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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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Elmer Nagye, Physician's Assistant, 101 Florence St., Ansted WV 25812, 304- 658-5100. "I had been to several other doctors before I went to see him and was at the point where I was just beginning to accept the fact that I was crazy when I found him and he ran tests and told me it was my thyroid. I have hope again now thanks to him." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"I was always feeling tired even though I was taking my thyroid medicine. Elmer did tests to check on my thyroid every six months and I found out I didn't have the right strength of medicine, now I take the right dosage and am feeling better everyday. He is a very caring P.A.C and I thank God he is here in Ansted." (March 2009)


Melissa Chapman, D.O., Osteopath/DO, P.O. Box 972, Beckley, WV, 25802, Ph/Fax: 304-929-7677. A reader writes: "Hello, I had not been feeling well for months. 3 years ago I had a Hysterectomy and since then I have put on weight. According to my doctor this shouldn't have happened. Months later, I exercise still weight gain, always feeling tired, body aches. I was tested twice for thyroid by 2 different doctors and they told me that everything was fine that I was healthy. My last test was in Sept of 2005 by March 2006 my weight was terrible, my body was swelling I couldn't write a check without having to stop in the middle and rest. To walk out to my mail box wore me out. I went to my family physician with my face swollen telling her how I felt she gave me medicine for a sinus infection and sent me home. 3 weeks later with my eyes almost swollen shut I went to Dr. Chapman, she goes to church with me and I new something wasn't right. While setting in her office I wrote the list of symptoms: body swelling, numbness and tingling in the upper and lower extremities, weight gain, excessive tiredness, back pain with burning, lip jerking,weakness in strength, no energy, snoring. When I walked in and she looked at me she immediately knew something wasn't right and sent me straight to the hospital for blood work. She called me (not her staff, she called)3 hours later and said that I had 3 critical labs. I learned that your thyroid is suppose to be at a #5 level mine was at 179. She was having to watch my liver, my muscles and my kidneys. Thanks to the Lord sending me to Dr.Chapman I am doing so much better. She said it could take up to a year for me to get back to health, but 6 weeks later my levels all registered normal. Dr. Chapman is a kind person who listens no matter how many complaints you have. No one knows your body like you. If you feel that what a doctor tells you isn't right, please get a second opinion. If I wouldn't have went to Dr. Chapman she said I would have ended up in a coma and could have died. She is wonderful and I highly recommend her to anyone." (Added Dec. 2006)


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Steven Zekan, internal medicine, endoscopy, general and thoracic surgery, 1208 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25301, 304-343-7559. A reader writes: "treats the whole person- blends natural treatments with medical. Prescribes natural hormones and Armour. Excellent with cancer treatments and surgery." (June 2006)


John MacCallum, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 3855 Teays Valley Road, Hurrican, WV, 25526, Ph/Fax: (304) 757-3368 A reader writes: "Dr. MacCallum was willing to treat me with Armor Thyroid based upon low basal body temperatures and symptoms of hypothyroidism instead of bloodwork results. He is familiar with the works of Broda Barnes, M.D. and is open to any literature that I bring in. He allows me to adjust my dosage to the elimination of symptoms. I am regaining my life thanks to Dr. MacCallum and Armor Thyroid."


Dr. Kim Stearns -- NO LONGER LISTED (Deceased, early 2006)


Greta Guyer, endocrinologist. 2345 Chesterfield Ave Suite 203 Charleston, WV 304-346-2121. A reader writes, "She listens to my symptoms. She has changed my dosage several times based on symptoms although my lab results were in normal range."


Dr. Lee Ann Skaff, Endocrinologist, Kanawha Blvd., Kanawha City, Charleston, WV, 304-925-0924. "Dr. Skaff has been treating my teenage son and I for several years now. I can only say great things about her. She has been extremely attentive to our medical problems and compassionate. Her office staff is as good as you will run across."


Henry Driscoll, Thyroid/diabetes, John Marshall Clinic / 1600 medical center drive suite G500 West Virginia 25701, 304-691- 1000. A reader writes: "I have been going to him for 10-years. He always listens and is very willing to try new ideas. He put me on T-3 at my request and I have done great on the change. Dr. Driscoll is the best doctor I have ever had for my thyroid. I can truly recommend him." (Added 6/05)


Rick Houdersheldt, D.O., Internal Medicine, 3750 Teays Valley Road, Hurrican, WV 25526, Phone: (304)757-6990, A reader writes: "Dr. Rick has been my doctor for a couple years now and is treating my hypothryoidism. He is receptive to trying other meds beside Synthroid. He has read studies that I have given him and done additional research on hypothyroidism. He let me try whatever combination of thyroid replacement meds I wanted until I found one that worked for me. Now he prescribes Armour for me and bases the dose on my response to it and not just the labs. He knows that the antibodies in my system can skew the labs. He is receptive and very knowledgeable. When I have had a problem with the staff relaying info or calling in a RX, he calls me himself. When I described the problem with relaying information to the staff he made a note in the chart to make sure the staff contacted him immediately about my calls and he called me back. He even called me while I was waiting at the pharmacy for the correct dose so I could hand the phone to the pharmacist to avoid any mistake on the prescription. He has a genuine concern for his patients welfare and always treats you in a caring, personal way. " (Added: Dec. 04)


Scott Keffer, D.O., Family Practice, Whipple Clinic, Scarbro, WV, 304-469-4996, A reader writes:"Willing to listen when I requested Armour after reading so much. Read other studies about splitting the dosage - willing to try it. Keeps a watch on my levels." (Added Apr 06)


Dr. Rob Snuffer, and Amy Coffman, NP, General practice/internist/primary care, Shop and Save Plaza Weston WV, 26452, 304-269-3929

A reader writes:
"I was having an ordinary blood work at my local hospital when I noticed an alert on my results for my thyroid. I call the doctor's office and scheduled my appoitment. After numerous tests we found the problem was hypothyroidism and my thyroid does not work. This office goes above and beyond to find the right result for the problem. I am very lucky to have them as my and my family phyicians." (March 2009)


Amy Butts, Endo, Weirton Medical Center, Weirton WV 26062, 304-723-7000. A reader writes: "She listens and really hears when you are describing the problems you have." " (June 2006)


Julie Bunner -- No longer listed (October 2006)


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