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Which of the 4 are you?

Which of the 4 are you?

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I’m obsessed with this right now!


Good morning, New Day community!

I’m always surprised and impressed when you ask me questions like, “How was your trip?  You were in Utah at the Young Living Convention, right?”  I feel like I can barely remember my own schedule sometimes, and think it’s really thoughtful when you do 🙂

As I’ve been expressing to some of you since I got back to Chicago, the convention was great and Salt Lake City and Utah were AWESOME.  I would love to go back and enjoy Utah more in the future.

So in some ways, I got what I was expecting to get out of the convention.  I was able to smell EVERY essential oil at the conference expo (jasmine blew my mind! but more on that later), I got to see one of the Young Living farms up close (the beauty of the farm in the promotional materials is NOT AT ALL EXAGGERATED!)

It was also a lot of fun to spend time with my friend at the convention, another Network Spinal chiropractor.

The education and speakers were also top notch.  Mel Robbins, author of “The 5 Second Rule” (which is everywhere right now) spoke to us on the last morning of the convention about how to motivate ourselves to take action in our lives (as easy as 5-4-3-2-1, apparently!)

The workshop that really took me by surprise was an educational workshop on “The Four Tendencies.” This class was basically a presentation of a book by the same title by Gretchen Rubin.
Somehow, this workshop ended up being the most memorable part of the convention for me!

I’m obsessed with the 4 tendencies right now!  Let me tell you why.

The 4 tendencies is a way to understand human behavior, both the things that work to our advantage, as well as understanding how to catch the flaws that can derail us by using a strategy that works for our specific tendency or type.

Gretchen Rubin’s theory goes that there are these 4 tendencies, types, or ways of being, and each of us basically belongs to one of these types.  Your tendency doesn’t change situationally or as you get older, so it’s just something you might as well learn about so that you can use what you learn to your advantage.

Which type are you?  I’ll say one more thing about this before I highlight each type, which is that our tendency is based on how we relate to expectations. There are 2 types of expectations in life, says Rubin, external– or the ones society, family, coworkers, etc, place on us, and internal expectations– the one’s we place on ourselves.

I was intrigued, but wasn’t overly impressed by all of this, until the presenter began describing my tendency, and I was like “whoa, that is SO me!”

The first tendency, the Upholder, is the person who responds to both internal and external expectations.  These folks are good at doing what’s expected of them, but also have a high level of goal orientation and self direction when it comes to their own expectations for themselves.  Upholders usually achieve a lot in life, but can be rigid and get thrown into a panic when there is an interruption to their carefully scheduled plans and routines.  The motto of the Upholder is “Do what’s right, even if people call you uptight.”  Upholders do best living by their calendars and planners.

The second tendency, the Questioner, is the person who is responsive to their internal expectations, but doesn’t always respond to expectations externally placed on them.  Their motto is, “I’ll comply, if you tell me WHY.”  Questioners are highly self directed, but can follow external expectations by basically deciding they “agree” with it and converting it to an internal expectation.  Questioners downfall is getting hung up on what they see as arbitrary rules, annoyed by people questioning them, and can be prone to “analysis paralysis.”

The third tendency is the Rebel.  Rebels don’t like either form of expectations!  Their motto, “You can’t make me, and neither can I!” summarizes their key issue in life, which is that they can sabotage even their own best ideas by resisting their own expectations.  The key with rebels, said our presenter, is that they can uphold expectations, as long as they reframe expectations as an expression of their own unique identity and self expression.  And when they strongly believe in a cause, they will act.

The fourth tendency is the tendency that the largest chunk of the population belongs to, said our presenter.  The Obliger is a rock, a great team player, and the person who responds strongly to external expectations, but somehow has trouble motivating themselves to work on their own goals and dreams.  They are the person who is most likely to say, “I can do so much for other people, I just don’t know why I can’t do for myself.”  The Obliger’s motto is “You can count on me.  And I’m counting on you, to count on me.”  Obligers have the hardest time in business because they are so much more motivated to work on other people’s projects and contributing to teams and family.  The key to success for an Obliger is to have an accountability partner (the only catch is that the partner cannot be another Obliger!)

Now that I’ve described the tendencies, do you think you know which type you are?  Do you think you know which type I am??

(In case you look into this further, I will make you aware that there is a quiz you can take online to find your tendency, but I don’t recommend it!  Way too simplistic.  You could even say I disagree with it. . . )

So you might have guessed it, I am a Questioner through and through.  As soon as the presenter read the Questioner “motto” I was a believer that this 4 tendencies thing was going to be a big help in my life!  The Questioner action plan, according to the presenter, is to gain clarity, and to set a deadline.  Without a deadline, Questioners can keep working on things forever, improving and changing them based on new information.

Since learning about this, I’ve been obsessed with figuring out other people’s tendencies, such as my family and New Day team.

I’ve also been thinking about how different types might experience chiropractic, Network Spinal, and the process of being in care at New Day.  There’s definitely a lot for the Questioner to love, with the educational workshops we offer, and there is obviously A TON to learn about Network Spinal and Donny Epstein on the internet (you’ll never get bored).  The Upholder wants a road map for success, and would be interested in completing necessary workshops, and always knowing how successful they are through their reassessments and getting my input on their progress.

Rebels, I would imagine, could get on board with care for their spine and nervous system by embracing it as part of their identity, and something that challenges the status quo way of experiencing health in our society.  Obligers may take longer to come into care, but when they do, would appreciate the structure of having an expectation that they follow their careplan (and finally take care of themselves for once!)

Is this interesting or helpful to you? Which type are you?  What’s your tendency?  Comment here, or let me know at your appointments this week 🙂


When you slip. . .

When you slip. . .

You slide?


Greetings and salutations, New Day community!

Have you ever noticed how when you start to slip, you never know it at the time? It’s only something you can see when you look back over the days and weeks.

And suddenly it’s crystal clear.  You see it.  That moment you started to slip.  And it all started going downhill.

I had an experience of this recently, when I began to realize that I hadn’t been working out as much as usual.

Now, if you know me very well, you know that I am a staunch advocate and enthusiast of physical exercise!  And not just physical exercise, but making it a habit to exercise often and to challenge oneself in one’s workouts.  The effects on physical, emotional, and mental health, and just the energy you are able to bring to life are undeniable– both as seen in research, and in my own life experience.

I was still working out, mind you, which made it even more difficult to notice what was happening.  Anybody from the outside looking in, comparing me to what the average person is doing, would have thought everything looked fine, if not great!  But gradually I was working out less, and justifying it more.

“But I couldn’t have worked out any more than I did this week! ” I would think to myself.  “I was so busy!”  And then, when I would go to exercise, and find myself not doing my typical, more challenging workouts.  “But I haven’t worked out in 3 days!  And my knees and feet have been hurting!  So I’ll take it easy today.”

And so it went.  The less I worked out and the less vigorously I worked out, the more sensible it seemed to work out less and do less challenging workouts.

When we’re in this kind of cycle, it can be SO hard to notice what’s happening as it’s happening.  As Donny Epstein, creator of Network Spinal and SRI would point out, the slide from an Energy Rich existence into Energy Neutral and Energy Poor one is accompanied by an entire shift in physiology, emotions, thoughts, and way of showing up in life that is marked by decrease and breakdown.  Even when we get aware of a problem, we get stuck sometimes considering the problem from the energy level at which the problem was created (which will NEVER contain the solution).

And so for a little while, I noticed this problem but felt stuck in it.  “But now, my foot hurts too much to run!”  “But now, if I go to Orange Theory I’m due to pay for another package of visits, and I’m saving so much money by not going!  I’m already a member of 2 gyms, I don’t need Orange Theory too.  I need to be reasonable.”

I was finally jarred awake on Friday, when I felt so amazingly sluggish that I could barely get anything done at all.  Trying to get work done was like trying to get work done under water.  I felt despair thinking of how much work I needed to do, and at the slow rate that I was working, how there wasn’t enough time in the world to do it.  In desperation, I went out for a short run around our Lincoln Square neighborhood, feeling painful, sluggish, and downright energy poor all the while.

The “desperation run” didn’t seem to help me that day.  But something interesting happened after that.  I woke up the next morning with a fresh awareness.  For me to be living true to my values, I need to be a leader in my life.  And that means, acting according to who I know myself to be– energized, hard working, and with plenty of time for what’s important to me and plenty of bandwith for being a loving person to those around me.

I woke up, channeled my inner Tony Robbins, bought the package I needed for Orange Theory, scheduled the workout, went, and now feel amazing.  Amazing because I feel like the person I know myself to be, once again!

Why am I telling you all of this?  To make a point about the choices we make in taking care of ourselves.  We are all going to slip (and slide) sometimes.  And sometimes by the time we do, we’ve wasted untold hours in sub-optimal physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing, and we’ve wasted numerous opportunities in life stuck in the energy poor-to-energy-neutral morass.

When it comes to your spinal health, we don’t want this to happen to you.  This is why at New Day we consider care for your spine and nervous system a choice that you make, and a structure that you create in your life to do regularly, NOT just by the time it seems obvious that there’s a problem (when you’ve likely already been under-functioning for days, weeks, or months!).  Because the “desperation adjustment,” like the “desperation run” I told you about, doesn’t always do the trick ;)***

Choosing Network Spinal as an essential part of your health and wellbeing also impacts you in who you know yourself to be in the process.  Someone who structures their life to create abundant health, vitality, energy, and productivity.  Someone who is a leader in their own life, and indeed to those around them.

You inspire me!  I look forward to seeing you for your care this week <3

***Speaking of inspiration, I have a post script to my share about my “desperation run.”  One of our New Day practice members shared with me at her adjustment on Saturday morning that she actually saw me out on that run the day prior as I ran down Wilson.  She told me that she used to feel angry and annoyed at the sight of people outside running in the morning, resenting them while half-wishing she were one of them.  But, most likely as a result of her own healing process and the choices she’s currently making, the sight of me running brought her sudden happiness.  She said it made her think, about me, “Look at her!  She brings joy to everything she does! Even running!”  Needless to say, I was AMAZED that the sight of me that day when I felt like I was hitting rock bottom was bringing happiness into anyone’s life.  And it’s a testament to the energized perception of the one observing, as well as an important reminder of the impact that we all have on our communities in our choices.

Do you have any experiences of slipping, and/or sliding, in your care at New Day or otherwise, that you would be willing to share?  Please comment below!

Introducing our Practice Member of the Month for May 2018!

We are so grateful for who you are, the progress that you continue to make,

and the commitment you have made to your spinal health and wellness.

You are making the world a better place!

We honor you this month and thank you for being part of our New Day community!

Yesenia D. has been in care with Dr. Katie since March 2018


Why I came to New Day:  

I was on Facebook and went into Donny Epstein-Raving Fans (Facebook group). I saw a member of the Facebook group mention they were getting care with Dr. Katie, and that she was in Chicago. Now that I look back it was divine guidance because I was not sure what type of chiropractic care it was but I had a strong impulse to come in.


My chiropractic results:

I initially started Network Care by an instinct I had and by being curious. I came in thinking everything was great and I was just going to try something new. Phewww…WOW! I never thought my adventure was only starting!

After my intake consultation and follow-up I was devastated for a few days after seeing my pictures and how misaligned my body was. This made me realize how this was only a reflection of misalignment that was going on within me. I quickly realized after coming to a few adjustments that my posture began improving and I started feeling more connected! I started receiving very clear messages from my guidance system and started appreciating beautiful synchronicities life presents us with.

Huge shifts began happening as my body was getting more aligned. My business changed and my team shifted as well; a few people left and new ones came onboard with completely new energy. Huge changes started happening with my family as well, our bond is stronger than ever! I was amazed to be able to observe this and see how everything is connected. A couple weeks later I brought in my father for an initial visit, and he started care.  Now my nephew has also started treatment. My nephew is 16 and when he came in an external visible factor was that he was always hunched over. Usually we would think this is normal and that this is because teens are always on their phone. After his 4th session with Dr. Katie his posture improved drastically. It seemed like he had worked out for about a year! Just confirming everything starts from within.

Why I chose to attend a Donny Epstein Event:

After seeing the amazing results with Network Care. I got curious to attend Donny Epstein’s event. I just came back from 2nd event in the last two weeks. Again coincidently one came right after the other and I followed my heart to sign up for both without really knowing what it really was . I just felt this would be good for me and couldn’t be more grateful I made this decision. This is such extraordinary work. I feel I am finally home. I feel congruent, life seems effortless and my priority is to shine my light bright to help others shine theirs. Words cannot describe the magic of this work.

Why I continue my care with Dr. Katie:

As I’m going through things in my life and I’m receiving this care I am able to connect more with my internal guidance system and get the answers I am seeking.  I’m using this care as a tool to help me through my evolution.

I see myself continuing Network Care forever. I know even though I am in a beautiful state and place now, I need to keep taking care of myself. As a bonus we have Dr. Katie!!! Such a beautiful, gentle, caring soul to guide us with this process.

I recently started a Facebook Group called “Align to Your Power”. The page is designed to share beautiful and empowering content with each other. I would love to connect with everyone on there.  Amber helped me with naming the page. I told her what I wanted to do, asked for her suggestions and that was one of the first names she suggested – power of teamwork! Thank you, Amber, for being there for us.

I would describe Network Care as a safe ground for healing where I have also made beautiful friendships. We are all connected, and together we can change the world – it begins with ourselves.


– Yesenia D., Chicago, IL



Introducing our Practice Member of the Month for April 2018!

We are so grateful for who you are, the progress that you continue to make,

and the commitment you have made to your spinal health and wellness.

You are making the world a better place!

We honor you this month and thank you for being part of our New Day community!

Lindsay H. has been under care with Dr. Katie since January 2016


Why I came to New Day:  

I heard about New Day and Network Care from my friend and collaborator, Carrie Drapac, who is my co-creatrix at Acts of Ritual. Carrie gave me an overview on the practice, and it was the information that related to the nervous system that attracted me at the time. I was at the beginning stages of going in a layer deeper in my healing at that time. I had been in many healing practices but I was coming more into my body and from what I had heard it seemed like this care was a good thing to try!


My chiropractic results:

After getting going in the practice of receiving and being in care I definitely had more awareness in my nervous system. I was connecting deeper into my body and where I was holding emotions and discomfort. It was a slow process of unfolding new information, and uncovering things a little bit at a time.  

Having a felt sense of the nervous system, and not just an academic idea of it, was really helpful for me as I translated and related the care in my life, and in the way I related deeper to the people I serve as a healer.

I came into care with an interdisciplinary understanding of the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of healing –  all elements create a fabric together – but being in this practice helped me connect them more fully. Learning what I am feeling, and not just what I am knowing – was really important! This care helps me continue to bridge the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of my being. Each piece [physical, emotional and spiritual] informs the other, and when these are all working together, in tandem, our bodies work more efficiently. This care helped me build a heightened awareness.


Why I continue my care with Dr. Katie:

At this point, I see Network Care as one part of my overarching self-care plan.  To me the most important thing I can do is to work on building myself — and putting myself and my evolution at the center of all that I do. Continuing this care with Dr. Katie helps me practice utilizing my tools of healing to stay focused on my evolution. This care is a piece of that puzzle.


– Lindsay H., Chicago, IL



Learn more about Lindsay H. and her co-collaborative business, Acts of Ritual, by checking out the informational sheet on New Day’s oil of the month for April –  Moon Oil – or by visiting their website:

You, shining brightly!

You, shining brightly!

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When you choose to shine brightly, the communities you are part of will win <3


Good morning, bright and shiny New Day!

Whether you’re new to New Day, or have been part of this community and participating in Network Care for years, you’ve probably noticed that we like to use the imagery of brightness and the sun quite a bit 🙂 It was something that I personally always associated with my experience of Network Care and how it helped me in my own health and life, and hence this is the vision I wanted to share with the practice when I opened New Day.

Choosing to shine brightly doesn’t always seem easy at first.  Starting any new commitment to your health and wellness takes energy and focus.  Even the pain and discomfort of remaining the same can sometimes feel more comforting than taking responsibility for ourselves and moving into the unknown.

For some of us in this community, starting in Network Care, this life changing form of chiropractic, was an easy choice.

Maybe a friend or family member had been raving about it, and finally the time was right to check it out.

Maybe we learned about it through a coach or mentor and decided that care for the spine and nervous system lays the perfect foundation of wellness for all the other positive changes in our lives.

Maybe we might have felt only lukewarm about trying out the care, with no plans to become a practice member, but then felt such intriguing changes after the initial visit that we decided to move continue!

Or, last but certainly not least, we were in so much pain or distress that staying as we were was NOT an option, and we felt we had no choice but to move forward into Network Care and becoming a practice member at New Day.

There is so much about being in chiropractic care for your health and wellness that just makes sense when it comes to helping feel good, function well, and shine as brightly as we are meant to in life.

But in the beginning, 5 years ago, some of the things that make the most sense about this care were most likely harder to see for a lot of people.  New Day as a community was much smaller, and there was less of a “buzz” about the practice and Network Care (certainly in Chicago at least).  As I recently joked at our 5th anniversary celebration, it possibly seemed “a bit chancy” to begin this relatively unknown form of chiropractic care right in the beginning.

Those “early adopters” have played such a special role in the culture at New Day, and in everyone’s ability to have the experience they are having now.  This is why I wanted to honor them in the practice with the wall display that we unveiled at our anniversary party 2 weeks ago.

Each star on the wall represents one of our New Day practice members!


There are 13 practice members who have been part of New Day, participating in the care on an ongoing basis as part of their health and wellness, for 3 years or more. Of course, in some ways, it is a bit arbitrary to choose 3 years as the cutoff.  And if you just missed being included, don’t worry.  You will be in the future!

To me, someone who became a practice member over 3 years ago did so at a time when it might not have been such a clear and sensible choice.  And, whether they knew it or not, they became bright and shiny ambassadors for the care.  Even without necessarily talking to others about New Day, just their presence and commitment to themselves and their health through the care created the possibility for those who came later to get the same benefits, perhaps even easier and faster, as the energetic field expanded!

Now, to answer a question that you might have.  “How is it possible that there are only 13 practice members who’ve been in care over 3 years?”  It is true that at any given time, the majority of practice members at New Day have been participating in the care for longer than 3 months.  It is such a blessing, to have a practice where so many practice members understand the value of the care over time.

There are many reasons why people don’t continue to choose us as part of their wellness routines.  People move away.  People’s lives change in unexpected ways. People choose something else.  Even though we know that consistency over time is what creates the best results, I have a belief that even one adjustment to a person’s spine and nervous system can change the course of history 🙂

I expect that at our next dedication where we celebrate our bright lights who have been in the practice for over 3 years, there will be MANY more stars on that wall. And I look forward to you being one of them <3

Our dedication reads:  “Bright lights of New Day, we honor you for being shining examples of health and vitality through your ongoing commitment to the health of your spine and nervous system as an essential part of your wellness.  Thank you for choosing to shine so brightly, lighting up others as you contribute to a greater global future.”

Let us know what you think, about the dedication and display, by commenting here!

The greatest gift of all

The greatest gift of all

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No, it’s not health.  But it’s related to health!  And the reason why I’m so pumped for this 5 year anniversary party!

Good morning, shining stars!  It’s so good to connect with you.  Now that it’s 2 days away, I can tell you that I am so excited about the anniversary party on Saturday!

I thought I was excited before.  And I was, but I was also very busy with the planning, inviting, etc, and I wasn’t at the point yet where I could look ahead, beyond the activity and responsibilities.

Now I get to actually clearly envision the most gratifying aspect of this experience BEING with you, in community!

As I often mention, community was the highest vision I had for New Day originally, but I had no idea how beautifully this would all play out, because I didn’t know YOU yet!

Many of you know the story.  A little over 5 years ago, I moved here to open New Day.  I arrived 1 month and 2 days before I would be taking over the lease on the office space on North Lincoln.  Having lived here from 2005-2008, I was familiar with the city and VERY excited about calling the Lincoln Square/Northcenter area home.

However, I only had about 3 friends I knew who were still living here, and really had no family or other connections in Chicago.  So I did what any normal person would do– I canvassed the neighborhood, visiting businesses and even knocking on the doors of homes!

I tell you this not to pat myself on the back for my own work ethic, but to convey to you that I was able to do this because I had a very good reason.  As I often like to paraphrase Donny Epstein, creator of Network Care, Network Care doesn’t work because your chiropractor is great, or because it or chiropractic is great.  Network Spinal works because YOU are great.  YOUR INNATE capacity for healing, energizing, and experiencing your body and life in a whole new way is always there.  NSA just happens to be an incredible tool for helping access that inherent greatness.

So I had a great idea to inspire me to action.  But by telling you all of this I also want to give you a sense of how much things can change in a relatively short amount of time.  5 years– sometimes it feels like forever.  Other times it feels startlingly short, as I’m sure you can agree.  It sometimes seems crazy to look at the relationships that have been created, and the life and health transformations that have occurred in this short amount of time for so many of us as a result of this care and the community around New Day.


This wall– new home of something special!

YOU, the New Day community, really are the greatest gift of all, not just to me and each other, but to our larger communities.  And yes, the planet!  We will be honoring you with a special reveal at 1PM this Saturday at the anniversary party.  Looking forward to honoring you and being in community then!

You can at least PRETEND it’s spring, with Young Living ;)

Happy, um, spring?!

You can at least PRETEND it’s spring, with Young Living 😉


Happy spring, New Day oils enthusiasts!

And when I say “happy spring,” I of course do so with my voice dripping with irony.  Ah yes, spring in Chicago.  A time for wind.  A time for sleet.  A time for snow.  A time to wonder if you should bite the bullet and buy another pair of gloves.

We know it will get warm eventually, until then, some tips for comforting yourself like you would when it’s winter (but with some flowery, girly, spring smells!)

You know what my top recommendation is for coping with April in Chicago, oils wise?


Why, you might ask?  I mean, you already may know that Juvaflex has been the oil of the month at New Day at least twice.  That I use it on our practice members at New Day quite frequently.

That it’s part of our signature, “New Day Blend” that we sometimes diffuse in the office.

That you can use it to make delicious chia seed puddings, and even cocktails!

OK, you get it.  Juvaflex is great.  But why NOW, for Juvaflex?


Juvaflex is available for the member price of $28.75 (37.83 retail)

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (which I know very little about and speak about very generally) when the seasons are changing, such as right now, we build up and hold onto a lot of anger and frustration, involving the liver.

Juvaflex is my GO TO oil for feelings of anger, frustration, and burden!  And aren’t we all feeling a tad angry, frustrated and burdened right now?  And what’s on the other side of that?  Happiness, freedom, and abundant energy!

Juvaflex contains Fennel, Geranium, Rosemary, Roman Chamomile, Blue Tansy, and Helichrysum essential oils. It smells great, and even tastes amazing (I’m telling you!).

Order through your member account, or pick one up at New Day on your next visit!

Young Living Bath and Shower Gel Base ($16 member price)

For some reason, even though I’ve been into oils and Young Living for 5 years, I had never tried making my own oil-based shower gels with their shower gel base!

It was perfect timing.  Desperate to smell the smells of spring, I got my hands on this product and was super pumped to create my own shower gel with Inner Child essential oil blend (if you haven’t smelled it, think flowery, girly, with citrus).

Where the plan went awry is that I was only able to mix 5 drops of Inner Child with the shower gel.  My little bottle was almost empty and that’s all I could get!

The product does have it’s own “soapy” smell, and I would guess that at least 8 drops would have been needed to properly “scent” the bottle.  So now, when I use it, I catch a hint of Inner Child along with a plain soap smell.

The good news: The gel base has a great, silky consistency, and really foams up into a lather very easily.  It feels luxurious!  I will DEFINITELY continue using Shower Gel Base for my own concoctions in the future.

Awaken is $21 wholesale (YES! A BARGAIN) and $27.63 retail

Meet my new love!  The perfectly named, for a Network Care practice, AWAKEN!

Somehow, I had never smelled this oil before.  Yes, that’s part of the magic of Young Living.  Still so much more to discover even after 5 years and a huge tray of oils on my desk in the adjusting room!

Luckily, Amber brought this to my attention, bringing it in to New Day and graciously letting me use it liberally, and use it on our practice members, for a couple of days.

What are the ingredients of Awaken?

Caprylic/capric (Coconut) oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Furanocoumarin-free bergamot) peel oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free), Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood oil (Santalum paniculatum), Citrus aurantium (Neroli) oil, Citrus reticulata (Tangerine) oil, Citrus limon (Lemon) peel oil, Coriandrum sativum (Coriander) seed oil, Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) fruit oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) resin oil, Melissa officinalis leaf oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil, Jasminum officinale (Jasmine) oil, Chamamelum nobile (Roman chamomile) flower oil, Cymbopogon martini (Lemongrass) oil, Hyssopus officinalis (Hyssop) leaf oil, Helichrysum italicum oil, Callitris intratropica (Blue Cypress) wood oil, Artemisia pallens (Davana) flower oil, Citrus hystrix (Lime) leaf extract, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower oil, Chamomilla recutita (German Chamomile) flower oil, Tancetum annuum (Blue Tansy) flower oil, Ocotea quixos (Ocotea) leaf oil, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) peel oil, Mentha spicata (Spearmint) leaf extract.


We will be featuring Awaken as our Essential Oil of the Month at New Day in May, so if you’re not a member you’ll be able to grab one from us then.

Will it unseat White Angelica as my all-time-top-favorite-oil-ever?! Only time will tell.  I will say though that compared to White Angelica, the price is right 😉

New arrangement for the New Day oils store!

Have you noticed this little pretty on one of your recent visits?

After 2 years of having oils available for purchase in the New Day front office, it was time for a rearrangement!  Many of you have commented that you love thenew look and wonder where we got this shelf from.

I ordered it on Etsy from

It took several weeks, as they make the items to order, but it was totally worth it!  I’m thinking of ordering one for home too 🙂

Ready to become a Young Living member?

If you’re reading this newsletter (arms crossed) thinking:

“Ok. Young Living membership MIGHT be for me.  But what’s the catch?!”

Young Living membership is almost definitely for you if:

  1. You love Young Living essential oils
  2. You want to buy more than 2-3 oils per year and have it be cost effective
  3. You would be excited to receive an essential oil diffuser and 10 essential oils in the mail.

So, what would possibly stop a person from joining
Young Living?!

Look, I am not always the person to talk to if you want a first-person account of how someone overcame fear and cynicism in order to try something new (I basically signed up for Young Living at the first available opportunity after smelling White Angelica;))

But I think I CAN speak to the fear that you will end up regretting this decision, because there is some catch that will cost you more money down the line.

Also, there’s the fear of being “salesy” and getting swept up in the unknown world and caught up with the “fever” of network marketing.

It costs about $160 to join Young Living. For this investment you get 10 oils and a diffuser!  It’s amazing!!

Now let me get the important part out of the way by speaking directly to your concerns:


I put this in caps not to yell at you, but to have you NOT FORGET this important fact.

To maintain your membership, you must make at least 1 order per year of $50 or more.

And when it comes to network marketing, let me tell you.  Making money doing Young Living was at the very bottom of my list of reasons for joining as a member.  I really just loved these oils!

However, I am happy to share with you that after 5 years of doing little more than sending out a couple of emails per year, and using oils as I normally would personally and with New Day practice members during their adjustments and at workshops, I have made a (small) commission every month over the past year.

This commission is in addition to the income from selling oils through the NewDay oil store. If you have questions about the business side of Young Living, please ask me! I’d love to be in conversation with you around it.

Ready??  The steps for joining Young Living are as follows:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Become a Member” on the top right corner of the screen
  3. Make sure the box on the left that says “become a member” is checked
  4. Check the box on the right that says “I was referred by a Young Living Member” and enter the member number 1425256 in both the sponsor ID and the enroller ID
  5. Choose your premium starter kit
  6. Get excited for your kit to arrive!

One last thing!

I have a gift for you, when you decide that this month is the month to finally do what you’ve probably been wanting to do anyway (join Young Living!)

If all these reasons to join weren’t great enough, I will also gift you one FREE bottle of Valor Essential Oil Blend ($52.30 retail!)

If you’ve been waiting to buy Valor because it’s too freakin’ expensive (but this is VALOR we’re talking about, for chrissakes!) this is the PERFECT time to move forward.

Check out how these Young Living lovers are using oils in their business!

New Day practice member Lindsay Hopkins, and former practice member Carrie Drapac (she lives in LA now!) have created their own website and lifestyle business called Acts of Ritual.

Acts of Ritual (go to site by clicking here) is a place to find a series of tools to assist you in crafting creative acts of ritual for self-care, self-reflection, and transformation. They share meditation, somatic connection, ritual experiences, and invite you to “explore that which is internal and eternal.”

Carrie and Lindsay have created a series of oil blends, using Young Living oils, to assist their community in creating their own ritual experiences. These include the fragrant “Full Moon” and “New Moon” blends!

We will be featuring Acts of Ritual’s oil blends at New Day as our April oil of the month!  Hope the oils and learning about Lindsay and Carrie inspire you to play with your oils and create your own rituals, or even to use oils to fuel your entrepreneurial aspirations!


So much to celebrate

Good morning, bright ones!

If you’ve been to New Day recently, you hopefully have noticed some exciting changes in the physical space of our office.  For one thing, we have new signage in our front windows!  Yes, after almost 5 years I got the “download,” so to speak, that it was time to use that prime window “real estate” to further light up our Lincoln Square neighborhood, and to further broadcast to the world what this care and community is all about to Chicago and the world.

I had delayed making the commitment to signage because it felt so permanent, and I wanted to get it right– words, look, tone, all of it.  Something that speaks to why we choose to take care of ourselves through ongoing care for the spine and nervous system.  It’s been really fun to see the reactions of our practice members to the signs, and we have even had a number of people in the neighborhood pop into our office, just to say hello and find out more about us!

Second, Amber and practice member Lydia Gray collaborated secretly, over the past several weeks, with Tammy, Diane, and all of our practice members to create a birthday surprise for me!  This surprise was in the form of decorations to the entry to the adjusting area.

This little surprise was waiting for me on Thursday morning, the day after my birthday, when I walked in to the office early to get some work done.  Suffice it to say, I was busy crying buckets during the time I thought I would be working, because I was so touched and moved by this display!  I am not being at all dramatic when I say that I think this is one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me, and I can’t thank Amber, Lydia, Tammy, and Diane enough for their thoughtfulness.

I felt a little self conscious, honestly, leaving the decorations up and posting pictures of them on social media.  It felt a bit like I was bragging about myself, “Hey!  Look how much people like me! Aren’t I great?!”

However, beyond being extremely thoughtful, and just a downright eye-catching and lovely-looking display, I also think it shows how much love there is in this community just generally.  More and more as the years have gone on, New Day is a place where we form and nurture connection and relationship with others as we contribute to each other.

And this isn’t by accident.  Network Care, by helping us connect with the best and brightest experience of ourselves, allows us to be that and see that when we are with others.  We contribute more when we have the energy to do so, and Network Spinal Analysis facilitates this contribution by fostering energy efficiency in the body.

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when I see practice members bringing friends and family into care, making friends with one another, talking and hugging each other when they run into each other at New Day (even when this is happening loudly in the adjusting room lol ;)).  Community truly is the highest stage of healing and it is a joy seeing this continue to unfold (Stage 12 in Donny Epstein’s 12 Stages of Healing).

There is a lot to celebrate at New Day’s 5 year anniversary, both now, specifically, as well as the accumulation of the past 5 years of experiences.  Some of you may remember other big changes over the past years that lead to our ability to serve our community better.  Amber starting with us full-time over 2 years ago was one of those big changes.  There was also taking down walls, putting up walls, and bringing in part-time staff.

There have also been “smaller” but no less monumental changes, in the form of YOU, our practice members, adding your unique flavors to the “soup,” so to speak, bringing your unique perspective and experience to share with us.  5 years into this process is the PERFECT time to celebrate together.  Won’t you join us?

Party will take place at New Day– located at 4308 N Lincoln Ave in Chicago

Our 5th year Anniversary Party will take place Saturday, April 14th from 12PM-3PM at New Day.  Besides being an open house where you can come and socialize with your fellow practice members and friends (what more do you need?) you will also get to eat yummies from River Valley Farmer’s Table, drink wine, and enter a raffle for a grand prize of a CMB waterproof bluetooth speaker!

We will also be doing a special “reveal” at 1PM in the form of an art installation in our adjusting space.  I recommend you be at the party at 1PM if possible!

Last but not least, Dr. Virginia will be on hand to do free mini-sessions of care with our practice members during the party 🙂

We truly hope that you will add to this experience by bringing your beautiful face and being!  And please, we encourage you to bring friends, family (child friendly event!), and anyone else you like.  This is a perfect opportunity to introduce people in your life to what this care and community are all about.

If it helps you, click here to connect to the event on Facebook , and please forward it along to anyone else you think might like to join us!  You can also pick up a flyer or two at your next appointment.

You can let us know at your next visit if you for sure plan to be there, to help us plan and so that we can help you with a reminder the week before the event.

5 years since the creation of New Day and I continue to be amazed, inspired, and dazzled by this community and what all of us are creating through it, together in the office and together in our lives.  I can’t wait for this opportunity to celebrate with you on April 14th!

Introducing our Practice Member of the Month – March 2018!

We are so grateful for who you are, the progress that you continue to make,

and the commitment you have made to your spinal health and wellness.

You are making the world a better place!

We honor you this month and thank you for being part of our New Day community!

Hilary J. has been under care with Dr. Katie since July 2016


Why I came to New Day:  

My friend and fellow practice member, Cin S., recommended I come in for an evaluation. I was struggling with recurrent respiratory illnesses, plus all sorts of pain in my body that I’d been working on for years.  Cin was having an amazing experience with Dr Katie. When she explained how it works with the nervous system and therefore the issues that underlie the symptoms, I thought it sounded very intriguing and potentially healing.


My chiropractic results:

Without a doubt my immune system is functioning so much better than when I started.  Together with acupuncture, my work with Dr. Katie has resulted in so many fewer sinus infections and I’m free of the recurrent respiratory problems.  Dr. Katie and Donny Epstein’s 12 Stages [of Healing] have also helped me with old crusty, hard-to-move mental patterns. This will be ongoing life work, and now I have another method of working with my stuff!


Why I continue my care with Dr. Katie:

I continue my care with Dr. Katie because it’s helped me so much, I want to continue in this direction. Plus I know the work can go deeper. I’m curious to see where it takes me. It is hard to imagine a more affirming and accepting place to explore *being* than at New Day.


Why did you encourage your young son to begin care at New Day?:

From my own experience I had a strong sense that Dr. Katie could help my son with certain ways he grips physically and mentally. It’s been a gift for him and our family!


– Hilary J., Chicago, IL



What am I paying for, again?

What am I paying for, again?

On the value of chiropractic


Good morning, New Day!

You’ve heard it before.  Maybe from your dad.  Maybe from your neighbor or coworker.  Maybe you’ve even thought it yourself before (or still sometimes do).

“The problem with chiropractic is that when you start seeing a chiropractor, you have to go forever.  You’re stuck doing it all the time, for the rest of your life.”

And who would be sitting there, considering going to a chiropractor for the first time, and think “Oh boy!  I can’t wait to sign up to do something for the rest of my life!” Very few people! It would be like going on a first date with someone and suddenly they’re talking to you about marriage.  And not just as a general concept, but talking about you marrying THEM.  That would be totally weird and uncomfortable, right?

Not only would that be weird and uncomfortable, just like jumping the gun on a long-term relationship, but there’s also always an undercurrent of, “See, that’s how they get ya.”  Not only is chiropractic a flawed concept (because if it worked so well you wouldn’t have to/want to do it all the time, right?), but the chiropractic profession itself comes to be seen as this sort of sleazy, salesy profession, just trying to get you addicted to their flawed system of care.

In some ways it’s interesting, when you think about it, that chiropractic used as a form of wellness care (aka something done regularly over the long term) is viewed as indicating some sort of inherent flaw in chiropractic itself.

Consider for a moment, exercise.  Working out at a gym.  Is exercise a flawed model because you can’t just workout one time, or for one week, or one month, and be set for the rest of your life? That would be ridiculous.  In fact, it is known that if you’re not working out AT LEAST 3 times per week, you probably won’t get the results you want, let alone benefit the most from the way exercise impacts your physiology, protecting you from numerous diseases and extending your life expectancy.  And that’s for the rest of your life.

So it’s not the case that we Americans expect EVERYTHING to “work” permanently after a short term usage.  Clearly we know that exercise must be done routinely forever.  Same with yoga.  And also eating healthy.  And reading books regularly to strengthen our intellect.  These are just a few things that spring to mind!

The problem is that most of the public thinks of chiropractic as existing primarily to make something bad go away, ie pain.  In that model, you “fix” what’s causing the pain, and the pain only comes back if the fix didn’t do what it was supposed to do.

I hope this doesn’t come as a shock, but there is no “fix” that permanently undoes all the stress on the nervous system that you’ve ever encountered in your entire life (staring at screens, sitting at a desk, not getting enough exercise over periods of time, financial hardship, breakups, thoughts of lack, poor diet over periods of time, car accidents, loss of a loved one, running marathons, etc, etc, etc) and the ability of any of these to affect you ever again.  Most people who come to New Day for the first time need a great deal of nourishing care just to help make up for a lifetime of fight or flight dominance in their bodies!

Even if there was something that completely wipes the slate clean, so to speak, you’d have to go live in a bubble afterward for the rest of your life to prevent your brain and nervous system from ever going into a stress-based reactive program again.  Most likely not possible, or desirable!

Every time you leave New Day after getting your spine adjusted, you are most likely getting into a car and/or facing some kinds of situations, body positions, substances, or thoughts, that can create a challenge for optimal brain-body functioning.  It’s part of life on earth in the 21st century.  When you feel pain or problems come up, this is not necessarily evidence that you are doing a bad job or that the care isn’t working.

Regular chiropractic care mitigates the effects of these ongoing challenges and helps you be better able to handle the challenges ahead.  Network Care is even more amazing, because through this system Donny Epstein created a way for you to not only “maintain” over time, but to actually be able to continue to grow, evolve, and thrive through the increased functioning this care brings and you continue to upgrade how you relate to life in this process.

So, is it worth it?  Even if we completely set aside the ongoing possibility for transformation and growth offered by Network Care and only focused on the maintenance aspect of care, the money you pay for consistent chiropractic care would be worth it.

A recent research study done on chiropractic patients with low back pain in Sweden showed that those consisting wellness or “maintenance” care over time reported 19.3 fewer days of lower back pain over the course of the next year.  Not only is that equivalent to a nearly 3-week long vacation, but when you consider all the benefits, financially and otherwise, of the likely reduction in use of pain medication and desire for surgeries over that time, chiropractic is not only a huge health saver but a huge money saver.

Below I will summarize the existing research on the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care.  Most of these underline the simple, money saving benefits of receiving chiropractic care on a regular basis over time, which only hints at the larger picture of who you get to be in your life as a result of increased nervous system functioning. Make sure to come back and look at this any time you find yourself wondering if the care you’ve been committing to is worth it!

Do you feel like you’ve ever had to overcome the preconception that you’ll be “stuck” doing chiropractic forever, or that the need for continued care means it’s not working?  How has continuing to commit to the health of your spine and nervous system helped you?  Please share below!!


Summary of Cost Effectiveness Research

On Chiropractic Cost Effectiveness from Dr. Katie of New Day

As healthcare costs rise, many people are searching for the best value for their money

Did you know?

    • The average family of four’s healthcare costs are up 4.7%, or $1,155 from 2015 to 2016, according to independent actuarial and healthcare consulting firm Milliman Inc. (See Milliman Medical Index, or MMI). Also notable is that the cost for healthcare for the typical American family of four has more than tripled since its value of $8,414 in 2001.
    • In studies comparing health plans with chiropractic benefits to those without them, overall care expenditures are lower for those with chiropractic benefits.


  • Chiropractic patients tend to have substantially lower total healthcare costs.
  • Regular chiropractic care reduces the use of both physician and hospital care.



Maximizing your health so you’re not dependent on drugs, surgeries, and other outside-in interventions is a key to your wellbeing, as well as your financial future!

Cited studies on the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care:


  • A 1992 review of data from over 2,000,000 users of chiropractic care in the U.S., reported inthe Journal of American Health Policy, stated that, “chiropractic users tend to have substantially lower total healthcare costs,” and “chiropractic care reduces the use of both physician and hospital care.”


  • Chiropractors who serve as primary care providers (PCPs) save client’s money and havehigh patient satisfaction: A study in the May 2007 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics tracked data from a unique Independent Physicians Association (IPA) where chiropractors serve as first-contact, primary care physicians. The report analyzes data from 2003-2005 and found that clients visiting chiropractors had 60% fewer hospitalizations, 62% fewer surgeries and used 85% fewer pharmaceuticals than HMO clients who received traditional medical care. In addition, clients reported on the quality of care they received through the use of annual patient satisfaction surveys. During the 3 years of data, clients demonstrated a high degree of satisfaction with their care (96%, 94% and 91%, respectively).


  • A 2012 systematic review found spinal manipulation was cost-effective for neck and back pain, usedeither alone or combined with other therapies. A prospective cohort study of Washington state workers found that 1.5% of workers who saw a chiropractor first for work-related back pain review later had surgery, compared to 42.7% of those who first saw a surgeon.


  • A case study in 2006 (cited research by Dr. Yannick Pauli, D.C.) reported substantiated improvementsIn the quality of life experienced by a patient undergoing subluxation-centered chiropractic care, including Network Spinal Analysis – over a period of 6 months time. Notes improvements included (but were not limited to); decrease in palpable muscle tension, improved surface EMG (scans), spontaneous smoking cessation, the start of regular exercise, and desire to make better nutritional choices. Source: Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, October 11, 2006; 1-15.


  • A health insurance plan with a chiropractic benefit had lower costs than a plan without it. Astudy reported in the American Medical Association’s Journal found health plans that included a chiropractic benefit had 31 percent fewer back surgeries and 15 percent lower per capita hospital costs. The study compared 700,000 health plan members with chiropractic benefits to 1 million members without chiropractic benefits in California, and showed that overall healthcare expenditures were lower in the group with chiropractic coverage. Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, October 2004.


  • A landmark study in 2000 was conducted by Dr. Ron Rupert and his team at Parker College. Thestudy surveyed 311 chiropractic patients, aged 65 years and older, who had received chiropractic care for 5 years or longer. Despite similar health status, chiropractic patients receiving “maintenance or wellness care” for five years or longer, when compared with US citizens of the same age, spent only 31% of the national average for health care services. The chiropractic patients also experienced 50% fewer medical provider visits than their comparable peers. Source: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2000.


  • A 2014 randomized controlled trial examined “costs and benefits of different doses of spinalmanipulative therapy (SMT) in patients with chronic low back pain (LBP).” It concluded that “a dose of 12 SMT sessions yielded a modest benefit in pain-free and disability-free days. Care of chronic LBP with SMT did not increase the costs of treatment plus lost productivity.”


  • A 2011 systematic review found that guideline-endorsed acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy,exercise, interdisciplinary rehabilitation, and spinal manipulation were all cost-effective for patients with sub-acute or chronic LBP (lower back pain). There was insufficient evidence for the cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulation for acute LBP (lower back pain).


  • Oakland University’s Stano Cost Comparison Study of 395,641 patients with one or more of493 neuro-musculoskeletal conditions was undertaken to compare the health care costs of patients who have received chiropractic treatment to those treated solely by medical or osteopathic physicians. The results showed that patients receiving chiropractic care experienced significantly lower health care costs. Chiropractic patients saved over $1000 per patient over the two-year study.


  • Immediate access to chiropractic care after an injury results in the most effective outcome, medically and financially. A peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, January 2004, stated: “. . . We found that patients who were seen by chiropractors during the initial episode of care were less likely to have a surgery, and had a shorter average duration of the initial episode.”