Archive for tag: winter

The Calm After the Storm

The start of 2014 has been a very trying one. As I mentioned in earlier blogs, stress has been high due to my master bath remodel, car troubles, the worst winter I can ever remember, and finalizing everything for graduation. I can finally say that I think most of the stress is behind me! The weather has been slightly (ever so slightly) getting better. As of last Thursday, the finishing touches were put on our master bathroom. As of last Friday, I sold my car (huge relief). And as the weeks have been going by, more and more of my numbers and paperwork have been completed for graduation. I spent a large portion of the day on Monday cleaning, organizing, and knocking things off my to-do list. With so much stress taken off of me, I am feeling revitalized, ready for spring, and more importantly ready for graduation.

Now that school is coming to a close, I have been working on the paperwork for my license. There is lengthy application that needs to be filled out and sent into the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Along with the application, a fee, undergraduate transcripts, and graduate transcripts also need to be sent in as they approve the paperwork. It was a fairly confusing application and process to put all together, but it was a great feeling to put that envelope in the mail. Also, the sooner the state gets the application and all supplemental materials, the sooner it is processed, and the sooner I can start practicing after graduation. 

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The acupuncture course I was enrolled in ended back in the beginning of February. I have been really enjoying practicing and experimenting with acupuncture on my current patients. From carpal tunnel syndrome, to headaches, to low back pain, to muscular strains, to facial rejuvenation (an all natural form of Botox), I have been getting really good results. Most patients love having it done and some even come in requesting it. One big reason I enjoy practicing acupuncture is the fact that if certain points are not working for a patient, there's a large variety of additional points and protocols to use with them. On top of that, if a patient doesn't want to be needled, there is acupressure, auricular therapy, and cupping that can all be used to achieve similar results. 

Chicago Plus Siberia Equals Chiberia

Welcome back! It has been an interesting and some might say difficult start to the New Year. 2014 has brought almost 15 inches of snow and temperatures around -35º Fahrenheit. As Chicagoans, we should be used to weather like this, but the past three winters have been very mild, so this has been a rough awakening for most people. Hopefully this is the worst of the winter, but chances are we have a few more months of this before we see spring weather.

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Chicago + Siberia = Chiberia!
A snapshot of the snow on my balcony.

With the New Year, I started my 10th and last trimester of my chiropractic education at National University of Health Sciences. This trimester consists solely of my clinical internship with no other course work. I still am enrolled in the acupuncture elective, which will finish up around the end of January or the beginning of February. The material we still have to cover in acupuncture includes: San Jiao (triple warmer), gallbladder, liver, governing vessel, conception vessel, and auricular therapy.

I had a couple exciting developments since my last blog. On December 26th, I received my score for Part IV Board exams. A passing score for the exam is above 375, and some states require a score of 475 in order to practice. Not only did I pass, but also I received a score high enough to practice in any state. Needless to say, it was the best Christmas gift ever!

Since my first trimester in chiropractic school, I have been shadowing and volunteering with Rick Ezgur, DC, at Progressive Chiropractic Wellness Center. Over the past few months, we have been in talks about me joining the practice as an independent contractor. This can be a lengthy process in that there are initial talks, drafts of the contract, negotiations, second opinions, and final drafts of the contract. It is also important to have a lawyer look at the contract to make sure everything is up to par.

As of Tuesday this week, Dr. Ezgur and I finalized and signed the contract for me to join the practice as of May 2014. It was a very exciting day that was the culmination of all the hard work that I have put in over these past three years. Now my focus is on what I will do to get my name out there, market, and advertise about my start at Progressive Chiropractic Wellness Center, which is located on Sheffield Avenue in the north Lincoln Park area.