Q: Why did you decide to come to
National University of Health Sciences and dual enroll in both
chiropractic and acupuncture?
A: I majored in mass communication and nutrition in undergrad at
Miami, and when I graduated, I ended up working in the advertising
industry for 4.5 years. It was a great experience, but I really
wanted to be involved with health care and wanted to help people on
a day-to-day basis. My father is a chiropractor and I've seen what
a great influence he's had on his patients and their well-being
over the years. I chose NUHS because of the well-rounded curriculum
and evidence-based practice program. In my
4th trimester of the DC program, I decided to try
acupuncture in the clinic to see what I thought about it, just in
case I was going to recommend it to patients in the future. I ended
up loving it so much I decided to pursue my master's degree in
Q: What are the pros and cons of dual
A: Being dual-enrolled was great because the acupuncture classes
are at night, so I was able to do both programs full-time without
having to slow down. It was also nice when studying to be able to
approach a condition from a western and eastern medicine
standpoint. Both chiropractic and acupuncture are awesome
treatments on their own, but they are so complementary with each
other that it's very beneficial for the patients to have a
practitioner that can do both. The downside of being dual-enrolled
is that it can be exhausting and it's easy to get burned out. Since
I chose to stay full-time with both programs, there were multiple
14-hour days in there that really kicked my butt.
Q: What are the pros and cons of AOM clinic and DC
A: The pros are that you get to see a variety of patients and
get to use both eastern and western treatments. The clinic
experience has been great on both sides, and the clinicians are
awesome and have really given me the guidance I needed. The AOM
clinic has allowed me to work with veterans here in Lombard and
work in a hospital atmosphere downtown as well. However, it can be
frustrating, because even as a dual-enrolled student I still had to
treat an AOM patient with acupuncture and a DC patient with
chiropractic, and I couldn't combine them in the same visit because
they are separate shifts and are overseen by separate clinicians.
But it's still good experience because it gives me an idea of how
I'll operate when I have my own practice.
Q: Where do you see the future of integrative
A: I think more and more patients are going to be searching for
a doctor or health care practice that can provide them with a
variety of treatment strategies instead of a single option. I think
patients can only benefit from having a plethora of resources
available to them that address them as a whole person and take into
account all aspects of their lifestyle. Students should really read
up on Andrew Weil, MD, who has put out some great material
regarding the importance of integrative medicine. A recent article
described his treatment strategy as "not being wedded to a
particular dogma, western or eastern, only to the
get-the-patient-better philosophy," which is the way all
practitioners should think.
Q: What are your future plans?
A: I will be opening my own practice in Indiana after I graduate
in August. I'll be working out of the same office as my soon-to-be
husband, who is also an NUHS graduate, so it will be nice to have a
National colleague to bounce ideas off of. He does a lot of
ART/DNS/MacKenzie work, where I will focus more on acupuncture, so
we'll have a variety of treatment options for our patients. I'd
love to get in part-time with a hospital in the area after a few
years of private practice, as well as focus on using my advertising
background to work with national and state organizations to promote
A BIG thanks to Lauren! We wish her the best in her future
endeavors and upcoming wedding in August.
Thank you for your continued support in the AOM blog! Have
a great week as we count down to finals and graduation.
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