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!
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!
One of the biggest changes that comes with your chiropractic
internship in trimesters 9 and 10 is this dramatic increase in free
time! Instead of being on campus for 40 hours a week, then going
home to study and do schoolwork, all of a sudden, your commitments
are cut in half!
My clinic shift begins at 7 a.m. and ends by 1 p.m. Our mornings
at Salvation Army are filled with new patients, new learning
opportunities, and plenty of laughs. This makes our time spent in
clinic even more valuable during the small window of time that we
We're always bouncing ideas off of each other and sharing
Overall, we try to share knowledge from our different
specialties, so that we can offer the best treatment options for
I hope everyone has been enjoying the beautiful weather of May!
So much has happened since I last blogged, and I'm excited to share
all my memories!
Once you reach clinic internship, we no longer have a break
between trimesters, so I stayed here in Chicago continuing to see
patients at the Salvation Army Clinic. I started working 5 days per
week, rather than 3, and I no longer have classes at NUHS. I've
been spending more time in my Chicago apartment and trying to
explore the beautiful sights and sounds of Lincoln Park.
I spent a few days away from the Midwest and traveled to St.
Petersburg, Florida, to visit one of my friends from college,
Jenny. While down there, I was able to visit our St. Petersburg
campus where our DC program is, and I visited with our previous
Student Council VP from Florida, Frank! The sun was shining, the
dolphins were out and about, and the summer vibes were flowing. To
those of you who are deterred by the Chicago weather, definitely
check out our St.
Pete campus! :)
My little sister graduated from Ohio University in early May, so
I loved having the opportunity to travel home to my family and
celebrate this huge accomplishment.
In the clinic, my schedule has been picking up with both new and
returning patients, and I'm learning more and more every day. I
have the opportunity to see many female patients, all suffering
from back pain of some type, but also troubled by more hormonal and
biochemical imbalances. It's a great chance for me to apply my
ongoing training in the online functional medicine program at
University of Western States. Every day is a new learning
I look forward to sharing all of my clinic experiences with you
over the next 8 months!
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