Nutrition Technician

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The practical application of nutrition science

I am a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Holistic Health Consultant with over 22 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Through my years of education and working with clients, I’ve come to see proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle as the foundations for both physical and psychological well-being. It has become clear that most of what is called “medical disease” today is simply the result of chronic metabolic dysfunction secondary to stress and poor diet or lifestyle choices.

As a functional medicine practitioner and nutritionist, I use laboratory testing and questionnaires to identify underlying imbalances in the body that may be contributing to symptoms or disease. Once identified, I will help you connect the dots between those imbalances and any symptoms you may be experiencing. The next step is to work together to build a customized dietary, lifestyle, and supplement protocol that will help bring your body back into balance.  

Because of it’s heavy emphasis on profit, conventional medical has pigeon-holed itself into a symptom-focused, pharmaceutical-based paradigm that fails to address root causes. Medical doctors can quite literally lose their medical license if they don’t recommend what is called the "standard of care", which invariably involves either medication or surgical-based treatments. My goal as a healthcare practitioner is to help accelerate the process of making this allopathic, pharmaceutical-based approach to managing chronic disease and symptoms obsolete by identifying and addressing what causes disease in the first place.

In order to better help my clients, I have trained extensively in the areas of human nutrition, functional medicine, and corrective exercise. In my practice, I place heavy emphasis on educating my clients, making a point to support my recommendations with scientific literature and third-party validation whenever possible. My practice focuses primarily on addressing the root causes of chronic fatigue, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, mineral imbalances, hormonal imbalances, and neurodegenerative conditions.


"Disease does not occur unexpectedly. It is the result of constant violation of nature's laws. Spreading and accumulation of such violations transpire suddenly in the form of disease- but it only seems sudden." - Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine"

Rick Buchikos, MS, CFMP, FDN
  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (UWS)
  • B.A. Psychology (UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (Functional Medicine University)
  • Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist (FDN)
  • International Center for Medical Nutrition Intervention (ICMNI) Training
  • Root Cause Protocol Consultant and staff tutor at The Root Cause Protocol
  • CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) Surviving Mold Proficiency Partner Diplomate
  • C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level III      
  • C.H.E.K Practitioner Level III
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine)