Dr. Martin Goldstein is known as “Dr. Marty” and “The Dog Doc.” He earned his veterinary degree from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1973, as I did in 1984. We walked the same halls and learned from the same professors. Yet Dr. Marty saw something wrong early in his career. The animals he treated with academic knowledge should have improved, but instead, they became sicker and died.
Through a chance of fate, Dr. Marty discovered a book that started his journey to discover that we needed to stop treating diseases, as taught in our education, but treat the animal’s immune system to improve its chance of fighting the disease.
Dr. Marty became a pioneer in “holistic medicine,” “alternative medicine,” and “integrative medicine.” In 1977, he became certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, a modality not taught in our veterinary curriculum. He was one of the founding members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
He and his brother started Smith Ridge Veterinary Center in South Salem, NY, specializing in integrative medicine and complementary modalities for maintaining animal wellness and treating chronic and degenerative illnesses, especially cancer.
He has given seminars on alternative therapies nationwide and appeared on numerous regional and national radio and television programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Martha Stewart Show, and Good Morning America. For six years, he hosted his weekly program, “Ask Martha’s Vet with Dr. Marty,” on Martha Stewart’s Sirius/XM satellite radio network. He is also the author of “The Nature of Animal Healing,” published in 1999, and “The Spirit Of Animal Healing,” Published in 2021.
“The Dog Doc” is a 2019 movie directed by the same director as the movie “Buck” that takes you along with Dr. Marty as he uses integrative medicine in his daily life as a veterinarian. It gives insight into how he discovered the modalities he uses daily and compelling cases to familiarize you with what he does. It is excellent and worth the time to see.DogDocTheFilm (https://dogdocthefilm.com).
Dr. Marty® is his freeze-dried dog and cat food offerings, made with real meat, vegetables, and fruit. Our two Airedales love it and are thriving on it! There are also time-tested treats and supplements to help pets achieve maximum health by supporting their immune system and other health systems to oppose whatever may be causing their disease.
It was fun to start our friendship and to discover another like-minded veterinarian who was well ahead of his time, willing to go against the status quo, risk his veterinary license, vilified, yet true to his passion of helping the animals coming to him in last-ditch attempts for life. His love of helping patients and his purpose of bringing his message to everyone worldwide showed in every minute of this podcast.
Thank you, Dr. Marty, for inspiring me to do the same.