Thyroid Disease Specialist

Leslie Brocchini, MD -  - Board Certified in Integrative Medicine

Soul Strength Medicine

Leslie Brocchini, MD

Board Certified in Integrative Medicine & Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Sonora, CA

According to researchers, as many as 20 million Americans are living with some form of thyroid disease, the majority of whom are not aware of their condition. Leslie Brocchini, MD, of Soul Strength Medicine in Sonora, California, offers comprehensive thyroid diagnostic and treatment services. She’s helped many men and women find relief from thyroid symptoms, and can work with you to optimize your health. Book your appointment online or by phone today to get started.

Thyroid Disease Q & A

What function does my thyroid perform?

Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located just below your Adam’s apple at the base of your neck. As part of your endocrine system, your thyroid gland produces hormones that control your metabolism. 

When your thyroid produces excessive or insufficient thyroid hormones, a wide range of problems can result. Because many symptoms of thyroid disease are also linked to other health matters, reaching a proper diagnosis can be a challenge. 

What are some common thyroid disorders?

Hyperthyroidism occurs when your body produces too much thyroid hormone. Symptoms of this condition include:

  • Restlessness
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Weight loss
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Heavy sweating
  • Irritability

Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland produces insufficient amounts of hormones. Symptoms of this condition include:

  • Fatigue
  • Memory problems
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Slow heart rate

A goiter occurs when your thyroid gland become abnormally enlarged. Not all goiters create symptoms, but when symptoms are present they might include difficulty swallowing or breathing, coughing, wheezing, swelling, or a sensation of tightness in your neck. 

How are thyroid disorders treated?

Dr. Brocchini begins with a full assessment of your symptoms, and will likely require further lab testing to understand how your thyroid is functioning. She creates a customized treatment plan that suits your current needs and overall lifestyle. 

Dr. Brocchini takes an integrative approach to thyroid treatment. She understands the power of diet and other lifestyle habits in a healthy endocrine system. After assessing your condition and learning more about your health habits, she can guide you toward changes that are both sustainable and meaningful. 

Herbal supplements are a great option for some men and women. Nutritional improvements are also a powerful means of addressing thyroid issues. Medications also play a role in treating your thyroid condition, and you’ll come in for follow-up visits to track your hormone levels. 

When you’re ready to learn more, come in for a consultation. You can set up your visit online at or by phone. 

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