Dr. Allen did her doctoral thesis on thyroid disorders. For the her women's health and pediatrics internship she did another thesis on autoimmune thyroid problems. While Dr. Allen enjoys a varied family practice with patients seeing her for a variety of conditions, thyroid cases are the core of the work she does. She has attended extensive training and read lots of books and research papers and collaborated with many other practitioners in the goal of becoming an expert on thyroid conditions, especially in context of other hormonal function issues. With her previous background in social work, she is especially adept at dealing with cases where there is depression and/or anxiety.
Thyroid diseases that can be treated include Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Grave's Disease, thyroid nodules and cysts, goiter, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, subclinical hypothyroidism; hypothyroidism with adrenal dysfunction; hypothyroidism in infertility or polycystic ovarian syndrome; thyroid disease with diabetes; postpartum and pregnancy related thyroid problems; perimenopausal and menopausal thyroid problems; childhood thyroid diseases and Wilson's temperature syndrome.
Treatments used include conventional thyroid medications, dessicated thyroid hormones, dessicated thyroid "glandulars", herbs, vitamins, diet, exercise, homeopathy, physical medicine and lifestyle modifications and whatever else works!
Thyroid disease can lead to all kinds of health problems such as fatigue, digestive problems, immune system problems, depression, insomnia, anxiety, heart palpitations, blood pressure problems, PMS, infertility, menstrual disorders, metabolic disorders, hot flashes, headaches, joint and muscle pain; problems with skin, hair and nails; problems with memory and concentration; weight gain or loss; chronic circulation problems, digestion problems, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines, allergies and more.
Dr. Allen is particularly adept at explaining lab work and the interactions between thyroid and other hormones. She is comfortable with finding ways to help hormones function better when there is no pathology, but the patient just doesn't feel right. A comprehensive and holistic look at all your hormones and ways to optimize your overall health can help to make you enjoy life a lot more!