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Slow Medicine discussion at the River Garden

Slow Medicine discussion at the River Garden

MichaelFinkelsteinThursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro VT

Michael Finkelstein, MD, also known as the “Slow Medicine Doctor,” will present his approach to healthy living at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in downtown Brattleboro on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

The session, entitled “Slow Living is Healthy Living,” is sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers. Finkelstein will be joined by Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers, and Linda McInerney, founder and artistic director of Old Deerfield Productions.

Finkelstein teaches that most health challenges are the result of an imbalance in our bodies and lives, and that most quick-fix solutions actually exacerbate these imbalances.

To achieve and sustain optimal health, he says, we need a perspective that goes beyond the obvious symptoms. That’s because everything is inter-dependent – muscles and nerves, bodies and minds, people and planet – and each connecting thread has a domino effect on the other.

“We all have the capacity to understand the interconnected web of our health,” Finkelstein says, “and to channel the domino effect in a positive direction. This individualized process requires exploration and experimentation – which take time and require patience and perseverance, but ultimately allow us to cultivate lasting wellness.”

Following the presentation, discussion and question-and-answer period, Finkelstein will sign copies of his book, Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness. The event is free and open to the public.

Finkelstein will return to Brattleboro in June as a keynote speaker at the Slow Living Summit, June 3-5.

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About Michael Finkelstein, MD
Michael Finkelstein, MD, FACP, ABIHM, The Slow Medicine Doctor, has been featured in top media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, and Real Simple;has presented at leading national and local venues including GE Corporation, 92nd Street Y, and Omega Institute; and blogs on the topic of Slow Medicine forThe Huffington Post. 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.


About Orly Munzing

Orly is the founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers. She was named the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year in 2010, and in 2013 she received the Vermont Community Leadership Award from the Vermont Council on Rural Development. In 2001, she gathered a group of volunteers to help focus attention on the difficulties of small family farms in the Brattleboro region. Under Orly’s leadership, they organized the first annual Strolling of the Heifers in 2002. Orly attracted corporate sponsorships ranging from national brands to local businesses, and with the growth in the local foods movement since then, “the Stroll” has expanded to a full weekend which is annually rated one of Vermont’s Top Ten Summer Events. It also was rated one of America’s Top 10 Summer Festivals in 2013 and one of North America’s Top 100 Events in 2014. Over the years, Strolling of the Heifers also launched educational programs, a microloan fund, and farm internship program for youth, which are now all carried on by other organizations; the farm/food business planning competition; the Locavore Index; and now the Farm/Food Innovation Center at the River Garden. For more information about Orly and Strolling of the Heifers, please visit


About Linda McInerney

Linda McInerney is the founder and artistic director of Old Deerfield Productions, a non-profit theater company with the mission of creating, presenting, and producing high quality theater arts that engage, challenge, and entertain audiences. ODP has a ten-year history of commissioning new work that addresses social challenges and tells the stories of neglected women in history. Their success with The Captivation of Eunice Williams that premiered in 2004 and toured Europe and Canada and was performed in co-operation with Glimmerglass Opera and at the Smithsonian Institution was repeated with a Mass Humanities funded commission, TRUTH, an opera about the life of Sojourner Truth. Truth was seen by more than 2400 audience members, selections broadcast on WGBY, performed at the New York International Fringe Festival, and accompanying education programs were enjoyed by youth throughout Western Mass. For more information, visit Linda also is a partner of Flat Street Pub, a Brattleboro venue located in the Latchis Theatre building.