Thank You!!! and Good Bye for Now

I'm writing this post from my last day in my little office at the Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic as I prepare to take a few days off for hot springs-hopping, fishing, general unplanned adventuring, and visiting with friends here in Montana before I drive back to Illinois for graduation. Whoa, Graduation! Huge congratulations to my Tri 10 buddies -- we did it! Most importantly though, I would be remiss not to thank all the incredible people who've encouraged me on this path to becoming an ND.

In my happy place, out for a drive into the foothills on National Forest land.

Thanks of course to all my professors from first tri on up, for filling my brain to the brim, and to my clinicians AND my patients for your patience with my wild, learning mind. Thank you SO MUCH to my family for cheering me on and supporting me unconditionally in my currently alternative career choice (Not for long! Our medicine is bound for greatness!). Thanks to my friends and peers at school who shared in this whole experience (whew!), and to my partner Hanzi for hangin' in there while I cried in a heap in his lap in the midst of midterms and was quite frankly too exhausted to help cook dinner most every night for the past 3.5 years. Thanks is especially due to Hanzi for taking my mind out of medicine whenever he could, to engage me in conversation about the rest of life and the world; I cannot express how much that saved my sanity and kept my heart whole. 

2016-04-14_houseHanzi checks out this spectacular historic home for sale in Virginia City, MT -- a town of all dirt roads.

Thanks also to my friends, near and far, who've kept tabs on me by reading this blog, and who I assume will forgive my absence in your lives as medical school has ravaged my free time these past several years. I cannot promise I'll come roaring back on the scene, but I'm ready to engage you all with more effort. Thanks and boundless love to Arthur for reminding me that I'm kicking butt at school each time I talk to him -- your path will illuminate, brother -- I promise. Thank you to my most special ND friends, the original Team Shakira, for experiencing with me the realness of bodies in those first few months of medical school, in the anatomy lab. That was a truly unforgettable chapter, and those are the people I am sure I was meant to meet, a large part of why I was called to attend NUHS.

Thanks is also due to the administration at NUHS for finally helping me leave campus for life under the wide Montana sky, where I've learned invaluable lessons about naturopathic doctoring in a licensed state. Thank you to Marie Olbrysh, the wonderful blog coordinator who emailed me nearly every week to remind me to send in my posts, and who made me feel like my writing was worth the read!

We lived out of our truck for a few days, here, a stop for a soak at Chico Hot Springs.

Thank you, of course, to all the doctors here in Montana at YNC who've elevated my understanding of naturopathic doctoring. Dr. Beeson, Julius, and Dr. Holl, I can hardly tell you how grateful I am for your friendship and for making Montana truly feel like home.

Thanks to all of you out there (there are more of you than you may think) who've told me after reading a post or two that I must write a book some day. I'm going to do my darnedest to follow your advice and make that happen! In the meantime, you can follow my thoughts and ruminations on naturopathy, and can watch my life as a doctor unfold over at -- that's me, just about! My website should be up and running within a week or two, thanks for your patience!

I suppose the final thing to leave my readers with is that naturopathic medical school is totally, absolutely, the bee's knees. If you've ever thought this might be the path for you, please attend a visit day, explore campus, and ask questions. It is an incredibly challenging and incomparably rewarding experience. The people you will meet are unique, the professors are dedicated, and the medicine absolutely works. It's a long road to becoming a doctor, but it's been the most true and gratifying work I've done so far in my relatively short life.

Our camping spot outside Ennis, MT.

Thank you, readers, for following along with me over these past few years! I am sure my successor will continue to tell you good stories from the ND student world -- please enjoy them! And, if you'd like to continue reading my own stories, you'll know where to find them. Lastly, if you need to find me in person, I'll be somewhere out in the American West, Montana for now, stimulating the Vis with everything I've got!