Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Real Celiac Specialist In Seattle?
0

11 posts in this topic

Hi, Does anyone know of a 'real' celiac specialist in Seattle? I know about Driscoll... and he's not what I'm looking for. He told me not to worry about my Celiac because I had a biopsy after a month on GFD last year and it was clear. I had records in my hand from Columbia 2004-2006 (from when I lived in NYC) which stated a Celiac diagnosis (although 'mild' compared to a lot of people here). I used to see Suzanne Lewis at Peter Greene's office, but now that I'm in Seattle, finding someone with that level of expertise is tough. There are many GI specialists who list Celiac in their areas of expertise, but they really aren't. My biopsy was done at Polyclinic and then I saw Driscoll as a backup. The doctors in both of those places told me I didn't have to be eating gluten since it had only been a month on GFD. I need someone who is well-versed on the neuro symptoms because my gut symptoms had faded over the years and all I had was neuro (BAD) when I saw these docs. They really didn't know anything about it.

My primary is a great ND and she seems to know a lot, but I much prefer my experience at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia. <spoiled>

Any recommendations would be great. Or maybe some great doc can move to Seattle and start a research center! ;)

There is actually this guy here, Dr. Wangen, http://ibstreatmentcenter.com/ - but he doesn't take insurance and I'm hoping to find an MD to compliment my ND.

Thanks!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Welcome to the board. I was going to suggest Dr Wangen, but I see you have already heard about him. In my opinion he is one of the best. He will cure what ails you.

Susan

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to the board. I was going to suggest Dr Wangen, but I see you have already heard about him. In my opinion he is one of the best. He will cure what ails you.

Susan

Thanks Susan for the welcome!

I'm going to keep Dr. Wangen in mind. Currently my insurance covers 100% in network, but that is going to end next year at which point, it may not be that much different to see someone out of network. I'll wait and see.

I keep hoping there's a Peter Green type doc here, but it doesn't seem there is.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been surprised they are so hard to find in the Seattle area. We have so many top notch specialists here, but finding one with a celiac focus has been difficult. I think bastyr has a few homeopathic doctors that focus on celiac but I am not positive. I've had good luck with Virginia Mason GIs, but I'm still early in my testing and such so who knows how it will turn out. They have a good reputation though.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wouldn't it be AMAZING to have a research center started here? I am in the same boat as you. I had my biopsy at Eastside Gastro and wasn't impressed with what followed my diagnosis- 3 sheets of paper. One with a list of gluten foods, one page printed from the internet with Celiac Disease Foundation's website (I think), and the last was a small list of gluten-free food. Basically- "Good luck with your Celiac! See you in 6 mos to retest your levels!"

No care whatsoever for repairing my gut, supplements, testing for other conditions and deficiencies, etc. Thankfully I have an ND who tested everything I asked for and helped get me on thyroid and a bunch of vitamins and supps. Now I need someone who will take care of me and tell me what the next step is instead of me doing hours of research and taking it to my ND. I know there are still things that aren't right because I still feel horrible.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




My issues are severe enough that I'm not sure my ND is going to be enough. I had severe neuro complications. I'm not sure if Dr. Wangen can help me to the degree I need either. Part of me wants a celiac specialist from one of the centers to tell me that what I've been experiencing the past few years can all be attributed to untreated celiac. Even though I've found a lot of evidence, I'm having a hard time being confident that I can control and recover from what has happened in my brain. I keep thinking something else is going to come out as an issue that is undiagnosed.

The other part of me thinks I have to be an example that a research center would want to document and understand... so I'm considering getting an appt and flying somewhere to a research center. Has anyone done that? Traveled to a specialist?

What about Dr. Wangen here in Seattle? Does he know much about the neuro stuff? Or is he just good with the gut? I would go see him even though he doesn't take insurance if I could just get some guidance or reassurance...

UGH, I'm so frustrated right now.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I missed this post earlier this year. Thanks for that advice. I will try that.

Most of what she gave me is liquid or powder- liquid vitamin D, calcium and fish oil, powdered probiotics, powdered L-glutamine, vitamin b injections....

But I do have a few other capsules for iron and such.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi, Does anyone know of a 'real' celiac specialist in Seattle? I know about Driscoll... and he's not what I'm looking for. He told me not to worry about my Celiac because I had a biopsy after a month on GFD last year and it was clear. I had records in my hand from Columbia 2004-2006 (from when I lived in NYC) which stated a Celiac diagnosis (although 'mild' compared to a lot of people here). I used to see Suzanne Lewis at Peter Greene's office, but now that I'm in Seattle, finding someone with that level of expertise is tough. There are many GI specialists who list Celiac in their areas of expertise, but they really aren't. My biopsy was done at Polyclinic and then I saw Driscoll as a backup. The doctors in both of those places told me I didn't have to be eating gluten since it had only been a month on GFD. I need someone who is well-versed on the neuro symptoms because my gut symptoms had faded over the years and all I had was neuro (BAD) when I saw these docs. They really didn't know anything about it.

My primary is a great ND and she seems to know a lot, but I much prefer my experience at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia. <spoiled>

Any recommendations would be great. Or maybe some great doc can move to Seattle and start a research center! wink.gif

There is actually this guy here, Dr. Wangen, http://ibstreatmentcenter.com/ - but he doesn't take insurance and I'm hoping to find an MD to compliment my ND.

Thanks!

Did you ever make any progress on this? I am still searchin for someone that is better educated to help me navigate getting my body back on track. Would you mind sharing names of any MD or ND that you may have come across?

Of course, anyone else that might be able to share their pracitioners would be appreciated as well!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi,

We are considering moving to Seattle, so I googled celiac and Seattle and found this thread.

I too, have been mainly plagued by neuro issues, and would love to find a specialist who understands this from a celiac perspective. I recently found a study out of Germany which speaks to anxiety, yet it doesn't refer to a suggested protocol: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20533598

I would so appreciate hearing about treatments any of you have possibly come upon. Also, are there certain organs/systems which are compromised due to the celiac, which could be prompting the brain issues? I realize our neurotransmitter production is compromised due to unhealthy guts, but is there more I could know? I would give anything to have a consistent ability to think, get things done, sleep well, no depression, anxiety, fatigue, etc.

Any names of docs you believe could be helpful, would also be appreciated! I am willing to travel.

Could working with docs out of Columbia make a huge difference in my life?

Thanks so much~

Best,

Susan

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My issues are severe enough that I'm not sure my ND is going to be enough. I had severe neuro complications. I'm not sure if Dr. Wangen can help me to the degree I need either. Part of me wants a celiac specialist from one of the centers to tell me that what I've been experiencing the past few years can all be attributed to untreated celiac. Even though I've found a lot of evidence, I'm having a hard time being confident that I can control and recover from what has happened in my brain. I keep thinking something else is going to come out as an issue that is undiagnosed.

The other part of me thinks I have to be an example that a research center would want to document and understand... so I'm considering getting an appt and flying somewhere to a research center. Has anyone done that? Traveled to a specialist?

What about Dr. Wangen here in Seattle? Does he know much about the neuro stuff? Or is he just good with the gut? I would go see him even though he doesn't take insurance if I could just get some guidance or reassurance...

I sawDr. Wangen for 4 years while we tested for and diagnosed my 6 other delayed reaction allergies and testedfor and treated my 8 different gut bug infections. I looked for another doc when Dr. Wangen couldn't explain why I kept getting those infections. My current ND (Wendy Ellis of Tahoma Clinic North) tested me and discovered 4 different conditions that caused my immunity problems. I no longer get gut bugs or even respiratory infections. However, I still read Dr. Wangen's blog at http://www.ibstreatmentcenter.com and noticed that he learned a lot after I left 4 years ago. He seems very knowledgeable about all aspects, symptoms and complications of celiac disease. BTW his own experience with celiac disease during medical school motivated him to become an ND, rather than go the traditional medical doctor route. I for one am glad he did. I've never gotten anything bur misdiagnoses from traditional doctors.

I suggest you call his clinic (IBS Treatment center) and ask the receptioinist whether Dr. Wangen can help your problem. If you're not satisfied, doctors at the Tahoma Clinic are very knowledgeable about food allergies, celiac disease, etc.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,110
    • Total Posts
      919,434
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Hi Lisa, I completely understand why you didn't do a biopsy on your daughter.  I went through the appendix thing myself...not fun!  I was diagnosed with just bloodwork and no biopsy, but did have the full panel.  I would go back to your PCP and ask for a full panel to include TTG, EMA and DGP tests.  Since she was already willing to test you, I'm sure she would be willing to order these.  Good luck!
    • What a gross title–it bothers me and I wrote it! It wasn't my idea originally. The research paper the data came from was entitled, "Experimental hookworm infection and gluten microchallenge promote tolerance in celiac disease" published recently in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. View the full article
    • katesyl.........this is an older topic so the OP most likely won't answer.  I can, however, offer a piece of advice for you. Just going gluten free will probably not drive your inflammation markers down into normal.  It does depend on how high they were to begin with but with all autoimmune diseases, there will be inflammation going on forever.  Get used to wonky blood work because most of us will have that issue. I have 4 autoimmune diseases in total and, although I have driven certain inflammatory markers way down, my recent sed rate number was elevated.  The normal is supposed to be 30 and under in a woman my age but mine is 50.  With 4 AI diseases, I doubt it will ever be normal and I don't let it bother me. I am not willing to take major meds at all and use more natural anti-inflammatory supplements.  You can do whatever you feel comfortable with in regards to treatment but don't expect normal numbers with Celiac Disease. Inflammation will improve but normal?  Most people never get there completely.
    • My daughter's PCP did not go against anything, she offered to do the biopsy - I was the one opposed to it. My DD, who was 10 at the time had just spent 3 weeks in the hospital, very sick with a ruptured appendix, then had 2 surgeries a few months after. I didn't see the need to put her through anything else with her numbers so high and all the classic symptoms. Apparently, in some other countries, if your numbers are all high, they forego biopsy. Anyway, I was really asking about myself and whether I should push for add'l testing. I am still new this this and trying to get up-to-date and wasn't sure if my PCP should conduct other blood tests before I go completely gluten-free. I have been somewhat gluten-free, but not entirely. I have no problem going gluten-free, but want to make sure that I am doing it for the right reasons. I wasn't sure if the Gliadin Abs IgA was sufficient to point to Celiac and possibly doing a biopsy for me. Or if additional blood test would make more sense.   Thanks!!
    • I would like to know if you have found out the source of your inflammation yet. I'm gluten free three years but my inflammation test was high.
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,148
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    MichaelDG
    Joined