For interns in clinic, we don't have the usual 2 weeks off
between trimesters since we are no longer enrolled in classes, but
the clinic tends to be quieter with less interns and patients. The
past month has also been an awesome opportunity for me to enjoy the
last weeks of summertime, focus on my job search, and really
explore what I want to do after graduation.
Paddleboarding in Chicago
In clinic, I'm nearly finished with all of my graduation
requirements, but it seems as if I still have so much to learn! The
past handful of patients I've encountered at the Salvation Army
have been (mostly) females with chronic headaches, neck pain and
low back pain -- a chiropractor's dream! It's incredible to see how
powerful adjustments can be in terms of pain control and restoring
function, so when you add in fascial taping, soft tissue techniques
and active patient exercises, you see the best results! I even had
one woman come up to the clinic specifically for weight loss and
digestive complaints, so that was an excellent opportunity for me
to bust out some of my training in nutrition and functional
Out with Friends
The job search is still moving forward, although I haven't
reached my final destination yet. I have very few strings tying me
down anywhere, so I'm keeping an open mindset! I will always be in
love with Columbus, Ohio, and the idea of being close to my family,
but I've also been considering other small cities such as
Charlotte, Boulder, and even Chicago.
Chicago Cubs Game
Two months ago, I knew I was going to move right back to Ohio
and resume the life I left behind three years ago. These days,
staying in the Midwest in Chicago doesn't sound like such a bad
idea! Interviewing with practices and doctors is intimidating, and
it definitely forces you to conceptualize how you see yourself
practicing. However, I'm also trying to go into each interview with
an open mindset, remembering that every new graduate needs to learn
the ropes from someone with lots of experience, even if that may
not be the way you envision yourself practicing down the road.
Rockin' Out in Nashville
For leisure, I took a weekend trip to Nashville to visit
Michelle, one of my best friends from Ohio, as we both celebrated
our September birthdays!
Caitlin Visits Chicago
I had both my sister and friend Caitlin come to visit Chicago a
couple weeks ago, and I spent one weekend in August visiting "The
Fountainhead," Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport,
National Students Visit Palmer in Davenport
It's been a fun-filled and busy end to summer, and there's
plenty more excitement to come this fall!
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 Friday was a tough day for all of us at the Salvation
Army Clinic. We celebrated the last day for our 10th trimester
interns, Jena and Andy, before they graduate in a couple weeks.
This was the final time that all of our interns would be
together again, so we wanted to make the most of our shift! We all
contributed to a delicious potluck, Jena and Andy "passed on" their
treatment rooms to us 8th tri interns, and we had a whole morning
of endless laughs. Congratulations to all of the 10th tri students
who will be out in the field in less than one month!
As 8th trimester comes to an end over the next couple weeks,
it's hard to believe this journey has flown by so quickly! I spent
the Easter weekend in Ohio, visiting my boyfriend's family and
enjoying a relaxing weekend at home. There's something to home
cooked meals, card games, and playing bocce ball in the yard that
truly makes me appreciate the slower pace of the real world. In
chiropractic school, we commit ourselves to a rigorous program of
classes, exams, weekend seminars, and hours in the library, so it's
nice to be reminded of what life is like after
professional school. It gives me the opportunity to daydream about
how my life will be 8 months from now. :) Oh, how I'm looking
forward to life after school!
As always, I hope everyone has a terrific week ahead, and enjoy
the warm weather and sunshine as we grow closer to summertime in
It's hard to believe that the fall trimester is almost over.
With the holidays being so highly anticipated by students, it seems
as though there is always something to look forward to that makes
the time fly by.
This past weekend, I spent the Thanksgiving holiday at my
parent's home in Ohio. I did my best to follow my own Thanksgiving
recommendations, but it's safe to say that I still ate my share of
satisfying, home-cooked calories! Having the opportunity to study
chiropractic medicine is a blessing in and of itself, but then when
I think about all the friends I've met, memories I've made, and
life lessons I've learned, life really does seem wonderful. Every
day I am in this challenging program, I am reminded how much I have
to be thankful for.
Alright, so my weekend didn't stop there. I traveled to "old
Columbus town" for the remainder of my trip home to spend time with
college friends and watch the rivalry of the year, the Ohio State
vs. Michigan football game. (This may be the point in my blogs
where some people stop reading!) I have been and will always be a
Buckeye alumnus and diehard fan, so this is commonly my favorite
weekend of the year. I was able to catch up with friends from
college that I hadn't seen since we graduated two and a half years
ago, and I couldn't have asked for a better weekend revisiting
So now I'm back in Lombard, gearing up for 10 days of final
exams, practicals, and papers. These are commonly everyone's least
favorite two weeks of the trimester, when we find ourselves
increasing our coffee intake and our eyes dry out from staring at
endless notes. It's going to be a challenging period, but you just
feel that much more accomplished by the end of it all. Wow, I'm
going to graduate chiropractic school in just about one year!
My 4-week winter break is going to begin by moving to my new
apartment in Lincoln Park, spending time in Ohio visiting friends
and family, and taking a nice tropical vacation over New Year's!
I'm really looking forward to a little R&R and a chance to
unwind before the last year begins.
I wish everyone the happiest and safest of holidays! As always,
I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about NUHS and
our programs. :) Take care and enjoy the new year!
One of the most crucial steps to success in the chiropractic
profession is active involvement in your state and national
professional organizations. Intending to move back to Ohio and
practice after graduation, I recently attended the annual
convention in Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Chiropractic
Association (OSCA). What a weekend! Myself and four other DC
students, all from different stages of the curriculum, attended the
convention to learn more about the future of our profession,
why we need to maintain our presence in the field of
health care, and what we can do as students to become more
Brent, Stephen, Jess, and myself enjoying a night out in
Our students attended a session about treatment of shoulder
conditions, which are said to be the 3rd most common reason that
people present to a chiropractor's office for care. We were taught
by Dr. Brett Winchester, a well-known educator and instructor for
Motion Palpation Institute, DNS, and other valuable organizations.
He emphasized the importance of understanding the kinetic chain of
movement, rehabilitating more than just the site of pain, and
teaching patients correct lifestyle modifications they can make to
prevent re-injury from occurring.
Saturday night was the beautiful gala for all attendees of the
convention -- physicians, students and office staff alike. I
watched in amazement as Bharon Hoag, the Executive Director of the
OSCA and a dear friend, presented prestigious awards to members of
the Ohio Senate, Ohio House of Representatives, Ms. America 2014
(who is a chiropractor!), and other incredibly influential people.
Ohio is the first state in America to have passed
legislation allowing chiropractors to be on the front-line for
concussion care, which is PHENOMENAL. If it weren't for the hard
work of the board members, directors and current doctors in Ohio
fighting for our rights, we never would have achieved this
monumental step for chiropractic.
Me with my brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Kelly
My brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Kelly, were in attendance
at the convention as well, both also practicing DCs in northeast
Ohio. Visiting with my family and discussing our profession was
such a perfect way to spend my weekend, and I amsothankful to have
them as role models and inspiration for my career! This weekend was
also a tremendous opportunity to meet current doctors, hear their
advice and success stories, and bring back this spirit to our
fellow students at NUHS. I took away so much valuable information,
leaving with an overwhelming sense of excitement and hope for our
profession, and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be
attending the convention again next year!
Why Become Involved?
Participating in professional organizations such as the OSCA
gives us a greater sense of purpose. We entered this healthcare
profession to touch people's lives and positively impact our
communities, but who says that our influence has to stop there? It
is our duty to take pride in our career of alternative healthcare
and therefore fight for it. At times, we are so unaware of the
overwhelming sacrifice and dedication that our predecessors
contributed to the advancement and success of our profession.
Photo booth fun with NUHS peers and Bharon Hoag, OSCA
We are the future leaders of chiropractic medicine, and
we are the ones responsible for the success and
continuation of our craft. We are given the tremendous opportunity
to change lives, so if we do not do all that is in our power to
protect and preserve this right, we are selfish. Becoming involved
in these organizations is not only of value for us and our future
practices, but for the success of our profession as a whole.
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