It's a bittersweet entry this week, as this is my last blog as
an NUHS student. Sad right? I can't believe it's been a year and
half that I have been sharing my "wisdom" with everyone. It's been
an incredible three and half years. I know its cliché, but the time
really did fly by. It seems like yesterday I was sitting in
orientation with Dr. Stiefel, listening to how rigorous the next 3+
years of my life were going to be. He wasn't joking either. Those
first 2 years, I was a slave to my textbooks, notes, and
presentations. The load thinned out over this past year in clinic,
but the practice and studying was still and will always be a huge
part of my week to week.
Jeff, Guy, and I at a graduation dinner on Saturday.
I cannot thank our professors enough for the countless hours of
help and dedication they've put towards us:
Enough with the goodbyes. My time at NUHS has been great. I
can't believe all that I've learned over the years, and all the
friends I've made along the way. Congratulations to the graduating
class of 2012!
Jeff, Guy, Dan, me, and Margaux
All of us down here have plans on practicing in Florida. Margaux
plans on pursuing veterinary chiropractic in the St. Petersburg
area, Dan Johns has his eye on a practice in Fort Lauderdale, Guy
Reshamwala is taking over one of his older brother's practice in
Hudson, Jeff Bourguignon will be independently contracting in
Tampa, and of course I will be opening my practice in Tampa as
well. My door will always be open, and I will continue to answer
any emails that come my way. Thank you to everyone who has read the
blogs, and Ms. Marie Olbrysh for allowing me to send in my thoughts
I'll leave everyone with an excerpt from one of my early blogs,
a fable I took from Aesop's fables: "Hercules and The Wagoner":
A carter was driving a wagon
along a country lane, when the wheels sank down deep into a rut.
The rustic driver, stupefied and aghast, stood looking at the
wagon, and did nothing but utter loud cries to Hercules to come and
help him. Hercules, it is said, appeared and thus addressed him:
'Put your shoulders to the wheels, my man. Goad on your bullocks,
and never more pray to me for help, until you have done your best
to help yourself, or depend upon it you will henceforth pray in
Always take responsibility for what you are doing, and remember
that self-help is the best-help. Never stop learning, and never
Catch you guys on the flip-side,
Welcome back. I hope everyone's weekend went well. I definitely
feel as if I need at least one more day off to recuperate. Seemed
as if my weekend was jammed full of activities.
Friday kicked off the weekend when I met with the doctor I will
be associating with once I graduate. The doc I'll be working with
has 5 offices in the Tampa/St. Pete area and I will be lucky number
6. For the past 4 months it has been my job to find a space for my
future clinic, and Friday was the day I presented the space to my
future partner for approval; needless to say it was a big meeting.
It has taken close to two months of going back and forth between
the owner of the building, and the person currently leasing the
space to concede to allowing us to take a look and hopefully take
over the building.
The space is perfect. It is currently a doctor's office and
therefore there is almost zero build out necessary. In addition to
being a killer building, it is in the heart of South Tampa directly
across the street from Palma Ceia Country Club on a major roadway.
I guess I didn't need to be as nervous as I was with all things
considered, but the nerves were there nonetheless. Long story
short, the doc loved it, and he asked for the lease to be drawn up!
So it looks like I have a place to set up shop, and we even set a
tentative opening day of March 1, 2013.
Purvi Patel, Dustin Bledsoe, and myself at Campus Visit
After a heavy night of celebrating, I was up bright and early on
Saturday to speak with prospective students at our Campus Visit
Day. We could not have asked for a better turn out. I highly
recommend the visit day to anyone reading who is considering the
chiropractic program down here in St. Pete. This was the first time
I was a part of the day, and I was completely impressed.
We began with a brief introduction of NUHS, its philosophy and
the DC program, then proceeded on a campus tour. The first stop was
our evaluation and management lab where Dr. Jennifer Illes spoke a
little more on the curriculum, and Purvi Patel, Dustin Bledsoe and
myself worked up a mock patient to show off some of the skills
we've accrued throughout our education. From the technique lab we
hit the always-popular anatomy lab, and finished up at the clinic.
The day itself wrapped up with a question and answer period that
put us students in the hot seat. We answered a lot of great
questions, and did our best to give as accurate a portrayal of
student life as we could. Even after all the talk of studying and
practicing we had 7 applications turned in at the end of the
Tailgate party with friends.
I wasn't done after the visit day. Saturday my FSU Seminoles
played the USF Bulls here in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium. The
visit day concluded at 12:30 p.m. and I was at a tailgate at 1:30
p.m. I had a blast catching up with old college buddies who were in
town, and even more fun watching the Noles put another "W" on the
As, if my weekend couldn't get any better, I was invited to the
Bucs game Sunday against the Washington Redskins. The Bucs didn't
have the same fate as the Noles, but the game was exciting
nonetheless. The Bucs went up 22-21 with about 45 seconds left.
Unfortunately, the Skins used those 45 seconds to march 80 yards
down the field and kick a field goal of their own to win the game
22-24. Regardless, we had a good time.
At the Bucs game.
If anyone has any questions on Campus Visit Day, or getting
going on a new practice, please let me know. Have a killer
Go NOLES! #3 RANKED!!
Hello all, and welcome back! I hope everyone is refreshed
and his or her breaks were as great and carefree as mine.
Personally, I had a great two weeks off.
I'm sure Lombard has its share of activities, but there's nothing
like spending the day on the beach, then looking out on Tampa Bay
as the sun's setting with a cold one (or two). I suppose the
scenery and plethora of things to do here comes with the territory.
The one downside of this seemingly perfect paradise is having to
get back to the grind after a two-week tease. (The above photo is
the view from aunt's dock that I frequented over the
I did take care of some business during my break by shadowing a
great DC in Tampa. Shadowing doctors in your area, and especially
in the area where you're planning on practicing, is invaluable to
your soon-to-be professional career. Our education here at National
is insurmountable in my opinion, but real-world experience has no
I spent a day in the office of Dr. Carl Conforti over the break
and not only affirmed my own knowledge, but I learned a lot about
creating personal relationships with patients and some of the
behind the scenes work that goes along with having your own
practice. It was only a few half days out of my break and it paid
My seventh trimester here at National is beginning and I can
already tell I will not be at a loss for things to do. This is my
last trimester before heading into Student Clinic, and it's time to
get on my "doctor face." As I'm writing this, I'm in shirt and tie,
with my white coat occupying the back of the seat beside me. Today
is our first day being recorded with a simulated patient, and
needless to say I'm pretty stoked. This is what I've been working
towards for as long as I can remember--not being filmed in a room
with a stranger--but being a doctor. I'm curious as to how I'm
going to do. Stay tuned for next week and I'll let know how it
Me, Margo, and Guy getting ready to meet our first recorded
Finally, I'd like to wish everyone taking national boards this
upcoming weekend the best of luck! I have only taken part one, and
though it was challenging, our professors have a done a great job
preparing us, and I made it through just fine, as I'm sure you will
all do as well.
It's going to be a great trimester. Good luck to everyone, work
hard, and I'll catch ya on the flip side….
Last week I was talking about the business end of our
profession, and I was revisiting that topic this past weekend as I
was putting together a business/marketing plan for my future
clinic. As I sat down at my computer, staring at a blank word
document (much as I was doing about 2 minutes ago), I had to come
up with somewhere to start. I was making a plan to become a doctor,
but what is a doctor? What kind of doctor do I want to become? In
all my experiences with physicians in my life (there's been a few,
I was a sickly fella when I was young), one stood out to me, my
allergist Dr. Adler.
I've known Dr. Adler for as long as I can remember, and for that
long he's been more of my teacher than my doctor. I am allergic to
just about everything in nature, so it was crucial for him to
explain to me how to avoid certain triggers. For Dr. Adler, it
wasn't about pushing drugs down my throat, or allergy shots in my
arm, he found it critical for me to understand my problem and find
practical ways to keep it under control.
To be a doctor should also mean to be a teacher. A successful
physician forges relationships with his patients and ultimately
wants them well--what better way than to help teach your patients
how to achieve that goal. It's a "better to teach a man to fish
then to plop a filet down in front of him" kind of a thought. I
hope this is a tip that some of you will take to heart.
One my favorite teachers here in Florida, David "Coach"
Seaman, DC, teaching Tri 5 GI/GU E&M class.
Our Tri 6 crew and I have taken over teaching/mentoring the
Florida chapter of Motion Palpation Club, in hopes to sharpen our
skills as teachers. Start learning how to teach, and practice your
skill where you can.
Time to step down from the soapbox.
I hope everyone has a great week and has a little time to
recharge their batteries before finals roll around. I've
recently tried to pick up a new hobby to get my head out of the
books for a while--helping a buddy make some home-brewed beer. For
those of you who know me, you probably wouldn't be surprised that
my new hobby has something to do with beer. In my opinion, one
needs some kind of hobby to keep their sanity during these nearly 4
years of chiro-madness, and why not have that hobby include making
your own alcohol? Ha ha ha.
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