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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
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DOCTOR!

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!

Billings

Roberta Bourgon, V. N.D., Wellness Center 19 North 25th St, Billings, MT. This reader tells us, "She listens to every thing you have to say and always asks if there is any thing you don’t understand. She’s helpful in locating books to read and is very knowledgeable about the thyroid."

Billings

Dr. David F. Johnson, Endocrinologist, Internal Medicine Asso., 2900 12th AVe. N. Ste. 310-W, Billings, MT , 59101, Phone/Fax: 406-238-6900
A reader writes: "He listens, discusses, and is open minded on any issues that I bring up. He also is will to allow me the choice of changing from Synthroid to Armor, with barely a blink of an eye. He tells me how others have responded, etc. Just a very nice doctor that is willing to try to help me feel more like my old self." (Added October 2007)

Bozeman

Dr. McElgunn, Naturopathic Doctor, 317 E Mendenhall St., Bozeman, MT 59715-3683, (406) 587-0858. A reader writes: "I had recommended Dr. Lang as a top doc in 2004, but I found that he really didn't know much about thyroid treatment. So, I switched to Dr. McElgunn and she has really done wonders for me! She also has extensive knowledge about helping women through menopause." (October 2006).

Another fan:
"Excellent doctor! Very knowledgeable about the thyroid and adrenals (as well as other systems, interactions, symptoms and treatments) and willing to listen and work with the patient. Cannot say enough good about this doctor." (August 2007)


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Bozeman

Michael Lang, N.D., 7600 Shedhorn Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718, 406-586-1100. "I thought I'd give you the names of two doctors in Montana that really knows their stuff about thyroid disease and its treatment. They know about a lot of other stuff too, but they are open to treating with natural thyroid and they really listen to their patients and treat them as individuals and what works best for them." (added 1/04)

Bozeman

John Neustadt, ND, Endocrinology, 2135 Charlotte Street, Suite 3, Bozeman, MT 59718, 406-582-0034, info@montanaim.com/www.montanaim.com, A reader writes: "Dr. Neustadt took the time to find the underlying causes of my illness. I had suffered for 20 years with headaches and seen all sorts of specialists. Dr. Neustadt was the first one to do thyroid tests and an in-depth musculoskeletal exam. He found the causes, treated them, and now I'm headache free!!!! I also liked that if he didn't know the answer to a question I had, he told me. But not just that, he then went and researched it and called me with his answer and additional information. He's a top doc!" (Added Apr 06)

Another reader writes:
"I noticed that no one had written about this doctor in a couple of years, so I want to chime in. I cannot recommend Dr. Neustadt highly enough. He completely corrected my hypothyroidism by testing for the underlying causes. I am no longer on any medication and feel fantastic! No other physician ever took the time to educate me about my own body and offered testing and solutions that worked!" (May 2008)

Flathead Valley/ Whitefish

Steven K. Gordon Naturopathic -Endocrinology and Diabetology 5938 Highway 93 South Whitefish MT 59937 406-863-9300 Dr. Gordon does complete system state of the art endocrine hormone laboratory profiles biochemical analysis and employs lifestyle nutritional and biologically compatible treatment programs. Treatments include adrenal, thyroid, sex hormones, and diabetes mastery to name a few.

Helena

Brian C. Weitz, Family Practice, 3330 Ptarmigan Lane, Helena, MT 59601, 406-443-3570 "I would love to see my doctor, Dr. Brian C. Weitz, as a top doc. To me he is! He is a board certified Family Practitioner and he is great! The day that my late step-father was admitted to the hospital (Dr. Weitz was also his doctor), he was talking to us in the lobby and he said: 'Let me see your throat' and when he did, he told me to come in that week for tests. The rest is history. I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease and he has been so kind and patient--answering all my questions and calming me down when I get hysterical because I am afraid. Jodi, his office nurse is the perfect compliment to the perfect doctor!"

Another reader writes:
"I originally went to see Dr. Weitz for my allergies. He took one look at me, and said I goiter. He asked to do some tests, and found I had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis as well as a goiter. I had just moved to Helena from San Diego, and my Internal Medicine doctor in San Diego never even noticed my goiter, and when I asked to have my thyroid tested, he said I was "normal" and I didn't have any problems. I respect Dr. Weitz and hope I never have to leave Helena, because he is truly the best doctor I have ever had the pleasure of going to. He is very kind, he listens, and explains anything you ask him so that you completely understand what is going on when you leave his office. His nurse Jodi, is the sweetest lady, also very kind and patient, and they are like family. Dr. Weitz takes care of my whole family now, and helped deliver my daughter. He is truly a Top Doc in my book!!" (Added: June 2004)

Helena

Dr. Michael Bergkamp, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Naturopathic Doctor, 635 N Jackson St Helena, MT, 59601, 406.442.2091

A reader writes:
"Dr. Bergkamp is one of the kindest, attentive, great listening, acurate diagnosing drs I've ever met. He is one of the top (and most respected) Naturopaths in his field. He's continually seeking better cures- but he will stick to the cure that works best (even if it's"out of date"). Acting as a n.path Dr Bergkamp treated my severe hypothyroidism with Armour, chinese herbs, and tought me which proper supplements to take for my adrenal complications. His therapy was a breath of fresh air for my taxed endocrine system! I had previously been told that my thyroid was potentially cancerous and to plan on having it removed- so I sought out a second opinion from alternitive medicine- and I was introduced to Dr. Bergkamp. Within a few weeks (I had been hypo for 8 or 9 years at that point) I had energy, no roller coaster emotions, and pounds were melting off!!! My"cancerous" thyroid problems disappeared and I never needed surgery! When I injured my shoulder a few years later- I completely bypassed western medicine and when to Dr. Bergkamp. He is a fantastic acupuncturist. I had a partially torn ACL and my collar bone had rotated 90 degrees. With one round of acupuncture, a bottle of supplements to help heal, and a brace- I was fixed! No surgery needed!!! I remarkable Dr. I am blessed to know him." (March 2009)

Missoula

Jeanne Hebl, R.N., C.N.M., C.L.E. Certified Nurse - Midwife Physician Center #1, Suite 121, 2825 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804. A reader writes, "I would like to recommend Jeanne Hebl as a Top Doc. She took the time with me to listen to all my concerns about my hypothyroidism. When my current medication didn’t seem to be working, she was willing to try alternative medications (Armour). Jeannie listens to her patients, not their blood tests!"

Missoula

Dr. Christopher Corsi, 500 W Broadway St., Missoula, MT, 59802, 406.721.5600

A reader writes:
"Dr. Corsi is amazing! I have been through a ringer with multiple Dr.s and he was the first Dr. to teach me about supplementing additional T3- when Synthroid and Cytomel weren't cutting it, he talked to me about the benefits of Armour. He treats his patients according to their labs AND how they're feeling. Great Dr- can't say enough about him!" (March 2009)

Missoula

Jamison Starbuck -- no longer listed (March 2009)

Plains

Dean French Family Medicine 110 Kruger Road PO Box 768 Plains, MT 59859 406-826-4800 french@cfvh.org. A reader writes: "Always willing to go the extra mile to diagnose and treat, even the most ambiguous clusters of symptoms. Recommends a wide variety of treatments - tailored to the person. I spent years seeing doctors for my fatigue - before he explained to me that I had a low thyroid state - and then we spent the next 12 months - working to get it corrected - together - and I feel the best I've felt in 15 years." (Added 11/02)

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