Dr. Rick Santimaw BHSc., ND

Dr. Rick Santimaw graduated with honors from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Health Science degree, a specialization that has helped him develop a firm understanding of the human body and all of its intricacies. Dr. Santimaw went on to graduate from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) where he underwent extensive medical training, preparing him to competently diagnose and treat patients in a holistic manner. It was at BINM that he acquired a great appreciation for the delicate balance between all aspects of the human body, mind, and soul.
Dr. Santimaw combines his understanding of the human body in both health and disease with the principles of naturopathic medicine to provide his patients and students with a professional and integrative approach to optimal health. He strongly believes that a healthy lifestyle is easily attainable and works closely with all of his patients to help them achieve this goal.
Having spent the last decade practicing naturopathic medicine at various clinics in Vancouver, Rick also worked for eight years at the BINM where he taught as a professor and worked in the teaching clinic as a clinical supervisor.
Dr. Santimaw is filled with enthusiastic positive energy and is committed to providing the highest standard of quality care for all his patients. Rick is proud to teach Nutritional Pathology and Body Metabolism at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Vancouver Campus.

  • NP 07 Nutritional Pathology

    This course provides a thorough understanding in the study of the traits, causes and effects of disease, as seen in the structure and workings of the Human body. The course will focus on the several body systems, including the etiology of various disease states and effective recognition of the various nutritional factors involved with the disease process. Pathology and symptomatology of various conditions that will be covered include those that affect the digestive, gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, musculo-skeletal, immune and nervous systems. Students will also learn proper terminology involved in identifying various disease conditions.

  • BM 002 Body Metabolism

    Nutrition is intimately linked with body metabolism. The goal of this course is to give you an understanding of what the body does with the food we eat. We begin with a detailed study of enzymes including the importance of vitamins and minerals. We then examine metabolic reactions used to obtain energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat as well as reactions used to rid our body of wastes such as urea and uric acid. The key role of the liver in metabolism will be emphasized throughout the course. Other topics will include digestive hormones, production of lactic acid, lipid carriers and the effects of low carbohydrate diets, including the effect on insulin/glucagon ratio, gluconeogenesis, ketosis and more.