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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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Fred C. Marsh, M.D., Family Practice, 1105 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50021 515-964-4600/ 515-964-9838. "I went to many specialists for my thyroid condition before I found him. He listened, took extra time, allowed me to have some say in what was tried as to medication and testing. I have been taking Armour Thyroid for over 10 years now and thankful to have found this doctor who was truly helpful." (added 1/04)

Ankeny (formerly West Des Moines)

Kathleen Gannon, Osteopath/DO, 1810 SW White Birch Circle, Suite 111, Ankeny, IA, 50023, Ph/Fax: (515) 964-7115. "She's open to some alternative treatments, I'm on Armour Thyroid (off Levoxyl--I asked her if I could change thyroid medicine to something natural and w/o hesitation, she changed me to Armour. I had to change doctors to be able to take natural thyroid and feel much better!! She listens to what you're saying, pays attention to how you feel independent of lab test results. Besides TSH she checks my antibody levels and keeps me toward the low end of the "normal range" of the TSH." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"This is a follow up to my recommendation of Kathleen Gannon. Thank you for your books. Iread two of them and found your website which led me to Dr. Kathleen gannon (recently moved to Ankeny form Des Moines).You saved my life and proved I'm not crazy! Just hypothyroid! THANK YOU!!! " (Added Dec. 2006)

A reader writes:

"Finally a doctor who listens and cares about the whole person! She is not afraid to use something other than synthroid and wasn't opposed to the supplements I am trying. She is also checking some potential interactions with my asthma and thyroid meds. Kathleen (Kay) also is testing me for antibodies. Last week I was at a large research hospital and was told despite my TSH of 6.1, severe symptoms of hypothyroid,and a prior diagnosis that I was not hypothyroid because I was continually hot instead of cold. This from an endocrinologist (with no or little experience with thyroid patients). Prior I sa a P.A. who did diagnose my hypothyroidism after many doctors failed. I was taking phytohormones which falsely elevate TSH levels. " (Added Dec. 2006)


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Jean M. Lorentzen, Osteopath/DO, 105 S Marshall, Boone, IA 50036, 515 - 432 - 9940

"Dr. Lorentzen has been a lifesaver 3 times for our family! I am hypothyroid; had started into perimenopausal at age 40 tho reg Dr. said no way and STD tests didn't show it. That's when I made change in Dr. and haven't looked back; I feel better now than when younger! Dr. Lorentzen treated our daughter (15 @ time) with natural progesterone vs BCP or Motrin or attitude "it'll probably never happen again" (choices at reg dr) for ovarian cyst formation. Later treated same daughter @ college age with thyroid and hormones by looking at the "whole picture" while another Dr. looking at only a segment said she was glucose intolerant. Note: She is expensive, doesn't contract with insurance, you send in your own ins forms for reimbursement as you pay at appointment. Also charges to "open up file" later for refills, etc. if you forgot to ask at appt time. Nothing seems unfair to me - what is your health worth to you? I hardly get sick anymore, don't get migraines anymore, etc. In last 3 yrs, I've only gone to reg Dr. once other than for annual checkup." (May 2008)

Cedar Rapids

Dr. Thomas Getta, Obstetrics / Gynecology, 1953 1st Ave SE, Suite C6, Cedar Rapids, 52402, 319-362-1320,,

A reader writes:
"I have gone to Dr. Getta for years and have worked with him with my thyroid replacement. My thyroid was killed with radiation 17 years ago. About 10 years ago I just didn't feel right and went to many doctors that the only answer was stay on Synthroid and take anti-depressants. I found Armour in Madison, Wisconsin. When I discussed how I felt Dr. Getta said he would gladly help regulate the dose, my family practioner would not treat me with Armour. Through the years I have shared my experiences with testing all your hormones, being sure the adrenal glands are funtioning properly. I even printed this whole website and gave it to him. He read it and has copied it and given it to other women. He is open to listen to your symptoms and does not care so much for the TSH test, but listens to you on how you feel and the T3 and T4 levels. He listened and allowed me to take different doses daily 150 one day 180 the next. My heart does not palpitate and I feel SO MUCH BETTER. We will run tests in six months to see if they agree with how I feel. He is wonderful, a great GYN and doctor. " (March 2009)

Council Bluffs

Isam Marar Endocrinology 2201 W. Broadway Council Bluffs, IA 51501 712-329-9100/712-328-0451. A reader writes: "Dr. Marar is a very caring listener. He took a lot of time after my thyroid surgery to go over all the questions, concerns and problems that I was facing. He got me on a dosage of medications that seem to be working. He does not order unnecessary tests. A top doctor. Thanks Dr. Marar." (Added 2/03)


Dr. Gary Anderson D.O. -- no longer listed


Karen Akers -- no longer listed

Des Moines

Charles R. Caughlan, M.D, M.D. Internal Medicine Lakeview Internal Medicine, 6000 University Avenue, Suite 201 West Des Moines, Iowa 50266. (515) 241-2400. A reader quips, " He admittedly failed his HMO test...and he listens. He is very interested in treating the person in addition to the test. He represents all a person could want...feeling good and living with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism is soooo dependent upon finding a doc who is interested in the human aspect! He is...and you will be relieved that there is SOMEONE who doesn’t think you are nuts...(or cutting into their damn "capitate budget")" (NOTE: Some patients have written in to say that this doctor may not work with or be familiar with Armour Thyroid.)


Dr. Cochran, General practice/internist/primary care, Fairfield, IA. A reader writes: "Dr. Cochran finally ran the thyroid tests I needed. I had asked dozens of doctors out in New Mexico to run thyroid tests, and they either refused or told me they did but didn't. I had to come home to Iowa to my sister's doctor to get a diagnosis. Dr Cochran at Medical Arts in Fairfield Iowa is a good doctor and he will listen to you and take a full history." (August 2007)

Iowa City

Nicole Nisly, M.D., Preventive Medicine, Univ of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, IA, 384-8245. A reader writes: "Sympathetic to natural medicine." (Added June 2005)

Iowa City

Dr. Karyn Shanks, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Holistic Medicine, 505 E Washington Street Suite 300, Iowa City Iowa 52240, 319-358-9510. A reader writes: "She has a small practice and it takes a few months to get established as a new patient but it is well worth it for thyroid and all aspect of natural medicine and internal western combined. She was referred to me by another doctor on your list Dr Nicole Nisly at U of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics" (Added Dec. 2006)

Shell Rock

Dr. Traci Skierka, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 513 N. Cherry St., Shell Rock, Iowa USA, 50670 , 3198856530 Waterloo area. "Dr. Skierka has been a lifesaver with my autoimmune thyroid and what followed as multiple hormone failure. She mixes extensive knowledge of the up to date thyroid therapies and myths and studies makes her cutting edge for this area. She nicely adds herbals and vitamins to her prescriptions. She recognizes and uses the new TSH scale and does trial doses of thyroid hormone." (August 2007)

Another fan:
"She is very up to date on all endocrine, female hormone disorders and thyroid disorders. Recommends supplements and conventional meds. She has gone to many update seminars and really does listen." (August 2007)

Another reader writes:
"I wanted to add a third rave about Dr. Traci Skierka, whom I just saw for the first time. She takes time, listens, is interested in the patient as a person and is very open-minded -- she freely said she knows how much good information is on the web and appreciates when her patients alert her to useful sites or share information she didn't know! She is entirely supportive of using T3 and understands the problem of people with normal TSH still having symptoms. She is actively educating herself further and plans to focus her practice from now on in the field of bioidentical hormones, which includes treating thyroid disease. By the way, Shell Rock is quite close to Cedar Falls/Waterloo so she is accessible to people there. (I was glad to see that Chitra Reddy in Waterloo is no longer listed, as I see her but don't find her very open-minded or satisfactory, although to my surprise she did just agree to supplement my T4 with T3 so maybe there's hope.)" (May 2008)


Kim K. Countryman, Country Clinic, 120 NE Dartmoor Dr., Waukee, Iowa, 515-987-3117, A reader writes: "Dr. Countryman is extremely intelligent, an excellent doctor and a caring and compassionate physician. She will take the time to listen to a patients needs, concerns and problems related to their thyroid condition and other conditions. She will treat with armour as well as other standard drugs for thyroid. She monitors her patients closely and gives excellent care. She also is extremely gifted at sizing up a situation accurately through observation and interview beyond what you have told her. She has done an excellent job of treating me for hypothyroidism and some other complicated physical conditions with numerous drug allergies." (Added 1/06)

Waterloo-Cedar Falls

A reader writes: "In the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area of Iowa there are no endocrinologists, to my knowledge, unless someone has just set up practice. Dr. Annie Kontos is a very good general practitioner."


Dr. Chitra Reddy -- no longer listed


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