Hear from Our Students Graduates

Testimonials
Brilliant SUNM students prepare to become licensed
Students who come to Santa Fe, New Mexico and complete Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine’s doctorate program leave changed people. The amount of personal and professional growth that will take place over three years will astound you. Hear from students and graduates about their experience at Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine.

Hear from Our Student Graduates

unnamed
“I have a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry and computer science, and am a mother of seven. I had been interested in becoming a natural doctor for a long time, but decided to stay home and raise my children first. About six years ago, I took the prerequisites for the nursing program at CNM, and was planning on becoming a nurse practitioner. I wanted to help people using natural holistic treatments and also be able to make a good living. After passing the entrance exam (HESI) for nursing school, I unfortunately did not get into the program at CNM (I was 16th on the waiting list). During that time, however, I was going for Naprapathic treatments on my hip. Through the treatments, I found out about SUNM! I fell in love with Naprapathy because it offered pain relief in a natural drug free way, as well as advice on diet supplements and lifestyle.”
Cheryl Armstrong
unnamed (1)
“I have always been interested in working in the medical career field. As a young girl, I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon, but life takes many twists and turns and I fulfilled that need by working as a Candy Striper, a Pink Lady hospital volunteer, and a medical transcriptionist so that I could stay home and raise my four beautiful daughters! I became interested in physical therapy after one of my daughter’s had multiple injuries from gymnastics. I loved being a physical therapist assistant, but always felt that I was missing a component as a PTA in helping my patients achieve their best outcomes. When I was introduced to Naprapathy, I felt like I had found my place in helping patients overcome their chronic pain and functional limitations!”
Rhonda Benavidez
unnamed-min

“My name is Lydia Trusso, and I am currently working as a registered nurse while completing my studies in Naprapathy at SUNM. I have felt drawn to both nursing and healthcare roles since childhood. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 2017. I loved the work that I could perform as a nurse, but soon felt like I was missing some key elements to my ability to deliver care.

After suffering a back injury, I discovered the practice of Naprapathy. Naprapathy is a system of connective tissue therapy that uses manual manipulation, exercise, postural counseling, nutritional counseling, and other modalities to help alleviate pain and dysfunction. Naprapaths treat many imbalances and injuries such as inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain without the use of invasive diagnostics or pharmaceuticals. My continued interest in the health sciences has been fueled by new understandings and education that I have been able to receive through my naprapathic studies.

As a behavioral health nurse, I became more and more familiar with the cycle of chronic pain leading to opioid abuse and addiction. Patients frequently described how chronic pain played a large role in their own mental health, and I often felt at a loss for how to help these patients in a dynamic and sustainable way. With Naprapathy, I have found a way to further pursue my health sciences education, as well as continue my goal of providing exceptional care to my patients.

With this practice, I have been able to see meaningful improvements in not only patients' pain, but in their quality of life as a result of a cascade of changes after treatments. I love the way that Naprapathy works with the body to help it heal itself. I would encourage any nurses who enjoy hands-on care, and have an interest in physical medicine and rehabilitation to consider Naprapathy as a way to continue their journey of patient care.”

Lydia Trusso
unnamed (2)

“I came across [SUNM] online, came to an open house, and honestly, I fell in love with it right away. This profession has so many different specialties that you can go into. It’s such a beautiful thing - we have anti-inflammatory medicine, we have functional nutrition, we have manual therapy and the major bodywork aspects of that. Bringing them together is really a new form of medicine. This is functional medicine at it’s best - we treat people, we don’t treat symptoms. There’s no better feeling that having my patients tell me I’ve helped them live a better life.

My doctorate from SUNM has helped me realize my dreams and goals in so many ways. Being a naprapath has allowed me to step into my purpose in life.”

Dr. Christianna Clow
unnamed (3)

“In 2005, I injured my lower back. A friend had told me about Naprapathy, so I started seeing Dr. LaVista at the Naprapathic Medicine of New Mexico (NMNM) Clinic. I was so happy to have a doctor that cared about me and how I was doing. The treatments were so effective that within 6 months, I was able to retake the firefighter fitness test and pass.

One time at the clinic, Dr. Nuzzo asked me after a treatment if I would be interested in the new university that he was working on opening. I said YES - as long as I could keep my day job with the Santa Fe County Fire Department. I started classes in 2011 and graduated in 2014.

I was the first student to register at SUNM, and was very proud to be part of the beginning of this wonderful university. It was small, and we were developing the class layouts as we learned. I really enjoyed helping grow the class material. It’s just amazing how far SUNM has come since then! Here I am now, working at the fire department and as a Naprapathic doctor.”

Dr. Renee Nix