For Health Professionals

Partnership for Happy, Healthy Patients

  • My best patients are those that come to me via referrals from other health professionals.  Our medicines compliment each other beautifully.  
  • I am able to handle common cases of pain, common cold, stress & anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and digestive issues that take up a lot of time in your office.  I am often able to resolve these cases without the need for opioids or over use of antibiotics. 
  • The referral to me (and vice versa) makes these patients trust and respect their doctors even more and they remain long term loyal patients.
Doctor handing a referral to patient

Bridging Eastern & Western Medicine

  • I specialize in acute and chronic pain, fibromyalgia & autoimmune conditions, allergies, digestive issues as well as chronic symptoms from Lyme and other tick-borne infections. 
  • I’ve trained in orthopedic acupuncture, neurofunctional acupuncture, pain relief, movement restoration and “dry needling” techniques among others.
  • I hold a Bachelors of Business Administration and a 4 year masters degree in Acupuncture which includes both western and eastern medical course work, rigorous board exams and national certification in addition to state licensure.

What is Chinese Medicine?

Many of the same concepts, with a different lens, it is:

  • A system of identifying and repairing patterns of imbalance in the body
  • Balancing temperature & moisture
  • Increasing circulation of blood and lymph
  • Maintaining homeostasis via the nervous system and microbiome

What is “Qi”

Pronounced “chee”. I’ll try to demystify it for you.

  • It’s not mystical, magical or other-worldly
  • It is simply a word in a language which is conceptually different from our own
  • Qi is the vital animating force of life. Without Qi there is no warmth, no vitality, no breath, no heartbeat, no life.
  • Qi is that which causes an action or function in the body. The energy by which our bodies function, from our organs down to our DNA.
  • For example:
    • Gasotransmitters: Nitric Oxide, Hydrogen Sulfide & Carbon Monoxide
    • Nervous system interactions
    • ATP
photo of patient heart functions and blood vessel on virtual dashboard.

Branches of Chinese Medicine

  • Acupuncture – the insertion of fine needles at certain anatomical points to relieve specific symptoms
  • Herbal Therapy – herbs, minerals and other natural substances combined into formulas that are prescribed based on Chinese Medicine diagnosis
  • Nutrition – the use of food as medicine
  • Tuina – Chinese Massage
  • Meditative exercises (Qi Gong or Tai Qi)
  • Additional modalities I employ:
    • LED-based low level light therapy
    • E-stim needling for muscle neuromodulation
    • Cupping/Guasha for soft tissue work
Rawls demonstrates acupuncture

Learn more about the Conditions I treat and what a New Patient might expect.