About Me

Photo of BradHello everyone!  My name is Brad, and I am a doctor of chiropractic student at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), Lombard campus. I started the program in January 2011 and I am now going into my 8th  trimester, also known as Student Clinic. Very exciting!  

I'm originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I completed my undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in biomedical sciences with a focus in radiologic technology. After completing my bachelor's degree, I was offered a position as an X-Ray Tech at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital (where I did my internship). I worked there for several years and gained experience in inpatient and outpatient care, ER, OR, CT, MRI, portable radiography, and much more. It was a great learning experience, the benefits of which are still paying off to this day in school. 

During my time working at the hospital, I realized that the traditional medical approach was not the right fit for me. I saw some amazing procedures, many of which worked for many patients, but I also saw the results of the ones that did not. This is what sparked my interest in alternative medicine and my search for the right school. NUHS was the answer to that search in that it combined some of the traditional medical approaches with that of chiropractic medicine. National's commitment to evidence based medicine was also a big factor in my decision to enroll here. 

My time in Lombard is split between school and two jobs. I am a student worker in the admissions office on campus where I help with data entry, mail services, field questions from prospective students, give campus tours, and other odds and ends they may need help with. I also work at a local health food store, Fruitful Yield, where I help customers with knowledge on nutrition and holistic health including: supplements, botanicals, homeopathic remedies, and much more. The job is really a great adjunct to school in that we have weekly trainings on new products, online courses, and vendor presentations on many of the supplements, botanicals, and remedies. It's sort of like getting paid to study which is brilliant! 

In my spare time (the little allowed with school and work) I have been exploring my new neighborhood. Over spring break, I moved from Lombard to the big city. I now live in Lakeview, which is a neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, and I am loving it. I also enjoy reading, hanging out with friends, going to movies, running, and I've discovered a recent love for cooking. Over the past year I have been dabbling in cooking, but back in January I took a cooking class which sparked my interest even further. So, anyone that says you can't have a life or job outside of grad school, I am proof to the contrary. I may not get as much sleep as I'd like, but in the end it's all worth it! 

This is my first experience writing a blog, and I am very excited by the challenge. What to expect? Stay tuned! But I can assure you there will be lots of ups and downs as the trimesters get into full swing. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and hope to hear from many of you! Feel free to contact me at bradbackhaus@student.nuhs.edu.