Wellness Professionals

Integrative • Comprehensive • Personalized

  • Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist
  • Apex Functional Medicine Practitioner
  • Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor
  • C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level III
  • C.H.E.K Practitioner Level III
  • Posturologist Level IV
  • Neurosomatic Therapist
  • Certified Personal Trainer (NASM)

Jonathan Suarez

  • Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
  • Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist
  • Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (ISSA)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM)
  • C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level III
  • C.H.E.K Practitioner Level III
  • Posturologist Level IV
  • B.A. Psychology (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Rick Buchikos

Our mission is to provide an integrative, comprehensive, and personalized approach to our clients health problems.  We have a passion for helping clients identify root causes of their health issues and devise personalized programs to help them regain health and return to life.  We have combined many complementary disciplines throughout our carriers, which has led to a high level of positive clinical outcomes.

By integrative, we mean to integrate evidence based research from many fields of health sciences along with clinical wisdom gained from practice and training with top health care practitioners and educators, so that we can implement novel and efficacious strategies that have a synergistic effect to create optimal health outcomes for our clients.

By comprehensive, we mean to provide comprehensive evaluations of our client's health problems so that all variables that are acting as blocking factors to health and healing are accounted for and can therefore be addressed.  By comprehensive, we also mean providing a holistic approach to better understand and explain to the client how all aspects of their physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing are playing a role in their healing process.

By personalized, we mean that we understand that no two clients are exactly alike even though many people have similar health challenges.  We customize our programs based on the clients willingness, time, energy, and finances.  We understand that treating everyone the same way often doesn't yield the best results across the board, therefore we strive to personalize our client's programs to attain the best results.

Mission Statement

manage a facility that provided personal training, group fitness, and nutrition consulting.  From 2011-2012 he completed 190 hours of training as a Neuro-Somatic Therapist (NST) through Neurosomatic Educators Inc.  A NST is a manual therapist who uses postural assessments to design and implement soft tissue treatment plans for dysfunctional posture and movement patterns that create pain.  From 2012-2014 he became certified as a Posturologist Lv4 through PosturePro International.  Posturology is the study of posture and uses a brain-based approach to correcting posture, chronic pain, and improving strength and function.  In 2017 he furthered his knowledge in brain-based postural correction and became a Certified Postural Neurologist (CPN) through the American Posture Institute (API).

In 2010, Jonathan began his training in functional medicine attaining certification as a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist (FDN) through the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition certification course.  Since then he furthered his education in functional medicine through courses offered through Apex Energetics in the areas of functional blood chemistry, brain chemistry and neuro-degenerative conditions, thyroid disorders, functional endocrinology (hormone disorders), autoimmune disorders, and gastrointestinal disorders.  Currently he has accrued 349 hours in the field of functional medicine and has been practicing for 8+ years.

In 2012, Jonathan completed undergrad education in human biology at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, CA.  In 2015 he was accepted and transferred into a doctoral program for Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), a nationally top ranked school in San Francisco, CA.  He is currently in his 3rd year and on track to graduate in 2020, where after he will seek licensure as a licensed acupuncturist (LAc).  Also, for the past 2 years he has been in a fellowship program for functional neurology through the International Board of Functional Neurology (IBFN), where he plans to attain his post-doctoral certification as a functional neurologist.  Functional neurology is an integrative, non-surgical, and non-pharmaceutical approach to brain disorders in order to rehab and optimize brain function.

Jonathan began as a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in 2003 and began working at gyms and wellness centers.  Later, he became certified in nutritional typing as an Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor through Healthexcel Inc. in 2006.  In 2007 he began certification as a Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology (CHEK) practitioner and Holistic Lifestyle Coach (HLC) through the CHEK institute and finished in 2010 with 283 hours and certification as a CHEK practitioner Lv3 and HLC Lv3.  From 2005-2009 he worked at Optimal Fitness Lifestyle Center in San Carlos, CA and provided personal training, nutrition-lifestyle coaching, rehabilitation, athletic training, and orthopedic assessments.

From 2010-2013 he was co-owner of Belmont Personal Training & Nutrition in Belmont, CA where he continued to practice privately and help

Rick graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In 2001 he began his career in the health and fitness industry when he accepted a position as a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in San Francisco. During those first few years, he spent his time acquiring basic industry certifications from industry leaders such as the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

In 2003 Rick began certification through the CHEK institute in southern California. CHEK Practitioners are specialists in Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology that are trained in the use of orthopedic assessment techniques and individualized exercise application to build science-based exercise programs. CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coaches are specialists in wellness, stress management, and lifestyle coaching. By 2010 Rick had completed 283 hours of training with the CHEK institute, and was officially

certified as a Level 3 CHEK Practitioner and a Level 3 Holistic Lifestyle Coach.  In 2008, Rick was introduced to functional medicine by Dr. Daniel Kalish, a leading educator and author in the functional medicine community.  Rick was given the opportunity to work with doctor Kalish for a time, and as part of his training was accepted into the advanced clinical functional medicine training course, The Kalish Method, which he completed in 2008.

In 2012 Rick furthered his training in functional lab assessments and clinical intake methods by becoming certified as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, and in 2014 he completed his training through Functional Medicine University to become a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner.  In 2013 Rick began taking pre-med classes in preparation for a masters degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine through the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, which he began in Oct 2016.

Rick has since become certified in hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) through the Malter Institute, and was part of the very first cohort to complete training through the Copernican Institute, headed by renowned mineral expert Morley Robbins. Rick has trained extensively in the areas of nutrition, functional blood chemistry, adrenal and thyroid disorders, hormone disorders, autoimmune disorders, and gastrointestinal disorders.  Currently he has accrued over 350 hours in the field of functional medicine and has been practicing for over 10 years.