I chose UB because I spoke with people who went to the other naturopathic schools to ask their opinions of the University of Bridgeport in comparison. A lot of what I heard is that the UB faculty are more open-minded with traditional naturopathic medicine. I wanted to learn how to think about all the factors that are involved in health, and how to put all the pieces together. I also wanted to be able to do a dual program in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, and was able to finish both programs in good timing because they are structured well together.
Since my strengths are in chemistry and physics, I had to grow by learning human anatomy and physiology from the beginning, which gave me the basic foundation for my clinical experience. Outside of the classroom and in clinic, I’ve had to develop more of my personal and communication skills. The doctor-patient relationship is a very sacred relationship. You have a lot of responsibility.
The program is challenging in that it is a lot of work, but it is special because you get to interact with patients and make a difference in their lives, and even in their family dynamics, so they can live more healthful lives and end up doing what they are meant to do in life. Through my UB clinical experience, I was given many learning opportunities to explore my strengths and weaknesses as a healthcare provider, which has allowed me to create the successful thriving practice that I have now in Lancaster, PA.