Rick Wurster was educated at the University of Southern California receiving both a Masters in Gerontology (1991) and a Masters in Physical Therapy (1993). Originally working in orthopedic and geriatric settings, Rick was inspired by his own chronic condition and changed his focus to chronic pain. In 2002 he joined a team of health professionals and helped design and operate Sacramento’s leading Functional Restoration Program. In 2005, he became one of only a handful of Physical Therapists in California to become certified in biofeedback and is now a Fellow of the Biofeedback Institute of America. Utilizing these techniques, he treats multiple chronic orthopedic and neurologic conditions in addition to sleep management, anxiety, and depression associated with chronic pain. He also practices a gentle myofascial technique known as Bowen Therapy in which he was certified in 2005. He owns and operates a charity business, Good Works Psychophysiology, and Physical Therapy, donating 100% of profits to charity.
Rick believes chronic pain patients can learn to independently manage the experience of pain, reduce the dependence on medical visits and pharmaceuticals, and emphasize function or a return to an active role in society. Personally, he is a devoted family man, with a lovely wife and four beautiful children. He has a fanatical devotion to college football, golf, and like many people love to travel. His favorite holiday is the 4th of July where he has an annual block party including a water balloon fight with 2500 balloons and a 12 ft long ice cream sundae.