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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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Angie's List!


Moussa M. Alhaj, M.D. -- no longer listed (March 2009)


Dr Glen R. VanLoon -- no longer listed

Crestview Hills

Wilfred Victorina -- no longer listed


Richard Hempel, Family Medicine, 640 E. Lexington Ave., Danville, KY 40422, (859) 236 1250, A reader writes: "I went to this dr. not knowing what was wrong with me. He did several blood tests and quickly found out that I have hypothyroidism. I also got him to give me a script. for cytomel. He would not give one for armour only because he said it was dirty and too inconsistent. We are still fine tuning my meds. I also found out he has the same condition so I think that makes him more aware of what I'm going through." (Added 1/06)


John Adams, GP, 119 Memorial Drive, Franklin, KY 42134, 270-586-9533. A reader writes: "He is young and very much receptive to looking into the best treatment for his patients." (Added Apr 06)


Nicholas Martin General Practice 206 Lexington Rd. Lancaster, KY 40444 PH: (859) 792-3042. A reader tells us, "He spent three hours with me on my first appointment. He does thorough lab tests and prescribes Armour regularly. You’ll get an appointment right away but bring a book...he tends to get behind on his schedule. He’s expensive so you need good insurance."

Another fan:
He didn't just check my thyroid: he ran a complete battery of tests, and discovered that I also had some pretty severe vitamin deficiencies, as well, which were also sapping my energy. With the new supplement regimen, and the natural thyroid , I am beginning to feel alive again! (Added 1/06)


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Note: Patient-ordered medical testing is not available to residents of NY, NJ or RI


Dr. Lena D. Edwards, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 1001 Monarch Street, Suite 110 Lexington, Kentucky, 40517, 859-224-3026 office 859-224-2685 (fax),

A reader writes:
"I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 1997 and put on Synthroid at that time. My gp is pretty good and listened to my symptoms and immediately tested my thyroid. I have had 2 adjustments in my medication during this time. But in the past year, I just haven't felt right but in speaking with my gynecologist and my gp, I was basically told there's nothing to do for you -- you're over 40, you're (surgically) menopausal AND you have hypothyroidism. So Dr. Edwards was recommended and although I have just started with her, it is amazing that I am beginning to feel better. She spent about 45 minutes with me at the initial consult, just finding out about me and what my concerns are. The second appointment addressed all test results, again spending as much time as necessary to adequately explain things and answer my questions. She takes a holistic approach to my health care and has done a complete battery of tests -- including a saliva test, blood work and a 24-hour urine test. There are many things going on with me to the extent that even though I am taking thyroid medicine, it is not being converted correctly in the bloodstream. So we have begun the first round of treatment (Armour thyroid, a natural progesterone, a testosterone cream and an adrenal supplement). She will continue to do tests throughout my 12-month treatment plan and address all of the issues. She is expensive and she does not accept insurance. She will provide a receipt for your visits for you to receive reimbursement. She is an in-network doc for me so I get reimbursed pretty quickly. The meds are covered by insurance but not the supplements. I get them from her but she gives you a list of suppliers in the Lexington area (Good Foods Co-Op, Wild Oats or Roberts Health Food)." (March 2009)


A reader recommends Dr. Kristina Humphries, Endocrinologist 2101 Nicholasville Road Suite 106 606-278-5926. "I was going to the same doctor for 2 years and getting nowhere and being treated like everything was okay when it wasn't. So I went to Dr. Humphries about 2 months ago-- so far I'm extremely pleased! She doesn't rush through your visit-- very understanding and thorough. She ran every endo test on me under the sun when I first went to see her. When I asked for T3 she didn't even hesitate at my request. And the best thing she is female and a mother-- which I believe makes her more aware of her patients as human beings-- not just cases."

Another reader recommends Dr. Humphries:
"Dr. Humphries is on top of current research on hypothyroidism and fertility. I saw her once and was pregnant 6 weeks later. I was carefully monitored throughout my pregnancy and now have a 2 year old daughter. She listens, really cares about you as a person. Her nurse, Regina, is fabulous and all calls are returned promptly and thoughtfully. I drive from Louisville to see her and I have never felt better or had better care...and I am a registered nurse." (Added 2/03)


Dr. Wendell Myers / Meirs -- no longer listed


Dr. Suzanne Weinrich, general practice, osteopathy, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Clinic South, 2400 Greatstone Point, Lexington, KY 40504, (859) 257-9800. 2400 Greatstone Point, Kentucky Clinic South, Richmond, KY 40504, (859)257-9800. "She actively involves the patient so that the patient feels as though she were involved in the cure," according to a reader. "She is willing to explore and try alternative remedies and gives the patient her attention and time. I have never felt rushed through an appointment even though it is a busy clinic." (Updated 6/02).


Dr. David Sloan, Surgeon, Dr. David Sloan, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, Ky 40536. "Dr. David Sloan specializes in endocrine surgeries. He is a wonderful surgeon. I was so scared and Dr. Sloan made me feel at ease. He was so caring and I would recommend him to anyone having to undergo a surgery on the endocrine system. He did my Thyroidectomy due to cancer and he was wonderful. He goes that extra mile to make you feel like you are his only patient. He is a wonderful Physician and Surgeon. He is very thorough and you cannot go wrong with him. He's great!!!!!!"(August 2007)

Another reader writes:
"I would like to add a doctor to your list. His name is David A. Sloan with the University of Kentucky at Lexington. In January, he removed my complete thyroid after it was determined that I had Hashimoto's disease, numerous lesions on the thyroid, and that the enlarged thyroid could not be controlled using medication. My surgery went very well with no complications despite the difficulty of removing the greatly enlarged thyroid which had grown into my lower jaw and upper chest. I didn't have any vocal cord damage and the scarring has been minimal. I highly recommend him to those who find themselves in a similar situation where medication treatment is no longer a viable option. I have met several other women who have had the same surgery performed and they are all amazed at the very neat work of Dr. Sloan and my lack of vocal complications although I had the largest thyroid of us. The staff at U of Ky was also fantastic and I feel that the level of care was exceptionally good." (August 2007)


Lyle Myers, Endocrinologist, Central baptist hospital, Lexington Ky. "At the age of 17 I went from 200 lbs to 110 lbs. my heart rate was over the moon and all I wanted to do was sleep. I had just had a baby and was struggling hard to take care of him and deal with what my body was doing. I had no idea what was wrong with me. I went to the doctor in the town I am in and they put me on iron pills and said I'd be ok. I went back about a week later with the same symptoms and they put me on Zoloft to calm me down, thinking I was having panic attacks. That didn't seem to help neither. Mom then took me to another doctor they told her I was anorexic. Yeah right, I eat all the time!! So back to yet another doc. this time they found the problem. They sent me to dr. myers, and he knew how I felt and everything that was going on with me, he told me it would be alright and he prescribed me PTU. I stayed on that until they found out it wasn't helping, so he then took out my left lobe and found out it was cancerous. then they took out my right one. They have been the best people to me, and had it not been for them I'd probably be dead. I am now 20 years old with 3 kids and I could have not done it without the help of Dr. myers he saved my life and I feel wonderful now." (August 2007)


Dr. Karen Boggess -- no long listed / moved (May 2008)


Dr. Kenneth Ain -- no longer listed (August 2007)


John Baird, MD, 1101 Herr Lane, Louisville, KY 502.339.6550. "Dr. John Baird is new to Louisville, but not to understanding how to address all the underlying factors to thyroid health. I found out it wasn’t possible to truly be at my best healthcare until all the healthcare factors are addressed. So many other problems can be going on that can also affect the thyroid, and it could take years to uncover all these. But Dr. Baird works on the whole body's health and lets a person really have the opportunity to be well." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"Two of Louisville's "top doctors" provided me with horrible care. I left the practice and went to Dr. John Baird. Dr. Baird is the ONLY Dr. willing to listen to me and he is a patient advocate in every way. He is committed to exploring ALL options towards health and should be highly recommended. Dr. Baird placed me on Armour and I have been well for the past year under this care." (March 2009)


Dr. Bybee -- no longer listed


Dr. Mary Self, Endocrinologist, O’Brien, Williams and Self, MD 100 E. Liberty Street Louisville, Kentucky 40202 (502) 587-6010.

Note: Patients report that this doctor is totally opposed to use of Armour Thyroid (March 2009)

A reader shares, "She is a good listener. She is willing to prescribe T3 along with T4. She is up on research and wants the TSH count around 2."

Another fan:
"Dr. Self is extremely caring, in addition to being extremely well-informed. Despite her busy practice, she takes the extra time to be as concerned about my mental and emotional well-being as she is about my physical health. I've felt much better since I've been in her care; if she hadn't become an (excellent) endocrinologist, she should have been gone into the mental-health field!" (Added 1/06)


Lara O. Fakunle, Endocrinologist, 100 E. Liberty, Suite 400, Louisville, Ky, 40202, 1502-587-6010.

Note: patients report that visit and lab charges at this office are quite expensive, and they require all labs to be done through their office. (March 2009)

"Dr. Fakunle has been my Dr. for the pass year for Graves Disease & Thyroid Cancer she is very nice & listens Lets you talk & ask questions & does not hurry you." (August 2007)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Fakunle is awesome, both as a doctor and a person. She takes the time to listen and discuss and explain - all things that doctors SHOULD do, even though most don't. She doesn't seem to have any problem with the fact that I know my own body and am quite up on medical research, and come in with suggestions rather than questions. I have seen many, many doctors over the years, and Dr. Fakunle truly stands out as being the best of the best in my book. She is the only doctor I trust." (May 2008)


Harold Bays, Endocrinology, 3288 Illinois Avenue, Louisville, KY 40213, 502-515-6621. "He is very understanding." (Added Dec. 04)


Deborah Ballard, Endocrinology, 3288 Illinois Avenue, Louisville, KY 40213, 502-515-6621. A reader writes: "She has been great through my two pregnancies, breastfeeding and thyroid cancer--very understanding, helpful, thorough and caring." (June 2006)


G Randolph Schrodt, Jr MD, Other, 105 Lyndon Lane, Louisville, KY, 40222, 502.327.7701. "Dr. Randy Schrodt is a Psychiatrist who knows that low thyroid can cause or contribute to depression. He also knows that it is possible to have a perfectly normal thyroid level and still have many symptoms that require treatment. His first drug of choice is Armour thyroid. As he also has a degree in Pharmacology, he is uniquely qualified to work out a drug regimen with you that will help alleviate your symptoms. 'With you' is the operative phrase here in that he listens to everything that you say. He is a wonderful physician." (August 2007)


Dr. Allababidi -- NO LONGER LISTED


Dr. Mahavir Shah, Internal medicine, Broadway Street, 789-8222. A reader informs us, "He is a really good Thyroid Doctor. He knew my thyroid was high because my Cholesterol was high. He said he could tell I was not getting enough Synthroid by my eyebrows being only half grown in. He will diagnose and treat your condition."

South Williamson

C.H. Yajnik Internal Medicine Endocrinology 414 Central Ave. 606-237-7100. A reader informs us, "After one dr. after another specialist, general practice and many many others. Eleven years passed and he was the only one who tested me to see what type of thyroid disease I had and also ran important tests I should have had years ago. Most of all he has run the correct blood tests that show the correct count for TSH, and runs free T’s test."


A subscriber writes, "In Owensboro, Kentucky, there is a great Top Doc. His name is Bernard J. Buchanan, M.D., Ph.D. He is an endocrinologist, has a great sense of humor, has a great bedside manner, and is very thorough. He is also very helpful in offering meds samples. I believe that he saved my life. I know others who feel the same. But, I always tell him that I am the President of his Fan Club. He is a great Doctor, friend, and is genuine. Thanks!"


Joshua Huffman/Jessamine Christian Healthcare, Internist, 200 Rice St, Wilmore, KY 40390, 859-858-9355. A reader writes: "Dr. Huffman listens to his patients and knows us all by name. He is has that small town Doc attitude. After seeing many doctors and not getting any results, Dr Huffman listed to me and my thoughts. He even took copies of book I had on thyroid disorder. When I asked for cytomel, he agreed to try it. I needed to switch med because of insurance and cost, he readily agreed. He test Both TSH and Free T3 and T4 if requested. He has been treating me for years now and I wouldn't consider going else where. " (June 2006)


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