NCCAOM Licensed Acupuncturist • Master of Science in Acupuncture • Sports Medicine Acupuncture • Extraordinary Meridian Pulse Balancing • Sleep Disorders • Tuina Medical Massage

Raphael specializes in sports medicine acupuncture, sleep disorders and extraordinary pulse balancing. His practice combines traditional Chinese Tuina medical massage techniques, Japanese meridian balancing acupuncture, Trigger and Motor Point therapy (Dry Needling), 8 extraordinary meridian pulse balancing, and evidence-based Functional Medicine. 

 

Outside of clinic, Raphael is an active outdoor enthusiast with a love for all things nature. He has a background in soccer, with his highest honor awarded in 2011 as an NCAA Men's Soccer Division III champion. Raphael is proud to have duel citizenship in the United States and France, and has spent much time in the southeast of France teaching English and playing competitive soccer. Raphael attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and French. It wasn't until later in life when he realized how much of an influence Chinese Medicine has had in his life, after growing up with the medicine. His primary care physician and father, Chinese Herbalist Jake Fratkin, made sure he was rarely sick and the Sports Medicine Acupuncturist, Whitfield Reaves, tended to his sports injuries throughout his youth. He has only taken antibiotics once in his life, and swears his exceptionally good health is because of this medicine. Raphael strongly believes that everyone can find health, vitality and longevity with Oriental Medicine, and has committed his life to serving that purpose.

Raphael graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2016 with a Master of Science in Acupuncture. The program took 3 years to complete and he obtained over 2,600 didactic and clinical hours before graduating. Raphael focused his attention in school on Sports Medicine Acupuncture and worked at CU Boulder treating Division 1 athletes. He also studied under a master of Tuina, practitioner Dr. Li Lu, DAOM who graduated from the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhejiang, China. 

Raphael has completed The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program with Whitfield Reaves OMD, L.Ac in Oakland, CA and has received a certificate of completion in October 2017 on Advanced Training in the Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injuries and Pain. Whitfield Reaves was among the first acupuncturists in North America to specialize in sports acupuncture using anatomically-based assessment with Oriental treatment protocols. For 30 years he has been an instructor and a mentor to other practitioners in the acupuncture profession, helping to define the speciality of Acupuncture Sports Medicine.

 

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