Dr. Christy Love Scholarship
Dr. Christy Love served as the Counseling Psychologist at SCNM from 2003 thru 2009. She had a passion for working with SCNM students to help them overcome the challenges of a rigorous program. Dr. Love passed away on September 20, 2010, at the age of 39. Each year, SCNM joins her family and friends in celebrating her life by awarding a scholarship in her memory to future doctors who, like Dr. Love, are committed to making a difference. SCNM President Dr. Paul Mittman stated, “Dr. Love was a skilled and caring doctor and teacher. She used her life well and made a meaningful difference in the lives she touched.”
The Dr. Christy Love scholarship has provided a means of continuing Dr. Love's presence in spirit with the students who mattered so much to her. This award not only honors Dr. Love’s passion for naturopathic medicine, but also her ability to balance the challenges of being both a single mother and a working professional.
In memory of Dr. Love, who was a single mother, one award of $500 is given to a student enrolled full time who is a single, legal parent/guardian and providing for a child under the age of 18.
Aalia Avelin, the most recent recipient of the Dr. Christy Love Scholarship.
My name is Aalia, I am a 4th year medical student and in the Community Honors Track program at SCNM.
First off, I would like to send my deepest appreciation to the Dr. Christy Love for her legacy in being a strong, competent mother who thrived in and after medical school. It is through leaders like her who help us understand our true potential in excelling in what we doing while being phenomenal mothers. This scholarship not only assisted me in getting closer to a goal that will serve the greater good of this planet, but it will also remind others of who Dr. Love was. Thank you.
I stumbled across naturopathic medicine while in the nursing program at Western Connecticut State University. While attending an optional selective class I took, a naturopathic physician, Dr. Gazsi, came in to give a talk on how he cured his stage 3 Lyme disease with a raw food diet. In awe, I instantly researched the closest naturopathic school, and ended up finishing my undergraduate program at University of Bridgeport, with a degree in health sciences and pre-naturopathic medicine.
This journey led me eager in understanding my mother’s chronic health conditions. She went from feeling hopeless while being bed ridden with fibromyalgia and CFS, to feeling in her 20s again with the assist of integrative care. Her health increased tremendously by changing her diet, lifestyle, and finding a healthy community.
My focus in medicine will be working in community medicine and pain management. I am passionate about caring for the community we work in. Our philosophy can be easily applied to many cultures by using diet as the main driver for health. Working in the parameter and access of certain community’s make it fun to creatively problem solve.
My one piece of advice for all the single mothers, is show your child what a loving community looks like, where people help each other out, enjoy each other’s time, and strive to better everyone around them. When we stay connected, it will nourish us as a whole.
Take time, spend time with family. Strive to do your best by making connections, and doing well in school. Remember, you are here to learn this information to eventually teach your patients this. So learn this for you, not for a great GPA, although it does help.
Medical school at SCNM is not something we do alone. We don’t learn on our own, we don’t practice all alone. So, remember to appreciate God and the community we are in. Learn a lot, make mistakes, and love yourself for learning from them.