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Nick Maio, Student

Q. What did you do before you became a chiropractic student?

A. I was an Army medic and spent a year in Iraq. I was also a banker and a soda salesman.

Q. How did you find your way to chiropractic?

A. My father is a chiropractor. When I was younger, I doubted that I had the ability to follow him, but I excelled in my medic's training and after Iraq I decided to go to school. My original intention was to become a nurse. After taking a few courses, I switched to pre-chiropractic.

Q. What has been the most challenging part of your chiropractic education so far?

A. The loss of contact with patients. For the first six trimesters, you study science and theory. It's easy to forget why you're there. Then there's the challenge of balancing my studies and family life. On top of that, I'm involved with several organizations on campus. It's a full load.

Q. What kind of chiropractic work would you like to do after graduation?

A. I'm going to join my father. He partners with a medical doctor in an integrative practice. I'd like to specialize in chiropractic for wellness.

Q. Do you consider yourself an entrepreneurial person?

A. Well, I would prefer to be my own boss. I don't want to have my professional activities dictated to me.

Q. What are you studying now?

A. At this point, we're getting ready for clinical work. For example, I'm studying X-ray positioning and diagnosis. I'm also learning how to communicate effectively, including public speaking. Patient education is an important aspect of chiropractic.

Q. If you could tell prospective chiropractic students one thing, what would it be?

A. The process is difficult. I recommend that you think about your first day in college as the first day of your career as a chiropractor. Remind yourself constantly that everything you do is making you a better doctor.

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