NCCAOM Licensed Acupuncturist • Master of Science in Acupuncture • Acupuncture Sports Medicine • Extraordinary Meridian Pulse Balancing • Sleep Disorders • Tuina Medical Massage
Raphael specializes in acupuncture sports medicine, Tuina, and sleep disorders. 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 National Champion. Raphael is proud to have duel citizenship in the United States and France, and has spent much time in the southeast of France spending time with family, teaching English and playing semi-professional soccer. Raphael attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and French. Post college, Raphael realized how much of an influence Chinese Medicine has had on his life. His primary care physician and father, Chinese medicine herbalist, acupuncturist and author Jake Fratkin OMD made sure he was rarely sick, and the Sports Medicine Acupuncturist Whitfield Reaves OMD tended to his sports injuries throughout his youth and adolescents. Raphael strongly believes that everyone can find health, vitality and longevity with East Asian 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 was 3 years in length with a total of 9 semesters, and he obtained over 2,800 didactic and clinical hours before graduating. Raphael focused on Sports 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. Post-graduation he worked in Boulder, Colorado alongside his father Jake Fratkin. Jake treated internal disorders and Raphael primarily treated external pain and injury. Raphael had the opportunity to spend 6 months studying in Chengdu and Kunming China. He was able to apprentice at the Sichuan Provincial Orthopedic Hospital, which is known as the first sports medicine hospital in China, combining Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Orthopedic Medicine. Raphael also studied at a private Tuina Hospital in Chengdu observing the treatment of traumatic injury, such as fractures and dislocations, with tuina medical massage and herbal plasters. Raphael studied acupuncture with Dr. Ma Lei and tuina with Dr. Wang Chunlin at the Kunming Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Raphael completed The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program with Whitfield Reaves OMD, L.Ac in Oakland, CA and 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 East Asian 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.