Phone: (907) 357-2332
FAX: (907) 357-2344

Clinic Address:
3331 E. Meridian Park Loop
Wasilla, Alaska 99654

Clinic Hours
Mon - Thurs: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Fridays by special arrangement

What is Endocrinology

Endocrinology is the study of hormones and the glands that make them. Hormones are substances that are made by glands that effect other tissues and cells of the body. The hormone producing glands include the thyroid, pancreas, adrenal, pituitary, ovaries, testicles and parathyroid glands. These glands may make too much or too little of their hormones. Endocrinology also studies basic metabolic processes such as calcium metabolism, lipid metabolism and diabetes. Dr. Abbate sees patients of all ages. He sees patients primarily in consultation from other physicians. Please call with questions if you are uncertain if the problems you are having are due to a problem with your glands.

Common Endocrine Problems...


Hyperthyroidism – Overactive Thyroid Gland

Excess thyroid hormone production leads to symptoms including rapid heart rate, heat intolerance and excessive sweating, shakiness of the hands and more frequent bowel movements. We will work with you to determine the cause (Graves’ disease, toxic multinodular goiter) and the most appropriate treatment (radioiodine, thioamide medication) for you.


Hypothyroidism – Underactive Thyroid Gland

Too little thyroid hormone leads to symptoms including cold intolerance, constipation and weight gain. We work with patients to determine the cause of the thyroids failure and to achieve and maintain a proper level of thyroid hormone replacement. There are many myths about thyroid therapy that cause patients to be improperly dosed. We will discuss the principles of proper thyroid hormone replacement and work with you to find the optimal dose of medicine for you.

Thyroid Nodules & Cancer

Thyroid Nodules & Cancer

Thyroid nodules and cancer are both becoming more common. We have a sophisticated ultrasound unit that permits us to study the structure of the thyroid and to biopsy nodules to determine if cancer is present. These procedures are relatively painless and do not require sedation.



Dr. Abbate is certified in reading bone mineral density studies (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or DXA). He applies his knowledge of densitometry to determining the appropriate treatment for bone disease and for assessing your response to that treatment.

Lipid Abnormalities

Lipoprotein abnormalities

During his endocrinology fellowship, Dr. Abbate participated in research studies of cholesterol metabolism and has published research papers in this area. Elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels are treated by the proper combination of meal planning, physical activity and medications.

Overweight & Obesity

Overweight & Obesity

Obesity is a serious and growing problems in our country. We can assist by explaining the role of proper nutrition and physical activity to improving your health status and in assisting in losing weight. Fad diets are debunked and a lifelong plan for improving your health is developed.

Adrenal Gland Dysfunction

Adrenal Gland dysfunction

The adrenal gland is at risk for diseases that may cause either excess or deficient hormone production. We understand and have experience with adrenal gland testing and the treatment of adrenal gland disease. We treat Cushing’s syndrome, Addison’s disease, pheochromocytoma and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

Growth Hormone Deficiency

Growth Hormone Deficiency (Children & Adults)
Short stature (Children)

We have treated children for growth hormone deficiency for over twenty years. Over that time period the methods for treating growth hormone deficiency have greatly improved. We can assist you with evaluating for growth hormone deficiency and in treating it when it is found. We also work with adults with growth hormone deficiency.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Hirsutism

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Excess Body Hair (Hirsutism) and Irregular Periods

Irregular menstrual cycles and excess facial and body hair are common problems in women. Excesses of hormones (prolactin, testosterone, DHEA-S) and insulin resistance are endocrine causes that we can help women overcome. We often work in conjunction with your gynecologist on these problems.

Pituitary Disease

Pituitary Disease

The pituitary gland controls the function of the thyroid, adrenal glands, testicles, ovaries, breasts and growth hormone production. Diseases of the pituitary can lead to excess or deficient production of hormones by these glands. Treatment of pituitary disease may involve hormone replacement surgery and even radiation therapy. We can assist with the evaluation of your problems and coordination of your care.

Endocrine Hypertension

Hormonal Causes of Hypertension

Excess production of several different hormones may lead to high blood pressure through a variety of mechanisms. We are experienced in evaluating for the hormone causes of hypertension (hyperaldosteronism. pheochromocytoma, renal artery stemosis) and in treating the underlying problems.

Other Endocrine Problems

Other Endocrine problems

This is not an exhaustive list of endocrine problems. If you or your primary care provider think that you may have a hormone-based problem or a metabolic disorder, we would be pleased to have the opportunity to assist you.

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