In 1990, Dr. Rania Rifai completed her chief residency in medicine at Joint Diseases North General Hospital, affiliated with The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She opened her first private practice in Yorktown Heights, New York, in 1992. Two years later, Dr. Rifai moved her family and her medical practice to Katonah in Westchester County. She was bitten by a tick while moving boxes into her new home and to her lasting regret, disregarded the significance of the incident until she had developed the full-blown symptoms of Lyme disease. For more than 20 years, Dr. Rifai has seen the many faces of Lyme disease not only through the experiences of the hundreds of afflicted patients she has treated but through her own difficult journey with the disease as well. Dr. Rifai knows that Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose and that tests to detect the disease are not always accurate. She understands the co-infections – principally, Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichia — that are intertwined with Lyme disease and the challenges they pose to physicians and patients alike. Dr. Rifai knows firsthand how Lyme disease can mimic a wide range of other medical conditions – like many of her patients, she was herself suspected of having developed multiple sclerosis when her Lyme symptoms first presented themselves. Not surprisingly, many patients come to her in heightened states of despair and frustration after years of misdiagnosis and ineffective treatments. Her own struggles with Lyme have given her a deeper understanding of the difficulties her patients deal with on a daily basis and have steeled her resolve to develop and to provide effective treatments, even to those individuals who have not responded to conventional treatment protocols. Years of research and clinical experience have taught her this: when it comes to Lyme disease, there is no magic bullet, no one-size-fits-all treatment protocol. Each patient is treated as an individual, and each patient receives a protocol unique to them and to the particular manifestations of their disease. She also understands how both the disease and the treatment can affect her patients and therefore takes nutrition, exercise and other facets of their well-being into account. Their struggle is Dr. Rifai’s struggle, and she stands alongside them throughout the course of treatment to a cure and beyond.