Dr. Thomas Knecht, MD

Dr. Thomas Knecht, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism  |  
Male  |  
62 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Thomas Knecht, MD is an endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism doctor who practices in San Luis Obispo, CA. He is 62 years old and has been practicing for 27 years.

Central Coast Endocrinology

1250 Peach St Ste H

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
very high
more than 94% of peers
Diabetic Ketoacidosis
very high
more than 89% of peers
Diabetes Counseling
more than 86% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Knecht "Endocrinology is a cognitive specialty; the only tools I use are my brain and my pen (well, my keyboard...electronic medical records and e-prescribing!). I try to take the time I deem necessary to think about the problems patients bring to me. This means bucking a system that tries to make doctors practice medicine like preparing a fast food hamburger - takes almost no time, but you get almost no quality. Be prepared for a longer visit with me than you are used to with typical physicians. I take the time to explain disease mechanisms, diagnoses, treatment, and monitoring, and to answer questions. The best informed patient tends to be the most involved in her/his own disease management, and ergo the happiest and healthiest."


  • Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Diabetes, Metabolism & Endocrinology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Adrenal Gland Diseases
  • Adrenal Incidentaloma
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bone Disorders
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Goiter
  • Graves' Disease
  • Hashimoto's Disease
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypertension, Adrenal Gland-Induced
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Obesity
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Phosphorus Metabolism Disorders
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Retina Diseases
  • Symptomatic Menopause
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Testosterone Deficiency
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Cyst
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroiditis
  • Vitamin D Deficiency


Read More


  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  • Diabetes Counseling
  • Insulin Pump Therapy
  • Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
  • Ultrasound, Thyroid

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • UCSD
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1979
  • UCSD Sch of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • University Of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics-Categorical Internal Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • University Of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics-Categorical Internal Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Ucsd School Of Medicine-Endocrinology
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Ucsd School Of Medicine-Phd In Physiology and Pharmacology
    Other Education | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Knecht has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Knecht's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Knecht to family and friends
based on 15 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Knecht's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
Morro Bay, CA |
Dr. Knecht seemed knowledgeable and pleasant when I saw him however: he charges extra $ to justify his prescription to the insurance company and when I tried to cancel an appointment for tomorrow when they called me today, it was "too late, there will be a $100 charge for missing it". Kind of seems like they waited until there was less than 24 hours left, then made the call. Not a huge fan of their front office demeanor.
in CA |
I saw Thomas Knecht (Endocrinologist) this week and had a great experience. He was not only knowledgeable but very patient and a great listener. He truly cares about his patients and it shows; I highly recommend him. His staff is as friendly and patient as him. THUMBS UP!
in Los Osos, CA |
Dr. Knecht diagnosed my POT Syndrome when many other local physicians/specialists told me I was healthy despite extreme symptoms of fatigue, faintness, tachycardia, etc. He is so personable, informative and knowledgeable--really an outstanding endocrinologist.
in Santa Maria, CA |
Unfortunately I had have bad experience with his office staff. I'm an older person and it's hard for me as an elderly to understand certain things. His office staff is really rude and has made me feel really sad because i see that they don't have any patient with their clients. I thought that the office staff is there to help you but sadly they don't. Unfortunately there are no other doctors that specializes in Endocrinology in Santa Maria to switch.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Knecht accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicare
    Special Needs Plan SNP
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Hospitals where Dr. Knecht has admitting privileges

Marian Regional Medical Center
1400 E Church St
Santa Maria, CA 93454
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