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About Dr. Rick Cooper, a naturopathic doctor offering holistic medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, natural functional medicine
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Dr. Cooper’s extensive training has prepared him to treat a full range of diseases and disorders. Combining therapies and varying treatments to reflect the patient’s uniqueness, Dr. Cooper treats patients with botanical medicine, nutrition, lifestyle modification, acupuncture, dietary supplements, homeopathy, CranioSacral, Auricular Medicine, naturopathic manipulation and counseling.


  • Allergies / Asthma
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Myasthenis Gravis
    • Sjorgren’s
    • Lupus
    • Graves/Hashimotos
    • Ritters
  • Cardiopulmonary
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Hypertension
    • Vascular disease
    • COPD
    • Arrhythmia
  • Diabetes/Dysglycemia/Metabolic Syndrome
  • Eczema/Psoriasis
  • Environmental sensitivities and toxic overload
    • Tremor
    • Seizures
    • Cognitive impairment
    • Decreased motor coordination
    • Hypothermia
    • Aroma sensitivities
    • Impaired immune function
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal Disturbances
    • Inflammatory bowel diseases
      • Crohns
      • Colitis
    • Malabsorption
    • GERD
    • Hypochlorhydria
    • Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Peptic ulcers
    • Constipation
    • Gas/Bloating
    • Dysbiosis
    • Food sensitivities
  • Mind Body
    • Stress management
    • Counseling
    • Meditation
    • Guided visualization
    • Breathing counseling
  • Mental and Emotional Disorders
    • Anxiety, panic attacks
    • Depression
    • Bipolar
    • OCD
    • Stress Management
  • Obesity
  • Pain Management
  • Physical medicine
    • CranioSacral
    • Naturopathic manipulation
    • Release somatisized emotions/trauma
    • Normalization of body’s energy flow
    • Normalization of nerve conduction and response
    • Resetting neural feedback control loops
    • Reestablish core muscle tone and support
    • Exercise
    • Rehabilitation

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Botanical medicine
Plants help heal wounds, boost immunity to bacterial/viral/fungal infections, reduce inflammation, modulate glucose, sooth the gastrointestinal tract, aid digestion, enhance mood, protect the brain from aging and improve cardiovascular health. Plants also affect us energetically. They can be warming, cooling, drying, or moisturizing. Liquid tincture and teas can be blended to form a synergistic therapeutic plan for your specific set of symptoms. Other forms of treatment include ointment salves, tablets and poultices.


CranioSacral therapy is a hands-on techniqie to enable the body to release restrictions within facia and restore a person's normal energy flow . Restricted bones and fascia can create physical and/or psychological symptoms as well as obsticles to cure. This technique is considered extremely safe because the practioner follows the patient body's lead; thereby, avoiding the risk of over treatment. The following is a patial list of problems which are likely to respond to craniosacral release: headache, pain from trauma injuries, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, jaw pain, abdominal pain, abnormal structure including scoliosis, Sports injuries and somatized emotional trauma. Please call to discuss your circumstances.

Lifestyle modifications
Lifestyle modification including diet, stress management, physical exercise, mental stimulation and environmental exposure can significantly improve brain health, immune deficiencies, autoimmune disease, liver disease, GI disturbances, mood disorders, learning disabilities, PMS, and menopause symptoms. Changing a life time of habits is not an easy task but results can significantly improve your quality of life. Support through literature, frequent contact and appropriate referrals is an important component of care.


Acupuncture has been used in Asia for at least 2500 years to aide with a spectrum of health issues. One area of broad acceptance is acute and chronic pain management for muscle skeletal damage caused by trauma, repetitive injury, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and surgucal procedures. Traditional acupuncture is the insertion of sterle single use needles at key locations along energy pathways (meridians) to normalize energy (Qi or Chi) flow within the body. For more details click Acupuncture

Dietary supplements
Vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, enzyme cofactors, and other key biochemical constituent’s can help the body regain the vitality it requires to heal itself and return to normalcy. Patients with reduced metabolic capabilities, because of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPS) or environmental toxins, may require supplementation to bypass blockages in key metabolic pathways. Gene testing designed to identify known SNPS is now emerging.

A myriad of biochemical reactions are occurring in every cell in our body. Each requires energy and raw materials. The body obtains these through breathing and eating. If the raw materials are absent we cannot function properly. We literally are "what we eat". The current rise of obesity is an example of how a poor diet can affect our health. Well balanced diets rich in key nutrients and free of reactive damaging toxins helps assure good health. But it is not that simple, diets must be optimized for an individuals specific health circumstances.

Samuel Hahnemann conceived homeopathy on the premise that symptoms of ill health are an expression of disharmony within a person and that treatment with very dilute solutions of a substances which causes a similar set of symptoms in a healthy individual (law of similars), will stimulate the bodies innate healing powers. Homeopathy is prescribed on a holistic basis. An initial intake may take one and a half hours and will include questions concerning a persons physical symptoms, mental/emotional state and past family medical history. Acute complaints may resolve rapidly while chronic slow developing illnesses are likely to resolve more slowly as the body heals from within.

Naturopathic manipulation
Our daily lives can be tough on our muscular skeletal system. Sprains, strains, aches and pains can affect our physical capabilities, key organ function and our mental/emotional state. Soft tissue techniques and manipulation can be an important component of any treatment plan. For instance patients with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as well as trauma victims will all benefit from physical medicine techniques.

Our mind and our body are constantly interacting. This interaction can profoundly affect our mental emotional and physical health. Unresolved emotional issues can affect organ function and the muscular skeletal system. GI disturbances can affect the brain via the enteric nerves system. It is not "all just in your head". A mind body approach to medicine and healing assures these connects will be considered when therapeutic guidelines are developed.

Ultra Lite
The Professional Weight and Health Management Program.

Auricular Medicine utilizing Bioenergetic VAS Evaluation
This technique is useful in identifying unique blockages to healing on physical, mental, and emotional levels and providing guidance on how these blockages may be resolved. Removing these blockages frees an individual to become self regulating and self healing. This involves an integrative approach, utilizing one or more Naturopathic modalities including botanical medicine, homeopathy, therapeutic drainage and detoxification, nutrition, physical medicine, and auricular acupuncture.

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