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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Dr Meggin Blex, general practice, womens health, 1501 W 4th Street,
Coffeyville, KS 67337, 1-620-251-2400,
A reader writes: "She listens to you and your symptoms, does not just run the standard test.
Dr Blex is very interested in womens health issues." (Added Apr 06)
Michael Simmons, General practice/internist/primary care,
307 N Hospital Dr, Girard, KS 66743, (620) 724-6699
Kansas City and Shawnee Mission
Dr. Martin Emert, Cardiology/Electrophysiology, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas 913-588-9600, www.KUmed.com. "Dr. Emert combines compassion, enthusiasm, expertise, and professionalism to provide the best care for his patients. He took time and made effort to try to find the proper treatment for my difficult case. He, as well as his staff, treats patients with respect, dignity, and a sense of true caring. Dr. Emert takes time to listen to his patients and he makes you feel like a person rather than a case."
Dr. William Isley -- no longer listed / deceased (May 2008)
Dr. Jeanne Drisko -- NO LONGER LISTED. Asked to be removed. (June 2006)
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Lolitta Aznaurova, 8900 State Line Rd , Leawood, KS 66206, (913) 385-7252
Dr. Lisa Pioli -- NO LONGER LISTED -- (She requested she be removed as she felt being listed as "Top Doc" would be misleading to patients) (April 2006)
Dr Bob Sager, Family Practice, 2330 N Kansas Ave, Liberal, KS 67901,
620-626-7080. http://www.drsager.com . A reader writes: "He has really helped me with pregnancy recovery. I wanted someone who works with Armour Thyroid/
natural hormones and uses natural methods as well as medications with my treatment. He has me feeling
well again and I'm so thankful. It is so nice to feel good and be able to be able to enjoy my children after
8 years of infertility. He even lets me e-mail him and he answers back himself (WOW). This has been
a great help since his office is 3 1/2 hours away from my home."
Sheila Gorman, Mcpherson Medical and Surgical Associates 1000 Hospital Drive Mcpherson, KS 620-241-3721. "She is great!" says one reader, "She takes the time to listen to your complaints and questions. You don't feel like she's trying to push you out the door, she actually makes the time to talk to you until you're done talking (rather than until they're done listening). She is also a very compassionate doctor. The first time I went to her and described my symptoms she said "You're an interesting case." I told her I didn't want to be interesting and she said "Well, we're going to see what we can do to make you more boring." Not once did she mention depression or anxiety. She felt my throat and sent me off to a sonogram and a surgeon because it didn't feel right to her. My old doc felt it, and just said "Yep, it's enlarged". Dr. Gorman did more for me in two hours than my old doc has in 7 years! She's a family practitioner, not an endocrinologist, but she's been a BIG help to me. It seems like she understands just how horrible it is to feel sick all the time and actually wants to do something to make you better. She's also the first doc I've ever seen who calls you HERSELF to discuss test results."
Dr. Michael N. Bates, Gynecologist 212 S. Pine, Newton, KS 67114 316-283-4153. This reader writes, "Dr. Bates takes the time to listen to what you are feeling and combines that with test results to help make the best diagnosis. He really works at being a caring doctor, not just one who shuffles you in and out. He takes a more holistic approach to your health, focusing a lot on hormones and how they interact in your body. What a relief to know he was already my GYN when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism!"
Ryan Shelton, Family Medicine, 11791 W 112th St, Overland Park, KS, 66210, Phone: 913-491-3230, www.wholebodyhealth.com, A patient writes: "Dr. Shelton takes so much time with his patients and is very compassionate about listening to the patient's needs. He is also very well educated about alternative medicine." (Added: Dec. 04)
Dr. Mini Abraham, Midwestern Endocrinology, Endocrinology, 5520 College Blvd. Suite 330, Overland Park, KS 66211, 913-451-9888, A reader writes: "I was very impressed with Dr. Abraham's thoroughness in her evaluation of my thyroid situation and eventual diagnosis of thyroid cancer. It took several tests for her to diagnose but her thoroughness paid off and resulted in a very early detection. I feel confident in her ability to monitor my progress. She always answers all my questions and is very personable. She is definitely a "top doc!" (Added Apr 06)
Stephanie Snyder -- no longer listed
Dr. Robert E. Battmer, Natural Hormone Replacement, 3700 W. 83, Suite 202, Prairie Village, KS, 66208, (913) 341-0201, www.naturalhormoneclinic.com. A reader writes: "Dr. Battmer has a great bedside manner. He listens to everything you have to say when treating your thyroid problem. He is extremely thorough in his examination and orders ALL of the appropriate blood tests. He will prescribe Armour as well as all of the other synthetics meds. If you want someone who treats how you feel and not one who just considers lab values, Dr. Battmer is the one for you." (June 2006)
Dr. David Prendergast, Gynecologist, Sante Fe Mowery Clinic, Salina, KS 67401, 785-825-9024. "I recommend Dr. Prendergast because when I complained about my symptoms he was on the ball and had me tested without making me feel stupid. He has been on top of it with having my blood checked regularly and when I said I felt awful on one of the medicines he changed it." (added 1/04)
Dr. Bradd Silver-- no longer listed (October 2007)
Dr. Ron Hunninghake, holistic M.D., Olive W. Garvey Center for Healing Arts, 3100 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219 (316)682-3100. This reader tells us, "He listens...is knowledgeable about T3 testing...uses symptoms as a guide as well as lab values...calls himself a "co-learner" along with his patients."
Dr. Brent Lancaster, Surgeon, Wichita Surgical Specialists, 818 N. Emporia, Wichita, KS. (316) 263-0296. A reader writes, "Dr. Lancaster did two surgeries to remove my thyroid in 1998, and today I have only the tiniest scar. I am a singer, and I was very concerned about my voice being damaged. He carefully and adeptly removed my cancerous thyroid without damaging my voice. He was wonderful as a follow-up doctor as well, always taking the time to answer my questions. He was extremely patient with me when I came to appointments with a notebook full of questions, and recognizing that a cancer diagnosis is always a scary thing, was careful to address all of my concerns as fully as possible. I do not believe you could find a better thyroid surgeon in Wichita than Dr. Lancaster."
Dr Drew Shultz DO Doctor of Osteopathy 2131 Ridge Road Wichita, KS (316) 721-1200. A reader writes: "This great doc treats symptoms first labs second if necessary. He listens, cares, is willing to hold your hand. He gives out free samples of meds that he's recommending if he can to make sure that the treatment works before you spend any money. Being cute also helps a great deal, nothing worse than being sick and looking at someone really ugly, a since of humor here too." (Added 11/02)
Dr. James K. Speed, Endocrinologist, Wichita Clinic Northrock Branch, (316) 315-1500. "He is wonderful about explaining everything," writes this reader, "giving the patient options, and thoroughly examining the patient during the appointment. He has addressed all of my concerns and has given me the power to make some of my own decisions, rather than making them all for me. I feel he is a very caring doctor with an excellent staff."
Dean Youngberg, MD Internal Medicine, 959 N. Emporia, Ste. 201 (316) 268-6075. A reader writes, "Dr. Youngberg does more than just test for and treat the symptoms of thyroid disease, he looks for the underlying causes. He is not afraid to seek other opinions or provide referrals if he feels there is another doctor with more expertise."
Dr. Brian Michael, Endocrinologist, Wichita Clinic Diabetes and
Endocrinology, Wichita, KS, 316-315-1500. A reader writes: "Dr. Michael is very caring and
compassionate. He will work hard to get to the root of a problem and continue to adjust medications until
he gets the best possible dosage for the patient. He has a very calm demeanor and immediately puts the
patient at ease with his unique bedside manner." (Added 10/05)
Dr Yoran Leitner, Surgeon, Founders Circle, Wichita Clinic, ENT, Wichita, KS, Phone/Fax:,
Dr. Bruce Barclay, General practice/internist/primary care, Twin Lakes Medical Center, 1900 N Amidon Ste 100, Wichita KS 67203, 316-832-9024