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!!
Yes, I am still in the process of moving! Did I mention my
family is the best?? My mom and brother came back to Chicago for
Round 2 of moving. In between moving and packing we had time to go
for a nice sushi dinner and have some good laughs! I have been so
stressed out lately with keeping on track with graduation
requirements and moving that it was nice to see my
Scoping Out Shadowing Opportunities
I've been searching high and low for a naturopath to shadow in
the Midwest and finally came across Andrew Peters, DC, ND, in
Danville, IL. He is more than happy to host a baby ND like myself
and to teach me the ins and outs of practicing in Illinois.
Although he practices in a rural community in southern Illinois, I
am sure he has words of wisdom for setting up a practice and how to
recruit patients. Dr. Peters said there should be many patient
visits to sit in on and he also mentioned that his office is BYOS…
Bring your own stethoscope! I am anxious to learn from a doc in the
With Valentine's Day here, I had to keep up with tradition by
buying Grissom, my boyfriend's cat, a Valentine's day outfit. He is
a very docile cat and humors me when I want to dress him up. We had
a good laugh torturing him!!
I've heard the weather is going to warm up by the end of the
week… I sure hope so! We need sunshine to melt all this leftover
snow in Chicago!
I hope everyone has a great week!
This week marks the first week of my 9th Trimester here in the
naturopathic program. I can't believe that is has been 3 years
since I began and I have only 2 more trimesters left!
After spending my last break on the West Coast from Portland to
Los Angeles, I have to admit, I was anxious to get back into a
routine. I had so many amazing experiences I don't know where to
I started off my vacation in Portland, OR at the 25th Annual
Naturopathic Convention. After a group of fellow students and I
participated in the ZRT collegiate bowl we attended as many
lectures at the convention as we could. This year there seemed to
be a focus on naturopathic doctors treating abroad and how we can
help support doctors internationally. One opportunity that students
have been taking advantage of is in Nicaragua called NDI
(Naturopathic Doctors International). Dr. Tabitha Parker
heads NDI and welcomes students to travel to her clinic to gain
experience with international health care. I never knew there were
such amazing things going on in naturopathic medicine!
Another opportunity a fellow student and I took advantage of was
to shadow in a naturopathic clinic in southern California. The
doctor had his practice in an office building with many other
health professionals from dentists to family practice medical
doctors. The ND mainly utilizes IV therapeutics treating conditions
ranging from advanced cancer and liver cirrhosis to Lyme disease
and overall disease prevention. In talking with patients during
their treatment, I realized there is an absolute need for more NDs
in southern California. One patient drove over 2 hours in traffic
for her appointment and spent almost 3 hours in the clinic
receiving treatment! She was literally begging my friend and I to
start up practice in California because they need us there! I've
never thought about living on the West Coast, however, there is a
real demand for what we do!
I finished off my vacation in Los Angeles beach hopping with the
intention of not thinking about school and getting in some much
needed R&R. Although it was very relaxing, I found myself
continually visualizing myself after graduation and wondering what
I am going to do! There are moments of pure terror not knowing what
the future holds yet at the same time I am so excited to be done
As for now I am focusing on fulfilling all of the requirements
for graduation including patient recruitment, papers and grand
rounds presentations… in the meantime I will keep you posted this
trimester what being a naturopathic intern is like!
With the trimester flying by, the ZRT naturopathic medical
students' collegiate bowl at the annual naturopathic convention is
fast approaching! We have booked our flights to Portland and made
our hotel reservations, so there is no turning back! The group of
four of us who are going to participate are meeting weekly to
practice for the competition. Although I am very excited to compete
for NUHS, the next few weeks are going to be crazy with taking
final examinations early, as we will be missing the last two weeks
of school. A few crazy weeks of examinations will be well worth it
once we are in Portland!
While we are out on the West Coast, we plan to shadow at as many
naturopathic clinics as we can. Being so close to graduation,
making connections with practicing NDs is becoming more important.
We already have one shadowing opportunity set in stone in southern
California. I can't wait to report back on how it goes!
In Botanicals recently, we discussed the topic of treating
cancer in a naturopathic clinical setting. This topic is
particularly interesting to me as I plan to pursue further
education in naturopathic oncology. The field of oncology is vast,
therefore most naturopathic treatments are guided toward integrated
care and supporting the body's ability to tolerate debilitating
chemotherapy, radiology and surgical treatments. There are many
botanical formulas that can be given to help patients gain their
energy and strength back after oncology treatments and to help with
the brain fog patients experience post-chemotherapy referred to as
"chemo brain." The lecture on botanical uses in cancer is just the
tip of the iceberg when it comes to naturopathic therapies that can
be utilized as adjunctive treatment in the field of oncology.
We're also discussing oncology in depth in both Internal
Medicine and Functional Medicine. I am a total cancer junkie… so I
will be sure to relay any interesting information!
With about 10 papers and 3 presentations looming over my head I
had better get to typing! Have a great week!
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• ND Clinic Format
• Love Your Profession
• MD vs. ND
• CAM Day
• Working During School
• Q&A with Readers
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