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Taking Advantage of Every Opportunity Possible

by Jun 14, 2019

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As Naturopathic Physicians, we will have so many different tools in our toolbox. I strongly believe that we need to have an understanding of every single one of those tools, even if we choose to focus primarily in another area for our practice. National University does a great job at providing us with the resources and opportunities to learn about these different modalities.  Not only does our required coursework educate us, but there are also several clubs and organizations on campus that help further our education and application of many modalities we can use in our future practice.

Last week, the Motion Palpation Club (MoPal) hosted an event featuring speaker and alumnus, Dr. Richard Ulm. He spoke to us about different things we can do in clinical practice, and how to incorporate Dynamic Neuromuscular Stability (DNS) as a modality. To be completely honest, I didn’t really know what DNS was prior to attending his lecture. While I frequently attend MoPal and Rehab Club (where DNS is commonly mentioned) I had never taken the time to look it up!  Now that I know more about it, I think it is super awesome! It combines two of my favorite things: my love of functional neurology, and my love of biomechanics. 

The best part about this lecture is that they were lecturing off a registration to the DNS weightlifting seminar over the weekend (a $750 value for students). I was fortunate enough to have won! I learned so much and had a blast!

Group Shot-1

Above are National students who attended the weekend seminar, along with Dr. Ulm in the top right. We asked him to be in the picture not only because he is awesome, but also because he was once a student at National. (I’m in the middle of the top row). I feel so fortunate to attend a school like National University, and to experience the diversity of our different programs. I don’t think DNS is ever talked about at most of the ND-only schools, but since we also have a chiropractic program, as ND students, we get to take advantage of those resources. 

Swam Family

In other exciting news on campus, there are five new additions to Lake Janse on campus. I love the baby swans (and the adult ones, too). Every time I walk past the lake, I find myself looking for the swans to see what they are doing.

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Belinda Smith

Belinda Smith

My name is Belinda, but I prefer to go by Lindy. I am in my final year as a Naturopathic Medical student at National University of Health Sciences. I’m originally from Maryland and will always consider it to be my home. I live on campus, in the Bucholz building with my dog, Lily. I love the sport of triathlon and will totally geek out if anyone wants to talk bikes or racing with me! I’m looking forward to blogging about study tips, ways to have fun on campus, and all the details of a full-time medical student. I love talking with people, so if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]


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