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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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)
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Jean M. Lorentzen, Osteopath/DO, 105 S Marshall, Boone, IA 50036, 515 - 432 - 9940
Dr. Thomas Getta, Obstetrics / Gynecology, 1953 1st Ave SE, Suite C6, Cedar Rapids, 52402, 319-362-1320, http://www.womenshealthcarepc.net/, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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