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Learn More about Us, and get to know the people behind what we do

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Our Mission

Free Range Health is a nonprofit charity providing access to low-cost acupuncture and East Asian medicine to underserved individuals and communities.


Our mission is to bring wellness directly to communities in need by empowering skilled integrative health providers with innovative tools and resources.

Our History

Free Range Health was founded by Cole Alexander in 2012. His dream to create a decentralized approach to providing low-cost integrative and alternative medicine services to low-income individuals, homebound patients and their caregivers, rural communities, and native communities is the driving force behind our mission.


With the generous support of amazing individuals and organizations, Free Range Health is on its way to being a model of efficient and effective health care delivery for the 21st Century.


In the past 3 years, more than 400 patients have received over 3500 low-cost treatments at one of the 4 area senior centers hosting a weekly community acupuncture clinic. Treatments have been in the homes of patients unable to leave due to health reasons, and they have been in rural communities where the nearest services are too far to access easily.


We are committed to introducing more communities to the amazing health benefits of integrative health care and to being a model of low-cost, decentralized delivery of medicine for the modern world.

Our Principles

Commitment to Our Mission

Your support helps us to deliver our services to where patients and communities need it most. Free Range Health is committed to providing high quality low-cost mobile integrative health care to under-served individuals and communities.

This means breaking down barriers to health care for those people who are unable to leave their homes or who have difficulty accessing services because of their income level, geographic location, or transportation needs

Compassion For Our Patients

Your support allows us to help people when they are most in need. With your generosity, we are able to provide relief and healing in a way that honors our patients and their individual situations. We never lose sight of the fact that our patients are struggling with enormous challenges on a daily basis. The inability to leave one's home due to disability or illness can have a profound impact on quality of life. Living on a fixed income and struggling to find the resources to access quality health care can be overwhelming for seniors facing chronic pain and other illnesses.

Dedication To Quality Services

Your support means that we will be able to continue providing our services with the amazing providers and reliable systems that our patients have come to expect. Free Range Health is constantly looking for ways to improve how we interact with our patients, our host sites, and our generous supporters. We strive to deliver care in the most efficient and effective manner possible while still maintaining the social interaction and human element that our patients need.

Innovative Approach To Health Care

Your support gives Free Range Health the financial stability to be at the forefront of health care delivery in this country. It is no secret that the current model leaves many people with little or no access to services. As we move further into the 21st Century, these gaps will only grow. There is a great need for new approaches to help bridge these gaps and support a population healthy enough to face the other massive challenges ahead. We are seeking to be a part of that conversation and your generosity helps to make that dream a reality.

Board of Directors

cole alexander

founder/president

In 2008, Cole was visiting his grandfather who was near the end of a prolonged struggle with lung cancer. As anxious and grieving family members gathered around that East Texas living room, Cole had an idea: "If I could turn this living room into a treatment center and make the home the hub of health care, this would have an incredible impact." He then thought on an even bigger scale, "This model would actually impact the larger community outside of the living room." This is the moment that his business model - the idea of providing mobile, affordable care to underserved individuals and communities – began to take shape.

His background as a teacher (he taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for eight years) and his natural inclination to problem-solve presented a solution. In 2012 while finishing his doctorate, the not-for-profit organization Free Range Health was born.

Cole's vision of bringing affordable health care to underserved populations whose mobility challenges limit their access to services - whether seniors on fixed incomes, people unable to leave their homes due to debilitating illness or disability, or individuals who have less access due to socioeconomic reasons - was realized.

Cole's ultimate goal is to create a national organization with a Free Range Health chapter in each county of every state. The mantra is overcoming mobility challenges and making integrative, alternative health care available and affordable to all.

Arti Rajvanshi

vice president

Having gone to medical school in India, where she's originally from, Arti moved to New York to do her residency in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She then moved to Seattle, where she worked as an internist with private medical groups. After having her second child, she decided to work closer to home and is now on staff at the Everett Clinic.

She first met Free Range Health Founder and President, Cole Alexander, when he visited her clinic. He said he was impressed with her philosophy as a holistic practitioner and asked her to be on the board of Free Range Health.

Arti explains, "I liked the idea of making acupuncture available to people who can't afford it. It's so valuable and not accessible to the people who could use it most. I liked what Cole was doing and how enterprising he was, so I decided to join the board!"

In her free time, Arti loves painting, singing and dancing -Salsa, Bollywood and more! She also truly enjoys Kirtan (or Yogic) chanting, a type of group "singing" meditation, based on Hindu tradition.

Katy Koukouras

director

It's hard not to be entranced by the physical world around you when you split your childhood between the Canadian Rockies and the California surf. This was the case for Katy Koukouras, whose upbringing helped inspire her love of mountain sports, including skiing and snowboarding.

This appreciation of the outdoors led her to the Pacific Northwest, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Physics at the University of Washington. What happened next would change the course of her life. Her dog developed hip dysplasia, so she decided to try veterinary acupuncture treatments to manage his pain. She saw such a positive difference in him and how well he reacted to treatment, that it helped lead her to look at medicine from a different perspective.

Katy went on to receive her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University. It was there that she met our Founder, Cole Alexander, who introduced her to the mission and patients of Free Range Health.

She enjoys the idea of helping people who wouldn't otherwise have access to this kind of treatment. She explains, "in what I do, at least when I started, it wasn't available to elderly people. Most couldn't get acupuncture covered by insurance. I think it's such a great tool to use for quality of life and pain relief. And it just made sense to be able to provide that to a community who wouldn't have that otherwise."

Aside from snowy sports and her obvious love of science and medicine, Katy loves spending time with her family.

John Tuma

secretary

With undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in Library and Information Science, John is currently a legal research analyst at the firm of Fox Rothschild in Seattle. He has extensive experience researching tax, corporate, and regulatory compliance matters. He is also a trained horticulturist working to promote the domestic cultivation of herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

John notes that at a recent fundraiser, Free Range Health acupuncturists and patients alike, shared inspiring stories about the "remarkable sense of loyalty and affection" between the doctors and their patients.

John enjoys spending time in his yard, having become a "dedicated gardener." He also love cooking, where he incorporates many of the different herbs he grows. He adds, "I like reading cookbooks, which for me have the same escapist quality that fiction has for other people!"

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