Ep. 6 Music, Medicine, and Michael Jackson: The Rock Doc

In This Episode

This week, we experiment with all the different ways to spell Neal. It’s two, there are only two ways; and the other way is favored by our guest, Neil Ratner a.k.a. The Rock Doc.

What an interesting life this man has lead. He talks to Neal about his love of music early on coupled with his love of the human body; how he met up with the brothers Winter and became Edgar’s tour manager; how that lead to forming his own company and then leaving it all behind to pursue medicine.

But his life in music didn’t end there. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he became Michael Jackson’s personal physician for a time (not the one with him when he died). Think that’s as crazy as his life got? There’s still more…

Topics Discussed

  • Where he grew up
  • His love of music
  • His intro into professional music
  • Becoming a tour manager
  • Forming his tour managing company
  • Going back to med school
  • Trying to get into TV
  • Meeting and working with Michael Jackson
  • Getting addicted to drugs and rehab
  • Being indicted for insurance fraud
  • Redemption
  • His charity


Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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