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THYROID TOP DOCTORS DIRECTORY

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

Thanks! -- Mary
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Why is a Particular Doctor No Longer Listed?

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


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Bellevue

George Koss D.O., Integrative Medicine, 15611 Bel Red Road, Bellevue WA 98008, 425-881-2224 425-881-2216 fax, bolles@bollesclinic.com. A reader recommends this doctor due to his "many years of experience!" (Added 2/03)

Bellevue

Barry Marmorstein, MD, Intermal Medicine/Pulmonology, 1603 116th Ave S.E. Suite 112, Bellevue, WA 98004, Phone: phone (425) 455-4929, www.dr-marmorstein.com, A patient writes: "Dr. Marmorstein is a good listener and takes my report of my symptoms seriously and does not rely solely on lab results to determine what to prescribe. I see him for my thyroid as well as whatever other medical need comes up." (Added: Dec. 04)

Bellevue

Gaylene Adams, ARNP, Other, Factoria Women & Family Clinic, 4140 Factoria Blvd SE, Suite A., Bellevue, 98006 , 425-644-2273

"Gaylene has been great. Thyroid issues are a specialty of hers as well as a personal pursuit because of her sister. She is the first person in 10 years to correctly diagnose my issues." (August 2007)

A reader writes:
"Gaylene was also very helpful to me. She is the only doctor I've trusted and left her office with a sense of resolve. She sounds like she really knows what she is talking about. She gets to the root of the problem not just by treating symptoms." (Added October 2007)


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Bellevue

Betty Go, MD
NO LONGER LISTED -- SEE ILLINOIS FOR NEW LISTING

Bellingham

Dr. Pat Elliott, Naturopath doctor, 1155 N State St, Suite 618, Bellingham, WA 98225, 360-647-0228, pat@elliotthealthcare.com. "She treats by symptoms, not by numbers. She is very easy to deal with and appointments usually last at least an hour. She does not require thousands of dollars worth of tests to get started. She is very knowledgeable about thyroid and other hormone problems and very thorough in her explanations. She has limited office hours but often follow-up , can be reached by phone making her quite cost effective."

Another reader recommends Dr. Elliott:
"After 10 years of treatment for "depression," and being told countless times, "well your numbers are low but still within the range of normal," I FINALLY got a referral to Dr. Elliott. She takes me seriously and is treating me based not just on numbers that are right for the Average American, but based on what's right for ME. I can't recommend her highly enough!" (Added 11/02)

Bellingham

Dr. David Turk -- no longer listed

Bellingham

Joe Wessels N. D. Naturopathic Medicine 1903 D St. Bellingham, WA-98225 360- 734-9500/360-734-0867 jwessels@earthlink.net http://www.nwclinic.com. A reader writes: "He has over 25 years of experience in dealing with subclinical hypothyroidism and is the only dr. in the area recommended on the Wilsons website." (Added 4/03)

Bellingham

Dr. Jennifer McAfee -- no longer listed

Bremerton

Jack A. Birnbaum, Endocrinology. The Doctor’s Clinic, 2512 Wheaton Way, Bremerton, WA 98310-3399 360-478-6288. A reader writes that, "I was referred to Dr. Birnbaum by my GP. I was expecting an uphill battle in convincing him that my thyroid condition was being under treated with just Synthroid. To my surprise, he listened to all my symptoms and before I could mention the Study about the use of T3 in addition to T4 mentioned in The New England Journal of Medicine, he asked me if I’d tried Thyrolar or Armour. He said he was glad the Journal printed the study, it confirmed what he’s believed all along. He then asked me if I understood the TSH level and explained it to me. He wrote me a prescription for Thyrolar. Hopefully I’ll see some results soon."

Bellingham

Bonnie Sprague, ARNP, General practice/internist/primary care, Other, Bellingham Family Health Clinic 302 36th St, Bellingham, WA, 98225, Phone/Fax: 360-756-9793 and 360-752-9007 http://www.bellinghamhealth.com, Clinic@BellinghamHealth.com
A reader writes: "Bonnie has done a wonderful job of tracking my thyroid over the last 10 years. She refers me out when necessary and is always willing to keep helping me strive for a better quality of life. My Hashimoto's is still very erratic and I have lots of level changes so other doctors in the past would get frustrated that they couldn't just medicate me and send me away. It is an ongoing process. Bonnie is great! She definitely treats the whole person!" (Added October 2007)

Colville

Dr. Barry Bacon, Family Practice, 1200 East Columbia, Colville, WA 99114, 509-684-3701. A reader writes: "Dr. Bacon is very easy to talk to. He listens and is willing to prescribe Armour. He is not intimidated by knowledgeable patients. He is a great guy!" (Added 10/05)

Colville

Dr. Lon Hatfield, General practice/internist/primary care, Healing Arts Center 150 S Elm Street, Colville WA, 99114, Phone/Fax: (509) 685-2300/http://www.healingartscenter.com, info@healingartscenter.com
A reader writes: "I have been a patient of Dr. Hatfield's for over two years. I have Hashimoto's and he has mostly stabilized my meds. Prior doctors had me yo-yoing constantly. He discovered my Adrenal, yeast, Vitamin B-12 problems; and digestive intolerances to dairy/milk, soy and gluten. I have lost 80 pounds and I feel fabulous and have my life mostly back - before him I only verily existed. I have even been able to go back to work. He has helped me greatly! He is also a biochemist and won't stop until he solves the puzzle. He uses Chinese medicine, holistic, natural therapies etc. when appropriate. And very important, he is the first MD that I trust. I have been searching for competent help since 1998." (Added October 2007)

East Fife/Fife

Dr. Katie Data -- No longer listed (July 2008)

Edmonds

Dr. Henry Hochberg, Family Medicine, 22721 76th Avenue W. #B, Edmonds, WA 98026,425-672-2427. "Dr. Hochberg is a wonderful and caring doctor. He will spend all the time with you that you need and will stop and look you in the eyes when you are talking. He likes when his patients are informed about their bodies and health. He is very open to any suggestions you might have and will work with you. Dr. Hochberg didn't bat an eye when I requested to be put on Armour. Because I don't have insurance at the time he was willing to work with me on the frequency of blood tests. He knew all about the testing for T4 and T3. If anyone who lives in the N. Seattle area, Lynnewood or Edmonds and wants a great family doctor that will help them and listen to them, I highly recommend Dr. Hochberg." (Added 6/02).

Another fan:
"After finding Dr. Hochberg on this site I decided to give him a try. Due to my thyroid condition I am deathly afraid of doctors but Dr. Hochberg is the best ever. He is so easy going,never ever made me feel stupid, always listened, I never felt rushed and he always treated my symptoms not just my numbers. I highly recommend him to anyone especially if you don't have insurance as he is willing to help you find less expensive testing methods." (August 2007)

Another reader writes:
"I lucked out when I moved here 8 years ago and had to pick a doctor from an insurance list and ended up with Dr. Hochberg. I completely echo the experiences of his other fans on his site. He is knowledgeable, caring, doesn't seem rushed and treats me as an intelligent partner in my own care. In short, he is a gem!" (May 2008)

Everett

Laura Martin, ND Naturopathic, (425) 257-9713. A reader gushes, "She LISTENS! For the first time in 15 years I am not on any prescriptions except Armour. When I first met with her (in Dec. 2000) I was frustrated with my previous MD’s who evaluated whether or not I was Hypothyroid based on lab tests. Family history and personal symptoms were ignored. Dr. Martin LISTENED, evaluated the test results, spotted inconsistencies and put me on Armour. My life is back! We are working together to achieve maximum health. WOW! If you want to get healthy from the inside out, go see this modern day Dr. Quinn."

"In depth lab work, recognizes that "low normal" may not be good enough for you." (Added Apr 06)

Everett

David Liao, MD, 1330 Rockefeller Ave Ste 330, Everett, WA 98201, (425) 259-4413

"I've been terribly sick with thyroid disease for at least 10 years and I found out that I also had Hashimoto's. I was extremely sick even with thyroid replacement and had seen many specialists including adrenal specialists. The doctors I had been seeing were mostly concerned with my TSH levels and not with my still occurring symptoms. In one visit, after suffering so badly for the last three years, I met Dr. Liao. He is a wonderful doctor and immediately changed my medicine (adding T3) to my Levothyroxine. Within 2 days, I already feel better. Prior to seeing him, I would dream about admitting myself into my local emergency room. Nobody would help me, what would I say-I'm suffering from Hashimoto's? My health is still poor but it is getting better every day, at the very least, I am more functional. Dr. Liao is a God send. What more can I say? He works in the Everett Providence Hospital, Colby branch...sincere and a great listener with exceptional ability for detail...he knew my symptoms, although some were extremely unusual and out of the ordinary, before I even mentioned them...I HIGHLY recommend this endocrinologist!" (August 2007)

Everett

Alan Wong, Endocrinologist, The Everett Clinic 3901 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA, 98201 425-339-5431 Online

A reader writes:
"Dr. Wong has absolutely changed our lives in such a positive way. When I first was diagnosed with thyroid nodules I went to the head of the University of Washington Medical Center. Disgusted with the bedside manner I switched to Dr. Wong who was my brothers endocrinologist for his type 1 diabetes. I walked in with a bunch of problems but Dr. Wong looked at each issue separately with extreme intelligence and amazing care. He has also been fantastic for my brother who has had type 1 diabetes for 35 years and is now legaly blind, in kidney & geart failure, double amputee basically every issue that comes with diabetes and now is suffering paralysis of his stomach. Dr. Wong not only handles my brothers health with everything he can do as a doctor with his vast intelligence but will also be in contact when my brother is in the hospital and understands what he is going through emotionally. He goes the extra mile for every patient and needs to be recognized for it. Thank You." (March 2009)

Gig Harbor

Dr. John Walck, M.D., Naturopathic Doctor, 6625 Wagner Way #250, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 , 253-851-1560, http://www.johnwalckmd.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

"Dr. Walck knows more about how to fine tune thyroid levels than any endocrinologist I've ever gone to. He understands that Free T3 and Free T4 are the levels he needs to watch, rather than the TSH. He also adjusts medication based on symptoms, rather than the number on the page. This doctor is the most knowledgeable I have ever gone to, and I highly recommend him." (May 2008)

Kirkland

Dr. Karen Ilika, Gynecologist A reader writes, "She listens, she is thorough, and she explains things clearly so that I can make rational decisions regarding my own health. She allows me to work with alternative therapies, but tells me clearly when something isn’t working and a more conventional therapy is needed. I trust and value her opinions, and I will continue to visit her annually whether my insurance covers her new practice or not!"

Kirkland

Michelle Ramauro ND, Naturopathic, Evergreen Center for Women's Health, 12303 NE 130TH Ln. Suite 500, Kirkland, WA 98034, 425-899-4455, http://www.womenshealthcare.org.

"After begging my skeptical PCP for a thyroid test, I was diagnosed hypothyroid. My doc wrote a prescription, re-checked me after 6 weeks, said I was normal and told me to come back next year. I was feeling very sleepy on the medication and her nurse told me over the phone this doc would not talk to me on the phone only during a paying visit-. I finally chose a ND Dr. Ramauro- for my new PCP. She carefully listened and wrote down my concerns then told me a number of things she'd like to explore - all things I've recently read about on my own. She took blood for a variety of tests and upped my Levoxyl level saying she'd rather see my TSH between 1 and 2 and n see if I need to add a T3 replacement drug. She makes phone calls and is very persistent about follow-up appointments. I nearly cried during our first appt because she is finally giving me the care, expertise and guidance I was so desperately seeking from my other doc. I would recommend Dr. Ramauro to any friend who could possibly have a thyroid problem."

Another patient writes:
"I was diagnosed as Hypothyroid in my mid 20s. In my late 20s my symptoms increased and I bounced from Dr. to Dr. feeling like I was crazy for saying I still didn't feel well or like myself. I had used the Women's Center for Health at Evergreen Hospital before and decided to go see Dr. Ramauro as an alternative to jumping from doctor to doctor with no results. Dr. Ramauro truly listened to my concerns, my frustrations, and what I perceived as my symptoms. She works closely with me on a "plan" for better health and guides me to the correct specialists, when needed. Dr. Ramauro returns my phone calls, wants follow-up calls after I have been to a referred doc, and is genuinely concerned with my wellbeing!! Since seeing her, and being referred to Dr. Robery Murray at the PolyClinic in Seattle, I have been feeling better with the addition of T3 and the lowering of my T4. Both Dr. Murray and Dr. Ramauro are the kind of doctors I would recommend to any friend!!"

Another reader recommends Dr. Ramauro:
"After being bounced around from doc to doc I finally found her off this website. She was great and prescribed Armour to me on first visit! I have never felt better. She put me on a supplement regimen that has helped as well, and also directed me to get my tonsils removed, something I'd needed for years, but no other docs helped with! She is great!" (Added 2/03)

Another fan:
"I most enthusiastically recommend Dr. Ramauro. She is extremely thorough and offers a listening ear (she met with me for an hour and a half on my first visit). She is truly a Godsend. After 12 years of being bounced around with prolactin levels 5-6 times the normal range, a diagnosis of fibromylagia, terrible migraines, and excessive weight gain (or lack of losing baby weight), I have finally found the answer! In addition to treating me with Synthroid and Cytomel (T3), Dr. Ramauro has made some suggestions about food that have been helpful. I cannot shout her praises enough!" (August 2007)

A reader writes:
"I was pleased with Dr. Ramauro during the time that I was under her care. Unfortunately, her female patients should be aware that she will not be able to continue treating you during pregnancy. " (March 2009)

Kirkland

Dr. Maura Scanlan, Naturopath – Acupuncture, 12636 N. E. 85th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033, 425-822-0602, mDrmaura@hotmail.com. "I have Grave's disease and was treated with RAI. I was low thyroid for years when I was going to a GP. Now working with Dr. Scanlan with supplements and acupuncture I am actually starting to heal my thyroid and lower my doses of T3/T4. She has been incredibly supportive and together we have been finding what works best for my body. I have referred friends to her and they are all happy with her care." (added 1/04)

Kirkland

Dr. Scott Rose, Naturopath, 1715 Market St. Suite 103, Kirkland Wa 98034, 425-576-8017/425-576-8024, www.nwnatmed.com. A reader writes: "Treats the individual not a disease. Dr. Rose is smart, caring, and sensitive to the needs each person. For years I was told there was nothing wrong with my thyroid, now after being treated by Dr Rose for the past 5 months we discovered it was the thyroid all along and I've lost 50 pounds since we started the therapy. I can't recommend Dr. Rose highly enough my health and life get better everyday with his help. He is just the BEST!! " (Added 1/06)

Kirkland

Dr. Jonathan Collin, MD, 12911 120th Ave. NE, Suite A-50, Kirkland, WA 98034 425-820-0547; 425-820-0259 (F) www.drjonathancollin.com drcolling@townsendletter.com

A reader writes:
"Dr. Collin is editor of Townsend Letter and sees patients from a medical as well as alternative perspective." (March 2009)

Longview

Vu Tinh -- moved

Lynnwood

Dr. Mylinh Vo, Naturopath, 4630 200th Street SW Suite A2, Lynnwood, WA 98036, (425) 697-5583, www.restorebalance.com, "Dr. Vo is great and she spends a lot of time listening to your concerns and coming up with a holistic treatment plan. She uses a more narrow optimal range (as opposed to the ridiculously broad range used by most medical professionals) for checking thyroid levels and other bloodwork, and she is not opposed to using T3 treatment when necessary. All this to say....she's great!" (Added 1/06)

Lynwood

Rebecka/Hoppins Campbell, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Naturopathic Doctor, 19514 64th Ave W Suite B, Lynnwood, WA, 98036, Ph/Fax: 425-985-5421, http://www.seattlenaturopathy.com, seattlenaturopathy@yahoo.com. A reader writes: "Dr Hoppins is a compassionate and caring doctor. When I call, she returns calls immediately. I can't say enough about her." (Added Dec. 2006)

Lynnwood

Brandy Ross, ND, LM, Naturopathic Doctor, 4200 196th St SW, Ste 102, Lynnwood, WA, 98036, 425-670-6752, www.moonrisehealth.com, info@moonrisehealth.com

"Dr. Brandy is awesome! She listened to my symptoms when other doctors just blew me off and found connections between my thyroid and other hormones that were off. I am not tired anymore and I'm pregnant with my first baby after a year of trying!" (August 2007)

Monroe

Dean E. Neary Jr., ND, 118 N. Lewis St, #111, Monroe, WA 98272, 206-917-9765. Dr. Neary is also Chairman of the Physical Medicine department and professor at Bastyr University.

A reader writes: "I had my thyroid checked for years through regular MD's...lab values were always on the lowest side of normal...so no doctor would treat my hypothyroid symptoms...despite the fact that two other family members, my father and brother, both need thyroid supplementation. I finally found a doctor in Edmonds, WA, who puts stock in clinical evaluations as well as lab values...and had me perform the underarm basal body temperature test. Based on the outcome...plus all of the other symptoms he treated me with 1 grain Armour thyroid supplements. He is a top doc..."

.Dr. Neary writes in to tell us:
I see at least one new individual a day who complains of symptoms that are possibly due to an inadequate functioning thyroid. I thoroughly enjoy helping the people to regain control of the life and sense of well being. As I said initially, I have received numerous referrals from your site, thank you, and look forward to continuing to assist your site's visitors with their search for answers.

Another recommendation:
"He is simply the best. He really truly listens to you and goes by how you feel, not just lab results. I highly recommend him; he is truly helping me get my life back." (Added 10/05)

Another fan:
"He is very kind, caring, and thoughtful of our available resources. He always considers the whole person and is willing to listen to my suggestions or requests." (Added 10/05)

A reader writes:
"Finding a doctor like Dr. Neary is a gold mine!! Until my hypothyroidism was treated with my whole person in mind I never noticed any real relief from my symptoms. I have been hypothyroid for 30 years. I am SO grateful for this gentle caring expert. You will be too!" (October 2006)

Oak Harbor

Thomas Rogers, Naturopathic Family Medicine, 840 SE Bayshore Dr. Ste. 201, Oak Harbor, WA, 360 679 8946. Email: drtomrogers@hotmail.com. A reader writes: "Dr. Thom has helped several patients in the area who have been told for years their thyroid is fine, but they knew otherwise. Finally, with Dr. Thom's help, people are feeling the best they ever remember feeling. It's so nice to have someone on Whidbey Island who knows his (thyroid) stuff." (Added: June 2004)

Olympia

Dr. Vivian Blanco, General Practice, Black Hills Med Center, Olympia, WA, 360-352-7779.

NOTE: As of August 2007, readers are reporting that she has a long waiting list, and is not accepting new patients. Call ahead to check.

"She is a doctor that actually LISTENS to YOU! Open minded. She prescribed Thyrolar for me. Everyone I've recommended has been happy." (added 1/04)

Olympia

Natalie Kather, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Advanced Family Wellness, 1115 West Bay Drive NW, Suite 202, Olympia, Washington, 98502, 360-570-8010 phone/360-570-8009 fax Www.metabolicadvancedwellness.com, natalie@metabolicadvancedwellness.com

A reader writes: "I have been to see this doctor three times so far and I think she's great with diagnosing hormonal problems. She specializes in hormone balancing and works in conjunction with local compounding pharmacists. Dr. Kather is helping me sort out a variety of symptoms. Other doctors treated me for each individual symptom without looking at the big picture to see how they might be related to each other. Dr. Kather is the first to prescribe Armor Thyroid and an iodine supplement for me -- even though I had a benign thyroid nodule and half of my gland removed back in October 2007. The ENT who performed my surgery said my thyroid was normal according to blood work. Dr. Kather asked the right questions and ordered more specific tests to get to the bottom of my problems. She told me about basal body temperature and hypothyroidism. Hmmm... I have been freezing cold for years when others around me are comfortable. I am wearing two layers of clothing today to keep warm.(It's springtime in Washington state). I'm in the early stages of treatment. I am sleeping better -- insomnia is gone. Dr. Kather just increased my dose of Thyroid because my temp is not responding to the initial low dose. I am feeling hopeful that with this doctor's help, I will recover and be well again. Thank God for doctors who listen to the patient's symptoms." (June 2008)

Olympia

Mark W. Bradford MD -- no longer listed

Port Orchard

Dr. A. Hori, M.D., General Practice - Group Health, Group Health Medical Center 1400 Pottery Avenue Port Orchard, WA 98366 360-895-5080. A writer informs us, "I have gone to Dr. Hori for the past few years and he really listens. What really made me appreciate him was when I asked him if I could switch from my levothyroxine to Thyrolar. Although Group Health doesn’t even carry it in their pharmacy, he was willing to write the prescription for me and asked the pharmacist to order it for me (although I had to pay full price). I never asked him if he would prescribe Armour (I’m vegetarian) or any of the T3 hormones, but he was certainly willing to prescribe Thyrolar."

Port Townsend

Dr. Forrest Beck, Naturopathic Medicine, 1233 Lawrence St, WA 98368, 360 385-2107, drbeck@tolwc.com www.tolwc.com. A reader writes: "Great at looking at the whole picture of health." (Added 6/05)

Port Townsend

Douwe Rienstra, M.D., General Practice, 242 Monroe Street, , WA 98502, (360) 385-5658 www.rienstraclinic.com. A reader writes: "He knows nutrition and ayurveda. Will recommend herbs and vitamin supplements. He always offers alternatives to pharmaceuticals. He prescribes Armour for hypothyroid. He is thorough and takes the time to solve medical mysteries and to educate patients about prevention." (Added 6/05)

Portland

Heidi Peterson, Naturopathic Physician, 4444 SW Corbett Ave, Portland, OR 97239, 503-224-4003, heidi@teleport.com A reader writes: "A personable physician who is extremely knowledgeable about endocrinology inc the thyroid. Does complete testing for imbalances. Uses Armour or even just T3. Also combines treatment with diet, herbs, and nutritional support. Has helped me tremendously." (Added 3/03)

Poulsbo

Dr. Stephen Speidel, Naturopathic Doctor, 17791 Fjord Dr. N.E. Ste J-160, Poulsbo, WA 98370-8482, 360-697-2122

"For three years I had been the round of successive TSH tests and up and down prescriptions for T4, and had been almost bedridden. Dr. Speidel new about T3 and has given me back my life!!" (May 2008)

Renton

Johnathan Wright MD, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 801 S.W. 16th St. Suite #121 Renton, WA 98052 425-264-0051 www.wrightnewsletter.com

A reader writes:
"I have known and been a patient of Dr. Wright for 26 yrs. he is the one who put me on amour thyroid 20 yrs ago. he has helped me with hormones, lack of B12, folic acid, taught me how to inject myself, he knows exactly what test to do, and does not do anything not necessary. he has patients from all over the world who love and believe in him when no other doctor would. he has written for prevention mag, numerous book, and is on the board of directors for the life extension magazine. i have flown to seattle, WA just to see him when i have a medical problem. I recommended him for my grown children & friends,this doctor is the best." (March 2009)

Richland

Dr. Geoffrey S. Ames, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 750 Swift Blvd. #1, Richland, Washington, 99352, Ph/Fax: (509) 943-3934 Fax # (509) 943-4016. A reader writes: "I had been through a nurse practitioner, internist and 2 endocrinologists before finding Dr. Ames. Over a 3 month period I received extensive testing and FINALLY some accurate diagnosis and proper medication to treat my conditions. I went to the first visit with a long list of questions prepared, but Dr. Ames answered most of the questions before I even got a chance to ask them!! He truly listens to what you are saying and has a kind, compassionate manner. It was nice to leave a doctor's office feeling like a person instead of a lab number or a cow through the chute!!! In 3 months time I have went from rock bottom to feeling like an actual human being with enough energy to enjoy a few of life's daily activities. I'm looking forward to regaining my health. " (Added Dec. 2006)

Another fan:
"Dr. Ames has had extensive training in thyroid issues and is very knowledgeable in this area. After seeing three other doctors who told me I needed to have a thyroidectomy for a cystic goiter, the goiter has disappeared after treatment with Armour thyroid. I highly recommend Dr. Ames for thyroid problems. Besides this, he is a very caring man who looks at the whole person and not just the "problem" area." (August 2007)

Seattle

Mindy L. Blaski, M.D., Family Practice, 3216 NE 45th PL, Suite 106, Seattle, WA 98105-4028, (206) 526-0210. "I have had temporary thyroiditis in the past with sub-clinical hypothyroid in the past, and I went to a new doctor. Her approach was to do what was the "industry standard" and when my TSH level came back as normal, all I received was a "I hope you are feeling better" letter in the mail. I went to Doctor Blaski on a recommendation from a friend and she listened, did more tests, including antibodies and low and behold I was right and there is something wrong, my TPO antibody test was at nearly 20! She even encouraged me before we got the test results back that even if they all came back as "normal" she would find out what was wrong. Now she has referred me to Dr. Murray (also on this list) for more tests. I really liked her because she took the time to listen and talk to me as a peer rather than talking down to me, and she doesn't treat her patients like lab values."

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Blaski is willing to listen to my concerns and work with my condition despite the fact that my levels are "normal". She cares about how the individual is feeling. Dr. Blaski always answers my questions to my satisfaction. I appreciate her straight forward manner and highly highly recommend her." (Added 6/05)

Seattle

A reader writes: "I saw your request for top docs in the Anchorage area and am sorry to report that I don't think there are enough thyroid cancer cases in Alaska for much help from specialists. So I have no one to recommend for endos or oncologists. The ENT's up here all subscribe to the "cut it out then burn it" philosophy. So I had my surgery done in Seattle. Excellent surgeon Dr. Stephen Clark."

Seattle

JoAnna Forwell, Naturopathic Doctor, 1836 Westlake Ave. N., Ste 201, Seattle, WA 98109, (206) 729-6100, Fax: (206) 352-9198, http://drforwell.com / jo@drforwell.com

A reader writes: "Is well informed, listens, takes time and treats each as an individual." (Added 4/03)

Another fan:
"Dr. Jo has been my doctor for 5 years. She gets to know her patients and is great at preventative care. She also lives as an example of what she teaches. She is easy to work with on what treatments best suit you. She is always studying and keeping up-to-date on the latest naturopathic techniques. She also has a strong network of health related practitioners to recommend." (May 2008)

Seattle

Dr. David Moore, Surgeon; Otolaryngology/Thyroid 1221 Madison #1523 Seattle, WA 98104 (phone) 206.292.6464; (fax) 292.6498. A reader writes: "I had a total thyroidectomy and lymph dissection due to papillary carcinoma, and I cannot recommend Dr. Moore enough. His surgical skills are fantastic. My procedure was extensive and I wasn't even hoarse afterward, and my scar is barely visible! He also has really great "bedside manner." He listens, empathizes and treats you as every person should be treated, as an individual enduring a difficult experience, and not just yet another problematic thyroid with a patient attached to it." (Added 6/03)

Another reader recommends Dr. Moore:
"I saw Dr. Moore's name listed on this site and was lucky enough to be able to get a referral to see him from my insurance provider. I had been suffering from rampant swings due to my Hashimoto's and had a suspicious mass as well. I ended up with a total thyroidectomy due to an incidental finding of 2 rare types of thyroid cancer. Not only did Dr. Moore save my sanity but he probably also saved my life. He was the first doctor in over a year that treated me as a patient who was genuinely suffering and in need of treatment and not as just another neurotic female who needed a prescription for anti-depressants. Not only does he have an amazing bedside manner but his surgical skills are superior and I dare say I will barely even have a scar. Dr. Moore is an outstanding surgeon, a caring physician and a wonderful human being." (added 1/04)

Another recommendation:
"I have had two sinus surgeries and a tonsillectomy with Dr. Moore. He has got to be the best doctor I have seen, and I've been to my share. I recently was diagnosed with thyroid problems as well as a thyroid lesion. If anything more needs to be done for it in the future I will be seeing him. He listens, he cares, and best of all he tells you what's going on with you, why and how..." (Added 4/04)

Seattle

Kenneth Gross, MD, Endocrinology Virginia Mason, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 223-6621, http://www.virginiamason.org/dbPhysicians/Physician2570.asp A reader writes: "After searching the Seattle area for a physician who had the training to work with my thyroid condition, I found Kenneth Gross, MD. He listened as I explained my condition and treatment history. And we talked. We talked about what research I had found and how it was related to my situation. Maybe he had already planned to advise the same treatment as I suggested, but he still listened. And as important as being a good listener, he prescribes Armour Thyroid." (Added June 2005)

A reader writes:
"I came to Dr. Gross with a tough thyroid problem the other doctors in the Seattle area did not have the training to treat. I had had thyroid cancer, but because I had had a myelogram I could not have RAI, so I had been prescribed suppressive dosages of Armour thyroid. Since moving to Seattle I had not found a doctor to treat me. Finally I found Dr. Gross, a young fellow, who will listen, yes actually listen and exchange information with me and prescribe Armour thyroid. I strongly recommend Dr. Gross for not only someone who needs Armour thyroid and someone who will respect you." (Added June 2005)

Another recommendation:
"Dr. Gross is one of those rare endocrinologists who treats the symptoms not just the numbers. He’s very nice and not the least bit condescending." (Added 10/05)

Seattle

Dr. Robert Murray, Polyclinic on Broadway. http://www.polyclinic.com/op_name.htm. A reader writes: "He is excellent and 'saved' my life!!!!"

Another fan of Dr. Murray:
"I had 2 normal TSH tests in 6 years - and all the classic hypo symptoms. When I had brain fog on T4 - he prescribed T3 (before I knew to ask for it). When I had a super-sensitive reaction to too much T4, he was skeptical but tested my blood levels a week apart and admitted I was right, I’d shot past the normal range, and he revised my meds accordingly. When I told him I had to lower T4 before my period he just said - it’s illogical, but if it works - do it. He treats symptoms - using all available treatments - and he listens to the patient not just test results."

Another patient writes:
"I learned of Dr. Murray from this site -- thanks! I'd had a goiter for 8 years but consistently received "normal" thyroid reports from other physicians. I'd learned a bit from this site before seeing him, and was impressed and comforted that he addressed all issues I felt were important. He takes the time to explain, and always whips out a pad and draws diagrams and makes notes for me to take home -- continuing education! He truly listens and takes my comments and complaints seriously, and I know I'm in good hands. I've recommended him to a co-worker who has been seeing another physician for years, and she is also very impressed. I can't recommend him highly enough."

More praise for Dr. Murray:
"Going to Dr. Murray," shares one reader, "has changed my life dramatically. Although I'd been taking T4 (Synthroid) for years, I had serious problems with brain fog. My memory was getting bad and I couldn't make decisions about anything. So I went to Dr. Murray, who prescribed T3 and lowered my T4 a little. He really listened to my symptoms (which no doctor ever had done before). Now I'm able to remember better, make decisions, and feel much more alive and aware. I've recommended Dr. Murray to a friend, who also had good results."

Another patient writes:
"Dr Murray listened to me when I came into his office. I was tired and frustrated. I had heard that maybe I had depression because my thryroid wasn't "that low." He turned to me and said, "Don't worry, we're going to fix this. You are going to feel better!" He did the appropriate tests and prescribed Synthroid. When he felt appropriate he prescribed Cytomel. He is always attentive to what I say and how I feel. If I have a complaint about something he listens. He saved my life. Before him I couldn't concentrate, I was so tired, and I thought I was going to feel that way forever. He is a great doctor. I'm a nurse, I should know!"

Another fan:
"Dr. Murray believes in treating patients, not lab values. In his practice, he's found that patients whose lab work is in the "normal" range, but who still don't feel well, do very well with the addition of Cytomel. He generally aims for TSH of 1.0 or below, but also runs free T3 and Free T4, tweaking medication where needed. Visits and assessment are 3X a year, rather than yearly, so he's really able to keep track of his patients. He is an open-minded breath of fresh air in the stodgy and inflexible endo community of the Pac. Northwest."

Another recommendation:
Dr. Murry knows his stuff!! I've been seeing Dr. Murry for about 14 years. I even have him give my general GP's a call and tell them where they have erred. He currently has me on Cytomel along with Synthroid and it's wonderful. Mental sluggishness, mood swings, forgetfulness is a thing of the past. He takes time to listen and knows how to read in between the line on those T-3 & T-4 test! I've sent many folks his way over the years. (Added 6/02)

More praise from a reader for Dr. Murray:
"After 3 years of my GP telling me he had checked me and I was "normal" (repeated attempts to get him to consider low thyroid) I went over his head and found Dr. Murray, not only did I have low thyroid, but Hashimoto's. He was kind, encouraging and I finally feel like me needs are being respected. I am so glad to have found him from this website. Thank you, Dr. Murray; thank you Mary!" (added 1/04)

More clarification from a patient:
"I am sure he is a very good doctor for a lot of people, as long as you can tolerate Levoxyl and Cytomel. I would hate to see him taken off your list if he is helping those that can tolerate these medications, but he gave me no other choice..."

Another fan:
"After experiencing a laundry list of strange symptoms, my primary care professional (Joelle Thirsk-Fathi, a WONDERFUL nurse practitioner whose patients will dearly miss her as she is moving into acute care) tested me for thyroid antibodies. Although my TSH, T4 & T3 were normal, my TPO & thyroglobulin antibodies were quite high. The first endocrinologist Joelle referred me to felt my problems were not thyroid in nature, and said I might have panic disorder. Joelle did not give up. She referred me to Dr. Robert Murray, who just recently began treating me for autoimmune thyroid disease. Three days into my treatment, I am already feeling better. Dr. Murray was very nice, professional and willing to listen." (Added 1/06)

Another fan:
"This guy is a breath of fresh air. I took him my lab results from the past 12 years that I had in an excel spreadsheet and he basically said I was hypo-thyroid the whole time other than during my pregnancy with my daughter. He upped my dosage of cytomel and said I would feel better within a week. My last doctor (with these same lab results) said I was in the normal range with a tsh of 2.86 and that my symptoms must be due to something else. Don't believe what you read about him not taking new patients, you might need a referral but I didn't need one because I have PPO insurance and I got in. I wish I had gone to him years ago. Because of what I read about him not accepting new patients I didn't try, but finally just got so frustrated and tried to get in and did! He said the ideal tsh range is .8-1.3 not .3-5.0! No wonder I felt so bad at 2.86. I feel like I'm finally going to improve under his care." (August 2007)

Another reader writes:
"Having struggled with hypothyroidism for twenty years, Dr. Murray is the first doctor to treat me based on my symptoms. My last endocrinologist just patted my hand and wanted to raise my Paxil! Even though my levels still roller-coaster, Dr. Murray keeps me on track - adding Cytomel has changed my life! I can't say enough good about him!" (August 2007)

NOTE: As of June 2006, this doctor is reportedly no longer accepting new patients unless you have a referral from another physician.

Seattle

Shannon Heitritter, Polyclinic -- no longer listed

Seattle

Dr. Gholam Mozaffarian, Endocrinology, women's hormones, thyroid disease, 1221 Madison Ave., Suite 918, Seattle, WA 98104, 206-382-8060. "I was referred to Dr. Mo by my insurance provider and was afraid I was being sent to yet another endo who treats by lab values without paying heed to symptoms as well. I was so wrong! He also surprised my by doing my FNA in his office himself. I had two ultrasound guided biopsies cancelled because the radiologists could not "find" my thyroid nodule. Dr. Mo found it with his bare hands. He did a very thorough job and the results helped dictate a treatment that may very well have saved my life! He works well with Dr. David Moore, an Otolaryngologist in the same professional building and they made an excellent partnership for my treatment at Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Mo took the time to really listen to me, was open-minded to my desire to use Armour Thyroid instead of Synthroid, and he even came to the hospital to check on me after my thyroidectomy. He told me that he was glad that I had shared my "intuitions and pre-surgery fears" with him because it helped he and Dr. Moore decide the best treatment for me." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Mo is without a doubt one of the most receptive Dr.'s I have ever met and I have a VERY LONG history of illness for 34 years of my life. He listens to you. He looks at your medical history. He is interested in you. He like to hear what you think about your symptoms and your opinion as to what you think is contributing to your symptoms. He does not go by what the "lab levels" of normal or not normal are when looking at your blood work when it comes to your TSH, etc. He believes in the new findings that the thyroid level for hypothyroidism can be managed to levels up to .3 to 3 or above. What is normal for most is not normal for you. He isn't negligent in the area. It is just that he listens to you when you tell him where you have felt the best as far as your TSH levels have been. He doesn't put in the "normal level" range for the laboratory normals or abnormal. He puts you to where he thinks and you think you should be. He called my family Dr. right there where I could listen to what he was telling him. He is willing to work with your family Dr. to get you to feeling better and back to as normal as you can get with a problem like Hashimoto's Disease like I have. My sister is going to see him for her hyperthyroid problem. He is a very educated man but yet he doesn't talk down to you. He has a wonderful personality and a compassion towards you and illness like I have only seen in about 4 Dr's all these years. Please go and see him. He is wonderful. He is genuinely glad to see you and you don't feel like a "dollar bill" to him. Please let him know what you think and feel and he is truly interested. Thank you Dr. for being there for me and I know you will continue to be. You are what a Dr. is supposed to be. You live up to the oath that you take to be a Dr. I look forward to seeing you again."(Added: June 2004)

A reader writes:
"There are other comments regarding Dr Mozaffarian on this website and concur with everything that has been said. Another one of his patients referred me to him, and it was the best move I have made in treating my thyroid disease. My first endo would tell me that my test results were normal when they were anything but. She advised me not to research my disease on the internet, and to be wary of discussion groups. Dr. Moz is really happy that we have our thyroid support group, research and ask good questions, which he is very willing to answer. I truly feel like he partners with me. I never have to ask for my lab hard copies -- they are always handed to me when I walk in the door. His staff is caring and very skilled in blood draws. I (and others) have told him he can't retire, and we have to find a way to clone him. His genuine caring and concern are so refreshing. Hip hip hooray for Dr. Moz! " (Added: Dec. 04)

Another fan:
"Dr. Mo is the best. I highly recommend seeing him for any thyroid problems you may have." (Added 10/05)

Another recommendation:
A reader writes: "My experience with him for a couple years. He is a good, kind, and gentle doc willing to listen and adjust meds BUT...he does tell people who have just had babies to try antidepressants without looking into the symptoms (from 3 sources). Their office said to me on 4 different occasions and after switching insurance to match that office, decided they didn't take my insurance, and I was billed by his office and labs over $1200. So he has some insurance problems for sure of telling people they accept it when they don't. Another thing; when I asked for hormones to be checked he said I was too young to do that. Other people I know who asked for hormones checked, he said it was their pregnancy. There is someone in my area really pushing people that live in the Seattle area to see dr. Moz when most of us had mediocre results at best. I did also get a cortisol test, and he did nothing to follow up on it or even explain anything to me. He told me that red stretchmarks were a result of high cortisol levels, but I have no idea what that meant. I thought they were from gaining thyroid weight. So my experience with him was so-so, not a top doc. I will say he does give gentle FNA's, and his nurses will call to check up on you, not a bad thing." (June 2006)

Seattle

Frances E. Broyles -- no longer listed

We would appreciate your updating our information on your web site. He still treats thyroid conditions! You may not be aware that he is Chairman of the Physical Medicine department and professor at Bastyr University here in WA as well." (May 2008)

Seattle

Dr Rebecca Wynsome -- no longer listed (June 2008)

Seattle

Gad Kletter, Pediatric Endocrinology, Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, WA 98105, 206 987-2616 , http://www.medical.washington.edu/uwp/search/doctorbio.asp?id=C004341. A reader writes: "My son was diagnosed with Congenital Hypothyroidism at birth. Dr Kletter was just wonderful. He personally escorted us from radiology to his office so he could explain what was going on with our child. Very conscientious. Ver attentive. Very accessible. Very well known in Western Washington." (Added 6/05)

Another reader writes:
"It was 1994 and I found out I was going to have a baby. I immediately started searching for a good Pediatric Doctor and found a wonderful one. The day I had my son the pediatric doctor was in the delivery room to do my son's first exam. At that time the doctors noticed that something was abnormal. There were only two feeders in the umbilical-cord and my son was very small. For 17 months my son never grew or gained any weight. My son saw a lot of doctors and was diagnosed with many different things Until the Day I met Dr. Gad Kletter. He made me feel so wonderful. He calmed me down and reassured me he would find out what was going on. And well he did. He immediately requested an MRI and once that was done my son was diagnosed with Pan Hypo pituitary secondary to congenital anomaly of the pituitary gland with ectopic posterior pituitary and a small anterior pituitary gland with developmental delay and seizure. Now my son is 12 years old and is 5'4 and weights 187 lb. When ever I had a worry or care Dr. Kletter was always there to help and ease any pain or worry. He has even fought with Insurance companies, and pushed to get my son in to Doctors that were really hard to get into. Dr. Kletter strived to provide over and above medical service to my son and always very informative of every procedure or medical necessity. My son is 12 years old and he looks forward to see Dr. Kletter. About two weeks ago My son and I moved to Wisconsin, Dr. Kletter has helped us obtain a new endocrinologist and has offered his assistance and making sure My son will receive the same care he has come accustom to. I strongly urge any parent that has any Endocrine needs to find there were to Swedish Medical Center to obtain Dr. Gad Kletters opinion before thinking there is no hope. Thank you Dr. Kletter." (August 2007)

Seattle

Dr. Alan Failor, M.D., Endocrinology, 1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle, WA 98195, 206-598-4882, http://www.medical.washington.edu/uwp/search/doctorbio.asp?id=A006220 A reader writes: "He was very good, once we got past a small communication glitch. I didn't like how hard it was to get in to see him. He is a bit on the gruff side, but knows his stuff." (Added June 2005)

Another fan:
"I was extremely sick-pneumonia, asthma, pleurisy, collapsed lung, eczema, extreme blood sugar issues, my hands and feet were numb and ice cold, hair falling out, rapid heart rate-105-while still in bed, no memory on and on. Anyway, I'd seen an MD, Internist, Respiratory, Ear, Nose, Throat doc, Endocrinologist-which asked me if I was seeing dinosaurs-he was fired. They all come to the conclusion that I was depressed. Finally, 6 doctors later, I was recommended to my hero, Dr. Alan Failor. After a full thyroid panel, they outcome was my TSH-5.52, but the antibodies test was at 352. WOW! It's amazing I am still functioning. One of the first things that Dr. Failor assured me was, "Every symptom that you are having has everything to do with your thyroid. And believe me, you are not crazy, just very sick. It is going to take 6-18 months for the synthroid to build up in your system to get relief." (August 2007)

Seattle

Dr. Alexander Kraft, Naturopathy/acupuncture, 821 E Thomas St., Seattle, Wa. 98102, 206-324-5433, dralexkraft.com. "I had been to 4 doctors in 2 different countries- with virtually all the symptoms of Hypothyroidism. My TSH was normal, and, although I had gained over 30 lbs. in just under 3 months- my weight was still in the upper "normal" range for my height; therefore, not one doctor would agree to test my T3.. let alone listen to me! I finally decided to see a naturopath- and the decision changed my life. From the minute I started to tell Dr. Kraft my symptoms and the changes I had noticed over the last months, I notices one major difference: he was actually listening! My first visit with the doctor was over an hour and a half. He ordered a full blood panel, and assured me that, no matter what, we will find out what is going on with me. My test came back Hypothyroid, and anemic. Dr. Kraft explained to me all my different treatment options, both the natural treatments and conventional treatments and asked ME how I would like to approach treatment! I decided to give the Homeopathic remedy a try first, and later decided to see how I felt on Armour. Dr. Kraft is a lovely person who treats the whole person, not just your lab results. I am moving to LA soon, and still plan to fly back here to Seattle to continue to see Dr. Kraft for my thyroid and any other medical needs." (Added 1/06)

Seattle

Dr. Eileen Stretch, Naturopathic Doctor,1600 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 603 , Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 726-0034, http://instituteofcomplementarymedicine.com/

A reader writes:
"Dr. Stretch was able to diagnose my thyroid issues that my family doctor missed. I was feeling really horrible, and my family doctor didn't even recommend taking my thyroid levels when doing a blood test. I asked her to take the test anyway, and when the results came back, my family doctor didn't say anything but Dr. Stretch immediately noticed it had elevated since the last test. Dr. Stretch goes out of her way to uncover the underlying issues going on with your health, and takes the time to try solutions that will help your immune system. She is one of 2 partners who owns The Institute of Complimentary Medicine which is comprised of 7 Naturopaths and they have a dispensary of all kinds of herbs and vitamins. Her website says: "Dr. Stretch specializes in botanical, homeopathy and nutritional medicine as applied to autoimmune, endocrine, digestive and metabolic disorders." Lastly, she answers all my questions (and I have a lot of them!)." (July 2008)

Seattle

Cathy Brinton, Naturopathic Doctor, 7522 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 206-331-1396 phone206-260-9090 fax drbrinton@comcast.net

A reader writes:
"I have been very pleased to have found Dr. Brinton about a year and a half ago. After several years of difficulty with thyroid medications, I'm finally getting some improvement. My problem is that I am very sensitive to thyroid such that I had many episodes of heart racing, including waking up in the middle of the night with my heart beating extremely fast. I ended up in the emergency room more than once with this problem and saw Cardiologists, to no avail. These episodes occured when I was on various medications for Hashimotos Hypothryroidism including: Synthroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid + Cytomel, and Naturethroid. Dr. Brinton has put me on time-released T-3 only. I take no T-4 at all. We have been building up the levels very slowly over the past year and I've had no major problems with heartbeat irregularity. Dr. Brinton is kind and really listens. She is a great diagnostician! Thanks, Diane" (March 2009)

Hi there! My story is a long one but I just had to share it because Dr. Brinton is so wonderful! Around January of 2008 I began to experience extreme eye pain. The muscles in my eyes hurt when ever I looked up or down and side to side. Having never experienced this weird soreness before, I went to my general practicioner for advice. He was stumped so he sent me to an opthamologist. The opthamologist did every test on my eyes imaginable and to my surprise, he concluded that my eyes were fine! Dumbfounded, the opthamologist said it may be my thyroid causing pain in my eyes. So back to my family practioner I went. After extensive blood work was conducted, yes indeed - my thyroid levels were high. The game plan was to eventually kill off my thyroid with an iodine pill, but my doctor wanted a second opinion from an endocrinologist first (thank goodness!). So, I called to make an appointment with the thyroid doctor but he was 6 months out of seeing me! By now my eye pain was excruitiating and to make matters worse, my fiancee and I were flying off to Hawaii in 2 months to get married. I couldn't bare the thought of being on my honeymoon with this crazy eye pain! Trying to find relief from the soreness, I visited a supplement store here in Seattle. It was there that one of the girls behind the counter recommended I go see Dr. Brinton, who specializes in endocrinology. So I did! It's the best thing I could have ever done. She was able to get me in right away which was a blessing! I took with me a copy of my lab work and Dr. Brinton went over it extensively. She said my thyroid was actually performing as it should, it was just over working due to a food allergy I may have. Dr. Brinton said that I was either allergic to dairy, or gluten and that if I cut both of those items out of my diet - my eye pain should go away. And guess what? SHE WAS RIGHT! After about 2 weeks I noticed a dramatic difference in the severity of my eye pain." (March 2009)

Spokane

Dr. Bruce A. Adye, Surgeon. Fifth & Brown Medical Bldg (East Wing) 509-747-5141 "Dr. Bruce A. Adye," this reader shares, "was recommended to me by my former caregiver as one of only two top doc surgeons in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. I had put off surgery as long as I could because I needed a total thyroidectomy - which could have placed my voice in jeopardy. Dr. Adye placed me completely at ease. He explained the dangers of a total thyroidectomy, what I could expect during and after surgery and what to expect in recovery. Surgery went smoothly, and Dr. Adye reported to my family. I was only in the hospital for one night, yet he visited me several times before I left. He was also very informative on my follow up visit to his office. I would highly recommend Dr. Adye to anyone who is about to undergo thyroid surgery."

Spokane

Dr. Will Corell, MD Family Practice, Holistic & Preventive Medicine 3424 S. Grand Blvd. Spokane, WA 99203 509-838-5800. A reader tells us, "This Doc is a Yale/Stanford grad. He was recommended to me by a friend with thyroid disorder. They tested everything from food allergies to intestinal. He has a nutritionist on staff along with message and acupuncturist. The staff is very friendly, and they listen."

Spokane

Dr Michael Donlan, Rockwood Clinic, (509)459-1591. He is a pediatric endocrinologist. He also does a lot of research on congenital hypothyroidism. Dr. Donlan also works w/ the University of Washington CH clinic." (NOTE: Seattle, University of Washington Hypothyroid clinic only accepts pediatric patients up until age 8.

Spokane

A reader writes: "Dr. Thomas Schaaf, Group Health Northwest, Lidgerwood Clinic-(509) 482-4402,email: tpschaaf@ghnw.ghc.org He is a family practitioner. My daughter was his first patient to have the genetic testing show a thyroid problem. He acted so quickly she was on medication by the time she was 9 days old. He has done research for her and has consulted w/ many doctors."

Spokane

Dr. Eric A. Sohn, Family Medicine, Adult Health, Pediatrics, and Sports Medicine, 5011 W Lowell, Suite 100 Spokane, WA 99208 509-464-1600 fax 509-462-1010 www.indiantrailfamilymedicine.com. A patient writes, "I have been from doctor to doctor without success trying to treat my hypothyroidism. Dr. Sohn is the only one who took the time to investigate not only my thyroid but the other related health issues. He is caring, compassionate, understanding, and non-judgmental. It is very easy to get in to see him and there is no lengthy wait, the nurse is friendly and open as well. I walk out of my appointments no longer feeling ashamed or stupid. I highly recommend this doctor." (Updated 3/03)

Another reader writes:
"I'm so glad I found him. He has helped me with my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I was treated for this condition by numerous doctors (11) over the last 4 ½ years, and have gained over 60 lbs. Dr. Sohn changed my meds and I feel better than I did five years ago. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone!! Before I found him I really wasn't living - I was just existing with undertreatment and getting worse each month. Thank God For "Armour" and Dr. Sohn." (Added 3/03)

More praise from a reader for Dr. Sohn:
"I went to Dr. Sohn based on the recommendation from patients on this website and I am so glad I did. Dr. Sohn truly listened to my symptoms and was sympathetic to my hypothyroidism. Dr. Sohn took the time to answer all of my questions and is caring. I can't recommend him highly enough!" (added 1/04)

Another fan:
"Dr. Sohn was easy to see and listened very carefully to what I had to say. He is extremely willing to treat the patient according to symptoms and does not go by blood tests alone. Dr. Sohn will prescribe Armour and was willing to adjust my dosage after my previous doctor said she would not. I feel better than I have in years and I appreciate being listened to. I highly recommend him to anyone having trouble communicating with their doctor about thyroid problems." (Added 4/04)

Yet another reader writes:
"Today I went to see Dr. Sohn based solely from information on this website. I am so glad I did. Dr. Sohn will really listen to you and treat you as an individual. He is progressive and forward thinking- he is treating the patient- not the ranges. I highly recommend him to anyone who has been suffering with other doctors who will not treat them as individuals. He will treat you with whatever it takes to make you feel right. I walked out of there feeling like he really gets it." (Added 6/05)

Another reader writes:
"Just wanted to add that Dr. Sohn helped me so much with my hypothyroidism. He respects and listens to everything you say. He treats the symptoms and is willing to work with you until you feel better. I got an appointment very easily and am grateful to have found him." (July 2008)

Spokane

Mark Erwin PA, General practice/internist/primary care, Indian Trail Family Medicine, 5011 W Lowell Ave Ste 100, Spokane, Wa 99208, 509-464-1600, www.indiantrailfamilymedicine.com

"Mark Erwin works with Dr. Sohn and is wonderful. I have hypothyroidism and recently felt a change that I knew had to do with my thyroid. He listened to me and was specific in his change in my medication. He communicates very well and answered all of my questions thoroughly. My entire family goes to Indian Trail Family Medicine and I have found Mark to be right on target with his assessments of our health needs as they have come up." (May 2008)

Spokane

Dr. Carol Wysham -- no longer listed (May 2008)

Tacoma

Patti Robbins, N.D., Naturopathy, Tacoma, WA, 253-539-4433. A reader writes: "Dr. Patti likes to help
her patients feel better and she tells it how it is." (Added: June 2004)

Tukwila

Dr. Maria Flores, Family Health, Military Road S, Tukwila, WA, 206-242-6500, "Great communication and fast response. I knew something was wrong with me, but other doctors dismissed my symptoms. Dr. Flores listened to my symptoms and diagnosed my with a thyroid disorder. It was ruining my life, but she helped so much!" (Added 4/04)

Tumwater

David Overton, Natural medicine, 4780 Capitol Blvd SE #2, Tumwater, WA 98501, 360-357-8054. "He acts as a partner rather than a dictator. He properly diagnosed me after many years of being diagnosed hypothyroid to autoimmune hypothyroid. He has a nutritionist in his office that after a three day food evaluation will have you go talk to. With her help i was able to understand the crucial role of a low-carbohydrate diet combined with all organic foods completely stopped the autoimmune antibodies from forming. They are helping me now see if I can reverse all the years of bad diet and such so that I may possibly be able to get rid of the hypothyroid condition all together. They truly are miracle workers!"

Vancouver

Laura Schissell, ND, DC, 3303 NE 44th Street, #1, Vancouver, WA 98663, 360/721-0001, lschissell@msn.com, www.AbundantHealthClinic.com. "Listens well, and works with natural remedies and various thyroid meds to suit your needs." (Updated 3/03).

Another fan:
"Dr Laura has worked with me for the past 5 years. I believe that her treatment of my hypothyroidism symptoms resulted in my being able to conceive a child. She is a compassionate doctor who listens, takes the time to treat your symptoms, and doesn't ever make you feel like there is something wrong with YOU when your family doc might do otherwise." (August 2007)

Vancouver

Patrick Chau -- No longer in practice (October 2006)

Yakima

I read a posting requesting a Top Doc in Eastern Washington. I've seen a lot of endos and my favorite practices in Yakima, WA. He is Dr. Gail Brewer. He practices careful and creative medicine and he listens!

Yakima

Loraine Harkin ND, Naturopathic, 2117 W. Lincoln Ave. Ste A, , WA 98902, (509) 972-1339, leharkin@aol.com "I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism shortly after giving birth to my first child. Four years and two more kids later I was still dealing with the same symptoms I had originally complained about. My Dr. told me my TSH was normal, and the fatigue, brain fog, extra weight, etc. was due to breast feeding not thyroid. I asked to try switching to Armour, and was told that it was unstable and I didn't need it. Finally fed up, I searched for a Dr. who would actually help. I hit the jackpot in Dr. Harkin. After listening to me describe my symptoms she said "It sound like your not getting enough t3. She prescribed Armour, and the difference was amazing. She gave me a list of foods to avoid, and exercises to help stimulate the thyroid gland. She really listens and understands. It's been almost a year now, and I feel great!" (Added 6/02).

Yakima

Dr. Rick Wilkinson M.D., F.A.A.E.M 302 S. 12th Ave, Yakima, WA 509-453-5506. A reader writes that, "Dr. Rick’s clinic is primarily an allergy clinic, but he also works with patients with thyroid problems, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, etc. I highly recommend him because he is more open to alternative treatments and natural medicines. I had tried the conventional treatments and still suffered from symptoms. Dr. Rick uses several techniques and evaluations to discover the root of problems and the best treatment."

A reader writes:
"I just wanted to second the posting regarding finding a good doctor for thyroid in Yakima. I would definitely recommend the approach and patient care provided by Dr. Wilkinson. This is a doctor that knows his drug therapies and how to use multiple approaches to improve the outcome of his patients. Thanks Dr. Wilkinson!" (Added: June 2004)

Another reader writes:
"Another recommendation for Dr. Wilkinson! This is a doctor that works with the patient and wants the patient to be an active participant in their treatment. If you can get this doc to work with you on your thyroid and hormone needs, you have found a treasure!!" (August 2007)

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