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July 18, 2023

Meet Ali Rakow, Physician Assistant

Meet The Lanby's newest addition to the Care Team.

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What motivated you to practice integrative medicine? 

I grew up with a father who worked as a conventional physician and a mother who held a more holistic viewpoint. Naturally, we engaged in medical discussions that left me curious about the various approaches to treating and healing the body. Becoming a PA allowed me to learn about the science of medicine. But at the same time I found myself passionate about alternative methods of healing - listening to wellness podcasts, reading books about various ways to heal, and learning practices such as Reiki and energy medicine. Over the last few years, I was able to blend these styles by combining Eastern and Western medicine, seeing beautifully positive outcomes and changes.

What aspect of being a Physician Assistant surprises you the most?

I am still in awe of the openness, vulnerability, and trust of my patients. New patients start as strangers and by the end of the first visit I feel like I really know them on an intimate level - not just medically, but often psychologically and spiritually. I learn about their interests, family, daily routines, habits, stressors and how they handle them. I get to know people on such a deep level; this is something I cherish and do not take lightly.

What issue in healthcare is top of mind for you right now?

Infertility. A lot of my friends, peers, and patients are thinking about or starting to conceive. Many are left perplexed why they aren’t getting pregnant as soon as they’d hoped. There are many factors involved in fertility. Post oral contraceptive issues are just beginning to be publicly recognized and discussed. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis, two medical conditions that may affect fertility, seem more prevalent than ever before. It is one of my goals to help women in this space as best I can, both conventionally and holistically.

How does wellness factor into your own life? 

I am a huge lover of self-care routines, but always aim to make it fun! I try to move my body everyday and switch up my workouts - walking outside, Peloton cycling, and taking structured classes, especially dance cardio, yoga and HIIT. I practice frequent meditation and like to immerse myself in nature. A good epsom salt bath every now and then is good for muscle healing and energy clearing. I believe the key to a successful wellness practice is enjoyment. Find what works best for you, because then doing it is easier. It shouldn’t feel like a chore!

Why The Lanby? 

People are craving more hands-on, high-touch, patient-centric care with an available, knowledgeable, supportive, and empathetic team. I’ve seen it time and again. With the rise of the wellness and supplement industry, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and chronic disease rates increasing, Americans are more interested and invested in taking care of themselves and their health. The Lanby provides a unique service for patients and meets these needs. I am excited to be a part of this innovative team!

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The Lanby Editorial Team