Rawls Whittlesey, L.Ac., IYT, CNC

Why I became an Acupuncturist

I get this question all the time…. “how did you get into this?”.  Like many of you, I had back pain, sciatica, loads of work related stress, and felt really out of sorts. I tried conventional medicine, and got pain pills which I hated because they made me feel even more out of it. I tried chiropractic, and while that helped with the back pain, it would come back and did nothing to address the stress and out-of-sortsness (I think that’s a word). I even had surgery when I no longer had cartilage in my SI joint. And while that helped too, I was left with a reduced range of motion and when the weather changed, I’d feel like my hip would explode. That’s when I found Acupuncture. It was a huge help all the way around! I have less pain, am able to handle stress better and feel more balanced.

rawls doing acupunture

Fast forward a few years and I was offered a retirement package as part of a merger at the large airline where I worked (you know the one). I was an IT executive tiring of the corporate world, needing a change and this was my ticket out. I had grand plans to travel the world and figure out what I wanted to do with my life when my father called to tell me he had been diagnosed with cancer. My plans immediately changed and I went to take care of him in South Georgia.   Read more….



I’m sure you probably have lots of questions.  I’ve included many of the top questions I get from patients and prospective patients in the Getting Started page.   You’ll find even more information on the Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Nutrition pages.   Take a look to see if you find the answer to your questions.   If you don’t contact me via phone, email or the contact form.


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“I am a nurse. I have tried all of the medicine that I could for my tennis elbow and my headaches. After going to see Rawls my tennis elbow is gone and my headaches are few and far between. I am a huge advocate for alternative medicine especially when the people performing it are so compassionate and competent. I love what they do and it’s minimally invasive. I wish we could bring acupuncture into the hospital’s to help people with pain.” 

Brooke G.

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“My life experiences and desire to help others live life well have taken me down this path of health and healing.”