Since starting the week with the gloom of losing Dr. Frank
Strehl, the campus has been trying to get back to "normal." After
attending his visitation on Friday and meeting his amazing family,
who were being so positive and strong, Ryan and I left feeling even
more inspired by the legacy that Dr. Strehl left. After signing the
guestbook, we were shocked to see how many people flowed through
the funeral home just to pay their respects. We ask that you all
continue to pray for his family as his wife is actually going
through chemo for cancer at this time as well.
NDs and Minor Surgery
So, did you know that naturopathic doctors in some states could
perform minor surgery in some states? Sometimes that really
surprises people because they think we ONLY do non-invasive
procedures. When you are a student here, you will go through the
different steps that an ND can take, which starts with the LEAST
invasive (re-establishing the determinants of health) to the MOST
invasive (high force interventions). Naturopathic doctors also have
prescriptive rights in certain states as well!
Billy is showing me how to get started on an interrupted
suture on a fake arm in Minor Surgery class.
While practicing sutures in class, I started to feel that
euphoria that is portrayed on "Grey's Anatomy" when they do
Scope of Practice
Then I started wondering if California (the state I want to
licensure in) allows minor surgery. So I looked up the scope of
practice in California and found out that it does not allow any
minor surgery procedures, BUT did list what is encompassed in minor
surgery, which is the following:
Whew! That's a lot! So, if you've always wanted to do invasive
therapies to get that euphoric feeling, we still can as an ND! We
don't RELY on it to be the end all/be all, but we are taught very
well on HOW and WHEN to use invasive procedures whether it's
prescribing an antibiotic to referring a patient out to a
neurosurgeon! That's the beauty of our medicine...there are so many
Performing my first suture! How fun!
Well, have a happy and safe Halloween! (Don't eat too much
This week has been a huge blessing--lots of good and even some
bad, but over all, a blessed week! Starting off the week with
Valentine's Day probably had a lot to do with it. My husband and I
went to a very nice and quiet dinner at a place called Redstone in
Oakbrook Terrace. Their food is exceptional and we don't go too
often, but the splurge was worth it! My husband is an amazing man
and his love and support as I venture through my SECOND doctorate
is absolutely essential! I can't emphasize enough how important it
is to have support outside of the school to get you THROUGH
So you want to know the exciting news right? Well, in the tenth
trimester of my DC program, I started to work on a case study
abstract, which discusses a unique case that I encountered that was
treated successfully. After discussing the case with Dr. Solecki
(and getting permission from the patient), we submitted it to the
American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians to see if it would
be accepted for their annual Sports Symposium. After a couple
reviews and editing, I was informed that it was accepted for poster
presentation! Hard work does pay off!
Now, I am currently working on expanding the case study abstract
into a format that is suitable for the medical journal, Journal of
Chiropractic Medicine (JCM). It is a lot more work than the
abstract, and has included (so far) over 30 references including
textbooks and fellow research articles/case studies. Working on
that plus studying for midterms and writing papers for class has
been very difficult, but I am crossing my fingers that this will
also get accepted for publication. So wish me luck! This will make
my mission complete! (hence the title of the blog!)
On a less AMAZING note, over the weekend, I experienced a horrible
neck strain. I am actually writing this with (still) a sore and
terrible pain that does not allow me to turn my head to the left.
It was a pain that I have never experienced before! I received
treatments (chiropractic) over the weekend and followed up with hot
packs and anti-inflammatory supplements, and I feel exceptionally
better than the first day that it happened. I am telling you this
not to make you feel bad for me, but to attest to the fact that I
could not get through this weekend without our "medicine."
Advanced Clinical Theory
In Advanced Clinical Theory class, we've been working on
numerous cases and not only do we discuss all the possible
"pathology" occurring, but we also are encouraged to recognize the
"blissors." "Blissors" is a term that we've learned from Dr. Lou to
describe the things that make someone happy and content beyond all
the "pathology" surrounding him/her. This has inspired me to
examine my blissors and I will be including them at the end of each
blog not only to be a small reminder to myself but to all of you!
Have a great week everyone!
Blissor #1: Other than my husband, this little man is my favorite.
He is a miniature reminder of how good life is!
Now I can see why 13 is a "taboo" number. Week 13 was tough! Out
of all the "tough" I've been through (and you, my readers, know
I've been through tough), man this one is up there! There are
various reasons… some I could have prevented… and some I could
First - classes.
My patience was tested right away. I love my naturopathic
classes because I always see it as a "break" from all my
chiropractic classes, but this week was a big test. It was painful
for me to sit still in class while attempting to focus - I had a
huge "to-do" list running through my head! My brain was going
non-stop because I knew it was crunch time! Then as my professors
started discussing finals, it hit me… I have finals DURING
graduation week! Whew! I had to work it out with my professors so
that I could take all my finals the Monday of graduation week since
each day (Tuesday-Wednesday) before graduation are packed with
Second - clinic.
As you may know already, I have completed that big 250
chiropractic manipulative techniques (CMTs) which many are still
struggling to finish. But after I celebrated for like a minute, it
hit me… whoa! I have tons of other numbers to finish! I have to
finish my blood draws, 20 narratives, and my case study that I am
trying to get published!
Oh, no! My goal was to get all of that done this week! A bit
ambitious? Eh… yeah. I finished my most of my blood draws, ALL my
narratives (woo woo), and have YET to start on case study. Plus
through all that madness, I still saw a couple of patients
throughout the week!
My tip: Work on a narrative a week!! That way, you would be able
to enjoy the last couple of weeks before graduation!
Third - family.
So through the craziness of classes AND clinic, it hit me again…
the world does not stop! I really LOVE my family - unconditionally
- but with love comes heartache too. I have definitely experienced
tough decisions this week… juggling my life in school plus making
everyone else happy. It is a hard task to follow my already tough
week… but that's life right? I know that on the 16th… my family
will definitely see all my hard work follow through as I walk
across the stage and shake Dr. Winterstein's hands as his
One more week of shear madness as we all race to the finish line…
this is definitely a holiday to remember. Wish me luck… take care!
And drive safe in the flurries and slick ice!
Clinic is packed right now! Student Clinic has started and we have
38 interns in the afternoon main clinic! We are running around
helping Student Clinic plus treating patients. It's a great
learning experience and the front desk is definitely busy.
This week of clinic has been great in respect to my numbers. It
was very hard to put myself out there, email tons of people to come
get treated, and wait for responses. As long as I continue with
this pace for the rest of the trimester, I will be guaranteed to
graduate! EEEK! My colleagues and I are all a bit nervous about our
numbers, but I am trying to stay positive because I know so many
people before me have finished.
My ND classes are keeping me busy among all the clinical things
that pack my DC schedule. Here is my schedule:
Advanced Endocrinology & Lab Diagnosis 10a-12p
Homeopathy IV 10a-12p
Homeopathy IV 8a-10a
Within that schedule, I have about 10 days scattered across the
trimester that I will be treating college athletes at DePaul,
Benedictine and Northwestern universities with Dr. Solecki in the
mornings - AND I am studying for Part IV boards that I have
November 12th-13th! My adrenal glands are definitely pumping out
that cortisol! Whew! Wish me luck!
This weekend, we went to Ryan's friend's wedding in Utica,
Michigan. It was a nice reunion for him to see all his best friends
again. Overall we had so much fun!! We had a long drive home, but
it was worth it. Next weekend, we are going to take my nephew with
my family to the apple orchard!
So…did you know that the school will give you an opportunity to
take out additional funds for a new computer? (Apple or Dell.) As a
student here, you will find quickly that a computer is definitely
necessary to have to make presentations, write papers and do
research. You will be taking out additional funds for it, but if
you do not have a computer, it is worth it! I just learned about
this opportunity so I thought I should share it with you!
Well, enjoy the weather, put those cute boots on with a cute
sweater, and have some apple cider! That's what I'm going to
Well, it seems surreal but 9th trimester is coming to a close. I
can't believe it has already been four months and that it will only
be FOUR more months until I can add "Dr." to my name!
The last four months have definitely been a time of learning for
me. I have learned that I still NEED to focus on my classes more
now than when I had 30 credits! I still have some finals to finish
up and this "senioritis" has really gotten to me. I have learned
that my weakness is the rehab aspect of treating a patient but
after being on Dr. Solecki's shift, I truly feel I can visualize
that aspect for a patient more so than before.
I have learned how to interact with my colleagues in a more
supportive way, and have definitely gotten that same support back.
Coming into the program from undergraduate, I feel that it's in our
nature to be competitive. However, this program is not about
survival of the fittest (Well, it shouldn't be!). There is always
something you can learn from someone else. We are missing a couple
interns, but in the picture, you can see both 9th & 10th tri
I have learned that I love and definitely will use homeopathy in
my practice. It is such an amazing medicine that although not well
understood, works! Evidence based medicine is very important and
research is imperative in practice, however there are certain
therapies that are not heavily supported by research but still
shows great effectiveness. Always keep the patient in mind, and the
more you individualize care, the more results you will see. Not all
therapies work for EVERY patient. That is something else I also
took from 9th Tri.
A highlight from being on Dr. Solecki's shift is our mandatory
abstract that we have to write. An abstract is very similar to a
case study of a patient that you've been working with. It has to be
under 500 words and cover the history from the beginning all the
way to the conclusion of the treatment. A select few of us
including myself wrote abstracts that Dr. Solecki picked to
possibly get published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine! How
exciting! After finals, I will start working on the article so that
I can start the process of getting it published if accepted by the
JCM! Plus we might get the opportunity to be a part of the annual
Sports Medicine Symposium!
Overall, 9th Tri has been a huge learning experience and I am
looking forward to what my LAST chiropractic trimester has to
offer! I will be taking acupuncture and adding about three ND
classes. I also have Part IV boards in November and I will be
racing to finish my numbers! I am so excited. The best is yet to
Have a great week and good luck for those starting the program in
September!! See ya then!
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