January is Thyroid Awareness Month

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“The thyroid is a hormone secreting organ that essentially controls the body’s metabolism and affects essentially every cell in the body. ” Rachel Kilpatrick M.D. is an Endocrinologist with Washington Regional’s Endocrinology Clinic.

” The thyroid can either be hyper or hypo in terms of functions. So if someone has developed hypothyroidism they might develop significant symptoms with weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, where as with hyperthyroidism includes symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, rapid heart rate. They might also include weight loss that is unexplained, sometime diarrhea if it’s very severe, as well as hair loss.  And so a lot of these symptoms can tend to be very subtle and often can mimic just general symptoms of fatigue and so they’re very non-specific and that can sometimes make it a little difficult.”

Dr. Kilpatick says that Hyper and Hypothyroidism tend to occur more commonly in families. “So if you have a family history of thyroid problems, you may be at slightly higher risk than your average patient. And it also tends to be more predominate in females. We also see it a lot in younger women but certainly with aging it tends to increase as well.”

Unfortunately there is no dietary fix to hyper or hypothyroidism. Dr Kilpatrick says “there’s been no diet proven to change the course of these diseases.”

The clinic is located in William L. Bradley Medical Plaza across from the Emergency Room on the corner of Appleby Road and Bob Younkin Drive in Fayetteville.  They see a vast array of endocrine patients, including diabetic patients, patients with thyroid disease and thyroid cancer. For Appointments call 479-404-1140.

Dr. Kilpatrick and Dr. Hawkins have completed extensive specialty training in diabetes, thyroid, bone, and other hormone conditions and are ready to help you manage your health.  

What you can expect from us: 

  • We will ask detailed questions about your medical history and symptoms in order to tailor your treatment to your unique needs. 
  • If you are being treated for diabetes we will always review your blood sugar data at each visit (by either downloading your glucometer, reviewing handwritten blood sugar logs, download of insulin pumps/CGM).  Be sure to bring this with you to every appointment. 
  • We will often discuss your nutrition choices/excercise habits.  This is not to place blame but to help you manage your diabetes and weight to the best of your ability. 
  • We rely heavily on lab results to help tailor your treatment/make a diagnosis. 
  • We will combine your symptoms, exam findings, lab results, and imaging results (Ultrasound, CT/MRI) in order to make a diagnosis and treatment plan for you. 
  • We aim to provide timely healthcare, including office visits, prescription refills, and returning phone calls/messages. 


About Our Physicians

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C. Rachel Kilpatrick, M.D., F.A.C.E.

Dr. Kilpatrick, a native of Fayetteville, earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where she also completed fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

A member of the American Diabetes Association and the Endocrine Society, Dr. Kilpatrick specializes in disorders of the endocrine glands, including diabetes, thyroid disease, adrenal disease, pituitary disease and metabolic bone disease.

 
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Lauren Hawkins, M.D.

Dr. Hawkins earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, where she also completed fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism.

Hours

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – noon

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