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.
Happy Fall, everyone!
Welcome back to the beginning of a new trimester at National.
Since I last blogged, I have been traveling non-stop to see friends
and family, so I wanted to write about my experiences away from
NUHS. By the time finals week had concluded, I was in much need of
a mental break!
I spent my first few days of vacation still here in Chicago,
seeing various country artists such as Miranda Lambert and Chip
Esten (Deacon on ABC's hit series Nashville), as well as
working at fun events such as the Arlington Million up at the
Arlington Heights Race Track.
I eagerly traveled to northeast Ohio to spend time with my
family, including my little sister, before she went back to Ohio
University for her last fall semester of classes. I spent some time
shadowing and visiting with my older brother and his wife at their
very successful chiropractic practice, which always serves
as a friendly reminder of WHY I am going through this challenging
One of the best parts of my break was traveling to the scenic Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio with my
boyfriend Taylor. He and I spent a long weekend hiking, exploring
the caves and trails, zip lining through the forests, and canoeing
down the Hocking River. You may never have been to Ohio or explored
its state parks, but Hocking Hills is an absolutely beautiful
experience for people and families of all ages. Being able to see
the stars at night isn't so bad either, since I spend most of my
year staring up at streetlights. It was a perfect trip full of new
landscapes, new experiences, and plenty of relaxation.
While passing through Columbus, Ohio, I shadowed two National
graduates currently practicing in the central Ohio area: Dr. Jennifer Wente-Moeller and Dr.
Let me tell you that observing doctors first-hand is
the absolute BEST experience you can gain as a student. Shadowing a
doctor teaches you things that the classroom sometimes cannot, and
I am so thankful for the opportunity to have met with two unique
and inspiring doctors!
I'm looking forward to a very busy, yet exciting trimester. It's
hard to believe I am beginning my 3rd year in the chiropractic
program and enrolled in Tri 7 classes! Wow, time flies when you're
in chiropractic school! As I say to some of the younger students
beginning the program, I worked incredibly hard to get where I am
now, but looking back, I wouldn't trade it for anything. :)
As always, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any
questions about my blog or my experiences here in the
DC program at National!
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