After an accomplished professional classical ballet career in South Africa, Rika Keck moved to NYC. Since 1997, she established herself as an expert in sport-specific exercise, post – surgery rehabilitation and posture correction. This included employment at the Peninsula Spa, NYC, as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Co-coordinator, and teaching of group classes at Equinox, Chelsea Piers, and David Barton. Through her own experiences of past health challenges and a serious physical injury in 2019, Rika herself is witness to the positive and healing effects of physical and exercise rehabilitation.
In 2006, she founded NY Integrated Health, LLC, a holistic fitness and health coaching company. The mind-body philosophy incorporates customized physical, mental and emotional nourishment plans with a focus on education and self-empowerment. Incorporated are clinical evaluations, lifestyle assessments, specialized functional testing options, fertility health, and wellness coaching programs with chronic health concerns. She addresses the person as a whole, and is a trusted long-term health advocate for many of her clients (and their children).
Rika is also an invited guest blogger on various health blogs where she shares her expertise on a variety of health and nutrition topics. She also enjoying her stint as an interviewer when she hosted her own radio show called Dynamo-Lunch-Radio with a variety of medical guests.
Rika has been involved in the complex arena of sickness associated with Lyme disease and co-infections since 2007. To this day she is committed to continuing education regarding Long Covid, mold sickness, MCAS, viral challenges, and autoimmune illnesses in children and adults. Some have called her a health investigator, as she is resourceful, experienced, and highly diverse in her knowledge and professional network.
She has continued ongoing studies from leading Lyme-literate medical doctors, environmental, and international alternative treatment experts. In her health coaching practice, she is a trusted advocate for her clients, with whom she embarks on healing partnerships. Her husband’ s two bouts of Lyme disease, and Babesia divergens, have made her commitment to working with Lyme disease and co-infections a personal passion.
NOURISH, HEAL, THRIVE: A comprehensive and holistic approach to living with Lyme disease. Available on Amazon / IBook’s/ Barnes Noble online
NOURISH YOUR BRAIN cookbook: Terrific 60 recipes that energize, improve focus, and stabilize blood sugar.
In addition, Rika appeared as a health expert on various panels, was a frequent guest blogger, and host of her own radio show. To this day Rika has a clientele based in the USA and in Europe.
Rika Keck is a proud member of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.) She is also a founding member of The Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) ambassador education program. Before Covid-19, she was active in presenting GLA “How To Prevent Lyme Disease” in the Litchfield, CT, community.
With Covid-19, she has expanded her practice in Washington Depot, CT. She now trains clients in her boutique studio in an exclusive setting. Presently she trains clients in NYC, and in Washington.
Currently Rika is enrolled in the two-year Feldenkrais “Awareness Through Movement” certification. This has been an incredible change regarding her whole person approach. When working with fitness and health coaching clients. It was a severe leg injury that resulted in her seeking another healing modality. She is excited to bring this training into the Lyme disease and Long Covid community.
Rika is available for distance coaching and tele consultations. Enhancing immune resilience and immune regulation is a mainstay in her health coaching practice, which is based on personalized and holistic therapies.
She enjoys public speaking opportunities regarding Lyme disease prevention, and interactive fitness and nutrition workshop presentations where she can share her knowledge with passion, sincerity, and a sense of humor.
Certified in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®, FDN – P
Reed Davis, CN, FDN
Issued Jul 2013
Applied Clinical Nutrition
Texas Chiropractic College, Standard Process of Central Texas, approved by American Naturopathic Board
Issued Jan 2011
Certified Advanced Metabolic Typing®
The Healthexcel System of Metabolic Typing, Bill Wolcott
Issued Jan 2006
Chek Practitioner Level 2
CHEK Institute, CA
Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3
CHEK Institute, CA
American Academy of Environmental Medicine
ILADS 2016, International Lyme And Disease Society
ILADS Fort Lauderdale, 2015
Personalized Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Jeffrey Bland, Chicago 2015
Women’s Health: Mind-Mood
Weight-Loss Guide: Traditional Chinese Medicine
“Chronic Disease & Inflammation” Healthy Medicine Academy AZ
“Green Medicine”, Peeka Trenkle New York Open Center
“Medical Intuition” Elaine Woodall, New York Open Center
‘Supporting the Patient dealing with Cancer’, Michael Gaeta
Applied Clinical Nutrition – 100 hour credits, Texas Chiropractic, Standard Process
Balancing Hormones: Cycling Women, Janet Lang.
Bioenergetic Methodologies: Energetics
CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coaching level 1-3
Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD: “Biological Medicine, February 2012′
Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD: ”Healing the Brain” – Biological Medicine, Brain Inflammation, NYC May 2013
Dr. Mark Hyman: Reversing the “Diabesity” Pandemic, may 2012
Enrolled in ‘Functional Diagnostic Nutrition’ course
Enrolled in ‘Functional Diagnostic University’ online course
Healthy Medicine Academy, AZ,: Integrative Cancer Medicine: “Clinical Applications of Cancer Strategies Symposium” April 2013
Healthy Medicine Academy: :Advances in Cancer Strategies Symposium” April, 2012
Phytotherapy for Skin Disorders, Rob Santich BHSc, MNHAA
Psych-K, basic level
Reiki Level 1-2