Hello everyone, we've made it to Week 7! Please welcome to the
10th Tri Intern: Shehab Awadallah
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Specializations: Acupuncture Certified
What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after graduation include working as an associate for a
couple years to gain more experience in the chiropractic field and
seeking further education with completion of the DABCI program
offered by National University. After this I plan on opening my own
What is your favorite memory/most memorable experience
at Salvation Army?
My favorite memories at Salvation Army include the wide
interactions with the patients and their outstanding personalities.
Each person came in with their stories of achievements and
hardships growing up and how they are still pushing to get through
life with optimism.
What words of advice would you give to incoming
chiropractic students/those interested in
My advice for future chiropractic students is that you pick one
of the many certificates/programs offered at National that you have
a passion for and make it your specialty.
Welcome back to The Salvy Series! As I did last trimester, I
want to interview our 10thtrimester interns and give our readers
the opportunity to hear from other chiropractic students! :) Let's
welcome to the stage...
Intern: Johnny Buoniconti
Hometown: River Grove, IL
What are your graduation plans?
I plan on working as an associate for a private practice that
integrates chiropractic, sports medicine, and rehabilitation. My
focus is on diagnosing and treating neuromusculoskeletal diseases.
I have a huge passion for sports rehabilitation, so I see myself
treating a variety of athletes, weekend warriors, and the average
Spartan Crepe or Spicy Chicken Wrap from Iguana Café, hands
down. Just kidding. If I had to repeat the clinic selection process
over 5 times, I would have made the same decision every time.
Salvation Army has been a challenging, yet rewarding and humbling
experience for me. We have a tight knit group of interns over here
that work together like a family. It is a truly great
What advice would you give to incoming chiropractic
students/those interested in chiropractic?
Before you make the decision to come to school, spend as much
time as possible shadowing different DCs in the area you live. We
are in a profession where life after school sometimes surprises new
graduates. Get into as many offices as you can to see what we
actually do on a daily basis with patients and don't be afraid to
ask questions. The curriculum is grueling and stressful and at
times you may feel like throwing in the towel. You are not alone,
because everyone else is going through the same thing. Surround
yourself with like-minded people who are positive and you will get
through it if you put the effort in.
Over the weekend, a handful of chiropractic students from
National attended the 12th Annual Leadership Conference, held
in Des Moines, Iowa. Every fall, the Student American Chiropractic
Association (SACA) hosts the LC in an effort to prepare our
nation's students to serve as future leaders in our profession. In
the winter, SACA travels to Washington, DC, for the National
Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC), which is meant to be a
weekend of preparation and inspiration for our students.
National students with our very own Dr. Derek Dyer and Dr.
Tony Hamm, ACA president
The LC was sponsored by tremendous companies such as NCMIC,
Standard Process, Foot Levelers, and Cleveland Chiropractic
College. It was so inspiring to hear from famous doctors in
chiropractic like Dr. Tony Hamm, Dr. Carl Cleveland, and Dr. Louis
Sportelli, among many others. As a student, our dreams are so big
and our path to private practice seems so long. However, when
listening to these speakers and representatives from successful
companies, I feel so inspired to stand up and be a future leader in
Lucky me, I got to converse with some chiropractic
We discussed how chiropractic has conquered adversity over the
past 120 years, how we can propel our profession into the realm of
mainstream healthcare, and how to put out leadership into motion!
It was a special opportunity to connect with doctors who are
leaders in the field, but also with students from other schools who
are leaders at their own campuses.
Peyton (from Texas Chiropractic College), Ryan, and Dustin
wearing our new NCMIC t-shirts
A huge "Thank You" to everyone with the ACA, SACA chapters, and
sponsoring companies who made the weekend such an amazing success!
I can't believe we are approaching October! Where has this year
gone? Another week has passed, and things are starting to wrap up
here in clinic.
No one ever complains when we bring donuts to clinic!
Our 8th trimester interns are really getting the hang of things
around here, and they're beginning to take on much more
responsibility with new patient exams and learning the details of
the clinic. One intern, Andrew, sat in with me on a new patient
visit and since then, he has almost completely taken over
View of the city from Navy Pier
Being an intern is quite a comprehensive task! We build up our
tools throughout the curriculum, learning to take a comprehensive
history, perform a full-body physical, and develop a treatment plan
for the patient with appropriate outcomes to achieve. Oh yeah, and
actually treating the patient! There are so many other steps in the
process, and our clinical internship is the time where we really
perfect these skills. Teaching a new intern the ropes makes me
realize how much responsibility we have as doctors, and it really
has been a challenging journey!
Birthday dinner at Bub City
KC and I celebrating on Friday night
Over the weekend, I celebrated my 25th birthday with some
friends and fellow interns. I made it to a quarter century! We
listened to live music at Bub City, one of my favorite country
music venues in Chicago. I don't think I'll ever get tired of
exploring this beautiful city!
The sun is shining, the leaves are turning colors, and football
season is in full-force!
I had the amazing opportunity to return to Columbus this past
weekend to watch an Ohio State game this season. Since I've
recently decided that I may not be returning to Ohio to practice,
each visit home is cherished more and more. I was fortunate to go
to the game with some fellow Buckeye fans stuck living here in
Chicago, and we made some great memories on the trip to Columbus!
In recent weeks, my search for an associateship has focused on
the Chicagoland area. Interviewing with practices has really
challenged me to evaluate my personal goals as well as career
goals. We spend over three years trying to determine what type of
populations we want to focus on, what seminars we want to take, and
what certifications we want to obtain! Until the interview process
began, I didn't consider what criteria were most important to me
when searching for an employment opportunity, and for me, money
isn't the number one driving factor. I will keep you updated as the
Salvation Army is full of life now that our new 8thtrimester
interns have begun at the clinic! We were all excited to welcome
Monisha, Amanda, Brandon, and Andrew to our new "Salvy crew." I've
finished many of the numbers required for graduation, so I am
slowly introducing my patients to new interns so that they may
continue care. It's rewarding to see your patients feel relief from
their physical pain while they are also healing mentally and
emotionally during their recovery.
With the enforcement of electronic medical records (EMRs), we
interns have found ourselves keeping busy cleaning out patient
files in the meantime!
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