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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Both interpretations of the film’s title, “The Dog Doc,” are accurate.  It’s a canine-centric documentary (with a few cats as background players), and it’s a portrait of veterinarian, Marty Goldstein.

Director Cindy Meehl has crafted an admiring portrait, to be sure, but one that also poses penetrating questions about what passes for health care today in the United States, for people and their pets alike.

At the center of the film is Goldstein’s veterinary practice in upstate New York that’s devoted to lost-cause pets, those with dire diagnoses or unexplained symptoms.

Instead of invasive surgery and pharmaceutical regimens,  Goldstein and his three female colleagues practice integrative veterinary medicine, which combines such alternative therapies as homeopathy and acupuncture with conventional medicine.

That this approach, in 2019, is still considered by many in the medical field to be unusual is amazing.  So too is the fact that immune-system support and nutrition aren’t curriculum topics for most veterinary and medical students.

Goldstein, who’s been swimming against the medical tide for 45 years, may be quietly exasperated, but the film makes its points by demonstrating the effects of his care.

“The Dog Doc” recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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