RICK BUCHIKOS

EDUCATION

  • Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

  • Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

  • CHEK Practitioner Level III

  • CHEK Holistic Life Coach Level III

  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

  • Posturologist Level IV

  • B.A. Psychology UNC-Chapel Hill

  • ISSA Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist 

SPECIALTIES

  • Functional Medicine

  • Nutrition

  • Holistic Lifestyle Coaching

  • Corrective Exercise 

  • Body composition changes

BACKGROUND

Rick is a Holistic Health Consultant and Functional Medicine Practitioner with over 18 years of experience in the health and fitness industry.  Through his years of education and working with clients, he has come to see proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle as the foundations of both physical and psychological well-being. He believes that most of what is called “medical disease” today is merely chronic, long-term metabolic dysfunction caused by mineral deficiencies and imbalances, most of which are secondary to stress, poor soil quality, and poor food choices.

In his practice, Rick uses laboratory testing and questionnaires to identify underlying imbalances in the body that may be contributing to symptoms or disease, and then designs dietary, lifestyle, and supplement protocols to bring the body back into balance. His goal is to help make obsolete the allopathic, pharmaceutical-based approach to chronic disease and managing symptoms by identifying and addressing what causes disease in the first place.

TESTIMONIAL

“When I met Rick, I was a mess. I was on three psychiatric medications, and after several attempts of trying to get off of them, I had all but given up hope about being able to free myself from them and their side effects. I had a myriad of other strange symptoms, that no doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, homeopaths, or acupuncturists were ever able to explain, not to mention treat effectively. Rick changed all that. I have been free of my psychiatric medications for a year and a half, and I am more emotionally stable than I have ever been in my entire life. The strange shock/panic attacks I was having that no one could explain, were not only explained by Rick, but were effectively treated by him, and now are completely gone. I have more energy now than I have had in the last ten years, and unlike before, that energy is stable and lasts throughout the day. I also was finally able to lose 10 lbs, which is awesome because I was stuck at the same weight and slowly rising for about 8 years. 

It is true that what Rick prescribes is not always easy to follow; the diet is strict. There are supplements.  But it works. For the first time in my life I feel in control of my body and my mind. I am eternally grateful to Rick, he has changed my life for the better, and I do feel like he has saved my life. If you want to see real, true change, go see Rick and do what he says.”

Marika Dvorak, Child Psychotherapist


”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 lab tests 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!”

Karen Elliott


“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 had me donate blood to lower my excess iron and provided me with a supplement protocol (always choosing the most healthy supplement sources). My next blood panels will show whether the protocols are working, but I can report that after a few weeks I feel better and have more energy. 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.” 

David Caditz Ph.D.


“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.”

Naveen Chandra, MD


“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 inciteful.

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. “

Pam Pierson