How to Find a Lyme Literate Doctor? Resources to Find a Lyme Literate Doctor Near You | Lyme FAQ
Updated: Oct 26, 2020
In another article, I do a deep dive into the important role Lyme literate doctors play in battling the Lyme disease epidemic. So if learning more about LLMDs peaks your interest, check out The Importance of Lyme Literate Doctors in Battling Lyme Disease: All About Lyme Literate Physicians. Yet for those of you looking for the short and sweet answers to your Lyme literate doctor questions, this one's for you...
If you think you may have Lyme disease, or if you're a Lyme patient seeking a doctor who specializes in Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, then you may want to consider making an appointment with a Lyme literate doctor. For some, the search for a Lyme literate physician can be tricky—because of the controversy surrounding Lyme disease, not all doctors are eager to advertise their Lyme literate status. So to help you start your search to find a Lyme specialist, check out the resources below.
First Thing's First—What is a Lyme Literate Doctor?
Let me backtrack and first clarify what a Lyme literate doctor is. In short, a Lyme literate doctor is a certified medical professional who has in-depth experience with tick-borne illnesses. From understanding the many layers of Lyme disease and co-infections, to being aware of the misinformation and misconceptions that shroud tick-borne illnesses, to having experience effectively diagnosing and treating Lyme disease—a good Lyme literate physician knows the ins and outs of Lyme disease.
Diagnosing and treating Lyme disease and co-infections can be very tricky. As you may have picked up on, there is a lot of debate, controversy, and adamant opinions surrounding Lyme disease. Most Lyme literate doctors are attuned to the intricacies of Lyme disease that makes up this controversy and, therefore, may be better able to diagnose and treat tick-borne illnesses.
I go much more in-depth about Lyme literate physicians' role in addressing this controversy in another article—if you want to learn more about why Lyme literate doctors can be so influential in a patient's individual experience with Lyme disease, read that article here.
Resources to Find a Lyme Literate Doctor in Your Area
Without further ado, here are a few resources to help you find a Lyme literate physician near you:
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS): Provider Search
Global Lyme Alliance: Find a Lyme Literate Health Care Provider
LymeDisease.org: Lyme Disease Physician Referral
These resources are simply a starting point. It is important to do your research when looking for a new doctor, as not all doctors are going to be the right fit for you. As you may have discovered, doctor visits can be expensive, especially if the specialist you see is not covered by your health insurance. So before spending financial resources on a new doctor, it may be worth your time to do a bit of research on your perspective Lyme doctor. Here are a few questions and considerations to keep in mind:
Review their website—how do they talk about Lyme disease and the patient experience?
What is their outlook on and approach to medicine—does it match what you feel you need in a doctor?
What experience do they have with Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses?
What treatment methods do they use?
Consider patient reviews and keep an eye out for any red flags.
See if that doctor offers introductory consultations—this is one way to see if that doctor would be a "good match".
Hopefully this article answered your initial questions about Lyme Literate doctors and set you on a path to finding a good Lyme doctor. Have more questions? Reach out and I'd be happy to answer them!