When I started at TigerLily, I had never tried alternative medicine before. I was experiencing migraines 3-4 per week even while under the care of a neurologist, and the pain relief medication (Imitrex) started becoming ineffective. Now (5 weeks later) my headaches are less than once a week, and not only am I in pain less often, I feel healthier, stronger, more patient, and have more energy than ever before. Doug is very knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and relaxed. Scheduling an appointment is super easy, and always on time. They are even filing with my insurance so I am only paying a co-pay! I highly recommend this practice for migraine relief.

— E.H.

Douglas has been treating my nine year-old daughter since 2007. My daughter has epilepsy and needs to take anti-seizure medication to control her seizures. This type of medication comes with very undesirable side-effects. There is loss of hair, feeling like she’s in a fog, cannot remain focused in school, anxiety, and creates ADHD symptoms. Douglas has her on a treatment of herbs and electro acupuncture. Her hair loss stopped almost immediately after being put on his prescribed regimen and now has her shiny beautiful thick hair back.

She has longer periods of being able to remain focused during school which helps tremendously with her learning. Her anxiety is mostly gone but during periods when she does experience it, we have herbs that we are able to give to her to calm her, and her ADHD symptoms are much less than they ever were. She also is my one child who is incredibly healthy. Fever is a seizure trigger for her so we try to make sure we keep her as healthy as possible but as we all know, that’s hard to do. I have to say she rarely gets sick anymore. These past two years she’s been sick at the very most, two or three times. When most of her class is out because of flu and stomach bugs, etc. she’s the one child that’s always there because she never gets sick. Even when her brothers are sick she stays healthy. We now give our two boys supplements to keep them healthy as well. Our family life has improved because of the ability to keep the focus and behavioral issues under control. We can’t say enough about the expertise Douglas has shown in helping our daughter.

We are very grateful to him and will be lifelong patients.

— P.C.

Doug gave me my life back!!! I have suffered from migraines for years and I had tried every treatment and medication that I could possibly try and NOTHING had worked for me. That was until someone told me about Doug and acupuncture. I tried it out more than a year ago, and I began to feel relief. It had worked so great that I weaned myself off of every medication I was on and was headache free for once. I know acupuncture works because I began having migraines again early this year. Unfortunately it had been about 8 months since I had my last treatment with Doug. I started back with treatment and I am once again migraine free. I am living proof that there is hope for all the migraine sufferers out there. Not only am I a strong believer in acupuncture, but I am a strong believer in Doug. He cares so much about his patients and their well being. Not only does he provide treatment but also information on how he is treating you, why he is doing the treatment, and why the problem is occurring. I am forever grateful for Doug for giving me my life back!

— J.G.

Doug gave me something that no one else had been able to….Hope. The hope that my body would not fail me and that I would once again be able to bear a healthy child. I have a wonderful five year old son whom is the center of my husband and I’s life. But since him, we had not been able to carry a second child. We had one pregnancy that ended at six weeks and we lost our precious child.

Every medical doctor that I went to told me that I was normal, healthy and capable of conceiving and carrying a child. Clearly there was something that they could not or would not address.

As a “last ditch effort,” I began seeing Doug in early March. Within weeks, I noticed a change in my body, my husband noticed a change as well that I could only describe as “Hopefulness”. To my complete surprise, in late April,

I discovered that I was pregnant!

I am not almost three months. I have gone to have an ultrasound to put my mind & soul at ease. Out Baby is growing normally, and has a strong, fast heartbeat.

If we learn to trust our bodies and believe more in treating the underlying problems rather that the symptoms, medicine, our lives, and the existence that we know would transform before our eyes.


— W.B.

Going to visit tigerlily for my shoulder/neck pain was probably the best decision I have ever made, as far as treatment is concerned. I was in pain for over a year, seeing different shoulder specialists, pain doctors and orthopedists only to find myself spending more and more money for doctor visits, and getting prescriptions for meds that do not work.I went to go see Doug at tigerlily and all I can say is that after the very first treatment, 90% of my pain was gone!! Doug was, not only very professional but the friendliest person ever… unlike most doctor’s visits I have been to, where they rush you out with a prescription slip, he really took time listening to what my problems were and did an excellent job in treating me.I can go on and on about this, but I’ll cut it short and simply say


— F.T.

I injured my upper arm/shoulder area one evening while shaking a bottle of liquid a bit too vigorously. The next morning, the simple act of leaning forward caused extreme waves of pain and even nausea. I called Doug, explained my predicament, and he was able to see me that afternoon. I figured some of the pain would subside, but that I would have to see an orthopedist shortly afterwards. However, Doug eliminated 95% of my pain by the end of my visit. I always knew that acupuncture was powerful, but I never expected such immediate results.I also am treated for an immune disorder and have noticed some sizeable improvements. Doug is incredibly patient and kind, and is a wonderful listener. He truly cares about his clients and works hard to establish a trusting relationship. I am lucky to have found Tigerlily Acupuncture. Doug is proof that acupuncture really works.

— Happy Patient

I am so grateful for meeting Doug and being introduced into the world of Eastern medicine and acupuncture through his eyes. I have suffered from chronic headaches and sever PMS for more years than I can count and was open to an alternative to over the counter and prescription medications. Doug sat and listened to all of my symptoms and designed a plan specifically for me. It worked and continues to work! I have seen a marked decrease in the frequency and intensity of my headaches and the severe PMS has all but disappeared. I am devoted to an ongoing treatment and maintenance plan and look forward to continued success. I have learned so much about being mindful of my body and its functions and now take Chinese herbs exclusively. I consider Doug a friend and would recommend him to anyone that is looking for a holistic treatment plan with staggering results.

— N.M.

I came to Doug with severe Anxiety and Panic attacks of an acute nature. After the first session, I was relaxed enough the next day to not have panic attacks, just moderate anxiety. After the 5th session, my anxiety and panic were totally 100% gone. Doug uses a combination of herbs, acupuncture, and diet/lifestyle changes. It really works. There are no fast fixes in life, but this was pretty fast (a few weeks) compared to western medicine prescribing benzodiazepines or SSRI drugs which will become lifelong addictions. I refused to take these from my doctor, and so my search for alternative treatments started. What better alternative than traditional Chinese medicine, parts of which are thousands of years old. I was definitely skittish about taking the herbs, but then realized that we eat herbs all the time, and some western drugs are actually derived from herbs. Every time I leave Doug I feel relaxed. He is treating me for dizziness related to allergies, and my ears now. Doug also has a great bedside manner and generally a very positive person. I highly recommend this service for what ails you!

— John

For the past 5 years I have been on antidepressants as an attempt to keep my sanity and to stay somewhat functional after loosing my mother, ending an abusive relationship, supporting my sister through pancreatic cancer and then my brother through open heart surgery. In addition, to make matters worse, I had bunion surgery that left me in constant pain and unable to run. Being determined to heal, I sought the professional support of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists,physical therapists, mental therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, healers,holistic health professionals, herbalists and medical doctors. Unfortunately,each attempt ended with little to no results. Feelings of hopelessness were taking over my world fast!

I decided to take one more chance and give Doug a try. Today, I’m ecstatic to report that I am off anti-depressants (a miracle in itself) and have hope, once again, that I may use my foot as I did in the past. Doug’s consistent demonstration of exceptional care and his passion for healing is evident in his practice. He goes above and beyond the norm as he sets an intention that leaves no room for failure. It’s as if he is committed to my healing as much as I am!

As I often say, the end result of any effort always speaks for itself. So don’t take my word for it, just make an appointment and see for yourself.

Thanks Doug for being such a wonderful blessing!

— Marcie

I went to see Doug 5 years ago to try and see if acupuncture could help my chronic allergies. Having no experience with acupuncture, nor any real understanding of how it works, I was skeptical.

What I found out, through Doug’s treatment, guidance and patience, is that acupuncture, along with certain herbs and dietary changes can have a tremendously positive impact on my life. My allergy symptoms are vastly reduced and I am healthier now than I have ever been in my life.

Tigerlily helped me to understand my health from a holistic perspective. If you’ve never tried acupuncture, I highly recommend giving Doug and Vanessa a call.

— Matt Fangman

To future clients of Tigerlily Acupuncture, this is my story:

I am a 25 year old female that has been through 4 Laparoscopic surgeries for Endometriosis and a variety of cysts in the past 4 years. (Yeah, I know, that)averaging one surgery every year. It was not fun, and it was slowly pushing me into depression. I was in a constant cycle of being in pain, fearing the surgery,healing, and then being back in pain.) I remember being so frustrated and no one was able to give me any options outside of having to do these surgeries on an annual basis, even experimental drugs weren’t giving me any relief from the constant pain and fatigue.

When I was finally at my wit’s end and got tired of hearing people tell me there was nothing left to do, I had a friend of mine give me Doug Rutkowski’s card and told me to give it a try. Well, of course I went into all of the excuses of being too busy, I was going to be moving, I had just gotten a new job. Where was I supposed to fit in something new? So, a few weeks passed and it was now around 6 months after my last surgery, and the pain from the endometriosis was getting unbearable. The doctors kept telling me that they had never seen someone so young with such an aggressive case. (Yep, I’m special, what can I say.) They asked for me to try and hold out for as long as I could and they gave me pain medicine to try and keep me functional, and told me that when it got too bad that we would schedule another surgery.

Well, now I was angry and frustrated with my doctors enough to give Tigerlily Acupuncture a call. I was greatly relieved when I found out that Doug would take appointments on Saturdays! I could actually make this fit into my schedule. Doug was so nice and sincere when discussing my past medical history, and he said he could help! He’s been treating me for the Endometriosis for a little over 3 months and I am completely pain free! This September will be one year since my last surgery and I am going to celebrate! It’s such a relief to be out of the constant pain, but even more of a relief because I’m able to move on with my life.

Not only is Doug good at what he does, but he really cares. If you’ve had a bad day, he’s always got a joke to make you smile. I am so thankful that I found my way to Tigerlily Acupuncture; they have given me a pain free present, and hope for a pain free future!

— Janna W.

I had been thinking about getting acupuncture for a while, but hesitated due to the thought of needles. I would always recommend when my friends were in any sort of pain that they go and get acupuncture, but I could never tell them why or what it was about. So I decided one day to go see Dr. Doug Rutkowski for aback pain and as soon as walked in the door there was a sense of peace, and I immediately felt at ease. Dr. Rutkowski was very professional and answered any questions or worries I had. Acupuncture was painless and almost immediately helped my back, and he also worked on stress that I was feeling from everyday life.I left there feeling completely relaxed and ready to go back for another appointment.Dr. Rutkowski was extremely professional and promptly followed up with me about my back. If you are looking for a knowledgeable and experienced acupuncturist I highly recommend Tigerlily Acupuncture.

— J.B.

Tiger Lily was my first experience with acupuncture. I had resisted acupuncture because I was doubtful it would work and thought it might be painful. My experience with Doug Rutkowski, Tiger Lily’s owner, changed both misconceptions. Doug quickly alleviated my distress in several areas and did it painlessly.

What I find unique about Doug is that he uses his knowledge about a broad range of health issues to look at a client’s total well being. Doug’s compassionate care and individual attention to each of his clients distinguishes him in a world of “hurry up” medicine. Yet he is the one clinician that I know thatis on time for all his appointments

If you are looking for an acupuncturist who will relieve your pain and support you in your path toward wellness, Doug’s your man.

— Gary Diehl

Thank you for the treatment you provided to me! Words can not express the gratitude I feel. I am a very healthy person, however, once a year I get very sick in January- right after I have worked the holidays! This sickness usually requires me to stay in bed for at least a week. This year as soon as symptoms appeared, my wife called you for an appointment. After 2 treatments and a bottle of herbs I was back to my excellent health. Not only did you fix me right up but you also prevented me from becoming sick! Thank you!!!!

— Chef Jaime Arevalo, Circle C Cafe & Catering

Over the past few years, I have had the good fortune of receiving acupuncture and herbal treatments from Douglas Rutkowski. Having been to many practitioners in the past, I could tell immediately that I was in good hands with Douglas.His bedside manner is soulful and honest, his acupuncture technique is the most comfortable and effective I have ever had, and his herbal prescriptions are spot on. Douglas has helped me to overcome chronic pain that western medicine could not, allowing me to return to a physically active lifestyle and a better quality of life.

TCM is now my primary method of health care and principle line of defense in disease prevention. I feel lucky to have Douglas as my health care provider and recommend him often to my friends and family.

— Kevin Johnson

My name’s Gary and I first met Doug and Vanessa about five years ago. I’m 85 and have seen hundreds of chiropractors, acupuncturists and naturalists in my day. A few were great but most weren’t worth a poop in the wind, especially those in the naturalist category. One, who was also a medical doctor, told me when I complained of a head problem, “well, you’re in your 80’s. You’ve got to expect those things. Live with it.” I won’t tell you the expletive I used but I did say that our bodies were built to repair themselves and sometime needed a little assistance. Most doctors (my opinion) mask the symptoms. I prefer a practitioner who attacks the source of the problem. Dou and Vanessa do just that – every time. And they don’t do it by rote. They talk to you and, best of all, they listen. And then they go after the problem. In all, I’d say that 10 to 15 of our family and friends see these two extraordinary people on a regular basis. My wife, my two daughters and I do – 10 or more times a year. And by the way, Vanessa handled my head problem. Thank you Tiger Lily.