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Salvy Series - Part 2

This week's interview with a 10th trimester intern features...

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Intern: Abby Kramer

Hometown: Libertyville, IL

Certs/Specializations: Professional 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 chiropractic? 

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 love!

Salvy Series - Part 1

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...

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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 interventions.

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 patients.

What words of advice would you give to incoming chiropractic students and people interested in the chiropractic program?

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!

Day-to-Day at the Salvation Army Clinic

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!

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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 have.

We're always bouncing ideas off of each other and sharing treatment suggestions.

  • Interns Doug and Johnny are really interested in rehab with patients, so I've learned quite a few tricks and tools about active release technique, post-isometric relaxation, and other muscle strengthening and stretching exercises.
  • Interns Tom and Brad are currently enrolled in the DABCI [Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Internists], so I'm able to consult them when patients have complications that can be addressed with more internal medicine.
  • Abby has a strong understanding of Standard Process's line of supplements, so she is always a great intern to consult when looking to use their line of products for various conditions.
  • Kelsey is currently enrolled in a master's program similar to mine, so I can bounce ideas off her when it comes to offering my patients nutritional supplements.

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Overall, we try to share knowledge from our different specialties, so that we can offer the best treatment options for our patients. 

Welcome Back to National

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.

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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! :)

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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.

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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 opportunity! 

I look forward to sharing all of my clinic experiences with you over the next 8 months! 

Moving On Up

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.

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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!

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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 the Midwest!