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Three years, 3,248.5 hours of didactic and clinical work, and many long nights spent studying Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture points… the Husband is officially DONE!  He is now Dr. Husband and a primary care physician.

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The Hus was accidentally an hour late to the rehearsal for graduation, so we dropped him off in a rush and then headed to Starbucks for coffee + snacks (his stepdad, mom, and my mom came, too).


I had the cheese and tomato sandwich.  Side note:  I usually get the cheese + egg sandwiches, but the employee told me today that they just pick the meat off one of the pre-made sandwiches.  I’m not so strict that it really bothers me, but I’m sure other vegetarians would love to know this tidbit!


And then it was time to head to a local church to watch graduation.  The graduating class is pretty small and everyone has a close personal relationship with each other and the teachers.


As far as graduation ceremonies go, it was a great one!  Short, sweet, to the point.  Full of great speakers, too!


The Husband graduated summa cum laude (AKA top of his class).  I was so proud!

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After graduation, we drove to Seasons 52 for a very special dinner.  We arrived at 4 PM and blew a few hours slowly eating appetizers and drinkin’ drinks.


We started off with CHAMPAGNE!


I had a glass of Schramsberg Mirabelle.  We actually visited this winery when on our honeymoon to Napa Valley!


Appetizer was an arugula salad with goat cheese and golden beets.


And some cheesy flatbread:


By that point, I was onto my second drink, a Robert Mondovi Moscato.  This is traditionally a dessert wine so I was expecting a much smaller pour.  I ended up splitting it with Dr. Husband.


Dinner was the Summer Vegetable Plate.




OMG.  So delicious!


And then it was time for dessert… the best part of dining at Seasons 52!



I ended up with three shot glass desserts:  Carrot Cake, Key Lime Pie, and Pecan Pie.



A wonderful dinner with wonderful people!  I am so thankful for my family and friends.



I can’t believe the Husband is done with school.  His college was the sole reason we moved to Orlando, and it seems poetic that we’re ending our time in this city on this note.    When we moved here, I felt like it would last forever, but these three years went so quickly.  I’m ready to move to Charlotte and start the next stage of our lives!  Who knows where we’ll be in the next three years?  🙂


Are you in the midst of major life changes, too?


EDITED TO ADD:  I left the following comment in the comment’s section, but I want to add it to the post just to make sure that I am absolutely transparent on a few issues.  I was wrong not to clarify this further when I wrote the original post, but laws vary greatly from state to state, and I also was just confused about some things.  But especially considering that Kristien practices in NC now, and laws are different than they are in FL (where he earned his degree and where we were living when this post was written), I want to clarify things:


When I wrote this post, I was confused about his specific degree title. He has a masters that says ‘doctor of oriental medicine.’ It is not a PhD. However, in the state of Florida, which is where his degree was earned, he can call himself ‘doctor’ and is a primary care physician in the eyes of the law. This is where my confusion came from! Laws for alternative physicians vary greatly from state to state. In NC, he cannot legally use the term ‘doctor’ and is not a PCP for insurance purposes.

Kristien is a great practitioner and helps a lot of people. I am not intentionally nor did I ever want to accidentally misrepresent his education. He, for what it’s worth, is super aware of what he can and cannot say, and works very hard to educate his patients on what his expertise and education mean. We both have a lot of respect for people who get their PhDs and for MDs and am not trying to take anything away from them.

I hope this clarifies things. Again, I was not trying to be confusing or misrepresent him. I’m really proud of what Kristien does and how he helps so many people feel better. He really is a great practitioner and I am so proud of how far he has come.



  • Fit Chick in the City June 19, 2010, 7:53 pm

    Congratulations to you and the Husband! You’ve both worked hard for this and deserve a time of celebration! I wish you both the best for you big move.

  • Babycakes June 19, 2010, 8:01 pm

    SO amazing!!! Husband should be super proud. You all look great!!! Congratulations again!!!

  • LindsayK June 19, 2010, 8:01 pm

    YAY! big congrats! also, loooove your dress – who makes it? gorgeous!

    • caitlin June 19, 2010, 8:03 pm

      white house, black market! got it on deep sale last spring.

  • Sarah June 19, 2010, 8:08 pm

    Congratulations to your husband!

    Have you ever blogged about how the two of you met? I wrote mine and my husband’s “how we met” story a couple weeks ago and now I’ve loved reading everyone elses.

    • caitlin June 19, 2010, 8:10 pm

      hmmm not specifically, but we fell in love over cheap beer at a frat party ate age 19 and the rest is history 🙂

      • Sarah June 19, 2010, 8:30 pm

        Ha! My husband and I fell in love over James Taylor Greatest Hits Volume 2 in my mother’s subaru outback (station wagon no less) and the rest is history. It’s not exactly an “Our eyes met across a crowded room” type of story.

  • Lisa C. June 19, 2010, 8:11 pm

    I feel ya! I am going through huge life changes! I have started an intense new job and I’m really coming into my ‘adult’ life…a bit scary!

  • Maggie June 19, 2010, 8:11 pm

    Congrats to the Husband! Such an exciting time for both of you. And you look amazing in that dress!

  • BethT June 19, 2010, 8:12 pm

    Congrats to your hubby, and you looked fantastic at his grad!

  • GirlonRaw June 19, 2010, 8:14 pm

    Congratulations to Dr Husband. You guys must be uber proud. Wow yeah 3 years does sound like a long time, but when you think about it, 3 years will pass by anyway, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Wow now that I think about it, I have been living here in Saudi Arabia for almost 3 years too (and I was only going to do 2 years max) Time sure flies when your having fun! 😉

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  • Alison June 19, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Congratulations to your Dr. Husband! What a wonderful accomplishment!
    You’re definitely in the middle of major life changes and while it’s overwhelming, it’s also very exciting. I can’t say that I’m in the middle of anything major, but we’ll be moving next summer, which is always a major ordeal. I’ll know whether to be happy or sad once we know where my husband will be stationed next.

  • Holly June 19, 2010, 8:20 pm

    Congratulations to your Husband!! You look awesome in that dress. Enjoy your celebrations!

  • tasha - the clean eating mama June 19, 2010, 8:21 pm

    congratulations to you and your Husband! What an amazing accomplishment! It seems as though every day in my life is life changing, both in good and bad.

  • Laura June 19, 2010, 8:22 pm

    Congratulations to the husband.

    Your dress is stunning

  • Chrissy (The New Me) June 19, 2010, 8:23 pm

    Congrats to the Doctor! Graduation is a huge accomplishment – y’all should be proud!

  • Julia June 19, 2010, 8:26 pm

    Wow congrats – what a great accomplishment.

    You two look so happy together (and, yes, like everyone has said – that dress is AMAZING!)

    Can’t wait to see all the great things in store for you both in the coming years.


  • Brynne June 19, 2010, 8:28 pm

    Haha I hope you keep calling him Dr. Husband – love it!

  • AngelaOSG June 19, 2010, 8:30 pm

    Congrats husband!!! That is a huge accomplishment. 🙂

  • VeggieGirl June 19, 2010, 8:32 pm


    Am I going through some major life changes = oh yes 🙂

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) June 19, 2010, 8:32 pm

    A big congrats to the husband! And I love your dress- is it White House Black Market? I’m pretty sure I eyed the same one last summer… 🙂

  • Hallie June 19, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Congrats! Graduation is an exciting times…I’m sorta starting a new journey, since I’m starting grad school this fall.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 19, 2010, 8:45 pm

    Congratulations to the husband!

    I’ve sadly never been impressed with Starbucks’ food items because they aren’t fresh. They just all come from boxes. Who wants that?

  • emptynutjar June 19, 2010, 8:47 pm

    congrats…very nice for you all.
    yes…life changes
    but not good ones.

  • Jo June 19, 2010, 8:48 pm

    Wow what a milestone! Congrats!

  • Evan Thomas June 19, 2010, 8:53 pm

    Congratulations, Kristien!

  • Allie June 19, 2010, 8:56 pm

    a graduation is a wonderful celebration of hard work- many congrats!!

  • M June 19, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Congrats to the doctor! You look beautiful, C!

  • Mindy June 19, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Congrats to the hubby! What an amazing accomplishment!

  • loreejo June 19, 2010, 9:08 pm

    congratulations to your husband and to you too! also, i have to tease you that your dinner of a “summer vegetable plate” does NOT look like it belongs to a lady who doesn’t like veggies!! 🙂 quite the change for you over the last few months isn’t it? i love veggies but oh my heck, i’d love to eat ALL those dessert shots!

  • Saima June 19, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Congratulations to the husband!! i agree with you….being a Torontonian living in rural Pennsylvania in Fall ’08 seemed interminable but now i just have 4 months of my externship placements remaining!! Here’s to scary but life-changing decisions!! 😀

  • Danielle (Runs on Green) June 19, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Congrats to the husband! 😀

  • Lauren June 19, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Congrats to Dr. Hubby! You have to be so proud, and how totally hot that you can say Dr. Husband now! 🙂

  • Julie @SavvyEats June 19, 2010, 9:21 pm

    Congratulations to the husband!!! And, you looked gorgeous in that dress!

  • bobbileigh June 19, 2010, 9:31 pm

    Congrats to Dr. Husband and that veg plate looked AMAZING!!

    I am in the middle of a life change just two weeks ago fiance and I moved to TX. His family is from here and he moved to be closer to me 3 yrs ago. We both quit our jobs and are living with his parents until we get jobs and find out what part of the city we will be in so we can buy a house. ALOT of adjusting!

  • Alison June 19, 2010, 9:33 pm

    My husband deployed for a year three months after our wedding and that month we found out we were expecting our first baby! When he returns in December we will be living together for the first time in a new state, have a three month old and I will just have left active duty to be a stay at home mom! I feel you on the big changes – scary and exhilarating at the same time:-)

  • Carolyn June 19, 2010, 9:34 pm

    Congratulations to Dr. Husband. How awesome for both of you to be moving on to the next phase of your lives.

    I actually found out a week ago that I will be moving from Minnesota to Arizona in 5 weeks for a job! I know one person in the whole state and haven’t a clue what I am doing when it comes to cross-country moving.

  • Carly @ Happy Healthy Foodie June 19, 2010, 9:43 pm

    Congrats to you and Dr. Husband! So exciting 🙂

  • Tay June 19, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Congrats to your hubby!! I just graduated as well so am definitely in the middle of a big change!! Now what?! haha

  • samantha @ foodedu June 19, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Congratulations to your husband and you both! It sounds like there are some seriously exciting life changes happening!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing June 19, 2010, 9:53 pm

    Can’t wait to continue reading all about your new and exciting journey(s) coming up. 🙂

  • mm June 19, 2010, 9:53 pm

    Congratulations to both of you!! We just finished our major life changes – we moved from Charleston, SC to Alaska a month ago! Definitely different, but definitely a great change so far!! Good luck with all the upheaval you have going on right now. 🙂

  • Camille June 19, 2010, 10:07 pm

    Aww, I know I have never met or even spoken to your hubby, but I am finding myself very proud of him! Haha 🙂

    I am about to transfer colleges and my Boyfriend and I are moving from San Diego to Oregon!

  • caronae June 19, 2010, 10:14 pm

    Congratulations to the husband! Just curious, is his degree in Oriental medicine equivalent to an actual medical degree or is this something different?

    • caitlin June 20, 2010, 6:59 am

      He is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine so it’s an actual medical degree. He has more didactic hours than a regular medical doctor and over 1000 clinical hours! And he can give injections, etc and in some states (not FL or NC) he can prescribe medical drugs (not that he probably ever would).

      • T March 27, 2013, 2:13 am

        Why does his bio on the clinic website say he has a Masters?? I’m confused!

        • Caitlin March 27, 2013, 6:45 am

          When I wrote this post, I was confused about his specific degree title. He has a masters that says ‘doctor of oriental medicine.’ It is not a PHD. However, in the state of Florida, which is where his degree was earned, he can call himself ‘doctor’ and is a PCP in the eyes of the law. This is where my confusion came from! Laws for alternative physicians vary greatly from state to state. In NC, he cannot legally use the term ‘doctor’ and is not a PCP for insurance purposes.

          Kristien is a great practitioner and helps a lot of people. I am not intentionally nor did I ever want to accidentally misrepresent his education. He, for what it’s worth, is super aware of what he can and cannot say, and works very hard to educate his patients on what his expertise and education mean. We both have a lot of respect for people who get their PHD and for MDs and am not trying to take anything away from them.

          I hope this clarifies things. Again, I was not trying to be confusing or misrepresent him. I’m really proud of what Kristien does and how he helps so many people feel better. He really is a great practitioner and I am so proud of how far he has come.

          Thanks for reading!

          • Caitlin March 27, 2013, 6:54 am

            Also I went ahead and edited the post to include this comment, just for clarity’s sake.

  • Madeline @ greensandjeans June 19, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Congratulations to the doctor! This is such an exciting time for you guys! I’m hopefully gearing up for a job change and a big move (fingers crossed!) so I think 2010 is the summer of the new and exciting!

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans June 19, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Wow that is amazing! All that hard work really paid off for him… and your hard work too, he couldn’t have done it without your support. So, congratuations to you both! Yeah! 😀

  • Danielle June 19, 2010, 10:35 pm

    Congrats to Dr. Husband! You two really do have some exciting times ahead of you!

  • Chari June 19, 2010, 10:36 pm

    Congrats! I bet you are so excited for him to be DONE! My MIL is a FP dr- she has her own clinic and it is a lot of work!!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal June 19, 2010, 10:52 pm

    Awww..congrats Dr. Husband!! I’m so happy for you both 🙂 I bet you’re so happy to start this next chapter of your life!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 19, 2010, 10:55 pm

    Congratulations to your husband! What a huge accomplishment!
    You look great in your dress!
    I am still working my way into the whole law school path even though I finished my first year already- it was a huge adjustment after being a career-type job for 4 years previous! Love it though!

  • Jenny June 19, 2010, 11:03 pm

    Congratulations!!! Not only am I also going through major changes (living in another country AND officially teaching for the first time), but I also recently celebrated them at Seasons 52. I guess it’s an appropriate place to honor changes 🙂 Anyway, congrats again!

  • Sassy Molassy June 19, 2010, 11:07 pm

    Those desserts look delish! I love cute little containers and the perfect size for just a bit of sweetness post meal. Congrats to The Hus!

  • Diana(mymarblerye) June 19, 2010, 11:54 pm

    My bf is finishing up med school this year then we’ll move to where his residency takesus! Eek! I’m scared!

  • claire June 20, 2010, 12:13 am

    Congrats to the hub! You both look so wonderful and happy lady!

    Yes, big changes for my future are happening and hopefully it all works out in the next few months! I am really excited though!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 20, 2010, 12:18 am

    Congratulations again to him! That is just so cool.

    My husband went from being laid-off, unemployed for a few months, to working 10-12 hour days. It is so weird to have had him home basically 24/7, to now him practically never being home! So that is definitely a big change.

  • Wei-Wei June 20, 2010, 12:36 am

    Congratulations to the husband!! It’s so cool that he graduated at the TOP of the class – I guess that just shows how similarly EXCELLENT you both are! 😀 You guys look so cute together 🙂 And your dinner’s dessert looks fabulous. Congrats again to you both! I hope the life changes go well for you 🙂


  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 20, 2010, 12:44 am

    Congrats to him! You’ve got a live in acupuncturist!!! Take advantage of that sister!

  • Marina June 20, 2010, 1:34 am

    Congratulations to your husband!
    I can imagine how awesome it feels like to complete something this big 🙂

  • peony June 20, 2010, 1:53 am

    i predict dummys and bottles in 2.5 years 🙂

  • Amy @ Amy Starts To Run June 20, 2010, 3:04 am

    Ack! Thanks for the info on Starbucks. Cheaters…

    Congrats to your husband. I’m currently in the process of applying to grad school to become a physician’s assistant. If I get accepted, it would require quitting school and becoming a student full time, yikes!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 20, 2010, 3:11 am

    I thought you’d lived in Florida for ages – where were you before then?
    LOVE your dress btw, you look beautiful! And again, congrats to the husband 🙂
    I’ll be going under a big life change when I leave uni next year – that’ll be scary!!

    • caitlin June 20, 2010, 7:00 am

      We lived in Pennsylvania 🙂 We went to college there.

  • Emily June 20, 2010, 3:43 am

    Congratulations to your husband!
    I’m soon to change jobs, not sure what to – in this economic climate I’ll be open to all options (and all locations). I find it best not to be too fixed 🙂
    Charlotte looks a beautiful place to be moving to!

  • Becky June 20, 2010, 4:08 am

    aww, big congrats to him! xx

  • Bridget June 20, 2010, 4:29 am


    My job is transferring me to a new city (much closer to Tokyo), and I will be one the heads of English curriculum for elementary schools in the city. Saying goodbye to the current students is going to be so hard, but I’m excited for the new challenge!

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini June 20, 2010, 6:30 am

    Nearly everyone I know (including myself) is in the midst of major life changes and huge steps into the unknown. I guess there must be something in the air!!!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 20, 2010, 7:01 am

    That is so incredibly exciting! I’m glad you guys were able to celebrate with good food and family. What a lovely night! 😀

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 20, 2010, 7:33 am

    Congrats to the husband!! I know it’s been a long process for him, and you must be so proud of him!

    This year when I graduate form college I feel like my life is going to change dramatically. I still don’t know what I want to do, where I want to live, etc and it scares the heck out of me. Gotta just let God do his thing, I guess 🙂 Hope you have a great Sunday!

  • Mari Larkin June 20, 2010, 7:40 am

    Very happy for you and congrats on your husbands hard work.
    We have a Seasons 52 in Tampa and guess we should go visit it sometime. Looked great.
    Blessings on your new adventure and move.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 20, 2010, 8:02 am

    Congrats on your husband’s graduation! Looks like you had an awesome time celebrating. 🙂

    I just switched programs from Medical Science to Nutrition so that’s a pretty big change for me. I’m so excited to start my new courses though!

  • Marissa June 20, 2010, 8:33 am

    Ah, the next time I go to Orlando I’m convincing my party to go to Seasons 52 just for those little dessert shots! And congrats to Dr. Husband!

  • kelly June 20, 2010, 8:41 am

    Congrats to your husband! Best of
    luck with your move!

  • Jen June 20, 2010, 8:54 am

    Congrats to both you and your husband! You both worked hard for this! Such a huge accomplishment 🙂

  • Rebecca June 20, 2010, 9:54 am

    Congrats! I’m so excited to read your posts about the move and how you adjust to your new home!

    Thanks for mentioning the Starbucks thing. I’m not really that strict either, but it’s good to know. Plus, I think pre-made egg sandwiches are kind of gross anyway. 🙂

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place June 20, 2010, 9:57 am

    congrats to dr. husband!! so awesome!

    I’m in the middle of big life changes, too. Just got married, possibly getting a new job and having to move to a different suburb, hubby’s business is really taking off…so exciting, but kinda scary at the same time.

  • Nicole June 20, 2010, 10:00 am

    Yay!! Congratulations!! Bittersweet eh?
    I’m excited about your move to Charlotte too. I have a few friends from high school there and I will definitely be sure to let you know when I’m there 🙂

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) June 20, 2010, 10:15 am

    Congrats to your husband!

    I am in the midst of a HUGE life change… in August i’m getting married, and will officially be a resident of Canada soon!


  • Shannon @ Before Sunrise June 20, 2010, 10:20 am

    So wonderful! Congrats to your husband!

  • Kristin@MissOnMyOwn June 20, 2010, 10:47 am

    Congratulations to the both of you! How Exciting? Will Dr Husband be his new nickname on your blog because I love it?!

    • Caitlin June 20, 2010, 11:26 am

      heheh maybe!

  • Krystina June 20, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Congrats to him! 😀 You’re so proud, it’s adorable.

    I’m at a crossroads; I wanted to be a writer most of my life but now I’m realizing my true passion lies in food and nutrition. Now I plan on going to culinary school after I graduate and making food my career!

  • Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 20, 2010, 12:26 pm

    Congrats, and your dress is so cute.

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary June 20, 2010, 1:22 pm

    LOVE that dress you were wearing! Adorable!! Congrats to the graduate!!!!! What an accomplishment.

    I’m glad to say that the hubb’s and I are not going through any life changes… we’ve had a lot during the first two years of our marriage and we’re thankful that things have finally slowed down 🙂

  • Leah @ L4L June 20, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I’m going through MAJOR stuff right now! I just got married last month and am looking for a new job so we can move over to the Peninsula so he doesn’t have to commute 3+ hours a day.

  • jenny June 20, 2010, 2:01 pm

    congratulations to the husband!!

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 20, 2010, 4:16 pm

    HUGE congrats to Dr. Hubby!! That’s so wonderful. 🙂

    That cheese and tomato sandwich looks amazing, no eggs needed!


  • BroccoliHut June 20, 2010, 6:13 pm

    Congrats to the husband! You both must be so excited!
    I am undergoing some life changes too–heading to graduate school for nutrition in the fall!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) June 21, 2010, 12:56 am

    I just graduated with my second degree (an Honours Degree in psychology), and will be starting grad school in the fall. Nothing else for life changes 🙂

  • Amy @ForDGRedial June 21, 2010, 3:23 am

    I just got goosebumps reading this. I’m so glad you have a nice day and look forward to following the next part of your journey. This post totally re-enforces my belief that it doesn’t matter where you are as long as you’re with the person you love and who loves you back!


  • Jocelyn June 21, 2010, 9:43 am

    congratulations to the husband!!

  • Sarah June 21, 2010, 3:00 pm

    Congratulations, Dr. Husband!

  • Raya June 21, 2010, 3:01 pm

    It’s so funny, just the other day I ordered a “egg and muffin” at Starbucks and as I ate it, I thought “hmmm this tastes a leeeetle bit like sausage…” haha now I know!

  • Sarah June 21, 2010, 3:03 pm

    And to Dr. Husband’s wife, as well, for all the support you’ve been giving over the past few years:-).

  • Susan June 22, 2010, 11:00 am

    Congrats to Kristien!!! That’s HUGE!!! So many wonderful things in your guys’ future!! Despite the hectic move (because really, when is moving not hectic?). I’m amidst a giant life change too. You know, just moving from small town Canada to the country’s largest city and pursuing a brand new career in the fitness industry… Why not? 🙂

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