Joanna Rulf, DO

Joanna Rulf, DO practices Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine in her second-home state of Maine. Originally from NJ, Joanna graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English Literature, pursuing a career in the publishing industry in NYC before attending the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine from which she graduated in 2009. She completed residency in Family Medicine and fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. During this time she also completed the fellowship curriculum from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and received certification in Medical Acupuncture from the Helms Institute for Medical Acupuncture in Phoenix, AZ. Her practice blends the broad spectrum of rural primary care medicine with evidence-based management of a variety of conditions using Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), acupuncture, and an array of wellness strategies. The mother of two young children, Joanna has journeyed hard on the quest for work/life balance, mental/physical wellness, and strives to help her patients (and colleagues!) do the same.

Watch Me Burn

I would have described myself as an overly busy, at times overwhelmed parent-professional before COVID-19 took the world by storm, so the fact that I look back to those days with nostalgia is, in my estimation, a really bad sign. This past March my kids’ elementary school and daycare closed. School and daycare closed so it…

A Compendium of Anecdotal Evidence

Without beating the proverbial dead horse, it’s feeling important to lend my two cents to the topic of independent practice for advanced practice nurses. And before launching into the rhetoric that will inevitably inflame significant numbers of the readership, I will cushion the onslaught by describing my experience working alongside non-physician providers, during the entirety…