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Getting to Know: Dr. Rachel Ackerman

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    Dr. Rachel Ackerman walks with community members during the Wilcox Walk Around The Block With A Doc event.

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    Dr. Rachel Ackerman

Dr. Rachel Ackerman is one of the newer primary care physicians at the Kauai Medical Clinic in Lihue.

As a primary care physician (PCP), Ackerman works together with her patients to best manage their health care plan through every stage of life.

“My goal is to help you live as healthy a life as possible. You can come to me for regular checkups and for sick visits. I also coordinate care between myself and any specialists you may need,” Ackerman explains.

Here, Ackerman shares more about her role as a PCP and what she enjoys most about working with patients in the Kauai community.

Where did you receive your schooling and training?

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

As a PCP, what are some of the most common issues you treat?

In my practice I commonly treat chronic issues related to weight, diabetes and blood pressure, as well as any acute issues that may arise.

What inspired you to go into the field of medicine?

I love the idea that medicine is both a science and an art. One of the most important factors in living a happy life is health – and I am honored to be able to contribute in my way.

Is there a particular area of expertise you enjoy working in most? If so, please explain why?

I enjoy practicing both preventive health and women’s health. Regular checkups and screenings are important ways to catch potential concerns before they even arise – and they actually help people to live longer. Good health is really part of a whole lifestyle.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, paddleboarding, traveling and learning to cook new recipes.

What does “creating a healthier Hawaii” mean to you?

Creating a healthier Hawaii means giving everyone an opportunity to be able to form a relationship with a doctor who will partner with them in promoting a healthy lifestyle.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ackerman, or to meet our other PCPs accepting new patients close to you, visit

Ackerman and her colleagues also participate in community programs, like the Wilcox Walk Around The Block With A Doc event, which is open to all community members and includes a free healthy breakfast and medical talks after the walk.

The next Walk Around The Block With A Doc event is on Saturday, Sept. 21 with Kauai Medical Clinic urologist Dr. Carrie Fitzgerald. The walk starts at 7 a.m. at the Wilcox Medical Center Lobby.


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