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!
Yes, everyone! It is true! We are happy to announce that we are
expecting and "Baby Dorough" will be making his/her debut in
September of this year! We are so excited and have been overwhelmed
with the outpouring of love we have received when we made the big
announcement this weekend.
Are we scared? Nervous? Uneasy? Definitely! Words cannot express
the love we already have for our little one, but we are definitely
fully aware of the changes and sacrifices that we will and have
already been conscious of making.
Being a professional woman with a career in mind can be
difficult to imagine a life with a family and keeping that happy
medium. In our medical field, it can definitely be challenging to
commit fully to marketing yourself and building a patient base from
the ground up while trying to raise a child, manage a household,
and to be a good wife, I realize all of that. This is a surreal
experience and we are just going with the "flow" at this point.
Life is definitely not 100% expected and there's always a twist
and turn somewhere. Ryan and I have been so blessed to have
unlimited amounts of support to get us through those twists and
turns and this time it is no different. Expecting to have two
incomes to live off of after I graduated gave us security. Now with
a little one coming, it all changes whereas the bills won't! So we
are in a position of uncertainty and question, but nonetheless, we
are ready and very excited to take on this new level of maturity
and raise another human being!
Now you all might be wondering where this leaves my career?
Well, I am asking myself that same question. I have always felt a
great and deep purpose for naturopathic medicine and that has not
changed one bit. However, this does change the immediate future in
terms of my "career goals." My purpose has shifted and is geared
more towards being an amazing mother and wife while my husband will
be our main source of financial support. Does that scare us?
Financially--Yes. Emotionally--Not at all.
Me as a naturopath won't change. My passion will remain a
stronghold that will motivate me to fully cultivate it into a
reality one day. Might not be by May like I had planned, but it
will happen, I promise you that!
So wish us good health and luck as we venture into this amazing
and unforgettable journey. I'll be sure to keep you updated while I
can. Only 6 more weeks until I am officially free! :)
Congratulations to the Giants for winning the Super Bowl! It was
an exciting game, but to be honest, the half time show was the MOST
exciting with all the celebrity debuts! :)
The best part of Super Bowl has to be the food. My girl cousins
and I use this big football event as an excuse to just go crazy on
lots of food while all the "boys" go crazy over the actual game. It
was just a nice time to spend with family, have fun and memorable
conversations, and take a break from everything else going on in
My aunt with all the amazing food she made for her Super Bowl
This week is going to be tough. I have the NPLEX (Naturopathic
Physicians Licensing Exam) exams on Tuesday that are all day and
then resume back at clinic. It seems like the "fun" never seems to
end. If studying for board exams wasn't enough, I have a full
clinic schedule mixed in with preparation for my Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds is a presentation that we are required to do in
front of our colleagues and any faculty or staff interested in
topics we have researched. We are required to do one in
9th Tri and one in 10th Tri.
Last trimester, my presentation was on Botanicals during Pregnancy,
which turned out to be great. This time around, I've been so
focused on studying for board exams, that I still have to pick my
topic plus start all the grueling research!
People ask me all the time, "Aren't you ready to be done
already?!" I can't seem to answer that question fast enough! To all
my readers, YES, I AM READY! It has been a long but quick 5 years
that I've spent at NUHS getting my bachelor's, chiropractic and
soon my naturopathic degree. Some of the professors joke all the
time that I should just round everything out and do the AOM program
but I have to happily decline!
This journey (if you choose to take it) of dual-enrolled degrees
is not easy. It's not impossible either. But take time to enjoy a
Super Bowl here and there, treat your body well to stay as healthy
as possible--and always make time for your friends and family. I
can't say that enough!
Wish me luck on Tuesday! :)
January has been filled with surprises thus far! It is going to
be an interesting year! I couldn't get through it without the help
of my family. I know I talk about them a lot, but getting two
doctorates is not an easy task. Having the love and support of my
family makes it all better.
I can't believe that we will be counting down the days I have
left at NUHS together. It's been a long time and let me tell you, I
AM READY! :) I don't know if I am 100% ready to tackle the world
full force yet, but I am ready to finally get out of this "student"
status and try. I always feel so jealous when my husband gets
to come home and talk about his workday while I have numbers to
accomplish, boards to pass, and sanity to keep. It has definitely
been an interesting ride--this school thing. I can't say that I've
always tried my best or given my all, but I think I did what I
could with what I had.
The best part of school is learning little things here and there
that you can share with your family--not just the nutrition stuff
or supplements, but learning about therapies that are available to
the public! Before NUHS, I'd never heard of ear candling before.
It's an old method to utilize a "candle" to act like a vacuum to
remove any excess cerumen (wax) in your ear. It's painless and
actually quite relaxing.
My brother using an ear candle with his wife.
Well, my family came over this weekend to share a meal with us
and just hang out. We decided to bust open our ear candles to try!
It was hilarious just watching everyone in my family try this one
by one and fall asleep while holding the candle in their ear! We
all had to be the "watch dogs" so that they wouldn't accidently let
go! (ha ha) It was fun to share a little bit of what I get in
school with them and they loved it!
My family always hears me complain and complain about how tired
I am all the time or how overwhelmed I am, so finally they get a
glimpse into the fun stuff we get to learn about! To clarify, we
don't do ear candling in the clinic, but we learn about it
I'm off to clinic now and counting down the days--a little less
than 90 days until you can call me a naturopathic physician!
Hello everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving
weekend to share with your loved ones.
This week I only had clinic for two days due to the holidays and
I got to fit in a couple patients, but I was so excited to get out
of Illinois and see our extended family in Minnesota. We drove the
whole 7 hours (super long) but it was more than worth it. There was
an endless amount of amazing food, laughs and love. And yes, I did
visit the "Mall of America" on Black Friday! :)
I've dedicated this blog to all the things I am thankful
for--like my little "niece" Rhyin, (pictured above), my little
person full of JOY this weekend! We shouldn't only use one weekend
of the year to reflect back on the things that are awesome in our
lives, but it's definitely a nice reminder to give thanks!
My thanksgiving list:
1. My mother:
She exemplifies beauty and strength to me. I am definitely my
mother's daughter. I love her so much and I am so thankful for all
the sacrifices she has made for our family!
2. My husband:
Ryan is an amazing man and I am so lucky to have him. Through
all my complaining "girl" moments and everything else, he loves me
more and more every day. He is going to be such an amazing dad one
day and I can't wait to share more life adventures with him.
3. My brothers (and sister-in-law):
Having three older brothers with a strong mother has definitely
made me who I am. They are always supportive of me! Plus my oldest
brother and sister-in-law gave me my amazingly awesome nephew,
Xander, who makes my life so much more than I could imagine.
4. My two best friends, Maria and Rosie:
We've been friends for over 10 years and they definitely
complete me. They were both my maids-of-honor in my wedding and
will always be in my life forever! They are amazing!
5. My family and friends:
From my strong-willed grandparents to my hilarious and
fashionable cousins to all my colleagues at NUHS. I am a lucky girl
to have all these amazing people in my life who make me strive to
be the better version of myself and show me that life is about LOVE
and LAUGHTER--with a couple bumps in the road. :)
I could probably go on and on and on with what I am thankful for
including the food I get to eat every day, the house I come home
to, and the education that I have. What is on your THANKFUL
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