Medicine, 11110 South Sawyer Street,
Chicago, IL 60655, 773-881-7191, email@example.com, "Uses alternative
treatments and medications. Patients have input." (Added 4/04)
Dr. Kenan Qin, Pediatric Endo, University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Avenue, IL 60637, 1-888-UCH-0200, http://www.uchicagokidshospital.org/physicians/physician.html?id=4041, A reader writes:"This guy is FANTASTIC. My 9 year old son came to him in 2002 and by 2004 he was in remission! (our first ped. endo wanted to do RAI). This doc said "no way" and prefers ATD therapy and often uses Block and Replace and his (cooperative) patients have a high rate of remission. I would recommend him to any parent who has a child with Graves Disease. Dr. Qin (Chin) is the best!" (Added 6/05)
Dr. Richard Crawford, Endocrinology, 211 E. Chicago Ave. #1050, Chicago, IL 60611, 312-944-6677/312-944-3346.A reader writes: "Dr. Crawford is an amazing doctor who is very knowledgeable and personal. He is a doctor who believes that his patients do know when their thyroid is off, regardless of any numbers. He takes the time to listen to you and consider your concerns. Dr. Crawford has been very flexible with me and that has helped me tremendously!" (Added Apr 06)
Mike Yao, Surgeon, UIC Ear nose throat surgeon, Chicago, IL A reader writes: "Had a partial thyroidectomy found cancer and had to go back in to get the rest. However, Dr. Yao the surgeon was the one who encouraged me to NOT get a TT based on the fact that in his words .."Your pathology is wishy washy". He listened to my needs and concerns. Was attentive, skilled and very down to earth. When I asked if we could schedule the second surgery more around what I needed then his schedule he totally worked with me to do so!" (Added Dec. 2006)
Dr. Dutra, Surgeon, 201 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60602
Rebecca Brown -- no longer listed (May 2008)
Dr. Mark Stolar -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006.)
Dr. David Erhmann -- no longer listed (May 2008)
Gary R. Oberg, MD, Integrated Medicine: Allergies, Irritable Bowel
ADD/ADHD, Candida, CFS/FMS, Migraines, Hormone imbalances including
thyroid, PMS, menopause, 31 North Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL
60014, 815-455-1990 or fax 815-455-6780, http://www.garyoberg.yourmd.com,
"Dr. Oberg is very knowledgeable and always looking to expand his ability
to assist difficult patients. Dr. Oberg provides alternative medical
treatments along with conventional medicine. Dr. Oberg prescribes Armour
and Thyrolar as his first choice thyroid treatments. He looks at the
person as a whole, and tries to identify not only what is going on,
but also the root causes. Dr. Oberg provides complete and thorough medical
care." (Added 4/04)
"Dr. Joseph Terrezzi, Pediatrician, 500 Davis Street 866-3800. My daughter is 21 years old and since her birth he has been her doctor and has taken really good care of her. He was always concerned, very informative, readily available even though he is very busy and always knew what to do for her. He also took care of my grandson who is now 10. Just an exceptionally caring doctor, the best I have ever seen."
Dr. Clarence Parks, Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics, Freeport Health Network, 1036 W. Stephenson, Freeport, IL 61032, 815-599-7790. "Dr. Parks has been wonderful. He listens to the concerns I have about my life style and the goals I have yet to accomplish. He takes the time to determine if I am able to have the quality of life I have been struggling to attain after RAI. Dr. Parks does not just look at my TSH and T4 numbers. He always looks at my entire quality of life. He has been willing to change my dosage of Levoxyl and Cytomel by very small increments to get the desired results. He is always willing to listen to, or look at, any new information I have brought to his attention. I highly recommend him to any one struggling with being "sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.'"
Dr. Stephen Harrison, M.D., General Practitioner, Fulton Family Health Clinic, 314 12th St., Fulton, IL 61252, 815-589-2121. A reader writes: "He is an excellent listener with a compassionate personality. His many articles in the local newspaper explaining various illness and the latest findings on effective treatments are written so the person on the street can have a better understanding. I appreciate his desire to use the least invasive but effective means to improve his patient’s health."
Kelly Evans MD, 220 S Park Ave, Herrin, IL, (618) 988-9777. A reader writes: "I'd had many hypothyroid symptoms for several years but didn't realize it (low sex-drive, constipation, dry skin & hair, weight gain, hives) but when my hair started falling out I went for tests (on my 36th b'day), only to be told the results were normal. Eight months later I went back again because I KNEW something was wrong. My doctor's PA listened to me & ordered more tests which showed my thyroid antibodies were high (1260). Next stop was an endocrinologist who diagnosed Hashimoto's but "couldn't" treat me because my levels weren't low enough. He did put me on a potassium supplement because mine was very low (so was my magnesium & sodium). He had me come in every 4 months to check my thyroid levels. Eight months later I was fed up with waiting- I'd lost a third of my hair & it was still coming out! I'd been warm natured my whole life but for the past 2 yrs, been freezing to death, felt like I was developing Alzheimers, & tired constantly. My chiropractor recommended I see Dr. Evans. He told me to go prepared & gave me instructions for taking my basal temp. I typed up a brief medical history (I was hyperthyroid at 16 but otherwise very healthy), a list of my symptoms, & previous lab results. Dr Evans started me on Armour Thyroid that day! After a couple dosage adjustments, I was feeling better than I had in a long time! My hair stopped falling out & I even had some very fine hair starting to grow back in. That was over a year ago. I've started to have some symptoms come back (hair loss, low sex-drive, cold) though my TSH level hasn't changed. She has me scheduled for a complete thyroid panel & even mentioned adding alternative medicines. I'm thankful for a doctor who will look at the whole patient, not just a blood test. She's been a blessing to me." (October 2006).
Sandra Labak -- No longer listed (October 2006)
Dr. Edward Paloyan -- No longer listed, this doctor requested that he be removed from this site's listing.
Dr. Susan Busse -- no longer listed / closed practice (May 2008)
La Grange Park
Dr. Tony Lu -- On sabbatical out of country (May 2008)
Mary Stowell, Proactive Wellness, 14044 W Petronella Dr
Libertyville,IL, 60048, 847-549-6044
Dr. Sherry Li, Female Medicine/Hormones, 909 E. Grant, Macomb, IL 61455, 3098372000, www.mdh.org. A reader writes: "Works with whole body and specializes in female hormones. She listens to you. Takes her time. Makes you feel like cared for. She treats the symptoms. Very knowledgeable! (Added Apr 06)
Maywood/Chicago western suburbs
A reader recommends Dr. Nicholas V. Emanuele, Endocrinologist and
Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Avenue-- Maywood-- IL
60153, 708.216.6200. "After 3 endocrinologists-- I was so happy to get
lucky and find Dr. Emanuele. He listens-- asks lots of questions-- answers
all your questions. After my first visit the exam was so thorough and
informative I really felt like everything's going to be OK now. I'm
going to get back to normal. I feel very lucky to have found him. He
and his wife both practice endocrinology and are both spoken of very
Dr. Brian Cady, 7th ST & J Deere Road, Moline Illinois, 764-4500. "He's great!!" (Added 6/02).
Joseph Donzelli, MD, Otolaryngology, 640 S. Washington, Suite #268,
Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 420-2323, fax (630)420-8822, www.ent-doctor.com.
"He takes his time with his patients. He listens to them and their concerns.
He is a very patient and compassionate person that will treat his patients
with the utmost care. He is willing to try medications first before
jumping into a surgical situation. I would have to say that his biggest
asset is that he cares for his patients on a personal level." (added
Dr. Elena Koles, Immunology / Internal Medicine, 666 Dundee Rd., Ste
602, Northbrook, IL, 60090, 847-291-0900, http://www.u-ok.net.
Dr. Cathie Dunal, MD, General practice/internist/primary care, 60 Revere Dr., Suite 505, Northbrook, 847-205-2055
Dr. Geoffrey Jones, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 120 Oak Brook Center, Suite 308, Oak Brook, Illinois, 60523
630-734-8888 www.jonesinstituteusa.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Brook Terrace
Dr. Dina R. Desai, Family Practice, 17 West 755 Butterfield Road, Oak Brook Terrace, 630-889-8922. A reader writes: "Dr. Desai stays with you until you’re feeling right, no matter how long it takes. She’s terrific!" (Added 10/05)
Paul J. Dunn M.D., Alternative/Homeopathy, 715 Lake Street, Suite 106, Oak Park, IL 60301, 708 383-3800. DrDunnsOffice@aol.com. "After working for Dr. Dunn for several years I have been witness to many happy outcomes for patient's with complicated thyroid and adrenal problems. Dr. Dunn takes the time to listen to each patient and he works with them concentrating on what is of most concern to them. He always stays on top of the latest information and passes this along to his patients. I am happy to work with him and am also happy to be his patient."
Carlos Reynes is now located in River Forest. See River Forest listing.
James Ciulla, Programs to reestablish health, emphasizing natural techniques
--- Regenerative Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Pain Mgmt., Stress Mgmt.
Techniques, Preventative Medicine, Allergy Treatment, Cardiovascular
Rehab, Intravenous Chelation Therapy. The New Life Medical Clinic, 509
South Main Street, Paris, IL 61944 (an hour drive from Champaign), (217)
465-8053, Fax (217) 463-9704. "The New Life Medical Clinic is an outstanding
facility. It was obvious to me upon my first visit that their first
priority is with "how the patient feels" rather than lab values alone.
After years of needless suffering and going from one doctor to another
I was unprepared for the genuine interest that the staff displayed in
trying to make me feel well and whole again. Significant efforts were
made in getting me properly diagnosed and treated. What impressed me
most of all was their knowledge in the area of endocrinology. They moved
beyond the typical TSH testing and used other standards to identify
and treat my long-standing thyroid problem. I can never remember receiving
such a complete and thorough physical in my life. I feel like I have
found a diamond in the rough. What a welcomed change. This facility
performed circles around the doctors in my city --- the hour drive is
nothing compared to the care that I receive. Anyone that walks through
the doors of the New Life Medical Clinic is truly blessed." (Added 6/02).
Dr. Catherine Cuite Ophthalmology 5401 N Knoxville, Suite 102 Peoria, IL61614 1-800-872-4651. A reader writes: "She is wonderful. [She has] energy, attitude and patience with people of all ages. She will take the time to explain the diagnoses and treatment. She was the first Dr. to finally tell us you can have thyroiditis eyes (a form of Graves) without abnormal thyroid tests/results and that there is treatment. You can read all about her on their web page at http://IllinoisEyeCenter.com Top Doctor List. (Added 4/03)
Dr. Chang -- No longer listed (March 2009)
Jill Carnahan, Family Practice/Integrative Medicine, 815 W Main St, Peoria,
IL 61602, 309-672-4977, www.drcarnahan.com
Dr. Terry Meriden -- No longer listed (March 2009)
Dr. Dorsch -- no longer listed
Carlos M. Reynes, M.D., Integrative Therapies, Ltd., Physical Wellness Center, 7756 W. Madison Suite 8, River Forest IL 60305. 708-771-3471. www.integrativetherapies.medem.com. A reader writes:"Dr Reynes goes beyond traditional testing to find the causes of patients
symptoms. He is not like other doctors I have seen who just want to
give you a pill to treat the symptoms. He understands the relationships
of various hormones and knows how to make adjustments to maintain the
proper balance of hormones. Dr Reynes is good at explaining the problems
and the causes in simple terms that I can understand. He is open to
using whatever treatments work. He works with chiropractors, a medical
hypnotherapist, an acupuncturist, and a Reiki master." (Added 6/03)
Dr. Andrew Kong Holistic, Post-Graduate Rehab, Certified Acupuncturist
5301 E. State Street, Suite 123, Rockford, IL 61108, 815-397-8500. Andrew Kong, Holistic &
Chiropractic. Back in Action Holistic Health, 5301 E State, #101, Rockford, IL 61108, 815/397-8500.
A reader informs us, "He used blood, urine, hair, and saliva tests to
determine my health condition. Based on those results, my regimen of
nutrition, supplements, herbs, acupuncture, and relaxing breathing exercises
dropped my TSH score from 61 to .86 in 6 months. He is caring about
the whole person."
Gautam Jha, MD, 1321 Whitaker, Salem, IL 62881 618-548-0200, fax618-548-5811 http://www.jha.yourmd.com email@example.com
A reader writes:
Dr. Joseph M. Mercola, Family Practitioner/Specializing in Chronic
1443 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194-4065 ph 847-985-1777.
A reader informs us, "Dr. Mercola LISTENS to his patients. He takes
his time when discussing your health needs. He looks at the WHOLE picture,
not just one single lab value. He is quite thorough also. Dr. Mercola
is quite knowledgeable in endocrine "disorders" as well as female hormone
imbalances. I wish I would have met him 7 years ago when I was first
diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. I have only been a patient of his for one
month and I feel like a new person.
Betty Go, MD, 1443 W. Schaumburg, IL 60194 Tel # 847-985-1777. A reader writes: "I wanted a nutritional/herbal/homeopathic way to deal with my low thyroid and adrenals as I don't like pharmaceuticals and their side effects. Dr. Go is working with me to address the underlying deficiency problems that have influenced this. I like the teamwork approach between patient and doctor/staff that she and her staff provide. She listens and takes time. She knows the link between feeling cold/low temp and the thyroid." (Added 11/02) (This recommendation refers to her Bellevue, WA practice).
Harald Lausen, DO, Family Practice, 2060 West Washington Street, Springfield, IL 62702, 217.726.5720. http://www.lausenfp.com. A reader writes: "Dr. Lausen has based his practice on listening to his patients. He feels that we know our bodies best and will treat based on symptoms, not just lab results. He is willing to try alternative therapies when indicated. I have found him to be very thorough, intelligent and caring. He is willing to treat with Armour where indicated. He agrees that T3 and T4 are more accurate predictors of thyroid hormone levels. He spends an hour and a half with me everytime I see him. I'd recommend him to anyone for family practice or anyone having difficultly obtaining a diagnosis." (Added: June 2004)
James Malone, otolaryngology, SIU Physicians and Surgeons Building, Springfield Il, 2177880704. A reader writes: "Dr, Malone is awesome he is patient and has a great bed side manor. My scar from thyroid surgery is not even noticeable after only 3 months. He is very involved in research and knows his stuff .Such and intelligent man with a general caring for patients. He treats patients like he would want to be treated.(Added Apr 06)
Madeline Moriarty -- moved
Dr. Fred James Schultz, MD -- no longer listed (May 2008)
Frank Strehl Internal Medicine 111 E. Cole Avenue Wheaton, Wheaton, IL 60187 630-653-5755 drstrehloncall.com A Reader writes: "Willing to work with alternative thyroid medicines/glandulars and has 21 yrs experience doing so." (Added 11/02)