The original founder of Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, and the author of “The Nature of Animal Healing”, Dr. Goldstein earned his DVM at Cornell University. He is certified in veterinary acupuncture and he helped pioneer the use of cryosurgery in veterinary medicine. Dr. Goldstein is now Smith Ridge’s Medical Director. He sees a very limited number of patients as much of his time is devoted to consulting with our other Smith Ridge veterinarians and with veterinarians across the country. A vegetarian and avid runner, Dr. Marty, his wife and three daughters, share their home with 3 dogs and 3 cats.
Dr. Dongho Seo
Dr. Seo (pronounced “sew”) grew up in South Korea, the son of a Traditional Chinese Medicine physician who utilized acupuncture and herbal medicines. He received his veterinary license in 1995 and came to the U.S. in 1998 where he spent 4 years in CA and NY as a visiting veterinarian specializing in ultrasound and radiology. He completed his U.S. license requirements at the University of Iowa School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and has been practicing in NJ and NY since then. His fond memories of helping his father collect, wash and cure herbs, and his first-hand knowledge of the power of natural medicine and acupuncture have led him to focus now on integrative therapies for animals. He and his wife and 2 daughters use natural medicine for themselves
and their cat.
Dr. Michael Bartholomew
Dr. Mike graduated from the Univ. of IL in 2001. Before joining Smith Ridge, he practiced in PA and MD, though he grew up in CT.
Dr. Mike has been a student of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is a:
Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (TCVM)
Certified Veterinary Herbologist (TCVM)
Certified Tui Na Practitioner (Chinese medical massage)
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Dr. Mike is a laboratory instructor and lecturer at the prestigious Chi Institute, the leading provider of education for veterinary applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Mike is also a contributing author and editor ofseveral chapters of Xie's
Chinese Veterinary Herbology by Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD. Dr. Xie is the
founder of the Chi Institute.
Dr. Mike, his wife, and their 3 children share their busy home with 2 cats and a dog.
Dr. Jacqueline Ruskin
Dr. Ruskin graduated from the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.
She recently spent 3 ½ years at an established holistic practice in Rockland County owned by a former Smith Ridge associate, so Dr. Ruskin joined Smith Ridge with significant knowledge of our principles and methodologies.
Dr. Ruskin is currently taking courses in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) from the Chi Institute to complete certification in:
Veterinary Food Therapy
Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage)
Dr. Ruskin is very skilled in energy healing modalities, and she is certified in Reiki and Pangu Qigong.
Dr. Ruskin and her husband share their home with 5 dogs, 2 cats and a turtle.