This week's interview with a 10th trimester intern
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)
What are your graduation plans?
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!
What is your favorite memory/most memorable experience
at Salvation Army?
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
What are your plans for after graduation?
I plan to join a musculoskeletal based practice in Chicago that
integrates chiropractic, rehabilitation, and medical
What is your favorite memory or most memorable
experience at Salvation Army?
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
What words of advice would you give to incoming
chiropractic students and people interested in the chiropractic
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!
As my December graduation date quickly approaches, I've begun
the daunting search for an associate chiropractic position. I'm
looking forward to returning to my home state of Ohio, where I was
this past weekend for the holiday, and I'm jumping into the
interview process headfirst!
I've been keeping a close eye on the Ohio State Chiropractic
Association's (OSCA) website for associate postings in the central
Ohio area, near Columbus, and have sent my CV to a few
On Friday afternoon, I met with the first practice that I am
considering in my job search. I took with me the interviewing
skills and advice we have been given throughout school, however,
there is no better measure of your preparation than a first-hand
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I wanted to share with everyone a couple important questions or
topics that either I was asked or that a potential interviewer may
ask when applying for job. I hope these questions spark your
thought process and excite you for the opportunities that lay
It's also important to keep in mind that asking questions of the
interviewing doctors is JUST as valuable!
One of my favorite times of the year at National is our annual homecoming
weekend. Younger trimester students take advantage of the
four-day weekend and break from classes, but once you're in clinic,
it is so valuable to participate in the festivities!
With Alumnus of the Year Dr. Tony Hamm and Megan
Dr. and Mrs. Ken Dougherty were kind enough to sponsor my
attendance to this year's homecoming. Dr. Ken and his wife live in
Florida, where he practiced for 28 years in his own private
practice, and now serves the university on various committees.
With Brent Heitmeyer, Mrs. and Dr. Ken Dougherty
At this point in my education, I cherish every opportunity to
gain free knowledge. The doctors that presented covered a wide
variety of topics, and you can bet I was sitting there soaking it
With Dr. Erin Quinlan, my SA clinician
With Dr. Kristine Tohtz
The gala held on Saturday night was a perfect ending to the
weekend. President Joseph Stiefel spoke of our university and
recognized many individuals for their contributions to our
university, most notably, the late Dr. Vrajlal Vyas. Although I
never knew Dr. Vyas while he was still at the university, it was
clear that this man made a lasting impression on students, faculty
and friends within the National community. He was remembered
through the words of Dr. Robert Shiel and inducted as the newest
member of the NUHS Hall of Honor. We spent the rest of the evening
eating a delicious meal, conversing with others, and dancing the
With the university administration
A tremendous thank you to the alumni office for all of the time
and hard work they contributed to making yet another homecoming
weekend successful. I hope in years to come, I will be equally
involved with our university and be able to pay it forward to
future students at National! #TGIHomecoming15
Oftentimes in my early trimesters, I would wonder what a day in
clinic would look like. From the beginning, students dream of that
white pressed coat and intern nametag, dreaming of how exciting it
will be to finally work with real patients (aside from our fellow
classmates!). How much work would be involved with the paperwork?
How much freedom would our clinicians give us? What really cool
cases would we see?
Here is an example of a typical day at the Salvation Army
Our hours begin at 7:00 a.m. in the busy River West area of
downtown, right near the intersection of Halsted Street and Grand
Avenue. Since many of us arrive by 6:45, we spend some time
scouting for street parking and often walk 5-10 minutes to the
building. After four flights of stairs, we've reached the
Photo taken of the city while I was exploring this
Dr. Erin Quinlan begins each Monday by giving us an overview of
the week. We review who is on the mandatory "new-man" exam each
morning and make sure we have the appropriate paperwork put
together. Patients who come up to the clinic for their "new-man"
exam are people who have recently entered Salvation Army's work
therapy program, so it is our job to give them a full physical and
take an extensive history to determine if they are well enough to
participate in the program.
Most of our interns see patients independently by 9th trimester.
We have gotten into the routine of making our own schedules with
patients, completing thorough SOAP notes about each visit, and
oftentimes preparing one week's worth of supplements for the
workers to take with them. Within the intern room, we can share
patient cases and consult each other for treatment ideas. Overall,
we spend most of our time working, but we still find opportunities
for laughter and fun.
By about 1:00 p.m., all of our patients have gone to eat lunch
and the clinic is calm again. We tidy up our belongings, make sure
our routing slips have been sent down for upcoming appointments
that week, and we give our tally sheets one last review for all of
the names of patients we had seen that day. We keep very busy in
the 6 hours that we are at the clinic, but it makes for a much more
relaxing rest of the day.
If you have any questions about my experiences at the Salvation
Army Clinic, I look forward to hearing from you at email@example.com!
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