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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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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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Angie's List!

Amarillo

Dr. Ken M. Brantley, MD PHD PA, Endocrinology & Metabolism, 1215 Coulter Suite M, Amarillo Tx 79106, (806) 354-0895. "Dr. Brantley listens to what you say and when he asks how you are, he REALLY means it. He prescribes Synthroid first to see if a patient is one of the 90% that do well on it, but if they don't he WILL prescribe Armour and will work with you until you feel well."

Another reader adds:
"Finally, a doctor who does not just rely on thyroid tests but listens to you and learns that in your family the tests are not accurate. After years of searching for a doctor that will not make you feel mentally ill, someone sees your goiter and says, 'Yes, you have a thyroid problem' and helps you." (Added 11/02)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Brantley is genuinely concerned with helping you feel better. He's the first specialist that has actually helped me with my hypothyroid problem. God Bless Him!!! You won't go wrong with this doc!! " (Added: Dec. 04)

Amarillo

Dr. Ben Chavez, MD, Internal Medicine, 3501 S. Soncy Rd., Ste. 134, Amarillo, TX 79119, 806-331-2400. A reader writes:
"Dr. Chavez is one of the most caring physician's I've ever met (& I've been in the medical industry for 30 years!). I was having severe symptoms of grave's disease & he listened, took the time to make me feel like I mattered. He immediately tested me for grave's disease & started treatment with PTU. When I didn't want to undergo ablation, he understood. I weighed the pros & cons of the available treatments & decided to continue PTU along with Toprol XL for tachycardia. My thyroid levels have been normal for over 2 years now with no symptoms whatsoever. My blood counts & thyroid levels have all been normal to this day. I have since moved to OK & every doctor I talk to here won't even consider "allowing" me to continue with my current regimen. All they will consider is ablation. I will continue to drive 6 hours to see Dr. Chavez because he considers every patient as a complete person & doesn't feel that his way is the only way. He considers what options are best for that patient." (Added Apr 06)

Arlington

Dr. Charles Hamel, ENT, 4412 Matlock Ste 300, TX 76018, 817-468-7755. A reader writes: "Dr. Hamel really listens to his patients and encourages you to be an active participant in your treatment. He treats the whole patient, not just the lab work numbers. His office staff is wonderful. I have never had a problem with getting return calls. Marie is the best! This office practices a good balance of traditional and complementary medicine. This doctor works with you to get to the bottom of whatever is wrong, which is refreshing. I never feel rushed in my visits and both he and his nurse take the time to explain concepts thoroughly. Some treatment options may not be covered by traditional insurance, but it is well worth the investment to your health. Dr. Hamel works with all types of thyroid medications (he is not biased to just offering Synthroid)." (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
"Totally changed my life, mostly by fixing what 10 other doctors said was "not" low thyroid. Always has an answer or suggestion for me. Personable and very, very awesome!" (Added June 2005)

Another recommendation:
"Dr. Hamel is exceptional. His staff is also fantastic!" (Added 10/05)

Austin

Dr. Ron Manzanero, Family Practice, 911 W. Anderson Lane #205, Austin, TX 78759, 512-343-6223/512-343-0727, www.austinintegrativemedicine.com. A reader describes Dr. Manzanero as "the most brilliant doctor I know in the Austin area. He is very knowledgeable about thyroid disease and how to treat it. He is very caring and very patient and meets all the requirements to be listed as a Top Doc."

Another reader likes Dr. Manzanero:
"I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s in 1987 while pregnant with my second child. I took Synthroid exactly as my endocrinologist recommended until 1998. In those 11 years I had gained over 50 pounds (yes, I exercised regularly), had Epstein Barr Virus (awful fatigue and more), had major depression for about the last three years before changing to Armour (yes, I tried all the anti-this’s and the anti-that’s for the depression) I had no feelings one way or the other. Yuck. He changed my thyroid med to Armour and recommended the use of a progesterone cream. He had me check my morning auxiliary (armpit) temperature (no other doctor told me there were other hypothyroid symptoms to watch for. He did all the blood tests plus listened to all that I had to say about how "I" felt. I have been in the healthcare field for as many years as I’ve been hypothyroid. And it is refreshing to be treated as a patient not a lab value! I must add he is extremely busy but very good!"

Still more praise:
This doctor, writes a reader, is "Awesome!" He, "Listens, really listens, cares about patient, not just lab values, is knowledgeable of latest research, and gives incredible emotional support."

Still more praise:
"I've only spent an hour with him and am on my second week of Armour, so I have no results yet, but I do feel that he answered my questions and addressed concerns far better than the OB/GYN who initially diagnosed me and said ‘just take Synthroid and you'll be fine in 6 weeks.’"

Another reader:
"Knows his stuff and REALLY listens" (Added 6/02)


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Austin

R. Anders Rosendahl, M.D. Thyroid Surgery 1927 Lohmans Crossing Road #201 Austin, Texas 78734 512-608-9595/512-608-9833, www.thyroidcancer.com

Note: Dr. Rosendahl does not accept insurance (Added 1/06)

A reader writes: "Dr. Rosendahl does nothing but thyroid surgery and has done thousands and thousands of thyroid operations. He is patient and takes all the time necessary to fully educate his patients about their thyroid problems." (Added 6/03)

Another reader recommends Dr. Rosendahl:
"I was very fortunate to find Dr. Rosendahl and travel to Austin to have my surgery done. He was so nice, and answered all our questions and then some. Also, we knew he was very competent and skillful. His secretary also was so nice in helping us with where to stay etc. What could have been a very stressful time was actually made pleasant by their kindness! Too bad there aren't more doctors like Dr. Rosendahl." (added 1/04)

More praise from a reader for Dr. Rosendahl:
"He is very informative, caring, experienced, and has a great sense of humor along with it!" (added 1/04)

Yet another reader writes:
"Dr. Rosendahl takes the time to explain your diagnosis, treatment, & options. He makes a point to treat you like an individual, not a lab test. He's intelligent, but still caring. I'd recommend him to anyone." (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Rosendahl is very helpful and caring. He truly listens and works to develop a relationship with his patients. I would highly recommend him. Even though he does not take insurance he is well worth it if you want a knowledgeable and caring doctor. " (Added Dec. 2006)

Austin

Dr. Luis Casauban -- No longer listed (October 2006)

Austin

Dr. Jeanne Galloway -- no longer listed (shifted focus to only breast cancer) (July 2008)

Austin

Ruthie Harper, Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Natural Hormones, 3901 Medical Parkway, Ste. 100, Austin, TX, 512-343-9355, http://www.ruthieharper.com/nma/drharper.html. A reader writes: "Dr. Ruthie Harper is a Board Certified Internist who has a very comprehensive, holistic approach to wellness and is a very caring doctor. She prescribes natural hormones (including Armour & Naturethroid) and does extensive testing for other related hormonal issues, and develops nutrition & lifestyle plans for her patients too." (Added Apr 06)

Austin

Dr. Jeffrey S. Zapalac -- no longer listed (May 2008)

Austin

Dr. Peter Scholl -- no longer listed (July 2008)

Austin

Thomas Blevins -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006)

Austin

Dr. William Franklin MD -- NO LONGER LISTED

Austin

Dr. David K. Harris -- NO LONGER LISTED

Austin

Simone Scumpia -- NO LONGER LISTED

Beaumont

From a pair of readers in Texas... "Good to hear from you! We are doing fine with our thyroid problems. Just wanted to send you the name of our endocrinologist in Beaumont, Texas, Dr. R.C. Hood. He is a great doctor and comes highly recommended from other doctors in our area. His nurse Sue is also very nice and helpful!"

Beaumont

Robert Morgan, Natural Hormone Replacement, 3430 Fannin, Beaumont, Texas 77701, 409-813-2761, www.beaumontwellness.com. A reader writes: "Mr. Morgan is absolutely terrific. He has given me my life back. I have been to many "specialist" who tried to help me but I never got better. I was always tired, never had any energy. My hair was falling out, my skin was dry, I could not focus or concentrate. Doctor after doctor tried my on synthroid, adjusted my doses and actually made me feel worse. Mr Morgan did a thorough history, checked my thyroid levels and found that my T3 was low. He explained placed me on Armour thyroid and within a month I felt like a new person. I brought my mother in to see him because she was having really bad hot-flashes and night sweats. She was driving the family crazy! He gave her some bio-identical hormones and fixed her too. My entire family wish to thank him for everything. He has changed our lives." (June 2006)

A reader writes:
"Robert Morgan at Beaumont Health and Wellness Clinic was the first person to ever treat me for thyroid problems even though I've suffered from symptoms since I was in my twenties. My mother and brother have had thyroid problems so I would get mine checked every year and doctors would tell me it was normal even though I felt it wasn't. I'm 44 yrs. old and since Robert Morgan started me on Synthroid, I feel so much better. I have more energy, I sleep better at night and the irregular heart-beat I've had since I was in my twenties is normal now. He's treating my mother with the bio-identical hormones and she hasn't felt as good as she does now in 30 years. I'm so glad someone finally listens to you instead of telling you you're fine and sending you on your way. What a Godsend!!!" (Added Dec. 2006)

Boerne

Aydin Ozan, General practice/internist/primary care, 1803 N. Main, Boerne TX, 78006, 830.816.2312. A reader writes: "Dr. Ozan is only in Boerne now, but is a great doctor, diagnosed my hypothyroidism. Worth the 20 mile drive from San Antonio!!! I had been to 3 other doctors before, as I suspected Hypothyroid." (August 2007)

A reader writes:
"I searched high and low, and found a good internal med doctor, who believes in natural medicine, and was patient with me, and suggested your books and several others about hormones and eating right. He is very sincere about patient care and i just wanted to hug him. he listened to everything i said, and even offered armor and a good endo and compounding pharmacy, and it has changed my life,and helped me so much, and slowly i am getting to what i would call back to normal. the office was clean and the nurses were friendly and kind. And did not mind giving me a copy of my test results, and he explained all the numbers to me and what they mean, and where i was low on hormones,or anything else related to my well being. i highly recommend this doctor,i live in San Antonio but it's worth the drive to see him." (Added October 2007)

Bullard

James Durrett, General practice/internist/primary care, 395 US HWY 69 N, Bullard, TX 75757. 903-894-3991 A reader writes: "I went to Dr. Durrett and asked to get Armour and he prescribed without hesitation and kept me on my dosage of 4 tabs per day. I was taking without a prescription. He prescribes both Armour and synthetic to patients. He listens and is very knowledgeable." (October 2006)

Bryan

Dr. Nolan Shipman, Ears,Nose & Throat, 3201 University Dr E, suite 425, TX 77802, 979-731-8284, http://www.shipmaninc.com/Home A reader writes: Doctor Shipman looks at physical symptoms to determine thyroid problems, does prescribe Armour and uses blood tests only to confirm that the levels agree with what he is observing. He alerted me to my low thyroid and had to do some convincing to get me to try it. But he was right and I feel much better and will go with this Doctor as long as I can." (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
I saw Dr. Shipman's recommendation on this website and I was so happy I decided to go see him. After two different Endocrinologists over a period of 2 years, several hundred dollars wasted, and all the while feeling miserable - I decided to take action. I needed a physician who was willing to treat my my symptoms and not my TSH labs. I did my research and came upon this listing. I prepared questions and a list of symptoms I was experiencing. Dr. Shipman immediately reassured me that he as an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor does handle hypothyroidism cases and is a strong believer in working to find the right medicine (Armour as well) for each patient. He is having me read three books about hypothyroidism and wants me to participate in the discovery process. Without hesitation, I would recommend him." (March 2009)

Burleson

Sheila Horseley, M.D., M.P.H. Preventive and Family Medicine 11803 South Freeway, Suite 312 Huguley Doctor's Building Burleson, TX 76028 ph 817-293-6988; fax 817-293-6729 A reader writes: "I have been battling the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism for about 1 1/2 years. After seeing a "recommended" doctor (Dr. Mair) who basically told me I was getting old and fat, and a surgeon who told me I was depressed, I finally stumbled across the very blessed Dr. Horseley. She actually looked me in the eye and LISTENED to me! I have only been on Armour for two weeks, but feel much better today than I have in the past 1 1/2 years. I wish I had gone to see her first..." (Added 11/02)

Carrollton

Dr. David Chihal, Surgeon, 4325 N. Josey, Suite 101 (Trinity Hospital) Carrollton, TX 75010 972-492-4006. A reader writes, "My gyno found a huge lump in my thyroid and referred me to Dr. Chihal, a head and neck surgeon. He is extremely knowledgeable about the thyroid and he explained what a lump meant. He went into detail about what tests would need to be performed, what they entailed, why they were necessary, and how surgery would be carried out if I needed it. I had to have a lobectomy and he did an amazing job. The incision is beautiful, I am lump free, and he was wonderful throughout the entire experience. He is an excellent doctor and surgeon. If I was going to have someone slit my throat again, I would want it to be him."

Clear Lake/Webster/Houston/Galveston

Dr. Lewis K. Clarke Clear Lake/Webster, Texas 17448 Hwy 3. Webster, TX 77598 (281) 332-1755 I want to recommend Dr. Lewis K. Clarke. His specialty is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and his goal for me was to get me feeling normal again so I function as a wife and mother. He really spent time with me and listened to me. He has his M.D. and also a Ph.D. in neurochemistry so he knows the science behind the medicine. He had me read your book and told me I'd see myself in those pages. He was right. Thanks for your book and all the help your giving us out here.

(Note: Some readers report that this doctor can be costly, and does not take insurance. Make sure that you know in advance what costs will be for first visit, additional visits and lab work.)

Corpus Christi

Dr. Jacqueline Cohn, 1521 S. Staples, Suite 801, Corpus Christi, Texas 78404, phone: 361-888-5794, fax: 361-887-7032.

A reader writes: "My doctor Jacquelin Cohn is the greatest doctor! I had a total hysterectomy at age 30. Had no idea that I was suffering from hormone problems. After surgery systems got worse, weight gain, PMS to the nth degree, retaining water and pretty much had the appearance of being pregnant. Certainly made me angry when I had all those parts removed already. I went for 4 years going from internist to internist, practically every doctor in our town. Finally on a playground during my youngest son's soccer practice another mother mentioned to me that I should find a good endocrinologist. I had never heard of that type of doctor before. I went to the yellow pages and at that time I found 2 and called the first one on the list! Lucky for me it was Dr. Cohn! She took down a little information, asked a few questions and reassured me, she could handle whatever problems I was having, it was just going to take a little time. She ran a extensive blood work and discovered my pituitary gland had problems, prolactin levels were high. Within a year my weight was on its way down, my attitude came up out of the depths of hades. I felt like I was sane after all. I LOVE MY DOCTOR, SHE WORKS MIRACLES! and her attitude towards her patients makes all the difference in the world!"

More praise for Dr. Cohn:
"When I initially went to see Dr. Cohn, I was under the care of another physician who was, as I found out later, undermedicating me. I felt terrible. Dr. Cohn was so informative and genuinely sincere I had to contain myself from hugging her! She has been my endocrinologist for about 5 years now and I’ve never felt better. She is always willing to listen to any complaints or suggestions you have, regardless of how small. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an endocrinologist."

Another reader recommends Dr. J. Cohn:
"After almost 2 yrs of misery with untreated Thyroid cancer and doctors telling me it was "my age"[Hmm, I didn't know life was over at 41], or stress, and I hope you are all reading this because you know who you are, I found Dr. Cohn who gave me my life back, she listens, she explains and she cares. Thanks to her I feel like my old self again, something I thought would NEVER happen." (Added 11/02)

Another reader adds:
"I, too, was under the care of another endocrinologist when I found Dr. Cohn. Over a 20-year period I had gone to 15 different doctors trying to get answers to my health problems. One had, in fact, put me on thyroid replacement, but at a dose that turned out to be half of what I needed. The others had decided I was little more than a hypochondriac. Dr. Cohn believed me when I told her about my symptoms. Instead of putting her faith in my test results, which were always normal, she treated my symptoms. Because of her the unknown thyroid cancer I had when I came to her was found and removed. Thanks to Dr. Cohn's amazing care I am alive." (Added 11/02)

More praise from a reader for Dr. Cohn:
"Dr. Cohn was recommended to me at the time I was pregnant with my second child. I see her on a regular basis for my thyroid condition as well as my diabetes and high blood pressure. I also suffer from cellulitis of both legs. She recommended to me to stay home from work on a more permanent basis. I worked as a school teacher. She helped me with all the paperwork so that I could stay home and elevate my legs so that they would not get swollen and infected. That was a year and a half ago and I have not had any problems with swelling of the legs. This has kept me out of hospitals. She sees me on a monthly basis to monitor my condition and even takes time from her very busy schedule to call her patients with their results from the lab. She explains everything very thoroughly. All her patients are very lucky to have as their doctor." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia because of the never ending pain, exhaustion, and weight gain. I had been to several doctors including specialists in several fields for at least two years. After my first visit with Dr. Cohn, she determined that they Synthroid was not good for me, that I needed to take thyroid. I also have goiters which she took the time to explain to me and generally made me feel a lot more comfortable. Aside from being a genuinely nice lady, she has virtually cured me! I can stop taking all those sleeping pills, pain pills, every other kind of pill! And I'm back down to 125 lbs! Thank you, Dr. Cohn!" (Added 4/04)

Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Elizabeth "Lee" Vliet -- No Longer Listed (October 2006)

Dallas

Dr. Peter Bressler, endocrinologist -- NO LONGER LISTED

Dallas

Robert DeVries, MD, Family medicine physician, 214 368 6197, SW corner of Preston and Forest.

Note: Readers report that this doctor will not prescribe Armour or other natural thyroid drugs. (March 2009)
NOTE: Some patients report that this doctor will NOT accept cash patients/uninsured patients who want to pay directly.


"A friendly and interesting fellow, he was a researcher in endocrine and fertility issues who now does medicine in private practice. He is hypothyroid himself, as is his wife, so he is very current on the issue and sympathetic as well. His office manager/receptionist is kinda wacky, but just let it slide. He listens well and uses quality labs for his blood work. From the Netherlands originally, his accent is a bit thick, but he has been in Texas for 30 years and speaks perfect English. I feel very safe in his hands." Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Another reader adds:
"A friendly and interesting fellow, he was a researcher in endocrine and fertility issues who now does medicine in private practice. He is hypothyroid himself, as is his wife, so he is very current on the issue and sympathetic as well. His office manager/receptionist Debbie, is very refreshing and in control of the office, she is a extremely capable Manager, who usually has multiple tasks in process at once, she is very friendly, you simply must visit with her and get to know her. Dr. DeVries listens well and uses quality labs for his blood work. From the Netherlands originally, his accent is still noticeable, but he has been in Texas for 30 years and speaks perfect English. My condition is noticeably improving whereas to last MD I went to (for a year) did not have any success." (Added 11/02)

More praise from a reader for Dr. DeVries:
"After 13 yrs. of being ignored and told I had to live with the effects of hypothyroid because a stupid piece of paper said my T4 was in normal range, I have found this wonderful human who is a doctor that will treat me as a person and not that piece of paper. He is a God send." (added 1/04)

Another fan:
"I was undiagnosed for 4 years. He completed a 90 minute health history and head to toe exam. He has sure I had Hashimotos , but the blood tests revealed hypothyroidism. He is kind, compassionate, a good listener, loves people and medicine. He believes you should listen to the patient because they know their body." (Added 1/06)

More praise:
"Dr. DeVries is the one to go to in Dallas if you have Hashimoto's. Thyroid disease is his passion (he attends international endocrinology conferences). He diagnoses not only with blood tests but with the Heel Reflex Response used by physicians long before blood tests were available (If you're not getting enough thyroid in your system, there will be a subtle reduction in your foot's response to the mallet--just like the test ALL doctors do on your knee to see if your leg "kicks" in response). He will give you Synthroid samples to take, telling you to increase the dosage every two weeks until you start to feel symptoms of getting too much--rather than ONLY relying on blood tests. (He believes in prescribing Synthroid because of quality control issues with Armour and generics.) He also understands the complexities of T3 and T4 balance. After having to BEG my previous doctor for an increase in my 25mcg Synthroid prescription, I was relieved to find a doctor who takes my SYMPTOMS into account as well as my TSH level (now almost zero, which doesn't bother him in the least!). Dr. DeVries even increased me from 175 mcg to 200 mcg just to get my cholesterol level down some more. He orders a FULL range of blood tests, but takes most insurance plans. Though he's listed as a family practice physician, he doesn't do gynecological exams or examine young children, so you'll need to go elsewhere for those. But if you're infertile from hormonal (not physical) problems, I would recommend him over a reproductive endocrinologist." (October 2006)

More input:
I just want to give a great feedback on Dr. DeVries, I read the good feedbacks in this website but once I met him my life changed, no one understood my conditions as well as he does and I felt I was in good hands, after he examined me I gain strength I was able to do my shores at home. I have hypothyroidism and I feel weak depressed but after I met him I felt much much better. I definitely recommend him."(August 2007)

A reader writes:
"Robert A.C. DeVries, M.D., PhD., has been my internist and endocrinologist since 1992. Dr. DeVries is a highly compassionate practitioner who cares deeply about his patients. His "old world" medical schooling (he is from Holland and received his first medical degree from The University of Amsterdam) is most apparent in his approach to his patients. Dr. DeVries know medications/drugs better than some pharmacist because, as a medical doctor in Holland, he had to learn to compound medications for his patients who lived too far away from a chemist (pharmacy). He is a naturally affable man who can diagnose illness by talking to and LISTENING intently to his patients (something most doctors do NOT do), examining them and then, at least in my case, has been proven correct by empirical tests. Dr. DeVries tries to give samples of a medication as opposed to prescribing it to help the patient defray the cost of the drug, in case it does not work or is inappropriate. Once it is decided that the medication works, he will then write a proper scrip for the drug. Until fairly recently, whenever I was admitted to the hospital where he has physician rights, whether or not he was on call, he would come to visit me every evening in the hospital, look over my charts and reassure me as only he has ever been able to do. Pressing family matters have caused him to discontinue his hospital visits, however, he always refers his in-hospital patients to physicians he trust. So far, they have been extremely competent and reliable, though they don't have his personality or his gentle assurances. I have recommended him to many friends and acquaintances and, without exception, he has helped them all in finding out their problems. He is honest and forthright, and if he feels he cannot handle your particular medical problem, Dr. DeVries will refer you to another physician he knows and trust (quite often his own personal physicians). I cannot say enough about what a kind, caring pe" (Added October 2007)

A reader writes:
Dr. DeVries and his office staff are very caring people. They are very attentive to their patients needs and addresses them accordingly. I find Dr. DeVries and his staff to be very knowledgeable in their area of expertise. Truly, they are a blessing from God!" (March 2009)

Dallas

Dr. Robert Jenkins -- no longer listed

Dallas

Brian Dickson, Endocrinology, Children's Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 214-456-5959, Fax: 214-456-5987, www.childrens.com/Patients_Families/HospitalServices.cfm?service2=Endocrinology "I have had thyroid problems since I was 2 weeks old, I am 24 now, and I wish I was still able to be seen by Dr. Dickson. If you have a child that has a thyroid problem, I highly recommend him. He always cared about my health and watched me carefully." (Added Dec. 04)

Irving

Marina Johnson, M.D., F.A.C.E., Endocrinologist, The Institute of Endocrinology and Preventive Medicine, 433 East Las Colinas Boulevard - Suite 900, Irving, Texas, 75039, Ph/Fax: 214-574-4376 214-574-4377fax. www.drmarinajohnson.com. "....a good doctor. She has helped me tremendously....she is amazing....there is a new doc in the practice and I don't know him or his background, but Marina would not have picked him if he was not in line with her practice." (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Another patient writes:
"I hear that she runs a lot of tests, but the person who told me about her said that her recommendations were very helpful." (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Another patient writes:
"An excellent endocrinologist....She saved a friend's foot overnight before the scheduled amputation (from diabetes). He's been doing great on it ever since. She really knows her stuff, especially for women. Whether or not you like her bedside manner, or office manner is another matter you would have to decide." (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Another patient writes:
"You'll probably get several responses recommending Dr. Marina Johnson. She has an office in Preston Center. I've never met a doctor that listened and thought about what you've told her like Dr. Johnson. Very intelligent and knowledgeable! She's an endocrinologist, but absolutely focuses on the whole body. She's into functional medicine and works with supplements and, as far as I can tell is open to, if not involved in, alternative therapies, as well as with prescription meds - depending on what's needed." (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Another patient writes:
"Brilliant she was a pharmacist before she became an endocrinologist MD" (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Another patient writes:
"The endo I go to now has an office in Dallas. Yes she is costly, but your life is invaluable! Marina Johnson is a gal who uses a wide range of treatments - she uses herbs when called for and only escalates to drugs when needed. She also uses only the best labs for testing. She used them for what they are good at. My blood work goes to 4 or 5 places depending on what she is testing for. Your erratic results may well be a result of a bad lab. They are more common than we want to think. If your insurance will do an 80/20 split or 70/30 split, go see Dr. j. She is gifted, intuitive and SKILLED at her work. She was also a pharmacist prior to becoming an endo. Be sure to tell the office you need a second opinion FAST. Have them get test results from your current doc - that will save you some time. She is heavily booked. Even without insurance that would cover her work, I would keep going to this woman - she has been right about everything she thought was wrong with me and I keep getting better each step of the way. The most recent epiphany was that my silver fillings were poisoning me. We got them all out this last month, using a dentist who takes the proper precautions for removing them. Dr J then gave me a couple of mineral infusions to help flush the mercury out of me. The ugly metallic taste in my mouth is now gone completely. It was gone as soon as the filings were out! I can drink decaf now and enjoy it. The least expensive way to work with her is to let her call the shots and do what she thinks needs to be done IMMEDIATELY. I made her take the slow road and it cost a lot more - especially on my health. I was really sick before we got to one of the major issues and it just happened to be something she thought was wrong after reviewing my health history at our first meeting. TRUST HER. Use a credit card, empty your IRA - but use her." (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Another patient writes:
"I stand by my previous recommendation of Dr. Marina Johnson. The good news is that she now has two offices, one in the mid-cities and the other in Preston Center in North Dallas! She's the only board certified endocrinologist I know who is skilled in both traditional medicine and alternative methods." (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Dr. Johnson herself wrote:
"Hello, I am an board-certified endocrinologist (MD) trained at UCLA. I have been in private practice for 16 years and I specialize in seeing patients with complex medical problems. I utilize various natural therapies in my practice. You can check my website for more information on my practice....." (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Dallas

Dr. Samuel P. Marynick, M.D., Endocrinologist, 3703 Gaston Ave., Suite 325 , Dallas, Texas 75246, 214-828-2444. "Dr. Marynick is very qualified in the area of medicine in which he practices, however we all know that doesn't always make for a "good doctor" you would recommend to others. Dr. Marynick has treated me with great respect during my diagnosis and treatment of Graves Disease. When I came to him, I had lost 90 pounds (in 6 months) and in great denial that something was seriously wrong with me... little did I know that I was days away from the disease hitting me very hard -- possibly losing my life at any day for the following 4-5 weeks. He has been a patient doctor, a teacher of the disease, a comforter at many times. He has hand written me on a couple of occasions following up and letting me know that he is thinking of me. He also sent a short note telling me he was sorry that he was out of town when I needed him one weekend - but he had a very good doctor on call for him that I did speak with. He has taught me about this disease as well as my husband, he has been medically on top of the problem for the past 6 weeks with a great confidence I would become well again. He has handed me pieces of books to read, articles to read, and suggested books and reviewed web sites so that I do not get bad information. He has been open, honest, and to the point - at times the directness is exactly what I needed to snap me into reality. On top of his wonderful qualities, he has surrounded himself with a very well medically trained staff with great compassion. You feel like an extension of that office and it is not a scary place to come visit. When there is bad news (or good news as I look back - they saved my life!) they are there with you until you are okay %26 every question you have has been answered. I know Dr. Marynick is only human - but to my family of 5 he has kept us together and is one of our heroes!"

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Marynick takes the fear out of the unknown by providing conscientious and detailed information about your condition. He was able to identify and help treat a brain tumor I have had. It's position and location has caused me to miscarry on many occasions. He is thoughtful, considerate of your time and expense, and works to thoroughly review medical history to determine the best approach for each patient. I am thankful he was recommended to me." (Added 6/05)

Dallas

Holistic physician/allergist, Dr. William Rea, Environmental Health Center, 8345 Walnut Hill, Dallas, TX, 214-368-4132. "Dr. Rea is a superb holistic physician who works with other holistic professionals on some very challenging cases. He understands the connections between hormones, nutrition, environment and psychology and has really helped some of my friends when no one else could." (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Dallas

Dr. William H. Snyder, III, Endocrine Surgeon, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Cntr. Aston Ambulatory Care Center -- Seventh Floor 5323 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas -- Texas 75235-8476 214-648-3331 Telefax 214-648-8476. A reader writes: "Dr. Snyder is a very personable doctor. He has been wonderful with my 11 year old daughter who has Thyroid Cancer. He will sit down and listen to everything she has to say and take the time to explain everything to her as well as me. He calls me at home to check on her and even talks to her on the phone and explains things to her. I cannot say enough good things about him.

Dallas

Dr. Jaime J. Vasquez, DO Family practice, 2929 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219 214 528-1083. A reader writes: "He literally took out a pen and pad and drew the entire endocrine system, asking the whole time if I understood. Then he told me that he would not let me get taken advantage of by this disease and many doctors feel that it is easily controlled. He knows it isn't. He also calls you at HOME to see how you are feeling. And also- a VERY good, soothing bedside manner."

Dallas

Stephen Aronoff MD, 5480 La Sierra Dr, Dallas, TX 75231-4108 Phone: (214) 363-5535 Practice Areas: Endocrinology Services: Diabetes and Thyroid Disorders. A reader writes: "In the Dallas Texas area Dr. Aronoff was named the top endocrine doctor of the year in the Dallas area, he's understanding listens to the patient and is very good. His staff is wonderful and very in tune with the latest tests and procedures. All the other doctors are very good and highly recommended as well. I highly recommend him." (Added Dec 04)

Another fan:
"He’s the best, period. He knows it all. His staff is wonderfully supportive, too. He is on most insurance plans." (Added 10/05)

Dallas

Dr. Margaret Christansen, GYN, 9601 White Rock Trail Ste. 219, Dallas, TX 75238, 214.553.5832, Christensen Center for Whole Life Health, www.christensencenter.com

A reader writes: "I've been looking for a Doctor like Dr. Christianson for years. She is very knowledgeable on thyroid, hormones, menopause, adrenal glands, etc. She is compassionate, listens thoroughly and incorporate mind, body and spirit. She also has great seminars and classes for total healing. I've never been so impressed by a doctor before. The medical community has usually let me down in the past but Dr. Margaret Christianson has restored my faith in Doctors. You will not be disappointed. I finally feel like I'm on track!" (Added Apr 06)

Denton

Filippo Masciarelli, Family practice, 3537 S I-35, Suite 317, Denton, TX 76205, 940-484-1887. "This doctor is in family practice but keeps up with all the new research in lots of areas. He is willing to consider additional therapy for anyone whose TSH is above 2 or so, if they are symptomatic. He probably saved my husband's life last year, by recommending a routine PSA (prostate cancer test) even though my husband is younger than the age they routinely order that test, and was asymptomatic. (they found cancer and successfully operated.) Dr. Masciarelli is a kind, caring guy who will educate you on your disease, whatever it may be, and answer any questions. The office staff is wonderful too." (Added 6/02).

Denton

Dr. Yeatts, and Sandy Lockwood, NP, General practice/internist/primary care, 2701 W. Oak St., Ste. 101, Denton, TX 76201, 940-566-3700

A reader writes:
"Dr. Yeatts is a wonderful doctor who is always researching new methods of treating thyroid problems and involves her patients in deciding their method of treatment. She encourages natural supplements and bioidentical hormones if needed. She prescribes Armour thyroid as well as other thyroid medications. I am so thankful to have found her! She is truly a "partner" in my medical care!" (October 2006)

A reader writes:
Well...what a ride this has been trying to find a doctor who will take the time to listen to me and the concerns I have about my health. I initially found this doctor on this website. Sandy Lockwood is Dr. Yeatts Nurse Practitioner and she was amazing. She asked me all the right questions and really listened. She knows what tests to run to find out the root of problem without me having to ask for the right tests based on my own research. She was warm, engaging and kind. I have no doubt that she will take the necessary steps to get me in optimal health. It's a rarity to come across medical professionals willing to do whatever it takes with an excellent bedside manner. I finally found my doctor!" (March 2009)

El Paso

Dr. Christine Hernandez, Internal Medicine, El Paso. A reader describes Dr. Hernandez, "After seeing an endocrinologist for 6 months and not making very good progress on synthetic T3/T4 meds, I have been blessed to have started seeing Dr. Christine Hernandez. She is very familiar with treating Thyroid patients, patients with conversion problems, and has had a lot of success with treating patients with Armour Thyroid. She will listen to you, and is not threatened by patients being informed about their disease. I highly recommend her. She has a very busy practice, and it may take a while to get in to see her but it is worth the wait."

Another recommendation:
"Has been committed to working with me to get my thyroid levels under control for the past 8 years. She listens, is willing to read the books I bring her and has done extensive research on hypothyroidism in order to assure good quality of life for me and others who suffer from hypothyroidism. I am now feeling so good and I am even losing the weight that I put on over the years. She has been so supportive and so willing to try new things and it has worked. I am now on a combination of Synthroid and Thyrolar and have been stable on this dosage for over a year." (Added 6/02)

Another reader recommends Dr. Hernandez:
"She is a listening, caring doctor who knows about the interaction of thyroid with adrenal problems. She will prescribe Cortef. It takes a while to get an appointment, but she is so worth it!" (Added 11/02)

Another reader writes:
"She knows about thyroid and the adrenal interaction. She prescribes Cortef and Armour. She is definitely worth waiting for an appointment - it takes a while. She is wonderful!" (Added 2/03)

Fort Stockton / Sanderson (Formerly in Arlington, TX)

John Paul Schwartz D.O., Osteopath/DO, Cactus Health Services, 614 W Dickinson, Ft Stockton, TX, 79735, Ph/Fax: 432-336-8110. "He was able to help me feel better than any other doctor in the last 10 years by treating me instead of going by what's supposed to be "normal"." (added 1/04)

Another fan:
"He listens to how you feel and looks at everything that may be triggering your problem. He treats you as an individual." (Added 10/05)

A reader writes:
"I agree with the other entries about Dr. Schwartz. He does listen, and gives you a full explanation and then treats you in a way that you are both comfortable with and that you fully understand. He is with out a doubt a TOP DOC and my only regret is not finding him years sooner when my Cancer first appeared and I had to endure an entire array of by the book Physicians." (Added Apr 06)

Fort Worth

Dr. Jamie Castro, Endocrinologist, 1650 West Rosedale, Suite 103, Fort Worth, TX 76104 817-334-0137. A reader writes: "Dr. Castro is a great doctor. He takes his time and answers all questions. He will show you the problem and explain the treatment. Dr. Castro is good about promptly returning phone calls and encourages calls about any questions or problems you encounter. He has successfully treated my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I truly believe he is a Top Doc."

Fort Worth

Dr. Paul J. Goldman, Internal Medicine, Fort Worth Diagnostic Clinic, P.A. 1650 W. Rosedale, Suite 100, Fort Worth (817)338-1131. A reader writes, "Dr. Goldman has been treating hypothyroidism with combined T4 AND T3 (Thyrolar) for 20 years, is open-minded about treatments other than the most typical, is willing to listen to his patients and treats each patient as an individual. (Don’t expect a rushed visit.)"

Fort Worth

"My endocrinologist is THE best doctor I have ever had the pleasure of meeting - and from working both in mental health and hospice, I've met A LOT of doctors.... However, I didn't write before because he is all the way in Fort Worth at the Harris Methodist Hospital Professional Building.... His name is Dr. Kenneth Mair and phone number is (817) 820-2890. When I first went to see him in '97 and was dx with Grave's disease I do remember talking to him briefly about alternative tx's as opposed to surgery and radioactive medicine to take out or kill the thyroid... I ended up taking the radioactive pill to kill my thyroid (which put me into hypothyroidism for which I now take synthetic thyroid meds) Once, stabilized, I visit him once a year.... He's really a sweet gentle soul." (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Another reader recommends Dr. Mair:
"I'm a cancer patient. My thyroid and tumors were removed a few years ago and it took awhile to get my meds at the correct level for me. If I tell him I don't feel well he takes me seriously and works with me to make things right." (Added 11/02)

Fort Worth

Joseph McWherter -- No longer listed (October 2006)

Ft. Worth

Sheila Horsley, Preventive and Family Medicine, 11803 South Freeway, Suite 312, Ft. Worth, TX 76028, 817-293-6988. A reader writes: "Dr. Horsley took me from being disabled with hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia in 1987 to recovery. She listens, tries new things and is open for discussion. Her treatment includes natural medications, supplements, and shots as well as prescription drugs." (Added: June 2004)

Fort Worth

Dr. Larry Sharp, Family Practice, 4521 S. Hulen St, Suite 200, Fort Worth, TX, 817-924-1010. A reader writes: "Dr. Sharp listened to all my symptoms and recommended extensive blood work to determine my problem. Dr. Sharp aggressively attacks each patient’s cause with medicine, supplements, and IV’s. He knows that each individual patient’s symptoms must be treated specifically in order for the patient to get better. I highly recommend Dr. Sharp." (Added 10/05)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Sharp listened, and treated me as a patient. Not a number. I was so impressed on his knowledge. He is the one Dr. of many I've seen who truly cares, and takes care of each patient, for who they are and what is wrong with them."(August 2007)

Fort Worth

Darren Lackan, M.D. , Endocrinologist, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-263-0007. "Dr. Lackan really listened to my problems and didn't just brush me off. He used a combination of Synthroid and Cytomel to help me feel back to normal. He and his clinic treated me like family." (August 2007)

Note: this doctor is a strong opponent of Armour, and won't prescribe it (July 2008)

A reader writes:
"I have been hyper for about 3 years and Dr. Lacken was my third endo. I have been seeing Dr. Lacken since July 2007. I was taking 5-10mg of Tapazole and 160 mg of Inderal a day. Then I switched to Dr. Lacken. He immediately took charge of my thyroid and I had radiation within a few months. He monitored my hormone levels very closely. Now I am hypothyroid. Which I have to admit scares me, after being hyper so long. Anyway, anytime I have questions I normally get an answer the same day. Everyone in his office is very friendly. He didn't mind explaining things to me two and three times. I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks!" (May 2008)

Fredericksburg

James R. Partin, MD, PA, 205 W. Windcrest, Suite 310, Fredericksburg, Tx. 78624, 830/ 990-1367. A reader writes: "Dr. Partin is the only doctor that has ever cared to work with me on my thyroid problem.. All the others just treated my thyroid condition as though it was a real bother and all in my head... Dr. Partin is not only the best doctor for my thyroid but, he is also just a great caring doctor for all the other health problems we seem to have.. I trust him completely with our family." (Added: June 2004)

Garland

Qing Jia, Endocrinologist, Garland, Texas, Phone/Fax: 972-494-6235
A reader writes: "Qing Jia, M.D. (pronounced "CHING GEE-ah") is a very compassionate young Chinese doctor who seriously cares about her patients. She speaks fluent English and there is NO problem in understanding her. She is located near Baylor Garland in Garland, Texas. I was referred to her by my dentist's wife who has had serious and life-threatening thyroid disease. Dr. Jia helped her tremendously and was highly recommended. On my first visit with Dr. Jia, she spent a considerable amount of time TALKING to me, LISTENING to me, getting my history, etc., and having all the proper lab tests run. I was diagnosed almost a year ago with Type 2 diabetes. Aside from my internist, Dr. Jia is the only doctor who has been willing to help and overlook my physical attributes to get to the core of the problem. She is very kind, very helpful and very, very understanding. Her attitude is one of sincere care about her patients and in helping them in any way she can with their problems. Dr. Jia is extremely careful to administer diabetes medications that do not interact with my current medications. Recently, I went in for blood/lab work and ended up feeling so bad, I asked if they could work me in and they did (which is almost unheard of). We are still in the "processing stage" (my term for it) in finding which medications work best for me. Dr. Jia's nurses are well-informed, friendly and they know their business. If I have a "problem," it's only that messages left for her do not seem to reach her (for unknown reasons) and the receptionist who answers the phone is not very helpful. Once you get past that, however, seeing Dr. Jia is well worth the trouble. I highly recommend Qing Jia, M.D." (Added October 2007)

Henderson

Dr. Brenda Vozza-Zeid, Internal Medicine, 100 Zeid Blvd. Suite A, Henderson, TX 75652, 903-655-1153, "Dr. Vozza-Zeid is very knowledgeable in treating thyroid disease. She listens, takes her time while treating, offers suggestions, and keeps a positive attitude!" (Added Dec. 04)

Hurst

Stevan Cordas DO MPH, Internal Medicine, 1237 South Ridge Court, Hurst Texas 76053, 817-268-1766, www.drcordas.com "Has used T3/T4 for years." (added 1/04)

Houston

Dr. Joy Blumenreich, G.P. - Well Women Exams, Whole Health Associates, 1406 Vermont, Houston, TX 77006, 713-522-6336. http://www.wholehealthassoc.com. "A very laid-back person. She listens to my concerns and seems to care about me as a person, not just another lab value. Willing to work with me on alternative treatments, like Armour. Reads and discusses all the articles I send her from this website, especially the ones discussing blood work ref. ranges. She works with a group of nutritionists that can recommend natural supplements to complement the prescription thyroid drugs. Her office is in an old house in the Montrose area, so don't expect a high tech atmosphere!"

Note: As of Dec 04, it's reported that Dr. Blumenreich is not accepting new patients.

Houston

William M. Bond, Family Practice, 7474 S. Kirkwood, #104, Houston, Texas 77072, 281-495-7534/ Fax 281-575-1442. "Reliable Doc and gives good advises about Armour for hypothyroidism." (added 1/04)

Another recommendation:
"Very knowledgeable doctor. He spent over an hour with me discussing my health. The wait time to see him is about 30 minutes to one hour. He spends lots of time with his patients. Well worth the wait." (Added 10/05)

Houston

Michael Allon, OB/ Gyn, Endcrinology, PCOS, Infertility, 10901 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079, 713-467-4488, www,drallon.com. A reader writes: "Genuinely cares for patients needs and spends time with them to reassure they are in the right place. He is my 3rd OBGyn and Endo in 6 years in Houston...I think I will stay with him. Its not all about the numbers, he cares about your quality of life." (June 2006)

Houston

Dr. Zaniewski-Singh -- no longer listed

The Woodlands

Dr. Sakina H. Davis M.D./PA, 9595 Six Pines Drive Suite 6250, The Woodlands, Texas 77380. 281-362-0014

"She is the physician's asst of Dr. Steven Hotze M.D. Very GOOD DOCTOR!!!" (June 2006)

The Woodlands

Dr. Kathleen Weisenburger -- no longer listed

The Woodlands

Dr. Ulupi Choksi -- no longer listed (May 2008)

Houston

Dr. Amin R. Jamal M.D., P.A., Specializing in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Lipids, 7777 Southwest Frwy, Suite 802, Houston, Tx 77074, 713-270-1800 / 713-270-1803.

Note: Some patients caution that you can expect long waits in this doctor's office, and you may have difficulty getting information from the office staff. (May 2008)

A reader writes: "Dr. Jamal is a great doctor. He listens to his patients. He uses tests, but does not dismiss my input. He listens to how I am feeling and is willing to discuss different options. I have been completely convinced that he really cares about my quality of life and is willing to help me get back to feeling normal." (Added 4/04)

Houston

Dr. Steven Hotze, Bioidentical Hormone Therapy / Allergy Treatment, 20214 Braidwood Dr., Suite 215, Katy, Texas 77450, 281-579-3600 / 281-579-3698, www.hotzehwc.com. http://www.hotzehealth-wellness.com/

Note: As of March 2009, Dr. Hotze himself is not seeing patients

"Dr. Hotze & his staff of two other MDs pay attention to the patient. They believe in using bioidentical hormones as opposed to counterfeit hormones that the body has never seen before. You are a guest, not just another patient. They have their own compounding pharmacy and vitamin store in the same building. For thyroid, Armour is their choice. The treatment regimen there has changed my life! They also look at allergies and food allergies in particular. The yeast free/grain free diet will do wonders for those with yeast problems or elevated Candida antibody counts. The lab work is very complete using a particular lab that provides the proper assay. I wholeheartedly recommend the Hotze Health & Wellness Center." (added 1/04)

Another reader recommends Dr. Hotze:
"His center is the best! My whole family is treated like guests, not patients. They will listen forever. The nurses call to check on you periodically. They fix the thyroid problem, as well as the other hormones out of balance naturally. It is worth the money and health derived from the experience of going to them. They listen! My insurance covered about 1/2 of the expenses." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"I am feeling the best I've felt since being diagnosed with Hashimoto's back in 1999 after beginning the treatment regimen provided for me by The Hotze Health & Wellness Center. I traveled from Austin, TX, for the initial consultation and testing, etc., and have been able to do follow-up labs from here in Austin." (Added June 2005)

A reader writes:
"I am feeling the best I've felt since being diagnosed with Hashimoto's back in 1999 after beginning the treatment regimen provided for me by The Hotze Health & Wellness Center. I traveled from Austin, TX, for the initial consultation and testing, etc., and have been able to do follow-up labs from here in Austin. The Hotze Health & Wellness Center focuses on the treatment of airborne and food allergies, chronic yeast overgrowth, natural thyroid hormone supplementation, natural hormone replacement, adrenal fatigue, vitamin and mineral supplementation and nutrition. This comprehensive program enables guests of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center to boost their immune systems, increase their energy levels and enjoy a better quality of life.

Houston

Craig Jeffries -- NOTE: AS OF 1/05, THIS INDIVIDUAL DEMANDED THAT HE NOT BE IDENTIFIED AS A TOP THYROID DOCTOR HERE AT THE SITE. HE HAS PERSONALLY STATED THAT HE WILL CONSULT AN ATTORNEY IF HE IS NOW OR IN THE FUTURE DESIGNATED AS A THYROID TOP DOCTOR HERE AT THE SITE. PLEASE DO NOT WRITE IN TO MAKE ANY FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS OF THIS INDIVIDUAL, AS HIS REQUEST IS BEING HONORED AND ANY RECOMMENDATIONS WILL NOT BE LISTED. CURRENT OR PROSPECTIVE PATIENTS MAY INTERPRET THIS ACCORDINGLY.

Houston

Dr. Steven J. Levy, D.O., F.A.C.P. 1140 Westmont, Suite 300 Houston -- TX 77015 451-4100. A reader writes: "He is open to both traditional and non-traditional therapies and treatments. I requested to be put on Thyrolar and he was very open to it. He strongly supports T3 usage in his thyroid treatments. I love him." (NOTE: Other patients write in that Dr. Levy "is good as long as your lab values line up with your condition. If you still have symptoms when your numbers say you are well, you may need to find another doc." You may want to call ahead for a preliminary consultation with this doctor before making an appointment.)

Houston

Dr. Luiz Rodriguez, Reproductive Endocrinologist, 7400 Fannin, Suite 850 Houston, TX (713)791-1874. This reader tells us that Dr. Rodriguez is "very knowledgeable. Answers all my questions. Gets me in and out on time. Lets me be a participant in my plan of action. Just a great doctor."

Houston

Vivian Rodriguez, MD -- no longer listed

Houston

Howard Wilson Endocrinologist -- no longer listed (May 2008)

Houston

Parvin Yazdani, Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, Texas Children's Hospital / Baylor College of Medicine Clinical Care Center Ste. 1020 6621 Fannin St., CC 1020.05, Houston, TX 77030-2399, 832-822-3670. A reader writes: "When I first started taking my then 6-month old son to Dr. Yazdani I was not very happy with her because she told me I was just overfeeding him. Granted, he had no other side effects except excessive weight gain, but we had him tested 3 times before we saw her and his levels were all over the place. Our wonderful pediatrician got an appointment with her quite quickly and she consented to put him on meds, but to have his levels checked before we left Texas Children's. Since the first visit I have been very happy with her. My son is now 17 months old and was moved to a higher dose of Synthroid to days ago. She called me herself to tell me, instead of leaving it to a nurse, which I really liked. I didn't know a thing about hypothyroidism before we went to see her, and now I know a bit. I trust her to do the best thing for my son, and so far things seem to be okay. When we go see her we don't usually spend huge amounts of time with her, but she looks at him and plays with him a bit, gets the information we need and we get our print out of vitals and go. We have a good experience." (Added: June 2004)

Houston

Dr. Arlette Pharo, Thyroid, hormone replacement, 427 West 20th Suite 602, Houston, Texas 77008, Phone: 713 802-1177/713 802-1277 Fax, awakenhealth.com, A patient writes: "Listens, Prescribes Armour, helped me be myself again!! " (Added: Dec. 04)

Houston

Dr. Nicholas J. Sarlis, Endocrinology/Thyroid Oncology, UT-M Anderson Caner Center Unit #435, Houston, TX 77030-4009, Phone: 713-929-2841, Fax: 713-794-4065, www.darsarlis1.yourmd.com/ A reader writes: "He is a true wizard when it comes down to finding a solution for his patients with thyroid cancer. He is not only a top doc, but a very compassionate and understanding friend. I recommend him highly!" (Added 10/05)

Houston

Martin R. White, MD, General practice/internist/primary care, 1707 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX 77005, 713.526.5511

"Dr. White suspected a thyroid issue even before he requested the tests. He always makes time for his patients and his nurses always call the patients to follow-up after the visit. Dr. White is excellent." (May 2008)

Houston

Mark Francis M.D., General practice/internist/primary care, 12025 Louetta Rd Ste A, Houston Texas 77070, 281-370-0484

"Dr. Francis is extremely knowledgeable and knew more about my thyroid condition and medication than my endocrinologist. We are a family of 8 and we trust all of our children's health to him. If you are discouraged by the health care you are receiving, give him a call, he seems to know so much about so much!" (May 2008)

Irving

Dr. Fran Rose, Irving, TX, 972-594-1111 -- NO LONGER LISTED (DECEASED EARLY 2006)

Irving

Vince PA/General Practice Star Care -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006).

Katy

Don Ellsworth, Family Medicine, 20214 Braidwood, Katy, TX, 281-579-3600. A reader writes: "Prescribes Armour based on clinical picture and not just blood work." (Added: June 2004)

Katy

David P. Sheridan, M.D., Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, 20214 Braidwood, Suite 215, Katy, TX 77450, 281-579-3600. http://www.hotzehwc.com. A reader writes: "Dr. Sheridan suffered from hypothyroidism for many years before discovering Armour Thyroid for himself. He really understands what it's like to feel dreadful even though your labs look 'great'. Great listener, too. He really wants to help you feel better." (Added: June 2004)

Kingwood

Robert Zayas, Natural Hormone Replacement, 1102 Kingwood Drive #203, Kingwood, Texas 77339, 281-358-8191, fax 281-358-5301, www.drzayas.com. "He has improved the quality of life for thousands of women and continues to be a top notch advocate." (added 1/04)

Kingwood

Robert Morgan NP, Natural Hormone Replacement, 1543 Geen Oak Place Suite 200, Kingwood, Texas 77339, 281-852-1800, www.kingwoodwellness.com. A reader writes: "Mr. Morgan and Dr. Zayas have saved my life. I went to several so-called specialists for years and no one could ever get my thyroid levels right. I felt so bad for years. I was always told 'well, even though you have some thyroid symptoms, your levels are OK'. Mr. Morgan was very thorough, he explained the thyroid levels and how the thyroid works. He started me on Armour and within weeks I was a new person. Mr. Morgan changed my life. He is the greatest!" (Added Dec. 04)

Another fan:
"It is so very critical that a doctor treats by symptoms and not labs. I was flabbergasted when Robert Morgan was willing to treat me by symptoms until I was better." (Added 10/05)

Another patient:
"Mr. Morgan is awesome . Not only has his changed my life he also treats my mother. He has given us our life back. He listens to his patients and takes time to explain everything. He treats both thyroid levels to keep the thyroid levels balanced. I have never felt better and would refer anyone to him."

Kirbyville

John Sessions, DO, Family Practice, 1609 S. Margaret Avenue, Kirbyville, Texas, 409-423-2166, A reader writes: "He spent 2 hours with me on my first visit. I had been nearly bedridden for months. He's been treating my thyroid based on my symptoms for several months now, and I feel great. I'm even taking daily exercise classes. 6 months ago I couldn't walk across the room. My eyebrows are even growing back! He believes that everything has a cure and he will work with you to help you until you feel better. He takes no insurance, and therefore does not have to answer to anyone as to what medications he prescribes to his patients." (Added Apr 06)

Lewisville

Dr. Smart Idemudia, Internal Medicine 560 W. Main, suite 205 560 W. Main suite 205 Lewisville, TX 75057 972-420-6777 972-420-0656. A reader writes: "On my fourth attempt to find a good doctor thyroid treatment. I found Dr. I ,he was very understanding, caring and very patient. He answered all my questions. He will show you the problem and explain treatment. His nurse is wonderful too. I Truly believe Dr. I is a top ten Doc." (Added 11/02)

Lewisville

John Launius, MD, Family Practice, 713 Hebron, Suite 220, Lewisville, TX 75057, 972-315-8588 or fax 972-315-2423, www.affordablehealthlewisville.com

Note: Some patients are reporting that this doctor may be overscheduled, as it is difficult to get followup or call backs (July 2008)

"He listens and pays attention to the patient, not just the lab numbers. He freely prescribes Armour and Cytomel and works with you to find out what the problem is and fix it." (Added 4/04)

Another recommendation for Dr. Launius:
"Treats symptoms, not just numbers. Really listens to what you have to say." (Added 4/04)

A patient writes:
"He was a pharmacist until he went to med. school. He explains everything in detail and knows medicine. He especially knows the thyroid. His wife is his assistant and often his children help out. It is truly a family practice. I have never felt better! " (Added: Dec. 04)

.A reader writes:
"I went to see Dr.Launius after wasting my time with my primary care doc who told me to get on Weight Watchers and quit looking for excuses. I was frustrated because after 2 yrs with a trainer and on diets, no weight loss and increasing fatigue, headaches, hair loss, depression. Dr. Launius was the FIRST doc who really listened to me not just my numbers. He ordered labs and my T3 was very low (funny because my prim care doc refused to do further tests because my TSH were normal, EVEN though lab was using old ranges. I am working with Dr Launius in adjusting my meds and am feeling better. His wife is great. Anyone wishing a doctor who cares and LISTENS to patient not just TSH levels, go see him. He is WORTH the drive from anywhere in the Metroplex." (Added June 2005)

Another fan:
"Affordable Health Care is not just the name of the practice. Every aspect of the name is appropriate. He listens, he explains, he is affordable, and it really is health care!" (Added 10/05)

Another patient:
"Spends time with you in helping you understand your thyroid. Is open to working with various meds to get you to the optimal place; truly cares about his patients!" (Added 1/06)

A reader writes:
"Great, caring doctor! He understands thyroids completely! He is hypo himself! So he has experienced a lot of our symptoms first hand. I drive from Austin to see him. Most excellent care and very affordable. He allows me to get my lab work done here in Austin so that I can utilize my insurance for that part. He is good at diagraming everything for you so that you understand what is happening in your own body. Very thorough in his examination; spends 2 hours with you on your first visit! His nurse, Lisa, is great about helping your with lab papers, appts or adjusting your meds. My only concern is that he does not treat adrenal issues. If you don't have those issues then he is perfect!" (Added Apr 06)

More fans:
"Dr. Launius is my hero! My thyroid was removed for papillary carcinoma, and my oncologist was ill prepared to treat my hypothyroidism. A chance acquaintance recommended your site, and Dr. Launius, and he took the time to examine me very closely. He prescribed Armour Thyroid, and after five days I finally feel normal again. It has been almost four months since my surgery, and I thought my life was over. Now, I'm back on track and living large! Thanks Dr. L! Also, I'm reading "Living Well..." and it's a real eye opener. I'm recommending it to several of my friends. God bless."

Another fan:
"THE BEST THYROID DOC EVER, Don't even waste your time anywhere else. Definitely the best I have ever had. He has helped my mother and I so much. Very wise, and friendly doc, who will listen to you. Excellent bed side manner. My first appointment, he spent over an hour with my mother and I, describing what thyroid actually was. He Really genuinely cares, and that matters so much. My health is back, and feeling normal again. He diagnosed my mother as hypothyroid as well, after all her struggles with other doctors, telling her it wasn't her thyroid, and that her levels were NORMAL. Sound familiar??? Take a chance on him, I guarantee, you will not be sorry. He is a former pharmacist, and knows about medicines. Very affordable and well worth the trip!!"(August 2007)

Another reader writes:
"I have been having symptoms for 15 years and no one ever took the time to really find out what was wrong. I went to Dr. Launius for bronchitis and during the exam after a few simple questions he told me I should get my thyroid tested. So I did. Well I am Hypo..and have now been on Armour for 3 days. I can already feel a difference (not as sluggish) He said it will be a few weeks before I really notice the results but he took the time to explain everything to me. Even with bronchitis he sits and draws and explains everything. He is also VERY affordable. Thanks Dr. L!" (August 2007)

Another fan:
"He was wonderful. Took more than an hour evaluating me and wanted to hear everything regarding all symptoms. Never seemed hurried and he was spot on about his diagnosis. He does not work with insurance, but to me, he was worth paying full price. I LOVE ARMOUR THYROID...IT IS THE ELIXIR OF LIFE!" (August 2007)

Another fan:
"I can't say enough good things about Dr Launius. Finally, a doctor who takes the time to listen to your concerns and cares about your well being! Despite recently moving over and hour and a half from his office, I am keeping him as my GP because he is so outstanding!!" (August 2007)

A reader writes:
"I have been struggling to find a good holistic doctor that treats hypothyroidism since I moved to Dallas a couple of years ago. I found the doctor! Dr. Launius is fabulous, and by far my favorite doctor I have ever seen. He treats the whole body, not just the blood work. He believes in listening to his patients and explaining everything in great detail. I learned so much from him at my appointment, and I can't say enough about how much I liked him. If you are looking for an amazing Thyroid dr., he is it!" (Added October 2007)

Another reader writes:
"Two years ago, I decided I would just grow old in pain. I was finished with doctors and their opinions and drugs. Then, a friend convinced me to see Dr. Launius - just one more doctor. He must have spent an hour with me on the first visit asking questions and really listening to me. It was incredible. Although I had been faithfully taking Synthroid for many years, he said it was my thyroid and changed my prescription to Armor Thyroid. Within months, my brain began to return to me, and I was able to stop my migraine medication. It took two years to get it stable. I think this saved my "life". I've progressed well over the past couple of years, and I have more to do, but this was a great experience. I have recommended Dr. Launius to many!" (May 2008)

Another reader writes:
"After struggling with hypothyroidism and weight gain for years my 21 year old daughter went to see Dr. Lanius. I found him after reading on this site the great comments other patients made on this site. After her appointment she called me and said, "Mom this man is going to change my life!" And, he has. Her previous doctor didn't think she had much of a problem, and accused her of lying about how much she was eating. Dr. Lanius focusing on symptoms, actually said she needed 2,5 times the amount of medication she was taking for the past several years. Now my daughter is doing great. I decided to go see him myself because I had many of the same symptoms as my daughter. Yes, I am hypo as well and feeling great! He takes his time, he is patient and he REALLY talks to you to find out what is going on. He understands more than just thyroid as he was able to talk to me about chronic pain and menopause. If you are frustrated by other doctors who don't or won't understand or listen, see Dr. Lanius!" (May 2008)

Another reader writes:
"I can't say enough great things about how wonderful Dr. Launius is!! He takes his time in explaining everything to you, and he spent a whole hour with me. This was my first visit with him after seeing several other doctors about my thyroid (who said my thyroid was a little low but in normal range) He is very good at treating your symptoms. This is my 5th day on Armor and I can already see a difference. You will NOT be disappointed in Dr. Launius, he is absolutely AMAZING!!" (May 2008)

A reader writes:
I saw Dr. Launius a couple of months ago after reading all of his recommendations on this site. The office was able to get me in very quickly and he spent a lot of time going over my symptoms. He prescribed Armour thyroid and I am feeling much better. He definitely knows what he is doing. I have not had a problem with getting results back or wait time. I honestly would have paid any amount of money to be feeling better and was thinking it would cost a lot since they don't take insurance, but it was very reasonable. I strongly recommend him and have to friends with similar problems." (March 2009)

Lockney

A reader recommends Dr. Gary B. Mangold, Family Practice surgeon/obgyn, 320 N.Main Lockney Tx. 79241, 806-652-3373. "Dr. Gary takes the time to listen to his patients about problems/concerns. He also takes the time to get to know his patients personally. He truly cares about his patients allover health and well?being. He is one of a kind."

Lockney

Kevin Stewart, Family, 320 N. Main, Lockney, Tx 79241, Phone: 806-652-3373, A reader writes: "I have been using Dr. Stewart for many years. He listens to the patient. I try to look up as much information that I can find about my problem and bring information to him and he will go over all the options with me. He will let you know what is the best option, but he leaves the final decision to the patient. He understands that every patient is different and wants to do what is best for each person." (Added: Dec. 04)

Longview

Sameena Rasheed, M.D., Bariatric Physician Holistic approach, Bariatric Health Clinic 100 Tall Pines Rd, Suite #4 Longview, TX 75605 (903) 236-8888. A reader tells us, "Dr. Rasheed was recommended to me by the Director of Nursing where I work. She was the first physician to really listen to me regarding my perception of simply not being able to lose weight, no matter what I tried. (One physician told me that he guessed I would just live longer than most if there was a famine, with no practical solutions whatsoever). After taking an extensive history from me, Dr. Rasheed ordered more specialized and specific tests for my thyroid and later diagnosed subclinical hypothyroidism. She began me on Armour thyroid, and prescribed a very complete regime for healthy weight loss. This includes almost daily aerobic exercise, drinking a great deal of water, keeping a food diary, and eating 1000 calories or less a day. All of these I had been doing for years (thinking that if I didn’t, it would only make my gradual weight gain all the worse). The best I could do is to maintain (or gain no more than one or two pounds a month)...I did not lose. Now, with the appropriate treatment, I am losing weight in a very healthy manner. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at living my life "normally," and feel very blessed. Dr. Rasheed continues to meet with her patients on a regular basis, helping problem-solve minor issues before they become major. Finally, Dr. Rasheed used to be an anesthesiologist, but turned to this area of medicine because it really interested her. She also has had to work on weight loss, and has done very well. So she truly does understand the battle, and has always treated me with kindness and respect."

Lubbock

Dr. Steve Robinson, 3801 21st Street, Suite A, Lubbock, Texas 79410. (806) 792-2815. A reader provides this information, "There are three primary reasons that I believe Dr. Robinson should be added to the Top Doctor list: 1) Expertise. Before becoming a medical doctor, Dr. Robinson was a research scientist. He knows how to read research critically and to separate "good" research from the others. He also continues to read and to maintain his level of knowledge regarding the most current practices in medicine. 2) Open-Mindedness. Dr. Robinson is very sincere about helping his patients. He is a good listener and treats his patients with respect. He is very open-minded regarding treatments that work. 3) Personal Interest. One of Dr. Robinson's first success stories regarding hypothyroid conditions was his wife, who had suffered for years before he took on her case. He seems to have a special interest in endocrine and autoimmune issues."

Another patient writes:
"Dr. E. Steve Robinson-prescribes Armour and natural bio-equivalent compounded hormones. He, his wife and his daughter are all hypothyroid. Reproductive hormones are his special area of expertise. He takes most major PPO insurance (no HMO's) and is extremely good at making the insurance companies pay. I and many others find it worth our while to fly in to see him. He is willing to treat children with thyroid problems. (It is hard to find a doc in Texas who will treat children with thyroid disease.)"

Lubbock

M.M. Bakdash, M.D., Endocrinologist, 806-793-8616. Dr. Bakdash truly seems to care for his patients health and emotional well being. If you call his office and have concerns he will get on the phone and talk to you. This isn't unusual unless you consider the fact that he will get on the phone even if he is busy with someone else at the time. He encourages you to contact him with concerns and he seems to be compassionate about his patients. I also think he is a very intelligent doctor. He diagnosed a skin condition to my Graves disease that had stumped other doctors/including dermatologists - for years.

Lubbock

Alice Pangle, DO, 3303 University Ave, TX 79410, 806-795-6466, www.southplainsbariatrics.com. A reader writes: "I went to three different doctors in Lubbock, including an endocrinologist, and none of them wanted to consider that I could possibly have a problem with thyroid if my blood tests were normal. Finally, I found Dr. Pangle's website and emailed her about my problems. I had an appointment with her about a week later and she is wonderful! Don't be deterred by the fact that her clinic focuses on bariatrics (weight loss). If you are not interested in the weight loss supplements, she will not even try to talk you into taking them. Dr. Pangle says that if you listen to a patient long enough she/he will tell you what her problem is. She spent over an hour talking with me and quickly diagnosed a hypothyroid based on my symptoms. She is very much in favor of Armour thyroid and that is what she prescribed based on my symptoms. I began to feel better almost immediately. The only down side to Dr. Pangle's clinic is that they do not accept any form of insurance because most of their work is for weight loss. However, she only requires that you actually come in to see her once a year and the rest of the time you can just conference on the phone for no charge. Not many doctors are willing to talk to you on the phone, but she is happy to do that in order to adjust doses or talk to you about symptoms. Overall, I credit Dr. Pangle for giving me my life back because I was so sick with hypothyroid and no other doctor wanted to even consider that my symptoms were genuine and could be treated." (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
"I had been to Dr. Pangle before but for weight control, However when I looked at your website I found her listed under"the best thyroid doctor" so I went back to her with the thyroid problem plus the weight problem...she ran tests on me and found that my medication (Armour Thyroid) need changing (from another Doctor) she was so understanding, and helpful.. She is not only a great doctor but also as a person who really cares and wants to help. (plus put me on a diet using medication to help me." (March 2009)

Lufkin

Rima Kittley, General practice/internist/primary care, Frank St., Lufkin TX 75904, 936-634-5699

"Dr. Kittley is my doctor and although she has not treated me for thyroid problems she is well known in this small town for treating people with natural thyroid medicine as well as herbs or any other combination of medicines that she deems appropriate after spending an hour or so consulting with them. She sits down with you every time you go in and takes the time to really find out what is wrong. I know lots of people who are losing weight because of her blend of natural thyroid medicine and her special cell program diet plan that is based on gluten free eating. She also has written a book called "Obesity It's Not Your Fault" that outlines the cell program and the genetic weaknesses that lead to obesity. Great doctor!" (May 2008)

McAllen

Mercy Bayot-Moore Endocrinology 2101 S. Cynthia Suite D-1 McAllen, TX 78501 Phone - (956) 928-1909 A reader writes: "Truly is a caring physician. (Which we don't seem to find now a day). Every time I have the opportunity, I recommend her. She's always kind and caring. Sometimes a patient needs just that. Dr. Bayot-Moore has been to the ends of the Earth for me in trying to help me in my particular case. Has yet to give up on me." (Added 11/02)

Monahans

Gary Albertson, Family Medicine, Family Medical Center, Monahans, TX 79756, 915-943-7537. A reader writes: "After having so many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism and having endured a multitude to tests, Dr. Albertson was the only doctor who would listen when I described my symptoms. I was sleeping up to 48 hours without waking up, my skin was so dry, I was so depressed, my weight gain was over the top, and I had a goiter. These are just a few of my symptoms. Also, my leg would swell tremendously. I was losing my hair. All the symptoms were there, but the tests revealed a normal thyroid level. Gary finally decided to treat the patient and not the test. The difference a thyroid supplement has made in my life is remarkable. I am no longer sleeping for days at a time. In fact, I had grown so use to feeling bad, that I thought it was normal. I just did not know I could feel this good. I am so grateful to have such an understanding doctor to help me." (Added 2/03)

Nacogdoches

Dr. Philip T. LaBarbera, Family Practice, 4944 NE Stallings Dr., Nacogdoches, TX 75961, 936-564-3751, "Dr. LaBarbera's diagnosis and treatment of my husband and twelve year old son's hypothyroidism has been superb, knowledgeable, and accurate. He take his time with the patients, listens well, has a compassionate attitude rather than making you feel your symptoms are all in your head, and gives prompt treatment and suggestions in helping you feel your very best. We even followed up with an endocrinologist for a second opinion with our pre-teen son, and was told our family doctor has treated the condition superbly and that we do not need treatment with a specialist at this point. I give Dr. LaBarbera an A++++!" (Added Dec. 04)

New Braunfels

Dr. Elizabeth Ritchey, Endocrinology, 1423 N. Walnut Ave, Suite 103, New Braunfels, TX 78130, Phone: 830-626-0501, Fax: 830-627-2254.

Note: Readers report that this doctor is not accepting new patients. (March 2009)

A reader writes: "Dr. Ritchey listens to your concerns. She is more concerned with how you feel than with your test results. She is the best endocrinologist that I have ever had." (Added 10/05)

Odessa

Dr. Surekah Perlman, Endocrinologist, 318 N. Alleghaney #201, Odessa, TX 79761, (432) 332-1144 A reader writes: "Dr. S. Perlman really listened to me when no one else would. The family practitioner I was seeing was treating me with Synthroid which was not working for me b/c I was getting a goiter. The first moment Dr. Perlman and I met, she immediately knew I was on the wrong medication. She took me off of Synthroid and put me on Armour Thyroid. She listens to your symptoms and reads results of each test. She truly cares about her patients!!" (Added: June 2004)

Another fan:
"Dr. Perlman listens to her patients, and does not go by lab results alone. She takes into account the whole picture and treats the individual. I have been to several doctors who made me feel as though I was a hypochondriac or simply overreacting. She made me feel sane again." (Added Dec. 04)

A reader writes:
"I finally found a Doctor that diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. I have been ill for almost six years. I drove 300 miles to see Dr. Perlman in Odessa, Texas. My family Doctor refused to acknowledge that I had thyroid problems. My family Doctor refused to refer me to an Endocrine Doctor. I have been blessed by finding Dr. Perlman. She was so compassionate and understanding my problems. She is the only Doctor that had true feelings for her patients. She put me on Synthroid and hormones. I have only been on them for one week, and I can already tell a big difference in my health. I am 55 years old and not any other Doctor was understanding to my needs. Dr. Perlman took a long time to discuss my problems . She made me feel very comfortable talking to her. I would recommend her to anyone whom is having trouble with hormones and thyroids. I was blessed to find her. Thank You, Dr. Perlman." (Added: Dec. 04)

Another reader writes:
"She is great. Very in touch with her patients. She listens to everything you have to say. I had gone to 3 different Drs. before finding her. I am sooo glad that I did." (Added 6/05)

Another fan:
"I had received verbal recommendations from various medical and healthcare professionals about Dr. Perlman when I received abnormal lab results that baffled other physicians. I was delighted to meet Dr. Perlman and truly felt cared for as a fellow human being. I have been in critical care and emergency medicine for approximately twenty years to date. I work as a flight nurse/ paramedic in the state of Texas, and I fully understand the importance of being diagnosed correctly and the importance of time frames. In my profession, this needs to be done in split seconds and minutes. People's lives depend upon it! I also know that some of us "health professionals" can be the most stubborn patients because of our knowledge base! I have grown to respect and trust Dr. Perlman as a colleague and a friend. Dr. Perlman made a diagnosis and taken action that has saved my life, LITERALLY! She has enabled me to return to my care of patients and to stay alive for my family (and it is not a small family network!). God bless you and all of your efforts. You are truly a role model to be followed!" (Added 1/06)

A reader writes:
"Dr. S. Perlman diagnosed me correctly for diabetes and thyroid problems after I have seen several other doctors and one specialist to no avail. She listens to her patients and then proceeds to dispel fear and give encouragement. She is wise and has great expertise. I now have my life back in control since I have become her patient." (Added Apr 06)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Perlman on the first visit looked at my family history and did the correct lab work and diagnosed my Hashimoto's. She also believes in bioidentical hormones. She is very busy and at times her office is full and there is not enough chairs to sit in, which isn't the nicest, but her medical acumen is right on. She is working on getting the right level of Armor Thyroid. She is very thorough. I also believe she is very intuitive and very, very thorough. " (Added Dec. 2006)

Another reader writes: "I suspect that I have had hypothyroidism for at least the last 10 years. Despite one of my docs requesting a thyroid panel done on me every year for the last 10 years, my results have always come back in the normal range. In November 2004, an ENT doc discovered large nodules on my thyroid gland during an initial consult for my allergies and asthma. Extensive thyroid testing revealed multiple "cold" nodules on my thyroid. One large nodule was in excess of 2 cm. Of course all of the thyroid panels came back within the normal range and indicated that my thyroid gland was functioning adequately. Fine-Needle biopsy revealed that the nodules were goiters. Finally, in September 2005, the same ENT decided to try putting me on 1 mg of Synthroid for the purpose of shrinking the nodules. Again, as usual, all of my thyroid panels were indicating that there was nothing wrong with my thyroid. After eighteen months with this ENT and my thyroid nodules did not diminish in size, he wanted to remove my thyroid gland. I decided to get a second opinion. In June 2006, I had a consult with an endocrinologist who told me at our first and only session that she believed that, in the presence of any nodules on the thyroid, the thyroid gland should be removed "just in case" any of the nodules were malignant. With that kind of thinking, I knew that my search for a good thyroid doctor was definitely not over. Fortunately, one of my docs agreed to continue to write my scripts for Synthroid until I could find a doctor who could help me resolve my thyroid problems. I first found out about Dr. Perlman on this site. I have also asked several very knowledgeable people in the local medical profession about their knowledge of Dr. Perlman. Every medical professional that I asked responded by telling me that they had only heard very positive things from Dr. Perlman's patients. I saw Dr. Perlman for the first time the end of April 2007. She was very kind and reassuring. She did an extensive battery of testing. There are no words to describe how relived I was when I asked Dr. Perlman about the possibility of thyroid surgery. Dr. Perlman stated that she believes in non-surgical intervention and surgery only as a last resort. Dr. Perlman takes a whole body approach to healing. She considers the entire endocrine system and believes in addressing general endocrine imbalances as a way of healing thyroid problems. At this time, part of Dr. Perlman's extensive and thorough testing revealed that I barely had enough estrogen to record a level on a lab test. My testosterone levels were also far below normal. My thyroid results were again normal despite the presence of the thyroid nodules. Dr. Perlman started me on a regiment of estrogen and testosterone replacement therapy. She uses a special compounding pharmacy in Colorado or Dallas, Texas to fill prescriptions uniquely designed for each patient's individual needs. Dr. Perlman takes a very conservative approach. She wants to address my estrogen and testosterone deficits first and see what effect that correcting these imbalances has on my thyroid. I've only been on the replacement hormones for less than 2 weeks, so it's too soon to tell any difference in how I feel. However, I would highly recommend Dr. Perlman to anyone. She is low-key, very respectful to her patients, and she truly seems to care." (August 2007)

Another fan: "I live in Oklahoma-which is 6 hours from Odessa. I grew up in Andrews. I went to see a Endocrinologist in Oklahoma city and he diagnosed me with thyroid disease. He put me on medication. Instead of me feeling better, I got to feeling worse. I had horrible headaches and had no energy whatsoever (with 2 children that's impossible to be). I called him and he told me to go in and have lab work done, so I did. When he got the results back he said everything looked normal, and that something else must be wrong to go back to my family doctor. Well, I knew something was not right. I lived like that for 3 more months. My mother heard about Dr. Perlman and recommended me to call and to come see her. I did. The first thing she asked was where was the picture and the tsh results? I said, "what?" The doctors here never did test my tsh. come to find out the doctor in Oklahoma city was overdosing me. She immediately changed my medicine, took blood, and asked me to come back in 2 weeks. So I did. She changed my medicine again and after 9 months had me finally leveled off. I dropped 22 pounds and felt like a 30 year old should feel. It's worth the drive and wait to see her in the office. She is wonderful!" (August 2007)

Another reader writes: "I am a 53 yr.old wife, mother, grandmother and business woman. I had had enough of doctors that would not/did not listen. I have been on thyroid for 20+ yrs.The last 2 family practitioners that I had seen had each lowered my Synthroid (I begged them not to lower it), put me on high blood pressure med.,and suggested that I have gastric by-pass surgery.I went on internet and found Dr. Perlman's name, did some more research,and printed the thyroid symptoms list.I had the majority of the symptoms (and this is while on 125mg.of Synthroid). I called her office and spoke to her nurse and asked if she thought Dr.Perlman could help me?I set up an appointment for 4/9/07.I had a list of all meds and vitamins that I had been taking, and the thyroid symptoms list. She took me off of the high blood pressure med., did blood work.I went back to her 3 days later..and she put me on armor thyroid and hormones and she has me on the The New Mayo Clinic Diet...11 days later, I have lost 8lbs,and feel better than I've felt in years. Oh,yes---her waiting room is usually filled & you might have to stand in the hallway...the wait is well worth getting to see this amazing doctor. Thanks, to Dr. Perlman I feel like a new person..I only wish that I had seen her sooner. A GREAT LADY!!!!!!" (August 2007)

Pasadena

Dr. Alice Chiu -- closed practice

Plano

Dr. Mitchell Sorsby -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006)

Plano

Dr. Meliotis, 6124 W Parker Rd, Plano, TX 75093-8122, (972) 378-5250. "Dr. Meliotis is the kindest, most compassionate doctor I could imagine having. He gets you in on time, listens to you and actually cares that you get better. I can not say enough great things about him. He is so in demand you may not be taking any more patients, but it is worth trying." (October 2006)

Richardson

Anne Coleman, M.D., Internist, Richardson, TX. "A very good internist who is holistic....she has done a lot of work on the endocrine system and is quite knowledgeable....listed in the Holistic Networker magazine." (Submission thanks to the Moonlady News endocrine list)

Richardson

Dr. Robert Noble -- retired (October 2006)

Richardson

Vladimir Grebennikov, Internal Medicine, 970 N. Coit Rd Suite 2403A, Richardson, TX 75080, 972-235-2459 972-235-9435 fax http://drgrebennikov.yourmd.com.
Note: Some patients are reporting that this doctor is heavily overscheduled, and rushing through appointments, and that the office may be disorganized. (March 2009)

"This doctor is very willing to prescribe Armour..believes in keeping TSH values at 1.0...I have seen him now 4 times and each time he has directed me to anew internet site...usually not in the U.S. that is doing wonderful new things in the world of medicine...after being thrown out of a doctor's office for mentioning Armour...Dr. g is a breath of fresh air who provides a balanced view."

Another recommendation:
I can't say enough about Dr. Grebennikov!! He's awesome in every meaning of the word. I have gone to MANY Dr.'s concerning my hypothyroidism and he's the first one that both listened to my concerns and was INTELLIGENT enough to know what to do about them! He tested me very thoroughly which hadn't been done before. He doesn't just rely on the TSH but looks further. My TSH was in the "normal" ranges but I knew something was wrong. He tested my antibodies and many other things as well. Turns out, my antibodies were 676 out of a range of normal from 0-34! AND, he's not just calling in a prescription but wants to see me to discuss treatment. All in all, he's thorough, friendly, extremely intelligent and a top notch Dr. to go to if you need a good thyroid Dr. I'm driving from 30 miles away if that tells you anything!" (Added 6/02).

Another fan of Dr. Grebennikov:
"I have finally met a doctor who is not afraid of the informed patient! Dr. Grebennikov listened to what I had been through since my thyroidectomy....the weight gain, the general feeling of blah, my reasons for wanting Armour, etc. He prescribed Armour for me and for the first time in a year, I feel great! He is a very caring man whose ultimate concern is his patients well being. Quite a refreshing change from the other doctors I've seen. I've already recommended him to several others, including my adult daughter." (Added 6/02).

Another reader recommends Dr. Vladimir Grebennikov:
"I went to Dr. G because I found his name on this list and live near by. I had been going to doctors outside of my health plan and paying top dollar. I did have some improvement with these other doctors but there was plenty of room for more improvement. What I found was a doctor who thinks outside of the box. Loves to talk to the informed patient. He is very knowledgeable but is willing to learn. Even though my TSH was .07 he still increased my dose because there was room for an increase based upon my Free T-3 and Free T-4 levels and my symptoms. He treats patients based on symptoms and not numbers. He has even read Dr. Jeffries book "Safe uses of Cortisol." He checks your cortisol levels and not just your thyroid levels. He is a very nice and caring doctor who will work with you to find the answers. He even suggests herbs or vitamins he feels could be of benefit based on your health and labs. (No he isn't selling them either.)" (Added 11/02)

A reader writes:
"He really listens. He doesn't brush off, gloss over or assume, as so many of my previous doctors have done. He answers questions." (Added: June 2004)

Another recommendation:
"Dr. G is extremely intelligent and passionate about his work. I am so thankful that I found Dr. G!" (Added 10/05)

Another fan:
"He is the most progressive, intelligent, dedicated physician I have ever known. He is the best, without question. He cares deeply about his patients and works tirelessly with each one individually. I recommend him to all my friends and they love him just as much as I do." (Added 10/05)

A reader writes:
"Dr. G" is the best thing that has happened to my health in years. I have never had a doctor run such a full-spectrum of tests, and he was the only doc to inform me that I have Hashimoto's disease. While he takes each patient's concerns seriously, he also pairs this with a wonderful dose of humor/great manner! Dr. Grebennikov is the best" (Added October 2007)

Another fan:
"I am now using a recommended doctor, Vladimir Grebennikov Internal Medicine, 970 N. Coit Rd Suite 2403A, Richardson, TX 75080 972-235-2459 972-235-9435 . I do not have thyroid issues, but am a type II diabetic struggling to make my body repair itself. I have met with "Dr. G" twice in the last month and am beginning to see improvements in my blood sugars, hunger issues, diet and overall energy. He is a great doctor and works well to understand his patients and builds the doctor/patient relationship on trust. We are working with a treatment plan other doctors refused to consider. I always give my doctors a year of service before I decide if I am getting anywhere. I think I have finally found my doctor. I would highly recommend him for medical issues other than thyroid. His office staff is also great." (Added October 2007)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Grebennikov has done much to improve my health. He is an amazing doctor. He takes his own after hours calls and knows you without a chart to look at. Dr. Grebennikov is a loving and easy to talk to doctor. He believes in Armor and is a master of test results and cutting edge treatments. Dr. Grebennikov employs many modalities. Every inch of his office space is taken up with various types of equipment and exam rooms. He gives every patient all of the time they need and explains complex issues in terms one can understand. He has a broad practice and will treat all of your needs. You will be able to easily schedule an appointment the same week that you call. Dr. Grebennikov is absolutely the best doctor I have ever found." (Added October 2007)

Round Rock

Dr. John Austin, Surgeon, 38th St Austin and Wyoming Springs Rd, Round Rock, Austin, Texas. A reader writes: "Dr. Austin is an ENT surgeon. He is very experienced with thyroid surgeries. He worked at MD Anderson doing many thyroid cancer surgeries. He is a wonderful doctor with a very caring manner. He is easy to communicate with and is very attentive and professional. He is great." (October 2006)

Rowlett

Dr. Bessie Owens, G.P. Doctor of Osteopathy, 9500 Lakeview Parkway Suite 300, Rowlett, Texas 75088, 972-526-7900

A reader writes: "Dr. Owens is WONDERFUL! She listens and is willing to spend as much time as you need discussing your healthcare issues. She is hypothyroid herself and understands the problems faced with thyroid insufficiency. She prescribes Armour as a FIRST choice, but is willing to try any combination of T3 & T4 that will work. She encourages patient self-education and is willing to listen to any ideas you may discover in your own research. I can't recommend her enough!" (Added: Dec. 04)

Another recommendation:
"Dr. Owens was absolutely attentive and made me feel validated as a patient suffering from hypothyroidism. I got information that was thorough and easy to understand. She is compassionate and has a great rapport with patients. I would recommend her to anyone!!" (Added 10/05)

Another fan:
"Great doctor. Encourages patients to be informed. Treats symptoms, not just labs. Armour as first choice, is passionate about thyroid issues and shares personal experience. Is big on herbal supplementation. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation." (August 2007)

A reader writes:
"I would recommend Dr. Owens to anyone who has had trouble finding a doctor to really listen to them. Dr. Owens was the 4th doctor who had treated me for varying thyroid issues and she was the first to look beyond lab tests and consider how I was feeling. I'm now on Armour, as well as some supplements, and I feel the best I have felt for years. As an added bonus the office staff and nurses are as nice as they come." (March 2009)

Midland

Elvira Canales Burns, MD, Family Practice, 2102 West Tennessee, Midland, Texas 79701, (432) 686-0133. A reader writes: "She listens to her patients, and is concerned about getting them to feel really well, and she aggressively treats thyroid disorders. She says that there isn't a "one size fits all" when it comes to thyroid disorders and treatments, and each person is affected differently." (Added: June 2004)

Midland

Mohsin Syed, General practice/internist/primary care, 4506 Briarwood Ave, Midland, Texas, USA 79707, 432-689-6818/432-689-6901, www.medicalspaofmidland.com / drsyed@medicalspaofmidland.com

"I went from doctor to doctor. They all said nothing was wrong with my thyroid. Dr. Syed listened to me and started me on Armor thyroid. Now I have more energy, and am not cold all the time!" (May 2008)

A reader writes:
"This doctor grabs the root cause real well, me and my family are really healthy because of him, nice weight loss plan, i have lost 23 pounds." (July 2008)

San Angelo

David M. Huchton, MD, Otorhinolaryngology, 120 E. Beauregard Ave, San Angelo, TX 76905, 325-658-1511. A reader writes: "Dr. Huchton listens to you and welcomes your questions. I had to have my thyroid taken out and he did a wonderful job. (You almost can't see the scar!) (Added 1/06) "

San Antonio

Dr. Robert Dons -- no longer listed

San Antonio

Dr. Diane Fetchick, Endocrinologist, 8711 Village Dr, ste.305 San Antonio, Texas 210-650-3360.

Note: A reader informs us that this doctor strictly uses "normal" blood tests for diagnosis

reader informs us, "Dr. Fetchick listens to you. Realizes that lab numbers are not who we are. She will work with you to reach your optimal health."

Another reader adds:
"I would like to second the recommendation for Dr. Diane Fetchick. When I went to see her, she was the second endocrinologist I'd gone to see. After months of overmedication and poor treatment, she recognized immediately that there were other issues (in addition to the Hashimoto's) contributing to my symptoms. She looks at the big picture and really pays attention to your specific complaints. Because of her recommendations, I found out that I have severe allergies and a very deviated septum which together, perpetuates monthly sinus infections with constant headaches and fatigue. She suggested a low carb diet to see if high insulin could be a culprit in my inability to lose weight. And switched my T4 to see if the edema would diminish. So far she's 3 for 3 and I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. There is a considerable wait to get in to see her…never shorter than 2 months, but the wait is SO WORTH IT." (Added 11/02)

San Antonio

Dr. Jerome Fischer, Endocrinologist, Diabetes and Glandular Clinic, San Antonio I've seen three doctors for my "atypical Grave's Disease." While Dr. Fischer is BUSY, he always has time to answer my questions. He encourages my investigation of websites, educational resources, etc. Most importantly he listens to me. No matter how busy he is, he is always on top of my condition. He's also been very helpful in sending letters as needed to my Primary Care Physician. This doctor has always returned my phone calls and I think I would have gone crazy had it not been for his reassurance and compassion. Truly, a credit to his profession.

San Antonio

Karen Goodman, Family Practice, Wellmed, 4243 E. Southcross, Suite 205, San Antonio, TX 78222. One reader informs us, "Dr. Goodman always takes the time to listen. I know she is very busy but I never feel rushed. Whether it is just one question or literally a list - she will answer each one in a clearly understandable way. Although my TSH is now in the normal range, Dr. Goodman is working with me to find a level that makes me feel better. She treats me with respect and as a partner in our efforts to get me feeling better. Another big plus is the fact that the office is run very well. It is rare that I have to wait more than 10 minutes."

San Antonio

John D. Hernandez, M.D., Internal, Integrative-traditional & Natural, 2235 Thousand Oaks, suite 102B San Antonio, Texas 210-495-3055. A reader informs us, "Dr. Hernandez blends traditional and natural health care. I asked Dr. Hernandez what level of TSH he was hoping to get me to. He said he would look at TSH but the bottom line was how I felt. He has started me on Levoxyl and has now added T3. He thinks I am resistant to thyroid hormone. The main thing is that he listens and has encouraged me to call and let him know how I am feeling or if I am having any problems."

San Antonio

Dr. Kathy A. LaCivita, Endocrinologist, University Health System, 302 W.Rector, San Antonio, TX.78216, (210)358-0818. "Dr. LaCivita realized right away that I was on too much medication (Synthroid). My other doctor kept telling me my thyroid was normal. She also found out I was a diabetic, the other doctor said I was not. I feel great now. I'm on Levoxyl now and have lost 20 lbs."

Another reader recommends Dr. LaCivita:
"Dr. Kathy LaCivita Is the best doctor that we have seen in San Antonio. My husband has low testosterone levels and she helped diagnose the problem thus fixing a big part of our marriage. I hate it that we do not have her on our insurance plan any longer. We are unhappy with the current doctor and are considering going out of the network so he can go back to Dr. LaCivita. However, it will be very expensive. He really likes the fact the she gave him her email address and they could communicate about any problems or questions. Now, we are stuck waiting to see this other doctor at her soonest appt in 4 months. IT IS CRAZY!" (added 1/04)

San Antonio

Dr. Carlos E. Menendez, Endocrinology, 4499 Medical Dr., Ste. 226, San Antonio, TX 78229, 210.692.7684 fax: 210.692.1814.
Note: Readers are reporting that Dr. Menendez seems very busy and may be overextended. Do your best to ensure you get a proper visit. (July 2007)

A reader tells us, "Dr. Menendez is up to date on research, he listens to his patients and treats them like real people. He does not let insurance companies run his practice."

Another patient writes:
"Dr. Menendez not only listens to his patients, he also tries to educate his patients as well. He takes the time to explain things and gives useful information and resources to allow patients to take an active role in their health. He is up to date on all the latest research, takes an interest in his patients lives. He goes the extra mile to his patients. I have a "fickle thyroid" and even though it took a while to control, he was never content with "just ok", he wanted me to feel great. And I do. I highly recommend him."

More praise from a reader for Dr. Menedez:
"He makes his patients feel like people. He cares for his patients and is very protective. He is always there for us no matter what. He gives his "ALL" to his patients. He is an exceptional person and a credit to his profession. He is very highly recommended!" (added 1/04)

More praise:
"I’m from Mexico and I go all the way to Texas to see Dr. Menendez. He is a great doctor. My daughter has been hypothyroid since she was 10 years old and I went to many doctors without success until I met Dr. Menendez." (Added 4/04)

Another recommendation for Dr. Menendez:
"After visiting a succession of specialists for 2 years and still having major symptoms, I found that Dr. Menendez practiced in Kerrville on Tuesdays. Dr. Menendez walked in and touched my neck and said, ‘You have a goiter. Your thyroid must be low; let’s try a clinical trial of Synthroid.’ I was so relieved not to be told my levels a little low but still in the normal range and that I should just take more Prozac. I had told the OB-GYN, the Internist, and several other doctors that low thyroid ran in my family and asked repeatedly for help. No one listened. They diagnosed me with Cushing’s Disease, but Dr. Menendez ruled it out on the first visit and put my worries to rest." (Added 4/04)

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Menendez is a GREAT doctor!! He listen to you and is extremely patient with you. One of my teachers recommended him to me, and I’m grateful for that. So many other doctors don't show this kindness that Dr. Menedez does. I give out a special recommendation out to anyone and everyone who needs an endocrinologist, Dr. Carlos Menedez will help you, and care for you." (Added 6/05)

San Antonio

Dr. Brian MacGillivray, General practice/internist/primary care, 20658 Stone Oak Parkway Suite 108, San Antonio, TX 78258, (210) 447-9275, www.greycanyonmed.com

"Finding Dr. MacGillivray was a huge blessing. My initial office visit was over 2 hours long and he really listened to me and my concerns. He had no problem placing me back on Armor after another doctor was hesitant, and even recommended a local compounding pharmacy. I can get an office visit anytime I need one without waiting and he's even has weight loss programs available if you want it - all included in the fee. The concept behind his practice is a bit different but well worth it to have a doctor that is available to you even on the weekends!" (May 2008)

San Antonio

Michael Centeno, San Antonio, Texas

A reader writes:
"Dr. Michael Centeno, diagnosed me with hypothyroidism at the age of 9. He was my primary doctor before then, and still is. He has always been very helpful and encouraging and is the best doctor I have ever been to. He is not set in his ways and is open to trying new things like herbal supplements. I can't imagine how different my life and health might be had I not had the chance to be his patient." (March 2009)

Slidell

Patrick Mottram, General practice/internist/primary care, Endocrinologist, Slidell, 70461. A reader writes: "His serious medical attention and sound advice led to the successful partial removal of my thyroid which was found to contain a cancerous growth "the size of the head of a pin" over twelve years ago. Many other doctors had dismissed the symptoms. I trust in his judgment." (Added Dec. 2006)

Southlake

Dr. James Mahoney, Integrative Medicine, 550 North Carroll Ave., Southlake, TX 76092, 817-481-2444, jjm@centeru.com. "Dr. Mahoney is a Christian doctor who believes in listening to his patients and not just depend on lab tests. He says that he learns a lot just from listening to his patients. He recognizes that most everyone comes in with symptoms which usually shows up in lab test but he listens to his patients to help find the origin of the symptom. Thus he doesn't just treat the symptoms as most doctors do. He is open to using alternative medicines. He is very intuitive and thorough." (added 1/04)

St. Louis

Dr. De Wet. 837 South Fleishel Ave., St. Louis, TX, 75701, 903 597-4200 A reader writes: "This guy is wonderful, caring and such a good listener to your thoughts and concerns. Discusses things in depth in understanding terminology but works with you on what you want to try be it alternative ways or traditional ways.I found him about 6 mos. before I moved to a different state but I made one last appointment and made the 10 hour round trip to see him. He's great!" (October 2006)

Tomball

Drs. Jason and Candice DeMattia, Family Doctor, 700 Lawrence St., Tomball, TX 77375,281-351-7155. A reader writes:"For nine years other doctors overlooked my thyroid symptoms because my TSH test came back normal. Dr. Jason DeMattia, after hearing the list of symptoms did further testing beyond just normal blood work and found that my thyroid gland was swollen and had multiple cysts on it. He is working to get my TSH levels below 1 at this time. Finally, a Dr. that listened to me and how I felt." (Added Apr 06)

NOTE: Some readers have complained that this office suffers from disorganization and communications problems, epecially when it comes to test results. Be sure to review your test results personally and directly, and insist on receiving copies of all labwork and test results. (December 2006).

Tyler

Dr. Dale J. Bradley, DO, Family Practice, 1000 East Fifth Street, Tyler, TX 75701, 903-533-0644, "Dr. Bradley is the first doctor in Tyler that I have found (and I’ve been through just about all of them) that treats me as a patient instead of just treating my blood tests. He actually listened to me and wasn’t offended when I quoted recent studies or thyroid articles. He does not have an ‘I know better than you do’ attitude and worked with me to make me feel normal again. He was the first to recommend Cytomel and also the first to check my T3 levels. He is very compassionate and explains things in language I can understand. He answered every question I had in a straightforward manner and didn’t side-step anything or try to sugarcoat any of his answers." (Added 4/04)

Victoria

Dr. C. Richard Mabray, Environmental/Endocrine,Ob/Gyn,Nutrition, 115 Medical Drive, Suite 202, Victoria, Texas 77904, 361-574-9697. "After over a year of very ill health, 55 pound wt loss, and virtually no help because my labs were low, but "normal", Dr. Mabray intervened. He ran saliva tests, blood tests and explained the correlations and his concerns. His hope is to reactivate the endocrine and immune systems by first balancing the hormones my body should have been producing. His emphasis is on living life, not living an illness. He listens very well and spent almost two hours questioning and listening on the first visit. His office staff is attentive, knowledgeable and cooperative. He has been more than wonderful with the written documentation I need for various insurances. When I had an allergic reaction to a prescription I was listened to and asked to participate in determining the best avenue and subsequent treatment plan for me. Because of the severity of previous allergic reactions, he placed me on a desiccated thyroid like Armour, but with less allergenic fillers (Bio Throid) which I tolerate well. He was cautious with advancing the dose of thyroid so my very sensitive system could balance itself each step of the way. He has been great about refills and even continuing the Nystatin powder from a previous doctor. His first avenue of treatment is usually the adrenals, but he did give me thyroid first because high TSH came back before the adrenal studies. He has changed me from a walking shadow to having a sense of well being, although there are still definite ups and downs after a little over 3 months of treatment. When I heard about him a good while back, he was not taking new patients. I admire an MD who can say "This is as big a patient load as I can effectively handle". It was well worth the wait. As I read on About.com of the treatment modalities of other docs, I am impressed that Dr. Mabray seems to really be in the flow of the best ones."

A reader writes:
"Dr. Mabray has been my doctor for almost 30 years. He has helped me in so many ways over the years. The first was through a difficult pregnancy and brought my healthy baby boy into the world. Next came finding my low thyroid and treating it in natural ways as well teaching myself and my family about thyroid problems. Next came fibroids in my breast which he taught me how to take care of in nutritionally. Then came giving me Prolotherapy after suffering in severe back pain after a major car wreck. No one else was ever able to give me any hope. All I was told was I'd have to learn to live with the pain. One visit to Dr. Mabray and one session of Prolotherapy, I'm 98% free of pain. Most days I don't hurt at all. He'd told me that it could take about 3 treatments. I strongly recommend Dr. Mabray. He takes the time to talk to you and answer any questions. Never does he seem to want to hurry you up." (Added Apr 06)

Victoria

Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles, Family Practice, 1606 E. Brazos St, Suite A, Victoria, TX 77901, 361-570-3651. A reader writes: "Dr. A. is such a joy! He’s very knowledgeable, down to earth, truly compassionate, and open minded. Some tests and treatments are not covered by insurance, but he’s willing to work with you. An appointment with him is like sitting down with a family member. He’s just very pleasant to be around! Always happy and upbeat. And, he prescribes Armour! I feel very blessed to have found him!" (Added 10/05)

Wichita Falls

Lynn Jennings, M.D., Champions Clinic, 2934 Kemp St, Wichita Falls TX, 76308 940-322-2400

A reader writes:
"Holistic doctor, she upped my Armour, diagnosed and treated yeast overgrowth, listened to me discuss symptoms about an hour. TAKES INSURANCE! No other listing for Wichita Falls TX (north central Texas 30 minutes S of OK border). Will NOT be your GP or PCP. Will not see you if late." (March 2009)

Woodlands/Conroe/North of Houston

Dr. Marco Giannotti, OB/Gyn Women's Healthcare Affiliates, P.A. 920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 310 The Woodlands, TX 77380 281-367-6836 OR 800 Riverwood Court, Suite 100 Conroe, TX 77304 936-539-1434 I went to Dr. Giannotti when I became pregnant. I had preexisting hypothyroidism, and Dr. Giannotti proved to be very knowledgeable about thyroid problems. He quite willingly runs all of the thyroid tests, and is willing to work with endos, internists, etc. when a patient's case goes beyond his knowledge. He has a very calm, friendly, and professional manner that really puts me at my ease, and he keeps me informed of details and encourages and answers questions. I can't praise him highly enough. I also have heard good things about Dr. Ritter, one of Dr. Giannotti's partners who is also quite knowledgeable about thyroid conditions. Another partner, Dr. Meyer, has also been quite helpful to me when I've called after hours. I am very happy with Dr. Giannotti and Women's Healthcare.

The Woodlands

Dr. Mila McManus, MD, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, P.O. Box 7606, The Woodlands, TX 77380, 866-680-WELL, www.woodlandswellnessMD.com. A reader writes: "Dr. McManus is a truly caring doctor. She helps find the root of the problem, not just content with masking the symptoms! She really listens to you and doesn't make you feel like you are crazy or need an anti-depressant just because you don't feel well. Not only does she spend a great deal of time with you as a new patient, but she also calls you every week until your next appointment to check on your progress. I felt comfortable with her prescribing bio-identical hormones, vitamins and supplements for my needs because she was on the program before she started her health & wellness practice. She knows firsthand that it works! If traditional medicine has failed you, I strongly urge you to give her The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness a call. My life is forever changed!" (June 2006)

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