Jennifer Reinmuth-Birch, MScEd

ND Student, National University of Natural Medicine

“Initially, I thought the biggest challenge was that I was so much older than the majority of my classmates. Before long, I saw my age and life experience as an asset rather than a detriment. When I am a practitioner, I will be able to sit across from a patient who has experienced pregnancy, divorce, the loss of a child, or a terrifying medical diagnosis and say ‘Yes, I understand. I’ve been through that too’ and make that powerful emotional and empathetic connection that is so vital in patient-centered care. Would I do this all again, leaving my home and family to pursue a new career at 49 years of age? Absolutely… in a heartbeat. This is what I born to do.”