Salvy Series - Part 2

Hello everyone, we've made it to Week 7! Please welcome to the stage...


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 practice.

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 chiropractic?

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.

Salvy Series

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


  • Active Release Technique (ART)
    - Upper Extremity
    - Lower Extremity
    - Spine
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level I
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • Rock Tape
    - Fascial Movement Taping I/II

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 Joe. 

What is your favorite memory/most memorable experience at Salvation Army?

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 experience.

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.

Leadership Conference 2015

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 our profession.

Lucky me, I got to converse with some chiropractic VIPs!

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! :)

10th Tri Sets In

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 treatment.

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!

Welcome to Fall

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 weeks continue!


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!