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. Gregory Zolkowshi, Family Practice, 1100 S. Springfield, Boliver, MO
65613, 417-777-4749 or 1-877-301-9804. A reader writes: "I have been seeing Dr. ‘Z’ for about a year
now. From the first office visit, he listened to me about my thyroid and did a complete thyroid panel.
He is never too busy to listen to his patients. He will dig for the answers to your problems. I recommend
him to any thyroid patient." (Added 10/05)
Dr. Matthew Schumer, GP, Healing Arts Building, 3250 Gordonville Road, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, 573-334-9641, http://www.salv.net/cpga. "After 14 years of no one knowing what was wrong with me, DR. Schumer was right on with the first set of tests he ordered. I had GD. When the only endocrinologist in town only wanted to push RAI, Dr. Schumer stepped up and agreed to help me. He is very open and understanding. Willing to listen to my questions and hear my input. A wonderful, caring doctor, who doesn't think he is beyond learning new things."
Catherine Vanvoorn, Internal Medicine, 201 W Broadway, Columbia, Mo.
65201, 573-449-1227. A reader writes: "My daughter had a virus, her senior year of high school, that
attacked her immune system and left her
with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hearing loss, memory loss, hair loss, weight gain, the list goes on and
on. After 5 years and many doctors, including Mayo clinic, one of my co workers suggested Dr.
Vanvoorn. We all most did not go because "who needs one more doctor" right? Anyway, we went and
it was the best day or our lives. Dr Vanvoorn listened to her story and asked questions then commented
that she could help her. By this time her short term memory and fatigue were so bad she had to drop out
of college. Dr Vanvoorn ran more thyroid tests than anyone else and was able to diagnosis her and treat
her. She believes in treating thyroid symptoms rather than just going by lab tests. So "normal" tests may
not indicate everything is fine. My daughter is back in R.N. school and we love Dr Vanvoorn."(Added
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Laurel Walter -- no longer listed (October 2007)
Dr. Carol Browne -- no longer listed
Dr. Tipu Sultan, Allergist, 11585 W. Florissant Ave., Florissant, MO 63033, Phone-314-921-5600 Fax-314-921-8273, http://www.ehacstl.com. "Dr. Sultan is a wonderful doctor!! After seeing many doctors with no answers to my problems, I found Dr. Sultan. He listens to me and takes the time to get to the bottom of my health problems. He is treating me with Armour and it is definitely helping. He and his entire staff are dedicated to getting to the bottom of the problem and not just medicating. I am so thankful for Dr. Sultan and would highly recommend him to anyone. I live three hours from his office, but he is well worth the drive."
Laurel Walter-Baumstark -- no longer listed (October 2007)
Dr. Michael Simmons, Ear/Nose/Throat, & Plastic Surgery, 3527 West Truman Blvd., Suite 200, Jefferson City 573 635-7901. A reader writes: "After 3 years of "watching" nodules and an ultrasound by other physicians in this field, Dr. Simmons ordered surgery. During the surgery pathology indicated that both nodules were malignant along with one of my parathyroid glands. My whole thyroid was removed along with the affected parathyroid. Dr. Simmons is exceptionally open and receptive to questions; both he and Dr. Douglas J. Howland practice together here in Jefferson City, Missouri. I feel he literally saved my life. I am not in the care of Peter Boyer, Endocrinologist, and will have my first treatment, a one-time radioactive iodine treatment this coming week. I will have to take synthroid for the rest of my life and be monitored by Dr. Boyer." (Added 1/06)
Jefferson City / Westphalia (was previously in Kingman, Arizona)
David Berkenbile, Osteopath/DO, St. MaryĆs Westphalia Clinic, 1875 Highway 63, Jefferson City (Westphalia), MO, Ph/Fax: 573-455-9838.
A reader writes: “This
is the only doctor I have gone to in 5 years that I really think can
help me. He suspects I have Wilson’s Syndrome, which I have suspected
as well because of not responding fully to just T4 therapies. This is
a man who understands and truly cares.” (Added 4/04)
Dr. Karen Porte -- NO LONGER LISTED
Dr. Christina Bratcher, Endocrinology, Joplin, MO. "I had her in Tulsa, OK but she has moved to Joplin." (added 1/04)
Robert K Clendenin, M.D. Age Management Medicine 4620 J C Nichols Parkway Kansas City, MO 64112 877-282-5500 firstname.lastname@example.org A reader writes: "Dr. Clendenin is very caring. He knows all about the right tests and medications." (Added 2/03)
Dr. William Isley -- no longer listed / deceased (May 2008)
William L. White, M.D., Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Associates, The Medical Mall at St. Joseph Health Center, 1004 Carondelet Drive, Suite 405, Kansas City, MO 64114, Phone 816-943-1123, Fax 816-943-1250. A reader writes: "Dr. White performed orbital decompressions and 3 eyelid surgeries on me. He was very informative, responsive, and kind throughout. He followed up with me by phone at home after I was released from the hospital. He continues to monitor my eyes very closely. I am very pleased with the results of surgery."
Dr. Charles Rudolph, General, 2800 A Kendallwood Pkwy., Kansas City, MO 64119, 816-453-5940, email@example.com A reader writes: "His biochemistry background gives a complete approach. He is a pioneer in EDTA chelation therapy as well as thorough blood diagnostics." (Added 10/05)
Dr. Bruce Henson -- moving
Johnny O. Johnson, D.O., General practice/internist/primary care, Kansas City Internal Medicine group, Lee's Summitt, MO
Eugene Honeywell, D.O., Family Practice, Main & Myers, TCMH Family Clinic, Licking, MO 65542, 573-674-3011. "I have been working with this doc for two years, after I wanted to switch from synthetic hormones. He has always had some patients on Armour thyroid and he was willing to work with me, I have improved on the Armour, and he will always listen to my concerns and run the appropriate tests." (Added 6/02).
Prairie Village (a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri)
Robert E. Battmer, MD, 3700 W. 83, Suite 202, Prairie Village, KS 66208, Phone (913) 341-0201, www.naturalhormoneclinic.com. A reader tells us, "I have found a "Top Doc" in the Kansas City metropolitan area. He treats patients, not lab values. Although he is an OB/GYN and his primary focus is on natural hormone replacement therapy for post menopausal women, he also treats men and women for hypothyroidism. If you have the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism, he will treat you for this condition based on your signs and symptoms and how you feel, and NOT based on your lab values. This makes him a "Top Doc" in my opinion."
Diane Barnes , CNM RN Director of Midwifery Services, WOMANCARE FAMILYCARE Hwy 13, 6 Spring St. P.O. Box 235 Reeds Spring MO 65737 417-272-8845 "I was under the care of Lenore Lampert but she has since left that facility and now I have Diane as my doctor. Diane knew with one visit that I needed to be off Synthroid after 11 years and give Armour a try. After almost two months on the Armour I feel better than since I had Grave's Disease and began taking Synthroid. She is very intuitive and caring as a healthcare practitioner and she deserves kudos."
Lenore Lampert, FNP Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Care Clinic Highway 13 P.O. Box 235 Reed’s Springs, MO 65737 (417)272-8845. A reader informs us, "I began going to this clinic to when I was pregnant with my first child. This practitioner is extremely caring and open to symptoms, not just lab results. She treats the person, not the numbers. She was willing to treat me with Armour. She also runs the tests I request (free T3 and free T4, not just the typical TSH and total T4). I HIGHLY recommend Lenore and the Family Care Clinic. (My husband even sees her for his diabetes treatment.) She only treats hypothyroid patients, not hyperthyroid. She feels she is unqualified to treat hyper."
Dr. Judyann Krenning, ENT, 600 Blues Lake Parkway, Rolla, MO 65401, 573-364-8822. http://www.bondclinicinc.com. A reader writes: "Good thyroid surgeon" (Added: June 2004)
Julie Pennick, P.A, fibromyalgia, Ozark Medical Surgical, 3800 S. Fremont, Springfield, MO 65804, 417-881-8818. A reader writes: "She is motivated to help you feel better; listens to the patient, uses traditional & alternative methods" (Added: June 2004)
Dr. Daniel Lyons, Endocrinology, 1443 N. Robberson, Springfield, MO 65802, 417-267-4450 A reader writes: "Dr. Lyons takes the time to ask many questions and check on your physical symptoms during each appointment. He does not act like he is in a hurry and he is a very "hands on" kind of doctor. He types his notes on the computer right in front of you and reads them back to you to make certain he has it correct. He is very thorough, kind and attentive. I highly recommend him. He performed the tests I requested without hesitation." (Added: June 2004)
E.J. Cunningham -- NO LONGER LISTED (December 2006)
Dr. Irini Veronikis at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis.
Dr. Christy Richardson, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, 11155 Dunn Rd. Suite 108N, St. Louis, MO 63136, Phone: ph: 314-355-6779 FX: 314-355-4209, A reader writes: "Dr. Richardson is great. She makes sure all you thyroid levels are at the best level to loose weight and to feel great." (Added: Dec. 04)
Dr. Glennon Fox, Family Practice, 777 So. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 231E, St. Louis, MO 63141, Phone: 314-414-2273, firstname.lastname@example.org, A patient writes: "After being bounced around from doctor to doctor for months with hurried 10 minute visits, it is such a relief and pleasure to find a doctor who is able to spend the time to listen to my history and symptoms and to really determine what is wrong and how best to treat it. This kind of care is essential if you are like me and have "normal" test results and doctors who don't have the time or inclination to do the detective work to help you get well again. After many years of hurried visits because of insurance constraints, Dr, Fox has started a new kind of practice that does not use insurance for his visits (although I still use my insurance for lab work, tests, and specialists). The monthly amount I pay is well worth the extra time and attention. My first visit was almost 2 hours and follow-up visits are an hour long. It is so nice to finally have a doctor who has the three things I am looking for, knowledge, compassion, AND enough time to help me. I cannot recommend him more highly! " (Added: Dec. 04)
Rudee Suwannasri, Endocrinologist, St Louis Medical Clinic, Mo,
(314)432-1111. A reader writes: "The most caring doctor I have ever met. My tsh was @ 150 when I
was diagonosed with hashimotos disease. Dr. Rudee got me to "normal" because she goes beyond lab
results. She is so into her work, calling me on a Friday night at 8:00 from her office. She is the best
ever!!!!!!!!!!!!" (Added 6/05)
Dr. Faisal Qureshi, Endocrinology, 11155 Dunn Rd. Suite 108, MO 63136,
314-355-6779. A reader writes: "Dr. Qureshi is a very caring doctor. He calls me after he receives my
test results and explains everything to me. Along with the phone call he sends a letter again explaining
the results again. He's always there to answer your questions." (Added 6/05)
Dr. GayathrI Raman, General practice/internist/primary care, MissourI Baptist Diagnostic Center 3009 N. Ballas Rd. Ste. 100B, St. Louis, MO, 63131, Ph/Fax: 314-432-1111. http://www.stlmedclinic.com. A reader writes: "Dr. Raman is hypothyroid herself, so she's very sympathetic to her thyroid patients and knows what you are going through. She tends to treat not just by test results, but also by how you are feeling. She works in the same office as another top doc - Dr. Rudee, so she has excellent endo assistance if needed." (Added Dec. 2006)
Dr. Bruce Haughey, Other, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. "Dr. Haughey is an excellent Surgeon. He performed my thyroidectomy and removed 19 lymph nodes less than 10 months ago. My scares are barely noticeable. His honest approached pleased both of my family members during and after surgery." (August 2007)
Cindy Willbrand, Naturopathic Doctor, 7979 Big Bend, St Louis 63119, phone: 314-961-4796 fax: 314-961-6631 , http://websterfp.com/contact.htm / Email: Office@WebsterFP.com
Varsha Rathod, General practice/internist/primary care, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD,1977 Schuetz Road, St. Louis, MO 63146, 314-997-5403, www.preventivemedicinestl.com
Robin Kundra, general practice/internist/primary care, 114 N Taylor Ave, St. Louis 63108 (314) 534-8600
Jeremy Thornton, DC, DABCI, General practice/internist/primary care, 205 South St., Stockton, MO 65785, 417 276 6306, thornton-health.com, email@example.com.
Glenette Haney, FNP, Hwy 63 North Thayer Medical Clinic, Thayer, MO 65791, 417-264-7136 A reader writes: "I had gone to several different dr.'s and a specialist and she has been the only one who treats me by how I feel and not by just my tests. I swilling to try anything that may help me feel better." (Added: June 2004)
Dr. Christian Wessling, Family Practice, Heritage Building, 23 North
Gore, Suite 209, Webster Grove, Missouri 63119, 314-968-1655, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email: email@example.com. "After seeing several
endocrinologists about my thyroid condition (I had a total thyroidectomy),
Dr. Wessling was the only one who listened to me and believed my fatigue
was not "in my head." He is a very caring, compassionate, and competent
physician, and I highly recommend him." (Added 6/02).