Hope the ladies and gents reading this had a great week and are
ready for a great fall season! The weather is starting to demand
jeans and a sweatshirt here in Chicago, and I'm pretty excited for
changing of the leaves, football, sweet potatoes (which I loaded
with butter last night!), and crisp air.
I attended a day-long seminar last
Saturday put on by Thomas Roselle, DC. The seminar was how to build
an integrated medicine practice, all cash, and how the professions
work together, as well as some gems from Dr. Roselle at the end of
the day lecturing on personal development, marketing, practice
building, and how to handle relationships.
A quick background: Dr. Roselle is one of the best doctors in
the U.S., and he is a National grad! He has built an 800 patient
visits a week ALL CASH practice in the Washington D.C., area with
27 employees that include MDs, DCs, acupuncturists, personal
trainers, massage therapists, nutritionists, and supporting staff.
HOLY awesome Batman! Dr. Roselle has basically done what NUHS is
trying to do, effectively put a team of CAM practitioners together
on a patient case and get paid for their time, as well as
communicate for the best patient outcome. Needless to say, I was
all ears and have lots of notes on how he built this fantastic
Dr. Roselle embodies the doctor that I want to become because he
has so many treatment tools and is truly "integrated" himself. He
is now an AK doc that has a couple diplomates in nutrition and
hundreds of hours in acupuncture and functional medicine. This is
exactly what I am working at currently. He told us the story of how
he hated AK while going to NUHS because he didn't understand it,
and the school isn't exactly "AK friendly." Then he was shown some
neat things and the results they got while in clinic and he began
learning AK and acupuncture and nutrition and the like. Fast
forward 35+ years in practice and this guy can fix the weird of the
weird. He gets results way past the typical chiropractor's results
because he integrates multiple professions to provide a more
complete treatment of his patients. READ: Not everyone's problems
are purely structural - shocker, I know!
For instance, Dr. Roselle was featured on MTV's "True Life" and
essentially had a "doctor off" against the top allergy MD in the
country. They each had a young teenager who could literally only
eat 5 foods or would go into anaphylactic shock and was in the
hospital 5 days a week before seeing Dr. Roselle. Dr. Roselle
utilized his AK and Gonstead adjusting, balanced acupuncture
meridians, functionally treated the gut with naturopathy
principles, gave adrenal support, and then did some of his non-AK
treatments to desensitize the patient to the allergens. The
beautiful thing about this is it can be all done by a chiropractor
trained in AK.
The paradigm that he talks about, one that is established in AK,
is treating a patient from the Structural, Emotional, and
Biochemical levels. A triangle of treatment that approaches the
patient in a holistic and integrated manner. We get these things at
National, but NUHS is still working on putting them all together
for the students, which is why I love learning from Dr. Roselle
because he's put it together.
So how did it work out?
Dr. Roselle's patient after a year of care can now eat almost
anything (no McDonald's haha) and now is well enough to go to
college and go on to lead a normal life. The MD's patient
unfortunately still battles the food allergies and is still trying
to work on adding foods into his life without going into shock. The
MD thinks it's all in their "head." To that I say...be proud to be
a chiropractor. The things you will be able to do, provided you go
to extra seminars and clubs is truly fantastic. If you want some
more of this stuff, go to AK club on Fridays at noon in the
Editor's Note: John Cress, DC, formerly appeared in this
spot as a student blogger for the DC program. Christian has
relinquished his space to his friend John for some words of wisdom
from an NUHS grad.
Hello again future chiropractic students. For those
of you who do not follow the NUHS web logs, I am Dr. John Cress, a
past blogger and a December 2010 graduate. Prior to NUHS, I earned
a bachelor's degree in sports medicine and was a certified massage
Let me first say that I had a wonderful and positive experience
during my time at National. For a small town guy from the
Appalachian Mountains, it was quite the jump moving to Lombard,
Illinois. The experience I gained from working as an intern under
Drs. Mark Hartsuyker, Anna Jurik, and Bruce Hodges has prepared me
very well for my career.
Currently, I am teaching anatomy, physiology and kinesiology at
the Universal Spa Training Academy (USTA), a massage school in
Downers Grove, Illinois. As my first teaching position, I have
leaned on my experience being a student and have shown the same
compassion and integrity that I have learned from the anatomy
faculty at NUHS.
I am also an initial reviewer for CID Management, which provides
utilization and peer review services to support a company's
workers' compensation organization. As a reviewer, I have
capitalized on the training I learned during the Evidence Based
Practice class. This training has not only helped me in my position
at CIDM, but also helped guide my practice.
Finally, I am very close to opening Active Care Chiropractic
& Rehabilitation in downtown Arlington Heights, Illinois, with
co-owner and NUHS alumni Dr. Amanda Karm. You can find us on the
web at www.activecareah.com. It has been a very
challenging and rewarding journey from first tri student to
My advice for future students is something I learned from Dr.
Sue Darby and that I tell my own students. "It is only 15 weeks.
Fifteen weeks for the semester and then you are one step closer to
your goal. Practice time management and do your best to stay in the
moment. This will not only make you a better student, it will also
make you a better doctor." Good Luck!!
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