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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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David Remedious, General practice/internist/primary care, surgeon, Jackson St., Alexandria, LA 71301, 318-442-6989. A reader writes: "Dr. David Remedious and his associate Dane have helped me so much with thyroid issues. They are willing to listen and hear what I am saying, they treat me instead of my tsh levels, unlike my previous endocrinologist. I am now on Armour 90 (which my previous endocrinologist would never give me or talk about it ) and I am doing so well, I knew from the start with armour, that my brain was getting something it needed. I feel very confident with their knowledge in the area of endocrinology. Thank God for good doctors. (October 2006).


Dr. Brashar Sadd -- no longer listed (October 2006)

Baton Rouge

Dr. Russell Saloom Opthalmology, Oculoplastic, Orbital surgery 8595 Picardy Ave., Ste. 435 Baton Rouge, La. 70809 (225) 763-4788 A reader shares, "Dr. Saloom is an excellent doctor. He is extremely knowledgeable and caring. He goes out of his way to take good care of his patients. He performed orbital decompression surgery on me in 7/00 with excellent results. He answers questions thoroughly and explains all procedures well. He is an excellent surgeon with high recommendations both by other medical professionals and patients."

Baton Rouge

Dr. Gary Field, Endocrinology, 7373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, 225-769-4044
A reader writes: "He LISTENS!!!!!!!" (Added: June 2004)

Baton Rouge

Dr. Karen C. Dantin, Family Practice, 606 Colonial Drive, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70815, (225) 218-0159, A reader writes: "Combination Naturopath and Traditional Medicine, works with herbs and vitamins also" (Added Apr 06)


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Karrie Kilgore -- asked to be removed because does not agree with this approach.


Kashi Rai M.D., 824 Elmwood Park Blvd., Ste. 210, Harahan, LA 70123, 504-818-2525 fax 504-818-0492. A reader writes: "Dr. Rai is licensed in Family Practice but specializes in functional medicine. Which means she runs diagnostic testing to treat the whole body. She specializes in thyroid diseases. She tests all of her patients thyroid and she always checks for Hashimoto's.(which many physician's don't do). She spends a lot of time with each of her patients and really listens to what their symptoms are." (Added: June 2004)


NOTE: Dr. Francine Manuel, who was previously listed here, has requested that she be removed from this listing. "I am not a thyroid specialist and I am requesting that you remove my name from your listing." (June 2005)


Ghyass Rizk, MD, Endocrinologist, 429 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette La 70503, 318-264-9787 A reader writes: "I find Dr. Rizk soft spoken, yet attentive and very knowledgeable. His sister has Grave's Disease and I believe this has added to his thorough exam, and subsequent treatment plan were right on target for my condition, which appears to be under control after 4 months of meds."

Another reader writes:
"I began seeing Dr. Rizk several years ago after finding his name on your list of Top Docs. Needless to say, I had been through more than my share of various doctors since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism some 30 years ago. My personal experience with Dr. Rizk has been nothing but great. He is an excellent listener, attuned to his patient's needs, asks pertinent questions and provides more than adequate follow-up. His office staff is the best, pleasant and helpful. I am so grateful to have found him (right here in my hometown, no less) and have recommended him to numerous friends struggling with the whole thyroid thing, and will continue to do so." (May 2008)

More praise:
". Rizk is excellent! I have been going to him for several years. Good to see that he is on your list!" (June 2008)

La Place

Dr. Schultz Gynecology 504-652-2441. According to one reader, Dr. Schultz is "very knowledgeable about the latest in thyroid treatments and willing to work with the patient looking at the patient instead of lab results. Interested in vitamin therapy and importance of diet."


Dr Lisa Marie Chambers, Naturopathic Doctor Mandeville LA

A reader writes:
"My family member recently had a problem with her thyroid and Dr. Chambers used a combination of naturopathic medicine and nutrition to help her get back her life. I am writing because my family member is not the type of person who likes to do these types of recommendations but I wanted to make sure people know about Dr. Chambers. She helped someone in my family get her health back. " (March 2009)


Kashi Rai, M.D., 4720 1-10 Service Rd, Suite 506, Metairie, LA 70001. Phone: 504-454-8952, 888-215-1155, FAX 504-454-7708 A reader shares, "Great holistic doctor - she's terrific."


Dr. Miquel Rivera, Endocrinology, 3020 Kingman Street, Metairie, LA 70006, 504-888-3292. A reader writes: "He listens to the patient and works with them to solve their thyroid problems." (Added: June 2004)

New Orleans

Charles C. Mary III, M.D., 3813 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 200, Metairie, La. 70002, 504-833-4338, fax 504-849-1299, "This man is a godsend. He and his father have been working with thyroid patients and Armour Thyroid with great results. They also use alternative methods for cancer and arteries blockage -- chelation. The only drawback is it takes about 4-6 mos. for and appt. But it is well worth the wait."

New Orleans

Dr. Patrick Mottram, Endocrinology, 5646 Read Blvd. suite 350, La 70127, 504 246-0800. A reader writes: "Knowledgeable,caring,thorough, LISTENS!!" (Added 6/05)


Dr. James Hill 820 Jordan Street Shreveport, Louisiana Family Practice, Natural Medicine and Acupuncture. "Dr. Hill is very knowledgeable about thyroid issues, nutrition, supplements and various testing that other doctors do not do. He also listens and prescribes Armour."


Deborah Adcock, M.D., MBA, Hormones and Thyroid Issues, 2533 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Sterling Center, Shreveport, LA 71118, 318-688-8801. "This doctor is a God-send to Shreveport. I heard her speak at the local health store about women's hormones, etc. She was so knowledgeable--She had read many of the same books I had on natural hormones and thyroid problems. She is very patient, calls you back quickly--even at 8:30 p.m. She diagnosed my sister with Wilson's Thyroid Syndrome which we had never heard of. She uses Armour and other natural hormones-progesterone, etc. We feel so blessed to have her here!"


Donna Rushing, Endocrinologist. A reader writes: "Dr. Rushing is one of the few endocrinologist in Shreveport. I have been with her for about 5 years." (October 2006).


Steve Kuplesky, Holistic Medicine, 314 Christine Lane, Simmesport, La 71369, 318-941-2057. "Very open to working with you to determine your individual needs. Very up on the latest holistic methods and alternative medicines. Prescribes Armour thyroid and natural hormones for menopausal women." (Added 6/02).


Ileana Tandron, Endocrinologist 504-643-9704 Gauze Blvd. "She cares about her patients and will help you in anyway she can. She treated both my husband and I and we think there is nobody like her. In talking to the other patients in the waiting room I have never heard anything but good things about her. I have known her for about ten years."

West Monroe

Dr. Linda Bunch -- no longer listed (March 2009)


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