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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

Become part of the movement for better care! Help keep great doctors in business and encourage more doctors to properly treat thyroid patients by recommending the smart, caring, innovative practitioner who treats your thyroid condition. We might include him or her on the Top Docs Directory! And if you have criticism or feedback about a listed doctor, please let us know now!

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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V. Ayyagari, MD, Endocrinologist, 2784 Bartlett Blvd., Bartlett, Tenn. 38134, 901-382-9998

"Dr. Ayyagari has to be one of the finest m.d.'s in america, and, surely, in Tenn. He reads constantly. He knows endocrinology. He spends much, much time with his patients. He wants them to get well. he does his best." (May 2008)


P. Anthony Chapdelaine, General practice/internist/primary care, 229 Ward Circle, Suite B-12, Brentwood, TN, 37027, Phone/Fax: 615-377-6767,
A reader writes: "Prescribed Armor Thyroid to me (as well as Iodoral). Natural approach. Very logical and thorough. " (Added October 2007)


Morgan Williams -- no longer listed (March 2009)


Thomas Boeve, M.D., ENT, 1 Medical Park Blvd., Suite 205-E, Bristol, TN 37620, 423-844-7668, Highlands Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgical Group, "Dr. Boeve is amazing. He looks at the whole patient, not just the lab values. I have multi-nodular goiter, but normal TSH. My TSH fluctuates within the normal limit. Thanks to him, I am finally getting a chance at feeling healthy again." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"He looks at the whole patient." (Added: June 2004)


C. Ann Mashchak, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology, Memorial Medical Building East, 725 Glenwood Dr., # E-790, Chattanooga, TN 37404, 423-624-9830. A reader writes: "Dr. Mashchak is as interested as I am in my becoming and remaining euthyroid. In addition, she is willing to look at all research, and approaches all aspects of my care holistically, looking in the end at where I am, symptomatically as the ultimate guide to my "optimal" blood levels. I have gone through 4 prior "specialists" without success, and I am so grateful to have found Dr. Mashchak." (Added 11/02)

Another reader writes:
"I was able to get an appointment with Dr. Mashchak. I credit her with literally saving my life. I was so emotionally distraught by the time I made it to her office. I had lost so much hair that I had to wear a wig for a year. She is the closest to an angel of God I have seen here on earth. She not only listened to me, (and my husband who came with me) she empathized with me, but didn't roll her eyes when I showed her articles from the internet and Mary Shomon's book that I brought I with me. She treated me with tender loving care as did all the staff at her office. She was willing to allow me to change from Synthroid to Armour Thyroid. I believe that doctors should treat their patients as if they were members of their own families and that is the case for Dr. Mashchak. I can, and do, wholeheartedly recommend this doctor for treating you as the individual person you are---not just the numbers on a piece of paper. She's not just a Top Doctor but, a wonderful, caring person as well." (August 2007)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Mashchak has helped to improve my quality of life. When I was 15 I found out that I have PCOS and the other doctors that I saw said that I wouldn't ever be able to have children. After going to Dr. Mashchak and her taking a more in depth look at my body she realized that I also was insulin dependent. She has always been the sweetest person. When my husband and I decided to have a baby, she helped to achieve that goal, and devoted much attention to my situation. I honestly believe that I wouldn't have my wonderful 1 year old boy if it hadn't been for her love and care." (May 2008)

Note: this doctor's focus is now primarily OB-gyn, not thyroid. (October 2007)


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Dianne C. Roland -- no longer listed (October 2007)


David M. Huffman -- no longer listed


Dr. Kevin Merigian, Wellness Arts, Old Dexter Road, TN 38016, 901-757-4646, A reader writes: "Dr. Merigian spent over an hour and a half with me, asking questions about everything under the sun. He was truly interested in me . As soon as I got there, my blood pressure was taken and then I was taken in a room and asked by his nurse to draw a picture about how i was feeling. How many doctors have asked you to do that? He immediately came in and put me to ease saying that he could help me. I was crying and he could tell that I was really down and felt awful. He spent so much time with me, asking questions that even I didn't think were relevant. After my hour and a half interview with him, he prescribed Armour thyroid for me and ordered me to come back in two weeks for a test where they measure your body temperature on a hundred different places on your body to detect problems. I am so excited that I have found someone who wants to see the whole picture instead of treating one problem. he said it was important to examine everything going on in my body. I thank God that he let me find this website and dr. merigian. I am so happy right now I could shout!!!!!!!!!! Dr. Merigian is worth driving hours to see!!!!!! I am confident after my visit that he can help everyone!!!!!!" (Added 6/05)

Another fan
"I have never met a doctor who truly cared so much for each individual patient. I had given up hope of finding a doctor who: 1. take my hypothyroid symptoms seriously 2. not simply prescribe antidepressants and send me on my way, 3. who would write me a prescription for Armour. Dr. Merigian not only met my expectations, he continually exceeds them. I live in Mobile, AL and I drive the 8+ hours to see him. It is well worth the trip." (Added 1/06)

Another fan:
"My daughter has had four years of difficulty getting a diagnosis of Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, and Immune Insufficiency. After a years of different doctors saying her lab work was "fine" and going no further to help with her symptoms, we found Dr. Merigian. I've never met a doctor more attentive or open. He NEVER dismisses anything my daughter or I say to him. He has come to really understand my daughter's health and knows when she is not feeling well. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Merigian. He has helped my daughter tremendously and continues to be a great partner in her health issues. If you live in the Mid-South area including Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, or Alabama then I recommend the drive!" (August 2007)

A reader writes: "I actually learned about this doctor on this website. Based on the reviews, I had to try him. He was as awesome as was described. He spent over an hour with me, going over my history and asking me about my symptoms. He actually wanted to work on all of my symptoms and issues, not just my thyroid. He was very thorough. And extremely responsive and accessible. I can just email him any time, and the same day he gets back to me. He is not on my insurance, but is willing to submit claims. A new patient visit cost around $250. My insurance covers about 80% and I pay the rest. The amount that is out of pocket is well worth it to have such a great doctor!!" (August 2007)

Another fan:
"This may seem like more of the same in reference to Dr. Merigian. He does treat me for Thyroid but also TREATS ME FOR SEIZURE DISORDERS. The man literally saved my life. When I first met him he was referred to me by my psychologist because of my life being turned upside down do to seizures. I had been to at least 4 different Dr's including heads of Epilepsy Center and Cheif neurologist. I was having so many seizures a day I was ILL NON STOP. Medications made me sicker and seizures worse. My Job said I was a liability (this was a hospital) I found my Guardian Angel. After spending several hours with me talking listening and testing he found many of the meds I was taking were actually toxic to my body. I had tried every pill known to man in different doses. After his loving caring ways I feel like a human being again. One of my seizures was so bad I fell down a flight of stairs, cut my lip etc. I called the office the next day and He came in on HIS DAY OFF. He talked to my husband and treated us so well.... he told me to never wait until the next day. I was so ill and he was so concerned....he gave me his home number, cell number and pager. Then he made my day. One of the prescriptions was for a gallon of ice cream daily or as needed. He gave me a BIG HUG and said he was there for me anytime I needed him....That's when he said he was there for the whole person not just symptoms or insurance codes. My insurance use to cover him but now my plan has changed and won't cover him but I pay cash and it's worth every penny. He ALWAYS asks about my family...loves on my grand children when they are there...I don't see a psychologist any more or have thoughts of wanting to end it all because my seizures were so bad. He gives me a Big Hug EVERY TIME I SEE HIM. AND HE has stayed after closing time listening to me about anything, including making me feel so much better about myself." (May 2008)


Kashif Latif, Endocrinology 2017 St John Ave Hwy 51 By-Pass Dyersburg, TN 38024 731-285-7999 A reader writes: "After 3 doctors and several years of struggling to get a doctor to actually listen to what I was saying, someone recommended Dr. Latif. He sat down with me, listen to what I was saying. He took his time with me and wasn't looking at his watch every few minutes. Even though my TSH level was in the normal range I was still exhibiting signs of hypothyroidism. Dr. Latif looked deeper and found I wasn't breaking down the drug into a usable hormone. He changed my meds and has listened to how I feel and my symptoms along with lab work. I feel better than I had in years. Some of the weight is gone (none all but I'm still working on it) I am thankful everyday that I took that first trip to Dr. Latif's office. I believe he has given me back my life!!" (Added 11/02)

A reader writes:
"I just recently started seeing Dr. Latif, and I have a very good experience. Although I did have to wait a while, it was worth it to finally have a doctor tell what I have already suspected. My TSH was in "normal" range (3.46) so my other doctors (my GYN and GP) just told me to continue on the dose I had been taking from the get go even though I had told them I was continuing to experience the same symptoms. After talking to Dr Latif for only about 10 minutes, he told me that my 3.46 should be more like 0.4-1.0. It was such a huge relief. I have only been on the higher dose for a couple of weeks now and will have to be retested soon, but I am excited that I have finally found a doctor who will treat my symptoms more aggressively." (June 2008)


Dr Kent Grotefendt, Lakeside Medical Center, Hwy 58, Chattanooga TN, 423-894-9464 "He follows me and I am very complicated case." (Added Dec. 04)

Franklin (South of Nashville)

Dr. Robert Owen, 740 Cool Springs Blvd., Ste. 140, Franklin, TN, 37067, 615-778-0611, 615-778-0673, "Dr. Robert Owen is an allergy/ENT physician that also prescribes Armour Thyroid. He is a great doctor and uses allergy drops instead of shots in his practice. I highly recommend this physician." (August 2007)


Michael S. Overfelt -- NO LONGER LISTED


Dr. Allan Redash M.D., 590 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066 615-451-9810

A reader writes:
"Great doctor! Does Armour thyroid and also bioidentical hormones!" (March 2009)


G. Summers Chaffin, Family Practice, Family Wellness Group, 353 New Shackle Island Rd, Hendersonville, TN 37075 615-822-2400. A reader shares, "It took me 4 years to find him. You tell him your symptoms and you can see him thinking. He is an excellent diagnostician with a heart! Prescribes medication based on symptoms. Does lab work as needed."

Another reader loves Dr. Chaffin:
"I have been struggling with hypothyroidism for at least 10 years. I have sought out and been examined by so many different types of doctors to no avail until I began to have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands and couldn’t even hold dishes, I made an appt with a doc for this problem and then happened to read an issue of Prevention magazine that listed the symptoms of hypothyroid. I had EVERY symptom! I tried a new doctor, requested a TSH level, and there it was! This was the beginning of getting better--6 years ago. I have still struggled with depression and brain fog, I was on Levothroid, and it took all this time until I found Dr. Chaffin. I just told him how I felt, he listened intently, ordered many blood tests, changed my thyroid medicine, increased my hormone drug level, and placed me on an antidepressant. FINALLY!! I feel like my old self again after 10 years of struggling! There aren’t enough words to express how wonderful it is to have the right doctor. I want to share him with all those who need help in Tennessee."

Another reader writes:
"This is a wonderful doctor. I've been going to him since Jan. 2002. He is very caring and listens to your problems. Can't say enough about his mannerism and the way he makes you feel like you are his only patient. Other doctors at the Wellness Group are also good. The ladies up front are very nice and patient with you." (Added 6/02)

Note from Mary, 4/04 -- some patients have written to indicate that this doctor is very much a "by the TSH" practitioner, and will not prescribe T3 or T3 products. Be sure you are clear ahead of time what sort of diagnosis and treatment approach you prefer.


Dr. Raymond Fuller, D.O., Internal Medicine, 353 New Shackle Island Road, Suite C245, Hendersonville, TN 37075, 615-826-2265, "Dr. Fuller certainly understands how to treat thyroid disease. His philosophy is to watch FT3 and FT4, but above all, to be guided by symptoms. His goal for TSH is about 2.5, plus or minus your symptoms. He recognizes the full range of symptoms, even those that people have but are not on the ‘official’ list. He is the most wonderful doctor I have ever gone to. He was open to my suggestions about different medications and doses, and works with you to try different things until your symptoms are gone. My first appointment with him was like talking to a friend, with equal exchange—him listening to me and me listening to him. Very highly recommended!" (Added 4/04)


Rena Azar, Ob/Gyn, 980 hwy 28, Jasper, TN 37347, Phone: 423-942-1444, A reader writes: "Locally, she is the only dr who listened to my persistent symptoms and sent me for additional testing. I had Hashimoto's and after removal of gland found cancer encapsulated within thyroid nodule. She is still treating me." (Added: Dec. 04)

Johnson City

Alan Peiris, Endocrinologist / Metabolism, 423-461-7280. A reader writes: "He is very knowledgeable in thyroid problems, willing to listen and take time with his patients."


Sr. Thomas C. Prince Jr., Thyroid, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, 522-5101. A reader writes: "He has been my doctor for over 23 years. I know how caring he is and so do all who go to him. He is the best thyroid doctor in Tennessee. He is the best doctor one could see, if they have thyroid problems. My grandaughter is under his care at the preset time for thyroid problems. She has done so well, since she has been seeing Doctor Prince." (Added: June 2004)


Dr. Janet McNiel, Family Practice, 5917 Rutledge Pike, Knoxville, TN 37924, 865-525-2121, "After approaching both my family doctor and my endocrinologist about changing from Levoxyl to Armour, I was very discouraged that they wouldn't even consider that I still did not feel well. Dr. McNiel and her staff ordered more thorough thyroid tests than I had ever had before, measuring not just the TSH, she put me on Armour and just two months later, I am feeling so much better! She has also recommended I do another test, a complete female hormone profile and I am still considering that. Her nurse practitioner Elizabeth Tedford also deserves acknowledgement, as she is who is working directly with me." (Added Dec. 04)


Billy Pruitt, General practice/internist/primary care, 501 20th St, Knoxville TN, 37916, 865-522-8141. "I had a doctor whom I will not name, who insisted that i was suffering from depression and wanted me to take anti-depressants. I disagreed with him and refused treatment. He dismissed me as a patient. Lucky for me, I found Dr Pruitt and through simple blood tests, he discovered that I had endocrinologist.we have changed the dosage a couple of times, but I am doing wonderful. Dr Pruitt is a doctor that will listen to his patients and not simply symptoms. I would not see another doctor unless Billy Pruitt says that I should." (August 2007)


Brenda McFarlin -- NO LONGER LISTED. Not practicing. (June 2006)


Kevin Merigian, general practice and holistic. The Stone Institute, Inc. The Center for Wellness Arts 8200 Old Dexter Road, Suite 103 Cordova, TN 38018 (901) 757-4646 Fax: (901) 757-4546 Board certified in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Forensic Medicine, Emergency Medicine & Integrative (Alternative) Medicine. This reader gushes, "On my first visit Dr. Merigian spent over an hour with me, (you read correctly, an HOUR) taking a careful history and asking questions about the most successful thyroid treatment I have received, as I have lived in several states. He does not place great value on lab values, and treats based on the patient’s symptoms. He routinely prescribes Armour and put me back on Armour much to my relief. In fact I brought my bottles of Synthroid and Cytomel and placed them on the counter. He took one look at them and said, "I don’t like those drugs." I knew I was in the right office! Nearly three weeks later, I brought my son in for a sick visit. Dr. Merigian was walking down the hall and saw me seated, waiting for the nurse to weigh my son. He immediately recognized me and asked how I was feeling now that I was back on the Armour. He wanted to know if I had relief from my symptoms, and offered to increase my dose. In the end we decided that, since I felt better than I did before I came to see him, I will call him in two weeks to let him know if I think I need to change my dose. He doesn’t believe in monthly lab work, in fact, he said I only have to come in every six months, unless there is a problem in which case I am to call him. He treated me with respect and dignity and even acknowledged, "You know more about your body, and your disease than I do because you have lived with (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) for six years, and I haven’t." When was the last time you had an experience like that at the doctor’s office?! Dr. Merigian is kind and has his patient’s best interest at heart. He has been shunned by some of his peers for doing things like prescribing Armour and thinking outside the box, but I thank God for finding this doctor for me who cares how I feel and not what my TSH says. Another note: Dr. Merigian will be starting his own practice, moving to Cordova, within a few months. The new location is approximately 12-14 miles from the existing office he shares with a conventional medical group."

Another reader recommends Dr. Merigian:
"Dr. Merigian via this web site on October 30,2002. I had begun to feel 100 year old at age 44. I was in constant pain in my joints, suffering chronic Candida yeast infections, insomnia, dizziness, and more symptoms. I had been seeking help with different health care providers for 15 years and was being treated for symptoms. I was on Prozac, Mecclizine, Nexium, hormone replacement therapy and more. Dr. Merigian saw me and spent an hour going over my medical history. He then ordered some tests to be done that were performed in his clinic by his nurse, Linda. I went back for a follow-up visit after my tests and spent another hour discussing my problems and treatment. My major problems were thyroid inactivity and Candida. After two and a half months of treatment with includes both conventional and herbal remedies I feel like a new person. My energy levels are great, I am pain free, sleeping seven hours nightly, and no longer on any of the previous medications I was on. Dr. Merigian knows medicine and he believes in healing the ailment rather than treating symptoms. The reason I contacted him was the referral on this website said that he "thinks outside the box". This is so true. I am amazed that he has turned my health around with strict diet and mostly natural treatments in such a short period of time. His credentials are impressive also. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Dr. Merigian and the Stone Institute. The clinic is a place that is a pleasure to go to as his staff is super nice." (Added 2/03)

(Note from Mary: This doctor can be expensive, and does not take insurance, so discuss fees in advance of your appointment. Jan 04)


Kashif Latif, Endocrinology, 6005 Park Ave., Suite 902, Memphis, TN 38119, 901-821-0025/fax-901-821-9509. "Dr. Latif is the top doc in my book because i believe he saved my son's life. He is a caring person, truly interested in the patients input about his or her condition. He is always kind and patient plus gives each individual his time and attention. He is very thorough in his explanations and answers all questions a patient might have, this is something we can really appreciate, I dislike doctors that talk down to their patients, and make them feel insignificant. Dr. Latif is the best, and we appreciate him more than words can means a lot, and we do have faith in him, God bless ya doc - and thank you!!" (added 1/04)


Dr. John Tetzeli, Endocrinologist, 5659 South Rex Road, Memphis, TN 38119, 901-763-3636

"Dr. Tetzeli has been my only doctor who could find out anything that was wrong with me. At first, I was continuing to gain weight, was very irritable, freezing cold all the time, and my hair was brittle/falling out. After finding out my levels, he worked with me over the next 6 months to get my dosage of medicine correct. Over the last year, he has been also helping me figure out what else is going on with me. I was just exhausted, and I felt awful. All I wanted to do was sleep. He continued to test MANY different types of possibilities of what could be wrong. Dr. Tetzeli found out that I had a Vitamin D deficiency. He treated me for that and is trying me out on an antidepressant. He NEVER has given up on me, even while other doctors would. Also, as a person, there could not be a more caring doctor. He has always been willing to sit and listen to everything that was wrong, and he wants to make sure every question I have is answered before I leave. If I ever have a question, he tells me to call, and his nurse or he will call me back. If it's something basic, his nurse will call. However, if it is something that is concerning to him, he will always call me (even if it means he calls at night or on the weekends). Even when he had a family member in the hospital, he called to answer my concerns I had about my health - How many doctors do you know that would do that? As you can see, there are many reasons he should be given the title of a "Top Thyroid Doctor" in Memphis." (May 2008)


Dr. Bruce Wilson, Cardiology, 188 S. Bellevue, Memphis TN 38104, 901-725-4400. "Dr. Wilson is a caring physician who listens to your concerns even the tiny bits of information that most physicians dismiss. He listened and answered my questions and immediately requested tests that would give the whole picture. He called me at home to give me my results and the treatment plan once the tests were in and referred me to an endocrinologist for management of my problems. He is a wonderful person and a caring physician who stays abreast of current information." (added 1/04)


Judy Spencer -- no longer listed


Dr. Mark Sherfey, 4355 Hanging Limb Hwy, Monterey, TN, 38574 (931)-839-7672,

A reader writes:
"Dr. Sherfey has helped me with thyroid and adrenal fatigue issues. He looks at free T3 and free T4 rather than just TSH. He is familiar with prescribing Hydrocortisone when necessary. He is a kind and caring doctor." (March 2009)


Dr. Julie Hendrix, Endocrinologist, Midstate Endo and Assoc, 615-329-5029. A reader tells us that Dr. Hendrix, "makes herself available by e-mail and answers me very promptly no matter how strange the question. She always goes by the way I'm feeling. She has been a great help since my 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, and is now treating her too. I had thyroid Cancer and she really helped me through it medically and emotionally. she is very caring and interested in her patients."

A reader writes:
"She is a very caring doctor & she answers your questions promptly. I no longer in the state but she is such an excellent doctor that I travel back to see her." (Added Apr 06)


Lee Parks, Endocrinologist, Vanderbilt Hospital, Nashville, TN

A reader writes:
I formally went to an endo listed on top docs on this web site who has recently been removed for whatever reason...thank God; I left her practace and went to Vanderbilt with Dr. Parks. For the first time since my cancer (total thyroidectomey) 2 years ago I found someone who goes the extra mile and orders test when protocol says its"probably ok, we'll watch it." My thyroglobulin was .3 (by the way my other endo NEVER did one)and Dr. Parks went ahead with the RAI and ultrasound (never had a ultrasound with other endo); fortunately he did because 5-6 lymph nodes showed enlargement (scheduled for biopsy) and an uptake of iodine in my esophagus (scheduled for a CT of my chest). Dr. Parks is patient, lets me talk as much as I want and does not discourage internet research as long as it is a reputable source; I have never waited over 5 minutes and actually got me in 2 hours early, as I had traveled form out of town and arrived early. Can access my labs online, can communicate with Dr. Parks online, and he calls me personally to inform me of my results, then posts them on the website for me to review. " (March 2009)


W. Thomas Patten Jr. M.D, Family Practice, 22nd Ave North, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-324-2154. A reader writes: "Dr. Patten is the most wonderful and caring doctor. He listen to everything I had to say and was very open to information that I had brought with me about Armour thyroid, he thought it was great that I was taking steps to be informed about my own health. He prescribed Armour thyroid for me. And I feel better than I have in years. I just can't say enough about how great he is." (Added Apr 06)


J. David Forbes , MD, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 2931 Berry Hill Drive, Suite 100, Nashville, TN, 37204, 615-385-7001 Fax 615-385-7767,,

"Dr. Forbes follows most of the guide lines that are recommended on this web site. They have many thyroid patients being successfully treated with these concepts." (June 2008)


Dr. Terri Jerkins -- NO LONGER LISTED


Dr. Brian J. Foley -- NO LONGER LISTED


Shubhada M. Jagasia -- No longer listed (October 2006)


Dr. Craig Wierum -- no longer listed

Oak Ridge

Safwan Hamwi, MD, Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology, 200 New York Ave., #310, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, Phone:(865)482-9565/Fax:(865)482-5750, Website. "Our insurance changed after a total thyroidectomy for which pathology reports confirmed cancer. I was in the middle of treatment and due for a follow up scan. Dr. Hamwi stepped in without missing a beat and is one of the most personable doctors I've ever met. He was aggressive in ablating my remaining thyroid tissue and felt that my thyroid replacement therapy dosage would depend on how I was feeling and not just my blood work levels. Dr. Hamwi always took time to answer all of my questions thoroughly without making my visits feel rushed. He and his staff are friendly and caring, and I never had to wait long to be seen. The office was also very willing to request TSH boosting injections to allow me to remain on my thyroid hormone prior to my full body scan." (Added Dec. 04)

Oak Ridge

Dr. Jeff Grabenstein, Internist, 653 Briarcliff Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, Phone: 865-482-6080, A reader writes: "I have been hypothyroid for 12 years, but Dr. Grabenstein was the only doctor I've seen that tested my entire thyroid panel and give the medicines my body needed. I am a NEW person because of him. He takes his time with you, listens to all your symptoms, and follows up with you at home. Without him (base on my first test results he ordered) I would have been in the hospital undergoing multiple tests. With the right dosage of thyroid medicine, I no longer need BP medicine and no longer have palpitations, I have so much more energy, more hair, better skin, better GI results, better memory, and all around a better wife and mom! God Bless Dr. Grabenstein!!! " (Added: Dec. 04)

Oak Ridge

Dr. Elaine Bunick -- no longer listed (June 2008)


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