About Rich

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Rich Brightheart

With more than twenty five years of combined experience as a doctor of oriental medicine (acupuncturist) and licensed massage therapist Rich for years maintained one of the most successful practices in the state of Washington. He has helped and is helping thousands of people recover their health by focusing on root cause solutions. Many of his patients have come to him with serious chronic debilitating illnesses. He has had excellent results with many of these patients by returning them back to a state of health. Rich incorporates a multitude of cutting edge therapies as well as specific nutritional and herbal support. He embraces the Chinese medicine model and meridian system. This system of energetic medicine is the body’s core electromagnetic communication network which is the basis for many of the modalities that he uses. With such an in-depth educational background and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology from both Western and Eastern approaches, Rich has the unique ability to look beyond an individual’s surface symptoms to see a much larger picture, which can identify the underlying causes of many illnesses. With his knowledge and diverse skills, he is able to break these puzzles down into smaller components, and has the ability and tools to reverse many of these
conditions.

Background

Rich Brightheart, L.Ac., M.Ac., L.M.P., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), received a masters degree in oriental medicine (acupuncture) from the Northwest Institute of Oriental Medicine in Seattle, Washington in 1998. He had previously studied sports medicine at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He is nationally board certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture. He has been licensed as a massage therapist since 1984. Rich holds dozens of educational certificates in many specialties which include: various forms of applied kinesiology (muscle testing), a full spectrum of energy medicine modalities, various Chinese meridian-based therapies, several soft tissue dysfunction/rehab therapies, compromised immune and autoimmune-related illness, nutritional and environmental sensitivity repatterning, functional medicine, homeopathy, homotoxicology, herbal/nutritional support and detoxification. In addition to his formal education, he has spent hundreds of hours of independent study in the fields of immunology, microbiology, biochemistry, pathology, auto-immune illnesses, emotional healing, detoxification, herbal medicine, nutritional support, sensitivities, energy medicine
and soft tissue pain and dysfunction. Rich has taught anatomy and physiology, structural and functional kinesiology, applied kinesiology, and clinical injury rehabilitation and massage therapy at
three massage schools and one kinesiology school. He was also co-owner of a massage therapy school. He has worked with a professional sports team and alongside naturopathic physicians, chiropractors and physical therapists.
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