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Christine Cronin '03

1: What have you been up to since graduation? 
Since graduating in December 2003, my husband and I became parents in 2007 to our awesome son and recently celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.  I have earned my Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) and passed the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam in 2008 to become a Licensed Acupuncturist.  I also went on to complete my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) in 2012 from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - San Diego. My doctorate work evaluated the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Protocol to treat Combat Stress Induced Insomnia. In 2013, I became a faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where I teach point location in the Acupuncture Department as well as serve as a clinic supervisor at three offsite clinics:  Seniors Clinic, Veterans Clinic and the Family Recovery Center.  Seniors Clinic is a downtown free clinic that runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning for people over the age of 60 and has been in place since 1998. The Family Recovery Center serves women who have been diagnosed with mental health disorders. It has been in place since 2005. Veterans clinic is a free clinic that I proposed (I am a former Marine) and just began (with the help of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the Alternative Healing Network and many others) which serves active duty personnel, reservists, veterans and their family members.  It is located in Linda Vista at 7245 Linda Vista Road at the American Legion Post #731 and runs every Wednesday night.
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
I remember an art class where we had to create artwork all around campus.  I loved recreating the "The Camino" outside of Camino Hall.

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
For me it is between two things.  I always loved walking around campus enjoying all the flowers and I enjoy the Zen Garden.  I loved that I could go to the Zen Garden, look out over the water and it was always quiet.

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
Dr. Irene Williams

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I enjoy reading the USD Magazine and seeing what great things current USD students and USD alumni are doing throughout the world.  It inspires me to keep moving forward.

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be? 
Do not let fear or doubt determine your next move.  If it scares you, it probably needs to be done because complete comfort does not lead to growth. Also, do not let someone influence your next move unless they have to live with the consequences.

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