Ricky has been a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1986, and the co-director of Chiromedica, an integral holistic health care center since 1988. As a leader in the field of integral healing, he has brought together and assimilated the work of chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physical therapist, and massage therapists. In addition to his private practice, Fishman worked as the staff chiropractor to the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic to deliver services to the uninsured population of San Francisco. To complement his clinical work, Fishman was a professor of the humanities at New College of California for more than twenty years, as well as at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley.
Ricky teaches CAIM: Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine
This collaborative‐learning course offers a unique opportunity to interview working practitioners from complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine modalities. Students then put together a model clinic or holistic center that addresses chronic health challenges for diverse populations within integrative settings. An overview of CAIM modalities and explorations of theoretical frameworks will accompany a study of the emerging scientific evidence for integrative health and medicine. Class materials and discussions include how modalities are evaluated for their validity, safety and effectiveness; scope of practice; licensure and credentialing; educational preparation; lineages of thought; and epistemologies.