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The following listing includes recommended doctors and practitioners for your thyroid care. Please note that being listed here in the Thyroid Top Doctors Directory doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is the right one for you. The doctor may be an empathetic and warm physician, but not open to working with drugs like Armour or T3 drugs. The doctor may be brilliant and innovative, but have a terrible bedside manner. Or the doctor may be quite costly and not on insurance programs. Always call the doctor's office ahead of time to find out more about the doctor's philosophy, approach, costs, and other important factors before going in for your first appointment. Please let me know if you have feedback -- positive or negative -- about doctors listed here, or would like to recommend your "top" doctor.

Thanks! -- Mary

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

Why is a Particular Doctor No Longer Listed?

Doctors who were previously listed here are removed for a number of reasons.
* The doctor has requested that his/her listings be removed because: he/she does not agree with this site’s philosophy or patient-orientation; the practice is too busy and can’t accept new patients; the doctor does not feel comfortable handling complicated thyroid problems; the doctor did not agree with what was said in the patient recommendations; or the doctor said “take me off the list” and offered no explanation.
* The doctor has moved, retired, or died.
* The doctor has lost his/her license, or given up his/her license, and is no longer practicing medicine.
* Patients have provided negative input about the doctor that is of sufficient concern that, in the opinion of the editor, the doctor should no longer be on the Top Thyroid Doctors List.
* Thyroid Top Doctors would face legal concerns if we published specific information about why patients had negative opinions about doctors, or if we shared a doctor’s occasional ranting ”take me off” email, or if we publicized doctors with licensing problems. So please, if you see that a doctor has been taken off the list and want to know why, talk to the doctor directly. If you write to us to ask why a doctor was taken off the list, we’re sorry, but we won’t be able to answer you or share that information.

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Dr. Jeff Wright Naturopath 70 East Red Pine Drive Alpine, Utah 801-756-9444. A reader writes: "This doctor is great. He spent an hour with me on my first visit going over different issues. He prescribes natural thyroid. He is also good at suggesting other supplements and vitamins. He is very knowledgeable and has an open mind. He is kind and treats you with respect. I highly recommend him." (Added 4/03)


Dennis Harper -- NO LONGER LISTED (retired)


Marc Anderson, Allergies/Family Practitioner, 2121 N 1700 W., Layton, UT 84041, (801) 773-4840. "He will go out of his way to meet with other top docs in the thyroid disease field to learn more about the disease and the medications out there to treat it. He actually listens to you and lets you unload all your problems and anxieties and will do all that he can to help you rather than tell you that you have to live with conditions. He sincerely wants to help his patients. He will treat you not only from your tests but also from your symptoms. He's fantastic."

Another patient Recommends Dr. Anderson:
"Dr. Anderson treats you like you are a knowledgeable person. He actually listens to you and believes what you tell him. He values your opinion and is VERY open to new ideas and treatments. He treats me from my symptoms since my tests come back normal, but it's painfully obvious that I suffer from thyroidism. He is very kind and caring and what doctors should be! He's truly great!" (Added 11/02)

Yet another reader writes:
"Dr Anderson really took an interest in my case. Within one visit he had me back on track to wellness. He was familiar with all of my symptoms and knew how to treat them. He listened to every word I said, without trying to put words into my mouth. He did in one visit what took two other DR's months to do. I am thankful everyday for what he has done for me." (Added 6/05)

Another fan: "An excellent care-giver" (Added 1/06)


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Ross Kelson -- no longer listed


Gary Christensen -- no longer listed


Vaugh Johnson, D.O., 501 E 770 N, Orem, UT, 84097, 801 724 9840. A reader writes: "Dr. Johnson's P.A. Jeff, prescribed natural thyroid for me. They are just both very open minded and willing to listen. Plus they keep up on the latest treatments. I like them a lot better than the endo I went to." (Added 1/06)

A reader writes:
"Dr Johnson spent a considerable amount of time with me. After relating all my symptoms he told me I had low T3. When the lab tests returned he was right and started me on Armour Thyroid. I've never felt better. I have more energy, my hair stopped falling out. I'm thankful he took the time with me and thinks outside the box. Interestingly my labs where all in the"normal range"." (March 2009)

Park City

Mary Parsons, Internal Medicine, 1750 West Sunpeak Drive, Park City, UT 84098, 435-647-5740,, "She knows that there is a subgroup that does not respond to Synthroid." (Added 4/04)

Saint George

Paul Navar MD, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 166 North 300 West, Saint George, Utah 84790, 435-619-1577 435-688-1995, /

"I'll try and be brief, but my journey is long. I started feeling lousy with practically every hypothyroid symptom a person can have (thyroid nodule, weight gain, mid morning fatigue , brittle nails, hair loss, major brain fog, severe carb cravings and edema around my eyes about the time of my period and on and on) around fifteen years ago. My husband was the director of two very busy ER's at the time so he sent me to his endocrinologist colleague for my thyroid. Well,I ended up having the benign lump taken out and I was told that I had half a thyroid left and it was functioning in range. As you can imagine, I now had a scar on my neck with no improvement of symptoms. My husband was up to his neck in work with a sick wife and three children at home. In the course of three years he ended up reading everything he could on the endocrine system from conventional medicine and naturopathic medicine. He went to every CME course he could on the subject. He started me on Armor Thyroid which made a world of difference and through the course of several years has switched me to a compounded combo of T4/T3. He is now a busy Age Management Doc and a diplomate of ABAARM and a NAMS certified menopause practitioner. He is great at taking patients with thyroid problems, often who have been poorly managed or ignored by conventional doctors, and fixing them. I feel great and if you will read the testimonials on his website you will see that many of his patients have "come alive" after finding him. I tried to be brief, but I could go on and on about this subject. Thanks for your book and website. I know that Dr. Navar tells all his thyroid patients to order your book and he refers to your site." (May 2008)

Salt Lake City

Todd Cameron, Naturopathic Physician, 1945 S. 1100 E. #202, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84106, 801-486-4226 fax: 801-487-6856,
A reader writes: "He listens to you and treats you like a person not a statistic. He is thorough and caring." (Added 2/03)

Salt Lake City

I would like to recommend a top doc! He is a pediatric endocrinologist. His name is Rob Lindsey. He practices in Salt Lake City, Utah. My daughter was born with a thyroid that doesn't work. He caught it whenshe was only three days old. He not only took care of her but also her upset mother! To me he is the greatest and I owe him alot. We live in southern Utah now but still drive six hours to go to him!

Salt Lake City

Todd Mangum, MD, PC Intergrated Medicine 989 East 900 South Suite 1A Salt Lake City, Utah, 84105 801-531-8340/801-531-8350 A reader writes: "Conventional medicine has failed many of his patients after years of unsuccessful treatment ......Dr Todd Mangum has provided them with some or complete relief using natural hormone therapy. Patients do visit his practice from all over the USA.....this is a Dr that spends lots of time with his patients and really cares for them." (Added 6/03)

Salt Lake City

Rachel Burnett, Naturopathic Doctor, 242 S 400 E, Ste A, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111, Phone/Fax: 801-363-UTAH (8824),
A reader writes: "Please visit this website to understand more how this progressive medical clinic works. It took 20 years and several different doctors before I met Dr. Burnett to fix my thyroid. She has lots of expertise in thyroid health and understands that not everyone can be treated the same way." (Added October 2007)

Salt Lake City

James R Grua -- no longer listed

Salt Lake City

Stephen Coleman -- no longer listed


Dr. Vernon Potter, General & Sport Medicine, 9829 S. 1300 E., Sandy, Utah 84094,801-576-8988. "Dr. Potter is very enthusiastic about getting to the root of your problem and treating the patient according to symptoms instead of just the blood test norms. He is thorough in his explanations and spends as much time with you as you need. You always have an active voice with him and he works with you as a team to obtain good health and well-being." (Added 6/02).

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Potter treats the whole person - from my thyroid to every other part of my body. He will spend as much time with you as needed. He will test anything that requires it and will fight with yuor insurance compnay to get it tested. He is simply one of the BEST doctors I have ever had the pleasure to deal with. He is currently trying to regulate my T3 properly. No other Dr has ever taken the time to do this. He is simply wonderful!" (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
"Found problems with my daughter and corrected a goiter that others missed." (Added Apr 06)

Another reader writes:
"For years I have been looking for answers to my medical problems. Dr Potter is an excellent doctor; he treated my thyroid problem that other doctors said did not need treatment. The results have been great. Dr Potter is part doctor and part teacher. He educated me on thyroid problems and why he was chousing to treat mine when other doctors would not. Many years ago I stopped talking to doctors about my sleep problems because they did not believe me. Dr Potter is now working to find a solution to my persistent sleep problems, when other doctors would not. As Dr. Potter's patient be prepared to be treated with dignity and respect, something many other doctors lack. Dr Potter does not tell patients their problems are all in their head." (August 2007)

Another fan:
"Hands down one of the BEST thyroid doctors I have ever seen. He is patient and will test what needs to be tested. He listens to all aspects of your symptoms. He will also spend all the time needed to resolve an issue." (August 2007)

A reader writes:
"I am a registered nurse for 19 years. Recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I wanted to find out more of"why"... was it auto immune etc. what is going on with me? I made an appt. with Dr. Potter. He is very personable, and extremely knowledgeable regarding the thyroid. I would say more knowledgeable than the average doctor. His Mission statement or office philosophy is to treat all his residents like they were one of his own family members. I've never had a physician share something like that with me. He diagnosed that I have a goiter with nodules... (in the process now of getting an ultrasound). Dr. Potter is working on medication adjustment with me. My last physician did not"find" the goiter/nodules upon palpation. It took 2 months to get an appointment, Dr. Potter is busy, but all of his patients get top notch review of symptoms, examination and evaluation of everything. He was excellent. I did wait an hour to see him. If you make an appointment, and are in a hurry you will be frustrated. Take a book, make your appointment for first one of the day or your day off. Your wait will be well worth it. He ordered every blood test, whereas my prior physician only relied on Free T4 and TSH. Dr. Potter knows the thyroid, and I am thankful and grateful I found out about him. He is the physician to have if you have thyroid concerns. Dr. Potter was also very knowledgeable about sleep studies as well. Very broad knowledge base and excellent practitioner. I would recommend him highly." (October 2008)

St. George

Dr. Dennis Harper, D.O., Red Cliffs Nutritional Health Center, 321 N. Mall DR, Suite L-103, St. George, Utah, 84770. Phone number: 435-674-3500. Also practices in Murray. A reader tells us that this doctor, "practices on the alternative side of medicine. Is very attentive and listens to the person; treats your thyroid condition nutritionally as well as with thyroid meds. I was misdiagnosed for 3 years and was about to give up and then I found Dr. Harper. Although I am not yet 100%, I have been able to lose 20 pounds and am feeling better than I have in almost 4 years!"

West Valley/Salt Lake City

Bryan Turner, DVM, MD, general and holistic, 3646 S Redwood Rd, West Valley City, UT 84119, 801-973-4552. Dr. Turner is described this way: "Dr. Turner takes the time to listen to you. He uses the alternative labs to get more info but keeps things simple. He is familiar with the Broda Barnes methods. He is generally not a Synthroid fan."


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