Michael Finkelstein, MD, FACP, ABIHM, aka The Slow Medicine Doctor®, is a holistic doctor in New York. He is the founder and executive director of The Slow Medicine Foundation and is the founder and medical director of SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine, a holistic wellness center located on a farm, in Bedford, NY.
Dr. Michael Finkelstein trained in conventional medicine and practiced internal medicine and was the Medical Director of a hospital for 20 years before embarking on further training in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He went on to create a Health and Wellness Center, called SunRaven, and wrote Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness, because he realized that individuals need more than what is found in typical medical institutions. SunRaven is now the home of his practice.
Dr. Finkelstein is a medical blogger for Doctor Oz, Sharecare, and The Huffington Post; he is the author of Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness, endorsed by Andrew Weil, MD and Mehmet Oz, MD; he has been featured in top media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, and Real Simple; he has presented at leading venues including GE Corporation, Rancho La Puerta, Summit Series, and Omega Institute; he is an adjunct professor at Binghamton University School of Management; and he is the Chief Executive for Continuity and Corporate Wellness at Max Finkelstein Inc, a leading independent and family-owned Goodyear distributor, with over 400 employees and $450 million annual revenue.
Dr. Finkelstein was trained at premier institutes for both conventional and integrative medicine – including The University of Pennsylvania, where he received both his Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Medical Degree (MD) and where he was awarded the honors of Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, and Dean’s List; and The University of Arizona College of Medicine, where Dr. Finkelstein completed an Associate Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, studying directly with integrative medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, MD.
Certified in both Internal Medicine and Integrative-Holistic Medicine, Dr. Finkelstein is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including Fellow of the American College of Physicians; The John O. Vieta, M.D. Award for Academic Excellence and Personal Achievement; and “Attending of the Year, “an honor he received two years in a row. Over the past three decades, Dr. Finkelstein has distinguished himself not only as a doctor in private practice but also as the Medical Director of several major hospitals and health institutes, including two Integrative Medicine hospital departments/programs that he founded. Drawing from this diverse medical expertise, Dr. Finkelstein offers both a micro and macro point of view on today’s healthcare needs and challenges, and he provides a tried-and-true solution for healing individual patients and the medical system as a whole: Slow Medicine.
Over the past three decades, Dr. Finkelstein – a holistic doctor in New York – has distinguished himself not only as a doctor in private practice but also as the Medical Director of several major hospitals and health institutes, including two Integrative Medicine hospital departments/programs that he founded. Drawing from this diverse medical expertise, Dr. Finkelstein offers both a micro and macro point of view on today’s healthcare needs and challenges, and he provides a tried-and-true solution for healing individual patients and the medical system as a whole: Slow Medicine.
Through several of its ground-breaking cornerstones – recognizing the intra- and inter-connectedness of our lives; activating the positive domino effect of these connections; approaching illness as an opportunity for adventure; and establishing the doctor‘s role as a guide for the journey – Slow Medicine restores hope among patients and reminds doctors why they went into medicine in the first place.
In the interest of developing a living laboratory, where the Slow Medicine principles could be put into practice, Dr. Finkelstein – a holistic doctor in New York – established SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine, 15 years ago. Nestled in the countryside of Westchester County, NY, SunRaven is a converted barn on the grounds of a small working farm, where nature and healthy living are the foundation of medicine and science. Literally the home, as well as the office, of Dr. Finkelstein and his partner, Robin Queen, SunRaven also has been the home to thousands of holistic medical consultations, psychospiritual counseling sessions, meditation and yoga programs, personal growth seminars, and practitioner development roundtables, not to mention an active community garden.
Most doctor-patient and teacher-student work occurs in sterile environments removed from the lives of those involved. Dr. Finkelstein, however, not only offers house calls but also warmly opens his space to whomever he serves through his work. Living the message of Slow Medicine and passionate about sharing its ripple effect, Dr. Finkelstein walks his talk and demonstrates truly healthy living – whether eating fresh food from a garden, enjoying a loving relationship with a partner, or engaging in a daily spiritual practice. Starting with the act of welcoming patients and students into his life and modeling what is possible in all of our lives, Dr. Finkelstein initiates the healing response mechanism and sets the stage for the exciting journey to wellness. Join Dr. Finkelstein at SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine, for your own personal transformation!
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