Shadowing with Dr. Skip and Dr. Julie Wyss

I am realistic. I expect miracles. - Dr. Wayne Dyer

Quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Over the spring break I had the opportunity to shadow with Dr. Skip and Dr. Julie Wyss in Green Bay, Wis. During my first trimester at Palmer, I Googled “pediatric chiropractors in Wisconsin” and came across the Wyss’ website and then throughout the year at Palmer other students have mentioned them to me about how great they are. So I figured over a break would be the best time to visit them since they only practice about an hour from where I grew up.

Both, Dr. Skip and Dr. Julie are graduates of Palmer. When shadowing a chiropractor, I never know what to expect and they were so open and excited to have me there for the morning! I shadowed Dr. Skip with adjustments, and then Dr. Julie spoke to me a lot about the business side of things.

Dr. Julie talked to me about insurance and how they handle it. I’ve been under chiropractic care in the past with practices that took insurance and one that was cash-based. She was telling me that sometimes people who pay cash value their adjustments more. She compared it to a car that you’ve made the car payments on versus one that would have just been handed to you. People are most likely to take better care of the car that they have made the payments on. She said that chiropractic is so similar and that patients paying cash seem to listen more carefully to maintaining the adjustment. I thought this was such great advice and so easy to understand!

Dr. Julie also recommended looking into ICPA (international Chiropractic Pediatric Association), SOT and cranial adjusting for techniques. I’ve been debating between which techniques and organizations will be most beneficial for me to take and be part of while in school. It was great to hear more about these as they are on my to-do list while in school.

While observing Dr. Skip, I was able to see many different families get adjusted. They also have an open room for adjusting, although it isn’t open into the waiting room. I liked that while Dr. Skip was checking the patient’s spine that he was talking out loud for which vertebra he was on and then talked about the organ(s) o which the nerve supplied. I felt that it really solidified to the patient that he knew exactly what he was doing and talking about. Dr. Skip mentioned multiple times to me how important PNS class is, and it definitely showed throughout my time shadowing! I was so thankful to hear that just before starting the class.

One child came in for his second adjustment that had cerebral palsy. The child seemed to keep his head back and kept looking upward. After Dr. Skip adjusted his atlas, there was a noticeable difference that he was looking more straightforward. It was amazing and even the parents were super excited! Seeing something so noticeable was awesome and Dr. Skip talked to the parents about his muscles and the importance of continuing to get adjusted. At school I’ve heard a lot of D.C.s mention that they expect miracles, and this little adjustment will most likely change this child’s life!

Dr. Skip was so excited throughout the entire morning and being around his energy was great! I felt like I had learned so much information that morning. Dr. Skip also recommended coming back throughout my time at Palmer to continue to learn from them. I was so excited to hear that because right now it’s hard to fully understand exactly why and what they are adjusting. Since I’m in toggle class now, I still have so much to learn! I look forward to learning more from Dr. Skip and Dr. Julie!

-Jen

Office visit with Dr. Corey Schneider

Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center

Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center

Over the spring break I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Corey and talk to him about chiropractic and schooling. Dr. Corey is cousins with my sister-in-law and is one of my older brother’s friends. So I have known him for a while but haven’t really had the chance to just talk about chiropractic with him. I had been very focused on observing pediatric or family clinics that I hadn’t taken the time to observe Dr. Corey, who runs a practice focused more on rehab. Which just so happens to be some of the advice that he had given me: to look at shadowing as many people as possible and learn what you like and don’t like.

He told me that there were some students while he was in school that were focused on only one technique or one method. I think it can be really common at school to only stick with your club that you go to on a regular basis, but there are so many different techniques out there and they all work. It just depends on what works for you and the patient.

Dr. Corey also recommended asking chiropractors in the area if you can volunteer in their office. He said that it’s such a great way to learn more about the business side of a practice.

Dr. Corey talked to me about how he bought his practice. He said that he knew he wanted to work in a specific area, so he mailed out letters to practicing D.C.s in that area to see if they were looking to sell or retire in the near future. This would give him the opportunity to potentially associate for a bit before buying the practice. I haven’t talked to a lot of practicing D.C.s yet, but hearing the full approach on how he handled buying the practice was a great idea to take note of! I’m not exactly sure what my plan is for after graduation, but I know that this first year went by so fast that I really want to start figuring out my plan.

After we chatted for a while, he had some patients to see, so I stuck around to observe three patients. Dr. Corey has private adjusting rooms and also has a massage therapist working with patients before he adjusts them. Hearing his approach to patients was a little different or unique then what I had seen from others I have observed. And it solidified my goal of observing as many chiropractors as possible. Since I had initially just planned to meet up with Dr. Corey to talk about chiropractic, I didn’t have a ton of time to shadow so I’m hoping over the summer break I’ll have the opportunity to shadow and see a new patient evaluation!

Adjusting Ninjas

Adjusting Ninja logoI’ve said it probably in all my previous blogs, but there are so many clubs on campus … including the Adjusting Ninjas!

I believe they started up last trimester, but I just started attending a few club hours this trimester. I saw a poster about a seminar that was going to happen in Davenport in December, so I thought I would check out the club before signing up for the seminar. And I had also heard Dr. Brett Jones on one of podcasts I listen to regularly and figured it was time that I looked further into this club!

The club normally meets around 6 a.m., and if you saw my previous posts, you know I’m a morning person. We start out with a warm up that involves some light jogging, stretching and yoga moves. From there we move into one of the technique rooms on campus so that we can get some hands-on experience. For me, being in a lower trimester it can be a little intimidating not knowing exactly what I am palpating for, but it’s always good experience.

One of the goals of the club is to work on muscle memory, so we focus on moving through motions and then pick up speed. Once we have worked on the motions, we start palpations. And if we find something, we can take a step back and go through the movements as if we were adjusting them.

I decided not to attend the seminar this time, but I’m hoping that they’ll be back while I’m still at Palmer so that I can attend another time. Things have been a little busy with my current class schedule and labs, so I wanted to make sure I focus on those before attending a seminar this trimester.

Jen

My brother’s white coat ceremony

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My brother’s class at their Clinic White Coat Ceremony. He’s now officially a student intern!

The day after my birthday, my brother had his white coat ceremony, which is his official welcoming into the clinic as a practicing student intern.

It was nice that our parents were able to come down for it and celebrate this big day for him, as well as my birthday! Sometimes when you are in the trenches of all the exams, it’s hard to keep your eye on the target. It was so exciting to see him move on to the next step. Since Mike can’t work on family in the clinic, I’ll need to find another intern, but I’m sure he’ll do great!

The time sure does fly by at Palmer, even though some days it doesn’t feel like it. I’m sure Mike feels like he has been in school forever since he came straight from his undergrad program instead of working for a few years like me.

Class 171 is an average size class, and the ceremony took about an hour. Just over a year left for them! I’m looking forward to the day I have my white coat ceremony!

The ceremony took place on a Friday afternoon, and then after we did a little shopping around Davenport. In the evening we went out to eat at a German restaurant in Moline called Bierstube. The food was delicious, and they had some amazing desserts, which included Nutella!

-Minda

Spizz Night!

November started a new trimester, and, boy, did it get busy quickly! The second Friday of the month was Spizz Night. Normally, it’s the first weekend with the prospective student event but for some reason it was changed this trimester.

Spizz Night is one of my favorite nights of the trimester because I love hearing the practicing D.C.s speak about their experiences. This trimester Dr. Frank Lombardozzi, Dr. Mark Mouw and Dr. Nate Hinkeldey all spoke.

I started the night out helping at the booth for the sorority. A lot of first-year students stop by to see the different clubs on campus and for the free food (normally tacos). Things can be very hectic the first trimester because of all the events/clubs going on so this gives the sorority another chance to talk about the different professional events that happen.

Dr. Frank Lombardozzi and Dr. Mark Mouw spoke together, and it was very interesting to hear their story.  Especially Dr. Lombardozzi’s story about when he started his business thinking that patients would just show up. Instead he realized he needed to get his name out there and meet people. This has been something I’ve been hearing a lot lately, that in the beginning you will need to take the time and go speak and different groups or market yourself. I haven’t decided exactly what my plan is for after school, but it’s good to hear others’ achievements and failures so that I know what to repeat and not repeat!

Dr. Nate Hinkeldey started his presentation with BJ Palmer’s definition of Spizzerinctum (Spizz)! Which, before attending the prospective student event, I had never heard of this word. B.J. Palmer referred to it as “if a chiropractor is loaded with Spizzerinctum, his adjustments could make a bald man grow hair like a collie dog! You have no chiropractic practice without Spizzerinctum, everything else is just mechanics. Great chiropractors are loaded with Spizz, their magnetic and abundant energy flows through every cell of their being.” Or in simpler terms, enthusiasm for chiropractic!

Dr. Hinkeldey shared his experience working with M.D.s while working with his patients. His enthusiasm around chiropractic to fight for his patients’ well being showed tremendously during his speech, with working at the VA and within his own practice.

Spizz Night is always an exciting night and is always worth attending! There are also lots of giveaways throughout the night, for instance this Spizz Night there was student membership to the ICA, Green Books and gift cards to the Bookstore!

Jen

 

Spinal practical … sublux midterm … and BIRTHDAY!

Last week was one heck of a week with my spinal practical, sublux midterm and my birthday (which all ended up being Thursday and Friday). If you are a prospective student, you may not have already heard that Spinal is one heck of a class but on a positive note, Mr. Morter really prepares you for National Boards exams (from what I hear)!

Classes have changed slightly in the past year or so. When my brother, who is in 7th tri, took spinal it was broken out in two classes, now it’s one class.

I spent the beginning of the week working through bones (spine, ribs and sternum) so that I could how to write out the order quickly with correct spelling during the timed exam. So, for example, if the posterior tubercle was colored in on C1 you would need to write it out as following: C1, posterior arch, posterior tubercle. Not so hard, but sometimes under pressure you can easily forget something! Then Wednesday night was a late night in the library with another classmate, Jen. I was so excited (you could say) Wednesday night that I couldn’t sleep, and I don’t think it was because my birthday was Thursday!

Thursday was the big day for spinal, and it was my birthday! I started the first hour of the practical in the wet lab going over muscles and ligaments, which ended up being a good confidence booster. Then ended the second hour with the bones. So many people had said it was going to be super difficult and that they had left the practical exhausted. I think I prepared myself pretty well because I felt great leaving it and was very satisfied with my grade!

Thursday evening I met up with some friends to study for the sublux midterm, which was Friday. This class can also be challenging because it is one of the first classes where you have to think more outside the box instead of just memorizing things. Anyway, my friends were great and baked me a cake, ordered some food and had some amazing gifts! It was the best way to end my birthday with a very busy day and busy day ahead of me!

Jen

Prospective Student Event!

The Palmer campus! Davenport, Iowa.

The Palmer campus! Davenport, Iowa.

This weekend was the big Prospective Student Event on campus, which I attended to work the Pediatric Club booth. It seemed like there was a great turn-out of excited prospective students. I had a chance to speak with a few one-on-one when they stopped at our booth.

One person was telling us her story about watching a baby getting adjusted. Some people who stopped by said they were interested in pediatrics, too, but didn’t really think about babies getting adjusted. Before I was getting adjusted by my chiropractor back in Milwaukee, I didn’t think about babies getting adjusted, either. Now knowing what I know, I wonder why more babies and children are not getting adjusted!

Another person who had stopped at our both was really excited about pediatrics and started asking about how I liked Palmer. I told her that it had been a year since I had attended the Prospective Student Event and how I applied for the D.C. program that weekend when I got home–and then started in March. She was surprised with how quickly my process went, because she was looking at taking a year off and then coming next fall to Palmer. I was telling her that this event ended up making up my mind on what my next step in life should be, which ultimately was to quit my job and move to Davenport. It has been one of my best life choices!

I’ve talked about why I choose Palmer and chiropractic in a previous blog; but it was great getting a chance to be on the other side of the table, talking to those who might still be on the fence. Deciding to attend the Prospective Student Event and then deciding to attend Palmer has forever changed my life. I am very grateful to be a part of Palmer and chiropractic community.

If you are still on the fence about chiropractic or even Palmer, definitely check out a Prospective Student Event or even a tour! The students at Palmer are awesome and are always willing to help anyone out. So don’t ever hesitate to ask any question, whether it be to one of us bloggers or even the group on Facebook (Future Chiropractors – Palmer College of Chiropractic). I had my brother and his friends to ask questions of, and believe me, I had a lot!

Jen

Running the Arsenal bridge!

Sunrise over the Mississippi River, as seen from the Arsenal Island bridge.

Sunrise over the Mississippi River, as seen from the Arsenal Island bridge.

Morning workouts are my favorite, mainly because I don’t have enough time to talk myself out of it that early. And then, before I know it, the workout is done!

Two of my awesome friends (Sara and Danielle) and I have started running in the mornings, which has been great because we all hold each other accountable for getting up in the morning.

I’ve always been a morning person, so getting up before sunrise isn’t an issue for me. I think being a morning person annoys people sometimes, but I love the fresh start of a new day, and I don’t understand how people can be grumpy with the morning! So, I tend to be most productive in the morning with school, too. One of my favorite places to run is across the Arsenal Bridge (check out the picture and you’ll understand why!). You just don’t get these views running in a gym or sleeping.

I also told a friend from back home that I would run a 15K with her Oct. 31 in the Milwaukee area. So I will be expecting a lot more of these beautiful sunrises for the next month as I train to run with her! Thankfully the race is over our break between trimesters.

If you aren’t a morning person, I’m sure you could get an amazing view of the sunset during a run, too. If I’m going to workout in the evenings, I would prefer yoga or Zumba, so I’ll stick with the sunrise.

Learning about pediatric chiropractic

A couple Fridays ago, the Pediatric Club had some amazing speakers from Premier Wellness Chiropractic in Crystal Lake, Ill. Dr. Tony, Dr. Jen and Dr. Ron were amazing and had so much energy!

There was a great turn-out during the 9:20 a.m. club hour, and then they came back in the evening to have a two-hour talk with more information about children and chiropractic and how they approach different situations.

Some things that really stuck with me were really understanding the philosophy, how to approach situations when just getting started, and working with moms.

Philosophy – Dr. Tony mentioned during club hour that you wouldn’t go to a priest who hasn’t read the Bible, so why would you go to a chiropractor that doesn’t understand the philosophy? I’m not really sure why this hadn’t clicked earlier, but this really hit home for me. Sometimes I just need someone to be very blunt for it to click in my head.

I’m currently in Philosophy II with Dr. Strang and really enjoy his classes and the history of the Palmers and chiropractic, but there are very little required readings. With the sorority, I’ve read “Palmer’s Law of Life,” but I will take some more time during my breaks to read more philosophy books!

Approaching situations when just getting started – Dr. Jen did a great job talking about this topic in the evening. She talked about when she first was getting started and she would use other D.C.s experience when talking to the parents to help them understand the benefits of chiropractic for children. Since she didn’t have the experience right out of school, she needed to find ways to gain the trust of the parents quickly (mainly with the moms). So this is something that I will definitely need to remember once I am out in the field!

Working with moms – All three of the docs touched on this because it is important to understand that when working with children you are also working with the mother (most of the time). It’s important for them to understand the benefits of chiropractic. Some things that they talked about were having workshops. Last trimester there was another pediatric chiropractor that came to talk on a Saturday who also said this and how important it is to keep them involved.

Dr. Tony ended by telling us about his personal experience with his son, which was very touching.

Their excitement and energy during the entire day was contagious, and I’m so grateful for attending both the club hour and evening event! I look forward to the three of them coming back to Palmer, and I plan to shadow them in the near future, too!

-Jen

Why Chiropractic? Why Palmer?

Palmer College - my home away from home.

Palmer College – my home away from home.

When I started at Palmer in March, a lot of people questioned me as to why I choose a career path in chiropractic and then why Palmer. The question seems like it should be such an easy one, but it was on average the second question asked by my classmates after, “Where are you from?” My answer at the time was very vague: “My entire family has been seeing a chiropractor for years, and we have seen tremendous relief!” I felt like my story didn’t have a strong “why.”

Although this is something I’ve been thinking about for years, I ended up graduating with a communication degree (after not being 100% on what to do) from UW-Milwaukee and then accepting a job in Corporate America. In the eyes of so many people I had a very successful job/career going for me and was able to move up in the company pretty fast. But I dreaded getting up in the morning, knowing that I had no passion for my job, and the only reason I was showing up was for the paycheck. I stopped exercising and stopped seeing a chiropractor until one night when I bent over to pick up my laptop to start working (on a Sunday evening). At that moment I knew something went wrong, and I could barely stand back up. Over the next 12 hours, the pain increased tremendously.

Over the next six months, I was regularly seeing a chiropractor to bring my health back. It was always something I looked forward to and was a place of relaxation for me. Every week he would ask when I was going to join my brother at chiropractic school. I brushed it off for multiple weeks, thinking I couldn’t just quit my job and go back to school. But in the back of my mind, I kept thinking that I wanted a job where I could help people and do the same for others that he had done for me.

Then one day I was looking at Palmer’s website and saw a listing for a prospective student event, so I signed up thinking, “What do I have to lose? Nothing!” It was then that I really felt like this was something I NEEDED to do, and if I didn’t, I would regret it the rest of my life.

During the prospective student event, there was a student from Colorado who told her story about how she was working as a graphic designer and quit her job and came to Palmer. Then Dr. Barber told her story of quitting her job and coming to Palmer after falling on some ice one winter and seeing a chiropractor. It was the first time that I truly felt that I could also do this, too!

Why Palmer? That question is so hard to explain in words, because it’s just something I felt was right. On the Friday night before the campus tour, Spizz Night was held. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the people who spoke were so passionate about the field, and their energy made me want to be around them. I felt at home, and after the prospective student event, I didn’t even think about looking at other schools.

So what I would encourage any prospective students to do is to attend Spizz Night (if possible), the prospective student event, and believe that you can do it, too. (As corny as that sounds!)

-Jen