The Dog Doc

Cindy Meehl I 2019 I 101 min I USA


Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Animal Lovers
Made in New York
Release Year:2019
Running Time:101 minutes
Production Country:USA
Festival Awards:OFFICIAL SELECTION: Tribeca Film Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Cindy Meehl
Producer:Alice Henty
Brittany Batterton (associate producer)
Katya Kumkova (archival producer)
Production Company:Cedar Creek Productions
Cinematography:Nelson Hume
Editing By:Steve Heffner
Extra Search Properties
Date Search:Sat 11/9
Venue:Soundview Cinemas
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In a small Westchester town, the unassuming offices of Smith Ridge Veterinary Center are a last hope for many of the animals that walk through its doors. The practice is the vision of Dr. Marty Goldstein, a pioneer of integrative veterinary medicine who has built a career on treating beloved pets, particularly dogs, holistically for 45 years. Goldstein boldly goes against the grain of conventional medicine by incorporating alternative therapies and cutting-edge techniques, combining the best of Eastern and Western treatments. The result is a haven for humans and their canine companions other vets have deemed beyond hope. Dr. Marty's deeply empathetic philosophy offers a vital example of how improving overall health rather than merely treating disease is transformative for all living things.

Sundance Award winner Cindy Meehl followed Goldstein and his patients for nearly three years, charting ups and downs and joy and heartbreak along the way. The stakes are high and it is often touch and go as we watch the owners, some who have traveled great distances, struggle with the reality of whether or not their pets will live to see another day. The Dog Doc is an admiring portrait that showcases the high stakes and dedication of veterinarian work while posing serious questions about conventional veterinary practices and how they might be improved.

Presented in partnership with North Shore Animal League America and Pet Health 

Sponsored by: AARP Long Island