Archive for tag: faculty

NUHS Homecoming 2015

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 Procaccini

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 all up!

  • Dr. Georgia Nab provided an introduction to functional medicine, which was very exciting to me since she recently graduated from University of Western State's master's program that I am currently enrolled in.
  • Dr. Nick LeRoy discussed his success in treating cervical dysplasia through conservative measures, and I think it's safe to say that the entire room was in awe after hearing the dramatic improvements that conservative treatment can provide to different grades of cervical dysplasia.
  • Dr. Craig Morris spent an entire afternoon walking us through the progression of rehabilitation over the decades, and he gave us a glimpse of how dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) can retrain proper motor patterns and through reflex point stimulation.

Homecoming photo
 With Dr. Erin Quinlan, my SA clinician

Homecoming photo
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 night away.

Photo of Homecoming
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

Clinic Selections

Well everyone, it's finally that time in the program that we've all been waiting for -- Registration Week in 7th Trimester -- when students frantically log on, racing the clock, and selecting the clinician that they are going to be working with for the last year of their education. We've speculated over this day since we entered the DC program, dreaming of being in clinic and reaching the end of this long educational journey. Finally, we're able to apply all the hours of studying, practicing adjusting, and practical examinations to good use. This registration process has been highly anticipated, and I know that everyone is looking forward to it being over.

2014-11-21_whitecoats

NUHS has clinic locations on our campus in Lombard, in Aurora, in downtown Chicago, and also at a non-profit clinic in a Salvation Army store in the city. Among these four locations, there are eight clinicians to select from when choosing where to complete your internship. I chose to visit and observe at the Salvation Army clinic downtown earlier in this trimester, which is part of the application process to be an intern at this location. After completing the remainder of the interview and application process, I am excited to say that I have been chosen to complete my internship at the Salvation Army Clinic for 2015!

I am both so humbled and excited to be an incoming intern under Dr. Erin Quinlan. Working at the Salvation Army clinic will be a very unique and eye-opening experience, and I am ready for the challenge! I have always found myself drawn to helping those in underserved populations and those that are less fortunate than others, and I know I will gain so much from this experience.

I've also decided to really get the full Chicago experience and move to the city for my last year of school! I'm moving to the Lincoln Park neighborhood, just north of downtown and right next to Lake Michigan, a perfect area for a young professional student such as myself. With so many changes ahead, I'm looking forward to enjoying my last few weeks of this trimester and then relaxing at home in Ohio over winter break.

Relived of Duties

Lambda Chi Sorority is a social and educational club at NUHS designed for female students in both the chiropractic and naturopathic programs. Once a week, we meet after class to learn and practice adjustments with Dr. Terry Elder, one of the professors of our technique classes and a national instructor for Motion Palpation Institute. Toward the end of the trimester, the club brings in various speakers from the community and university, educating us on different topics such as sports medicine, pediatric adjusting, opening up your own practice, or even just the current state of the chiropractic profession. For the past year, I have been the president of Lambda Chi and have had an array of responsibilities each trimester. I have finally reached the bittersweet end of a very rewarding leadership position, but I am excited to pass on my duties to the next group of officers!

2014-07-30_mrnuhs _group

The current group of officers finished off our term with a big bang of events! We started out our week by hosting Dr. Joseph Stiefel, the president of National University of Health Sciences, as our speaker. He brought our members up to speed on the state of the university, current renovations taking place on our campus, an assessment of our school's performance of board scores, and an overview of the direction that the chiropractic profession is moving. On Wednesday night, the outgoing and incoming sorority officers met at Kona Grill for our officer transition dinner, where we passed on our binders of instructions, gave suggestions and words of advice, and enjoyed a nice meal together.

Our 3rd Annual Mr. NUHS Competition was held on Thursday in the gymnasium. The event showcased eight terrific male students who competed in categories of clinic attire, beach attire, and a talent/lip sync performance. Our four judges consisted of both faculty/staff members and last year's reigning Mr. NUHS, Taronte. Based on the judges' scores and the popular vote of audience participation, we crowned Tom Blum as the 2014-2015 Mr. NUHS! Tom performed a terrific rendition of "Let It Go" from the hit Disney movie Frozen, and the gymnasium was filled with laughter and confetti as the song went on. This event served as both a fun school-wide function open to all students as well as a great fund raiser for Lambda Chi.

2014-07-30_mrnuhs _stage
Beach Attire Category

Friday night was an opportunity for all of our members to relax and unwind at our end-of-the-trimester event held at Brickhouse Tavern and Tap. The girls enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and a chance to sit back and socialize with each other. This was also the last big event held by the current club officers, so it served as an unofficial transition back to being simply a member of the club, rather than a leader. I am excited to say that I'm finally relieved of my duties as president of Lambda Chi Sorority!

2014-07-30_mrnuhs _tomblum
Mr. NUHS - Tom Blum

I hope everyone has a great end to July! Enjoy what's left of summer! :)

Is It Summer Yet?

When you spend 5 days a week inside of a classroom, it's hard to remember what's going on outside in the "real world." I always joke that professional school is a perfect transition from college into true adulthood. Many of us students still have the opportunity to learn every day and work toward our dream careers, yet we still don't quite have the full responsibilities of adulthood such as taxes, mortgages, or supporting a family.

Some weekends, I sit and gaze out the library windows, wondering what all my friends are doing on a beautiful sunny day. I sometimes feel as though I'm missing out on the "grown-up things" people are doing back home, and I definitely am a little envious of the free weeknights and weekends that those in the working world enjoy. None-the-less, I always take a step back and reflect on how fortunate I am to be in this rewarding program, and then things don't seem so bad. I'm in the company of other great people going through the same challenges of exams and practicals. Once midterms are over in a couple weeks, I'll be able to enjoy more of the pool, the warm weather, and the sunshine of summer. :)

2014-07-03_group2

This trimester has flown by, and it's already half over. Most of my time lately has been spent studying, reading, and occasionally working. One of the biggest highlights of this past week was the Big/Little Reveal Night we held for Lambda Chi Sorority. This is my last tri as president, so I wanted to begin a small but memorable tradition for the next officers to carry on.

2014-07-03_group1

The purpose of the Big/Little mentor/mentee program is to offer younger students the opportunity to ask questions about classes, board exams, clinic experiences, and other various aspects of the program. We believe that the ladies of our sorority would benefit from having a role model in their same program, and so we began the Big/Little tradition.

2014-07-03_group3

One night after our weekly sorority meeting with Dr. Elder, we had the younger members participate in a scavenger hunt for clues, and then everyone met their Bigs! I hope the girls had a great time meeting their new mentors and are looking forward to maintaining this professional and fun connection with another student in their program!

I hope everyone has a great week ahead! Happy 4th of July!