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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Lee Van Epps, M.D., Internal Medicine/Primary care, 2874 N. Carson
Street, Suite 200, Carson City, NV 89706, 775-883-9003, A reader writes: "Recognizes that
different thyroid medicines help different people, and is willing to try
Cytomel or Armour Thyroid if Synthroid isn't working. Is understanding, and not threatened by informed
patients." (Added Apr 06)
Heather Kravitz-Coates, M. D. Internal Medicine 2825 Siena Heights Drive Henderson NV 702-617-1227. A reader writes: "She is young and up on all of the current medical information. She knows her stuff and she listens to you and your concerns. She's great!!!" (Added 4/03)
Farid L. Farid, Internal medicine, 880 Seven Hill Dr., NV 89052,
702-914-6050. A reader writes: "Accepting new patients. Dr. Farid previously practiced in rural Nevada.
I first started seeing him there. I have recently followed him to Henderson and see him there although
it is a 4 hour (one way) trip for me. He was the first doctor to ever recommend a combination of T3/T4
to me. He treats my thyroid based on a combination of labs and symptoms. I had another doctor who is
closer in distance to me not want to change my dose because I was still within the "normal range" at 4.8.
Dr Farid will always take the time to listen to you and is excellent about explaining what he recommends
and why. I highly recommend him, not just as someone to manage your thyroid condition, but also as
a general physician as well." (Added 6/05)
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Dr. Reid Litchfield, Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, 2415 Horizon Ridge Suite
#100, Henderson Nevada, 702-434-8400. "He is absolutely the best Endo in the area!! Really hard to get
into at first, but well worth the wait. He listens to your concerns better than any Dr. I have ever been
to. He has a P.A. named Kevin that is great also. Their office runs like a well oiled machine and
EVERYONE there actually seems to CARE about their patients." (Added 6/05)
Craig M. Jorgenson MD, Internal Medicine, 9975 S. Eastern ave #110, Henderson, Nevada 89123, 702-361-2273. A reader writes: "My TSH was normal and my T4 was in normal low range, but my antibodies were positive and I had a mild goiter...I went to six doctors that wanted me to take the sit and watch approach. I felt like crap during this time. I am a nurse and met Jorgenson at work and spoke to him about my situation. He was very knowledgeable and started me on synthroid. He is in the pool of thinkers that will treat when there are symptoms and a positive antibody count. He takes his time and is very good. If you need medicine, he is the man to see. You can call and make an appointment or just walk in. The practice is an Urgent Care facility." (Added 1/06)
Dr. Alina Garcia, Endocrine Bio-Identical Hormones, Tenaya, Las Vegas Nevada, 702-233-1855, http://www.fibroandfatigue.com. A reader writes: "Lifesaver-She truly listens and cares about you. This is THE place in Vegas and Henderson having been to many docs over the course of 4 years. She does every possible test and treats your SYMPTOMS-not just your numbers! I love her and so will you!" (June 2006)
Carol Barlow, Allergy/holistic, 2225 E Flamingo Rd, 3280 N Rainbow Blvd
-89108, Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-731-3117. "Listens to you & your concerns!" (Added 6/02).
A reader writes: "The Doctor's name is Louis Kaplan, DO he is located at 6420 W. Spring Mountain Rd. #15, Las Vegas, Nevada Phone is 702-889-9293. He has limited hours as he just went through two hip replacements and has many health problems of his own. He has the kindest heart. Many times tears would come to his eyes as he said how he wished such a young thing as me wouldn't have to suffer so. He swore to fix me and he did. I believe it is the inspiration of healing by the doctor that has such a profound effect, even more so than the medicines. He is one of a kind!"
Dr. Terry Pfau, Homeopathic Medicine, 2810 West Charleston Blvd. A-6, Las Vegas, NV 89102-1921, 702-258-7860, http://www.iwholehealth.com/DrPfau.htm A reader writes: "Dr. Pfau spends a lot of time with you and will ultimately base treatment on your symptoms, not your test results. He mixes eastern and western medical philosophies and prescribes Armour when he feels it’s the best choice." (Added 10/05)
Edward Hoffman -- no longer listed (March 2009), Osteopath/DO, 2701 N. Tenaya Way #240, Las Vegas, NV 89128, Phone/Fax: 702-243-8100, DocHoffman@aol.com
Carolyn McKelvie, General practice/internist/primary care, 3012 So. Durango, Ste. 1, Las Vegas, NV 89117, 702-366-0640 phone, 702-366-9075 fax
Dr. Leslie Jacobs, General practice/internist/primary care, Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Robert S. Fredericks, M.D., Endocrinology/Bone/Hormones, 850 Mill Street
Reno, Nevada / 1830 Sierra Gardens Drive, Roseville, CA 95661, 916-772-1681/916-772-1683/.
http://www.hormonesonline.com. (Editor's Note: As of June, 2002, patients have written that Dr.
Fredericks is not accepting new patients. Please call ahead to check on the current status.) "I have been
his patient from 1982 to 1990 then moved 2 1/2 hours away to California when I got married. I was
completely mismanaged for 10 years by my new doctors in my new location and finally decided that I've
had enough! I was so out of whack with my symptoms and my "new" doctor refused to acknowledge
anything else but my TSH and his goal was to get me OFF Synthroid! Feeling fat , ugly, depressed, and
fatigued I decided that driving 2 1/2 hours to a REAL doctor was worth it and back to Dr. Fredericks
I went! It is taking monthly visits to undo the 10 years of mismanagement but I'm finally feeling better
each time I go for a "tune up"! He's the most intelligent doctor I know and I know alot of docs - I'm an
ICU nurse-. He's up on the latest info he takes time with his patients and he always asks how I FEEL
in DETAIL. If I ever have to move further away I'd even FLY in to Reno to see Dr Fredericks! When
I was there last week there was a diabetic man who traveled 200 miles just to see Dr Fredericks. He is
definitely a specialist in endocrinology!"
Lisa Abbott, MD -- no longer listed (March 2009)
Dr. James B. Atcheson, Endocrinologist, Internal Medicine, 75 Pringle Way/In Washoe Medical Center Professional Building - Reno, NV 775-333-8000. A reader writes: "Dr Atcheson has never failed me. He is kind, knowledgeable, caring, and he always listens, never judging. He has always asked me how i feel BEFORE he looks at my lab results. His peers are quick to comment that "if Dr Atcheson is your doctor, you're going to the best"...and they're right. I wouldn't trade him for the world. His office personnel are outstanding too!"
R. Christi Bonds, M.D. M.A. Diplomate of American Board of Family Practice. Woman's Health -- Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Allergy, 1101 W. Moana Lane. Ste.10, Reno -- NV 89509 A reader writes: "Dr. Bonds is the most caring physician I have ever met. She listens and is willing to try different treatments. She's well informed about the latest medical news and never dismisses my ideas or suggestions. She allows me to be involved. I'm feeling so much better just because she took me seriously unlike other Drs. I've visited. She is a TOP DOC!"
Dr. Gerber, Gerber Medical Clinic, 3670 Grant Dr., Ste. 10, Reno, NV 89509-5309, (775) 826-1900. A reader writes: "I already knew about hypothyroidism and suspected my wife had it when we first went to see Dr. Gerber. He started us on 1/2 grain T3 and stepped us up to 2 gr/day. Later I was backed down to 1 gr/day, as my serum blood levels normalized. Dr. Gerber is also quite sensitive to adrenal insufficiency and my wife gets adrenal extract daily. Dr. Gerber is VERY alternative and incorporates therapies from around the world. This may shock someone used to conventional (i.e., surgery & pharmaceutical-oriented) medicine. But he listens to his patients and obviously cares about their total well-being." (October 2006).
Daniel Caruso -- no longer listed (March 2009)