MARTIN PLOTKIN, M.D., 76 ST. CHARLES - Martin Plotkin, M.D., 76, passed away on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at his home in St. Charles, IL. Martin Plotkin was born April 19, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York to immigrant parents, Mollie and Lou Plotkin. He attended New York University's University College and The Chicago Medical School, completing his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Wisconsin's University Hospital in 1969, and later receiving his board certification. Plotkin served as an orthopaedic surgeon in the United States Air Force and as faculty for multiple medical schools, most notably, University of Illinois' College of Medicine, from 1971-1995, and Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital's Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, from 1996-2003. More recently, Dr. Plotkin discovered a deep passion for holistic medicine and expanded his training to become a boarded homeopathic physician. He and his wife, Robin, opened their own holistic medical clinic in St. Charles, IL in 2005, with the vision to provide effective medical care that would truly uphold medicine's first commandment to "Do No Harm". Dr. Plotkin's expertise, passion, and care for people made him a well-loved figure in the local community. He became known for the extensive time he spent with his patients, and his philosophy of "Serve, Heal, Teach". His goal was to educate the community on scientifically-based natural medicine, and empower the individual to take responsibility for their own healthcare. Dr. Plotkin is survived by his wife, Robin; four children: Jennifer Ron, David Plotkin, and Pam Plotkin, all of Chicago, IL, Julie Plotkin, of Mount Horab, WI; and six grandchildren. A celebration of Dr. Plotkin's life will be held Sunday, June 29, from 1-5 p.m., at Eagle Brook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Blvd, Geneva, IL. Contributions in memory of Dr. Plotkin can be made to The Environmental Working Group, www.ewg.org/support-our-work-"in honor", and the Organic Consumers Association, www.organicconsumers.org.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from June 7 to June 8, 2014