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Different Points of View

Over the past few weeks, our main clinician at the Chicago Whole Health Center has been out on leave. So during her time away, we have had a few clinicians rotate through. We all thought it was going to be a nightmare having different doctors rotating through, but it actually was a great experience. Each doctor brought a different point of view, different experiences, different techniques, and new ideas on what a practice should be. Each day we were taught things that the doctors felt were important to teach the interns at their own clinics. As interns, we also have a certain number of student chiropractic manipulations and observed chiropractic manipulations that must be performed in order to graduate. While doing these, the doctors that rotated through made it a point to show us new techniques to use on patients who are not responding to other adjustments that we are using.

Overall, it was not the nightmare that we thought it would be, but quite the opposite. We all learned so much and were exposed to things we might not have been had they not stepped in as the clinician. As an intern, it is important to be exposed to as much as you can be. Go out and shadow other doctors, ask questions, take seminars, etc., because when you are done, you are a doctor with all the responsibility that comes with that title. A special thank you to Dr. Cynthia Winston and Dr. Frank Frydrych, who spent most of the time with us, and taught us many valuable techniques. 

Tri 10 interns hard at work in the Chicago clinic's conference room

On Sunday morning, I had another outreach event to attend with Dr. Rick Ezgur. The event was for the Chicago AIDS Ride, which will take place in July. The ride is a 200-mile bike ride from Evanston, Illinois, to Racine, Wisconsin, where the riders camp overnight. At the campsite, Dr. Ezgur and I will be treating riders for any injuries, aches or pains before they bike back to Evanston the following morning to the finish line. 

The event on Sunday was at one of the many cycling training sessions for the riders at the Lakeshore Athletic Club. The training session consisted of a two-hour cycling class, which was followed by an educational session. The session gave riders information on proper bike fit, nutrition, and stretching to avoid injuries during the AIDS ride. We have four more of these sessions in February, March and April to prep the riders.

Journal Club, Halloween Preparation, and the Chicago Marathon

Journal Club

At the beginning of the clinic week, I presented my Journal Club article. The point of the Journal Club is to have the interns bring articles on treatment options for patients and discuss whether or not we would use them with our patients. 

My article was on the use of acupuncture for patients with migraine headaches. The conclusion of the article was that acupuncture does show a decrease in the number of days with a migraine, and a decrease in the patient's quality of life. After I finished with my presentation, we were all able to discuss our opinions. We also talked about what other treatment options we would use with a patient experiencing migraine headaches. My current treatment plan for patients with migraines, which can be changed per patient, includes acupuncture, chiropractic manipulative therapy, post-isometric relaxation of the sub-occipital muscles, and supplementation of magnesium, riboflavin, and CoQ10.


Throughout the rest of the week, I finished my decorating for Halloween, which is quite extensive. If you haven't noticed yet, it's my very favorite time of the year. This included any final touches, putting up the remainder of the decorations, more spider webbing, and hanging my newest decoration. Every year the day after Halloween, I check out the sales on decorations, and I buy one big decoration to add to my collection. The decoration I added last year was a five-foot tall hanging ghoul that I placed on my balcony. It looks great out there, and I can't wait for people to see it next weekend!

My newest Halloween decoration

Chicago Marathon

On Sunday, Dr. Miller, several ninth and tenth trimester interns, and I volunteered at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. It was the perfect fall day for the race with temperatures in the mid-60s, which was ideal for the runners. Marathon Day in Chicago is always a fun day because so many people come out to watch, support, and cheer on the runners. Talking with some of the experienced marathoners after the race, they said it's almost impossible to get tired during the Chicago Marathon due to the amazing crowds that come out to cheer them along.

Jeff Jones, Candace Gesicki, and me at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday

We were in the Chicago Diabetes Project tent where we were available for post-race care for the runners. The majority of the runners were in a lot of pain and had very tight muscles, so we helped by stretching and massaging as needed. I have volunteered at the marathon before, but I haven't had as much one-on-one post-race care. It was crazy to see how much pain some people were in, while others looked like they could run the marathon again. I'm sure that has a lot to do with training and experience with running. Overall, it was a great experience, and as always it is so inspiring watching people finish something as impressive as a marathon!

Start of 9th Trimester

New trimester, new goals, new challenges, new location, and new people. This week started my 9th trimester of chiropractic school. This trimester I am a full-time chiropractic intern at the NUHS Whole Health Center - Chicago, located by the UIC campus on Maxwell and S. Halsted St. The Chicago clinic offers a wide variety of services, some of which include chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and much more. 

It's been an interesting start to the trimester. Interesting in that, there are so many new things to get used to. The biggest challenge this first week was trying to find a convenient public transportation route to take from my place to the clinic. Turns out there isn't a good one really, and it's faster for me to drive most days. Otherwise, I really like my new clinic location. There are five 10th trimester interns and four 9th trimester interns, all of whom are under the supervision of Dr. April Miller.

Since we are so close to the UIC campus, Dr. Miller and all of the Chicago clinic interns did an outreach event on Wednesday at the UIC new student welcome. We set up several chiropractic and massage tables, and offered students massages, trigger point work, and information on stretching that would be helpful for students to do on a daily basis. It was a very successful event with over 100 students stopping by for some wellness care. Students were also given information on the university and care they can receive at our clinic (all of which is discounted for UIC students).


My main focus last week was prepping for the many hours of exams I had this past weekend. Friday afternoon I took the Physiotherapy board exam. Saturday morning was the Part III board exam followed by the first section of the Part II board exams all afternoon. Finally, Sunday I finished the last sections of Part II in the morning and afternoon. So, last week was a lot of studying any free minute I had. I was doing a lot of prep all summer long, but it's amazing how nervous and stressed you can get the week leading up to exams. Needless to say, I didn't have a decent night's sleep all week long. Tension was high, but the great news was, come Sunday night, all the exams were behind me, and life can go back to normal. If you want to learn more about the NBCE board exams and what they entail go to

This week's blog is a short one, but I promise to have all the details of how board exams went in next week's blog. It's back to books for me.

Finals and Final Week of 8th Tri

I am almost finished with 8th Trimester and Student Clinic. I have this week and next week, and then I have completed Student Clinic. At this point, it is important to close out patient care, make sure all the number requirements have been met, and prepare for main clinic rotations that start the first week of September. Like I stated in an earlier blog, I will be in the downtown Chicago clinic. I feel like this clinic will be a great fit for me with my radiology background because the clinic is equipped with digital radiography equipment. I am also looking forward to being in a new environment, new surroundings, and being a little bit closer to where I live.

As the end of 8th Trimester nears, my excitement has been increasing. The reason I am getting excited is because this trimester marks the last classes I have to take in chiropractic school. It's a pretty amazing feeling. From 9th Trimester on through my chiropractic career, the education, seminars, and future classwork I do will be tailored to my interests and my patient's needs. 

Final exams start next week Tuesday and finish up the following week on Tuesday afternoon. One important key to getting through finals, besides studying a ton, is have something fun planned to celebrate when you finish. After weeks of stress, studying, not sleeping, and living in the library, you deserve some sort of fun activity to forget your worries. The day after finals this tri, my friends and I are having a cookout on my roof deck and then heading to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game.


Saturday was an especially long and crazy day. On our balcony, we have a spiral staircase that goes to our roof deck, which was in desperate need of a new paint job. For some reason, Rob and I thought this would be an easy task, but it was quite the opposite. The job took us several hours on Saturday as well as Sunday to complete. After we finished with the work on Saturday, we had the pleasure of hosting a dual birthday party for two NUHS ladies, Candace Gesicki and Kenzie Wood. The night started with cocktails and cake on the roof and ended out in Old Town, Chicago.

After we finished with the rest of the painting on Sunday, I pulled out my notes to continue my studying for the final exams I have this week. On Tuesday, I have Clinical Natural Medicine and Evidence Based Practice III finals. Thursday's exams consist of Business in the morning and Radiology Management/Report Writing in the afternoon. And then three more exams the following Monday and Tuesday and 8th Trimester is over!

See you in a couple of weeks!

Board Prep

The first week of September I will be taking Part II, III and Physiotherapy Board Exams. Throughout the summer months, I have been studying reviews and old notes in preparation for the exams. The main review book I am using, which was very helpful for Part I Boards, is Mosby's Review Questions for the NBCE Examination, Parts I and II. The book is an excellent resource in that it covers material from every subject that is covered on both exams. Also, every question not only gives you the correct answer, but it also covers each of the incorrect answers with a detailed explanation. By going over these review questions and reading through the explanations of the answers, you are covering a large portion of the material for the exams. 


Along with the reviews, I also have been noting subjects/topics that my professors have mentioned during lectures that are usually covered on board exams. I kept a document on my desktop and when my professors mentioned any of these "hot button" board topics, I added it to the document to look up, take notes on, and review later. My biggest piece of advice is start studying early! I get very stressed around exam time, especially with exams as involved and intense as national boards. By starting the review process early on, I am able to alleviate a lot of the nerves, which was a big help on my previous exam performance. 

Sunday evening, Rob and I went to the Steppenwolf Theatre to see the play "Belleville." I am a member of the Red Card program at the theatre which offers discount tickets for members under 30 years old. The play is about a newlywed couple that lives a very hip existence in the colorful, multi-ethnic neighborhood of Belleville, Paris. As the play progresses, small cracks in their relationship slowly begin to surface and expose themselves as large lies. By the end of the play, their world implodes when everything comes to light, and they are forced to deal with their new reality. The quality of theater that comes out of the Steppenwolf is in a category all its own. The performance by the lead actress, Kate Arrington, was a tour de force of emotion, vulnerability, and the human spirit. I would highly recommend this play and the Steppenwolf Theatre.

Following the show, we went to dinner at RPM Italian in downtown Chicago. We have been trying to get reservations for this restaurant for several months before we finally got in Sunday evening--and it was worth the wait. The food, drinks, service, and ambience were top notch resulting in the best dining experience we've had in a very long time.