Dr. Rakesh Jotwani, aka Dr. Rak (“rock”), became passionate about helping others make lifestyle changes after his own health dramatically improved with lifestyle changes. Dr. Rak completed his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Duke University, his medical degree from the University of Chicago, and his internal medicine residency training at the University of California in San Francisco.
He is dual board certified in Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. He has worked in direct patient care for over a decade, first as a hospital physician, then as a primary care physician. He previously served as the Director of Lifestyle Medicine for a large community hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Rak has an avid interest in how we can effectively change our habits, and regularly speaks about this subject to other healthcare providers across the United States.
Dr. Rak is also an active member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s subgroup HEAL (Health Equity Achieved Through Lifestyle). Dr. Rak is married and has three kids. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time cooking and enjoying plant-based meals, hiking, and strength training.
I went plant based after the birth of my third child, when I learned I had prediabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. After eating a whole food plant based diet for 3 weeks, my blood sugar and blood pressure nornalized and my LDL cholesterol dropped 40 points.
My enthusiasm for helping people make lifestyle changes that are healthy and also feel good.
I could eat tacos everyday for the rest of my life.
Plant based cooking, breathwork and meditation, mindset, strength training.
Going on a hike with my family or at a farmer's market.