Dr. Alan Goldstein was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. He graduated Stuyvesant High School, the City College of New York, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. From 1969 to 1970 he served as a dentist in South Vietnam. This politicized him and led to the next decade of work as a community and political organizer. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, and is well known as a lecturer and facilitator within that profession. He is a Certified Personnel Effectiveness Coach and practices in New York City, where he lives with his wife Maralyn.