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 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

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. Anna lund says:

    Hi Dana
    My story is 14 years in the making. At present, I am hashimotos thyroiditas and am seeing a neurological chiropractor and have had many tests done to find out why my thuroid is being attacked. TSH is 22 and antibodys off the charts. Nothing else is sick in my body. I am on a CLEAN diet to try to heal . The doctor wants me to go on thyroid medicine to calm the brain down and get some T4. In my research I am interested in a product from Switzerland called Tirosint. With all my food sensitivities, it only has 4 ingredients. I’m not sure how to find a doctor who will know about this type of Levothyroxine. Do you have a resource for finding a doctor who would know about this Tirosint? Thanks for you time. I live in the twin cities of MN

  2. Does anyone know of a good doctor in the Houston, Texas area?

  3. Debra Small says:

    I reached out to this blog on July 26th asking for any doctors in the Dallas area who took Medicare Advantage Plans for Hashimoto’s, Hypothyroid, Chronic Fatigue and I suspect Adreneal issues. I felt like I stated my truth- I’m close to not being able to take care of myself and I’m only 64. And I got ZERO response. I don’t get why I’m so fucken invisible.
    I’m asking one more time because I’m desperate.

    • Hi Debra, This is Dana from Hypothyroid Mom. I created this article “30 online resources to find a good thyroid doctor” in the hopes it would help my readers find good doctors by area. I do not have a list specifically for Hypothyroid Mom. I wish that I did and I will have to think more about that for future. I’m sorry that I don’t know any doctors personally in Dallas to recommend. Have you had a chance to search some of the links in this article for Dallas and surrounding areas? I’m so sad to read you are struggling.

  4. Debra Small says:

    Please, can anyone help me. I’m at the point in my hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s where I’m only awake 2-4 hours a day and then I’m still very weak and foggy. I live in Dallas and I’m on Medicare Advantage Plan Aetna. When I wasn’t sick I had status, $$ and great insurance. Now I have none of these. Every doctor I find that fits the description to help me doesn’t take insurance; these “Functional” doctor’s websites usually include the doctors personal story of their own horrific struggles with fatigue and brain fog and how difficult it was finding a doctor who finally helped them get their life back. Not accepting insurance is a slap in the face of so many people like me who are each day getting worse. Instead of helping others it appears they’re seizing an opportunity in this climate of health insurance chaos to just help themselves. Shame on them!

  5. I just came back from me endo appointment. Frustrated because she’s a replacement for my former doc. She refuses to continue my Armour as she isn’t familiar with the drug. I’m at a loss. I’ve been on this drug for years. Looking for a new physician in the Milwaukee/Racine/Kenosha area.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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