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Can Do: Eating for your health with Chef Dr. Mike Fenster

Article first posted on Montana Public Radio, January 31, 2022

There are only a handful of physicians worldwide who hold both medical and culinary degrees. There is only one who is a board-certified cardiologist and professional chef. Meet Montana’s own, Dr. Michael Fenster, better known as Chef Dr. Mike. Author of 5 books on the benefits of healthy natural eating, Chef Dr. Mike believes that “good food can fix just about anything.”

Chef Dr. Mike is a recognized global leader in combining evidence-based medical insights with healthy eating in a way that challenges most of the current myths of fad dieting. Today on Can Do, he’ll explain the difference between nutrients and food, the importance deliciousness in every meal, and provide real examples of how eating right can make all the difference for your health.


Michael Fenster combines his culinary talents and Asian philosophy with medical expertise, creating winning recipes for healthy eating. He is frequently asked to present live cooking demonstrations as well as giving numerous radio interviews on health and food shows both nationally and internationally. Michael is a certified wine professional and chef, receiving his culinary degree from Ashworth University where he graduated with honors. He has worked professionally in kitchens prior to entering medical school and maintained his passion for food and wine throughout his medical career. Mike helped manage the award winning Napa Alley in Roanoke, Virginia, and hosted a local cable TV cooking show, “What’s Cookin’ with Doc” in Dublin, GA. He has written columns for News-Line.net; SheKnows.com, is a regular columnist for the culinary magazine Basil, as well as a member of their Council of Chefs and a monthly health and fitness contributor to The Tampa Tribune. Mike’s heart healthy recipes have are reprinted in newspapers and magazines across the country, and he regularly cooks up healthy meals on the nationally syndicated television show “Daytime.”

Michael Fenster, MD, is a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, currently on staff with the Cardiology Specialists of Florida at Hernando Heart Clinic. He has participated in numerous clinical trials and spoken nationally on a variety of cardiovascular topics to audiences ranging from lay public to peer presentations at the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology meetings. He has also published numerous professional peer reviewed articles and served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at North East Ohio University College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). Michael recently graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University’s Physician’s Executive MBA program.

Michael holds a JuDan (10th degree black belt) ranking in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, which he has studied over the last three decades. He lives in Spring Hill, Florida, with his wife Jennifer. His book, Eating Well, Living Better: The Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Health and Great Food will be published in early 2012.