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What is the endocrine system?

The endocrine system is a complex network of many hormone secreting glands and organs throughout the body, including the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreas, bone, fat, ovary and testicles. 

Hormones secreted by the endocrine system have broad effects throughout the body from how individuals cope with stress and injury, to energy level and metabolism, to growth and development, to blood pressure control and electrolyte balance, and to menstrual cyclicity, libido and reproductive function. 

Endocrine diseases can be complex and involve many body systems, and result in a vast array of signs and symptoms and metabolic consequences. 

What is an Endocrinologist?

Endocrinologists have expertise to evaluate and treat patients with common endocrine disorders, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, cholesterol abnormalities, hypertension, obesity and osteoporosis. They also evaluate and treat men with low testosterone and women with excessive facial hair and irregular menstrual cycles. Additionally, endocrinologists have expertise to evaluate and manage patients with adrenal tumors, pituitary tumors and thyroid nodules, and cancer. There are also many rare endocrine diseases - some of which are genetic syndromes - that endocrinologists are trained to diagnose and treat. 

About Our Providers

In collaboration with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, James Findling, MD, and Beth Lalande, MD, offer endocrinology services at St. Agnes Hospital. Both doctors are board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology and metabolism and exclusively practice endocrinology. 

Drs. Findling and Lalande, along with two of their advanced practice professionals (physician assistant Amy Burmesch and nurse practitioner Jennifer Schaeve) provide endocrinology consultations, diagnostic evaluations and follow-up care to patients with endocrine disorders.

An important part of what endocrinologists do is to educate their patients about their endocrine diseases and treatment options, so the best, individualized approach can be determined for their endocrine care. Working collaboratively with patients to understand their specific health concerns is important to effective diagnosis and treatment.  

Contact Us

Both physicians are accepting patients in Fond du Lac. Call (920) 926-4530 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  

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