Lorinda Bricker, ND
Board Certified Eligible
Since 2012, I’ve helped my clients work through distressing and physical obstacles affecting their happiness and health. Attaining a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Degree at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL has inspired my passion to educate and guide those who are hurting emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally utilizing modalities through the influences of alternative medicine.
The essence of my work is to facilitate self-growth by helping you identify the core challenges and setbacks in your life so that you can overcome them with confidence. Together, we will create a personalized plan and utilize methods necessary to achieve your desired goals. Bottom line, I motivate you to get from point a to point z.
It takes a lot of courage to ask for help and to put your trust in another to regain sanity in your life. I get that. Let us create better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your life and health goals. You begin healing the moment you make an appointment.
Securing a Dr of Naturopathic Medicine degree, I am trained as a Primary Care Physician. This is an extension of the Biomedical Degree of Science also attained at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. The basic sciences (neurology, biochemistry, medical microbiology, etc) are shared classes with chiropractic students. This means that part of my scope of practice includes mobilizations. During evaluation and management classes of cervical, lumbar, thoracic and extremities, I instantly became enlightened with the true power of structural alignment and hands on manual therapies.
This journey began in 2008, shifting the overall career focus' from the corporate world of computers and interior design to skin care and massage with a cosmetology license. After 12 years of being in the industry (along side the onset of personal illness and slipped disk from improper form in weight training), I concluded that the underlying basics of healthy skin begins with nutrition, structure, psychology, environment, and exercise (not just topical applications as taught in the industry). Ultimately this new found passion to guide others to expand and optimize their health was unearthed.
To augment education, hundreds of post-graduate hours of functional medicine have been added to enhance my capabilities of guiding others toward health; blood chemistry analysis and metabolic testing including treatment under the direction of: Apex Energetics (cross reaction food allergies and sensitivities), Perque Integretive Health (allergy profiles). Currently I am completing certification from Lincoln College of Postprofessional, Graduate & Continuing Education and National University of Health Sciences (100 hour acupuncture certification); International College Applied Kinesiology USA (manual muscle testing integrating chiropractic with Traditional Chinese Medicine), Neuro Emotional Technique (a mind-body approach to help stress related conditions from past traumatic experiences) and Seeking Health Educational Institute (Methylation and Clinical Nutrigenomics).
What brought me to Naturopathic Medicine
Through my early adulthood, I maintained a consistent weight of 150 pounds. One year after vacationing in Mexico I began having intense abdominal pain, increased heart rate, and unusual sweating in the middle of the night. I could not correlate these night bouts with anything. Then I began having difficulty eating bread or pasta (it was like my food was getting stuck halfway through my intestines).
When I suddenly lost 10 pounds, I knew I had to seek guidance. I sought treatment from a Nurse Practitioner (NP) who utilizes natural healing methods. She immediately had me on amino acids, an IV full of vitamins, botanical tinctures and a protocol to cleanse my gallbladder paired with colonic irrigation. My NP discovered I had contracted a parasite that was blocking the splenic flexure of the intestines. It was through this natural healing process that I was immediately captivated!
Had I gone to a traditional medical institution, they would have suggested removing part of my intestines. I have learned the importance of every inch of the intestine (parts of it grow vitamin B, parts of it create an intrinsic factor to absorb vitamin B12). I can't imagine the deficiencies I would suffer had I gone that route.
It warms my heart to know I can help others circumvent unnecessary invasive procedures and/or coach anyone who has had trouble regaining their health "ever since" a specific incident.