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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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John Glick. M.D. endocrinologist, internist 9 Belmont Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301 802-254-9240. This reader gushes, "John Glick is the smartest, kindest, most thorough doctor I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing business with. I’ve been seeing him for more than 20 years because of hypothyroidism, pituitary tumor, hypopituitarism, etc., and he has taken such good care of me. I’ve been to many, many incapable, rude, and downright obnoxious doctors, and feel lucky to have found Dr. Glick. He is extremely knowledgeable about his specialty, and is a very kind man."


Dr. Phil A. Aitken -- No longer listed (March 2009)


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Dr. Muriel Nathan, Endocrinologist, Fletcher Allen. 1-800-358-1144
Note: some patients report that this doctor is expensive, and uses lab tests and not symptoms for diagnosis and management of thyroid conditions. (March 2009)

A reader writes: "Dr. Nathan addressed every question I had and I had a lot and then she asked if I had any more. She was patient and kind. She made me feel that I had some control over my medical situation- very rare indeed. My entire experience at Fletcher Allen was as pleasant as it could be from registration to bloodwork to my meeting with Dr. Nathan...all surprisingly stress-free. I highly recommend Dr. Nathan."

More praise for Dr. Nathan:
"Dr. Nathan is the very best in her field! I travel From Plattsburgh, NY, a ferry away to Vt. She has helped in so many ways. She is one in a million...She answers all your questions, checks on you when her day is done at the office, she keeps track on how you are doing, and knows what steps to take next. I highly recommend anyone with thyroid problems to travel the distance to see her. I am glad that my surgeon referred me to her. She is more than any words can express."

A reader writes:

"I went to Dr Nathan after looking at this website. I have Hashimotos and have been battling it for years after the most amazing run around, so I was understandably gunshy of the whole process and had decided to take matters in my own hands combining Synthroid with Cytomel. Dr Nathan not only helped me actually understand what I was going through but also helped me understand how I was medicating myself. Even though she was skeptical of the Cytomel, she worked with me, letting me keep it while testing me to see that I was taking the right combination. It felt so good not to be discounted and I feel utterly safe with her. She listens and respects the feeling and conditions of the patient." (Added: June

A reader writes:
"I can heartily recommend Muriel Nathan at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington Vermont. She takes her time, listens, and offers explanations that make sense. I am what some physicians might call "difficult" because I haven't always been willing to blindly follow medical advice without doing some of my own research and trying some alternatives, and she has been very accepting and supportive."
A reader writes:
"Dr. Nathan is a wonderful doctor. She listens to what you say and is always willing to answer any questions you may have. My insurance does not cover visits to her office in the state where she is, so she tries her hardest to get the cost reduced. She is one heck of a doctor and a good soul too! " (March 2009)


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All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician or health practitioner before starting a new fitness regimen.