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
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
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.
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
• First Patients and Jurisprudence Class
• Ideas for the Future
• Part IV Board Exams
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