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Dr. Keith Unger, D.C., Applied Nutrition, 2828 South Arlington Road,
Akron, OH 44312, 330-644-7246, www.thewellnessdoc.com
Note: this doctor is a chiropractor, and is not permitted to prescribe prescription medications, including thyroid medications.
"He believes in treating the cause and not
the symptoms and explains how to treat the cause(s) or your ailment(s) so that you are able to be
functioning at optimal health. He also takes the time to explain things you need to know." (Added 4/04)
A reader writes: "He is caring and chemically balances your body through blood, hair and saliva tests, nutrition and natural supplements. Definitely exceeded my expectations and is amazing." (June 2006)
"I should let you know that my optho did a very nice job for me. He
had to give me new upper eyelids because mine had shrunk up due to Graves'
Eye Disease. It was last year on November 4th that he did my operation.
He seemed like the only person who really understood how I was suffering
with the eye pain due to the eye exposure problems. His name is Dr.
Mark R. Levine. His address is: Dr. Mark R. Levine, MD, Ophthalmic Consultants
and Surgeon, 26900 Cedar Rd. Suite 311, Beachwood, Ohio 44122, 1-216-464-1484"
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Dr Jay Morrow -- no longer listed (March 2009)
Canton / Massillon, Ohio
Dr. Kevin Wietecha, D.O., Endocrinologist, 2860 Lincoln Way E.
OH 44646 833 830-9080 / 4634 Hills & Dales NW, Canton, OH 44708,
330-477-0255 A reader writes: Dr. Wietecha -- pronounced WiTEAsha
-- is my fourth endocrinologist. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease
when I was 15. None of my doctors took the time to explain what the
heck was going on. Dr. Wietecha not only described my condition in terms
I understood, but drew pictures and diagrams to help me understand.
He even sat with each of my divorced parents, separately, to explain
my condition to them. Until Dr. Wietecha, I had never had a doctor ask
for MY opinion about my treatment before. He's a real find in this area
A reader writes:
"I was hospitalized and being diagnosed with celiac disease when Dr. Wietecha
was assigned to my case. Although I had an endocrinologist in my own
town, no one was asking questions as to why my dose of Synthroid was
at 2.75 mg. (which ended up being due to malabsorption due to Celiac
Disease. Dr. Wietecha asked the right questions and was very interested.
I decided to stay with him and have never been disappointed in the past
3 years. He explains things well and follows me very closely. He cares
about his patients, and he cares about being on time in the office and
not making you wait." (Added: June 2004)
Another reader writes:
"About 10 years ago I was referred to Dr Wietecha by another physician. When he came in the door he noticed a goiter that was not big enough to be noticed by anyone else. He is a very caring doctor and makes sure you understand procedures or tests that are done.He is prompt getting you in to see him and has kept a close check on me since the day I walked in his door. I would recommend him to anyone." (August 2007)
Another reader writes:
"I was diagnosed with Graves Disease approximately two years ago by a general practitioner and sadly was not referred to an Endocrinologist that specialized in Graves Disease. After going through multiple rounds of radiation, loads of medications and med changes and lots of nasty symptoms I started to do my own research and found Dr. Wietecha. I told my GP I wanted to go to Dr. Wietecha and was told that Dr. Wietecha couldn't do anything more to help me than what was already being done. My levels were all over the place and I was having multiple symptoms/problems. Almost 18 months into the process I checked Dr. Wietecha out and then contacted my insurance company and referred myself. Dr. Wietecha has been a God send! Despite the fact that he was coming in late on the game of my treatment he was not deterred in helping me. He's an amazing Physician who has the compassion to feel for his patients but he also has a great deal of passion to fight for his patients to help them regain their health back. He takes his time to make sure you feel comfortable and understand what he's doing and why. I've been very pleased with his treatment and I have to say I feel amazing. I would highly recommend Dr. Wietecha to anyone who has an Endocrine issue/disorder; he's a great Physician who will partner with you in getting your life back." (May 2008)
Centerville (Dayton area)
David Westbrock, MD -- no longer listed
"I am writing to let you know about a physician who prescribes Armour
thyroid. Dr. Hal Blatman is a doctor that uses alternative/complementary
medical practices. He specializes in treating pain, fibromyalgia and
chronic fatigue syndrome. He uses Armour thyroid to treat my chronic
fatigue. Here is where he is located: Hal S. Blatman, M.D., 10635 Techwoods
Circle, Suite 101, Cincinnati, OH 45242, 513-956-3200"
Theodore Cole, The Cole Center for Healing, www.colecenter.com and Cincinnati
Hyperbarics, www.cincinnatihyperbarics.com, 11974 Lebanon Road, Cincinnati,
OH 45241, (513) 563-5321 ext. 8308, fax:(513) 563-3131. "When my last
doctor out and out refused to try me on Armour, I found a D.O. who practices
alternative methods....natural remedies. HE agreed to make the switch
to Armour without batting a lash! His name is Theodore Cole. I'm more
than ready to try another route. 18 years on Synthroid was more than
enough!!" (Edited 6/03)
"I am seconding the motion to recommend Dr. Cole in Cincinnati," writes
one reader, "I actually travel from Columbus, Ohio to see him. He is
the best doctor I’ve ever had. He was the only doctor who was positive
and caring about my condition. Thanks to his care, I have been in REMISSION
from thyroid disease for over 2 1/2 years!"
Another reader writes: "Dr. Cole has a new office in the Cincinnati
area. He has expanded his alternative therapies. I haven't tried the
new treatments because I'm still in remission from thyroiditis (hypo)
that at its worst resulted in thyroid surgery and poor health for years...
I want to add that I have continued to enjoy great health since I have
been his patient. I last referred him on the Top Doc List back in 2000.
I'm still drug-free, symptom-free, and my immune system is so strong
now- not even a cold in about 4 years!!!! Truly amazing! You can get
well!!!" (Added 6/02)
Another reader recommends Dr. Cole:
"Dr. Cole is simply a true doctor. He treats the body and mind and he
has a wealth of natural treatments in his office. He works with you
to get you truly healthy, doesn't just prescribe drugs. He diagnosed
me with hypothyroidism almost a year ago; I'm taking Armour thyroid
and the supplements he recommends. My health and life now is better
than I had ever dared hope." (Added 6/03)
Another reader writes:
"In summary, although I am grateful that Dr. Cole helped me in many
ways and it sounds like others have greatly benefited under his care,
I am no longer comfortable with his method of not considering blood
work as a part of the diagnosis." (added 1/04)
Another reader writes:
"I went through six different docs until Dr. Cole finally listened and diagnosed from symptoms verses
from some standerdized test. He has helped me finally feel better and put me on the path to good health.
He lets me make the final decision about my health and gives me the information I need to do so. I drive
over 200 miles round trip to see him and would drive further if I need to. I believe in him so, that I have
brought my Mom to see him now. I have never had him cancel any appts. and he has even fit me in for
an apponitment with only a three hour notice. A true God send." (Added 6/05)
Another reader writes:
"I've been his patient for some 10 years. He brought me back from the near dead and not only that, he never cancelled an appt. on me! To the contrary, although he is very popular, he always found time to fit me in or reschedule based on MY convenience. Dr. Cole has been the most accessible doctor I've ever had and I've seen many, many doctors. (including the "top" endocrinologists in Cincy who were lousy on my case!) His whole nutrition/hair analysis/supplement program can be pricey because it's unconventional and not covered by insurance. However, his standard services and visits are quite reasonable. Also, he does allow you to have the standard TSH blood test to check for anomalies- he just does not follow it slavishly to the exclusion of your own input or other tell-tale symptoms... Believe me, his healthy skepticism of mainstream medicine, processed foods, and invasive procedures leads directly to your GOOD HEALTH!"(August 2007)
"I am writing to express my satisfaction with Dr. Theodore Cole. It is this particular web-site that actually led me to the Cole Center for Healing. My daughter is 11 years old and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism by another endocrinologist doctor. This particular doctor worked for a child's hospital but gave us a hard time from the get go. I saw absolutely no improvement in my daughter in any way, shape or form for a year and half. I finally took her to see Dr. Cole and saw improvement literally within 2 weeks. Symptoms of her hypo-thyroid started to subside (constipation, stomach cramping and etc). My favorite thing about Dr. Cole is he was focused on getting her completely healthy and not just pump something in her to mask her thyroid issues. He really believes in whole body healing and not just fixing a symptom. I will soon be joining my daughter at the Doc's office so he can work on getting me completely healthy. That is how much I believe in him."(August 2007)
A reader writes:
"I found Dr. Cole through your recommendations section on your website. I am so glad I did. After 4 years of miserable symptoms and begging 3 different doctors to try armor or at least increase my dosage a hair, I went to Dr Cole. He put me on armor thyroid, kept increasing it every month, all the while asking me "how do you feel?". I take more than 2 times as much now after 7 years as those other doctors said I needed. I go once a year for through blood work, and he still asks me "how do you feel?". Yes, he pushes supplements, and I've tried a few. I take his electrolyte powder and magnesium powder that you mix with water and drink every day because I feel so much more energetic, and I believe it keeps my weight off. It costs about as much as going to a health food store for the stuff. I'm OK with the price, and so far all my insurance companies have covered him. I heartily recommend Dr. Cole." (Added October 2007)
Note: Some readers report that Dr. Cole is prone to cancellation of appointments at the last
minute, is very expensive, and tends to promote sales of costly supplements. Confirm appointments and costs ahead
of time, and specify ahead of time if you are not interested in purchasing any supplements from this
practitioner. (Added: Jan 06)
Francis M. Collins, Endocrinologist, Cherry Grove 463 Ohio Pike 513-528
5600 or Clifton Good Samaritan Hospital 3219 Clifton Ave Phone 513-281-1555
He listens and is willing to work with you. He is supposed to be the
"authority" among the doctors in Cincinnati. He has me on Armour and
has checked my pituitary. He removed my thyroid via iodine radiation
ten years ago. He looks at your nails, reflexes, skin, hair and cares.
While I do not think any of them are top notch Dr. Collins comes close.
He even calls me at home and sends me copies of my tests etc. He will
give you sites to look up things about your thyroid. The personnel in
his office is a mess. This is the only down about him.
James P. Fidler -- deceased
A reader recommends: Nancy Leslie, M.D. Pediatric metabolic specialist.
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Metabolic Diseases, 3333 Burnet
Avenue, Cincinnati-- OH 45229 513-636-4760. "I have two children with
a rare metabolic disorder called PKU. Dr. Leslie is a good physician
specializing in metabolism in pediatrics-- however she can be quite
conservative. If this is not what the person making the request is looking
for-- I have a listing of top pediatric endocrinologists across the
state. One of them may be able to help. You can email me for more names
Dr. J Phillip Fox, General Practitioner, 11234 Cornell Park Dr., Cincinnati,
OH 45242, 513-489-0260. A reader writes: "He knows Armour Thyroid can make a difference and has
no trouble prescribing it." (Added 10/05)
Dr. Gary Huber, Osteopath/DO, 5400 Kennedy Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45213, 513-924-5300, www.lmihealth.com
A reader writes:
I've been suffering from hypothyroidism for about 10 years now with"normal" thyroid levels. I saw 20+ doctors over that time in an attempt to figure out what was wrong with me. I finally found a doctor willing to treat me but I was educating her about my illness and making very little progress. Then I found the LaValle Metabolic Institute. Dr. Huber knew that thyroid levels can be normal but a patient still need treatment. He also knew about adrenal fatigue. I was spending a lot of time going to doctors and trying to convince them to treat my adrenals and thyroid. Dr. Huber is now educating me and I'm seeing results that I haven't seen in years. Unfortunately they don't take insurance, but they are certainly worth the money. They also sell suppliments that I'm taking and are expensive. But again I think it's worth the money and they are understanding if you say you can't afford it all. They will give you only what you need. I wish I found them years ago." (March 2009)
Dr. Vina Bajaj -- no longer listed
Dr. Matthew D. Ringle M.D., Thyroid Cancer , 445C McCampbell Hall,
1581 Dodd Dr. , Columbus,
OH 43210 , Phone: (phone) 614-292-4511 (appointment phone) 614-292-3800,
A patient writes:
"He is wonderful!!! What more can I say? Dr. Ringle calls me, PERSONALLY, not his staff, to check
and see how I am feeling. This man is very dedicated not only to his work, but to his patients. He truly
cares for their well-being. As a cancer survivor, and after many years of "so-so" treatment from other
physicians, this man was a breath of fresh air!! I had one Dr. not so much as even turn around and look
at me, not once!!! his back was to me the WHOLE TIME!!!!! I was mortified. Dr. Ringle sat down and
talked WITH me, not AT me. His hospital affiliations are as follows; Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital
and Solove Research Institute, University Hospitals East, University Hospitals, (Ohio State University).
Can you tell I think he is a wonderful physician? " (Added: Dec. 04)
A reader writes:
"Unfortunately I was with another practice when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I ultimately switched to Dr. Ringle and the difference was like night and day. Because Dr. Ringle's office is associated with a cancer hospital, the compassion is unparalleled. While most thyroid cancer is not fatal, it still can throw you for a loop when first diagnosed. The James provides so many resources...if you suspect you might have thyroid cancer, I urge you to make an appointment for an evaluation." (May 2008)
Padma Mangu, Endocrinologist, Cincinnati OH
(513) 346-5000, http://www.cgha.com/prov.aspx?pid=99
A reader writes:
Dr. Mangu did a great job stabilizing my thyroid levels after another doctor severely over-treatment my hypothyroidism. She listens to what you have to say with kindness, and has a genuine commitment to helping! I highly recommend her :)" (March 2009)
Dr. Sharon Miller -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006)
Dr. Adi Mehta, Endocrinology, 9500 Euclid Ave. / A53, Cleveland, OH
44195, Phone: 216-445-5312
Note: Some patients have advised that there is a long waiting list for
Dr. Mehta, but they have not been satisfied with other doctors at Cleveland
Clinic, and advise you wait to see Dr. Mehta.
A reader writes: "In your most recent newsletter, I noticed an item
stating that top docs are needed in several cities including Cleveland,
Ohio. I can highly recommend Adi Mehta, MD of the Cleveland Clinic.
www.clevelandclinic.com. He is an endocrinologist who takes a good deal
of time to assess the patient and determine all the patient's needs.
He is very compassionate and takes the time to carefully explain the
patient's condition, how he intends to treat it and what the patient
should do. (By the way, he is also an expert on diabetes). In my situation,
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in the late 80's. I was seen for several
years by an internist who was satisfied that my TSH levels were within
"normal" limits and I felt fine. I went to see and ear, nose and throat
doc about 4 years ago for sinus and allergy problems. This doc was concerned
with the size of my thyroid, which had apparently been growing. I was
then referred to Dr. Mehta, who adjusted my Synthroid upward, has monitored
my condition, and the gland has reduced and stabilized in size."
Another reader recommends Dr. Mehta
" I highly recommend Dr. Adi Mehta. Dr. Mehta does not minimize my concerns,
and he is willing to go one step further regardless if the therapy is
of the non-conforming type. And last but not least, he does not scoot
his patients out the door, he will take the time needed for each individual
Another reader writes:
"Dr. Mehta continues to be the answer to my prayers. He took time with me to listen to
my symptoms and my
concerns. I had told other doctors I felt better on higher doses of medication
but they only looked
at lab results and didn't listen to me. After talking to me for at least 45
minutes, Dr. Mehta immediately
suggested a higher dosage of Synthroid along with some dietary changes.
After 3 weeks I am starting to
feel better than ever! Even though there is a wait to see Dr. Mehta, you
won't be disappointed!" (Added Dec. 04)
A reader writes: "I fully agree with the other readers. Dr. Mehta is caring, intuitive, and
He encourages the patient to participate in their plan of care. After the first appointment, rescheduling
for future appointments is not difficult - the staff is more than willing to try to accommodate you."
(Added: Dec. 04)
"I came to Dr. Mehta at the Cleveland Clinic when I was so sick with a heart condition that was thyroid related. My first visit with Dr. Mehta lasted 4 hours. He cleared his schedule to do a complete assessment of my condition. I have Hashimoto Thyroid with Hypothyroidism which created my Metabolic Disorder and brought on my heart condition. Dr. Mehta told me it would take one year to make me feel better and he warned me that I would be feeling sicker before he could make me better in order to adjust my thyroid medication so that it could start my metabolism functioning again. He was right. It did take one year and yes I did feel worse before I began feeling better. Dr. Mehta isn't afraid to go outside the box and use unconventional methods to heal his patients. He is extremely supportive, kind and attentive and never makes you feel like a number. There is a long waiting list to make an appointment and once you do, it does take a 2 hour wait to see him, but it's worth it. He will take the time to address your concerns and doesn't look at the clock when doing so. I highly recommend him."(August 2007)
Another reader writes:
Dr. Mehta has been managing my difficult cancer case for two years now. He has me feeling as well as I have in the five years since this adventure started. As for his service, he is totally dedicated and humorous-a great help when dealing with cancer and never rushes a appointment.He has explained all questions in a personable layman's perspective and is kind as he describes difficult news. If you can get in, see him!" (May 2008)
Dr. Christian Nasr, Endocrinology, Cleveland Clinic, Crile Building,
Cleveland, OH, 1-216-444-6568, http://www.clevelandclinic.com.
Some patients have expressed concern that this doctor is most concerned with TSH, to the exclusion of symptoms, family history or other factors. (October 2007)
Mehta and Reddy both have a 2 month waiting time for appointments. I
talked to the appointment secretary at length about my criteria for
a new doctor and she referred me to Dr. Nasr. He listened to all my
concerns, asked lots of questions, suggested alternative treatments/meds.
We BOTH decided upon a new course of treatment for my Graves...something
3 previous doctors would not even consider. I am going back in two months
for more blood work; until then he told me to contact him with any questions
etc." (Added 6/02).
"Just a comment for people not wanting to wait for an appt with Drs.
Mehta or Reddy at the Cleveland Clinic. I saw Dr. Nasr and was very
impressed with the amount of time he spent with me; going over all of
my concerns. He listened to what I wanted and then made suggestions
following what I thought was best for me! This after going to 3 doctors
in 4 years. He is articulate, knowledgeable and very willing to work
with me to optimize my treatment and meds." (Added 6/02).
A reader writes:
"I saw Dr. Nasr today with a plethora of endocrine related issues today.
He listened very carefully too all of my symptoms, issues and recent
illnesses. He asked a lot of questions and treated me with a lot of
respect. I did not leave feeling like I was a lab result and I felt
that he saw my issues as real and not a figment of my imagination. He
very clearly explained to me what tests he planned to run and why and
explained to me how the results would affect my treatment plan. I felt
that as my treatment progresses he will explain both what we're doing
and more importantly to me why he has chosen that course of treatment.
I did not feel that if I had walked in with Mary's book he would have
blinked an eye." (Added 4/04)
Another reader writes:
"At age 32 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My family doctor is indeed a member of my "family".
He said once my levels were within "normal range" he could do no more for my condition even though
my symptoms persisted. Dr Nasr took time to listen and figure out a course of treatment that stopped the
fatigue, depression, and all the other symptoms that go with being a t-patient. I can honestly say I do not
know where I would be now if I hadn't found Dr Nasr. I am very thankful he choose to become a doctor.
You never feel rushed and he encourages his patients to keep in contact by email. He treats symptoms
not just lab results. He is excellent. I travel 1.5 hours to be treated by Dr Nasr." (Added 6/05)
Dr. Sethu Reddy, MD, Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology Dept., Cleveland,
Ohio. A reader writes: "I saw him for a 2nd opinion after I was diagnosed
with Grave's Disease. I was nursing a baby at the time and didn't want
to wean. He was very understanding, took lots of time with me, and respected
me for having done some research on my own and asking questions. Very
pleased with his care."
Dr Robert Zimmerman Endocrinologist 9500 Euclide Ave Crile Bldg A
Ohio 216-444-6568 ClevelandClinic.com A reader writes: "After visiting
4 Drs here locally in Cincinnati Ohio, I decided to go to one of the
Best Clinics in the World...Dr Zimmerman and the Fellow spent 2 hours
with me in the exam room...I have never been treated with more care,
more professionalism, and just a pleasant bedside manner...These guys
are the experts in the Thyroid problems.... Dr Zimmerman knew what I
was talking about, understood and believed in my symptoms.... He also
made mentioned that he attended a symposium yesterday on my one of my
symptoms...They are up to date, they are very friendly and have a wealth
of knowledge...I walked out of there with a huge load taken off my chest....
Anyone in Ohio, if you're not getting the satisfaction with your local
Dr...Please do yourself a favor and visit any of the fine physicians
at the Cleveland Clinic...Especially Dr Zimmerman." (Added 11/02)
Jennifer Wojtowicz D.O., Board Certified Endocrinology, Cleveland Clinic
Foundation 9500 Euclid
Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44195, Phone: 216.444.2273, cleveland clinic foundation, A patient writes: "After
being very disappointed with another dr listed on this web site, I almost cancelled my appt. with Dr Jen.
Thank God I went to see her. After complaining of symptoms for YEARS and always being told my
levels were normal, I was so frustrated and full of despair. Dr. Jen was the FIRST dr to test my thyroid
antibodies-thus diagnosing me with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. She is very smart yet warm and friendly. She
had no problem with my taking Armour. She actually shared info with me that I had not heard before.
She said it was HER job to figure out a game plan after I told her how sick I felt and how tired I was
of doing my own research. She was so smart but nonjudgemental. I especially liked the fact that she did
not act like the research I had done on line was not infomercial type-information. I wish I had "found"
her years ago. I have wasted so much time and money. " (Added: Dec. 04)
A reader writes:
"I would just like to thank the person who recommended Dr.
Wojtowicz on this website. Your recommendation led me to make an
appointment with her, and she has been the first doctor to take my
concerns about my thyroid (goiter/hypothyroidism) seriously. I'm only 29
and I've been going from doctor to doctor about this issue for almost 15
years. I'm finally getting the treatment I need. Thanks again!" (Added June 2005)
"I finally found a doctor who is knowledgeable about the thyroid and the symptoms. She doesn’t make
you feel crazy or stupid when you describe all the symptoms you are going through." (Added
"I made an appointment with Dr. Wojtowicz after reading the recommendations on this site. I desperately wanted to try Armor after little success with Synthroid. Dr. Wojtowicz has a great bedside manner, is very knowledgeable, listens to concerns and I will now begin taking Armor. I feel as though this is a new beginning and she was definitely worth waiting to see." (June 2008)
A reader writes:
"I have had thyroid issues for over 25 years. Problems started in my late 30's. After seeing 8 different doctors, 3 of which were endo's since 2002, I came across Dr Wojtowicz ' name on this site. It took a while to get an appointment, but it is well worth the wait! She actually listened to me, ran ALL the appropriate blood tests and diagnosed me as hypothyroid while taking 250mcg of Synthroid. My t3 levels were that of a 90 year old and I felt like I was dying! (I probably was). She prescribed Armour thyroid and POOF! I feel great. All the other doctors said my T3 was with in the normal limits. If the normal low was 80, I was at 82. NOT NORMAL!!!! It has been a month since I've started taking Armour and I can see as well as feel the difference. The depression, anxiety, brain fog, tired all the time, cranky feeling, dry hair & brittle lifting nails are either gone or going away. It's nothing short of a miracle. Wish all doctors would take note and stop wasting peoples time and money and give the medication that is needed. I lost about 8 years of my life looking for the answer and Dr. Wojtowicz gave it to me. I'll NEVER stop taking this med and will always see Dr. Wojtowicz for check ups and screenings. I can't thank her enough. She save my life!" (March 2009)
Dr.Scott Wilhelm, Endocrinologist, Surgeon, University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio
"Dr. Wilhelm is an endocrine surgeon at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Should you need a surgeon this is the man to see. He is extremely personable,knowledgeable and truly skilled. He took over five hours to remove my difficult thyroid cancer from around the vocal nerve in a operation I`ve heard other MDs refer to a "stellar". He has since followed my case closely and done several other surgeries as needed.Never rushes visits either.Scott will take the time to answer all questions,explain concepts, return calls promptly and is a credit to his profession." (May 2008)
Kresimira Milas, Surgeon, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195, (216) 444-4985,
A reader writes:
"When I found out I had thyroid cancer, I researched drs. at the Cleveland Clinic for a surgeon. When I called to make my appt. the scheduler told me that I had chosen the best dr. at the Clinic and she was so right! Dr. Milas has been excellent. She
gives her time and her expertise. I highly recommend her." (July 2008)
Dr. John Baumert, Nuclear Medicine, Riverside Hospital. A reader shares
this story: "It has been a little over 2 years since I was diagnosed
with Thyroid Cancer. Since then I have been through several doctors,
some after moving from Columbus to the Dayton/Cincinnati area. Dr. Baumert
is the only doctor that I have seen regarding my thyroid problems about
whom I can say I actually trust his opinion/knowledge. He was an Endocrinologist
prior to becoming a Nuclear Medicine specialist. He seems to prefer
to err on the side of caution, which I appreciate considering the gravity
of cancer. He is very knowledgeable about I-131 treatment, the low iodine
diet, etc. He truly seems dedicated. Almost a year ago I went to a new
Nuclear Med doc (in Dayton) for my yearly round of whole body scans
and possible radioactive iodine treatment. The new doc found some small
spots on the scan that he thought to be spreading to the lymph nodes.
He was all set to dose me up with over 200 millicuries of radiation
when I asked that he contact Dr. Baumert because I recalled similar
tiny spots last year. Dr. Baumert actually took the time to call back
and forth, even fax his own drawing of spots on his copies of scans
from the prior year, spending a good deal of time on someone who was
no longer his patient. His extra care and attention saved me a week
of hell, and who knows whatever possible effects of additional radiation.
If you are in the Columbus area and are in need of follow up treatment
for Thyroid cancer, I highly recommend Dr. Baumert. Unfortunately, I
was never able to locate a regular Endo that was worth anything other
Dr. John Blackman Endocrinology 500 E . MAIN St Suite 100, Columbus,
OH 43215, 614-222-2202. A reader writes: "After
a dozen years of well-meaning docs trying to force this hypothyroid
freak's numbers to add up, my last doc rolled her eyes & sent me off
to see Dr. Blackman. He finally had an explanation - it is likely that
I (and my late mother) have a confounding syndrome called thyroid resistance.
He is willing to LISTEN. My numbers are kooky, but they are consistent.
He is OK with that. He has seen me through two pregnancies (healthy
kids!) and works well with my PCP. He has been an absolute godsend.
I recommended him to a co-worker, who also is thrilled to have found
a doc who listens, can diagnose, and who explains things. Funny thing
is, his specialty is actually diabetes." (Added 11/02)
Another reader recommends Dr. Blackman:
"He listens and he perseveres. He is not afraid to ask for help from
other doctors. The man has no ego, his sole goal is to help you regain
your help. Plus he is intelligent and witty, and office visits are a
pleasure " (added 1/04)
More praise from a reader for Dr. Blackman:
"This man is the most intelligent, caring doctor I have ever gone to,
bar none. He successfully treated my condition until I pretty much tanked
and was not too proud to send me for a referral. If you have questions,
he calls you. If you are having problems, he fits you into his schedule
the same day. And manages to have very little waiting time when you
have a scheduled appointment. I would recommend him to anyone who has
a problem in this area." (added 1/04)
"Dr. Blackman is one of my favorite Drs he is knowledgeable and very hands on, Dr Blackman takes
time to listen and he is very thorough and he cares about you . Dr Blackman has been my endocrinologist
since 1997 and I am very fortunate to have him as my Dr." (Added 1/06)
Another reader writes:
"He is a genius, he is compliant and caring. He talks to as though he is your friend, and he
deeply cares for he patients. For three years my conditions have been getting worse, and many Doctors said it was mental, I knew it was not a mental illness, I knew it was a real problem. He studied me, talked to other doctors to find I had a severe vitamin D definition. He was truly caring, and he cared enough to keep testing. I can not say enough good things about him. It is so very difficult to find a doctor that listens, and does not pigeonhole you as a mental case. He is the best and I feel blessed to have found such a professional and down to earth medical doctor
that cares." (May 2008)
Dr. Deborah Gordish, internal medicine, 3900 Stoneridge Ln., Columbus,
OH (614) 889 -5001. A reader tells us, "First off, Dr. Gordish actually
sits and listens to you. She doesn’t just take notes and say uh huh.
Although she still isn’t too hot on the supplemental T3 idea, she knew
that with Hashimoto's with a goiter, I needed to keep my T2 at the low
end of normal not just in range. She was aware of the Synthroid lawsuits
and its problems and when I brought it up stated she didn’t think it
would be approved and asked if Id just like to go on Unithroid now,
and who knows; maybe I’d have an easier time staying adjusted. Dr Gordish
was very interested in the thyroid page here at about.com and at least
appeared interested when I cited the articles and interviews. She always
makes sure I am called regarding any lab work that affects my medication.
I believe she is a very concerned and involved doctor. (Maybe I’ll sell
her on the T3 idea yet.)"
John Heintz -- no longer listed (October 2006)
Abraham Mikalov M.D., General Surgery, 4850 East Main St., Columbus,
Ohio 43213, 614-566-0778, firstname.lastname@example.org. "I had a massive goiter
last year and was unable to eat without choking. Dr. Mikalov operated
on me and removed my thyroid without any complications. I was home in
one day and back to full work in less than a week. The scar was quite
minimal. The care he provided was outstanding. I can't thank him enough."
Steven Miller Gynocology 5131 Beacon Hill Columbus, Ohio, 43140
A reader writes: "Dr. Miller is a very humble, caring man. I have always
felt very comfortable with him. He has brought my most beautiful gift
into the world-my beautiful daughter. Thanks Dr. Miller for everything...."(Added
Dr. Philip Taylor (Riverside Hospital). A reader writes, "If you are
in need of a surgeon for a thyroid removal, I recommend this doctor.
I had no complications (other than the hospital booting me out too quickly
due to insurance company recommendations, then having to readmit me
because I couldn’t stop throwing up for 3 days... fun) and after 2 years
my scar is almost invisible."
Dr. Manuel Tzagournis, Endocrinologist, OSU University Medical
He took the time to ask me how I feel not just physically but also emotionally.
My husband and I were surprised when he personally called us to inform
us about the results of my tests. He cares for his patients as individuals.
Another reader recommends Dr. Tazgournis:
"Dr. Tazgournis is the most professional-caring doctors I have even
been to. His name was given to me by my family Physician. He personally
called me to talk to me about problems I was having and always returned
my messages. During the clinics he explained my options clearly and
was very patient. I feel confident that he will make me healthy again.
I recommend him to anyone and trust him with my life." (Added 11/02)
John Larrimer, MD, Endocrinology, 6610 E. Main St, Suite 102, Columbus,
OH, 614-367-0675, "He correctly diagnosed my mother and me. He has my mother two weeks
post thyroid and parathyroid removal back to my mom who is a seamstress, basket-weaver, painter,
traveler, and on and on back in the swing and WIDE awake instead of being in bed 24/7. She drove up
from Florida with a friend and she went back home alone! I am amazed! Now he is working on my
thyroid and diabetes! HIGHEST PRAISES TO DR. JOHN LARRIMER!!!" (Added Dec. 04)
A reader writes:
"Doc Larrimer is a thorough, caring, very knowledgeable doctor who listens, considers both physical and
emotional health and takes his time with you." (Added 6/05)
Another reader writes:
"I wish Dr. Larrimer could be my doctor for everything. He asks so many important questions and listens
to the answers. He doesn't just read test results. If that were the case, then I would not have been
diagnosed with thyroid cancer let alone any type of thyroid dysfunction. Yet my body told a different
story and he figured it out when other doctors did not. I live in New York now and I still go back to see
Dr. Larrimer at least once a year because I trust him more than any other doctor I have ever had."
"After being told by several Internal Medicine doctors that I should feel fine (but don't) because my thyroid levels read "normal" I saw Dr. Larrimer and was so moved by his interest in my health. He GETS hypothyroidism and wants his patients to FEEL good, not just have good blood test levels. He is trying some different medicines on me, hopefully I will see results. I really liked him." (October 2006)
A reader writes:
"Dr. Larrimer is a caring physician who takes the time to educate his patients and understand them. He tells you signs to look out for, what to inform other doctors about, how to basically be your own best advocate. He is always available when you need him, just a phone call away. I learned so much from him. I only wish I still lived in Ohio so I could continue seeing him." (May 2008)
"Dr. Larrimer is my hero. I know that sounds dramatic but for those of us suffering with thyroid disease it is a blessing to find a doctor so skilled and so caring. Under his care I feel better than I have for years. I have seen other Endocrinologists and Dr. Larrimer is by far the BEST." (June 2008)
Dr. Jason Connors Internal Medicine 8701 Old Troy Pike Suite 105 Dayton,
Ohio 45424 937-236-1332 A reader writes: "He is a very caring physician,
willing to try other thyroid medications when the current one was not
working for me." (Added 11/02)
Dr. Taj Rashid, Internist, 7111 N. Main Street Dayton -- Ohio 45415
A reader writes: "After being handed prescriptions of anti-depressants
and being continually sick -- I finally found a doctor who would listen
to me. He is an internist and I have found him very receptive to making
me a partner in my own care. He listens to my complaints. Yet -- he
is receptive to options that I've learning of through reading and he
has been real supportive of my ideas. His ideas have also included nature
remedies when I've become sick -- which is fewer times now. He has motivated
me and given me ideas to encourage a mind- body connection with myself.
His name is Dr. Rashid and his office is 937-277-2121. After constantly
being sick for the past two years and labeled depressed by another doctor
-- Dr. Rashid was willing to listen to me. I can' tell you the difference
in my health now that I've been diagnosed properly and placed on the
correct medication for my THYROID problems.......and it's not anti-depressants
Timothy Hogan, MD, General Practice, 1125 Ralston Avenue, Defiance,
Ohio, 419-782-0209, email@example.com/www.doctorhogan.com, A reader writes: "I
have been dealing with numerous symptoms related to thyroid disease and many
unexplained symptoms. I have tried multiple doctors, specialists, modes of treatment, herbs, etc, to no
avail due to unexplained sensitivity to foods, drugs, herbs, vitamins - the list goes on. On my first visit
to Dr. Hogan he gave me hope and I now have answers and treatment and am feeling so much better than
I have in years. He really gets down to the root of the problem instead of treating symptoms. I actually
have adrenal exhaustion contributing to the problem and NONE of any of the other doctor investigated
this (probably don't even recognize it). I recommend Dr. Hogan to anybody for any health problem. Cost
is very reasonable." (Added Apr 06)
Greg Hyde, MD PhD Ear, Nose, & Throat 1401 Duncan Regional Loop
PO Box 750303 Duncan, OK 73575 580-252-1202 A reader writes: "Dr. Hyde listens.
He uses allergy and natural hormone therapy to treat a variety of problems
including fatigue, sleep problems, chronic pain, PMS, and headaches."
Michele Krohn, Chiropractor, 5130 C Bradenton, Dublin (Columbus), OH
43017, 614-799-2260, firstname.lastname@example.org. "Initially I saw Dr. Krohn for
back pain. When she was taking my medical history, she discovered that
I was on Synthroid and mentioned that if I would ever want, she could
run additional tests to check my thyroid. Eventually, we started testing
my saliva for thyroid hormones. We compare my blood test results from
my internal medicine doctor with the results of the saliva test and
Dr. Krohn helps me to read those results and determine my next steps.
She has provided me with supplements and is VERY knowledgeable about
how the body works as a whole and how my thyroid functions. She has
also guided me on weight loss and soon I am going to do a clinical purification
program to help balance out my hormones. I highly recommend Michele
to anyone with hormone issues! " (added 1/04)
Dr. Polly Reddy, Endocrinologist, 7281 Sawmill Rd., Suite 100, Dublin, Ohio 43016,
A reader writes:
"Dr. Reddy was my third endo doctor. I arrived @ her office, after asking my ENT Surgeon to please give me a recommendation. If you have been through"endo-hell" with docs who won't listen then you know it was music to my years when she said,"The buck stops here." The second endo, asked me why I was calling his office, AFTER he told me to call for my results! Dr. Reddy has another colleague in her office and it's refreshing that she will consult with her, to verify exactually what she saw on a follow-up ultra-sound. Dr. Reddy is kind, caring and explains. I clicked with her and now drive 50 miles, one way to see her. Hope if you see her, your experience is as good." (March 2009)
Dr. Nancy McBride, Endocrinology, 21245 Lorain Road, Fairview Park,
OH 44126, 440-333-9797. A reader writes: "Dr. McBride is a wonderful doctor! She listened to
everything I had to say and kindly made recommendations to me about my thyroid condition. I was quite
comfortable and at ease in her office. I highly recommend her." (Added 10/05)
Dr. DeeDee Duffy, Diplomate, Chiropractic Pediatrics, Certified Applied
Kinesiology, 1953 South Broadway, Geneva, OH 44041, (440) 466-1186,
FAX 440-466-8290. "She is treating me with natural supplements, getting
me off of Synthroid, which is just not doing the trick for me. Even
my regular MD is interested in her work now," says a reader.
Another reader, re: Dr. DeeDee Duffy
"I had been on Synthroid for seven years-- without much success-- she
has been treating me for about five weeks now with nutritional supplements--
without Synthroid-- and I am Awake! The fog has lifted-- I am cleaning
my house-- I can function-- and she said probably in about three months--
I should be able to start to lose weight."
Jeff Romig, M.D., DABHM, HRT, Nutrition, Anti-Aging, 575 Corporate
Pkwy., Suite 250, Green (Akron), OH 44685, 330-899-9725. "After taking
Synthroid for about 1&1/2 years (and feeling horrible), I decided to
find a doctor with an alternative view of the treatment for hypothyroidism.
I wanted T3 (Armour) and wanted it now. All the latest research proved
to me that was the proper medication for me. Dr. Romig was recommended
to me by a friend. My first appointment was over an hour! He explained
EVERYTHING and even gave me a copy of my lab work. Every follow-up visit
is at least 1/2 hour of explanation and discussion. He is a cool guy
who knows the proper treatment of hypothyroidism, among other hormonal
disorders. He will only prescribe natural hormones. If you are looking
for a naturopathic/holistic doctor with an M.D., make an appointment
with Dr. Jeff Romig." (added 1/04)
Jennifer Wojtowicz, Board certified Endocrinology, Cleveland Clinic
Foundation Independence Family Health Center Crown Centre 11 5001 Rockside Road, Ohio 44133,
(216) 986-4000, www.clevelandclinic.org/fhc. A reader writes: I have been going to Dr. Wojtowicz for
a couple of years now and I am very satisfied with her. She "lets me explain my problems and fears with
my life of thyroid disease. She answers all of my questions and then asked if I have anymore before she
leaves the room. When I leave Dr. Wojtowicz's office I feel good and not afraid to live with thyroid
disease for the rest of my life. She is a very warm and nice doctor that you don't see much today.. Thank
God I have her...." (Added 6/05)
Dr. David Schultz, Family Practioner, 19 E. Main, Ohio 45856,
419-943-2130. A reader writes:
He explained in a simple wonderful way on how the thyroid worked, and why I was so tired, and why
he wanted to check my blood work." (Added 6/05)
Daniel B Mendlovic. M.D. F.A.C.E., 29001 Cedar Rd. Suite 203,
OH 44124, 440-646-1166. "Greatest experience to date visiting an endocrinologist. He actually put me
ease rather than on the defense. Which has been my habit in the previous four years. What a relief to
not be made to feel like an idiot when it concerns ones' own body. This man was what I know is a
complete and total professional. Listens first then responds accordingly. I am so relieved to have
the sense of having someone on my side, finally." (Added Dec 04)
Dr. Mason, Osteopath/DO, Mansfield, OH 44907, 614-761-0555. A reader writes: "Dr Mason is God sent. His treatment with T3 compound and other suggestions makes all the difference in my life. I would recommend anyone or a family member for treatment with Dr. Mason. He is a blessing." (October 2006)
"He does a lot work with t3 and prevention and regular good doctoring. he's a great doctor and knows alot about t3." (August 2007)
J. Nielsen -- no longer listed (March 2009)
Dr. Jill Nishiyama -- no longer listed
Dr Cheryl Leuthaeuser, allergy elimination, 7251 Engle Rd Suite 250,
Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130, 440-239-3438/fax 440-239-3440. http://www.osteomed.com. A reader
writes: "Dr. Cheryl Leuthaeuser has helped me so much already with feeling healthier. Dr. Cheryl and
her Associates in the office are listed under Dr. Walsh under Strongsville. They have recently moved.
I have been on thyroid medication for approx 33 years. I have not been feeling well because of the dosage
of thyroid medication I was on prior. Since receiving allergy treatments and having my dosage tweaked
with the additional supplements, I feel I am healthier and on the road to living well with thyroid disease!
I have not been treated by Dr. Tenpenny but I have also been seen by Dr. Jay Walsh. I have full
in everyone at Osteomed and highly recommend them!" (Added: June 2004)
A reader writes:
"Really listens! Looks beyond the "obvious"" (Added Apr 06)
Sherri Tenpenny, DO, Integrative Medicine, 7251 EngleRoad #250,
Middleburg Heights (Cleveland), Ohio, 440-239-3438, www.OsteoMed.com. A reader writes:
"Gets to the root of problems; spends lots of time with you." (Added Apr 06)
A reader writes:
"Great doctor!" (Added Apr 06)
Another reader writes:
"I have worked for Dr. Tenpenny for two years and was a patient before I became an employee. I have seen miracles in her office; one of them was me! She uses Armor Thyroid, Cytomel, Thyrolar, iodine, and special compounded formulas for thyroid and breast health. We now have a Thyroflex machine for subclinical thyroid diagnosis. We have had patients from 31 states and 7 countries come to Osteomed to get well. She's a great doctor and a good boss!" (May 2008)
Clay Walsh, D.O. , Health Recovery , 7251 Engle Rd, Suite 250,
Middleburg Hts, Oh 44130, Phone:
440-239-3438, www.osteomed.com, A patient writes: "This is the only group who listened to me about
my concerns re: thyroid and adrenal problems. They immediately offered an adrenal test, which I had
been pursuing after reading Mary's book and researching the links from this site. Other docs and even
an endocrinologist weren't as knowledgeable as these folks. (Turns out I was almost in Stage 3 adrenal
failure.) Can't say enough about their help with my problems! And they REALLY LISTEN! The office
is near Cleveland and Akron. " (Added: Dec. 04)
Malcolm Steiner -- no longer listed
Annette Andrews -- No longer listed (October 2006)
Dr. Charles Resseger -- no longer listed
M. Husain Jawadi -- No longer listed
Dr. Michael Kamens , DO, One Ross Park, Steubenville OH 43952,
"After not being well for six years and getting worse in the last two
rapidly Dr. Kamens was the first doctor I saw who ran a thyroid test.
Also, as my new PCP he went over all my medical records with me once
he received them. After starting me on Synthroid I requested an appointment
to talk about how he was going to treat it and to see how opened minded
he was with "Living Well with Hypothyroidism" and "Thyroid Source Book"
in tow he was. He knows about the newest research. He was open to try
other medications if I wanted to. I asked him what his goal was for
my TSH level. He said 2-3. I wanted to hug him and tell him he was saving
my life. I am sending him a Thank You card. He sent me to an Endo. doc
which was ok. I was thrilled when the Endo. said my PCP could continue
to treat me."
Clay Walsh, D.O., Allergy Elimination, 13550 Fallingwater Rd,
area, Stronsville, OH, 440.572.1136, http://www.osteomed.com. "Dr. Walsh
and his partners, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny and Dr. Cheryl Leuthaeuser are
very compassionate and thorough. They understand the need to check adrenal
fatigue along with hypothyroidism. That was the most difficult thing
to get addressed by multiple doctors in my area. After following their
treatment plan, I am doing much better."
Richard Beham endocrinologist. Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center, 2238
Jefferson Ave. Toledo, OH 251-1369. One reader tells us, "Dr. Beham
listens to all concerns and is not insulted when you bring up information
from personal research. He calls with test results if he doesn’t have
them at your appointment and is willing to explain what they are and
what their relationship is."
Ian Elliott, Endocrinologist, 4235 Secor Road, Toledo, OH 43623,
"Dr. Elliott is a wonderful doctor. He is the main reason I am here
today. When I was going through a very bad thyroid storm he never gave
up. He was not afraid to call in other doctors when he needed advice
and a helping hand. His bedside manner makes you feel good about yourself
even if at the time you are looking your very worst. Waiting to see
him in his office is never very long and he is very thorough during
checkups, including lab tests before hand so he knows what is going
on with your body when you arrive. I would recommend him to anyone with
a thyroid condition or diabetes." (added 1/04)
A reader writes:
"When I went through a thyroid storm and was in a coma for 3 weeks, he was there for me. He called
in every doctor he thought I needed. He was so good with my family, keeping them informed and helping
them cope at such a bad time. His office is always punctual. I love this doctor; he always has time to ask
all the right questions. He also likes to find out how your things are going in your life. He always has
your lab work done before he examines you so he knows exactly how your thyroid is at the time. I would
highly recommend him to everyone!!" (Added 6/05)
John Krupko, Endocrinologist, 484 Countyline Rd., Ste 200, Westerville,
OH 43082, 614-891-8080 A reader writes: "Dr. Krupko is the third Endocrinologist I've
seen since the beginning of my thyroid saga. He is a terrific professional that is truly concerned for the
well being of his patients. He, my Rheumatologist and Family Practice physicians are in constant contact
with each other and have a wonderful working relationship. I am extremely fortunate to have such
wonderful physicians." (Added: June 2004)
Dr. John Sheehan, Endocrinology, 25101 Detroit Rd. Ste. 440, Westlake,
OH 44145, 440-892-1070. A reader writes: "Dr. Sheehan is patient, listens to your symptoms and
specializes in Thyroid problems. I highly recommend him." (Added June 2005)
"Dr. Sheehan is very thorough and takes his time with his patients. He likes to keep me well informed
about results of tests and provides copies of the paperwork without having to ask. He explains results
very well. He has a very pleasant demeanor as well." (Added 1/06)
Another patient writes:
"Dr. Sheehan is professional, thorough and has a tremendous amount of experience. He is highly regarded in the Cleveland-area for his knowledge and expertise. He has a wonderful bedside manner and treated me with kindness and respect. He assured me the bizarre symptoms I was experiencing were valid and were not *in my head.*" (October 2006)
Dr. Luis Villaplana, Internist 823 Southwestern Run Rd., Youngstown,
Ohio 758-1411. A reader writes: "What makes him a top doc is that he
is actually able to listen to a patient and make a CLINICAL diagnosis
of thyroid disease -- regardless of numbers. He does do blood work and
gets the numbers -- but he uses them as a guide -- not a hard and fast
rule. He diagnosed me even though my TSH was still inside the "normal"
range at 3.9. He listened to me when I wanted to get a full thyroid
panel including T3 -- FT3 and FT4 tests and he ordered them for me.
When I wanted to switch to Unithroid -- I just sent him a fax outlining
my reasons and he called the Rx right in! It's easy to get a hold of
his office -- and he'll often work with you over the phone to save you
a visit in person -- which can be very convenient. According to Forest
Pharmaceuticals -- he has even prescribed Armour for some patients --
although I haven't tried to get it from him myself yet. He's wonderful
- sweet -- kind -- and caring. I cannot praise him enough. "
"He truly cares about his patients. He is very kind and one of the best doctors in the state. He will go
out of his way for you and will make you feel like smiling even on bad days!" (Added 10/05)
Dr. Theresa Marx-Armile M.D. Endocrinologist Northside Medical Center
500 Gypsy Lane Youngstown, Ohio 44501 330 740-6253 Dr. Theresa Marx-Armile
is a doctor you can trust and respect. On the first visit to her office
I felt completely at ease with her. She takes the time to listen to
you and to explain anything that you don't understand. I highly recommend
Dr. Marx-Armile to anyone seeking an Endocrinologist in the Youngstown
Ohio area. Appointment must be made by referral.
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