Dr. Badri Rickhi was born in Trinidad, West Indies. After studying languages, literature and history, he became a physician and subsequently specialized in psychiatry. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada. On his own volition he financed and raised money to create the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM), a not for profit organization. CINIM is currently recognized as a world leader in Integrative Medicine Research. In September 2009, Dr. Rickhi was awarded the prestigious Dr. Roger’s Prize; the world’s largest monetary award for pioneers and leaders in the field of Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Rickhi studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan, Ayurvedic (Indian) and Ryodoraku (Japanese) Medicine. He also trained in Functional, Energy and Quantum Physics Medicine. He has been an appointed advisor to Health Canada on complementary therapies as well as to the World Health Organization. He was the first Canadian member to sit on the Executive Committee of the Consortium of Academic Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), currently comprised of 42 North America Universities.
He works collaboratively with a number of international centers for Health and Wellness. He has developed Home Spiritual Wellness Programs for stress and depression which have been scientifically investigated and published in peer reviewed medical journals. He has worked with professional athletes and is involved in developing a revolutionary home exercise system which has been tested and shown to significantly reduce the required time for achieving a comprehensive cardio and strength workout.
Dr. Rickhi is a published researcher who lectures internationally. He has participated as an expert in integrative medicine in televised documentaries. His workshops in spirituality have been broadcast on the Wisdom Channel. He is currently involved with the LEAP research project; an innovative online therapy program that addresses the rising concern of teenage depression and suicide and was designed with input of teenagers. If this online program proves to be effective, the goal is to make it available free of charge to depressed teens throughout the world.
About 12 years ago, Dr. Rickhi organized a small group of friends to initiate a philanthropic project in one of the poorest areas of India. To date this program has created reforestation and recycling programs, a school, a state of the art hospital, a nursing school as well as rural health centers. It also provides clothes and clean water and feeds more than 100,000 people a month. This project was recently acknowledged by the Indian Government as one of the major projects to positively impact the Indian people.
Dr. Rickhi believes it is the responsibility of health professionals to be visionary in the area of health and that true scientists are those who look for opportunities to understand the unknown. He believes that service to humanity without attachments is the most fulfilling human experience.