Thyroid Disease

Thyroid Disease

Having trouble finding the best endocrinologist to manage your hypothyroid or Hashimoto hypothyroid problem in Chandler AZ?  Consider the Barnett Clinical Hypothyroid Clinic.  Dr Barnett is a naturopathic endocrinologist / integrative rheumatologist (blend of natural and conventional medicine) with emphasis on thyroid disorders and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.  Although he is willing to take new patients for treatment of male and female hormone imbalances, his endocrinology emphasis has been in treating the thyroid and related endocrine disorders.  As a specialist in chronic diseases where a complete cure is not to be expected according to today’s medical science (there is much hope in genetics coming down the road), the goal is to provide the best management possible in order to minimize both disease progression (as in joint erosion in arthritis) and maximize functionality (joint mobility, energy level, and pain).  For example, Hashimoto, as an autoimmune disease, is not considered curable.  The first priority is to protect the immune system from attacking the thyroid gland mainly by TSH suppression using thyroid replacement hormone.  Often this does not result in a complete amelioration of hypothyroid symptoms and I will usually use T3 (liothyronine / Cytomel) for this along with T4 (levothyroxine / Synthroid etc).  Desiccated thyroid such as Armour or Nature-Throid are prescription alternatives which contain 80% T4 and 20% T3 conveniently in one tablet, and which also contain the hormone calcitonin, which may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis, a known risk factor that accopanies a suppressed TSH.

Chandler Thyroid Clinic focuses on a naturopathic integrative approach to thyroid disease managment, with a strong preference for using bio-identical hormones such as NatureThroid, Armour, or compounded T4  T3 combinations.  An endocrinologist may be inclined to focus attention on hypothyroidism within the constrains of regular medical “standard practice”.  As a naturopathic doctor, Dr Barnett is able to have a more holistic view of hypothyroidism and thyroid disease, leading to a personalized integrative medicine treatment plan suitable to your unique hypothyroid needs.

Naturopathic medicine in Arizona is a broad scope healthcare profession, which allows doctor Barnett to utilize many clinical tools, including herbal, clinical nutrition, and prescription drugs for treating problems commonly presented to endocrinologists.   His thorough and eclectic approach him to utilize less invasive methods when possible.

Dr. Barnett will treat hyperthyroid conditions which are not acute/severe, but please take note that he WILL require that you comply with a treatment plan that will almost certainly require the use of methimazole, along with any need for ophthamologist evaluation, EKG if required, imaging, office exams, and lab testing.  Hyperthyroidism requires vigilant care to protect the patient from harm.  He strongly prefers patients to seek instead the services of an allopathic (M.D.) or osteopathic (D.O.) endocrinologist for acute/severe hyperthyroidism (AKA: thyroid storm).  Dr. Barnett will not treat thyroid cancer, but will accept patients who have completed their therapy for at least one year and have been declared ‘cancer free’.

Dr. Barnett refers to SimonMed,EVDI and Ultrasound Institute Medical Group for ultrasound evaluation.  We have deeply discounted in-house lab service, or we can send you to Labcorp or Sonora Quest if you need to use your insurance.