Rik first became interested in acupuncture when a local acupuncturist was able, with just 3 treatments, to heal an arm injury that had persisted for over eighteen months.
In 2004 he went to Chengdu China to study the Taoist and Buddhist roots of Chinese medicine. The studies include daily qigong, chanting, and presentations by Chinese medical practitioners. The teaching was woven through a trip across China from Cloud Cap Observatory (A Taoist monastery built in 1041) outside Chengdu, down the Yangtze and out to the Buddhist monasteries of Mt. Puto in the China Sea.
On his return, he entered Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and pursued a four year course of studies which included over 2625 hours of acupuncture and Chinese herbal training, and over 250 hours of Medical Qigong Training. After completing his studies at OCOM and receiving a MSOM, he returned to Nanjing, China and interned in 5 hospitals there, studying with what the Chinese refer to as “National Treasures” – individuals who have been practicing Chinese medicine for more than 40 years and are recognized as living masters in the art of acupuncture.
Rik had the honor and privilege of providing a weekly free clinic to the homeless in Phoenix at the Lodestar Day Resource Center every Tuesday morning for almost 5 years. During that time he provided over 2500 treatments. Tuesdays were his favorite day of the week.
Rik’s focus is reducing stress. eliminating chronic pain, women’s health issues, digestive issues, weight loss and control, allergies, migraines and difficult cases of imbalance from unknown origins. He uses acupuncture, electro acupuncture, tuina, CranioSacral Therapy, moxabustion, Chinese herbs, homeopathy, and Medical Qigong in his quest to restore his patients to a state of balance, harmony and health.