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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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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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Bloomington

Dr. Kevin Wand, D.O., Holistic Family Medicine -Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Autism, Midwest Wellness Center, 10564 France Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55431, 952-942-9303. www.midwestwellness.com. "Dr. Wand actually got to the cause of my problem & prescribed Armour. Unlike my first MD that told me my problem was being female. He is down t earth & knows hot to listen and treat the whole person, not just the symptom." (Added 6/02).

Another reader recommends Dr. Wand:
"He gave me my life back. He was the first doctor who listened to me. I had been chronically tired for many years and also chronically ached. I had been misdiagnosed and labeled with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. After a thorough medical history review and thyroid blood testing, Dr. Wand prescribed Armour Thyroid. I can get out of bed now. I don't ache anymore. I have my life back- all thanks to Dr. Wand. He really is a good doctor and a good person too." (added 1/04)

Another fan:
"I have had my second visit with Dr. Wand where he found allergies to also be a part of my puzzle, not just thyroid alone. I found him to be very supportive of the patient, not dismissive and willing to do extensive testing and research to explore the cause of your symptoms if you are not getting better solely on thyroid support. He will not bill insurance, but was far more thorough than any doctor I've seen probably in my life. He does prescribe armour, but is 'not sold on solely one method for all'. He is highly recommended for the MPS/St. Paul area." (Added Dec. 04)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Wand is so thorough. Dr. Wand gets right to the nuts and bolts of your WHOLE health and how it all effects each other. He changed me from synthetic thyroid to Armour and I have felt so much better I almost don't even know how to start to tell you. He also noted I had allergies and I was recommend to a Dr. Kroker in LaCrosse (another fantastic Dr) who did find I have some severe allergies going on that were also affecting my overall well-being. I am on my way to recovery. Check these Dr.'s out if you are frustrated with your chasing your tail in the mainstream realm of care." (Added 6/05)

Another reader writes:
"In 1995 I spent 8 days in Fairview Ridges with a Sepsis/Toxic Shock. Its origin was unknown but the effects were devastating to my physical and mental health. After I left the hospital, surviving the ordeal, my recovery was slow and problematic. I was referred to Dr. Wand at Park Nocillet and began a Holistic approach to recovering my cognitive and physical skills. Using vitamin and mineral supplements my memory improved, my digestion came back on line, and I was able to return to my business in less time than projected. He never prescribed any drugs yet was able to help me adjust my lifestyle to maintain a strong immune system. Dr,. Wand was genuinely focused on my recovery and through his guidance brought me back from a dreary state to thrive, eat healthier, and be better informed." (Added 1/06)

Another reader writes:
"I was diagnosed as hypothyroid in 2000 and have been on various doses of Synthroid since then but have never felt like I was 100% healthy again because various symptoms persisted. I have been to a number of doctors but Dr. Wand was the first doctor to ever do a full-panel thyroid test. The results were that my thyroid antibodies were too high which could eventually lead to thyroid cancer, and that I needed to take Cytomel in addition to Synthroid. I'm not quite 100% yet, but very close! I really appreciate that he doesn't just treat symptoms, he looks for the cause(s) and fixes that. I had a droopy eyelid problem and after 1 1/2 years of seeing all sorts of eye doctors, I was told the only way to fix it was to have surgery. Dr. Wand thought I wasn't getting enough magnesium (very important in muscle function) and started me on calcium/magnesium supplements. Within two weeks my eye was completely normal again! He suggested I see Dr. George Kroker to work on allergies. Great success there as well!" (Added Apr 06)

Another reader writes:
"Kevin Wand has done an excellent job caring for my family. While I responded well to other drugs to treat my thyroid other doctors didn't feel comfortable with my lab numbers being as low as I needed them to be to feel well. Dr. Wand understands that wellness isn't just about the lab report. I wanted to be on Armor because it makes more sense to me for treating the thyroid and he prescribed it instantly. He is wonderful at looking at the whole picture: recommending supplements, and referring to a wonderful allergist. While Dr. Wand doesn't bill insurance we found it an easy process to do ourselves and did receive reimbursement. Unrelated to the thyroid, I sent my husband to see Dr. Wand when other doctors didn't care to find out why my husband's knee was giving out causing him to stumble and almost fall several times. At 32 years old we both felt that this problem should be taken seriously. Dr. Wand noticed that something was wrong with how my husband walked down the hall before the knee concern was even mentioned. Now my husband has orthotics and the problem is gone. Excellent care all around!" (Added Dec. 2006)

More praise:
"Dr. Wand was the first doctor out of many who actually saw the need to put me on Armor. I've been miserable and ill and the other doctors I saw just turned me away saying my TSH levels were normal. It took Dr. Wand one hour to do what it took many doctors many hours to do nothing." (June 2008)

Crookston

Dr. Debra Bell -- NO LONGER LISTED (December 2006)

Edina

Dr. Bradley Doeden, Endocrinology, 6363 France Ave. South #600, Edina, MN 55435, 952-927-7810. "He is very knowledgeable and personable. He is very comprehensive and willing to sit down with a patient if there is a question. He will respond to questions from patients to relieve anxiety." (added 1/04)

Edina

Dr. Leebaw (also see Dr. Ruegemer, below), Endocrinology, Endocrinology Clinic of Minneapolis P.A., 6363 France Ave. So #600 Edina, MN 55435 952-927-7810 www.endoclinic.net

A reader writes: "Dr. Leebaw will spend extra time if needed with his patient. He listens to his patients while uncovering what is needed to give the proper medical care. He is friendly and understanding. He does not show impatience even when he is behind schedule." (Added 11/02)

Another reader recommends Drs. Leebaw and Ruegemer:
"I had thyroid cancer back in '00 and have been under the care of both Ruegemer and Leebaw. Both are very patient and have a great bedside manner. Even when on-call, both doctors are very informative and make you feel good about making that call, even if it was after hours. I highly recommend this clinic and these two very find doctors." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"I see Dr Leebaw for my thyroid. He is a wonderful, caring and very patient Dr. He has always done what is best for me based on where I am at in my life and has never treated me like just a patient. Dr Leebaw is very knowledgeable yet explains things in terms any "layman" can understand. I highly recommend seeing Dr Leebaw." (Added Apr 06)

Another fan:
"Dr. Leebaw is a very experienced and competent thyroid specialist. I saw him for Graves disease and he was willing to work with me to see if it would go into remission, even though he considered it unlikely. He is very thoughtful, considered, soft-spoken and knowledgeable. He always seemed relaxed and gave me his full attention even when he was running late. He has a nice sense of humor. He unquestionably cares a lot about his patients and has the knowledge, experience and judgment to provide excellent care. The Endocrinology Clinic is well run and the entire staff is pleasant and efficient." (August 2007)

Edina

Dr. Ruegemer, Endocrinologist 6363 France Avenue South Suite 600 Edina MN 55435 (612) 927-7810. www.endoclinic.net

A reader writes, "He will take into account what I feel like and what my test looks like. He always makes adjustments when I feel like I need it. We have a GREAT relationship & I trust him with my life!! I’ve suggested him to people in my area & they are also very pleased."

A reader writes:
I was 6 months post partum when I was finally diagnosed. I had to beg to have my blood drawn and the doctor (family practice) kept saying I had Post Partum Depression (going along with what my OB/GYN stated) and she finally relented. I waited over a week to get the results (I had to call them) and they had mixed up my paperwork with another doctor. They eventually called me and told me I would be taking Synthroid (100 mcg) and that was the final straw for me. Dr. Ruegemer has been nothing but kind and nice and PROMPT when dealing with me. He told me to just call if I ever feel like a"wet noodle" and they would get me in the lab. I always get the lab results within 3 days. He is almost always voted one of the best Doctors in MN every year. If you have a Thyroid problem-get a specialist!!" (March 2009)


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Edina

Thomas Laedtke -- no longer listed (October 2006)

Edina

Dr. Rebecca Mattison, Endocrinology, Endocrinology Clinic of Mpls., 6363 France Ave S # 5, Edina, MN 55434, 952-927-7810. A reader writes: "Dr. Mattison really took the time to meet with me for over an hour. She was very thorough in answering my questions. She is very professional. Dr. Mattison listens to your concerns and takes them into consideration when choosing a treatment. She is very personable and easy to talk to. She also provides several suggestions for treatment." (Added 10/05)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Mattison really took the time to meet with me for over an hour to discuss my Hypothyroid as well as concerns about Diabetes. She was very thorough in answering questions, explaining the importance of different tests and was willing to do Free &/or Total T3 and T4 along with TSH for the whole picture. Very Professional, she had no problems with my current medications combining Synthroid with Armour. Dr. Mattison is very personable, easy to talk with and an listens to your concerns then takes that into consideration when choosing a treatment. She also provided several suggestions for treatment." (Added Apr 06)

Lakeville

Mark Rieb MD, NMD, 16372 Kenrick Avenue, Suite 100, Lakeville, MN 55044, 952-892-6700 (phone), 952-892-9475 (fax).

"I went to Dr. Mark Rieb (ND, NMD). He practices Eastern/Western Medicine including Chinese herbs and acupuncture. When I told him about my hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's, he immediately recommended Armour. I told him that I'm a vegetarian and he recommended T3 in addition to my T4 because of the fatigue I can't get rid of. I get up, take a shower and want to go back to bed. I tried to get my now previous clinic to do that but they wouldn't as they said my T3 levels were fine."(August 2007)

Minneapolis/St. Paul

A reader writes: "In response to the person looking for a Dr. in Minneapolis/St. Paul area who will prescribe Armour. Dr. Roberta Midwinter in Chanhassen will use Armour to treat a thyroid problem. She is a M.D. family practice Dr. I felt she really listened to me."

Minneapolis

John MacIndoe, Endocrinologist, HealthPartners Riverside Clinic, 2220 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, (612) 371-1600. A reader writes: "After years of being misdiagnosed and undertreated for Hashimoto's I met Dr. "Mac" MacIndoe with a great deal of skepticism. As it turned out he is the best doctor I have ever had or heard about! He listens to how I am feeling, is willing to try alternative therapies should standard therapies fail and is genuinely concerned about all of his patients. Mac speaks easily and with determination in choosing treatment options. He has turned my life around, without him I would be stuck in a rut and feeling miserable." (October 2006).

Minneapolis

Kara Parker, General practice/internist/primary care, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Hennepin Faculty Associates, Alternative Medicine Clinic, 825 South Eighth Street, Suite 1106, Minneapolis, MN 55404, 612.347.6238

A reader writes:
"Dr. Parker is wonderful and will prescribe Armour!" (March 2009)

Minneapolis

Dr. Lynn Burmeister, Endocrinology -- NO LONGER LISTED

Minneapolis/Robbinsdale

Dr. Mark Stesin -- no longer listed

Rochester/Mayo

Ian Hay, Endocrinologist Mayo Clinic Dr. Ian Hay is perhaps THE top thyroid doctor anywhere. He has helps thousands and thousands of thyroid cancer patients. His specialty is Papillary thyroid cancer but he sees all types of thyroid patients. Patients come to him from all over the world!

Another reader writes:
"What can I say...Dr. Hay saved my life. I had my thyroid removed locally and after a gut feeling had my third opinion at MAYO. Thankfully I followed my gut feeling as I still had six tumors within and around the thyroid cavity. He only treats Thyroid Cancer patients...and he does it well." (May 2008)

Rochester/Mayo

Dr. Brian McIver Endocrinologist "Brian McIver was my endocrinologist specialist in Edinburgh. I miss him. He is Kind, professional, caring, and simply the very best. I wish he were in Scotland now as my daughter has Graves."

St. Louis Park

Dr. Lisa Fish -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006)

St. Louis Park

Dr. Michael Dola, Family Practice, Dakota Medical Clinic 3408 Dakota Avenue, St. Louis Park, MN 55416, 952-924-1053, www.dakotamc.com A reader writes: "Dr. Dola treats the whole person. Dr. Dola is a family practice doctor who also has training in complementary therapies and uses this to his patient’s advantage. He is perfectly comfortable prescribing Armour Thyroid and cytomel. At each visit, I was treated with the utmost respect." (Added 10/05)

St. Paul

Dr. Frank Fleming -- no longer listed

St. Paul

Dr. William Ogden, Internist, He's not an endo but his practice is limited to thyroid conditions. "He treats the whole of you not just a number. He is caring and never dismissive and takes a thorough exam," a reader notes.

Sartell

Dr. Thomas Sult, M.D., Family Practice, 100 Second Street South, Sartell, MN, 56377, 320-251-2600, www.icareclinics.com, A reader writes: "Dr. Sult listens to the patient - 2 of my friends are now also being treated by Dr. Sult and each of our treatment plans is specialized for us. He uses natural thyroid (Armour), Cytomel and Levothyroxine when needed depending on the condition. He also actively encourages holistic wellness through supplements, nutrition, mindfulness. He treats the whole person not just the condition. I was diagnosed by Dr. Keith Sehnert (now deceased) at the age of 18 and was under the long term care of Dr. Charles M Carpenter (natural endocrinologist before he retired.) All was fine until the pregnancy and birth of my daughter on 2004. My life and body turned upside down and I had to fight with my doctors to even retest the Hashimoto's antibodies. After months of agony and meeting with inept and narrow-minded physicians I was referred by a friend to see Dr. Sult." (Added June 2005)

Another fan:
"After 8 years of frustration with various Drs and an Endo, I found your site, and Dr Sult. Though I'd pretty much lost all hope by that point, meeting with Dr Sult brought it back with a vengeance. He was sincerely interested in LISTENING to my thoughts and experiences, upbeat, caring, and full of good information. He took a LOT of time with me that first appointment, never rushing, and it was an amazing experience. He had some interesting observations about my past bloodwork and current meds, accurately predicted that I'd test positive for Hashi, and seemed to know exactly what we need to do. Doesn't look at just the numbers, his philosophy is that the body is a complicated dance, and that everyone is different... and he's confident that we'll come up with just the right steps to make MY dance work. I haven't had faith in Drs for so long, now I think I found the one who's going to fix me. It's a great feeling, even though it's so foreign after all these years! Oh, and I'm not religious at all, but I swear I heard angels sing when he wrote me a prescription for Armor, after all the years of fighting for it. " (Added Dec. 2006)

Walker

Dr. Rae Keashly -- NO LONGER LISTED

Woodbury

Dr. Luciano Kolodny, Endocrinology, Health Partners-Season's Parkway, Woodbury, MN 55125, 952-967-7616, "I was diagnosed with Graves in 1997 and had been under the care of a regular MD. I slowly started to feel worse and worse. I finally decided to see an Endocrinologist. I was scared thinking he would tell me my TSH and T4 levels were high, but within normal range. Doctor Kolodny was WONDERFUL! He treats the whole patient based on how you feel, not just what your 'labs' say! He immediately prescribed Cytomel, 12.5 mg. I felt 100% better within a few days! He is excellent with follow-ups and really CARES how I feel!" (Added Dec. 04)

Another fan:
"I was diagnosed with Hashimotos about 4 months ago. My regular doctor missed that bulls eye on that one even though her own test 3 yrs prior showed that I had elevated TSH levels. I was finally properly diagnosed by a nurse when I went to another clinic for another issue. She advised me to find an endocrinologist. So I did I found (through this website) Dr Kolodny. He spent 45 minutes with me on my first visit! He seemed genuinely interested in getting me well again. He answered all my questions, and devised a game plan to address all my issues. He ordered a battery of test that my other doctors never even considered. At the end of my first visit I knew I've finally found the right doctor for me." (Added 1/06)

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