Crispell eighth-grade students got a close-up look at a day in the life of a chiropractor – and a carpenter, pilot, EMT, firefighter, photographer, veterinarian and so many others. Twenty-seven professionals attended Crispell Middle School on Dec. 4 for the annual Career Day.
Students had the opportunity to watch demonstrations and ask questions about each profession.
Dr. Michael Raucci, a chiropractor located in Walden, explained to them that he
treats, among other ailments, neck and back injuries as well as headaches. He handles many sports injuries and, in addition to his degree in chiropractic medicine, Raucci has a degree in neurology. It’s all connected, was his message to students.
Cameron Martinez was one of the students watching a very spirited Blair, a seven-year-old narcotics dog and his handler, New York State Trooper Joseph Bleichner. Blair jogged around the gym, stopping to tug on her toy with students and to be petted. Cameron had been to the SWAT demonstration and listened to the pilot’s career day presentation. He said he may go into law enforcement – that’s what he wanted to do when he was younger – but that might change.
Dr. Megan Knoell from Catskill Veterinary Services had a knowledgeable and enthusiastic group during her second session. They asked very complicated questions and even got advice on how to treat an abscess on a horse. Dr. Knoell’s message, though, was about loving what you do for a living.
“I wake up every day and love what I’m doing,” she told the students. “It can be difficult, it’s highly emotional and you bring things home with you. But I love it.”