BRENTWOOD, TN.- Helping people is why Crye-Leike, REALTORS Agent Rick Schell pursued a career in real estate sales.  As he puts it, “I got into real estate to make a living, not a killing.


“Ethics and customer satisfaction are my priorities,” said Rick.  “Helping people to sell or buy a home in a friendly yet professional atmosphere is my goal.”


His passion to help people is why he’s actively encouraging moviegoers and anyone interested in learning the truth about Lyme disease to attend the FREE screening of the documentary film “Under Our Skin” on October 20th at the Belcourt Theater in Hillsboro Village.  For Rick, his reasons for promoting the film are very personal? and in a word, selfish.


“My wife Sara and many other people in Middle Tennessee are suffering from Lyme Disease and this documentary film is so true to my life and the lives of others who have to deal with it,” said Rick.  “It’s extremely difficult to deal with physically, emotionally and financially.”


According to Rick, Sara contracted Lyme from a tick in Brentwood.  He says no doctor they saw in Nashville would test her so the couple traveled out of state to North Carolina to get a US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) positive Lyme test.  Since her diagnosis, Rick and Sara have been traveling out of state to Missouri for treatment.


The film makers of “Under Our Skin” investigate Lyme disease as an emerging epidemic where each year thousands go undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or told that their symptoms are “all in their head.”  For Rick, it tells the hauntingly familiar story of how difficult the experience can be.


“My bottom line here is that Lyme disease is here in Middle Tennessee,” said Rick.  “People had better educate themselves because this can happen to anyone and in our experience the medical community and many doctors are not prepared to diagnose it or deal with it. Lyme can mimic many different diseases so anyone or a loved one could have it and you may not know it.”


Rick’s driven to get people to the Belcourt Theater later this month to see the FREE screening of  “Under Our Skin.” As he sees it, helping people negotiate the frustrating journey of getting diagnosed and treated properly it follows his business model as a real estate agent.


“Lyme disease can make you lose your job, your spouse, your family and possibly your life,” said Rick.  I have the unfortunate experience and knowledge with this disease.  If I can help just one person then it will have been worth it.”


Rick Schell is a licensed Realtor in Tennessee based out of the company’s Brentwood East branch office located at 5055 Maryland Way.  He works with buyers and sellers in and around Davidson and Williamson counties and specializes in all types of residential and investment real estate sales with an emphasis on musicians and the entertainment business.  Rick is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), member of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).


The FREE documentary film screening of “Under Our Skin” is Monday, October 20, 2008 @ 7:00pm at the Belcourt Theater in Hillsboro Village.  Go to to read reviews and a synopsis.  To reach Crye-Leike, REALTORS Agent Rick Schell call 615-373-3085 and to learn more about Lyme Disease go to or e-mail:


Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 4,100 sales associates and 132 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in the following areas of specialty: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, commercial business and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals.  In 2007, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $5.7 billion with 32,500 closed transaction sides.