Health Communication + Creative Expertise


Who we are...

  Gary Ashwal MA  is a health communication specialist and multimedia producer of healthcare content. 

Gary Ashwal MA is a health communication specialist and multimedia content producer. 


Alex Thomas MD is a board-certified pediatric allergist/immunologist and a cartoonist and illustrator with more than 20 years' experience.

10+ years of clinical experience and communication practice

Booster Shot Media works with health systems, healthcare researchers, communication professionals, and other public health and medical teams to produce results-focused creative content.


Medical and Creative Backgrounds

Dr. Thomas earned a BA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University and an MD from Rush Medical College. He completed both his residency in Pediatrics and his fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Gary Ashwal earned an MA in Health Communication from Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine and a BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. He has also produced patient narratives, patient education, and other content for many nonprofits, hospitals, and healthcare companies.

We were creative producers and artistic collaborators long before we had advanced degrees in medicine and health communication. We met at Northwestern University working with Live Action Cartoonists a theater company that combined live drawing, comics, and video.

In addition, we have a vast professional network of other cartoonists, illustrators, writers, filmmakers, and health communication experts ready to work on your ideas!


Complex Health Information

We have produced health communication content for many topics, including:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Substance Use
  • Allergies
  • Immunology
  • Biobanks
  • Informed Consent
  • Pain Management
  • Aphasia
  • Concussion Treatment
  • Genetics Counseling
  • School Health
  • Melanoma
  • And many others...

Audience-Testing, Project Results, and Published Studies

Booster Shot Media actively seeks projects that incorporate audience testing and formal evaluation for validity and effectiveness. For published research and other project results, please contact us