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Endocrinologist for 17-year-old's abnormal thyroid function
My 17 year old daughter was just told she has an abnormal thyroid function and
needs to see a specialist. The following are in the practice recommended: Dr
Anna Shurter, Dr Grace Eng, Dr Elaine Wong.
Do you have experience with any of them, good or bad? I know nothing about this
type of thing so really need a smart, patient and thorough Dr. thanks
My daughter sees Dr. Elaine Wong for thyroid nodules. She is very nice as
well as good doctor. Dr. Eng was not taking new patients but I heard she
was good too. I do not know the other doctor.
I started seeing Dr. Shurter when I got pregnant in 2009 and was
diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I can't recommend her highly
enough. She is thorough and patient and has a great bedside manner. Good
I see Dr. Anna Shurter for thyroid disease, and I love her. I was
diagnosed years ago in another city, so I saw about 4-
5 endos before finding Dr. Shurter, and I'm so glad I found her. I have
autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's), so really my treatment is about
monitoring any changes and managing my dosage of the medication. What I
love most about Dr. Shurter is that she listens carefully to how I feel
and what symptoms I'm experiencing. A lot of endos don't care how you
feel, as long as your numbers are within the normal range. But Dr.
Shurter has been willing to work with me to get me on the right dosage so
that my labs are normal AND I feel well. I'm sad to say that in my
experience this is a rare quality among thyroid docs. I should add that
this has been a larger job than usual over the past few years, because I
have gone through a number of pregnancies and miscarriages and have
needed a lot more monitoring/adjustment than I would ordinarily need,
what with all the hormone fluctuations that accompany pregnancy. Dr.
Shurter has been fantastic throughout.
Some other pluses...
--I've never once had to wait to see her. She's always been on time to my
--When I leave her office after an appointment, she gives me a written
treatment plan, with details about when to get my next labs done,
schedule a follow-up appointment, etc. As the onset of mommy brain in
recent years has rendered me completely incapable of remembering
anything, I find this incredibly helpful.
--She and her office are
really great about making sure I and my other doctors get test results
--She is really personable and kind - also relatively young. I
imagine she'd be great at connecting with a teenage girl. Hashimoto's
After more than a year of searching for a responsive doctor
to answer questions about various symptoms I've been having,
all of which pointed to an issue with my endocrine system, I
finally booked an appointment with Elaine Wong. I was very
disappointed. She was perfectly pleasant, but basically
dismissed my concerns right off the bat without asking any
questions or listening to what I had to say. One of my
symptoms is unexplained weight gain, which I have tried
unsuccessfully for over a year to fight with diet and
exercise. Before examining me or doing any tests, she told
me, ''Women always want it to be a problem with their
endocrine system and it rarely is.'' Her professional advice
was that I should join Jenny Craig. I left her office
feeling dispirited and insulted. In the end, my test results
came back slightly elevated but I am not going to her for
follow-up. I learned more by doing my own online research
and will find a more qualified and compassionate doctor next
time. Frustrated patient
Endocrinologist that deals with thyroid issues
Any suggestions for endocrinologists in the East Bay that
deal with thyroid issues? Thank you!!!
I had hyperthyroidism and had to have radioactive iodine treatment to fix the
problem. I really liked Dr. Randall Ammon at 1 Country Club Plaza in Orinda.
His phone number is 925-254-7450. He was extremely thorough,
knowledgeable and patient. He was also very good at explaining the treatment.
I now have hypothyroidism (the normal result from the iodine) and take pills
daily but my levels are under control and I haven't had any problems.
Endocrinologist needed for a second opinion
I need a second opinion from a good endocrinologists. My problem is
thyroid related. If you have an excellent doctor and/or surgeon I
certainly would like to know. Thanks!
I really trust Peter Linfoot in Lafayette
(www.peterlinfootmd.com) with my thyroid issues. His
testing is very thorough, and he listens. I was quite
frustrated with my PCP (who dismissed my problems because my
bloodwork was ''normal''), and was relieved to be given
careful consideration by Dr. Linfoot. Good luck.
It's been a while since I read your post, and I don't
remember your exact condition, but I have hypothyroidism and
have been seeing Dr. Anna Shurter in Oakland for the past
six months (regular visits as I am within the first year
postpartum). I have been really happy with her. I have moved
around a lot over the years and have had a number of
different endocrinologists, and Dr. Shurter is definitely
the most thorough in terms of checking in with me about how
I feel (rather than just basing her recommendations on my
Incidentally, I switched to her after seeing Dr. Clinton
Young in SF for a few years. He only
answered my questions in vague terms and consistently
refused to share my lab numbers with me, even when I asked -
just told me they were ''normal.'' The thing that made me
finally switch to Dr. Shurter was that after I gave birth to
my daughter last year, my OB ordered thyroid testing, and my
TSH was well below the normal range. I was concerned because
I thought I might be getting too much thyroid and my
medication might therefore be getting into my breast milk
and getting to my baby. Dr. Young brushed my concerns aside
and told me that ''low TSH means you are getting enough
thyroid. You're fine.'' Which made me wonder, what is the
normal range for if being outside of it is still fine? After
my daughter started waking up 6, 7, 8, 10 times a night, I
sought a second opinion from Dr. Shurter and found out that
I was on too high a dose of the medication. We adjusted my
dose and my daughter went back to sleeping through the
Endocrinologist in Walnut Creek
Back in 2008 I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism during the
course of Fertility treatments. Lucky me, I got pregnant
after I started the medication. Funny thing, I could not
tell when my thyroid got all messed up. Since then, and
during the pregnancy, my GP had taken care of it, with lots
of blood tests, and many changes in the medication. I take
the generic for Syntheroid.
My GP had a feeling that may be my thyroid had returned to
normal function after the pregnancy, so she took me off the
medication. Let's add to it that I was recommended to take
birth control pills (more bizarre things have happen after
infertility treatments). Well, the combination took my
Thyroid to hell. I was starting to think I was getting a
super depression after 8 month of giving birth, my body was
all messed up. I'm now back on Syntheroid (25mgr-low dose)
and off the birth control pills. But I still don't feel 100%
there. Having a really hard time losing weight, hair still
falling and cold most of times. So, I think it is time I
talk to a specialist...
Any recommendations for a good Endocrinologist in the Walnut
Creek area? I guess I could make to Berkeley or SFO, but I
rather not. I have BCBS PPO so most doctors may be in the
I love my endocrinologist, Dr. Peter Linfoot in Lafayette.
He takes the time to listen and does very complete
bloodwork. My case isn't quite typical, and he was willing
to work together to find a solution for my symptoms. His
website is peterlinfootmd.com and his phone is 925-962-1240.
Endocrinologist for hormone imbalance issues
Hello! I need to see an endocrinologist for some hormone imbalance issues
and wanted to see if anyone had any recent experience good or bad, with
Dr. Elaine Wong or her colleague Dr. Shurter? Or do you have another endo
you would recommend? I really want the piece of mind that I am working
with a competent, thorough clinician with a pleasant bedside manner.
Thanks in advance.
Hoping for some balance
It's true that no one doctor is perfect for everyone, but I'm very
pleased with my endocrinologist, Dr. Randall Ammon in Orinda, and I
recommend him highly. Dr. Ammon has repeatedly been listed in ''Best
Doctors'', a national list of doctors who are selected by other
doctors as the best in their field. Over the years I've seen him
listed in Oakland Magazine as one of the best endocrinologists in
the East Bay, and last year he was the only endocrinologist listed.
If you want to see him as a specialist, though, you have to be
referred by your own doctor.
Great endocrinologist you can recommend?
Hello! I was wondering if anyone has any feedback, positive or negative, regarding endocrinologist Dr. Anna Shurter? Or if anyone has a great endo they could recommend besides Dr. Grace Eng as she isn't accepting new patients. I have been experiencing a hormone imbalance for several years now, but in the midst of having children it was chalked up to normal hormonal upheaval due to pregancy/childbirth. I know it's not normal and really want to work with someone who won't stop until we get to the bottom of it. Thanks in advance.
Hoping for some balance
While I don't have any experience with Dr Anna Shurter I can recommend another Endo - Dr Yshay Shlesinger. He is very knowledgeable and has a fantastic bedside manner, really easy to talk to. His office is in Danville but worth the drive in my opinion. Another bonus is that he is not super busy as he is new to the area. I think he practiced in Vacaville before moving here. Phone number is (925) 552-5280.
fan of Dr S
Endocrinologist that can help me figure out my symptoms
I'm looking for a great endocrinologist that can help me figure out my symptoms.
Has anyone used: Stephen Langer in Berkeley, Nathan Backer in SF or Quan-Yang Duh
in SF. (non of them accept my insurance). Or can you highly recommend another one?
I've seen Dr. Randall Ammon in the past, but didn't like him.
I highly recommend Dr. Umesh Masharani at UCSF. UCSF takes most
insurance. He is the top in the country, a great clinician, and is very
nice. You do have to get past his front office staff.
Endocrinologist experienced with hypogonadism
My husband has low testosterone (hypogonadism) and has been
treated with injectable testosterone for over one year. We
recently moved to the Bay Area and need to find a good
endocrinologist with experience in this area. Ideally, we are
looking for a doctor who is both familiar with testesterone
therapy and compassionate to the problems that arise with low
testosterone (impotence, depression, anxiety, etc.) when the
condition is mismanaged. I'd appreciate suggestions from both
wives and husbands. An endocrinologist in the Berkeley area
would be ideal, but we will definately travel for a good
I can recommend Dr. Grace Eng in Oakland (Summit Medical Center). She is a
wonderful woman and has given me great care with my health. I am not sure
if she would be a good fit in your husband's case, but I am very
comfortable with her. She came recommended to me as well. Good luck!
Someone to test me for thyroid and hormone levels
I'm looking for someone to help me rule out/get tested for
thyroid and hormone levels. I'm a 38 year old woman and I've
had PPD and a parent who had thyroid problems. I've heard that
both Dr. Langer and Dr Becker are great. I'm curious about
their different approaches, Dr. Langer seems more into
alternative , but is also an MD, and Dr. Becker is an
endocrinologist. Both have written books on Thyroid.
I'm curious to hear from folks who've seen one or both. I have
an upcoming apt w/ dr. langer and he'd be my 1st choice bc I
live in the east bay. I'm looking for someone who has a full
understanding of women's hormones from PMS thru perimenopause.
Also, is there anyone else I should be checking out?
I highly recommend Dr. Becker. He saved my life. After seeing an
alternative endocrinologist for many years I went to Dr. Becker,
and he was a godsend. Though he is a traditional MD as well as a
researcher he knows a lot about alternative modalities, and diet.
He's very personable,and caring. He's mindful of the complexities
of the individual.
Do you have experience with these endocrinologists?
Does anyone have any expereince with the following Endocrinologists who take
Dr. Grace Eng, Dr. Elaine Wong, Dr. Randall Ammon, Dr. Peter Linfoot
I have been working with Dr. John Linfoot (Peter Linfoot's father) for the
last year to address Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroiditis and a pituitary
tumor. I think he is adequate, but not great, and I have had several problems
dealing with the office...endless phone tag, difficult to get an appointment,
very long waits, and so forth, so I'd like to consider changing docs. Any
information would be helpful. Thanks!
I have gone to Dr. Peter Linfoot, and he was ok, but not great. Now I go
to Dr. Grace Eng, and she is so much better. Dr. Eng is very thorough and
professionsal. I'm so glad I switched!
I saw Dr. Randy Ammon when my GP discovered a somewhat rare endocrine
imbalance last year. He and his office were very professional and always
punctual. I have since heard that he is VERY good. Not much for the
bedside manner and not much dialog about my care but ultimately, he said I
needed surgery, recommended a great surgeon and 1 yr later, everything is
hunky dorey. He is very competent and will manage your care very well.
Feel free to email me if you want more info.
Endocrinologist for my mysterious thyroid issues
I've been through the archives and am hoping for some more recommendations for a fantastic
and thorough endocrinologist or internal med doc for my mysterious thyroid issues. I've seen
two of the docs already recommended (Fitzgerald and Ammon) -- but am really hoping to find
someone fabulous that is in the East Bay (Berk/Oak/Albany/Emery/ElCer) AND takes
insurance(Blue Shield). I have an enlarged thyroid that fluctuates between normal and
hyperthyroid -- and has done so since I was in college (about ten years now). My
signs/symptoms seem to be increasing as of late -- and it's time for me to tackle this issue
head on -- hopefully with a knowledgable and concerned doc. I am willing to see a General
Practitioner/Family Practice doc with experience -- and am even open to seeing a mid-level
practitioner who has dealt with this before. Any and all recommendations welcome! Thanks!
Dr Nathan Becker
He may not be taking new patients, but his son-in-law is in his
office and is also wonderful. Dr Becker is located in San
Francisco but he is the best in the area. His office does not
take insurance, but my insurance (Blue Cross PPO) reimburses me
for 70 - 80% of the visits/tests. I could go on and on. If you
want to discuss it with me, feel free to email me. He's the
reason, I ever got pregnant.
Dr. Eng for checking out lumps on thyroid?
I've just been informed that I have lumps on my thyroid, and my
primary care physician wants to refer me to Dr. Grace Eng (an
endocrinologist) to have the lumps checked out. I'm wondering
if anyone from BPN has any experience with Dr. Eng. I noticed
in doing some online research that she recently was at
Washington University in St. Louis, which means she may have
recently graduated. This means she'll have the most up-to-date
Here's hoping that it's not cancer!
worried BPN mom
While I do not have any experience with Dr. Eng, I agree that
having a young endo may be a very good thing as far as being up
to date on current treatments. There also are some great
websites that you may already have found. Hopefully, you do not
have cancer, but, if you do, I am a thyroid cancer survivor and
would be happy to share my experiences with you should you need
that. Good luck!
I saw Dr. Eng recently. I guess she's probably ok if you're a textbook case, but
she freely admitted that when treating hypothyroidism, she goes only by your TSH,
and ignores your T3, T4, and how you feel. She is concerned only with increasing
your life expectancy (though she was unable to tell me how being under- or
overmedicated might affect your life expectancy).
Hypothyroid and underwhelmed
I am switching doctors my self because i do not like the weight
and water gain from levoxyl. i have been trying to eat right
and exercise. still nothing.
the new doctor will be Stephen Langer- look him up in the white
he does all of the test. uses natural thyroid hornones and
supplements . i heard he is the best on the about,com thyroid
list. another place to look for doctors in your area. He also
helps you with the diet.
i dont think his office takes any insurance plans but to me it
is important to feel better and lose some weight.
Is it worth paying out of pocket for Dr. Becker?
I was diagnosed as hypothyroid many years ago, and have been on
thyroid replacement (Synthroid) ever since, but lately I have
been having issues that I think could be thyroid related. I
always come out high on the blood tests, and my GP wants to cut
my Synthroid dose even more (it has already been cut some). I
don't have an endocrinologist, but I clearly need a good one who
will listen to me and not just look at the test results.
I read the recommendations in the archive, and everyone seems to
think Dr. Nathan Becker is the best thyroid endocrinologist, but
I was shocked to discover that he charges $600 for an initial
visit, $300 for followup visits, and doesn't take any insurance.
I guess I've been spoiled by HealthNet, which has paid for all
my medical care.
What I am trying to decide is whether it's worth shelling out the
big bucks for Dr. Becker (if he really could fix me, I think it
would be worth it), or whether to try to find a good
endocrinologist who takes HealthNet. Does anyone have
I've been going to Dr. Ian McDougall at Stanford for nearly 10
years. (Even though I've moved to the East Bay, I still make
the drive.) He is kind, thorough, and I think really good. The
number for the clinic is 650-723-6883. Stanford Hospital's
says they accept Health Net.
I am also hypothyroid, and was lucky enough to be referred to
Dr. Douglas Zlock, in Walnut Creek. I have never met a kinder,
more patient and open-minded doctor in my life. He is extremely
knowledgeable, thoughtful and interested in all those little
symptoms other doctors seem to think are hypochondriacal. He is
also willing to try alternatives to Synthroid. I highly
Joni in Walnut Creek
I'm not sure if he takes health net, but I highly recommend Dr. Clinton Young in San
Francisco. I had Graves Disease and an overactive thyroid. He treated my condition
and monitors my thyroid levels and Synthroid use. His office is adjacent to
California Pacific Medical Center. I live in Oakland but make the trip to see him. His
phone number is 415-923-3101. Good Luck
Hi. I feel your pain. However, after trying what felt like a zillion endocrinologists, I've
been seeing Dr. Becker for ten or more years. Yes, he's expensive. But he knows his
stuff and is definitely worth it. I was virtually untreatable until I went to him. We've
struggled a lot, but he keeps trying until he gets it right. He does not rely solely on
test results, but on the patient's reported symptoms. Sometimes the tests just don't
tell enough of the picture.
Good luck, and if you have questions, feel free to contact me off list.
endocrinologist/diabetologist for Type 1 diabetes
Can anyone recommend a good endocrinologist/diabetologist for
Type 1 diabetes? I'm Type 1, on an insulin pump, and am still
searching for a good endo in the area who has a good bedside
manner as well as thorough experience with Type 1's and insulin
pumping. My opthomologist recommended Dr. John Linfoot and Dr.
David Estrich, but he says that they're both in their 70's and
may not practice for very many more years. I don't want to find
someone I like and then have them retire on me. Anyone know
anything about them or anyone else? Thanks. Pam
I am also a pumping type I diabetic (for the past 5 years). i
see Dr. Joseph Prendergast in redwood city. it's a pain to
drive, but they do good work and are also very handy by phone and
email once you have relationship available.
i have seen dr. joe barrera, who left for LA, and Dr. Randall
Ammon, but he was not so personable as i was looking for. i know
some people who go to the UCSF diabetes center, also.
feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Dr. Ammon in Orinda is very respected. He's also a very quiet
fellow, and some people find that a challenge. Dr. Kamrath, in
Walnut Creek, is the best endocrinologist I've seen in decades,
and I think he's worth the schlep out to WC. He has the kind of
straightforward manner some people might call a bit brusque, but
he's really just being direct and clear, and again, he's the
best. I saw Lisa Snow in Linfoot's office and don't recommend
her. Great manner, but my internist and I were both alarmed by
her advice, which was outdated (I was telling her about
treatements and options). We also thought she was not aggressive
enough for how far my numbers had slipped at the time. After
that I saw Kamrath and have been more than happy with him.
I'm with Kaiser and I like my endo - Pamela Kershner, MD. Outside of
Kaiser there are not a lot of choices, but you could try Randall Ammon,
MD. I saw him once and liked him. I'm not sure if he's taking any new
patients. There are more choices in Marin. I have a pump too.
endocrinologist for symptoms of thyroid
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good
endocrinologist. I have been having symptoms of thyroid
(infertility,irregular periods, weight gain, panic attacks,
shortness of breath, cold) and cannot find a doctor to take the
symptoms seriously. I hesitate going to an endo who also will
not take the time to listen to me. I feel like I am going
crazy and these symptoms are in my head. My GP sends me to the
OBGYN, who send me to an infert. specialist, who wants me to go
back to my GP! Help
I strongly recommend Dr. Nathan Becker, in San Francisco. He's
really hard to get an appointment with, but the wait is
definitely worth it. He's fantastic. Good-ish bedside manner,
but excellent listener and even better clinically.
I highly recommend Nathan Becker, MD for endocrinology. Several
people on this list recommended him to me a while ago, and he
has been a lifesaver in diagnosing and treating my somewhat
complicated thyroid condition. He is extremely knowledgeable
(has something like 20-30 years of experience), and I was
impressed by how much he understood about the inter-
connectedness of lots of different issues with my health history
and thyroid. He is located in San Francisco at 350 Parnassus,
and his phone is 415-681-7707. His only downside is that he
doesn't take insurance, so you'll have to fight that battle
I am seeing Dr. Norman Rosen in Walnut Creek for a thyroid
problem. I actually look forward to seeing him for my check ups
because he seems like an old style physician. He really listens
and takes time to explain why he does things. He clearly lays
out next steps. I have a feeling he is winding down his
practice, but if you are concerned that you are not being taken
seriously, he is the person I would go see.
Dr. Paul Fitzgerald at UCSF is a wonderful endocrinologist. I went through three
other endocrinologists before I found him and although he does not take any
insurance (private patients only) and won't do a lot of hand holding, he is incredibly
knowledgeable, patient and kind. He isn't the kind of doctor that just looks at blood
work - he actually talks to you AND listens. You can find out more about the
philosophy of his care and credentials at www.fitzgeraldmd.com
endocrinologist for thyroid replacement meds
I'm looking for an excellent endocrinologist in the bay area
(preferably SF or the east bay, but I'm willing to travel).
I've been taking thyroid replacement for hypothyroid and hormone
replacement (estrogen and progesterone) for 15 years, after
surviving cancer treatment. My regular GP has followed my
treatment, but in the past year my thyroid med has been adjusted
several times and I still don't feel right. I would like to
find a specialist who not only looks at blood test results, but
understands how nutrition and other lifestyle factors impact
hormonal and thyroid balances, and can work with me to regulate
my med levels and minimize any long-term negative side effects.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
I have been going to Dr. Nathan Becker in San Francisco for
years. He is really amazing and knows his stuff and definitely
looks at food and environment as well.
The downsides: (1) he does not accept insurance (except
Medical/Medicare, I think)so everything is out-of-pocket and
you then get reimbursed by insurance (2) unless you luck out,
he's booked very far in advance. I remember waiting six months
for my first appointment.
That said, I would not go to another endocrinologist. He's
really the best.
I've been seeing Dr. Nathan Becker (350 Parnassus in SF) for many
years. I have an extremely difficult to treat thyroid. I've
seen other endocrinologists, and he's the only one who seems to
be aware of all of the options. In addition, he pays more
attention to symptoms than blood test results. If my symptoms
suggest going one way and my tests suggest going the other way,
he'll consult with me and we'll usually treat my symptoms.
His office is next door to UCSF Med Center. His phone number is
East Bay endocrinologist for Type 1 Diabetes
I am in my 30s and have had Type 1 Diabetes for quite awhile. I
currently see Dr. Randall Ammon, who is very good, but I can't
stand his office staff and thought about looking around at other
doctors. Does anyone have any recommendations for good
endocrinologists in the east bay (non-Kaiser please)? I looked
in the archive but only saw postings for special conditions.
East Bay Diabetic
i am also a long term type 1 diabetic in my 30's. i used to see
dr. ammon, but switched to dr. joseph prendergast in redwood city
(it's not east bay, but just over the san mateo bridge). it's a
long way to go, but i've been really happy with his care and he
and his staff can do a lot over the phone and with email. you
can reach them at 650.368-1411.
excellent endocrynologist for a possible thyroid problem
Can anyone recommend an excellent endocrynologist or internal
medicine doctor for a possible thyroid problem? I'm also
wondering if it matters whether you go to an endocrynologist or
an internal medicine doctor if one has hypothyroid problem. The
last recommendations for thyroid doctors on the network were
from 2000 and I'm wondering if anyone has had any recent
recommendations. Looking for an excellent, proactive, and
experienced doctor in the area. Thanks a lot!
i highly recommend dr. rachelle halpern!! she's in lafayette:
925.283.0177. i've been hypothyroid for about 20 years, used
to see someone else at ucsf who would tell me that i have
children so of course i was tired. dr. halpern does more
extensive bloodwork, changed my prescriptions, and i have felt
better for years now. good luck!
My regular doctor referred me to Dr. Randall Ammon
(endocrinologist) specifically for thyriod problems. I have only
seen him once, but he seemed very knowledgeable. He is in Orinda
at 1 Country Club Plaza, 925-254-3805.
I have seen Dr. Linfoot in San Ramon first because of proximity
from my work, but I was unhappy with him and his assistant. He
didn't seem to have a lot of time to share with his patients and
his assistant didn't appear to have a lot of experience to make
independent judgement. I am currently seeing a doctor (Dr.
Masharani) at the UCSF endocrinology group and I am very happy
with him. For routine T4 check-up during my pregnancy, we talked
on the phone to adjust the dosage so that I don't have to drive
to San Francisco every 4 weeks.
Specialist to handle my post-thyroid cancer treatment
I am seeking a specialist in the area of endocrinology and/or
nuclear medicine to handle my post-thyroid cancer treatment
(thyroidectomy and RAI) followup. Due to circumstances beyond
her control, my previous doctor, who had administered my RAI
treatment, was forced to close her practice suddenly, and I am
feeling up the creek without a paddle at this point, as my
first ''clean'' scan is coming up soon, and my internist has been
of little help in recommending a replacement. Specifically, I
need someone affiliated with Alta Bates who who is a dedicated
specialist in the area of thyroid cancer--and who can monitor
my TSH levels and handle my upcoming scan in August.
Ideally, this physician would also be open to the possibility
of administering Thyrogen before my scan as an alternative to
the traditional approach to having to go ''hypothyroid'' several
weeks before the scan, which is very uncomfortable, to say the
least, especially as a full-time mother of a very active two-
I have heard about John Linfoot at Summit, but that is about
the only lead I have to go on, and I'm not sure if he is even a
thyroid cancer specialist. And apparently, the nuclear med
dept. at Alta Bates in Berkeley does not have a thyroid cancer
specialist either. If anyone can recommend a doctor in this
area of specialty, including provide specific info on Linfoot,
please let me know.
I have been a patient of Dr Linfoot for 8 years, though I don't
have thyroid cancer, he is monitoring me for it. This is,
perhaps, not helpful, but he is board certified in nuclear
medicine and endocrinology. In the least, he is thorough and
patient and seems to really keep up w/ what is current in the
world of glands.
My partner was just diagnosed with Diabetes, type 2. We already
started an intensive diet that is very good and has had much
success with Diabetic patients. However, we are now looking for
a local specialist (covered by our insurance Pacificare) that can
help her manage this problem. Her sugar level is not very high
but she has many of the symptoms of Diabetes. Any input from
someone having had experience would be very helpful. Thank you.
A Concerned Partner
I am type 1 diabetic and I see Dr. Randall Ammon in Orinda. As
far as I know, he is the ONLY local diabetes specialist in the
area. Not much of a bedside manner but he is knowledgable. If you
hear of any others, I'd be interested in hearing about them....
Having recently found that I need to have a thryroid nodule
removed to be biopsied, I am looking for recommendations for
excellent endocrine surgeons. Through a referral from my primary
care physician, I'm working with Dr. Steven Stanton, so would
also appreciate any feedback on him as well. Thanks.
Steven Stanton is a general surgeon. He removed a small cyst on
the small of my back in July 2000. I initially found him
dismissive, but at the recommendation of my doctor's front office
(East Bay Family Practice--Marge), I gave him another chance. I'm
glad I did. He did a great job and was very receptive to my
questions (just rubbed me the wrong way the first time).
But if you want an endocrine surgeon specifically, he may not be
the surgeon for you. (shrug) Maybe there are no ''endocrine''
Anyway, I had a good experience with him.
Re: Endocrinologists at Kaiser
I am not a Kaiser member, so I cannot recommend an
endochrinologist there; however, I had a thyroid scan (through
Healthnet, Hills Physicians) last fall and it was done by a
radiologist, who provided the report to my Primary Care Doctor.
She, in turn, referred me on for a sonogram. So, you may not
need an endo immediately. There is a website for thyroid cancer
survivors which includes doctor recommendations. You might try
checking there. I believe the website is www.thyca.org.
My mother has just been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She lives in a
small town and I'd love her to see a top notch doctor for a second opinion
and for consultation about treatment. Does anyone know of a good
endocrinologist who specializes in thyroid conditions?
I was diagnosed with a hyperthyroid condition shortly after the birth of my
second child five years ago. Over this duration of time, I have been under
the care of Dr. Randall Ammon, who has been excellent in treating and
monitoring my hyperthryoid. He is an excellent endocrinologist, well
respected among colleagues. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Ammon. His office
is in Orinda (phone 1-925-254-3805).
I have had a long-standing thyroid problem which, although
not hyperthyroidism, was VERY difficult to treat. I saw virtually every
Bay Area endocrinologist, most of whom were quite unable to deal with my
particular issue. However, then I found Nathan Becker, in SF, across from
UCSF at 350 Parnassus (415-681-7707). He knows everything there is to know
about thyroid disorders (and diabetes and other endocrinological things, I
suspect). He's expensive, and doesn't take insurance, but if you really
want to know what's going on, he's your guy. If she goes in for a visit,
ask her to tell him I sent her. Good luck!
I also have been a patient of Dr. Randy Ammon, and have found him quite good
-- much better than the doc I started with. 925/254-7450
I would also recommend Nathan Becker. He is considered one of the best thyroid
specialists in Northern California. And although he does not take insurance,
his office will provide you with all the necessary receipts and paperwork to
help you get reimbursed by your insurance company after-the-fact.
I highly recommend D. Ammon of Orinda. He is very responsible and
dedicated. Also, when I had an appointment, I have never had to wait for. I
cannot say enough good things about him...
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