Dr. Sean Zager

Dr. Sean Zager

Thyroid Doctor

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When it comes to caring for people with hypothyroidism, Dr. Zager has found it helpful to draw from both conventional and evidence-based alternative methods of diagnosis and treatment.

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About

Dr. Sean Zager

Dr. Sean Zager is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, where he also completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine.  His residency training is in family medicine through UCSF/Sutter Health in Santa Rosa, California.  Dr. Zager is a board-certified family physician with a passion for holistic approaches to thyroid patient care.  

When it comes to caring for people with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), Dr. Zager has found it helpful to draw from both conventional medicine and evidence-based alternative methods of diagnosis and treatment.  

 

He believes that treatment for thyroid issues like hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's is certainly not a "one-size-fits-all" operation.  Effective approaches come from an understanding of each person's narrative, with reference to lifestyle and individual goals. Dr. Zager also often thinks of thyroid management in relation to adrenal, immune, and gastrointestinal health.

In his free time, Dr. Zager likes to run with his son in the stroller, hang out with friends and listen to music, and strum on his ukulele.

 

What makes you passionate about treating patients with hypothyroidism: 

It is rewarding to work with patients who finally feel "seen" in their hypothyroid care.   To witness improvement in the health of my patients, by virtue of a more integrative and personalized treatment approach, is why I do this work.  I enjoy helping hypothyroid patients feel empowered, with a clear understanding of the various diagnostic and therapeutic options available for optimal health. As thyroid hormone levels are brought into balance, it is a wonderful thing to watch symptoms of hypothyroidism fade and patients reclaim a capacity to move forward in their lives.

 

My approach to treating patients with hypothyroidism is:

My approach to treating patients with hypothyroidism is highly individualized and informed by trends in both symptoms and thyroid test results.  My patients and I discuss prescription treatment options alongside natural, complementary therapies and lifestyle considerations for thyroid support.  We frequently talk through the pillars of health -- nutrition, exercise, stress management, and sleep hygiene.  Finally, as our thyroid glands live in a (fantastically complex) body and not a vacuum, my patients and I often look at potential contributions to thyroid dysfunction from other glands (e.g., adrenal) and systems (e.g., GI) in the body.

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Affiliations

  • Whakatane Postgraduate Medical Society (WPMS), Feb 2017 - Feb 2018
  • American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine/Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (ABIHM/AIHM), Dec 2010 - Dec 2017
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), Sep 2015 - Sep 2016
  • Committee of Interns and Residents, Service Employees International Union (CIR-SEIU), 2007-2010
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA), 2003-2007

Education

  • University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine Fellowship
  • Santa Rosa Family Medicine, Medical Residency
  • University of Michigan Medical School, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts

Professional Accomplishments

GRANTS RECEIVED

  • 2005: International Institute Individual Fellowship awarded from the University of Michigan International Institute; toward medical work and study in rural health posts of southern Venezuela
  • 2003: International Development Overseas Internship grant awarded from the University of MichiganInternational Institute; toward medical work and study at the Sambhavna Trust Medical Clinicin Bhopal, India

PUBLISHED INTERVIEWS

  • “A Drug-Free Way to Ease Allergies.” Interviewer Melaina Juntti. Men’s Journal. Volume 25. Issue 7. Sep 2016.
  • “The Restorative Power of Sleep.” Interviewer Laura Elise. Sonoma Discoveries. Volume 21. Issue 2. Mar-Apr 2016.
  • The Science of Sleep.” Interviewer Karen Hart. North Bay Biz. Volume 41. Issue 2. Feb 2016.

Certifications

  • American Board of Family Medicine
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Dr. Sean Zager

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Great doctor and great staff! Everyone is very nice and helpful.
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Dr. Zager is very knowledgeable and super chill. Great bedside manner and his staff is great as well.
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Very good, caring and very patient with my questions and how to treat my condition
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Easy to talk to, very helpful and knowledgeable. Has a very calm demeanor.
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Dr Zager is professional and extremely helpful. Always feel confident we are in best care possible
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Very nice man, felt comfortable speaking with him and assessed my situation right away.
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Dr. Zager was so nice and understanding and made me feel right at ease. I'm grateful I saw him!
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