I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Hypothyroidism myself. I have been there as a patient…
For decades I struggled with undiagnosed Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Hypothyroidism. Looking back, I’m convinced I had it since teen years. The fatigue and low grade depression became my normal, over time, and I just got used to it.
Fast forward to medical school many years later…I really felt the effects of Hashimoto’s and a lower functioning thyroid as I studied and tried to keep up, and I had a year long bout of heart palpitations and vertigo that baffled several doctors, including a cardiologist. It took many frustrating trips to different doctors to finally get the true cause properly diagnosed and optimally treated. I ended up figuring it out myself as a 3rd year medical student, when I wandered into a Basha’s grocery store and saw their mobile lab offering blood work that patients could order for themselves. I ordered a full thyroid panel and when I got the results back, it was clearly a case of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (high antibody levels) and hypothyroidism. I was so relieved to finally have a diagnosis!
After starting treatment, I started to see that it wasn’t as simple as “take this pill and you’ll be better”, which my first doctor told me. And so I went to several different doctors and kept being told “your labs are normal, your thyroid is fine now” even though I didn’t feel fine at all. I felt better than I did before treatment, but I definitely didn’t feel totally well. I was still tired. My hair was thin and constantly falling out in clumps in the shower. It wasn’t until I found the right doctor who would really listen and make adjustments on my medications that I FINALLY started to feel better. It was a long and frustrating journey.
So you can bet I became passionate about helping others with thyroid disease after my own personal experiences as a patient with Hashimoto’s! After graduating medical school I trained extensively with a board certified endocrinologist who had been in practice for over 30 years. I wanted to learn as much as I could from an experienced hormone specialist in order to fully understand all aspects of hormonal imbalances that seemed to elude doctors and frustrate patients.
Drawing upon my own personal experience as a patient and my medical training as a physician, I passionately dedicated my practice to natural endocrinology and to hormone optimizing and balancing. I began to see while practicing that hormonal deficiencies and imbalances are often the root cause of weight issues, as well as the missing link to preventive medicine and overall health. When hormones become deficient as we get older, we become more susceptible to age related diseases such as heart disease, osteoporosis, Altzeimer’s, dementia and cancers. Optimizing hormones will not only help us feel better and look younger, it will protect our health as we age! Combine hormone optimizing with a clean balanced diet and regular exercise and we’re going to be doing ALL that is in our power to stay healthy into ripe old age.
In my practice I treat a lot of thyroid disorders, (hypothyrodism and Hashimoto’s especially), hormonal imbalances of the adrenal system (adrenal dysfunctions such as “adrenal fatigue”), and men’s and women’s hormonal issues related to perimenopause, menopause and andropause (male “menopause”). I also help women who suffer from PMS, PMDD (pre-menstrual dysphorphic disorder) and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Those are just a few of the conditions I treat often in practice.
And as far as blood work goes, my philosophy is to optimize hormone levels (including thyroid) versus just normalize! You are not a lab value. While labs give a good guide to optimizing, how you feel is just as important, because we don’t go to the doctor just to normalize our labs and still not feel good!
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a big part of my practice. I have been certified in BHRT (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy) through Worldlink Medical, after going through a series of training courses taught by Dr. Neal Rouzier, MD, a reknown expert in hormone balancing. I also offer medically supervised weight loss programs to support sustained weight loss. I believe passionately that when we combine healthy lifestyle (clean, balanced diet and exercise) with hormone optimizing, we utilize the absolute most powerful combination to keep us healthy and happy and active into our golden years!
- Thyroid Treatment for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
- Menopause and Andropause (low testosterone in men) Hormone Therapy
- PMS Treatment with Hormone Balancing
- PCOS Testing and Treatment (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
- Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome Testing and Treatment
- Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs
- Nutritional Counseling and Customized Meal Plans
- Hypnotherapy for Healing Emotional Eating
- Adrenal Dysfunction Testing and Treatment
- Food Sensitivity Testing and Treatment
- Vitamin B12 Injections
- Slim Shots (fat burner injections)
- Leaky Gut Testing and Treatment
Dr. Lisa Maturo’s Bio
Dr. Lisa Maturo is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor whose focus is on natural endocrinology (hormones) specifically in relation to preventive medicine and hormone optimizing, with a very strong emphasis on treating thyroid disease. She is considered a thyroid expert and has treated thousands of patients over the course of nearly two decades in practice. She has a special affinity for offering compassionate care to patients since she has been there herself.
In her early years after medical school, Dr. Lisa Maturo worked and trained with a soon to be retiring board certified endocrinologist with 30 years experience, who passed along his wisdom and experience before he retired. Many years later, Dr. Lisa Maturo became one of the few practitioners in Arizona certified in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as taught and trained by Dr. Neal Rouzier, MD, a world reknown hormone balancing expert. Dr. Lisa Maturo is also a selected referral physician with Forever Health Network, a listing of hormone balancing experts promoted by Suzanne Somers.
What happens in the the first visit with Dr. Lisa Maturo?
Your first visit is spent going over your health history, reviewing any labs you may have from past year, and of course talking about where you are right now with your health concerns. Our first session is a time to get to know each other and to plan out our next steps for testing. Any necessary testing will be ordered and lab review/test results are covered in a follow up appointment. After testing, we discuss an indepth treatment plan and set our goals for working together as a partnership in health. Most of the common lab tests will be put through your health insurance so they should not be any added cost. And many health insurance plans DO cover our services when submitted for reimbursement! We can help you with that process and provide all the necessary coding and paperwork. Give us a call with any questions you might have, we’d be happy to chat with you more!