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Keith Jorgensen Ear Nose Throat Specialist 603- 432-8104 I originally found
this doctor on Dr. Seigal's "Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat" search engine. I have spoken to a patient
of his who takes Synthroid because she prefers it but when talking to his Nurse discovered that he prefers
to prescribe Armour Thyroid.
Monique Manganelli -- NO LONGER LISTED. Moved. (June 2006)
Dr. Paul Tung, Endocrinology, 19 Webb Place, NH, 03820, 603-742-1143.
A reader writes: "Dr. Tung takes the time to listen to me and to address me, the person coping with a
chronic condition, and not just the condition. As busy as his entire office is, I never feel rushed or in the
way. I always get treated very well by the entire staff. A very well run office. I wish I had heard of him
much sooner. Absolutely fabulous doctor and staff." (Added 6/05)
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Dr. Daniel Nadeau, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Nutrition, 881 Lafayette
Road, Hampton, NH 03842,
603-926-0896, http://www.FOREVERYDAY.COM. A reader writes: "Dr. Nadeau takes the time to
listen to what you have to say. He wants to know how you are feeling and if you have any concerns that
he can help you with. Dr. Nadeau doesn't rush through his appointments and lets me know if he has any
concerns that I should be aware of." (Added 4/04)
Dr. G. Nield Mercer, Endocrinologist, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical
Center, Lebanon, NH. (603) 650 8630. A reader writes, "He is absolutely wonderful. He listens to
everything you have to say and addresses each. He doesn't go by the lab he goes mostly on how you feel.
Today I went and my TSH was .5, he would like it on the lower side of .2 we discussed lowering my
dose of Synthroid and decided that since I was feeling pretty good to wait a month and do another TSH.
We also discussed that if my test comes back still at .5 he will have to lower my dose a notch which I
understood without asking why. When you are in his office with him he acts like he has all day, he is
never in a hurry, which is good for me because I am very forgetful and sometimes it takes me a while
to tell him everything. As far as his office in general the staff is very nice and I have never had to wait
for my appointment."
Dr William Kinlaw -- no longer listed
A reader recommend Daniela Verani, Holistic Family M.D., 182
Rockingham Road, Londonderry NH 03053 Tel. 28603 434-4363. I have not seen her yet but have asked
questions of her nurse. She wants her thyroid patients in the low end of normal TSH range and prescribes
Armour. Also she is able to see me in less than week of request.
Dr. John Welter, "He bases his care on the patient. While he usually doesn't
use Armour, he
will use it if asked. He will even use Cytomel for some patients. He is great! He adjusts my dose by free
T3 and free T4 and by how I feel." (Added Dec. 04)
Dr. Robert Levine Endocrinologist 603- 881-7141
Note: A patient reports that Dr. Levine does not prescribe Armour Thyroid. (March 2009)
"I had been sick for over
a year. Every doctor I went to just kept telling me I had a cold or a sinus infection. Finally I went to
have a thyroid scan done and when we asked a nurse about the best endocrinologist around he suggested
Dr. Levine. I figured I had nothing to lose no one else had any ideas-. Dr. Levine
e immediately noticed that there was a major problem and did a needle biopsy. It was inconclusive but
he continued to search for the source of the problem. He told me that at the very least I'd probably have
to have my thyroid removed and suggested I go see a surgeon to "get started." Meantime I think I met
with him almost every week. When I went to see the surgeon on 1/6/97 he looked down my throat and
I was immediately admitted to respiratory ICU. After more than a year of constantly feeling tired I was
diagnosed with Hodgkins in less than a week. Dr. Levine and Dr. Gaz with his surgical team- quite
literally saved my life. After the surgery Dr. Gaz constantly looked after me visiting sometimes 2 or 3
times a day. He always made sure that I was taken care of including having the other person in my
hospital room moved to another room because she was so loud and constantly screaming for the nurse.
He wanted to make sure I got enough rest so that I would heal and be ready for the chemo sessions that
would come next. If it wasn't for the persistence and GREAT work of both Dr. Levine and Dr. Gaz I
would not be alive today!
Victor DeVilla, M.D., Endocrinology, Metabolism, Diabetes, 5 Coliseum
Nashua, NH 03063, 603-881-7141. "(Partner of other Top Doc, Dr. Levine!) Dr. DeVilla was a godsend
to me. He was caring, actually listened to me and explored many options with me in treating my
hypothyroidism. When I brought him information found in the forums, he went over it with me, and
never copped an attitude about me bringing the info up to him. After 7 months on Levoxyl and not
feeling well, he ordered more comprehensive labs done, and upon my request, allowed me to add 5mcg
Cytomel to see if it will help. I had no problems with him arguing against it- he had more labs done and
saw my Free T4 and Free T3 levels might be helped by it. This isn't a doc who looks at the TSH # and
says "You're normal- my work is done here." He treats me by how I am feeling, because he knows that
MY "normal" TSH is unique to ME- and not a lab's reference range. He & his staff get back to me
quickly when I have a question. I'd definitely recommend Dr. DeVilla if you'd like to try Cytomel,
and/or your current doc isn't listening to how you *feel* but only looking at TSH #'s."
Dr. William Martin, Internist (GP), Monadnock Health Services, Medical
Arts Building, Peterborough, NH. This reader explains, "This is my doctor and he never gave up on me,
he believed me when I told him my symptoms, even though my thyroid test came back okay, he
contacted a specialist, they put their heads together and he continued test to find out that I had a small
tumor on my pituitary gland. I was put on hormone replacement, follow up blood test every month,
change, increases, etc. etc. he is staying right on top of my condition and continues to seek out doctors
that have more knowledge of secondary hypothyroidism. He is a great doctor!"
Leon Hecht, N.D. holistic Naturopath 500 Market Street, Suite 1F
Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 427-6800. A reader shares, "Dr. Hecht cares, listens, is well informed,
very professional, the office is friendly and welcoming. I asked for a trial of cortisol and he gave it to
me, he trusted my judgment about what I needed. He knows thyroid/adrenal issues."
"First let me tell you that I am a R.N. with 15 years experience working with doctors in various hospital situations. It takes a lot for a doctor to impress me. I have suffered with severe hypothyroid symptoms for over 20 years. I was always undermedicated due to lab values that showed a normal TSH with below normal Free T4 and Free T3. Well because my TSH was in the "normal range" no doctor would increase my meds to get my Free T4 and Free T3 in the normal range as well as alleviate my symptoms. I was miserable for 20 years and at the end of my rope trying to find someone who would help me. I tried many, many doctors- Even Dr. Kenneth Blanchard. Who did help me for a while and was great while I was pregnant. But even he started to get hung up on my TSH and I was back to feeling horrible again! I was so discouraged. Then on this site I found Dr. Leon Hecht. He has changed my life around!! For the first time in 20 years my thyroid is being treated based on my Free T4, Free T3 and symptoms!! He does occasionally check my TSH but that is never a deciding factor in my dosing. He always takes into consideration my feelings and ideas on dose changes. He is very easy to talk to and is extremely knowledgeable about the endocrine system and treatments. He is the 1st doctor in 20 years that has helped me feel GREAT thyroid wise. I continued to have vague symptoms with joint pain, muscle aches and a fatigue that was different from feeling hypothyroid. He NEVER gave up on trying to find out what was wrong with me. He NEVER once made me feel like I was crazy or that it was all in my head. He was finally able to diagnose me with Chronic Lyme Disease. It has been almost a year of treatment and I am close to being symptom free of lyme!!! (October 2006)
A reader writes:
"Dr. Hecht is the best doctor I have ever had.
I am reluctant to say too much for fear of getting him in trouble or something, but he is helping me a lot with my thyroid situation.
He is excellent at returning calls, addressing concerns about medications, and most of all, listening to and believing my experiences. He actually makes use of the information I provide about my situation instead of dismissing it." (March 2009)
Dr. Neil Ravin, Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 155 Borthwick Ave., Bldg A, Suite 301, Portsmouth, NH 03801 -- 603-433-5160 www.portsmouthhospital.com
IMPORTANT NOTE: According to numerous reports, this doctor refuses to give T3 supplementation or Armour Thyroid -- he is a a Synthroid-brand levothyroxine disciple. If you are interested in anything other than Synthroid treatment, conside whether or not you want to make an appointment. (Added Dec 04, updated April 06)
A reader recommends Dr. Ravin:
"He listens. He reads the literature, keeping up on the latest information. He remembers information from previous visits. He cares about you as a patient. He is successfully treating me for hypothyroidism during menopause, which has caused my T levels to be out of whack."
Another reader recommends Dr. Ravin:
"Dr. Ravin listened to me and was sympathetic to my concerns. He let me finish speaking before he spoke and never cut me off. He has been treating me for Hypothyroidism and I am truly happy with him. If it wasn't for this site, I would not have found him. Thank You!!!" (Added 2/03)
"After being discouraged at failed attempts of treatment from uninformed doctors and nurse practitioners, I found Dr. Ravin through this site-Thanks! I have been seeing him for almost a year now. He is very personable, professional, and helpful. Most importantly, he is a doctor who listens and understands that every patient is different. He is working with me to get my TSH in the 1-2 range." (Added Dec. 04)
Yet another reader writes:
"I have been a patient of Dr. Ravin's for almost a year (thanks to this site!) I am a Levoxyl taker and have never had a problem with him regarding this...he understands that if something is working, no need to change it (to Synthroid, for example). Haven't talked with him about alternatives like Armour (though I plan to) and T3 supplementation now that I've had to have my thyroid removed due to noncancerous nodules...we'll see how that goes! His personal treatment, knowledge and involvement are rare based on previous experience with other doctors." (Added 6/05)
Dr. Claudia Trombly, General practice/internist/primary care, Salem NH, 603-685-6977
A reader writes:
I was reffered to see an endocronologist recently after having blood work done that showed high levels of certain hormones. Dr. Trombly wanted me to have everything checked, specifically my thyroid." (March 2009)
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