30 online resources to find a good thyroid doctor

30 online resources to find a good thyroid doctor

How do I find a good thyroid doctor?

Many of my followers find my blog or Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page by chance searching the internet.

They read articles about how TSH alone is an unreliable thyroid lab test, and they wonder…

Why do I feel terrible even though my doctor tells me my TSH is normal?

They read articles on my blog about full thyroid testing including Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies, and they wonder…

Why hasn’t my doctor done these tests?

They read comments from fans on my Facebook page about how T4-only Levothyroxine thyroid medications like Synthroid don’t work for them, and they wonder…

Why does my doctor insist Levothyroxine is the drug of choice?

They read how a combination of T4 and T3 thyroid meds in my case in the form of natural desiccated thyroid changed my life, and they wonder…

Why hasn’t my doctor told me about these different treatment options?

They read posts about the many components of thyroid health including adrenals, sex hormones, iron/ferritin, food sensitivities, inflammation, leaky gut, and nutrient deficiencies, and they wonder…

Why hasn’t my doctor ever mentioned these things to me?

They read the most popular Hypothyroid Mom article 300+ Hypothyroidism Symptoms…Yes REALLY, and they wonder…

My doctor says my symptoms are all in my head, but is it possible my doctor is wrong?

They have an ‘a-ha’ moment when they realize that maybe their doctor isn’t the right doctor for them, and they wonder…

How do I find a good thyroid doctor?

Online Resources To Find A Good Thyroid Doctor

It can be a frustrating journey to find a good thyroid doctor but they are out there and they are worth the search.

A good doctor can change your life. I know because I had the fortune of finding a great doctor who changed my life and I hope the same for all of you.

I can’t possibly know all the doctors listed in these resources so I can’t personally endorse them. The goal of this post is to provide online resources that will help you in your search to find a good thyroid doctor in your area.

ThyroidChange Find a Doctor

The non-profit ThyroidChange provides lists of patient-recommended physicians in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Patients recommended doctors based on the following criteria:

1.  Willing to order full thyroid labs such as Free T3, Free T4, and Reverse T3 in addition to TSH and thyroid antibodies, and is responsive to patient symptom report.

2.  Willing to prescribe treatment options such as natural desiccated thyroid medication, T3-only medication (e.g. liothyronine, compounded T3), AND/OR combination methods such as T4-only medication (e.g levothyroxine) with T3-only medication.

Mary Shomon’s Top Thyroid Doctors Directory

Best-selling author Mary Shomon has a Top Thyroid Doctors Directory which provides an extensive list of top doctors in the United States and internationally. The doctors listed are endocrinologists, thyroid specialists, thyroid surgeons, thyroidologists, integrative physicians, and other practitioners who have been highly recommended by patients.

Mary’s book Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know changed my life. Mary is also author of the New York Times best-selling book The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss.

Gena Lee Nolin Patient Recommended Doctors

Gena Lee Nolin is the first internationally-known celebrity to tackle thyroid disease awareness. She provides a great list of patient recommended doctors on her website. Gena partnered with Mary Shomon to write the excellent book Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, “Thyroid Sexy” Life

Your Thyroid Pharmacist’s Recommended Clinicians and Health Coaches

Dr. Izabella Wentz’s book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause is a must-read for every person with the thyroid autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s. Dr. Wentz is currently building a directory of recommended clinicians and health coaches for the treatment of Hashimoto’s. Her directory Recommended Clinicians & Health Coaches includes the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia.

Thyroid UK List of Private Doctors & Practitioners

Thyroid UK provides information and resources to promote effective diagnosis and appropriate treatment for people with thyroid disorders in the UK. They compiled a List of Private Doctors & Practitioners who have a special interest in thyroid disease. They also have a list called Where Can I Get Desiccated Thyroid Hormone? for patients searching for UK pharmacies that have natural desiccated thyroid hormone.

Dr. Datis Kharrazian Thyroid Connections

Dr. Datis Kharrazian is an expert in autoimmune disorders, chronic illness, and neurological disorders. He has personally trained several thousand health care professionals and currently has educated a group of more than a dozen doctors to lecture nationally. He provides a practitioner locator called Thyroid Connections to help patients locate healthcare professionals trained in his approach as well as a list of the practitioners that lecture for Dr. Kharrazian.

He is author of the fabulous books Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal and Why Isn’t My Brain Working? A Revolutionary Understanding of Brain Decline and Effective Strategies to Recover Your Brain’s Health.

RLC Labs Nature-Throid & WP Thyroid Doctor Locator

RLC Labs manufactures the natural desiccated thyroid brands Nature-throid and WP Thyroid. They provide a Thyroid Doctors locator where you can find doctors that prescribe their thyroid hormone replacement drugs throughout the US by state or zip code.

Armour Thyroid Doctor Locator

Here is a site where you can locate doctors who prescribe the natural desiccated thyroid brand Armour by US state, city, or zip code.

eCompounding Pharmacy

A compounding pharmacy is a specialized pharmacy that makes medications from scratch to customize the medication to meet the patient’s specific needs. There are compounding pharmacies worldwide that produce customized thyroid medications including combinations of synthetic T4 and T3, sustained release T3, and compound desiccated thyroid using the raw natural desiccated thyroid powder.

I’ve heard from many Hypothyroid Mom readers around the world who have had success finding great thyroid doctors by calling compounding pharmacies in their area and asking for the names of doctors that prescribe compounded thyroid medications. Here is a directory to locate compounding pharmacies in the United States.

Also contact all the regular pharmacies around you and ask for the names of doctors that prescribe T3 and natural desiccated thyroid.

CompoundingPharmacies.org

Here is another resource to locate compounding pharmacies throughout the United States.

Find a Compounder PCCA Australia

I often hear from Australian readers who have success locating open-minded thyroid doctors by calling local compounding pharmacies. PCCA’s Find a Compounder tool allows you to search for a PCCA Member pharmacy in Australia.

International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists

The IACP provides Compounder Connect on their Facebook page to help find compounding pharmacies in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and New Zealand.

The Institute for Functional Medicine

Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease using a whole person approach. I’ve been fascinated by the Hypothyroid Mom guest posts written by renowned functional medicine doctors – 10 Signs You Have A Thyroid Problem and 10 Solutions For It, Is Yeast Overgrowth Destroying Your Thyroid Health? The Hidden Epidemic, and A 7-Step Plan to Boost Your Low Thyroid.

The Institute for Functional Medicine provides an international list of practitioners who have trained with IFM – Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner.

Now being a functional medicine practitioner doesn’t necessarily make that practitioner great with the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease. However given the focus of functional medicine on determining the underlying causes of disease it’s likely they will be more open-minded than mainstream medical doctors when it comes to thyroid. The remaining resources in this article refer to directories to locate doctors in areas of healthcare that tend to be more open-minded than conventional medicine.

Functional Medicine Doctors

Functional Medicine University makes available to the public a world wide directory of health care practitioners who have completed training in the Functional Medicine Training Program offered by F.M.U.

American College for Advancement in Medicine

The American College for Advancement in Medicine is a recognized leader in integrative medicine education and advancement. Integrative medicine takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), includes all aspects of lifestyle combining both conventional and alternative approaches. ACAM provides a Physician+Link directory to locate integrative medicine practitioners in the US and internationally. Their locator also includes the option to select “Specialities” where you’ll find Thyroid Disease listed.

International College of Integrative Medicine

The International College of Integrative Medicine provides an ICIM Member Search feature on their website to locate doctors by zip code and state, as well as an international member list.

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine is a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease and to promote research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process. The A4M provides a worldwide Anti-Aging Directory to find anti-aging physicians, clinics, medspas, products, and services.

Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

Holistic medicine integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health, and prevent and treat disease by addressing the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine provides a U.S. and international Find a Provider search feature.

American Holistic Health Association

The nonprofit American Holistic Health Association provides a locator for AHHA Practitioner Members.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science with a focus on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians provides a Find A Doctor online directory for the U.S. and international with Directory Categories including Adrenal Fatigue/Endocrinology and Chronic Fatigue/Autoimmune Disorders.

American Osteopathic Association

Osteopathic physicians, or DOs, practice a whole-person approach to healthcare and receive special training in the musculoskeletal system giving them particular expertise in helping patients dealing with pain. The American Osteopathic Association provides a U.S. directory to Find a DO.

Bioidentical Hormone Doctors Directory

This bioidentical hormone doctors directory enables you to find bioidentical hormone doctors by U.S. City, State, or Zip Code. This directory of doctors concentrates on a preventative medical approach to adrenal fatigue, menopause, perimenopause, and andropause (male menopause). Bioidentical hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones made in the human body. While the website does not specifically mention thyroid I imagine there is a good chance these doctors would be open-minded when it comes to thyroid given the intricate connection between the thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones.

American Academy of Environmental Medicine

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine provides research and education in the recognition, treatment and prevention of illnesses induced by exposures to biological and chemical agents encountered in air, food, and water. The founders and members of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine are recognized as the first to describe or the first organization to acknowledge conditions such as Chemical Sensitivity, the role of mold in the development of systemic illness, CFID (chronic fatigue and immune disorder), and FMS (Fibromyalgia). They provide a U.S. and international Physician Referral.

There are good doctors out there.

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About Dana Trentini

I founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby I lost to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroid Mom is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links to favorite resources including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Connect with me on Google+

Comments

  1. Roger Gavriluk says:

    My wife went from being this pinnacle of strength to this hollow shell of a person I once knew. Let’s be honors…endocrinologists are complete idiots. They don’t look at the symptoms, nor do they care about improving their patients quality of life.
    My wife went through menopause at age 37. The military healthcare didn’t even bat an eye at that. Then we went to see the quote specialists. What a joke they are….
    The Ortho MDs my wife works with are better at the endocrine system than the self proclaimed endo docs. Once again, the military service members wife gets shafted even though she does more than I ever could while I deploy.

    • Angela Messina says:

      God do I agree. It is so frustrating….I have cried in the Endo office out of frustration. I highly educated myself on this disease once diagnosed and it is amazing the “standard” way they treat and shove anything else out the window. I was feeling like garbage one year and my TSH was orig. high and when I went back for further tests, she just ordered FT4 and TSH again after I told her 5 women in my immediate family all have autoimmune thyroid disease. I fought her to put the antibody test on my labs and guess what was the only number that came back off that day? The TPO antibodies were over 1000. I never would have had a diagnosis if I did not double check and take an active role in my own heath. Specialty Dr.’s should also keep up with current research because our understanding is always changing. My mom had it and my 2 sisters as well. I KNEW I was deficient in T3 but no one would test me for FT3. I ordered blood tests online and got them done at the local lab. 3 times in an 8 month span out of pocket…and guess what? My Ft3 was below range EVERY TIME. I finally got put on T3 because I had proof. After my 90 day blood tests on this new med, my endo tried to cut my dose in half. My blood levels were now in the middle of the range, I felt quite better and was finally able to slowly lose weight again. I was going to the gym every day for 3 months and couldn’t lose a pound. My weight loss had just halted. T3 at least made it possible to still lose although it is still a lot of effort to do so. Anyway, at that 90 check up, she tried to cut my T3 in half because I had lost 15 lbs. I fought her and her reasoning was, I weighed less, therefore didn’t need as much. WHAT?!!! And bear in mind that I was still 30-35 lbs OVERWEIGHT AFTER said weight loss. She didn’t mention changing my T4 meds. Any idiot knows, some medications are dosed by efficacy in conjunction with in range blood levels. Like cholesterol meds…She even had told me to stop researching. I have a rational mind, not an emotional one. I want the truth so I can succeed. Disease should be attacked from a whole health standpoint and nothing less. So many factors affect this particular disease. Advocate for yourself. You know how you feel. Fire a dr if they are so narrow minded and egocentric to not work WITH you. I found a great primary that tested all my levels and continued my same meds. If that ENDO had changed my meds, I would be severely HYPO now because my Ft3 and FT4 have been consistently dropping and my TSH has been on the rise ever since. If a medicine is working leave it alone because my body will adjust more to it and I will eventually need to raise it. I am scared to even try another ENDO. Literally Scared. My sister is 49 and was diagnosed at 14. She was never offered T3 and she has asked for it. She is way more timid than me. Her new ENDO is the worst I have seen to date. My sis had ordered the online bloodwork to get all the tests and her FT3 was at 2.2 out of a range of 2.1-4.9. And her TSH is 55!!! The dr only raised her T4 again and she was deficient in Vit D. The doctor told her NOT to take vitamins. Her dr visit report and diagnosis said STOP taking vit. D….!!! Had to have been an error. She hadn’t started taking any yet and clearly needs it. God help us all…

  2. Nancyshley says:

    After years of going to specialists and not being taken seriously despite an oxygen saturation of 91 atelectasis top both lungs and bottom of one, high RDW, low sodium and chloride, low GFR, mediastinal lymph nodes, cervical lymph nodes, trouble swallowing confirmed by MRI narrowing of vallecula, manometry as decreased primary peristalsis and UES not relaxing. Told connective tissue and or metabolic but no diffinitive treatment or diagnosis. Went with my own suspicions based on other self reports from this website and own searches as well as strong family history strophic thyroditis and reidels thyroditis. Now feel 100 percent. Back to work can’t believe the difference. One drop iodine in water with 200 selenium, 4000 vitamin D, 30 of natural dessicated thyroid. Finally my blood pressure is stabilized. I can breath and I have energy. Swallowing not 100 percent but much improved. Want to help others having gone through this myself. My treatment being followed by dr Camille Krause naturopath who is specially trained in treating thyroid. Dr Krause is in Kitchener Ontario Canada. Camille did not drain my finances. $300 in total and I feel like a new person. I would have driven across the country and found her only two blocks from my home. Hope somebody else benefits from same. Hope she can be added to list would of thyroid mom resources. Endocrinologists not trained to treat thyroid based on symptoms. All they know is TSH. Huge waste of time and money. Grave injustice to women. Google naturopath Camille Krause and NDT to find more details

  3. Dee MacGowan says:

    So frustrated about the almost impossibility of finding a recommended progressive thyroid clinician in Scotland. It’s as if Scotland was outer Mongolia, there seems to be no internet representation, even patient recommendations, though we’re half of the UK, a significant part of the UK population.

    I hope to make some progress with regards to this not just for myself but for other frustrated Thyroid sufferers in Scotland. Can anyone out there help me do this? I do hope so.

  4. Junita Hunter says:

    I’ve been doctoring with thyroid problems for 55 years out of my 87 years. First Hypo and the much later, Hyperthyroid.
    Ive many-ma allergies which has caused my Eczema to flair up at times. I went to a Endocrinologist and she recommended the radiation treatment. Mainly because my back had been breaking out pretty bad. I had treatment and she put me on a drug called Amore. My back was broke out but nothing like it did after taking Amore. My back now is cover with sores, some an inch long and really itch. This doc left town and I went back to my family doctor who put me on Synthroid pills. It hasn’t helped at all! Years ago in my 30’s a Surgeon was going to remove my Thyroid. When he found out I was allergic to Iodine {fish} he said he wouldn’t operate because “Your dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t.” Because I would still need to take Iodine pills. Guess I’m ‘domed with to many allergies.

  5. Pattie Buckley says:

    I’m beside myself right now. Heart palpitations, hair loss, brain fog, fatigue, etc. I just can’t find a endocrinologist in Philadelphia area or Delaware that will prescribe Armour. Any suggestions please

    • Beth Elliott says:

      I would try to find a doctor with DO after their name. They are more open to Armour and have more training than a regular MD.

    • Paula Dalton says:

      You don’t have to go to endocrinologist, I have Graves’ disease. Ask your pharmacist what doctors in your area prescribe armoire.

  6. Nanceen says:

    Have you looked into physicians that will do skype? Are you able to order your own lab tests? Try here: https://www.officialgenaleenolin.com/ or
    preferred-doctors/http://www.thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/diagnosis/private_doctors.html

  7. 44 years old and was trying to get pregnant and have my last baby only to find out my FSH is high and my AMH is low..and in early menopause. I have no thyroid (since 2003), and the military didn’t give me an option other than surgery. Goiter was found 1998 and it was left untreated until surgery in 2003 when I had thrown up my hands. Down to 114 pounds and losing hair like a patient on chemo, I didn’t know I had any other options back then. I am heartbroken and upset. This is worse than a cheating husband who gets his mistress pregnant and then expects you to take care of the baby because the girl is a child herself. And no, I’m not still married to that one.

  8. Dana, any chance you are willing to say who your NYC doctor is? I’ve tried a few I’ve seen recommended on the various lists, but haven’t had much luck. (Seems like the best might be the concierge docs I can’t afford!) I’m on Nature-throid, but am quite sure I need some additional T3 (it’s just at 50%), but my current doc insists it’s fine. Anyway, still on the hunt for someone willing to listen and really treat my symptoms. Thanks. And thank you for your work!!

    • Hi NYCmom, My doctor is Dr. Hugh Melnick on the Upper East side. He has a fertility clinic but he also started a thyroid practice (he has hypothyroidism himself) and he’s fabulous. He takes many different insurances.

      http://www.mythyroidmd.com

      • Thank you so much!! I will definitely try to get in to see him ASAP. So helpful, Dana. I’ve tried a few of the other docs I’ve heard recommended on various thyroid boards and blogs, and have been so disappointed. But I trust your rec completely. Thanks again!!

        • NYSistersandMom says:

          Hi, I am a relative of someone who has been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism(Feb 2018). She was admitted to a Psych unit in 2018 for psychiatric symptoms related to Bipolar Disorder. After Doctors conducted, received, and analyzed her bloodwork they found her TSH levels were extremely low. They started her on Levothyroxine along with her other psychiatric medications. She has been Ok with little to no psychiatric symptoms other than tiredness, minimal anxiousness, etc.

          These last two weeks they have increased one of her psychiatric medications, and she still is taking levothyroxine. Since the increase (last week to present) , she is exhbiting symptoms related to her bipolar disorder (elevated speech, anxious, fatigue, inability to sleep,etc.) and/or symptoms that caused her admittance to a psychiatric hospital. Also she is under the care of various doctors-including a endocrinologist- who agree with the increase of psychiatric medications

          As a family we are searching for answers, doctors, and/or someone willing to treat both symptoms or who will look at her situation holistically. Currently we reside in New York, and I have began making phone calls based on your advice given on this site. Additionally, after reading the last comment I seek to inquire whether the abovementioned doctor- Dr. Hugh Melnick- will treat comorbid cases involving both psychiatric symptoms and hypothyroidism. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated

          • NYSistersandMom, I am very sorry to hear about your family member. I can only imagine the pain you feel and your wish to help your loved one. I do not know for certain whether Dr. Melnick treats hypothyroid patients in Pscyh units however it would be well worth contacting his office to find out.

  9. NYSistersandMom says:

    Thank you for your response. She has been out of the unit since February 2018. As a family we are just concerned because her psychiatric issues have detirorated since the increase of meds and noone seems to be listening (i.e. endocrinologist, psychiatrist, internist, etc.). Yes we have called his office and scheduled a phone consultation. The receptionist stated she could not answer whether he looks at both, but he should address it during the consultation. I appreciate your answer, and this website for I would not even have found his information had it not been from this site.

  10. NYSistersandMom says:

    *His office meaning Dr. Melnick

  11. I am looking for a doctor in Massachusetts who will look at the whole picture and do all the tests. I am 39 and my body is falling apart and my emotions are all over the place. Looking for a doctor on the north shore or in Boston.

  12. I feel so terribly dad and sorry for your family member that is suffering from this and your family for what you are going through. I hope a solution will be found soon. I have a family member as well who has had troubles of this nature as well for years. She has been like this so long it just seemed to be her personality, but she could also be the kindest person. She finally did go to an endocrinologist after I suggested, but got worse. And they won’t listen to her and she’s become bitter and doesn’t see in herself anymore how this is affecting her. It is so painful. But, she won’t listen to anyone or wants to try any doctor. I’m glad that you are able to help your family member. We can not do anything for ours now. She just refuses. It’s awful.

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