Essential Program

Some of our most encouraging success stories are with patients who have a variety of long-term symptoms but have been unable to get a diagnosis.

The Essential Program is designed for those who want to maintain wellness, avoid prescription medication to treat daily concerns, prevent chronic illness, or have been struggling to find an answer to their health questions. Our doctors take the time needed to do a full evaluation of both your health history and your current concerns. They work together with our lab to find your unique bio-chemical makeup and they use this information to uncover the root cause of your symptoms. Our goal is not to mask your symptoms, but to uncover and address the causes. Are you ready to find the answers and begin making the changes needed to move towards Real Health?

Who would benefit from this program?

We work with people dealing with a wide variety of health concerns. If you are dealing with a long-term condition, or multiple health concerns, such as the examples below, then we feel you would benefit from the Essential Program.

Food Sensitivities and Gut Issues Arthritis and Inflammation Chronic Pain
ADD/ADHD Anxiety Headaches and Migraines
Adrenal and Generalized Fatigue Hormone Replacement Therapy Autoimmune Conditions
Mold Exposure Chronic, undiagnosed health concerns And more…
*Complicated or chronic cases may need to utilize the Advanced Program for best results.



What to Expect

During your initial visit, your doctor will develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs. This will include a variety of lifestyle and nutrition instructions, an outline of daily supplementation products, IV and clinic services, follow-up appointments, or educational resources. This yields a highly customized holistic treatment plan that will put you on the path to better health. As a patient at the Riordan Clinic, you will be fully involved in the discovery process of getting well. Please plan on being on campus for a full day.

Check-In Process

Co-learners start by checking in at reception (in Wichita, this is Dome 1). At this time, you will turn in the completed New Patient Intake Forms and relevant medical records from the last six months. A member from our clinic team will then greet you and take you to your blood draw and first appointment.

Laboratory Profiles and Testing

Laboratory testing is essential to the process and is necessary to detect nutrient deficiencies and screen for other major health issues. All new patients going through the Essential or Advanced Programs will participate in the Real Health Discovery lab profile (see what’s included). Our doctors use the results of this lab testing as a vital tool in discovering the root cause of your health concerns.  Because laboratory testing requires fasting, we will have you meet with one of our experienced phlebotomists as your first step in the day’s schedule.  Tests are performed through the convenience of our onsite Bio-Center Laboratory.

“The causes of these chronic diseases are buried deep, and without digging in with the lab testing
you may just be covering up symptoms and missing the opportunity to correct the root causes.”
– Dr. Ron Hunninghake, Chief Medical Officer


Initial Visit with Physical Assessment

You will spend up to ninety minutes with the provider, sometimes more, reviewing your health history and discussing any symptoms or concerns regarding your health or personal goals. The doctor will also perform a routine physical examination. Based on your physical examination, health history, and symptoms, your doctor may order additional lab tests and will establish your individualized treatment plan.

Lab & IV Consultation

After meeting with the doctor or provider, co-learners (patients) will talk with a member of our clinic team who will review the laboratory orders, IV nutrition plan, and other services recommended by the doctor. Our staff can answer any questions you might have throughout the process and even after you return home.

IV Nutrition

Everyone, no matter their health status, can benefit from IV Nutrition. Your body’s cells depend upon nutrients to fuel their energy-producing biochemistry. IV Nutrition is the fastest way available to replenish chronically depleted nutrient reserves. As part of the Essential Program, co-learners will receive an IV infusion that will include a variety of nutrients customized and based on your nutritional needs. This initial IV will contain up to 25 grams of Vitamin C and other nutrients. Learn more about IV Vitamin C.

Return Appointment with Lab Review

Lab results take approximately ten business days to return. Before you leave on your first day, we will ensure that you are scheduled for your first return appointment, which will be used to review your treatment plan, check progress, and discuss lab results. This appointment is included in the cost of the Essential Program.



Program Cost

The cost of the Essential Program starts at $3,500. This includes your initial doctor’s appointment, one IVC, your first return appointment, where you will review your lab results, and the Real Health Discovery lab profile as outlined above.

Because each patient is treated as an individual, this number is a general approximation and can vary both higher and lower than the range given. All costs will be explained to you thoroughly, and you can make decisions as you move forward. Our staff is always available to answer questions and provide support in all aspects of your care.

After meeting with your doctor and discussing your individual health needs, additional labs, clinic therapies or services, and supplements may be recommended at an additional cost to the program. Information regarding insurance coverage and payment options can be found on our Payment FAQs page.

Get Started

Take the first step to better health: schedule your appointment today! Give us a call, or use the form below, and we’ll walk you through scheduling your first appointment and answer any questions that you might have.

800-447-7276 |


Have More Questions Before Deciding? Doctor Call Times are Available

These weekly appointed times give potential patients the opportunity to speak with one of the Riordan Clinic providers to answer basic questions about the clinic, their backgrounds, and areas of expertise.  Find out more about Doctor Call Times.




Over the next several months, it will be important to implement the nutrition and lifestyle changes, supplement recommendations, follow-up appointments, and clinic services that your treatment plan outlines. By taking an active role in your recovery, you will better understand the systemic causes of your illness, thus enacting a positive impact on your health.

Throughout your time at the Riordan Clinic, your doctor will likely suggest supplements for you to take and may adjust that list during your appointments and as they continue to review new lab results. We offer several sales and opportunities to purchase products at a discount throughout the year, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and open emails that you receive from the Riordan Clinic.

Food as Medicine Course

All new patients will receive a flash drive with a recording of the Food as Medicine course and a digital copy of the textbook. The in-depth course will connect the dots and address some fundamental questions about how our diet impacts our health and well-being and how it contributes to the progression of chronic disease. If you would like to attend this class in person, it is offered monthly at our Wichita campus.  Learn more about this course.