What's the best way to celebrate? Take a boat cruise on Lake
Michigan right in the middle of the beautiful Chicago skyline!
Well, what am I celebrating? I am DONE with my numbers! (All my 250
chiropractic adjustments!) OK, so I STILL have to finish my 20
narratives, BUT now I can treat my patients without stressing out
Narratives are a longer version of a patient chart note that you
can include with a referral letter if you have to refer a patient
for any particular reason. It's a good habit to pick up while in
clinic. It is too often that chiropractors (that I've met!) refuse
to refer their patients either because they lack knowledge OR
because they truly feel they can fix EVERYTHING. That is definitely
a dangerous belief to live in when people's lives are literally at
As a medical practitioner in any specialty, holding on to that
omnipotent mindset should be considered patient negligence. I am so
passionate about this because those are the people that scar our
profession's reputation each and every day.
This weekend, someone asked me, "WHY ARE YOU DOING TWO PROGRAMS?
YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T FIX EVERYTHING, RIGHT?" It turned into a very
intriguing conversation because for one split second, I thought
about that. "Do I really think that?"
People can construe many thoughts when you tell them that you are
dually enrolled in TWO DOCTORATE PROGRAMS. "Does she just want
alphabet soup behind her name?" "Is she just going to be good at
everything and not AMAZING at one particular thing?" Oh, I've
gotten all those and more.
I basically explained to that person that my passion molded while
I was in the chiropractic program. I gradually started to see holes
in what or how I could treat (at least how I wanted to treat and
WHAT I wanted to treat), and I looked for other options while
finishing this current program. My situation was a natural
progression of how I became engulfed in loving both programs
equally. My clinic experience has allowed me to fall deeply in love
with physical medicine and it's power and affect on people…just as
much as I love what naturopathic medicine can do for more
Now ask yourself those questions. What are your intentions?
Motives? If they are not for the right reasons, you are going to
spend A LOT of money on a couple extra letters behind your
Every time I think about the negative dollar signs I owe, I feel
at peace with my decision and do not regret it whatsoever. I know
that God has intended this for me, so that means He will pull me
through financially. Now will you have that same peace? Food for
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Eat lots and sleep lots!