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Rick has been my trainer and nutrition/functional medicine coach for several years. I have found Rick to be extremely knowledgeable as well as patient with his clients. Rick has the ability to explain complex ideas regarding diet and nutrition in ways that make sense to his clients and he designs practical, science-based programs that work. I had been struggling with excess weight for most of my life, but it was not until I started working with Rick that I was able to understand what I needed to do to actually improve my BMI.
With Rick’s help I was able to obtain the results I wanted in just a few months after years of struggle. More recently Rick has been helping me to improve some imbalances found in a panel of blood tests that he ordered for me. This was a much more comprehensive panel that I normally obtain from my doctor’s yearly physical exam and Rick was able to interpret the test for me with clear explanations of each result. More importantly, he understands the interactions between the various test results and the root causes of the imbalances found. Rick always continues to refine and expand his knowledge and he is always ahead of the curve regarding nutrition and health. It is not an overstatement to say that Rick has made a huge positive difference in my life.
I wish I hadn’t waited so long! When I came to Rick I was skeptical. I had already seen several other practitioners over the years, including medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, and acupuncturists. I had studied quite a lot about nutrition and practiced a healthy lifestyle – yet still I was experiencing ongoing inflammation, persistent bursitis, joint pain and stiffness, fatigue, muscle cramps, and trouble sleeping.
Rick used a comprehensive blood panel, a hair tissue mineral analysis, and questionnaires to help identify underlying imbalances in my chemistry that were contributing to my symptoms. He helped me figure out a food plan specific to my needs and reworked my supplement program, taking many things out that I didn’t need and/or were just making me worse, and then adding a few key items back in.
Committing to changing my lifestyle and way of eating to heal and support my individual body has been challenging to say the least. I could not have done it without Rick! His ongoing support and knowledgeable guidance has kept me on track. He has been there for me every step of the way. Every time I wanted to give up he was right there to keep me going. Whatever set of symptoms came up, Rick was able to give me information about what was happening. He helped me to understand the way my body works, and what causes it to not work. Functional Medicine is truly the way to optimal health and Rick is a skillful dedicated practitioner.
It’s only been three months and already my inflammation is gone, I am pain free, I am sleeping soundly through the night, and my mental clarity has improved. My body is naturally regaining its normal weight and composition, I am slimmer than I have been in more than 20 years and all that belly fat is gone! I am getting stronger by the day and my energy levels are increasing. I feel and look better than I have in years!
I have trained with Rick continuously for over 7 years. I started with him to alleviate the pain caused by pinched nerves in my neck from occupational demands. Using his detailed knowledge of posture, he has expertly trained me to strengthen the posterior muscles in my back and neck, not only resolving the pain, but also preventing it from recurring for 6.5 years now. I don’t worry about that hazard anymore, while my colleagues continue to suffer and complain.
When I met Rick, I had not anticipated how holistically he would impact my life. He discusses his latest learnings (he’s always learning) each session with such enthusiasm and insight that its remarkably infectious. Not only has he helped my physical wellness, strength and form, he has guided me spiritually, mentally, psychologically and interpersonally.
During our conversations, he has transformed my understanding of nutrition, health and my relationship with food. Because of him, I feel empowered and equipped to make the right life and food choices that fuel my body, enabling me to feel a decade younger in my own skin.
Rick has become a dear friend and essential element to maintaining my quality of life. He has enriched my life in countless ways during our fun and entertaining sessions. No matter how tired or spent I feel when I arrive to a session with Rick, I ALWAYS feel better when I am done than when i started: physically, mentally, emotionally and holistically! Investing in myself with Rick has been the best money and time I have ever spent.
Osteopenia and Pre-diabetes
Rick has been my trainer and functional medicine practitioner for many years. In both of his roles I have found him to be knowledgeable and insightful. During the time I have worked with Rick we have worked on a number of issues regarding my health and wellbeing both through physical training and with diet and supplements. Diagnoses of osteopenia and pre-diabetes have been addressed so that I was able to reverse both conditions. Certainly it took discipline on my part but Rick provided me with information that helped me to understand what needed to be done. He had me obtain hair analysis and additional, comprehensive blood testing and then recommended supplements and diet changes that did the job!
The research informed, detailed approach Rick uses not only gives me a course of action to follow but allows me to have a thorough understanding of why I should follow that course of action. This is in stark contrast to advice of my western medicine physicians that, although not incorrect, were neither personalized to me nor particularly helpful in developing an understanding of why I was experiencing those conditions or in how to adjust my life style to ameliorate them. Today I am stronger and more fit than ever and, as an added bonus, twenty pounds lighter than I was two years ago. And I have a much greater understanding of what my body needs and how it works.
Pain, Weight Gain, Rashes, Insomnia, and Panic Attacks
When I first started with Rick I had almost completely lost hope that my health could turn in a positive direction because all I had seen was deterioration and I was told by mainstream doctors that the only answer was to treat the symptoms with immune suppressing pharmacological drugs with terrible side effects. At this time I had swollen fingers and toes, pain all over my body (it was incredibly painful just to even sit down), unexplainable weight gain, rashes on my stomach, legs and arms, insomnia, and regular panic attacks along with a baseline of constant anxiety.
My protocol with Rick certainly wasn’t easy to follow, but I can’t express how much it was worth it. In the beginning, I did see some flare ups with some of my symptoms, and he warned me that this was to be expected as I was releasing toxins, but after about 6 months I began to see and feel some incredibly significant changes. I was able to reverse almost all of my symptoms, including a Hashimoto’s diagnosis. The changes in my bloodwork and symptoms left my regular doctors in awe of the change. I no longer felt a CONSTANT anxiety and began to feel that I was able to manage daily life. The pain all over my entire body and the swelling in my fingers and toes (which several doctors assumed was rheumatoid arthritis) disappeared. I’ve been working with Rick now for over 2 years and I continue to see improvement with each blood test. He is incredibly knowledgeable and has always been available when I had questions and/or needed guidance throughout the process. I truly feel that working with Rick has saved my life.