"I always knew I wanted to be a chiropractor, even in undergrad," says Robin. "My Dad wanted me to be a chiropractor since I was little. He and my mother are farmers and often had back pain due to the type of labor they do. They use chiropractic to help. My Dad always told me, 'Robin, you should be a chiropractor. They help people and they make good money.' I would laugh it off as a joke, but something stuck!" says Robin.
In college, Robin "shadowed" a chiropractic physician. She spent an hour or more every week for an entire semester in the DC's office watching her treat patients. Robin saw first-hand what the life of a chiropractic physician is really like. "The DC I shadowed helped me choose National," says Robin.
"I'm really happy here. The kind of education that National offers is something I'm really excited about. We get to learn a lot about primary care. When I graduate, I won't only know how to adjust the spine, I'll know so much more. Some schools don't really offer that kind of education, so you have to choose wisely."
Robin explains, "When students shop for the right chiropractic school, first they have to know and understand the difference between philosophy-based versus evidence-based schools. That will help you decide what you want and set one school apart from another. They are often referred to as the 'straights' versus the 'mixers.' "
"Mixer" schools are those that expand their teaching of chiropractic to include primary care medical diagnosis and evidence-based treatment options (meaning scientifically or clinically proven treatments). "Straights" offer a more philosophy-based curriculum that views the chiropractic adjustment alone as the focal tool of chiropractic and may avoid primary care modalities.
What's Robin's favorite class? "I love the adjusting classes and the nutrition courses. So far I've learned how to adjust the extremities and lower back," says Robin. "Next trimester, I'll get to learn neck and cervical adjustments."
In addition to her studies, Robin serves as Student Ambassador at National, greeting and answering questions from students who are wondering whether a degree in chiropractic is for them. She also volunteers to give presentations in the gross anatomy laboratory to visiting high school biology students. Robin is also a member of the Applied Kinesiology Club and Lambda Chi, an on-campus sorority that focuses on adjusting practice for members.
What are Robin's final words to those considering a degree in chiropractic? "Shadow different chiropractors. Shadow a mixer and a straight. If you already go to a chiropractor, ask them about their school. Call up several DC offices and put yourself out there and learn what works for you."