As I had mentioned last week, my friend Sarah landed a job at
the National Center for Integrative Medicine in Joliet, Ill. The
official ribbon cutting of the new facility was last Wednesday and
it couldn't have been more perfect! The facility is
state-of-the-art with all new equipment and treatment rooms. To top
it all off, they served a gluten-free breakfast for everyone to
enjoy! The alternative health care wing turned out beautifully and
we are all so happy for Sarah and her new job!
Julie Martin, ND, our newest clinician here on campus, attended
the open house as the keynote speaker of the ribbon cutting
ceremony. Dr. Martin stated that what this facility is providing
for patients is exactly what health care needs in the future. One
place, full of a variety of health professionals, all ready to work
together to help regain health for their patients. She also spoke
on the future of naturopathic medicine and how our profession fits
into the current medical model. She commended Rao Kilaru, MD, the
facility owner, for helping to change the future of medical
practice to a more holistic practice.
I could not imagine working in such a beautiful space and wish
the medical group much success in the future!
Family in Town
I know it seems like I am always having family coming to town,
but that's because I have been! My boyfriend's brother came to
visit us from Boston for the weekend and we took full advantage of
the opportunity to go out on the town. We went to my favorite
comedy show in the world, The Cupid Players, at the IO Theater in
Wrigleyville. No matter how many times I see the show, I laugh just
as hard as the first time! I recommend it to anyone entertaining
family and friends when they come to town!
Women's Health Seminar
In addition to hosting company, treating patients in clinic and
celebrating Sarah's grand opening, I attended a Women's Health
Seminar put on by Metagenics. The seminar was a great review of the
biochemistry behind our natural therapies and provided many
research articles on the various modalities we frequently employ.
Although the seminar was long and took up my entire weekend, it was
free to students, which is very rare! You have to take advantage of
all the freebees being a student has to offer, because once you
graduate you are paying full price!
Next week, I plan to finish my patient numbers at clinic…
YEAH!!!!! So cross your fingers and your eyes for me!!
Graduation is now officially one month away and I couldn't be
more excited! I am more than ready to be done spending all of my
time within the confines of the NUHS clinic walls and get out into
the "real world." Sometimes I think we spend so much time worrying
about graduation requirements and check-offs that we start to loose
touch with reality; we are going to be doctors!!
I think my reality set in hard this week when one of the adjunct
faculty, Dr. Lou, wanted to take the 10th trimester ND students out
for a graduation dinner before she left for the trimester. She
praised each and every one of us and pointed out each of our
strengths. She really knows how to speak to your heart. After some
Thai food, talking and tears, we all left feeling confident and
ready to graduate!
A Favorite Memory
One of my most favorite memories of Dr. Lou was her lecture on
finding your "target" - meaning, we all have goals in our life that
we aim for. Some are small and some are large but they all are
leading towards a common goal/target. That goal may be to have the
means to support children and a family in the future, or to have
the means to travel freely, or it may be to build your ideal
medical practice. Whatever the goal "target" may be, there will
undoubtedly be obstacles that will come along and try to knock you
off of your course toward your target.
Dr. Lou explains that it is no one's fault but your own if you
allow these obstacles to let you get off course. She also explains
that once your start to rationalize the obstacles and let them lead
you astray, you will in the short term be aiming for your target,
but in the long term you will miss the target by a long shot. For
example, if you are in an unhappy relationship and are aiming to
have a happy healthy family in your future, you can rationalize
that things will get better as time goes on and ignore the fact
that you are no longer aiming for your target. As difficult as it
may seem, removing yourself from a situation or people that do not
support your reaching your target is what you must do.
I know it sounds cheesy, but when you sit down and think about
what makes you get out of bed in the morning and what actually
makes you tick, you realize what your most important goals/targets
in life are and this will help to re-direct you onto the
Mama Chella comes to town!
My boyfriend's mother flew in from Boston this past weekend to
pay us a very short but sweet visit. We were able to go downtown
for a very nice dinner and drinks and some long overdue shopping! I
also attended my first temple service with my boyfriend and his mom
to observe the Jewish festival Purim. It was a learning experience
to say the least! I love learning new religions and traditions and
can't wait for the next holiday!
The Hawkeye state is up again for a re-vote on whether or not to
license naturopathic doctors as primary care physicians. Over a
year ago Iowa NDs tried for licensure but were unable to pass the
bill. As far as I have read and heard, licensure bill SF293 has
already passed the Senate subcommittee and Senate committee. The
next step is Senate floor. The president of the Iowa Association of
Naturopathic Physicians e-mailed me stating that currently we have
majority in Senate but the bill still needs much support to get
Over half of Iowa legislators have been directly informed of the
need for naturopathic medicine in Iowa and you bet I have been
recruiting friends and family back home to e-mail and call! I had
not at all been thinking about moving back to Iowa to practice but
this really throws my plans for a loop! If Iowa becomes the first
Midwest state to become licensed with a full scope of practice…Iowa
just may be my place!!
If you know anyone in Iowa or would like to be part of the
licensing efforts please send a quick e-mail stating the many
wonderful benefits of naturopathic medicine! We need all the help
we can get to get this bill through. The vote will take place
around April 29th, so we only have a short couple months to raise
The following link will take you the American Association of
Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) where you can send an e-mail
directly to support Iowa licensing efforts!
Fonda of my Honda
My gracious parents allowed me to borrow their Honda Civic for
the time being since my old Subaru finally quit on me. I am so
close to being done with school and this couldn't have happened at
a worse time! Thankfully, I have a vehicle to get around and I can
stop waking my boyfriend up early in the morning for rides! I
really am so blessed… my family and friends always have my
I hope that everyone has a chance to vote for Iowa licensure!!
Hopefully Illinois will be next!
Hello from Danville! I am writing to you from Danville, IL,
where my fellow intern Sarah and I just arrived at our hotel
to prepare for our shadowing opportunity tomorrow. We are meeting
with Dr. Peters who is a chiropractic and naturopathic physician
who practices as a primary care doctor here in Danville. He has a
variety of conditions he treats but specializes in homeopathy. I am
excited to report how tomorrow goes!
For the entire 10th Trimester, I am spending Friday clinic
shifts at the Salvation Army in downtown Chicago. It has been nice
to be able to track patients from week-to-week and monitor their
progress. The past few weeks we have had several successful
treatments with homeopathy, which I love to see!
One patient was treated with the remedy Calc Carb for a chief
complaint of fear of change, as he was placed on a new job
assignment and had a lot of anxiety revolving around his first day
at the new job. The following week the patient reported feeling
completely calm after being given the homeopathic remedy and had
much less anxiety when he started his new job earlier in the week.
I love hearing success stories like this, especially when these
patients are so thankful for any help that we can provide.
My little niece is now 5 months old!! I recently found out she
will be attending my graduation in April to watch
her Auntie A become a doctor. I am very excited about graduation
of course, but most of all I am excited for my family to visit and
spend time together. We have a trip planned for the Shedd Aquarium
and Lincoln Park Zoo just to name a few! I can't wait to show off
Have a great week!!
I know this is absolutely ridiculous, but I have to admit I have
never taken the Chicago Metra train in my whole 5 years of living
here! I was actually forced to take the Metra from Downers Grove to
my Salvation Army rotation in downtown Chicago this past Friday as
my car quit on me early last week. Aside from my broken down car
being a headache, the train was so easy and the best part was I
didn't have to sit in traffic on the way back home! I am totally
going to take the train much more often!
Valentine's Day Fondue!
Since Valentine's Day fell on a Monday,
my boyfriend and I decided to make dinner and have a quiet night at
home. When I got home from my clinic shift late in the evening, I
was surprised with a bubbling pot of cheese fondue and heart shaped
rice crispy treats! Yum! On top of my dinner surprise I also
received some paraben and phthalate free bath products! I finally
have my friends and family trained to look for products that are
free of harsh preservatives that are known to create long term
Phthalates are used in plastics to give them their flexibility
and durability. The use of phthalates is being phased out, as there
are emerging health concerns over their safety. Parabens are used
to increase the shelf life of cosmetics and are found in an array
of products from shampoo to toothpaste. Parabens can also be added
to food to prevent spoilage. Products without parabens and
phthalates are becoming more available especially in many infant
bath products. It's something to keep in mind the next time you go
to the store for toiletries!
The final move!
This weekend wrapped up my month of moving… FINALLY! My
boyfriend and I rented a 16-foot truck with a car carriage attached
to the back to haul the rest of my apartment and car back home. I
know it had to be unnerving to drive that big truck with an
additional car in tow, but my boyfriend would never admit it!
It was nice to spend some time with my family and get out of school
mode for a few days.
I am counting down the days to graduation… Only 2 more months
now!! I am so ready to graduate… can't wait!!
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