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

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 producer of healthcare content. 


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


Medical and Creative Background

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

Gary Ashwal earned a master’s degree 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. Alex and Gary met at Northwestern University working with Live Action Cartoonists — a theater company that combined live drawing, comics, and video.

And 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
  • Allergies
  • Immunology
  • Bioethics Research
  • Biorepositories
  • 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