For the past few weeks, I have been lucky enough to shadow Andrew
Peters, ND, DC, in Danville, Ill., a 1997 graduate of National.
He allowed me to sit in on patient care and quizzed me on clinical
skills and treatment plan recommendations. I loved the small town
feel of his clinic and how close his patients are to him. Most of
his patients are family friends and neighbors that he sees on a
regular basis. This makes for cheap advertising through
word-of-mouth and networking.
Dr. Peters is the only doctor in his clinic but has a reliable and
people-friendly front office worker to take care of payment issues
and scheduling. This is one thing he said is a must when starting
your own clinic, as talking to patients about their health care and
then asking for payment can sever the doctor-patient relationship
and create a salesperson relationship. To avoid conflict he
definitively recommends leaving the finances up to a tactful
As for practicing naturopathic medicine in an unlicensed state,
Dr. Peters also has a DC therefore he practices under the scope of
his chiropractic license; however, he still practices many
naturopathic therapies. The thing that surprised me the most was
how receptive patients were to naturopathic medicine. Many of the
patients he sees have sought him out and come from as far as 3
hours away for his services. This motivates me even more to stay in
the Midwest and push for licensure. We need more people like Dr.
Peters in here in Illinois to perpetuate the naturopathic
Dr. Michael Cronin paid NUHS a visit recently to
lecture on up-and-coming events and therapies in naturopathic
medicine. Dr. Cronin has been an ND for 31 years and has recently
become the president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
(AANP). He practices in Arizona, a state that allows a full scope
of practice for NDs. As president of the AANP, he is committed to
providing support to states like Illinois to help them gain
He also spoke on what it was like to start a naturopathic college,
as he is the founder of the Southwest College of Naturopathic
Medicine in Arizona. He was a charismatic speaker and full of
information. It was a great experience getting to meet him.
Hello from Danville! I am writing to you from Danville, IL,
where my fellow intern Sarah and I just arrived at our hotel
to prepare for our shadowing opportunity tomorrow. We are meeting
with Dr. Peters who is a chiropractic and naturopathic physician
who practices as a primary care doctor here in Danville. He has a
variety of conditions he treats but specializes in homeopathy. I am
excited to report how tomorrow goes!
For the entire 10th Trimester, I am spending Friday clinic
shifts at the Salvation Army in downtown Chicago. It has been nice
to be able to track patients from week-to-week and monitor their
progress. The past few weeks we have had several successful
treatments with homeopathy, which I love to see!
One patient was treated with the remedy Calc Carb for a chief
complaint of fear of change, as he was placed on a new job
assignment and had a lot of anxiety revolving around his first day
at the new job. The following week the patient reported feeling
completely calm after being given the homeopathic remedy and had
much less anxiety when he started his new job earlier in the week.
I love hearing success stories like this, especially when these
patients are so thankful for any help that we can provide.
My little niece is now 5 months old!! I recently found out she
will be attending my graduation in April to watch
her Auntie A become a doctor. I am very excited about graduation
of course, but most of all I am excited for my family to visit and
spend time together. We have a trip planned for the Shedd Aquarium
and Lincoln Park Zoo just to name a few! I can't wait to show off
Have a great week!!
This week we had a huge blizzard blow through Chicago that
brought almost 2 feet of snow! In some places it felt like much
more due to the high winds causing the snow to drift. As we sat in
clinic and watched the snowstorm roll in, we finally got word we
were able to leave early to get home safe before it really got bad.
Unfortunately for some, their normally 20-minute commutes were
turned into a 2-hour plus ordeal! Luckily for me, I had gone
grocery shopping the night before and could go straight home and
prepare for my first snow day of 2011!
Aside from catching up on television watching on my extra day
off, my boyfriend and I painted our living room and began
organizing my things into the apartment. It always sounds like a
good idea to paint until you realize how much prep work there is!
Filling nail holes, sanding bumps and priming… I will be glad once
it is done! By the end of the month I will be completely moved out
of my old apartment and finally know where all of my things
Saturday Clinic Shifts
This past Saturday was our first Saturday naturopathic clinic
shift. We were surprisingly busy with each intern on shift having a
new patient. Being open on a weekend day will help patients who
work during the weekdays to be able make an appointment. We have
had many new patients since the beginning of the year, which goes
to show that word about our clinic is being spread in the
community. With our newest staff member, Julie Martin ND, coming
from a strong oncology background, she has referred several
recovering cancer patients to our clinic for adjunctive care. This
is an awesome experience for the naturopathic interns as many of us
have a specific interest in oncology.
The search for a job continues! I have had some promising leads
in the Chicagoland area but am still unsure where I want to set up
shop permanently. I am looking forward to graduation, which will
open up a lot more time for job searching. One step at a
Have a great week and let's hope for no more snow!!
This past holiday break was one of the best! Not only did I get
to spend quality time with my friends and family, I was able to
meet my boyfriend's family in Boston! Being a Midwest girl, I had
no idea what to expect in "Bean Town." I swallowed my first oyster
out of a half shell, walked along the Freedom Trail and went to a
New England Patriots football game! I was hoping to have a Boston
accent after the trip… but my friends back home gave me a hard time
when I tried to incorporate the term "wicked" into normal
The one thing that surprised me was how many people know about
naturopathic medicine. One of my boyfriend's classmates from
college shared with me her father's story of his battle with colon
cancer. He utilized alternative medicine including acupuncture and
naturopathic medicine in addition to traditional treatments. Her
father is in full remission currently and now the whole family
seeks alternative medicine practitioners for their health care
needs. This was only one of the many people I spoke with who have
been recently looking for a natural health care doctor. This got me
thinking more seriously about practicing in a licensed state, as I
want to utilize all of the modalities I have been trained to do.
There are several states in the Northeast that currently license
naturopathic medicine including Connecticut, DC, Maine, New
Hampshire, and Vermont.
One website that I have found particularly helpful in seeking
future job opportunities is the American Association of
Naturopathic Physicians. This website will advertise
naturopathic doctors in any state as long as they have graduated
from an accredited program, passed the NPLEX board exam Part 1 and
Part 2, and hold a license in a licensable state. This site also
lists job opportunities around the country for naturopathic
physicians. Another way to search for employment is good old
craigslist. My close friend Sarah was recently hired at an
integrative practice in Joliet, Ill., and she found the job listing
on craigslist! It goes to show that with a little research there
are opportunities out there.
Clinic has been getting busier every week as we are starting to
establish a larger patient base. With our new clinician on staff,
Julie Martin, ND, we are able to see more patients at one time,
which will allow greater flexibility for our patients. In addition,
we are adding a naturopathic shift on Saturday to increase our
availability in clinic. While this will be more work for interns,
we are excited to bring in more patients and practice naturopathic
I hope everyone had a nice and restful break!
This week in clinic we were introduced to the latest addition to
our clinical staff, Julie Martin ND. Dr. Martin has been in
practice for many years with an emphasis in oncology. She has spent
most of the past week learning the ins and outs of clinic so I have
not had the chance yet to pick her brain. I am very excited to have
another ND on campus and can't wait to work with her!
Happy Birthday to Me!
I am writing to you this week as a new woman… I am now a quarter
century old! I most certainly rang in this birthday with a weeklong
celebration starting by treating myself to a day off from clinic.
My boyfriend and I spent a day in downtown Chicago beginning my
celebration at the Shedd Aquarium! After touring the Amazon River,
scoping out the aquarium's token sea turtle Nickel, and paying a
visit to my personal favorite exhibit -the sea horses - we were off
to dinner at Quartino's, a delicious Italian restaurant. We topped
the night off with red velvet cake and beignets at The Grand Lux on
Michigan Avenue. I had an amazing birthday to say the least… but
that wasn't the end of the celebrations!
This weekend my friend Sarah hosted a party honoring my becoming
a quarter century old. Each guest was asked to bring a white
elephant gift, meaning, pick something in your home you no longer
want and wrap it up to be given to a lucky party guest. You go
around the room selecting gifts one by one, and then you open them
and swap them. You will never guess what I started off with… a
petrified tarantula!!! No worries however, I ended up swapping the
tarantula for toothpaste, tic-tac's and a can of lock
It was an amazing time getting to celebrate my birthday with all
of my friends from school and to think we packed 21 people into one
small apartment was a feat! It was a great time to laugh off the
stress from the week and eat way too much food! In addition to
requesting that guests bring a white elephant gift I asked that
everyone bring a non-perishable food item for me to donate to a
local food pantry. I know, I am one high maintenance b-day girl,
but it is important to help out others when we can… and to clean
out the pantry too!
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