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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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Ashland

Dr. Shandor Weiss, Naturopathic Physician & Licensed Acupuncturist, Arura Clinic of Natural Medicine. 233 Fourth St., Ashland, OR 97520 USA, website: www.aruraclinic.com, office phone: 541-488-1198 fax: 541-488-6445, Dr. Weiss' mobile phone: 541-324-7626, Email the doctor at: doctor@aruraclinic.com, Email the Front Desk of the Arura Clinic at: receptionist@aruraclinic.com

A reader writes: "Dr. Weiss has treated thousands of patients for thyroid disorders, and uses holistic and natural methods in his treatments. He is a Naturopathic doctor with over 16 years of experience." (Added 10/05)

Beaverton

Gerald W. Miller Family Practice & Nutritional Medicine 1960 NW 167th Place Suite 103 Beaverton, OR 97006 503.466.1823 503.466.2045 docshar@aol.com A reader writes: "Dr. Miller takes time to really listen and he hears you. He is willing to work with you to try alternative approaches and is even willing to study current research and Internet resources. He worked with me to switch from Synthroid to Armour. He is very knowledgeable about chemistry and supplements." (Added 11/02)

Another recommendation:
"He is willing to listen and is very open. He has a very well-rounded approach to health." (Added 10/05)

Another recommendation:
A reader writes: "I have never had a doctor who listened and/or went over test results as thoroughly as Dr. Miller does. I cannot say enough good things about him. It has taken years to get me feeling great and he did it in very little time!" (June 2006)

Another fan:
"I found Dr Miller on this website a couple of years ago. It took me a while to find the courage to make the switch. I am so glad I did. He spends a great deal of time, never makes you feel rushed and goes over all result thoroughly. I'm feeling better now than I have in years."(August 2007)


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Bend

Dr. Allan A. Harris, Naturopathic Medicine, 600 NE Savannah Drive, Suite 1, Bend, OR 97701, 541-617-1195, http://www.circleofhealthclinic.com/ A reader writes: "He really listens to his patients, is thorough, and is not worried about the clock. He is open to all options of treatment, even T3 therapy." (Added 10/05)

Eugene

Dr. Adrienne Borg, Naturopath. 74 E. 18th Ave., Eugene, Oregon 97401 541-686-3330. "She will prescribe Armour thyroid and she returns phone calls in a timely manner."

Another reader recommends Dr. Borg:
"I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Borg. After years of feeling awful and struggling with specialist, I finally feel good. She listened, knew all the latest research information I brought in, and worked on treating the symptoms. I am on Thyrolar now as well as supporting my system with diet and vitamins. What a difference. I followed the recommendation I found here and I would recommend her to everyone. Thanks to your other readers for their helpful suggestion." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"Honest. Answers all my questions thoroughly. Prescribes a combination of traditional, as well as a compound thyroid medication that is an exact fit for my body's needs. It took me years to find such a great doctor. I trust her completely." (Added Apr 06)

Eugene

Ray Peat, Ph.D. Physiologist, Hormones, Aging & Nutrition, P.O. Box 5764, Eugene, OR 97405, 1-541-683-4279, http://www.efn.org/~raypeat/index.html. "My osteopath recommends him as one of the best in the world. His website speaks for itself and contains information I haven't found anywhere else." (Added 6/02).

Eugene

Jan H. Stafl, MD, Ob/Gyn, 151 W. 7’th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401, 541-342-8616, holistic.salu.net. "Prescribes Armour thyroid and is board certified in Holistic Medicine and Ob/Gyn." (added 1/04)

Eugene

Tina Kaczor, ND, Cancer, 247 West Charnelton Road, Eugene, OR 97401, 541-338-9494, www.clinicofnaturalmed.com, "Understands and explains the underlying cause of my health problems. Takes the time and cares enough to explain her recommendations." (Added 4/04)

Eugene

Ananda Stiegler, ND, Naturopathic Physician, Balance in Health, 295 West Broadway Eugene, Oregon 97405, (541) 653-8881 phone, (541) 515-6216 fax, www.balanceinhealth.com

"Dr. Stiegler has a keen understanding of treating thyroid conditions looking at the whole person and not just lab work. I went from being tired all the time with my hair falling out to feeling the best I have in years! And I lost weight without even trying!" (May 2008)

Eugene

Kenneth Welker, MD, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 1200 Executive Parkway, Suite 360, Eugene, OR 97401 541 762 1155 oregonoptimalhealth.com kwelker@oregonoptimalhealth.com

A reader writes:
Dr. Welker understands the complex nature of all of the endocrine interactions that affect thyroid function as well as adrenal, ovaries and stress. He understands the need to evaluate T3 and Reverse T3 and uncover some of the functional hypothyroid issues I faced and treated them where other doctors failed." (March 2009)

Eugene

Ronald Cirullo, Endocrinologist, Eugene, Oregon

A reader writes:
Explains things clearly, takes the time to listen and ask questions. Was willing to switch me to Armour when I was unhappy with the synthetic my previous doctor had prescribed. Looks at both symptoms and lab results." (March 2009)

Eugene

Dr. John E. Gambee, MD -- NO LONGER LISTED

Forest Grove/Hillsboro

Arcoma Gonzalez Lambert ND, Naturopathic Physician, Blossoming Health, 1911 Mt. View Ln. Suite 300, Forest Grove, OR 97123, Phone: 503-357-2826, drarcoma@blossominghealth.com

A reader writes:
"Dr. Lambert diagnosed me correctly, treated me aggressively, and reversed my symptoms into wellness." (Added 10/05)

Gresham

Ernest Talley M.D., Family practice-Diplomate, 501 N.E. Hood suite 340, Gresham, Or 97030, 503 661 7159. A patient writes: "Doc Talley is very interested in thyroid problems and has no problem with armour thyroid, does not mind me bringing in articles from the about website or Dr Lowe website or British Medical Journal website. He listens, takes whatever time is needed, and is slowly helping me to improve. I feel better now then for years, and as he carefully adjusts my armour dosage, he checks to make sure I am not going hyper. He knows the old ways of diagnostic (preTSH) as well as the new, and depends more on the patient and symptoms presented then the discredited TSH test. On top of being a good doc and a diplomate, he's a nice guy. I am 52 and have not felt this good for decades. What a shame and a waste of my life to have dragged through the many years on half phase. Be your own best friend and advocate and find the right Doc!" (Added 1/06)

Another fan:
"Doc Talley is the first doc who really listens to me, takes whatever time is needed, goes by symptoms, and does not depend on the discredited TSH test. He is not insulted when I bring in info from the 'about' or other valid websites. He has been working with me, slowly but carefully, to get the correct dosage. I am 52 and my diagnosis was sub-clinical.He is not only a diplomate by training, but a nice guy. I get mad when I think of the time wasted with docs who don't care or keep up to date. This guy is a keeper." (Added 1/06)

Gresham

Dr. Ana M. Squellatio, Comprehensive Holistic Medicine, 130 NW Miller St., Gresham, OR 97030, 503l.665.2344; fax 503.665.2337, A reader writes: "This doctor really takes time to listen to her patients and help to resolve imbalances by connecting all the dots. She's not just a bandaid approach type of doc." (Added Apr 06)

Gresham

Dr. Rose M. Martin, General practice/internist/primary care, Naturopathic Doctor, 119 NE 3rd St., Gresham, Oregon, 97030, Ph/Fax: 503-665-9111, www,drrosem.com , drrosem@comcast.net. A reader writes: "Dr. Rose Martin is my true hero. There are not words for how much I appreciate what she has done for me. I suffered from CFS or Fibromyalgia for 18 years. Went to many different doctors and spent an enormous amount of money and time trying to find the answer to my health issues. Then I came across doctor Wilson's web site. I had been treated for thyroid problems before but T-4 drugs had never helped me. I hesitated before deciding which doctor to see, I felt like I had been through it so many times before. I finally decided to see Dr. Rose Martin. She was very caring and took a great deal of time with me as I spelled out my long story. We then decided on a dose of T-3. I have been on it 4 times now. The first 3 worked well but didn't hold. This 4th time has held and it has been just about a year since my last dose. My entire life has changed. I did 3 triathlons this summer WOW even I can't believe it. Last Sunday I did a 1/2 Marathon!! I have to pinch myself to realize it is really me:) I am now working 8 hours a day in a very stressful job and handle it all well. The best part is I know who I can go to if I ever start to slip again, which can happen. To me it is truly a miracle. I am so grateful to Dr. Rose. " (Added Dec. 2006)

Klamath Falls

Dr. Robert Beaman -- NO LONGER LISTED

Klamath Falls

Ramona Pungan, internal & endocrinology, 2631 Crosby Avenue, Klamath Falls OR, 97603, 541-880-2751. A reader writes: "Just very thorough with her patients" (Added: June 2004)

Medford

Dr. Helen Trew M.D., Trew Wellness Center, 2921 Doctors Park Way, Medford, Oregon, 97504 541-770-1143, www.htrew.com

A reader writes:
"Dr. Trew is a member of ACAM and has both a family practice and an anti-aging/functional medicine practice. She uses Dr. Broda Barnes' basal body temperature as a part of a thyroid diagnosis and does prescribe Armour Thyroid. If you are in Southern Oregon and need a doctor who actually listens and is open minded: who will treat you beyond lab results and looks at your history, symptoms and past experience, she is your doc. I find her open to patient research, open to books one has read and therapies a patient has heard about. She also knows that other hormones come into play with regard to fatigue and brain fog besides the thyroid and likes to help balance the body accordingly for a total result. I have nothing but great respect for her. I was planning on moving out of state but since finding Helen, I have delayed those plans. Good docs with regard to thyroid and normal labs are rare. Best of luck with regard to your search. I, for one, have finally found an educated and qualified health partner." (March 2009)

Medford

John Gallen, MD -- no longer listed

Milwaukee

Dr. Robert Sklovsky ND, Thyroid/ImmuneSystem/Allergies, 6910 SE Lake Rd, Milwaukee, OR 97267, 503 654-3938. A reader writes: "Dr. Robert Sklovsky treats the symptoms along with the complete thyroid panel. His knowledge of hypothyroid symptoms is one of the most expertise in the alternative treatments. I have been with Dr. Bob for 15 years now as his patient and assistant, and he is the only Dr. that was able to help me, when 17 other Dr. including a Neurologist could not. I know longer suffer from the cold hands/feet, black outs, fatigue etc. In the 15 years I have worked for Dr. Bob I have seen many patients improve where other doctors ignored their symptoms. His knowledge and understanding of how the thyroid should function, what the proper treatment to help the thyroid function with complete thyroid panel, basil temps, and then the right dosage along with selenium, iosol, adrenals when proper for the patient. He has helped so many with their hypothyroid symptoms and problems. Dr. Bob is one of the experts when it come to thyroid problems, immune system, and allergy related problems as well with his alternative/naturopathic methods." (Updated 11/02)

A reader writes:
"I've seen two endocrinologists and one naturopath in the past four years for overactive thyroid. The endo's suggested thyroid ablation to"permanently fix the problem", which then caused serious underactive symptoms. I thought I was losing my mind and the terrible symptoms were affecting my family. I found Dr. Bob Sklovsky on the About.com's Top 10 Doctors in Oregon and read the positive feedback. I was initially concerned that he doesn't bill insurances and he is non-PPO on my insurance, which will then not pay for naturopathic services with a non-PPO provider. I took the leap of faith and began seeing"Dr. Bob" by paying everything out of pocket. He begins with a detailed consult, takes hair samples to analyze how you are absorbing vitamins/minerals, and will order lab work if necessary. He is very informed about how yeast and low thyroid have tremendous effects on the body (if you've taken several antibiotics in your life, yeast may be causing you medical problems). Don't rely on traditional lab thyroid tests to diagnose low thyroid. Take your temperature under the armpit first thing in the morning for three days for 10 minutes...anything under 97.8 is low thyroid. Also, allergies from the environment and food can be a huge factor in your life (also seen in children). Monitor yourself (or child) within 20 minutes of eating something and see how you react. This has been a huge"wake up call" for me and my family! Dr. Bob sees patients from around the world and has healed so many people! I now realize that I've had food allergies since I was very young, which answers why I was always an irritable and frustrated child. I hope other people don't have to suffer for so many years like I did. I wish all doctors would get on board with the natural approach to medicine." (March 2009)

Portland

Donald Bouma, Endocrinology, Thyroid, 16463 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Lake Oswego, OR, 503-635-6256. A patient in the Portland, Oregon area, wants folks to know, "I have a GREAT endocrinologist, who is very informative, patient, and will even call you PERSONALLY, (not his nurse) and talk to you extensively until all your questions are answered. His name is Donald Bouma."

Another reader writes:
"I noticed someone else's comments about Dr. Bouma. He was the doctor who diagnosed my thyroid condition over 15 years ago, when 5 other doctors had missed it (or not done all the blood tests), and as a result, after two years under his care I lost all the weight I had gained and was able to work without being constantly fatigued."

Another recommendation:
"Dr. Bouma is an excellent doctor and spends a great deal of time with his patients, answering questions, etc. He is the doctor who found my thyroid cancer after multiple doctors missed it. However, if you are interested in natural/armour type medication, he is pretty committed to drugs like Synthroid." (Added Dec. 04)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Bouma is such a patient and kind doctor. He listens to patients and he's knowledgeable. Thanks to Dr.Bouma, now I can walk and go to work again." (Added Apr 06)

NOTE: Readers report as of December 2006 that Dr. Bouma is retiring and no longer accepting new patients. You may still want to try in case any spots open up.

A reader writes:
Dr. Bouma is one of the greatest doctors I have ever seen. I have Addison's disease and Dr. Bouma has been instrumental in keeping me healthy and making me feel normal. He has a wonderful bedside manner and is truly the best!!" (March 2009)

Portland

Dr. Charles Kaluza, DO, ENT, DO, Certified Otorhinolaryngology & Orofacial Plastic Surgery. 2816 SE Steele St. Portland, OR 97202 Ph#503/233-5548. A reader tells us, "He is very knowledgeable about thyroid disease and has made it a specialty. He used to do many thyroidectomies and did my husband’s, and people can't believe he had any surgery because there is no scar. He has developed some arthritic problems and so has brought in another Dr to help him. His Name is Dr. Roberts and I have seen him also. Dr. Kaluza will work with you on your meds and if you wish to try t3 or Armour he will help you. He explains his diagnoses and wants you to understand what and where he is coming from but will listen to you and your symptoms."

Portland

Rick Marinelli, ND Naturopathic Physician/Acupuncturist 1600 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Portland, OR 97225 (503)644-4446. A reader tells us, "Dr. Marinelli is very knowledgeable about thyroid disorders (as well as many other specialties). He does extensive laboratory testing but goes more by clinical assessment. He has diagnosed many people with autoimmune and hypothyroid conditions that were missed by other doctors and effectively treated them. As a Naturopathic Physician you would expect him to be biased towards using natural Armour thyroid (he is), but he also uses T3 (if necessary) and synthetic T4 if there are pork sensitivities. He listens well, is an astute clinician, and has many naturopathic approaches, in addition to hormone replacement, in his medicine bag."

Another recommendation:
"Dr. M listens to you, and does a thorough exam to find out exactly what is going with you. And he gives you answers...doesn't just mail you "results" that you can't read anyway. Very good bedside manners as well, with a good sense of humor." (Added 6/02).

Portland

Martin Milner, N.D. drmilner@hotmail.com http://www.cnm-inc.com President & Medical Director, Center for Natural Medicine Professor, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Medicine, NCNM, Bastyr University & SW College of Naturopathic Medicine Medical Editor, Health Sciences Institute Publications Center for Natural Medicine, Inc. (CNM) 1330 SE 39th. Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214 PHONE 503-232-1100 FAX 503-232-7751 A top doc in Portland Oregon is Dr. Martin Milner. He specializes in thyroid dysfunction, and is expert in this area. He is a naturopath. With him, you will never get the run-around treatment like we all have gone through with MD's and endos. He has hundreds of patients with this problem of having normal TSH, but still having symptoms of hypothyroidism. Also, if you have been diagnosed with FMS or CFS, go see him. Personally, I think these are bogus diagnoses and in most cases can be cured or managed well with thyroid and/or adrenal treatment. He also teaches at the Naturopathic College.

Another fan:
"He is extremely well versed in compounded medications for thyroid. I would highly recommend him." (Added 10/05)

Another fan:
"After seeing two endos, one MD and two GYNs, Dr. Milner was the best. He did the most complete testing and had the most whole-personal approach of any doctor I had seen. He believed me - even with a normal TSH (normal with medication) that I had symptoms. His treatment of my thyroid not only seems to have fixed all my symptoms, but also the GYN problems my thyroid was causing. So my dry, puffing eyes are gone and I am not tired all the time and my muscles don't aches. I am also finally able to diet with result and the weight I gained is slowly coming off, but most of all I believe the treatment saved me needing a third surgery in about a year. Dr. Milner combines the natural whole-person preventative approach with technology/labs and medication of mainstream medicine. " (Added Dec. 2006)

Portland

Pavel Nyvlt, Naturopathic physician, 833 SW 11th, Suite 717, Portland, OR 97205, 503-294-7070. drnyvlt@hotmail.com. http://www.holistichealth.cz. A reader writes: "I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism about eight years ago. I was using prescription Synthroid, and the strength was being gradually increased by my MD. Yet, I was gaining weight, and I felt sluggish. Then, about two years ago, I visited Pavel Nyvlt, ND in Portland. He started me on a combination of iodine and vitamin B supplements, and over the next four months (or so), I was gradually decreasing the Synthroid. After this period, I stopped taking the hormone completely, and under Dr. Nyvlt's supervision, I started using just mineral supplements and vitamins that boost proper thyroid function. Now, at his point, my thyroid works just fine, and I am not taking any synthetic hormones. I lost the extra weight, and I have enough energy to last all day. Dr. Nyvlt's approach to health problems is fundamental: let's find and deal with the cause, and the symptoms will disappear. With my thyroid, the problem was lack of proper nutrition. with a change of diet and a few natural supplements, the cause and the symptoms are both gone." (Added 11/02)

Portland

Edward S. Phinney, M.D., Thyroid Surgeon, 9155 SW Barnes Rd, Suite 217, Portland, OR 97225, 503-297-1548. "He performed my second thyroid surgery to remove the last 10% of my thyroid and 4 lymph nodes. He was highly recommended from several doctors I contacted as being one of the best surgeons in the area. I found him to be very supportive, friendly and willing to answer all my crazy questions. In contrast, my first surgeon was kind of anti-social. Best of all, the results are fantastic. No parathyroid problems, no voice damage and a scar that looks like it should hang in a museum (my first doctor gave me a lasting scar that made me look like Frankenstein and I had slight upper-range vocal damage that eventually healed). The recovery has also been dramatically faster as well. The staff in the hospital described him as a perfectionist. Dr. Phinney is traditional in that he isn't pro-Armour but that wasn't a problem for me since he's just my surgeon. He has a good heart and I highly recommend him."

Portland

Dr. Ravinder Sahni, Naturopathic Doctor, 503-641-8503, Portland, Oregon area. The idea that I might have a thyroid problem was first suggested to me by a medical doctor - who tested me and then said I was normal. I started doing my own research and found a naturopath (not Dr. Sahni) who agreed to put me on Armour. My panic attacks and most of the depression disappeared. I still had erratic periods and was too tired to exercise; but my naturopath did not feel I should increase my dose. I found Dr. Sahni after an early term miscarriage. After finding out I was already on Armour he increased my dosage and I am cooking with gas now. I have been working out, I feel really positive about my fertility chances, and my digestive issues have disappeared (he has also worked with me on diet and has prescribed some other herbs/supplements, etc).

Portland

Dr. Kim Webster Functional Medicine 2525 NW Lovejoy #408 Portland, OR 97210 503-973-5545 A reader writes: "Dr. Webster is willing to listen He prescribes Armour and Thyrolar, but specializes in "functional medicine" where he looks for the causes of autoimmune problem and addresses the problems with supplements and lifestyle changes. He is a great doctor! Give him a try." (Added 11/02)

Another fan:
"I just wanted to echo the previous endorsement for Kim Webster. He is incredibly knowledgeable, understands endocrine, neurotransmitter, and autoimmune issues extremely well, and takes a full hour in the first consultation to ask questions, examine your body, and get to the core issues affecting your health. After a single visit, I am feeling better than I have ever felt in my entire life!" (Added 1/06)

A reader writes:
"I agree with the other comments about Dr. Webster. He is very thorough and takes the time to listen. He figured out things that 3 other doctors in 3 years couldn't figure out in a 1 hour session. I feel SOOO much better than I used to in just 1 visit. He knows the right questions to ask and the right tests to do. I was tired of feeling like I was crazy and it is so nice to know that a doctor finally believes you and understands as he has thyroid issues as well. I had lost all hope of feeling well, but Dr. Webster has changed my life. My kids tell me I am a whole new mom now. I have more energy to do things with my kids and husband than I have had in over 3 years." (Added Apr 06)

Portland

Dr. Susan Allen, Naturopathic Doctor, 2601 N.E. Glisan, Portland, Oregon 97232, Portland, Oregon, 97232, 503-232-1948 , www.hawthorneholistic.com

A reader writes:"Great understanding of Thyroid." (Added Apr 06)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Allen helped me immensely with my thyroid issues. I thought I was suffering from Postpartum depression but she knew to have my thyroid tested. She is very good with women's health and overall family health. I highly, highly recommend her." (August 2007)

Another fan:
"Dr. Susan Allen in Portland, Oregon has given me back my energy to live and feel normal. After a year of seeing various endos and other doctors who diagnosed Hashimoto's Thyroid Disease, I still felt worse and worse on levothyroxine. The levels were upped a couple of times, but I still could barely drag through a full day of work. I literally went to bed when I walked in the door and tried to get enough rest until the next morning when the working day started all over again. Dr. Allen put me on Armour and the effect was almost immediate. My energy began to return and after 4 months I am so surprised to come home from work and still feel like doing things. Normal energy is such a blessing! Dr. Allen was able to get me off blood pressure medicine because it controlled itself when the thyroid got into balance. She is very good and knows just what to do. And she is one of the rare practitioners who understands the TSH numbers and what they really mean. When the synthetic med from the endo took me from 6.5 to 3.5 and the endo said that was all he could do even though I still felt lousy and was exceptionally tired, Dr. Allen knew that I still needed to get down to 1 or below to feel my best. I highly recommend her." (August 2007)

Portland

Dr. James Cohen, Endocrinologist, Surgeon, Oncologist, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland, Oregon, 97239-3098 , 503-494-8510, FAX: 503-494-4631, http://www.ohsu.edu/ent/hn/cohen.html, cohenj@ohsu.edu

A reader writes: "Dr. Cohen actually answers email--within a day, usually! He did my thyroid cancer surgery and was practical, reassuring and open to my questions and ideas for concomitant therapies. He's a noted thyroidectomy expert and does 5-7 of these surgeries per week. I had no complications and I chalk that up largely to his experience. He also works directly with endocrinologists at his clinic. Great guy!" (August 2007)

Portland

Susan Allen, Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Susan Allen, Naturopathic Doctor, 2601 N.E. Glisan, Portland, Oregon 97232, Portland, Oregon, 97232, 503-232-1948
A reader writes: "Dr. Allen is amazing. She actually listens to you! I wish I had found her from the get-go. She also has a sliding scale for those of us who don't have millions to spend on trying to feel better. She is truly one-of-a -kind and I have recommended her to quite a few people. Everyone is always pleased and relieved to find a doc who cares! " (Added October 2007)

Portland

Gary Weiner, Naturopathic Doctor, 1616 SE Ankeny street, Portland 97214, 503 230-8973, www.pearlnaturalhealth.com / drgary@pearlnaturalhealth.com

"Dr. Gary delves deeply into the underlying causes of thyroid issues. He is very thorough and will do the regular blood tests as well as other lab tests to get to the root of the problem. He has helped people avoid surgery and helped them restore their vitality. He talks often on the topic and is very skilled. I highly recommend him!" (May 2008)

Portland

Dr. Shidfar Rouhani, 7825 SW 35th Ave, Portland 97219 5032354325 www.ThritaMed.com info@ThritaMed.com

A reader writes:
"After going to several specialists I have realized how important it was to be listened to. Dr. Rouhani finally did that for me and he put together pieces of my unique endocrine abnormalities and got me put back together again. I was a complicated case to say the least and his knowledge of Thyroid Treatments both western and alternative gave me hope for a better and more energetic tomorrow. I am now working a full time job, sleeping regularly, wearing my skinny jeans, and I live an active life-style that would never have been possible without him. I suggest that anyone who needs help give him a call. You have to find the right fit for you as a patient and you don't have to settle." (March 2009)

Redmond

Dr. Kerie Raymond ND, Sante Wellness Group, Center for Integrated Medicine, 916 SW 17th St Redmond, OR, 97756 P: 541-923-4257 / F: 541-504-0252 www.SanteWellnessGroup.com kerie.raymondnd@gmail.com

A reader writes:
"Dr. Raymond took the time to thoroughly review my history, do further research, and prescribe the RIGHT dosage and medication for my current situation. I was very impressed at how she kept in contact and continued to closely monitor my progress. I contribute a successful pregnancy and an incredibly healthy baby to her expertise and support!" (March 2009)

Springfield

Dr. Kathleen Hirtz M.D., GP, 1717 Centennial Blvd., Springfield, Oregon 97477 541-726-1865. A reader writes that Dr. Hirtz "listens and is open minded. Dr. Hirtz prescribes Armour on a regular basis and understands the problems with relying on TSH tests. I did not have to request a Free T3 test, she routinely checks for this. She treats many Fibromyalgia patients and understands the thyroid connection."

NOTE: This doctor does not treat anyone under 17.

West Linn

Pamela Pavilonis ND, Naturopathic Doctor, 21860 Willamette Dr, West Linn, OR, 97068, Phone/Fax: 503 650 2394, papavilonis@earthlink.net
Dr. Pavilonis is a naturopathic doctor, licensed as primary care, and prescribes Thyrolar and Armor for thyroid patients, after lab testing" (Added October 2007)

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