Nothing says fall quite like the changing of the leaves, the
crisp afternoon air, or a good pumpkin spice latte from your café
of choice. But wait, I'm sure you were thinking, "HOW could she
forget pumpkin carving?"
This week, SACA (short for the Student American Chiropractic
Association) hosted a pumpkin carving event for students and
faculty. After a disastrous creative attempt last year, I channeled
all my energy and precision into one artistic pumpkin, which also
serves as a proud reminder of my home, Ohio. I was told that there
was to be a contest for the best pumpkin, but unfortunately for me,
this is college football season, and despite my artistic abilities,
my allies are few and far between. ;)
So what is SACA, you may ask? The Student American Chiropractic
Association is a local, student-run chapter of the American
Chiropractic Association (ACA). This club is our opportunity to
get involved in our profession early, and there are endless
benefits for being involved while being a student.
Every year, SACA brings students from NUHS to the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference
(NCLC) in Washington, DC, where we meet with current doctors in the
field, leaders within the ACA, and members of congress who will
fight for our profession. Students join the fight to educate our
country's political leaders about the benefits of chiropractic and
why we deserve an equal place in the health care field.
On a more local note, SACA holds weekly informative meetings
open to students of all programs. Recent workshops include
practicing "elevator speeches" to use when asked about
chiropractic, discussing the role of ethics in health care and
especially alternative medicine, interviewing new physicians about
their experiences in practice, and many other valuable topics. Our
student leaders within SACA have done a terrific job at encouraging
student involvement and a sense of community among our student
population, and I look forward to future opportunities the club
To learn more about what SACA has to offer, check out
the ACA's website.
All right, so my title is a bit silly, but it's also quite
fitting. This week, students, faculty, and staff joined together to
celebrate the grand opening of the Eagle's Nest at our Lombard
Move that bus!
The Eagle's Nest is the new "student hub" here at NUHS, serving
as a place for people to congregate for lunch, conversation,
study-breaks, and relaxation. The Eagle's Nest is open 24/7 and is
now the best location available on campus for students wishing to
study at any hour of the day. Beginning the first day, students and
faculty have been taking advantage of this gorgeous new lounge
located in Janse Hall. This was a much-needed space for students,
who have been looking for a casual place to relax between classes
and gather with friends.
With President Stiefel in the Eagle's Nest
We also held a mascot-naming contest in October to promote
school spirit and get students involved. Our official NUHS mascot
is "Fitz" the Eagle, named after our institution's founding father,
John Fitz Alan Howard.
Integrative Pediatric Care
Over the weekend, I took a course offered by our Lincoln College
of Postprofessional, Graduate and Continuing Education titled
"Pediatrics for the Integrative Medicine Practitioner." The
instructor, Dr. Robert Dumont, is an MD who realizes the importance
of integrative medicine and utilizes natural therapies to help
relieve children of illness.
We covered different therapies such as traditional Chinese
medicine, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, and dietary
modifications. All of these categories of therapies can be utilized
and combined to naturally treat common pediatric conditions without
intervention of pharmaceuticals.
One of the biggest concepts I took away from the seminar was the
importance of diet and nutrition in childhood wellness. Food
sensitivities to dairy, soy, and gluten can have a myriad of
negative effects on different systems throughout the body, and they
present as an incredibly diverse array of symptoms. Sometimes, a
thorough lifestyle evaluation and simple observation of the child
tell us exactly where the problem is arising, and exactly where we
can intervene. It was a very unique and beneficial seminar that
provided me with great reference material for treating children in
my future practice!
So I began chiropractic school, wanting to become a doctor,
right? Here at National, many of us are taught and believe that the
term "doctor" means primary care for patients. As chiropractors, we
have a unique practice style, utilizing spinal manipulation,
functional rehabilitation, and educating patients on beneficial
lifestyle modifications. However, the term "doctor" also means
being able to offer whole-body health and wellness, not just
treatment to the musculoskeletal system. In addition to a portion
of our education being focused on internal medicine, another course
in our curriculum is about ambulatory trauma and emergency
Although DCs are not authorized to practice some of the
interventions that allopathic medical doctors are taught, we still
are able to provide efficient and thorough first-aid care in
emergency situations. The course "Ambulatory Trauma" takes first
aid and advances it to the understanding of a medical student or
doctor. We learn how to evaluate different types of burns, wounds,
and even how to care for shock victims. In lab, we have practiced
measuring and using different ambulation devices, so that we may
accurately help patients keep active after injuries.
One of my favorite parts of the course so far has been
practicing suturing! Although suturing open wounds is not part of
the scope of practice for chiropractors, it was still a very fun
and interactive lab. (It also served as a reminder of my queasiness
at sights of wounds and blood!) We learned about proper suturing
techniques, the different methods of closing up a wound, and
practiced these lessons on rubber arms in the lab.
In future weeks, we will be learning about assessing first-aid
situations for spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, and
learning how to splint and co-manage these victims in emergency
situations. This course is excellent practice for those of us
looking to assist on the sidelines of sporting events or simply in
every day situations that may arise. Although no one wishes for
injury to occur, it is better that we are educated and prepared to
aid in emergency situations!
As many of us at NUHS prepare for midterm season, I hope
everyone has a wonderful week!
"Your life will become better by
making other lives better."
-- Will Smith
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.
This past week, I celebrated my 24th birthday in the company of
my friends, peers and coworkers. I'm not always one to make
birthdays a big deal, especially as I get older, but with the
beautiful September weather and midterm season coming up in a
couple weeks, I decided to splurge and have a few nights of
Wednesday night, some friends and I went to Joe's Bar on Weed
Street in Chicago, one of the most popular country venues in the
city and a place I have frequented for many musical performances.
Randy Houser was in town, so we jammed out to his country and blues
music in the beautiful city of Chicago. The following evening, I
celebrated with some girl friends at Bonton in downtown Lombard,
enjoying tapas, appetizers, and fruity beverages. I loved having
the chance to sit and talk with some of my closest girl friends in
school, even though the conversation always somehow reverted back
to classes and NUHS!
Friday night, I went out to dinner in the suburb of Oak Park and
had the chance to catch up with NUHS alum Dr. Candace Gesicki,
visiting from out of town. Candace opened up her own practice just
outside of Cleveland, Ohio, and was so excited to share
her experiences in the real world. We discussed the details of
opening an independent practice, drafting and presenting a business
plan, and becoming involved in the local community. Not even six
months out of chiropractic school, I am so proud of her for
following her dreams! I'm fortunate to have such a great role model
to look up to with all my concerns and questions about the
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