I know that discussing the weather is one of the most monotonous
topics you can have, but it seems to be quite the topic these days!
For the past three weekends in Chicago, the weather has just tanked
from the sunny mid-80s to the rainy mid-50s. There's no doubt in my
mind that the weather has a tremendous impact on a person's mood
and well-being. Despite the dreary, chilly weekend with some very
moody weather, I made the best of my time off!
One of my best friends, Michelle, visited from Ohio last
weekend. I love having the opportunity to take friends around the
big city and explore all Chicago has to offer! We did our best to
sightsee the city from the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, however the fog
was a little difficult to see through! We had the chance to spend
Saturday afternoon on North Avenue Beach, and the scene was
definitely a little more picturesque. :)
Life in 9th trimester is flying by! I'm finding myself
constantly referencing old textbooks and notes, reviewing the best
treatments for various musculoskeletal conditions and then applying
them to patient care.
I've also found myself being much more focused on understanding
Process products and other various supplement companies. So
many of the patients I see have underling nutritional
insufficiencies, and even offering them a small dosage multivitamin
can provide them with the building blocks for physiological
function. As we've learned in school, addiction of any type has
such profound effects on the physiology of the brain and the body,
and sometimes the best treatments we can offer them are palliative
care and supplementation to support overall health. Being in clinic
is the perfect opportunity to try new things, figure out what
works, and identify what doesn't. I have so much more to learn!
Wishing everyone a productive and positive week!
In today's world, the human race has forgotten what it means to
be in touch with our inner selves. With our fast-paced jobs, busy
family schedules, and packed social lives, when do we find time to
reflect on our purpose in life?
Wanderlust 108 is nationwide "mindful triathlon," bringing
people together for a 5K run, outdoor yoga, and meditation session.
This past weekend, I attended the Chicago Wanderlust festival with
my friend Krissa in the beautiful Morton Grove Forest Preserve.
Unfortunately, the weather wasn't exactly on our side that day,
turning from a cloudy overcast to a cold morning rain. Talk about
getting in touch with nature! Nonetheless, the festival prevailed
and the hundreds of attendees enjoyed the morning of
Despite the wind and the rain, we participated in an amazing
movement that brought together people from all across the Chicago
area. Yoga in the rain brought about so much peacefulness, and I
found myself feeling at one with nature. Joining together with
hundreds of people, all there with a common purpose, was truly an
uplifting experience. The practices of yoga and meditation give us
the opportunity to connect not only with our physical bodies, but
also our minds.
This week, as a beautiful new month begins, I encourage everyone
to take a step back from your busy lives and find your inner Zen.
Welcome back everyone, after a long Memorial Day weekend! I had
been looking forward to this break for months, as it was the
weekend my parents and sister came to Chicago to visit!
Both my sister and dad celebrate birthdays in late May, so they
wanted to come and spend one last weekend in the big city before I
graduate in December and say farewell to the state of Illinois.
My sister, Dad, and me
Our activities included sightseeing, brunch atop the Hancock
Building, listening to live Blues music at the world-famous
Kingston Mines, and wrapping up the holiday with a home Cubs game.
What's more American than baseball?
My sister and I at brunch
Actually, one thing that is more symbolic of America is our
patriotism. Every year, we commemorate all of the fallen soldiers
who have served our country, and far too often do forget that
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. As a future chiropractor, I
may never serve my country the way that our brave men and women
have, but I hope to do my part by serving our veterans.
Through the work of our professional organizations, we are
fighting to provide chiropractic care to our veterans within the VA
systems across the country. Not only are we working to provide care
on base to our active military members, but also within the TRICARE
system to retirees, dependents, and survivors of our military men
and women. With our collaborative efforts, we hope to someday
provide the care and services our soldiers deserve. It is such a
simple way to show our gratitude and appreciation for their
dedication to our nation.
Now, having had the opportunity to reflect on the loves ones
lost for such a noble cause, we can stride forward to provide
much-deserved care to our veterans who are still among us.
This past week, I celebrated my 24th birthday in the company of
my friends, peers and coworkers. I'm not always one to make
birthdays a big deal, especially as I get older, but with the
beautiful September weather and midterm season coming up in a
couple weeks, I decided to splurge and have a few nights of
Wednesday night, some friends and I went to Joe's Bar on Weed
Street in Chicago, one of the most popular country venues in the
city and a place I have frequented for many musical performances.
Randy Houser was in town, so we jammed out to his country and blues
music in the beautiful city of Chicago. The following evening, I
celebrated with some girl friends at Bonton in downtown Lombard,
enjoying tapas, appetizers, and fruity beverages. I loved having
the chance to sit and talk with some of my closest girl friends in
school, even though the conversation always somehow reverted back
to classes and NUHS!
Friday night, I went out to dinner in the suburb of Oak Park and
had the chance to catch up with NUHS alum Dr. Candace Gesicki,
visiting from out of town. Candace opened up her own practice just
outside of Cleveland, Ohio, and was so excited to share
her experiences in the real world. We discussed the details of
opening an independent practice, drafting and presenting a business
plan, and becoming involved in the local community. Not even six
months out of chiropractic school, I am so proud of her for
following her dreams! I'm fortunate to have such a great role model
to look up to with all my concerns and questions about the
We are entrepreneurs. We are go-getters. We are representatives
for the field of alternative health care. We are chiropractors!
A very critical aspect of the chiropractic profession is our
community presence as both a health care provider and a business
owner. We believe in a natural, more holistic approach to health
care, and therefore, we do not fit into the traditional western
medical model. I often describe our situation as "not having a
plug-in" to an established health care system, and this requires
chiropractors to wear both hats: the business hat and the doctor
hat. We have such a unique situation with endless potential to grow
our practices and create financial well-being, but it also comes
with great commitment.
In our chiropractic program here at National, significant
emphasis is placed on business and marketing training. I am in a
course now where we created our own hypothetical business, designed
a marketing theme, and developed a calendar of both internal and
external marketing strategies to promote our practice.
We titled our business "Women's Oceanside Wellness," placed in
Oceanside, California, specializing in female and pediatric health
care. This project required a demographic analysis of the area,
various marketing tactics to reach our target population, and a
handful of graphic designs to create a professional image for our
practice. Our 45-minute group presentation required quite a bit of
brainstorming and preparation, but we were so excited to present
our hard work to the class, and our professor was pleased with our
marketing presentation! This was perfect practice for opening up
and marketing our own businesses some day! (View our business brochure.)
Unwinding on the Weekend
After a long week of quizzes and presentations, I celebrated the
weekend by attending Billy Joel's concert at Wrigley Field on
Friday night. I have my older brother, Jed, to thank for my love
for the legendary Piano Man. Isn't it bizarre to think about how
much music has changed over the past 50 years?! Billy Joel is such
a talented, inspirational musician, and I have no doubt his music
will last throughout the years.
On Saturday morning, I traveled to Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio
to attend both a baby shower and wedding for two of my close
friends from Ohio State. I loved the opportunity to connect with
some of my sorority sisters and friends from college, and it's so
exciting to see everyone progressing with their lives!
Another busy week at NUHS has concluded, and I am eagerly
preparing for finals! The end of the tri is near! :)
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