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!
The title of my blog is so random, I know! But I can't get over
how awesome it felt to wear a mustache out in public for my
cousin's birthday! Since the first trimester of my pregnancy is
over, it's been more do-able to enjoy life in general including all
the joy of finishing up my clinic numbers.
After this past week, I have finished up about 90% of my
requirements, which is huge!!! I still have some loose ends to tie
up, but the hard part is officially over for me. It is a different
type of experience to still deliver quality health care while
thinking in the back of your mind that you have very specific
requirements to obtain. The support of my colleagues as well as
opportunities that have opened up to me have really helped ease
I remember sitting in 8th trimester clinic
orientation looking at the minimum requirements that need
to be obtained before you get to walk across that stage to get your
diploma. I had feelings of anxiety along with uncertainty that I
would be able to accomplish these requirements while still
maintaining my sanity. It has been a difficult journey thus far,
but looking back, I can appreciate all the rough spots I had to
experience in order to fully be grateful for the future.
It's the little things that have helped me through this process.
My patients telling me how much they'll miss me, and that I'm
irreplaceable. Referrals from very happy and trusting patients have
been amazing. And most of all, the camaraderie among some of my
colleagues has been priceless and has helped me get to where I am
today--not to forget the support and prayers from my family and
This time next week, I will be preparing to enter my first round
of clinical observations at a rehab clinic with a chiropractor and
medical doctor. Then, I'll be packing up to head to Southern
California for about 10 days to observe a naturopathic doctor for 4
days as well as visit family. After returning from California, I
will have about 1 week before graduation!
Time has definitely gone by and I still can't believe that a
year ago, I was sitting in class still studying for exams and
writing papers. Now I am enjoying the work I've put in and waiting
to get that diploma in my hand!
Have a good week everyone! And for those Illinois residents, go
out and enjoy this amazing March summer-like weather!!!
I still can't believe it. I am closer to graduation and it's
getting very REAL.This upcoming week will be my last week
at the inner city clinic I spoke about before, and then I have
about 2 more weeks until my 2 weeks of observation off campus! Then
when I get back, I will have about 4 days left of clinic before
graduation week! It's so crazy!
I remember this similar feeling when I was graduating from the
chiropractic program, but the feeling was halted by the sense that
my graduation was only the mark of the beginning of the
naturopathic program. While all my colleagues were putting their
business plans into action, interviewing for associate positions,
or packing up and moving back home, I was studying and preparing
for my 11th trimester! It was still an exciting
time considering it is still a HUGE accomplishment. However, it was
bittersweet for me.
Now I sit here, writing one of my last blogs ever,
preparing for a new journey in my life, and feeling an amazing
amount of joy and peace! It's still very stressful realizing that I
am still at that place again--not completing a business plan or
interviewing for any associate positions, but preparing a nursery,
utilizing the summer to relax, and enjoying life without the
pressures of school. I feel much better about it all than I
You might hear over and over again about the "Numbers Game" in
clinic. There are high expectations and huge requirements that are
obligated for you to pass your clinic internship, and the
naturopathic program has definitely trumped the chiropractic
program in my opinion! I learned so much from both programs on many
different levels, but because the naturopathic program is still
relatively young at NUHS, there are different struggles that we
face. The numbers were driving me crazy but definitely did not
affect my ability to give my patients the best care possible. And
our clinicians were right, if you treat your patients right, the
numbers will take care of themselves.
As I am heading into my last couple weeks with patients on
campus, I am feeling more comfortable than ever about my competency
AND numbers. Although I won't be out in practice right away, I have
been able to soak up the experience the best way I could. I
struggled, I cried, I became frustrated on the verge of walking
away--but looking back now, I can appreciate the obstacles I've had
to overcome and above all else, I've had the best patients ever!
I only hope you will be able to soak up my experience no matter
what school or program you choose! Take care of people and they
will take care of you. :) Here's to my last weeks here at
it's been fun but this will be my LAST trimester writing to you
about my experiences. I can't believe how much time has flown by.
Sometimes I felt it didn't go fast enough but now I realize as I am
reaching the end, that it truly flies! I hope you all had a happy
holiday season with your loved ones wherever you are in the world!
Everyone else got a three-week break from school, however being
in 9th trimester during the winter left us with a
shorter break but still good enough! I spent a lot of time watching
movies, playing board games, playing and singing music, and most
importantly spending time with my loved ones. We got to spend a
long weekend in Michigan with my in-laws and it was amazing. Being
in the outdoors, breathing in fresh country air, and waking up to a
giant Christmas tree lifted our spirits enough to come back and
When I left you last, I was going into what we call "finals"
week. It was the last finals week I will EVER have to experience
and that idea alone is an accomplishment considering this is my
14th trimester at NUHS. I am all "finaled" out! :) The hardest part
of our finals week was not the exams since I actually only had ONE,
but was saying goodbye to some amazing friends and colleagues.
Dr. Julie Martin (our other ND clinician) has left to pursue her
passion of practicing and chasing that dream! She has truly been
the positive light in clinic for all of us with her warm smiles,
big hugs and listening ear. Tears were definitely shed when she
said her final goodbyes on graduation day. It was bittersweet for
all of us because we were so happy for her new journey in life but
so sad that she was no longer going to be with us every day in
Dr. Julie Martin and I at commencement.
The same day (graduation), we all had to say goodbye to our
friends/colleagues that we've grown so close to. We've all grown so
close together in different ways, built lifelong relationships and
enjoyed never-ending support for all thehard times. I definitely
learned something from each and every one of them and saying
goodbye was also very bittersweet.
A final goodbye party minus a couple of the
10th trimester interns.
Although I am very anxious for April 19 (my graduation date) to
come, the part that makes me most sad is saying goodbye to all my
colleagues that have turned into amazing friends. The thought of us
all going to different parts of the world and pursuing our dreams
is amazing but also again, bittersweet.
One of my struggles throughout 8th and
9th tri was forgetting to rejoice in all the
awesomeness of life that is within arms reach instead of focusing
on all the negativity that I encountered.
So as a part of my new year's resolution I started a blog
challenge: 1 blog a day for 2012. My website is: papermachedoll.blogspot.com, which just goes
through stories to uplift myself (and you)--and healthy recipes
Well, now back to reality. The trimester is going to end with a
big bang and I'm excited to share it with all of you!
Hey, everyone! Yes, it is that dreaded time again. Finals!
Although my schedule is much more abbreviated than EVERY other
trimester I've been here, I cannot believe the amount of tedious
assignments that I've had, from writing cases to five-page papers
PLUS studying for the finals I have next week. What you should get
used to is having anywhere from 10 to14 finals, which is very
different from undergrad. Some of the classes here have both a
lecture portion as well as lab portion and you will most likely
have finals (written and practical) in both of those classes. Don't
freak out yet because you WILL get through it with hard work and
This week went by quick because we had Ryan's mom and little
cousin visit us from Michigan on their spring break. We had fun
going shopping with them, getting pedicures (well, not Ryan ), and
eating amazing food! Then we got bad news that Ryan's grandpa was
in the hospital and we rushed to Michigan to spend time with him
and the family over the weekend. Overall, it was a stressful
weekend due to his grandpa's health problems, but also finishing up
all the assignments that I had so I could focus on studying! But
Ryan's grandpa is back home now and doing much better so we are
very happy and relieved about that.
My finals line-up is not that bad this time around. I have one
to two finals every day from Monday to Thursday next week, and I am
ready to get them over with! After finals, we are doing an "Earth
Day 5k" and I think I'm more nervous about that! Ha ha! Our good
friends just did a half marathon over the weekend and I am freaking
out about a 5k! I know, I know… it's only a little over three miles
so I hope all this working out (6 days a week) kicks in that
Well, enjoy the weather (spring is coming or here?) and study
hard if you have finals coming up like me! I will see you all in
bright and sunny May!!
Blissor: My amazing relationship with my awesome mother-in-law.
She's such an inspiration and huge support for Ryan and I!
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