Salvy Series - Part 1

Instead of always focusing on my experiences in the chiropractic program, I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to hear about the other interns at Salvation Army clinic. Each week, I'm going to interview a 10th trimester intern about their experiences in the DC program! First up...





Intern: Doug Krefman

Hometown: Highland Park, IL

Interests: Motion Palpation Institute, Functional Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, English Bulldogs

What are your plans for after graduation?

I plan to join a musculoskeletal based practice in Chicago that integrates chiropractic, rehabilitation, and medical interventions.

What is your favorite memory or most memorable experience at Salvation Army?

One patient had 7 years of low back pain, numerous MRIs, X-rays, steroid injections, and 6 different prescribed painkillers with no relief. Through proper patient education and chiropractic care, we were able to resolve all symptoms and get him back to a pain-free active life. It gave me first-hand experience that all the long hours of practice can positively impact the lives of our patients.

What words of advice would you give to incoming chiropractic students and people interested in the chiropractic program?

I would suggest that prospective and current chiropractic students work for a doc and shadow as many chiropractors as possible. No matter how many seminars and classes you attend, nothing can prepare you for the real world like seeing actual practicing physicians. It will also open your eyes to different styles of practice that best suits your interests and strengths. Also remember to practice, practice, practice! Chiropractic and manual therapy is a psychomotor skill that can only be mastered through lots of failures and successes!