Our Medical Director
Michael B. Schachter,
Director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine
Dr. Michael B. Schachter is a magna cum laude graduate of
Columbia College, and received his M.D. degree from Columbia’s Physicians &
1965. Although originally trained and Board Certified in Psychiatry, he
has devoted most of his professional career to treating all kinds of patients,
using a complementary and alternative or integrative approach. He is also a Certified Nutrition
Specialist (CNS), and has achieved Advanced
Proficiency in Chelation Therapy from the American College for Advancement in
Medicine -- ACAM.
Back in 1974, Dr. Schachter, along with
a partner, established one of the first nutritionally oriented
orthomolecular, integrative, complementary and holistic practices in the tri-state area, in Nyack,
1991, the practice was moved to Suffern, NY and became
known as the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine.
Active in a number of professional organizations,
Dr. Schachter was past president of the American
College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) and has been on the ACAM
Board of Trustees or an Advisor to the Board since the 1970's. He is also a past
president of the former Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine (FAIM)
and has been included in several publications of Marquis Who's Who.
As a recognized leader in orthomolecular psychiatry,
nutritional medicine, chelation therapy for cardiovascular disease, and
alternative cancer therapies, he is frequently called upon to lecture at
conferences and workshops on cardiovascular disease, cancer, and psychiatric
Co-author of The Food Connection (1979) and Food, Mind and Mood (1980, 1987) and author of
Natural Way to a Healthy Prostate (Keats, 1995), Dr. Schachter was a major
contributor to Alternative Medicine’s Definitive
Guide to Cancer (Future Medicine, 1997). His
latest book is What Your Doctor May Not Tell You
About Depression (Warner, 2006). Several years ago, he wrote the introduction to the
book, The Cancer Survivors, by Judith Glassman and his methods and
views are discussed in Nancy Bruning's book, Coping with Chemotherapy. A
major review paper entitled Integrative
Oncology for Clinicians and Cancer Patients was published in the Journal of the International Society of Integrative
Medicine in July 2010.
Aside from his appearances as a lecturer, Dr.
often a guest on radio and television, speaking about health and related topics.
See our Lectures and Events page for his current