Testimonials

Integrative Medicine Doctor in New York

Here is what healthcare leaders, patients, and program attendees have to say about Michael Finkelstein MD, an integrative medicine doctor in New York. If you’re looking for an integrative medicine doctor in New York, contact our friendly and caring staff, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Finkelstein. Our number is 914-218-3113.

integrative medicine doctor in New York

Book

Everyone should read Slow Medicine…Dr. Finkelstein is a visionary practitioner, with decades of experience combining a scientist’s perspective with common sense and wisdom. Slow Medicine represents a superbly insightful advancement in the literature of Integrative Health. It is important, fun to read, and potentially life changing. 

– Andrew Weil, MD, Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona


Dr. Michael Finkelstein masterfully guides us through the questions that connect the dots of our lives.

– Mehmet Oz, MD, Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Columbia


Reading Dr. Finkelstein’s book, Slow Medicine, is like curling up with the best friend you’ve always wanted: unendingly kind, knowledgeable, sparkling, and wise. Dr. Finkelstein isn’t afraid to open himself up, as he holds a mirror for us all to recognize ourselves in such a way that we can feel life coursing through even our most buried parts.

This book succeeds in a far-reaching synthesis of research-based health science and deep insights of purpose, meaning, resilience, and love.

We are all, in the private kingdom of our hearts, hungry for people who can help us know ourselves better. Dr. Finkelstein shows us a rare and exciting map of our own bodies, minds, and souls. Upon finishing this book, improving my life felt easy – a simple outcome of my heightened perspective.

– Vivian Stadlin, co-founder of Eden Village Camp, Putnam Valley, NY


Consultations

Dr. Finkelstein’s consultations and programs have been wonderful. With his guidance, I find myself achieving new levels of health with deeper understanding. Over the years, I have experienced the limitations of evaluating health from a single perspective, especially when focused on symptom relief. Dr. Finkelstein’s skillful approach is self-empowering. I now look at my wellbeing in a more holistic and integrated way. I have been able to take charge of my health and apply these principles to many aspects of my life.

Brian Kaminer, Armonk, NY


After going to many doctors about my wife’s back pain problem, my wife and I were referred to Dr. Finkelstein. When he told us that he does not accept insurance, I was very skeptical if we should try working with him. But my wife was struggling with the pain for three years, so we went ahead and scheduled a three-hour visit. After just one week of implementing Dr. Finkelstein’s suggestions for lifestyle modifications, my wife’s back pain decreased. A month later, she lost 20 pounds, and most surprising of all, I also lost 15 pounds, as a result of our change in diet, with no additional physical activity. This weight loss has remained in place for nearly a year since our visit. Dr. Finkelstein’s advice was worth every penny we paid.

Vasili Perebeinos, Yorktown Heights, NY


I am a healthy 25-year-old with no major medical issues. My husband and I were hoping to conceive, but I have had a history of amenorrhea (few menstrual periods) for the past ten years. After reading his book, I scheduled a health consultation with Dr. Finkelstein, in hopes of finding a holistic, mind-body approach to healing.

Through his compassion, intuition and sensitive questioning, Dr. Finkelstein helped me identify areas in my life in which I could take active, positive steps towards improving my overall wellbeing. These steps were powerful and simple, and they involved taking the time to nourish my body, spirit, and relationships.

Dr. Finkelstein encouraged me to approach life with ease, levity, and joy – an approach everyone in our perfectionistic, guilt-ridden culture could benefit from! With his guidance, I saw that I have the freedom and opportunity to feel relaxed, whole, and connected to nature.

A couple of months after meeting with Dr. Finkelstein and implementing these positive changes, I had the wonderful surprise of five positive pregnancy tests! My husband and I have never been happier, and I am very grateful.

Veronica Leeds, Graduate Student of Social Work, Stamford, CT


In April 2009, I was diagnosed with what my doctor termed “raging” Type 2 diabetes. I was 48 years old, totally asymptomatic, physically fit, modestly overweight (25 pounds), health conscious, and completely ignorant about the disease. The more I read, the more terrified I became. The best that modern medicine could offer me was a lifetime of medications that would, at best, slow the progression of a disease that would invariably shorten and reduce the quality of my life.

Shortly thereafter, my wife learned of the work that Dr. Finkelstein was doing through SunRaven. From our initial meeting with Michael, where my wife and I spent 3 hours reviewing my history, his approach was a game-changer. Gone was the veil of false complexity and unwarranted certainty that so often shrouds discussions of medicine and nutrition. Instead, Michael shared his medical and philosophical wisdom on what constitutes and generates health at its most basic level. The resulting empowerment allowed me to pursue a diet and lifestyle-based approach to my diabetes. The most difficult part of this decision was knowingly going against conventional wisdom and the pharmaceutical-oriented advice of my endocrinologist.

With Michael’s involvement as a trusted medical advisor and a true partner in health, I felt confident in choosing the road less traveled. There was no list of do’s and don’ts, no rigid program to follow, no agenda, simply an exploration of health and a discussion of how to get my body back into balance. I walked out of Michael’s office that day and made some sweeping changes to my diet, all of which now made sense to me. I completely subscribe to Michael’s belief that deprivation works against achieving balance, and that success comes from an “85% solution.”Perfect is the enemy of good. I didn’t count calories, yet the weight peeled off; I didn’t micro-mange my blood sugar, yet that too normalized; and meals are still fun.

Within a year, there was absolutely no sign of diabetes in my life, and 5 years later, my health has never been better, nor has it ever been easier to maintain. For that, I will always be grateful. I have been back to see Michael on occasion since that initial visit and have participated in a few programs at SunRaven, including a green-juice fast which I heartily recommend.

Given my amazing results, I have recommended Michael to a number of friends and family members over the years who were trying to navigate a wide variety of health problems. The feedback I have received from all, with no exceptions, is that Michael brings compassion and a wealth of knowledge about mind and body, which has had a positive impact on their lives.Through all of these experiences, I have come to understandMichael’s great gift for empowering and motivating people with strategies for skillful living that will last a lifetime.

– Ken Fields, Business Executive, Katonah, NY


Programs

Over the years, Dr. Michael Finkelstein has offered a variety of workshops at Gilda’s Club Westchester, a cancer support community that offers social and emotional support to people impacted by cancer.  His workshops are well attended, highly informative, and well regarded.

Judy Freeman, Gilda’s Club Westchester


Dr. Finkelstein’s presentation on the topic, “Slow Living Is Healthy Living,” had a tremendous impact on the participants. After his presentation, I kept running into folks who attended, and they thanked me for bringing him. Dr. Finkelstein was a powerful presenter, who talked at everyone’s level, instead of above their heads. He was able to find the baseline of his audience quickly and to adjust his lecture, so that everyone could participate, feel comfortable, and be engaged as a partner in the conversation. He flawlessly and respectfully allowed participants to wander deep inside and bring up their stories. Dr. Finkelstein is doing amazing work in helping people grow. We need more of this kind of work in the world!

– Orly Munzing, Founder and Executive Director, Strolling of the Heifers


Dr. Finkelstein’s workshop, “How to Live an Anti-Inflammatory Life,” was absolutely inspiring. It was the most valuable one I have ever attended at Omega, and I have been to about 40 or so!

– Richard Sahn, PhD, Sociology and Psychology Instructor, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA


Dr. Finkelstein’s perspectives on health and wellness were incredibly inspiring. One aspect that really motivated me was the emphasis he placed on being progress-oriented rather than goal-oriented, and about how it is important to let go of attachment to outcome. As a college student, I am constantly pressured with deadlines and stressed about time management, and his outlook really inspired me to mentally re-frame my academic anxieties. His presentation left me with new perspectives that I plan to use throughout my academic career, to help maintain a positive disposition during stressful circumstances. I really appreciate Dr. Finkelstein taking the time to share his wisdom with our class.

Kathleen Norton, SUNY Binghamton


I had the pleasure of hearing Michael Finkelstein speak while on tour for his amazing new book, Slow Medicine. It was a powerful experience. Dr. Finkelstein has given us a great gift in his book, which is a profound yet readable synthesis of the abundant medical research that has become available to us, the breakthroughs in understanding the human body and its many systems, the ancient wisdom of Eastern medicine and thought, and the the spirit that connects them all. His is one of the finest books I have read, to offer help and guidance to live life slowly and magnificently.

What especially struck me when I heard him speak was the extraordinary ability he has to hone in on a question and offer the deepest healing possible for that person in the few moments of conversation between them. He is a leader in thought, in healing, and in helping us evolve in the understanding of our own humanity.

Linda McInerney, Founder and Artistic Director, Old Deerfield Productions


I attended Dr. Michael Finkelstein’s presentation at the Slow Living Summit and took pages of notes. Dr. Finkelstein’s discussion fit beautifully into the Slow Living Summit exploration of the journey of food. His inspirational talk offered an expanded definition of our whole state of health, to include science, spirit and nature; the quality of our sacred relationships; our collective and our individual contributions to society; and the Slow Medicine prescription for getting healthy. We will be using the major themes and discussions from Dr. Finkelstein’s presentation, to help build our 2016 New Jersey Local, Healthy Summit.

Mitch Morrison, CEO, Economic Green Solutions

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