Rachal headshotDr. Rachal has been practicing a full-spectrum family medicine since July 1986. He Attended LSU School of Medicine-New Orleans and completed residency at LSU Earl K. Long family medicine residency program in Baton Rouge Louisiana. He practices in New Roads with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Lake Physician Group.

Since finishing medical school, Dr. Rachal has seen medicine evolve and feels it is now concentrating more on preventive care. Dr. Rachal states, “my inspiration to become a family physician includes my spouse and my family. My goal is to treat a number of problems and focus on the family as a unit.” He believes a great doctor is a good diagnostician, compassionate and a good listener who is backed by a great staff.” A health tip Dr. Rachal always advises, “Begin each day with a prayer and exercise. Eat healthy, always eat breakfast and eat foods high in omega3s several times a week.”

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Rachal has passed on his medical knowledge and love for family medicine by precepting medical students from LSU and Tulane. He says, “I’ve really enjoyed working with medical students and residency programs in a preceptorship role. I try to instill in them you have the privilege of treating a member of someone else’s family. I am happy to say that one of my students is now my family doctor!” In 2012, Dr. Rachal was selected as the Louisiana Family Physician of the year.

Three important parts of Dr. Rachal's life are family, faith and patient care. “My wife and children are very important to me. My faith helps me make it through each day and helps in taking care of my patient's physical, emotional and spiritual health.” He continues, “I love being married to my wife, Catherine, of 37 years. We have four children: Aimee and her husband, Lander who have blessed us with four grandchildren; Laura and her spouse Lyle; Brad and his wife, Sky and Maria. Maria is a historical preservationist taking care of our national parks. Aimee and Laura are both in the medical field. Brad is an engineer.

Dr. Rachal is an LSU fan who enjoys spending time with his family. He loves to travel with his wife and family. He sings and plays several different types of musical instruments. He enjoys dancing hunting and fishing and gardening. His favorite place to travel is to any of the national parks of the United States

Dr. Rachal concludes, “My dad was always a superior duck hunter, but he reminded me always you’re a Family Physician - give it all you got.”

LAFP’s Member of the Month program highlights Louisiana family physicians in the Weekly Family Medicine Update and on the LAFP website. We feature a biography and a Q&A with a different LAFP member each month and his or her unique approach to family medicine. If you know an outstanding family physician colleague who you think should be featured as a Member of the Month or if you’d like to tell your own story, nominate yourself or your colleague by contacting Lee Ann Albert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 225.301.1947.


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