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Spring Break Recap

by Aug 25, 2017

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I’m back again for another trimester! Spring break was busy and fun. Here’s a recap of what I did:

The two days after finals I shadowed some physicians. First, I spent a day with Robert Signore, DO, a dermatologist in Tinley Park. He uses homeopathy on many patients, although there was no homeopathic consultations scheduled for the day I was there. It was rewarding to be able to identify several dermatological conditions I had just been tested on a few days prior. The following day, I shadowed Joel Shepperd, MD, and Timothy Fior, MD, two of our homeopathy faculty. Their clinic is just down the road from campus.

I continued to shadow Dr. Fior three days the following week, and all the cases I saw were fascinating. Many patients who choose to see homeopaths do so as a last ditch effort with their illness and conditions that haven’t been helped by (or have even been caused by!) conventional medical treatment.


During the second week of break, I went with my parents to visit my sister in Oakland, California. The weather was great, and we had some fun outings like sailing, touring the Google campus where my cousin works, family dinners with other cousins and my aunt and uncle, and eating at the Swan Oyster Depot, a favorite restaurant in San Francisco of Anthony Bourdain.


Returning from vacation and having only one day to prepare for classes was exhausting! Breaks always go by too quickly; two weeks never seems like it’s enough to rest and recuperate fully.

My first week of classes went well, and I am trying to get ahead with assignments, papers, and presentations before getting bogged down with studying for exams.

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Mary Simon

Mary Simon

I'm a naturopathic medical student at NUHS. I started the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Program in January 2014. I was born and raised in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a beautiful town on Lake Michigan. My experiences interpreting (Spanish to English) in nearly all medical specialties solidified my decision to study naturopathic medicine, as I saw a deep need for treating the body as a whole, getting to the root causes of symptoms, and using minimally invasive low-cost therapies to restore health.


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