Well, here we are guys. This is my last blog to you EVER. Can
you believe it? We've been on this journey together for a LONG time
now--ever since I started the chiropractic program all the way
through finishing the naturopathic program! It has been a huge
blessing to reflect every week on this blog not only to give you
insight but for myself. Now I can look back and remember small
details of my life that I may not have stored in my memory. That's
the great thing about blogging.
I want to tell you about my week in sunny California. I am glad
I will be able to share my experiences with you because it was
absolutely amazing. I had the pleasure to shadow a naturopathic
doctor in Monrovia, California. Dr. Jennifer Wicher was such an
amazing influence not only from her point of view on patient
care/management, but the fact that she is married, a mom, maintains
a busy schedule (she has a waiting list), and has a great spirit
about it all!
Dr. Jennifer Wicher and me
I was also able to speak with her husband who does a lot of the
business aspects of her practice. The business "stuff" is not my
forte and it was nice to speak to him and get some pointers. Since
Illinois is not a licensed state yet, there are restrictions on
many things that we are capable of doing including IV therapy,
injections and prescriptive pharmaceuticals. In California, you are
able to do all of that under your license.
I was able to observe Dr. Wicher perform numerous IV therapies
from hydrogen peroxide to vitamins/minerals to using Ozone, which
was SUPER cool. I also saw numerous joint injections, intramuscular
injections and Ozone injections! She had awesome rapport with her
patients and every patient had amazing improvements that urged them
to refer patients to her. She had a very busy practice, spent
quality time with each patient, had time to spend with her
2-year-old, and maintained a positive and grateful attitude about
Dr. Jennifer Wincher
I am so glad that I randomly found her. I had to drive
about 3 hours round-trip (with traffic) to her practice every day
but it was MORE than worth it. We plan on keeping in touch and I am
excited to potentially move out west one day (maybe) and have some
awesome resources! I encourage each and every one of you to utilize
your allotted observation days during clinic to travel to a
licensed state like California (with a larger scope than others)
and see the amazing things our profession has to offer! It is well
worth the plane ticket fare!
Ryan and I at his friend's wedding site, a vineyard in
Temecula, California--on top of a mountain! Breathtaking!
My husband Ryan joined me in California for the weekend and we
called this part of the trip our "Babymoon," which is basically a
trip before the baby comes to enjoy each other's company and relax.
We attended the wedding of one of his good friends and had an
amazing time reconnecting with his friends from back home that have
moved out to California.
We topped off the busy weekend with our first baby shower, which
was lovingly thrown by my California family including my
grandparents. So exciting! We are so blessed to have such amazing
family and friends to share this new journey with and could not be
more excited after seeing all the little baby clothes!
My grandparents with Ryan and me
Strangely enough, you have been a part of my life for some of my
biggest life changes and events from starting school, getting
married, graduating (twice), and then starting our baby adventure!
I am truly saddened to say that the journey we have been on
together has to end here, but I want to thank all of you that have
taken your time to read my blogs. If anything, I hope I have been
able to give you some honest insight into my life as a
real person...not just another grad student. Thank you,
thank you, and thank you!
May you have a blessed journey as well no matter what path you
choose! My last piece of advice: Find the good in all you
do/choose. It will help you appreciate the beauty in all the
Take care and God bless!