Dr. Rakel started his career near the Teton Mountains in Driggs, Idaho where he was in rural private practice for five years before completing a two-year residential fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He is the founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program and associate professor in the department on family medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Rakel is editor of one of the premier texts in this field titled, Integrative Medicine now with the 3rd edition in progress. He is involved in NIH funding to study the placebo effect and to incorporate healing modalities into medical school curricula. He is board certified in family and holistic medicine and sits on the board of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and is on the executive committee for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. He has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine and is certified in interactive guided imagery.