Dr. Rav Ivker, DO, is our Fully Alive Medical Director, a holistic healer and family physician, psychospiritual counselor, health educator, and author. He has been practicing family medicine since 1972. For the past 25 years, after curing his own chronic sinus condition and experiencing a state of health far beyond anything he’d ever known, his focus has been on treating chronic dis-ease, especially Respiratory Healing – treating, preventing, and curing chronic and fungal sinusitis, asthma, and allergies; and teaching optimal self-care to both the public and health care practitioners.
Dr. Rav is a board-certified holistic physician, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner. He is the Co-Founder and Past-President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM); co-creator of the Annual ABIHM Review Course for physicians (MDs and DOs), ABIHM certification examination, and the ABIHM evidence-based curriculum. He is also a Past-President of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA). Dr. Ivker is a former Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine.
He is the author of four editions of the best-selling SINUS SURVIVAL: The Holistic Medical Treatment for Sinusitis, Allergies, and Colds. Dr. Ivker has also written six other books focused on the holistic medical treatment of common chronic conditions, including Asthma Survival, Arthritis Survival, Headache Survival, Backache Survival, The Complete Self-Care Guide to Holistic Medicine, and Thriving: The Holistic Guide to Optimal Health for Men. His most recent book, ‘Cannabis for Chronic Pain’, was published in September 2017.
Married for 44 years to Harriet, a psychiatric social worker, they have two daughters and sons-in-law and four grandchildren.
To better understand his transition from conventional to holistic medicine, you can read his brief chapter in a recently released men’s anthology, Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Lives. The chapter is entitled: A Leap of Faith: From Family Doctor to Holistic Healer.