Archive for tag: chicago

Is It Summer Yet?

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!

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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. :)

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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.

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I've also found myself being much more focused on understanding Standard 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!

Wanderlust 108

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?

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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 mindfulness.

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. :) Namaste!

A Beautiful Memorial Day

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!

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My parents

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.

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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?

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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.

Birthday Celebrations

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 fun!

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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!

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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 chiropractic profession!

Marketing the Chiropractic Practice

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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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Another busy week at NUHS has concluded, and I am eagerly preparing for finals! The end of the tri is near! :)