Darien Integrative Medicine
6 Thorndal Circle – Suite 102
Darien, CT 06820
Darien Integrative Medicine
6 Thorndal Circle – Suite 102
Darien, CT 06820

Success Stories

Success Stories

Success Stories

Darien Integrative Medicine

He Takes the Time to Truly Listen

I went to Dr. Doyle with serious fatigue, stamina, and energy problems that were influencing my work as a university professor. I have improved so radically that friends and colleagues frequently point out my new sense of well being. Living in another area of the country, I make phone appointments as well as travel a great distance since I find his work invaluable. Dr. Doyle not only knows how to target specifically the necessary blood-work but takes the time to truly listen which is unfortunately rare among doctors. In a quiet and respectful manner, he has inspired confidence in me that together we can solve any problem that might come up.

Dr. S.V.
Memphis, TN

Personal and Proficient

Even without lab tests, Dr. Doyle, you suspected my problem was thyroid deficiency—and you were right. With complaints of lightheadedness [due to a significantly decreased heart rate,] which surely would have required a pacemaker, you questioned me like a “medical Sherlock Holmes,”. You did a very careful physical exam and ran some lab tests to confirm your intuitive clinical diagnosis. Shortly after starting thyroid hormone, my heart rate increased, avoiding the need for a pacemaker. Personable and proficient, you recognized the important role nutrition and natural therapies would play in effectively treating me.

R.P., MD
Greenwich, CT

Compassion and Common Sense

I feel very fortunate to have found Dr. Doyle. After seeing a number of endocrinologists over many years for my thyroid condition (Hashimoto’s), it was such a new and positive experience to find a doctor who takes a comprehensive approach to thyroid disorders by considering the whole person and not just one gland.

In addition to his high level of medical competence, Dr. Doyle also brings compassion and common sense (pretty uncommon these days) to his work with his patients. I wholeheartedly recommend him to all those looking for a doctor who does not take a cookie-cutter approach to medicine, but rather considers the individual in a sensitive and nuanced way.

South Salem, NY

The Search Has Ended

…There are so many good qualities about you and you are so knowledgeable that I found it hard to keep this short… My definition of a good doctor is, kind, caring, compassionate, understanding and knowledgeable. Dr. Doyle goes beyond those definitions. He does not treat you as just another lab report. He treats your symptoms and you as an individual. He is very thorough.

I have been to many doctors and can truly say they do not come as genuine and compassionate and knowledgeable as he is. His concern does not end after your visit. He continues to think about you and will contact you with more information about your symptoms. He encourages you to read information in great books written by other doctors to put to rest any fear you have. I feared hormones. I heard too much on the media that they cause cancer. I read a great book he suggested, showing the difference between synthetic and bio-identical hormones and testimonials. My fears where put to rest. I decided to take the hormones which were deficient in me, and I cannot believe how they have restored areas of my personal life which I thought were not possible. My muscle strength has also been restored. I also have to add that I personally have not had any side affects, just positive effects. His knowledge in hormone balance was far superior to my GYN who is a woman!

[Dr. Doyle] has helped me with my autoimmune thyroid problem, vitamin deficiencies, and adrenal insufficiency. I have also suffered from restless leg syndrome for many years and now I no longer have restless leg syndrome, he cured that without drugs!
I’ve always had a hard time getting my husband to see a doctor. But things changed when he came with me on my first appointment with Dr. Doyle. I told him I really liked his thoroughness and his kind, courteous manner. He takes your feelings into consideration. My husband noticed it too. Now our search has ended for the kind of doctor you only read about. We found one.

Your grateful patient,
Shelton, CT

Focus on Wellness Rather Than Illness

I’d been struggling with increasing fatigue for about 10 years before I went to see Dr. Doyle. I’d told three primary care physicians about this and a thyroid specialist, each of whom reported bloodwork to be within normal range, and seemed completely disinterested in exploring my symptoms further and working with me to figure out what was wrong and what to do about it. When the fatigue reached the point where I was falling asleep at my desk and falling behind at work, I saw an advertisement in a small circulation local newspaper for Dr. Doyle, which listed chronic fatigue as one of his areas of focus, so I made an appointment. For the first time in my adult life, a doctor talked to me for a full hour, taking a detailed history, and then talked with me as a partner in my own health to determine a step-by-step plan of testing and assessment. He ordered tests that other doctors usually don’t, explaining to me why he preferred them, and they showed a thyroid and adrenal deficiency, for which Dr. Doyle suggested a progressive plan of treatment and continuing assessment, which involved both medications and lifestyle changes. He also hooked me up with articles and books to learn more about my condition. The result of this was a steady diminishment of my fatigue and increase in energy and productivity.

One thing that is unique about Dr. Doyle is that he assumes that his patients must be equal partners with him in their own health care, and that his patients have the interest and intelligence to understand his part of the doctor-patient collaboration. As a result, he listens and will share as much of the technical medical information as you want to know. The other thing that is unique about Dr. Doyle is that he focuses on wellness rather than illness. As a result of that approach, what a patient has to say about how well he feels is as important to Dr. Doyle as the medical data. He also knows that how his patient feels will usually be the first indication either patient or doctor will have of a change in medical status requiring further assessment and possible treatment.

Stamford, CT

Very Happy with my Progress

I saw Dr. Doyle as what I viewed as a last resort. My entire life I suffered from strange symptoms and periods of not feeling well. Doctors told me that all my tests were normal and that it was most likely “in my head.” After 50 years of that, you believe it, but are still looking for other answers.

My first visit encouraged me. Dr. Doyle spent a long time talking to me, taking a complete history, and asking a lot of questions. It was gratifying to have a doctor actually sit and listen to me, assess my symptoms and not say “hypochondriac.” Dr. Doyle followed up the complete history with a battery of blood tests. The tests covered more than the conventional tests usually given to me in the past.

Dr. Doyle discovered I had an underlying thyroid condition as well as an iron and vitamin D deficiency. Since I have been treated for these and other minor adjustments to medicine and supplements, I have been feeling a great deal better. I have more energy, have lost a little weight and am generally feeling much healthier. My resistance to every respiratory ailment floating around has also improved.

Because I have a system that is sensitive to new drugs and treatments, Dr. Doyle has gone more slowly than I’m sure either he or I would like, but that is the only way, in my case, to prevent a bad reaction. I’m very happy with my progress and give Dr. Doyle complete credit for all the improvements.

Greenwich, CT

Very Supportive, Helpful and Accessible

I came to Dr. Doyle seeking treatment for Hashimoto’s Disease and hormonal problems. Over the past 21 months, my tolerances have continued to improve and I can now take needed nutrients. Dr. Doyle has been very supportive, helpful and accessible for which I am very grateful. As a result of your treatment, I am getting help for a long-seated metal toxicity problem.

You can let it be known that I am from Cincinnati, Ohio—and not nearby.

All the best,
Cincinnati, Ohio

Overall, I feel great

I have been a patient of Dr Doyle’s for about a year. I am 60 yrs of age. I have lost about 20 lbs., starting at 240 lbs. and have a tremendous amount of energy that I haven’t had in at least 15 years. I am not eating less or differently. I also had a problem whereas circulation to the tips of my fingers would shut off in cold weather-sometimes as high as 40 degrees. This has been nonexistent this winter. Overall, I feel great, and I believe it is due to Dr. Doyle’s preventative approach to medicine.

South Salem, NY

You Really Took the Time to Listen to Me

Dear Dr. Doyle,

Let me start out by saying that I am very happy to write a testimonial on your behalf. I was very unhappy with the doctors I was seeing prior to coming to you. All the doctors up to that point only cared about getting you in and out of the exam room as quickly as possible so they could move on to the next patient. They were upset when you asked them questions or questioned anything they told you. In addition, they were not happy if you did research on your own and would refuse to even consider looking at additional information about alternative treatments with an open mind. It was either what they said or nothing. Most treatments consisted of prescribing medication and getting rid of you as fast as possible. It got to the point that I refused to go to conventional doctors any more. That is what led me to find you.

What impressed me most about you was that you really took the time to listen to me. I didn’t feel rushed and was able to ask questions until I was satisfied. You also cared about my point of view and did not feel threatened if I brought other information I found through research to your attention. I have found you to be very knowledgeable and much of the information I referred to, you already knew, and in turn, referred me to additional information of which I was unaware. Most importantly, your treatment centers on the whole person, not just a set of numbers on a blood test or symptoms. Your examinations are very thorough and you use the information from various tests to help diagnose your patients. However, you are more interested in making me feel well instead of getting my numbers in the so-called “normal range”. I am very grateful for your caring attitude. When I came to you I was feeling tired all the time and had no energy. I was cold much of the time and had a hard time keeping weight off. I was also having trouble controlling my blood sugar. After being treated by you I have 100 times more energy and am not cold all the time any longer. I am able to exercise regularly and be active without feeling exhausted. Your treatment with thyroid hormone, cortisol, and various supplements has really helped me feel better and I know I am healthier as a result

…I will close by saying I have the greatest respect for you as a doctor and I would like to thank you very much. I hope you achieve all you are trying to accomplish. If you continue to really care about people and treat them as you would like to be treated, you will have more patients than you can possibly handle… More than that you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are really helping people. I hope you never get so successful that it becomes difficult to be the kind of doctor you are. “Have you beheld a man skillful in his work? Before kings is where he will station himself.” – Proverbs 22:29

Best regards,
Shelton, CT

This Treatment Truly Changed My Life

…I am an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist. I met Dr. Doyle after several years of cognitive decline in short-term memory, attention and overall cognitive clarity. This seemed unusual for an individual in his mid-40’s.

Dr. Doyle began with a very comprehensive chemical diagnosis and found deficits in a few key chemicals, but nothing extreme. Despite these results he saw distinct symptoms of hypothyroidism and started me on medication.

Within one week, I began to see ancillary benefits from improved circulation-warm hands and feet, soft hair and skin, and no longer needing to take long weekend naps. But the most important improvement was in my cognitive capabilities. Once again, I can function at a level required for my role. This treatment truly changed my life.

Other physicians treat based on blood test results. Dr. Doyle treated my symptoms and it worked.

Best regards,
B.W.H., Ph.D
Brookfield, CT

A Blessing to Me and My Family

After forty years of knowing, from nursing experience, that I had symptoms of hypothyroidism, I met Dr. Doyle. I had read books on the subject and over the years had diagnostic tests taken that showed thyroid factors were within acceptable range-though very low.

About two years ago my husband found information relating to thyroid problems at The Broda Barnes Foundation website. I received more tests through the foundation. Along with the results the foundation referred me to Dr. Doyle.

Michael E. Doyle, MD. had more specific tests taken and the results led to the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Disease-an autoimmune disease that Dr. Doyle has been treating me for 21 months. My symptoms quickly became less of a problem and continue to do so.

I now have fewer headaches, am less tired and irritable, have clearer thinking, much more energy, am sleeping better and needing less sleep, have better digestion, and am more adaptable to heat and cold conditions. My BP is rising, my body temperature has risen from 96 to 97.4 currently, and more.

Michael E. Doyle’s help has been a blessing to me and my family.

Thank you Dr. Doyle.
Vero Beach, FL

Our Frustration Levels are at Rest

Until my daughter and I were introduced to the expertise of Dr. Michael E. Doyle, MD re: thyroid adrenal and progesterone/estrogen dysfunction, we were going around in circles of poor health with other MDs and psychiatrists due to their lack of knowledge—especially about Armour Thyroid usage.

For the past 10 yrs my daughter’s life has literally been entrapped by the outrageous side effects of drug therapy. The medications only gave a band-aid effect and then actually caused exacerbation of the original problems and many physical changes…like exhaustion, insomnia, memory loss and narcolepsy.

Dr Doyle was able to prove, through proper lab tests and low body temperatures, that the real problem was [related to] hormonal deficiencies…

Dr Doyle was the only MD who also tested our…reflexes [and determined that] hypothyroidism was definitely one of our major problems…

Dr Doyle was able to recognize this and started my daughter on Armour Thyroid, adrenal support, and iron to start to redeem her life. The synthetic form [of thyroid hormone] did not work for her [when prescribed by] conventional MDs [we had previously seen.]…

Dr Doyle not only understood the connection and knew the correct lab tests to order, he has a superb way of communicating to MDs, endocrinologists and psychiatrists who don’t believe the mind is connected to the body or that it can be terribly out of balance when one’s hormones or metabolism are not in proper alignment or functioning optimally.

Frustrations have been huge. It was like the dog chasing his tail, going around and around…Finally, my daughter is able to see the difference, go to school, work, get good grades and create a career for herself. With all the change in hormones, detoxification of heavy metals, and good nutrition, her thought process is clearer and her focus is more pronounced…

Dr. Doyle has been the only MD who could sift through all of this and make sense out of what was really happening!

When he increased my own Armour Thyroid levels, I finally was free of essential hypertension and dropped 20 lbs in weight. I can also honestly say I finally feel relieved to know that even Amanda’s psychiatrist is starting to see the connection…

Finding a doctor to support the use of Armour Thyroid is rare…A huge thanks to this special man named Dr. Michael E. Doyle, MD. Our frustration levels are at rest and we can go forward into levels of optimal health.

J.E.P. and A.P.
Milford, CT

I Will Be Forever Grateful to You

I consider myself quite fortunate to be under the care and treatment of Dr. Michael E. Doyle, a board-certified family practice doctor, practicing a unique and effective combination of conventional and alternative medicine. From the first visit with Dr. Doyle, I was impressed by his attention to detail and moved by his dedication and genuine compassion for the patient.

After analyzing the results of his well considered questionnaire together with my blood work, Dr. Doyle prescribed a treatment which put me quickly on the right recovery track. Since then, I have continued to show progress and significant improvement.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from chronic metabolism problems. Growing up in Eastern Europe, I had visited many well qualified medical doctors in my home country and elsewhere with no success. Some 20 years ago, when the opportunity to live and work in the United States presented itself, I took that opportunity in part to find better medical treatment and some answer to my ailing medical condition. Over the course of the last 20 years, I have seen many doctors and consulted with various highly regarded specialists. Despite all their efforts, countless visits, consultations, treatments and extensive workups, none of these doctors could diagnose me; the end result had been the same, frustration and disappointment.

To add to my medical problems, about three years ago, I underwent some foot surgery. Almost immediately after the surgery, I noticed that I was not healing as fast or as well as expected. As a result of the surgery, I have developed some additional complications, a chronic nerve pain disorder and the need to take various pain medications. The combination of my metabolism problems with the severe pain brought about by my foot surgery, made me become increasingly weak. I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed and, with the almost random sharp pain in my foot, I became quite despaired.

About this time, I happened to see Suzanne Somers on television talking about bioidentical hormones. I then began to explore the subject by reading a few books on the subject. In one of Suzanne Somers’ books, I found referral to a few doctors and medical specialists in my area of concern. I contacted one of the doctors mentioned and eagerly signed up for this doctor’s treatment program. I’m not going to mention this doctor by name, but this doctor simply listened to my problems and attributed them to symptoms of menopause. This doctor merely prescribed her standard “one size fits all” prescription of bio-identical hormones and prepackaged supplements. Under this doctor’s treatment, I showed some initial minor improvement, but my progress quickly stalled and I began to actually get worse.

After some further study of my own, I asked this doctor for a very small amount of a medication mentioned in my readings. I believed this medication might make some positive difference in my treatment. After some discussion, if not argument with this doctor, I got the doctor concerned to prescribe me a minimal amount of this medication. Upon taking this medication, my condition almost immediately improved. I reported this result and my improvement to the doctor concerned. To my surprise and disappointment, the doctor told me that she was going to take me off that medication entirely, the only medication that up to that point made any positive difference in my overall health.

This incident was enough reason for me to find a more concerned, open-minded and no doubt qualified physician. In the search for another doctor, I went back to a later book by Suzanne Somers and, independent of my own experience, the doctor I saw, and who was previously referred to in the first book, was not mentioned or listed as a referral in this second book by Suzanne Somers. Still in search for the right doctor to treat my medical conditions, I was very fortunate to be referred to Dr. Doyle by the website of the Broda 0. Barnes M.D. Research Foundation.

So much, so very positive, can be said of Dr. Doyle. With a manner that is most pleasant and caring and a treatment most comprehensive and effective, Dr. Doyle is the only doctor in this area of medicine who has really helped me improved my medical condition and sustain that improvement.

Dr. Doyle diagnosed me with an adrenal and thyroid insufficiency. From the beginning of my treatment, Dr. Doyle has produced the right diagnosis and put me on the correct medication with the correct dosage. This same medication that other doctors did not know of or would have otherwise not considered to prescribe for my condition is the same medication in a higher dosage that the other doctor mentioned above would have denied me from taking in any dosage. Under Dr. Doyle’s care, I confidently take this medication along with the needed supplements and bio-identical hormones that he specifically prescribes for my body’s individual needs, dramatically improving my overall health and energy level.

In short, although I still deal with the chronic pain in my foot, Dr. Doyle’s care and treatment has allowed me to better address my other medical concerns in a more balanced way, separating and improving my adrenal and thyroid insufficiency issues and allowing me to isolate and better address the chronic pain in my foot.

I thank you Dr. Doyle, for being not only a compassionate, knowledgeable and experienced physician, but also for your rare knowledge and understanding of where conventional medicine with conventional approach may fall short, like in my personal experience. I will be forever grateful to you.

Wilton, Connecticut

I Became Myself Again

I first visited you in the spring of 2007 after suffering for a year with mental confusion, lack of concentration, fatigue, and general malaise. I had seen 3 different doctors with no improvement and was fearful, not only of losing my job, but of spending the remainder of my life in exhaustion, pain and depression.

You not only listened to me, you believed my story. With your evaluation of the proper blood tests, followed by your subscribing the correct supplements and medicines, I became myself again.

Looking back, I can’t believe how quickly my health degenerated, creeping through my body and debilitating me before I knew what was happening.

Now, I am back to my pre-illness self-never needing to taking notes, excelling at my full-time job, exercising, spending time in my garden again—enjoying life.

Thank you for all of this.

Most sincerely,
Stamford, CT

Caring, Respectful and Genuinely Concerned

I had been treated for hypothyroidism for fourteen years before finding Dr. Doyle. The other doctors I had worked with followed a conventional path of primarily relying on blood test results to regulate my health with little if no regard for my actual symptoms, energy level or state of immunity and overall health. During those fourteen years I was prescribed synthetic “big drug company brand” thyroid hormone. During that time my thyroid condition had continued to worsen and I developed Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune thyroid disorder.

Two friends from my church continued to recommend Dr. Doyle but I was not convinced I should switch doctors until a frightening change in my health occurred and I had extremely low blood pressure and nervousness. This sudden change prompted me to call one of these church friends and former patient of Dr. Doyle’s who had moved to London. I happened to catch her on the phone by a trans-Atlantic call and asked her if I should really trust Dr. Doyle, she said: “Absolutely Go! He saved me after I had my fifth child and I was so exhausted I could not get out of bed.”

Upon her urgent recommendation I finally went. My health has improved steadily and I was even able to become pregnant at 45, something I had previously not been capable of. My energy level and mood have evened and my immunity is steady with fewer sinus infections. The approach he offers requires some degree of participation on the part of the patient; it is not a magic pill solution, which I find refreshing.

I find Dr. Doyle caring, respectful and genuinely concerned for my overall wellbeing. He takes time and really gets to know you and your situation. He is prudent and combines intelligent holistic and alternative modalities that are studied and proven. I have explored much of the alternative health world and seen much quackery; Dr. Doyle offers the assurance of sound medical science by a true Medical Doctor combined with the wisdom of proven natural approaches.

Greenwich, CT

I Give Dr. Doyle The Highest Recommendation

Dr. Doyle is the perfect synergy of the scientist, physician and healer. He has helped all of my patients suffering from a variety of dysfunctions ranging from adrenal exhaustion, insomnia and chronic fatigue to hypothyroid disorder. Many of these people had been seen by the top endocrinologists in NYC to no avail.

He takes seriously the rampant sub clinical hypothyroidism that is commonly misdiagnosed by standard blood tests. He always errs on the side of caution and safety in terms of dispensing medications as well as their dosing, a welcome relief from the cowboy attitude of many physicians these days. His knowledge of vitamin supplements and diet adds the finishing touches to a truly holistic approach.

It is without hesitation that I give Dr. Doyle the highest recommendation.

AA, M.S., Dipt Acup

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