Top Thyroid Doctor | Austin, TX

The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating the metabolic rate of the body, which influences all cellular processes. One in five women and one in ten men suffer from low thyroid function and many remain undiagnosed. This often occurs because practitioners lack a comprehensive understanding of how to evaluate thyroid function with a detailed medical history and extensive thyroid hormone blood work testing. A low functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause a range of symptoms, including weight gain or difficulty losing weight, cold hands and feet, depression, memory issues, low libido, hair loss and fatigue. It is essential to monitor thyroid hormone levels regularly. A complete set of thyroid tests including TSH, Free T3, Reverse T3, Free T4, Total T4, Anti-TPO antibodies, and Anti-Thyroid Globulin antibodies which must be done for a comprehensive blood evaluation of thyroid function.

Dr. Ruthie Harper in Austin, TX has a record of successful treatments for thyroid dysfunction using integrative health techniques, being named one of the top 10 best thyroid doctors in the state of Texas. Her approach is successful because of how the thyroid is so interconnected with other systems in the body.

Even more interesting are Dr. Harper’s recent scientific discoveries that every other organ system will have an impact on how the thyroid gland works. This affects how much thyroid hormone is made, if the hormone is converted to its most active forms, and if the body can use it effectively.
Rarely recognized are the effects of reproductive hormones, stress hormone, and nutrition on optimal thyroid function. In addition to in-depth testing of all thyroid hormone levels she combines this testing with other diagnostic and nutritional testing to provide a comprehensive and effective approach.

Compounding of specific amounts of thyroid hormone replacement can be offered through compounding pharmacies to tailor the specific amount of thyroid hormone prescribed for each individual’s need. We customize the amount of T3 and T4 medication required for each individual based on their bloodwork results and often request the medication be sustain released for long acting support throughout the day.
Nutrition is only one part of the picture for achieving optimal health. A fully personalized program for optimal health includes an evaluation of an individual’s hormonal needs throughout all stages of life, especially as we age. Dr. Ruthie Harper offers innovative diagnostic and treatment methods for patients experiencing thyroid issues.

If you live in Central Texas or the greater Austin, TX area, schedule comprehensive thyroid testing with Dr. Ruthie Harper in person. If you live in Texas, outside the Austin area or prefer telemedicine, we offer virtual appointments. We look forward to helping you take the first step to regaining your health, preventing disease, and feeling your best!