I hope everyone enjoyed the past few weeks of the Salvy Intern
Series! I think it's important to hear other students' experiences
in the program and their interests. After all, we are such a
diverse group of doctors coming from different curriculums and
schools of thought, and that is what has allowed the chiropractic
profession to persevere over the years!
It's hard to believe that that just three years ago, I was
packing up my life in Ohio to move out to Lombard and begin
chiropractic school. I remember being nervous, excited, and full of
big dreams. As my 9th trimester dwindles down, I am optimistic
about what the next months of my life will bring. I have had
terrific experiences as an intern at the Salvation Army clinic, and
I am confident that I have developed both my communication and
treatment skills with patients. Working with such an
underprivileged population has opened my eyes to what the world
will be like outside of my educational bubble. I am so appreciative
of all the people who have shared their stories and experiences
with me over the past 8 months.
As I prepare to enter 10th trimester, my head is buzzing
with thoughts. Will I find the right practice to join as an
associate? Will my path lead me back to my home in Ohio where my
family and friends are awaiting my return? Will I pass Part IV of
the national chiropractic board exams? Will I graduate having
gained all of the necessary skills and knowledge to be a successful
chiropractic physician? When will my LOAN PAYMENTS kick in? There's
a lot to think about during this transition.
What do I do when I have a lot on my mind? I go for a run.
Yesterday, to prepare for the busy week ahead, I spent my evening
running along the lakefront and enjoying the Chicago summer sunset.
There's something so calming about being one person in a city of
millions, being able to just blend in and savor each moment as it
passes me by. So for the next few weeks, I will enjoy each day one
at a time, continuing to learn from each patient I see and each
experience I encounter.
Best wishes to everyone as they prepare for finals, board exams,
and a relaxing fall break!
This week's interview with a 10th trimester intern
Intern: Thomas Slowinski
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Certifications & Specializations:
What are your graduation plans?
I plan to go directly into private practice working as an
independent contractor in an office in Chicago's southwest suburb
of Orland Park. My focus will not only be in the treatment of
neuromusculoskeletal disease but also relating to the management of
internal disorders. In addition I will practice acupuncture as I
know it to work nicely in conjunction with many treatments.
What is your favorite memory/most memorable experience
at Salvation Army?
All the stairs!! Hahaha, just kidding. It's a close knit
environment which builds a well rounded character. We're all in the
same room the majority of everyday together so when we talk about
patients, it's nice to be
able to bounce ideas off one another. We all get along and
let's not forget the constant lunches at Iguana. In short- there's
not just one thing to like about the Salvation Army Clinic
experience. It's a shame all students don't get the chance to see
our place here. As many of our patients have said "We're doing good
work up here, really making a change in these guys' lives."
What advice would you give to incoming chiropractic
students/ those interested in chiropractic?
If you're one who's wanting to help others, are enthused at the
thought of healing by touch, and are personable- this is the
profession for you! Although there's no specific recipe for the
perfect physician. Through the training however, you do have to do
your part, get through it, and take the worst times with a grain of
salt. Majorly stressing over classes, boards, etc. Letting stress
get yo you is worth the negative effects on your health--because if
you're in poor health--how can you get others out of bad
Intern: Kelsey Botterman
Hometown: Huntley, IL
What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation I will be continuing at NUHS to finish the ND
program as well as continuing to work on the MS in Human Nutrition
degree through the University of Bridgeport. After completing these
degrees, I hope to open my own practice in the Chicagoland
What is your favorite memory or most memorable
experience at Salvation Army?
My favorite part of Salvation Army clinic was the feeling of
community both within the "National Family" and with the patients.
I really loved being able to bounce ideas for patients, practice or
just life off of my fellow interns and clinician. It was an awesome
experience having such a close-knit group that still all had their
own interests and specialties to work with or just goof off with. I
will definitely miss being with my Salvy family!
What words of advice would you give to incoming
chiropractic students and people interested in the chiropractic
Try as many clubs and seminars as you have the time and/or money
for! This can really help you to narrow down what you like (and
don't like!) and will only make you a more well-rounded doctor in
the long run.
Intern: Abby Kramer
Hometown: Libertyville, IL
Applied Kinesiologist (PAK), Neuro Emotional Technique, Fascial
Movement and Performance Movement Taping (Rocktape), Webster
Technique (ICPA), Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM)
I will be practicing at Be Optimal Holistic Health Center in
Glenview, IL. We have practitioners in the fields of chiropractic,
acupuncture, and massage therapy. We also offer monthly workshops
and classes such as: yoga, meditation, health talks, and guest
speakers to help educate the community on alternative care and
wellness. I look forward to practicing in a clinic that has
something to offer for everyone!
The best thing about being an intern at Salvation Army is the
ability to help those in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation
program complete their program and better their lives through
chiropractic and holistic medicine. My favorite memory was when one
of my favorite patients, an older man, commented that chiropractic
had helped fix his broken body and soul and that he felt better
than he had in over 10 years!
What words of advice would you give to incoming
chiropractic students/those interested in
My advice would be to find your PASSION within the field of
Chiropractic. Before attending school, I had no idea that there
were so many different techniques and specializations within the
field. Take full advantage of your time in school to attend
seminars, courses, and the different clubs on campus to find what
gets you excited. Whether its nutrition, adjusting,
pediatrics, rehab, etc....hold onto that! The program is
incredibly rigorous, demanding, and exhausting! Finding techniques
and modalities that I loved helped me to see the light at the end
of the tunnel...which is treating patients and doing what I
Instead of always focusing on my experiences in the chiropractic
program, I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to hear about the
other interns at Salvation Army clinic. Each week, I'm going to
interview a 10th trimester intern about their experiences in the DC
program! First up...
Intern: Doug Krefman
Hometown: Highland Park, IL
Interests: Motion Palpation Institute,
Functional Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, English Bulldogs
I plan to join a musculoskeletal based practice in Chicago that
integrates chiropractic, rehabilitation, and medical
One patient had 7 years of low back pain, numerous MRIs, X-rays,
steroid injections, and 6 different prescribed painkillers with no
relief. Through proper patient education and chiropractic care, we
were able to resolve all symptoms and get him back to a pain-free
active life. It gave me first-hand experience that all the long
hours of practice can positively impact the lives of our
I would suggest that prospective and current chiropractic
students work for a doc and shadow as many chiropractors as
possible. No matter how many seminars and classes you attend,
nothing can prepare you for the real world like seeing actual
practicing physicians. It will also open your eyes to different
styles of practice that best suits your interests and strengths.
Also remember to practice, practice, practice! Chiropractic and
manual therapy is a psychomotor skill that can only be mastered
through lots of failures and successes!
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