Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about where I’d like to practice when I graduate. For now, I’ve narrowed it down to two locations: northern Kansas City, and the Denver area. Since I’ve got just a little over a year until graduation, now is a good time for me to start looking into real opportunities and locations to start my career. I spent my Saturday morning driving around different neighborhoods of northern Kansas City, assessing the area, new growth, old buildings, and the location of current chiropractors.
Some students get worried or scared of the idea of graduating and going off into the professional world. I don’t share this so much, mostly because of my mentor. My mentor practices in my hometown in western Kansas. We keep in close touch. Every now and then, I go back home just to learn new things from him. We’re attending a seminar in Wichita together in two weeks. I learn tons from him every time we talk or hang out. This is invaluable to my growth in the profession. The best part of it all is that he is dedicated to helping me develop into a competent, confident doctor by the time I’m ready to open my own practice, which I plan to do just after graduation. I realize how lucky I am with such an inspirational, supportive doctor to learn from.
Going forward, I want to gather information about office space costs and learn a little more about the neighborhoods. I’m sure my doctor will provide me with some advice as I bounce some of the information and ideas off of him. Not only does he want to teach me to assess and adjust well, he also wants to teach me about the business side of things and how he runs his office. Without Dr. Perez, I might be just as apprehensive or nervous about graduation as some of my fellow students, but I’m excited for what’s to come next!