Rich Petke, ND



Current Roles:

Adjunct Faculty - Department of Naturopathic Medicine


  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, BS in Computer Science, minor in chemistry, 1976
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, ND, 2010
  • Internship (2009-2010) and residency (2011-2013) with Jordam Developmental Pediatrics
  • Certified Irlen screener, 2009

Teaching/Healing Philosophy:

Health is much more than just the absence of detectable disease; it is a state of total harmony in one's being. Almost everything we measure in nature shows a normal (bell-shaped) curve. It is critical to remember that normal ranges are just that - normal (statistical) ranges.  Some people naturally live outside of normal ranges - they live in the tails of the normal curve. Healing is the art of discovering a person's natural balance points and assisting them to achieve that harmony. 

Clinical Interests:

  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Health
  • Diabetes - all types, all ages
  • Communicable diseases
  • Vaccines and vaccine alternatives
  • Autism spectrum
  • Developmental delay
  • Educational challenges (dyslexia, ADD, giften, Itlen syndrome, etc.)
  • Hypnotherapy

Past Professional Experience:

  • Family Medicine practice in Flagstaff, AZ 2010 - 2016
  • Developmental and behavioral pediatrics sub-specialty practice in Phoenix, AZ 2011 - 2016
  • Brain Gym instructor

Books or Articles Authored:

  • "Is it Really ADHD?" Naturopathic Doctor News & Review, Volume 10, Issue 9, September 2014
  • "Remarkable Transformation for an Adult Leaner," Brain Gym Global Observer, Volume 2, Number 2, May 2011

Professional Affiliations:

Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians


  • Eagle Scout
  • BSA's Silver Beaver Award