The Hawkeye state is up again for a re-vote on whether or not to
license naturopathic doctors as primary care physicians. Over a
year ago Iowa NDs tried for licensure but were unable to pass the
bill. As far as I have read and heard, licensure bill SF293 has
already passed the Senate subcommittee and Senate committee. The
next step is Senate floor. The president of the Iowa Association of
Naturopathic Physicians e-mailed me stating that currently we have
majority in Senate but the bill still needs much support to get
Over half of Iowa legislators have been directly informed of the
need for naturopathic medicine in Iowa and you bet I have been
recruiting friends and family back home to e-mail and call! I had
not at all been thinking about moving back to Iowa to practice but
this really throws my plans for a loop! If Iowa becomes the first
Midwest state to become licensed with a full scope of practice…Iowa
just may be my place!!
If you know anyone in Iowa or would like to be part of the
licensing efforts please send a quick e-mail stating the many
wonderful benefits of naturopathic medicine! We need all the help
we can get to get this bill through. The vote will take place
around April 29th, so we only have a short couple months to raise
The following link will take you the American Association of
Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) where you can send an e-mail
directly to support Iowa licensing efforts!
Fonda of my Honda
My gracious parents allowed me to borrow their Honda Civic for
the time being since my old Subaru finally quit on me. I am so
close to being done with school and this couldn't have happened at
a worse time! Thankfully, I have a vehicle to get around and I can
stop waking my boyfriend up early in the morning for rides! I
really am so blessed… my family and friends always have my
I hope that everyone has a chance to vote for Iowa licensure!!
Hopefully Illinois will be next!
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!!
I know this is absolutely ridiculous, but I have to admit I have
never taken the Chicago Metra train in my whole 5 years of living
here! I was actually forced to take the Metra from Downers Grove to
my Salvation Army rotation in downtown Chicago this past Friday as
my car quit on me early last week. Aside from my broken down car
being a headache, the train was so easy and the best part was I
didn't have to sit in traffic on the way back home! I am totally
going to take the train much more often!
Valentine's Day Fondue!
Since Valentine's Day fell on a Monday,
my boyfriend and I decided to make dinner and have a quiet night at
home. When I got home from my clinic shift late in the evening, I
was surprised with a bubbling pot of cheese fondue and heart shaped
rice crispy treats! Yum! On top of my dinner surprise I also
received some paraben and phthalate free bath products! I finally
have my friends and family trained to look for products that are
free of harsh preservatives that are known to create long term
Phthalates are used in plastics to give them their flexibility
and durability. The use of phthalates is being phased out, as there
are emerging health concerns over their safety. Parabens are used
to increase the shelf life of cosmetics and are found in an array
of products from shampoo to toothpaste. Parabens can also be added
to food to prevent spoilage. Products without parabens and
phthalates are becoming more available especially in many infant
bath products. It's something to keep in mind the next time you go
to the store for toiletries!
The final move!
This weekend wrapped up my month of moving… FINALLY! My
boyfriend and I rented a 16-foot truck with a car carriage attached
to the back to haul the rest of my apartment and car back home. I
know it had to be unnerving to drive that big truck with an
additional car in tow, but my boyfriend would never admit it!
It was nice to spend some time with my family and get out of school
mode for a few days.
I am counting down the days to graduation… Only 2 more months
now!! I am so ready to graduate… can't wait!!
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 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!!
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