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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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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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Aberdeen

Roger Waddell, MD, General Practitioner, Bonnie Brook Road, Aberdeen, (910) 944-7777. A reader shares the following; "He listens to patients fully, evaluates their symptoms as well as test results, and is willing to work with the patients when a particular line of treatment doesn’t seem to give the desired results. He has used T3 treatment as well as Armour Thyroid and Westhroid in treating my hypothyroidism."

A reader writes:
"He listens, and treats clinically" (Added Apr 06)

Apex

Dr. Asif Rizvi, Endocrinologist, Apex, NC

A reader writes:
Dr. Rizvi is a believer in t3 & t4 He is the first doctor who prescribed t3 (cytomel)with the synthroid, previously on armour, with many symptoms. Since I am on the synthroid and cytomel I am starting to feel better. Diagnosed with Hashimoto's - but could not have found a doctor without this site. I never knew about the anti-thyroid antibodies test until I found info on the internet, then I found a doctor on this site." (March 2009)

Arden

Dr. Flechas, Fibromyalgia, Arden, N.C. 828-687-2324. A reader writes: After first seeing me he noticed I had no body hair and very dry skin. I told him I was sick and he said yes you are and we will work to get you well. After being told for years nothing was wrong though the thyroid condition was known and I was on Synthroid nothing was done by the other doctor. I had lumps in throat and could not swallow Dr. Flechas listen and found the lumps to be the beginning of a goiter due to severe hypothyroidism. My metabolism was shutting down to lack of T3 and my meds were changed to Unithroid and T3 and iodine capsules to reduce the nodules in neck. It has worked great and the T3 gave me my energy back . This doctor really listens." (Added 2/03)

Another fan:
"I love this man!!! Helped get me on the right track."(August 2007)


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Asheville

David A. Hester endocrinologist, Asheville Endocrinology Consultants, PA750 Alliance Court Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 670-6812. A reader tells us, "For several years I was made to feel like a hypochondriac, even though I have been through a documented case of Graves disease, radioactive iodine, a 3-year anaphylactic allergic reaction, and diagnosed hypothyroidism. I then went for my first visit with this doctor and he encouraged me to research as much information as possible (unlike my family physician), treated me like a human being, never told me how fat I was, sympathized with me when I mentioned symptoms and pains, and told me that even when I reach "normality" per lab results if I was still experiencing hypothyroidism symptoms, he would work with me and possibly use T-3 meds to treat me. I just felt like I was taken seriously and that someone understood how I was feeling and CARED."

Another reader writes:
"I was very impressed with Dr. Hester's ability to deal with a patient who has done research on her disease. He was not offended at all when, at my last appointment, I brought up the subject of T3. I was not feeling better on just Levoxyl. He increased my dose of that medication and added Cytomel (5mg. 2x's per day) to treat the T3. He is very empathetic and truly seems to LISTEN to your concerns!" (Added Dec. 04)

A reader writes:
"I have just found your website and would like to comment on Dr. Hester. He has been my endocrinologist for 12 years now. From day one, he has listened to me first and foremost. He encourages me to try alternative/homeopathic treatments and research as much as possible to help improve my health. I have recommended him to many friends and all of them have thanked me. Before Dr. Hester, I was told by other doctor's that my levels were in the "normal" range. He told me that he was more concerned about my symptoms along with my test results as opposed to test results only. He will not shove your name in a pile with all the rest. You are unique and he will diagnose and treat you as such. I highly recommend him." (Added Dec. 2006)

Another reader writes:
"I would just like to share my experience with Dr. David Hester. I originally contacted him for my mom years ago, she was having trouble with her diabetes and her physicians at that time were clueless. She loved Dr. Hester from day 1 and since the rest of my family is diabetic also we started seeing him, too. He's treated my entire family for years and we couldn't ask for a better doctor. He is confident, sympathetic, intuitive, calming, he listens to us and he is the only doctor to be able to help us control our blood sugars. When I became pregnant in 2001 my OB was freaking out over every little elevation in my sugars, and frankly they were stressing me out! But Dr. Hester was my rock--he kept me calm, stress-free, and healthy. He assured me that we were going to have a healthy baby and that stress was unnecessary. He was right! My little girl was born right on time and with Dr. Hester's help my blood sugars were normal throughout my pregnancy--something my OB was shocked about. He is truly our lifeline, and someone we are proud to call our family physician and friend." (May 2008)

A reader writes:
"I actually found Dr. Hester by searching these listings. I read the great reviews about Dr. Hester, mostly that he *listened* to patients and was open to patient input. I thought this was too good to be true! But today was my second visit, and it IS true. Dr. Hester is a genuinely caring doctor who treats each patient as an individual and modifies the treatment based on the patient's individual needs. And sometimes that means working with them (even outside the"box" of traditional thyroid protocol), to get the right mix, dosage etc. This is what he told me - that he would carefully work with me to reduce or eliminate my Hashimoto's hypothyroid symtoms and for the first time, I am hopeful that I will feel better and my labs will be good. wonderful endocrinologist who is willing to work with me." (March 2009)

Asheville

Ronald R. Parks, MD Integrative Medicine and Psychiatry 162 West Chestnut St, Asheville, NC 28801 828-298-7638 http://www.macrohealthmedicine.com. A Reader writes: "He takes the time necessary to look at all the factors contributing to the problems at hand. He uses the best testing available to get to the roots of problems and offers the appropriate treatments, including T-3 and T-4." (Added 11/02)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Parks has helped me significantly in so many ways when other Doctors looked at me like I was crazy for even going to the Doctor. I was tired and although still in very good shape and within a normal wieght range for my height had gained 25-30 pounds, had severe depression, and terrible PMS and menstrual cycles. After seeing Dr. Parks, he has put me on T3 and T4 from a compounding pharmacy and I am much improved. Dr. Parks is careful and eliminates all other possibilities, he looks at you as a whole person from what you do, eat, how you think, etc. I would highly recommend him." (March 2009)

Asheville

John L. Wilson, Jr., M.D., F.A.A.E.M. holistic 1312 Patton Avenue, Asheville, N.C. 28806 phone# 828-252-9833 A reader shares, "In addition to my thyroid he found I had low B-12 levels and that my adrenals were stressed. He is very patient and willing to listen to what you have to say. He is also concerned with how you feel not just your lab results. He treats with T4 and T3 thyroid medicine."

Asheville

Lewis F. Bissell, Internal Medicine Nutrition, 440 Montford Ave., Asheville, N.C. 28801, 828-285-9355. A reader writes: "Dr. Bissell`s approach toward my hypothyroidism, is life saving for me, after 16 years of Synthroid, and Levoxyl I am finally feeling better and am on the road to a much healthier life, I`m using Naturethroid." (Added 4/04)

Asheville

James K. Speed, Endocrinologist, 750 Alliance Ct, Asheville, NC, 28806, (828) 670-6812.

A reader writes: "I was bounced from one MD to another following my thyroidectomy. Finally, I was referred to Dr. Speed. He is calm, thorough, and extremely knowledgeable. Though I live in the UK, I have paid, and would again, to see him even without insurance."(August 2007)

Asheville

Anne Walch, Other, 832 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC 28803, 828-252-5545 / awalch9@yahoo.com

"What a wonderful Dr. who LISTENS to her patients. I had run the gauntlent so to speak with Dr's who insisted on only prescribing synthroid for me, no matter what I told them. Even though my body ached on the synthroid. Dr. Anne Walch with Asheville Integrative medicine actually listened to me and prescribed me armour which I can not begin to tell you how much it changed my health, really! I noticed big changes in my body and my tsh levels are very normal now!" (May 2008)

Banner Elk

Charles Wiley -- NO LONGER LISTED

Chapel Hill

Dr. David Ontjes -- NO LONGER LISTED

Charlotte

Enrico Belgrave, M.D. Internal Medicine Camryn Valley Pkwy Charlotte, NC 28211 704-770-3200 http://www.carolinas.org/facilities/cpn/introduction.nos?practice_id=30

Note: As of March 2009, this doctor is reportedly not taking new patients. (March 2009)

A reader writes: "He takes a holistic approach to patient care. He has treated my hypothyroidism aggressively. He split my Armour into two dose and increased it until my symptoms were alleviated, virtually suppressing my TSH." (Added 2/03)

Charlotte

W. T. Geissinger, surgeon, Charlotte Surgical Group. 3535 Randolph Road Charlotte, NC 28211 704-364-8100. A reader tells us, "Dr. Geissinger is very thorough and explains in understandable terms his diagnosis and the treatment options, consequences, problems etc. He is very forthright and caring."

Another reader writes:
"Thorough, Caring, Compassionate" (Added 6/03)

Charlotte

Kristin Wagoner, Surgeon, 1918 Randolph Road, Suite 130, Charlotte, NC, 28211, 704-364-8100, http://www.charlottesurgical.com/history/HistoryFrame.html

A reader writes: "Awesome surgeon with Charlotte Surgical Group who practices minimally invasive technique for thyroid removal. Scar is only 1 inch or less. My friend also had her thyroid removed with the same positive results." (August 2007)

Charlotte

Dr. Gary Rolband -- no longer listed (May 2008)

Charlotte

G. Obi Uzomba -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006)

Charlotte

Norman Jack Kramer -- no longer listed

Durham

Robert E. Taylor Triangle ENT, Duke Street Durham, NC 27704 Tel: 919-220-0691 He is a holistic ENT physician .....he also was the only one out of a series of other physicians who was able to accurately diagnose thyroid cancer and problems in me. I diagnosed myself with adrenal problems recently, and my doctor, when I contacted him, was quick to give me a Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory Adrenocortex spit kit. Thank God I've got a good caring physician who responds favorably."

Fayetteville

Dr. Nitin Desai, Internal Medicine, 1309 Medical Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28304, 910-437-5130. A reader writes: "He’s very careful, testing every eight weeks or so. He has been attentive and responsive to my needs as a patient. I am confident that I am being treated correctly and conscientiously and I would recommend him to any thyroid patient." (Added 10/05)

Fletcher

Royce Bailey, Cardiology, 50 Hospital Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732, 828-684-2234. A reader writes: "Dr. Bailey saved my life. After an episode at work in the OR at Park Ridge Hospital, he told me to make an appointment with him. I did and that day was the best in a long time. He believed me when I told him my symptoms and how bad I had felt for years. He gave me back my health with the prescriptions of Cytomel and Synthroid. Just because some lab in some far off place says you are not hypothyroid doesn't make it true. Dr. Bailey acknowledged this and listened to me. I am feeling 300% better, thanks to this great doctor." (Added June 2005)

Greensboro

Stephen South, endocrinologist.

Note: As of May 2008, this doctor is reportedly not taking new patients.

A patient of Dr. South tells us, "I’ve seen two endocrinologists in Greensboro. Dr. South listened to what I said after going on treatment. He believes I should have a TSH level near 1 when on medication. I went to someone else after insurance changes. This doctor disagreed and said anything in the normal range was normal and that the TSH level needn’t be around 1. My level had gotten up to 3.4 and I was feeling symptoms again, tired, constipation, etc. I went back to Dr. South, he increased my dose of Synthroid. My level went back to near a 1 and symptoms disappeared."

Another reader writes:
"I knew something was wrong with me for years. I found your website last . I took your test and have every symptom of Hashimoto/hypothyroid problem. I felt like I was reading a story about me. I went straight to the website to find a doctor in NC. I was not shocked to see Dr. South in Greensboro area. I was shocked that he had treated my daddy for so many years and he was right here under my nose all this time. He treated my dad for diabetes, I didn't know he had other specialties. He he was the only one that did such a great exam, he told daddy that he had a heart problem and sent him to get it checked out. He had heart attack the next week but they saved him to have 3 more. Because of Dr. South, he lived another 6 years.) Anyway, I wished this was another great comment that you could put w/ his name as he is the best in the world." (May 2008)

Greensboro

Elizabeth Vaughan, M.D. in Greensboro, NC, http://www.vaughanmedical.com

A reader writes:
"Dr. Vaughan is a holistically oriented physician who is easy to talk to and really listens to her patient. She does not dose by TSH, but also looks at the Frees and pays attention to symptoms! She understands that sometimes in hypothyroidism, adrenals need to be addressed too. She also looks for other nutritional and sex hormone deficiencies that may be affecting health negatively. She has checked my RT3 before and even a recheck of thyroid antibodies to make sure I'm optimally treated. I really enjoy this lady and highly recommend her. She doesn't take insurance but is well worth the investment in your health!" (July 2008)

Greensboro

Tammy Worrell, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 335 South Swing Rd, Greensboro, NC, 27410, 336-632-9944, 336-632-9945, www.tammyworrell.us, womensintegrativehealth@yahoo.com

A reader writes:
Hi, I went to various Doctors for years trying to help with my chronic fatigue. I knew that my thyroid was low but no Doctor would ever diagnose me until I met Tammy Worrell. She is a Nurse Practitioner in Greensboro, NC. I am now on Armour Thyroid daily plus an additional T3. I am feeling better and more energetic than I have in years." (March 2009)

Greensboro or Asheboro

Dr. Sevier -- retired (October 2006)

Greenville

Dr. Fiona Cook, Endocrinologist, 1850 Arlington Blvd., Greenville, NC 27834, 1-252-752-6101 A reader writes: "Dr. Cook is a very laid-back kind of doctor, but who listens to everything you say. She responds to your questions concisely and without sounding like she is talking to a 5 year old. She will make suggestions re your treatment, but if you don't agree, will discuss with you. I would highly recommend her."(Added 3/03)

Greenville

Dr. Mark Warren -- no longer listed (May 2008)

Greenville

Dr. Claude Robey, Endocrinologist, University Hospital, Greenville, NC.

A reader writes: "It's been 4 years since we moved from NC and Dr. Robey; but she was the best--miss her very thorough care. My husband had a pituitary tumor and several complications from it. She was always researching his case, also checking up on all aspects of his health (not just endocrine). We could completely trust his health in her hands. I knew if there was a problem, she would find it; a side effect, and she would find a way to help alleviate it. She was quite knowledgeable and always researching--she would often call us with questions because she was going over his file! Haven't been able to find an endocrinologist in LA like her!" (August 2007)

Hendersonville

Dr. Rosanne Diehl and Jill Hinman, PA, Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine, 713 Oakland Street, Hendersonville, NC 28791, 828-696-1915, Paradocs4U@aol.com A reader writes: "I was so excited to learn that Paraadocs Internal Medicine, whom you recommended in South Carolina, now has a satellite office in my town of Hendersonville, NC. I went to see a naturopath, Dr. Frank Trombetta, who is at the above address in Hendersonville. He is wonderful by the way. He can treat thyroid nutritionally and using several other modalities. However, when I got to his office, I found the business cards for Dr. Diehl and Ms. Hinman. They are seeing patients in Hendersonville, NC too. I couldn't believe it. Apparently they have worked with Dr. Trombetta for many years, and are just beginning to get set up in Hendersonville. So I got to see all three practitioners. These folks are all the best. I highly recommend them all. They are kind, professional, high tech with old fashioned integrity. Thank you for recommending them in SC. I was willing to drive there to see them! Thanks for your superb job in helping us al to find help. I got a complete physical exam, and I mean COMPLETE from head to toe, at a low cost. I have never had such a thorough examination. I left feeling empowered, informed, and well-heard." (Added 3/03)

Hendersonville

Dr. Flechas, M.D., M.P.H., Flechas Family Practice, Hendersonville, NC 828-684-3233 www.fibromyhelp.com/meetdrflechas.html A reader writes, "Dr. Flechas was the only doctor willing to give me "time- released T3." My endocrinologists in Asheville, NC told me that it did not exist. He also said that I would have a greater chance of having a heart attack if I took T3. At the time, I was on Synthroid, and feeling horrible. I insisted on having Armour or anything with T3. He totally rejected any information that I brought to him from the Internet and his nurse cautioned me about finding things on line. I continued to insist on getting better treatment and finally they recommended that I see Dr. Flechas in Hendersonville, NC. This was the only good thing the endocrinologist did for me and I am very grateful for the recommendation. I have been on T3 for about one week now. I can already feel the difference." This doctor received a second recommendation from a reader, with no comment.

Another reader writes:
"He listens, he thinks, he works and he expects patient to do the same. Now I have hope for a normal life." (Added 6/03)

Hendersonville

Frank Trombetta, D.Sc., Naturopathic Doctor, 244 5th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28742 828-696-1915 http://www.wncfunctionalhealth.com 828-696-1915

A fan:
"I have been a patient of Frank Trombetta's since November 2006. At the time I first went to see Frank, I weighed 227 pounds, even though I was eating no more than 800 calories a day. I had no energy and was tired all the time. I could barely manage to get through a day on the job, and when I came home all I could do was sleep. Most of my weekends were spent sleeping. I had severe allergies, complete with nasty sinus infections three or four times per year, constant rashes and skin problems, my hair was thinning and my fingernails were soft and brittle. I had recurring faintness, dizziness, and fainting spells. Before I became ill, I had a very active lifestyle that included lots of camping and hiking. I liked to work on remodeling projects on my house, I was an avid gardener, and a competition dog trainer and rescuer. My health forced me to give up most of my activities because I no longer had the physical strength or stamina to cope with more than managing the bare necessities of life. I went to several doctors in an attempt to discover what was wrong with me. Time and again, I was dismissed and told that I had to expect all these symptoms since I was getting old (I turned 50 in September 2007!) and I would just have to get used to feeling sick and becoming obese. When I forced the issue, I was told to seek psychiatric help because the problem was clearly in my mind. Over the eight years of my illness, I was given a complete hysterectomy and had my gall bladder removed, and was assured that these surgeries would effect a complete cure. They did not. I was running out of spare body parts to be removed and I was well and truly tired of being told my sickness was all in my head. Seeing Frank was a last-ditch effort to find out what was going on with my health. Even though I had received a glowing referral, I didn't expect much from my appointment. Happily for me, I couldn't have been more wrong. I thought the personal visit was necessary but I could have saved myself the trouble of traveling for 14 hours to see him (and indeed, since that visit I have been treated via a series of telephone consultations). But in some ways the personal visit was worth the trouble because I was able to see that Frank was gentle and knowledgeable and sincerely sympathetic to my plight. Before my visit, I filled out a series of forms and had some blood tests done. Frank promptly diagnosed me with thyroid disease and hypoglycemia and probable food allergies, and gave me some supplements to take and a diet to follow. The results have been nothing short of amazing. I lost 15 pounds over the holiday season that followed that initial visit, which gave me some hint of what was to follow. Fourteen months later, I have lost 50 pounds, even though I am eating a lot more than I could before, and I confidently expect the weight loss to continue. I have gone from a size 22 to a size 14. My energy levels have come back to normal and I am once again able to do all the things I used to enjoy so much. My strength and stamina have also returned, so much so that when we hit a patch of ice during the recent winter storms and landed the car in a cornfield, I was able to push it out without assistance. I have not had a dizzy spell or blackout since the first few weeks after that visit, and though I've had a couple of sinus ailments they are minor in comparison to what they were before. Frank put me on additional supplements during the spring and fall allergy seasons and I got through both with no difficulty at all. I didn't have to take any sick time from work; it was as though I had never been allergic in the first place. I realized how well those allergy medicines worked when I was stung by a wasp in September 2007. I am dangerously allergic to bee and wasp stings; the last time I got nailed by a wasp the sting on my leg was swollen to the size of a dinner plate within five minutes after the sting and I had to take two emergency epinephrine shots followed by a week's worth of steroids and Benadryl to survive the experience. When I was stung last fall, I had no reaction at all and the sting created a swelling no bigger than the size of a quarter. I am still absolutely astounded at how well these supplements work. I should say that Frank's methods are not a magic bullet. This is not a plan for those who want to put little or no effort into being well; but for those who are willing to follow directions and stick with the diet and supplements, it WILL work. I am living proof. I thought my life as I knew it was over, but with Frank's help I find that it is just beginning instead." (May 2008)
A reader writes:
"Several colleagues referred me to Dr. Frank Trombetta during my long battle with extreme fatigue, mood swings, limited concentration,and rapid weight gain. Despite implementing cardiovascular and weight training into my routine for years and take only low carb meals but couldnt get the weight under control. All of this was further complicated by menopause. Anxiety and insomnia were draining my remaining reserves as I tried several MD's who simply prescribed pharmaceudicals and left me feeling there were no other choices. My profession, family life, marriage and self esteem were all suffering indelibly. What a relief to find Dr. Trombetta! He carefully examined all aspects of my case and was the only practitioner who determined the original source of my failing health and subsequent thyroid condition. Dr. Trombetta has over 25y rs experience in Holistic Health, is innovative and thorough beyond anyone I'd seen before. My life as turned around!" (March 2009)

High Point

Dr. Roy W. Watkins, General practice/internist/primary care, Integrative Cardiology, 4140 Mendenhall Oaks Park, Suite 101, High Point, NC 27265, 336-841-1259.

A reader writes: "I began seeing Dr. Watkins in November 2006, not because I was sick but rather because I though I was healthy and wanted to remain so. I had heard he would order many test (and he did-blood, 9 vials full- urine and saliva). I really wanted this information primarily for supplementation reasons-what should I continue to take, what should I add or discontinue. Surprise, surprise- it turned out I was hypothyroid and he put me on Armour. Dr. Watkins spent alot of time with me at each of my appts., listens and answers any questions. Seems to be very knowledgeable about womens health issues, bioidentical hormones, supplements." (August 2007)

High Point

Roger Smith, M.D. -- no longer listed

Jamestown

Dr. Monica Doerr -- No longer listed (October 2006)

Kannapolis

Chun-ho (Patrick) Ng, Family Medicine, 302 North Cannon Blvd, Kannapolis, NC 28081, 704.933.2128. A reader writes: "His care and concern for his patients is remarkable. The time he spends truly listening to what is going on with how his patients feel and the level of understanding he portrays is not only commendable, but above any other doctor I have ever seen. " (June 2006)

Lewisville

Dr. Gray Erlacher -- NO LONGER LISTED. Closed practice. (June 2006)

Lexington

Robert Teasdall, orthopedist, nc, 89898, 777-7755. A reader writes: "He is the best anyone has seen or will see." (Added 6/05)

Matthews

Dr. Clarence Norris, Alternative Care, 13024-F Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC 28105, 704-846-6071; 704-846-4800. A reader writes: "I had gone to several doctors, suspecting that I had hypothyroidism, although my lab results were within normal range. I had a goiter for more than 20 years, a strong family history of thyroid disease, and was having most of the classic symptoms. Yet I couldn't get anyone to treat me for hypothyroidism. Fortunately I found Dr. Norris, who listened to my complaints, spent at least an hour with me, was very compassionate and caring, and immediately started me on Armour. After a short-lived improvement, he realized there could be some adrenal involvement and added Cortef to my treatment, which proved to be what I needed. He never rushes and always listens and is open to a variety of treatments rather than trying to solve everything with a pill. I highly recommend Dr. Norris." (Added: June 2004)

Another recommendation:
A reader writes: "He listened to me. He listened to my body. Blood tests were important to him, but not as important as my overall health and feelings about my body. He treats the whole person, not just one area. It took a long time for me to find him. Excellent doctor." (June 2006)

Mooresville

Anthony J. Castiglia, M.D. Advanced Integrative Medicine 570 Williamson Road Suite C Mooresville, NC 28117 704-799-9740 http://www.yourmenopausetype.com/physicians/northcarolina.html A reader writes: "Takes holistic (whole person) approach...extremely thorough: Medical Doctor, Hormonal Therapy, Nutritional Therapy, Herbal Therapy..." (Added 11/02)

Morehead City

Mary Katherine Lawrence, M.D. -- no longer listed (October 2006)

Pollocksville

Michael Towernicky, , Eastern Carolina Internal Medicine, Us Highway 17 S, Pollocksville, NC, (252) 224-4591. A reader writes: "Dr. Towernicky listens to his patients. Is friendly and easy to talk to. If you're still feeling poorly after treatment he will change his approach and treat the patient's symptoms instead of basing treatment solely on tests results. " (June 2006)

Raleigh

Beverly Goode-Kanawati, DO, Family Practice-Holistic Medicine, 6511 Creedmoor Rd., Suite 101, Raleigh, NC, 919-844-4552. http://www.beverlymedicalcenter.com "Dr. B. Goode is an exceptional doctor who takes time with her patients. She will take on difficult health issues that most doctors refer to as "all in your head" or treat with a cocktail of drugs with more harmful side effects than cure." (added 1/04)

Another fan:
"Dr. Goode is the best. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in 1996 and had been hypothyroid until spring/summer of this year when I went into a hyperthyroid state and was over medicated. My former doctor completely missed the boat. Dr. Goode not only ascertained what was going on, but brought in other experts as well for their opinion. She continues to monitor me closely and is very interested in helping to treat the root cause of the problem and ultimately, in how I'm feeling. She is the best and I can not believe more physicians don't subscribe to her methods or ask for her help and expertise. Dr. Goode is a hypothyroid sufferer herself, so she knows the ins and outs of thyroid problems." (Added Dec. 04)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Goode genuinely cares about her patients. She is very knowledgeable so knows what labs to order to find out what the problem is. I had been diagnosed with Graves Disease in 1999. After the first couple of years of treatment, things gradually got worse. I went to four doctors in my town to find help in diagnosing my current health problem. All of them said I was depressed and prescribed anti-depressants (never ran any lab work, either). A friend recommended Dr Goode. My friend told me that if anyone could find out what was wrong with me, it would be Dr Goode. She was right. Dr Goode had extensive labwork done and diagnosed me with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I have been sick for such a long time, progress is slow and steady. It is wonderful to have a doctor that knows what she is doing and genuinely cares about her patients. It was a great relief to be properly diagnosed. With Dr Goode's guidance, I know I will eventually be healthy again. I would recommend her to anyone (doesn't have to be a thyroid problem)." (Added 6/05)

Another fan of Dr. Goode-Kanawati:
"She really listens and investigates to find the proper treatment." (Added 10/05)

Another reader writes:
"Provides natural supplements and vitamins and stays along guidelines of Mary Shomon's book "The Thyroid Diet."" (May 2008)

Raleigh

Dr. John Pittman Holistic M.D. (919) 571-4391. 4505 Fairmeadow Lane, Suite 111 Raleigh, NC 27607-6449. A reader shares, "He’s extremely knowledgeable about treating the whole body at a cellular level with supplements, diet, IV treatments, and medications. He started me on Cytomel then switched me to Armour. He really listens. He also gets really excited about what he does and goes into lengthy explanations about what he wants you to do and how it helps."

Another fan writes:
"Dr. Beverly Goode is an excellent doctor, who will stop at nothing to help her patients. I was at deaths door when i first saw her, and after running many labs, I found out why I felt like I was losing my mind, and it was my thyroid. when i first starting seeing her, i couldn't drive or work , and barely had the energy to fix myself food. I was only 36. Now just 4 months later I am able to work. I still have a ways to go, but I am feeling much better. Never give up finding a good doctor like Dr. Goode. She truly cares for her patients. You must be willing to change your diet and take supplements, but its worth it. " (October 2006)

Raleigh

Dr. Shawnee Weir, Raleigh Endocrine Associates, Raleigh Endocrine Associates 3410 Executive Dr. 919-876-7692

Note: Patients report that this office accepts new patients "by referral only," even if your insurance does not require a referral. (March 2009)

Note: This doctor is reportedly difficult to get an appointment with, and costs are high -- around $500 for some visits. (March 2009)

Note: Be advised that some patients are complaining that it is nearly impossible to get return calls, prescription refills and response from this office by telephone, fax, or even when a pharmacy contacts this office, and that they are finding the office disorganized. (December 2006 - July 2007).

"Dr. Weir is the first doctor to really devote time to listening and asking questions. She invites her patients to take part in managing their own healthcare. After being treated as a lab value for almost 20 years she is the first doctor to say "I care about how YOU FEEL not what your labs say." Within 5 days of my first visit with her I was feeling better. Cytomel is doing the trick."

Another reader recommends Dr. Weir:
"I have been seeing Dr. Weir for several months. She does a TSH, free T4 and free T3 periodically. She is gradually switching me from Synthroid to Armour. The change in my energy level is dramatic. Dr. Weir listens well and doesn't appear to rush. She is available by phone to change the dosage, if needed, between visits. Seeing her is a positive experience for me." (Added 2/03)

More praise from a reader for Dr. Weir:
"Dr. Weir is the first doctor that was willing to work with me and my natural approach to hypothyroidism. She actually listens when you speak to her. She is letting me take part in managing my own 'therapy'. I am now taking Synthroid and Cytomel, and the combination is working great for me. She knows how important it is to feel well, not just better, and is willing to work with your knowledge and symptoms. She's a keeper :)" (added 1/04)

Another reader recommends Dr. Weir:
"This doctor really listens to you and cares about your feelings as well as symptoms. She discusses treatment options with you and does not talk down to you. She changed my medication at my request - I had been wanting to try some Cytomel because I believed that it would make me feel better as well as control some of my symptoms that the Synthroid was not helping. She also did some of the most complete blood work that I have ever had done. I highly recommend this doctor!" (added 1/04)

Another reader writes:
"Like the past 2 people have mentioned Dr. Wier listens to what you have to say and you’re not just a lab report. I get whatever lab tests I want run. She doesn't rush me out the door and I believe she might even like the fact I know a lot about Graves Disease and that I'm willing to win the fight without RAI." (added 1/04)

Yet another reader recommends Dr. Weir:
"I have longstanding hypothyroid problem. Getting my regular MD so get me started on the Armour thyroid was a battle years ago. The last few months I have been complaining to my MD that I did not feel right and thought that a thyroid adjustment was in order. (I had been on the smallest dose made for about 12 years) He was uncomfortable doing so as my lab values were within "normal ranges" even though the TSH had gone up. His partner was even more opposed- "I don't know about Armour, and your labs are fine, and the only med that is safe to take is the synthetic". I then saw Shawnee. The results: she really listens, I do have an enlarged thyroid, the changes in my lab values were significant, how I felt was important, (even though still in "normal" ranges),and the dose I was on doubled, with a recheck in 6 weeks, and "call me anytime if needed". I feel optimistic about the whole treatment plan and that she is really interested in my feeling better and human again. She is "doctoring the patient, not the lab"." (added 1/04)

Another recommendation:
"I cannot begin to tell you how much better I feel after seeing Dr. Weir!! She is awesome! She is willing to listen to every detail about how you are feeling and considers the whole picture (including labs) to treat your symptoms. She is willing to try T4 and a small amount of T3 twice daily. I appreciate her knowledge and her wonderful bedside manner. She is amazing!!" (Added 4/04)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Weir makes her diagnosis not only on the basis of lab tests, but by evaluating physical symptoms and by LISTENING to her patient and how they feel. She has worked with me and is open to natural and alternative treatments. I love her! " (Added: Dec. 04)

A reader writes:
"I discovered Dr. Weir's name on this website and decided to check her out. I had been followed by my OB/GYN MD for over a year. About 2 months of that, I felt good. When my TSH was 2.5 and I still felt horrible, the MD's nurse insisted everything was fine and I just needed an antidepressant. I went to see Dr. Weir. She is easy to talk to, doesn't make you feel psycho. She tweaked a few things, put me on Cytomel, and I am feeling 100% again. I have already referred a friend of mine that has gotten poor reception from her ENT about how bad she feels. I drive two hours to see her and it is worth every mile!" (Added Apr 06)

Another fan:
"I've been a patient of Dr. Weir's for about 2 years now and am very impressed with her willingness to allow me to be a participant in my treatment. She added Cytomel to my daily Synthroid, which has made a huge difference in how I feel. I'd gone from extreme hyperthyroidism to RAI therapy to over a year and a half of hypothyroidism and all its symptoms, until I finally found relief in Dr. Weir's willingness to listen. She also uses the new lab ranges and doesn't insist on treatment based on lab values. She's terrific! I have to drive almost three hours from Charlotte, NC to see her but it's worth the drive! Dr. Weir is kind, never patronizes me, and always welcomes my input as a knowledgeable patient. " (Added Dec. 2006)

A reader writes:
"Dr Weir was recommended on the NCthyroid yahoo group. I went to see her and while somewhat low key, she was great. She prescribes and knows how to manage Armor. She listens well, carries no ego baggage and pays attention to how the patient "feels!"" (Added October 2007)

Raleigh

Jolena Kingrey, 8331 Bandford Way, #101, Raleigh, NC 27615, 919-841-4566

A reader writes:
"I lived in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., for two decades. After being diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in 1993, I went to doctors who did not suggest, or refused to prescribe, Armour. North Raleigh Family Medicine (Dr. Thomas Jeffries and Jolena Kingrey, N.P.) prescribes Armour. I have been seeing Nurse Practitioner Jolena Kingrey for two years, and she is diligent about checking my thyroid levels and changing my dosage as needed--it fluctuates wildly, to the point where I go from hypo to hyper regularly. She is caring, genuinely kind and makes me feel comfortable. Before I got a full-time job, she even gave me free samples of my depression medicine and Armour to keep me healthy." (March 2009)

Raleigh

Michael Thomas -- no longer listed (May 2008)

Raleigh

Dr. Stall -- no longer listed

Raleigh

Denis Becker -- no longer listed

Sanford

Robert W. Patterson, MD, Family Practice, 1503 Elm Street Suite E, NC 27330, 919-776-3750/776-3760, http://www.tfdsanford.com/ rdoctorp@aol.com.

A reader writes: "Compassionate. Kind. The greatest! He is tuned into all forms of treatment and medical care. He truly cares. He listens. His staff is superb. They take as much time as I need." (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
Recently , I was fired by my doctor who had cared for me for years with my thyroid problem. I was to complicated. I was devastated felt alone and traumatized by the whole event and the doc let me go with no regard to my health or well being. I found my new Doctor on this site and I truly feel he saved my life. He is a wonderful doctor, caring and compasionate, he listens and truly wants to see you well and at optimal health. This doctor was heaven sent, and I am so thankful to our Lord and Savior, he knew what i needed better than I did. If you live in North Carolina, suffer from Thyroid issues, The Family Doc is the one to see, Dr. Robert Patteron. God Bless you Dr. Patterson for changing my life!!!! Debra Jones" (March 2009)

Wilmington

Dr. Ghobad Azizi -- NO LONGER LISTED

Wilmington

Dr. John Irvine, 7110 Wrightsville Avenue, Suite B4, NC 28403, ( 910 ) 256 – 2877. A reader writes: "For the past 10 years, I have been going to doctors complaining of the same symptoms; fatigue, weight gain, and depression. All of the doctors said, "Oh, just exercise and diet." I finally decided to visit Dr. John Irvine just for a check-up. The first thing he asked me was, "Have you ever had your thyroid tested?" Of course no one else had ever tested my thyroid in the past, as they all thought I just needed to change my lifestyle. After doing a thorough testing, we found that my thyroid was so low that I was given a call on the same day that my results were in. They saw me the next day and immediately started me on Synthroid. They have followed me for 2 years now and are so aggressive in ensuring that my thyroid is maintained at an optimal level. I can't begin to tell you how thankful I am that I found Dr. Irvine. He is an excellent physician and I would recommend him to anyone. He recently diagnosed my mother with hypothyroidism as well." (Added 6/05)

Winston Salem

Dr. Cynthia Burns, Endocrinologist, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC 27157, 336-713-7251

"After having been to two other endocrinologists who seemed to think that textbook doctoring worked for everyone, I made an appointment with Dr. Burns. She listened, and made a commitment to me to determine what type of treatment was best for me. She took into account my entire medical history, including family history, and designed treatment with the overall aspect, not just my thyroid, in mind. It took about 6 months, and I'm alternating two different dosages of thyroid meds, but at last I feel human again, and even dropped a couple pounds! I'd recommend her to everyone. Quit wasting your time with doctors that can't be bothered to listen, or try to fit you into their textbook cases!" (May 2008)

Winston-Salem

Dr. John D. Phipps, Endocrinologist, 755 Highland Oaks Drive, Suite 201 , Winston-Salem, 27103 336-765-0020, forsythendocrineconsultants.com

A reader writes:
"I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and treated by my primary care physician for one year. I didn't feel I was getting adequate treatment so I asked for a referral to an endocrinologist. I have been seeing Dr. Phipps for probably close to 6 years now. He has a great sense of humor, takes the time to talk to you, and actually listens and cares about what you have to say. If I have special concerns, he addresses them. He has never blown me off...not once. He monitors my levels closely and tailors my dosage as necessary to meet my needs. I have had 2 children under his diligent care with no thyroid related problems. He's the best doctor I've ever had and wish he could be my primary physician! " (March 2009)

Winston-Salem

Enrico Piva -- No longer listed (October 2007)

Winston-Salem

Dr. Graham Erlacher -- no longer listed (October 2007)

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