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 some with the back pain, it would always come back and did nothing to address the stress and out-of-sortsness. 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.

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 FAQ 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.


You’ll find New Patient Information, Research and Information about my Yoga classes and other events on the Resources Page.


My blog is full of articles, research, recipes and more.  I also include articles and announcements from my monthly newletters so you can reference them easily.


“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.

“We recently moved from out of state and I was so excited when I found Rawls! I was struggling with pain and Rawls has a special touch!! I told her all my ailments and week after week she worked on me. After just a few treatments I felt so much better! The pain in my body was healing! What I love about acupuncture is that you don’t have to go forever…they take care of your problems and can see you on an “as needed” basis-HOWEVER…you’ll want to keep going back just to visit the staff! Rawls is so great and easy to talk to and she’s so knowledgeable!” Joanna M.

Rawls is incredible, she really cares and wants to help. I have gone to her for my migraines and she’s been able to help just after a one hour session. I have tried all sorts of things for my migraines, chiropractic care, medicine etc. but this truly has worked for me and I’m so grateful.” Brittany V.

Here’s an interview with one of my patients, Summer, who has gotten great relief from Acid Reflux.


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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.”