Internist Joins Southwestern Vermont Medical Center


Contact:   Eileen Druckenmiller
(802) 447-5558
BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) recently welcomed Internist Marinshine Gentler to its hospitalist medical staff. A native Vermonter, she knew at a very young age that she wanted to become a physician.
            “I was always interested in the combination of science and communication that is necessary to be a good doctor,” she said. “I wanted to be in a career where I could help others but also develop an expertise in a science-related field. Medicine fit that bill perfectly.”
            Dr. Gentler received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and did her residency in internal medicine there at Fletcher Allen Health Care. After working as a hospitalist at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, she began training to be a fellow in pulmonary/critical care in south Florida, but soon realized she missed the down-to-earth character of Vermont as well as hospital-based medicine.
            “I left Florida in good standing because it just wasn’t the right fit for me,” she said. “I really had a desire to get back to the rural setting of Vermont and to focus on inpatient care.
“Besides returning to family and friends, I wanted to be practicing in an area that had more of a sense of community and a health care system that rivaled the larger ones in quality. SVMC fit my requirements exactly.
            “I had heard great things about SVMC — about the level of care and about the collegial atmosphere between the caregivers,” she added. “Plus, it’s a Magnet hospital known for its high-quality nursing staff. I was not disappointed when I came for my interview.
            “As a hospitalist, I can address more immediate medical needs for my patients and then witness their progress in what is often a short period of time,” Dr. Gentler remarked. “That is very satisfying for me as a medical provider.”
             Dr. Gentler also has an interest in palliative care, care that is meant to address the quality of life for those who have a chronic or terminal illness.
            “It’s an area in medicine that is often unrecognized,” she stated, “but that is just as important in the care of someone over the course of their lifetime.”
            Dr. Gentler recently moved to the Bennington area and loves the cultural and outdoor activities that are available here. She likes to participate in physical activities such as skiing, yoga, and running, and enjoys a good book or getting out her easel to draw from time to time.
SVMC is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, an integrated health system providing care for patients in Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes the VNA & Hospice of SVHC, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation, and the SVMC Northshire and Deerfield Valley Campuses. To learn more about SVHC, visit