How to manage your mental health during the holidays

By: Amanda Landry, LMHC, CAP, NCC

www.caringtherapistsofbroward.com

Holiday time can stir up a lot of emotions. For some people, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. For others, it can trigger feelings of hurt, sadness, and shame connected to their family, traumas, and other lived experiences. If the holidays are a difficult time for you, there are some strategies you can use to manage your mental health. 

  1. Set Boundaries around your time- You can say no during the holidays. There are a lot of events and parties you may be invited to. You don’t have to say yes to everything. Decide what is a priority for you and only commit to those things. Making sure you manage any feelings of overwhelm is going to be important and setting boundaries around time is one way to do that. 
  2. Set boundaries around topics- Let your family know what you are and are not willing to discuss. Maybe your family has different political views than you and you don’t want to argue about it over Thanksgiving dinner. Let them know that you are not willing to engage in discussion about it. You can also remind family members you don’t want to be asked questions like when you’re getting married or what’s your next step after college. Remind them you want to have a connected and loving holiday and when they ask you questions or bring up certain subjects it makes you feel uncomfortable. 
  3. Find time for yourself- Make time to do a few activities for yourself. Think about what you love about the holidays and try to find ways to embrace it with self-care. Hallmark movies and a cup of hot cocoa seems to be a very popular choice these days. Or maybe you love to read Christmas themed books, this is your chance to set aside some quiet time for yourself. 
  4. Increase your fun- The holidays can and should be a lot of fun, in a way that is fun for you. Host a sisterhood event where you build gingerbread houses. Go ice skating with friends. Create a popcorn and pajama night on Christmas Eve with your family. If holidays are too triggering, try to find activities that are still fun but not holiday related. Increasing pleasurable activities is a great way to manage your mental health.
  5. Be gentle with yourself- As stated in the first paragraph, the holidays mean different things to different people. If you are struggling with your mental health, experienced a lost recently, or just plain don’t like the holidays, remind yourself that it’s okay and you don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations but your own. If you need tp grieve, grieve. If you need time for yourself, take it. Give yourself what you need and be gentle in the process.

Make your mental health a priority this holiday season. Look for ways you can be present to the experience of the holidays but also taking care of yourself.


Popular Directories to Help College Students Find Mental Health Treatment

By: Amanda Landry, LMHC, CAP, NCC of www.caringtherapistsofbroward.com 

Finding a therapist shouldn’t be hard. Most college campuses have student counseling centers but a lot of them are inundated with requests for therapists. Other students may not feel comfortable with seeing a mental health professional connected with the university. Luckily, there are some resources out there to help our chapter members find the mental health treatment they are looking for. 

Popular mental health directory sites: 
These sites are user-friendly and designed for you to search by location, therapist type, insurance, modality, and a few other specialties.  These won’t cost you anything to utilize. 

www.psychologytoday.com
www.goodtherapy.org
www.networktherapy.com
www.theravive.com
https://www.therapyden.com
https://mentalhealthmatch.com

A directory for sliding scale options:
Open Path Collective helps you to find a therapist that accepts a sliding scale fee. This is great for college students on a budget or without health insurance. There is a fee for you to join but it’s worth it in the long run for the money you’ll save for your sessions. 

https://openpathcollective.org

A directory site designed for college students:
Shrinking Space is a directory specifically for college students to connect with providers who specialize in offering services to college students. This is another easy-to-use platform to find a mental health professional. 

https://theshrinkspace.com/

Directories designed for BIPOC:
There are some awesome directories designed to connect BIPOC students with mental health professionals. These sites help you find a therapist that’s a good fit for you, not just in terms of insurance and location. 

https://therapyforblackgirls.com
https://latinxtherapy.com
https://www.melaninandmentalhealth.com
https://nqttcn.com/en/
https://www.inclusivetherapists.com

Directories for LGBTQ students:
There are directories designed to help LGBTQ students connect with inclusive therapists. Therapists should have training in working with LGBTQ clients and these platforms help bridge the gap between appropriate providers and the need for inclusive therapists. 

https://directory.gaylesta.org/find-a-therapist/

These lists are not exhaustive. If you are looking for a therapist, you can try one of these directories. Doing a Google search and reading reviews is another quick way to find a counselor.


A Walk Down Memory Lane…

Written by: Dianne Tiegel Kruse

Hello Deephers, My name is Dianne and I have been a “sister” since 1965.  I would like to share with you a beautiful, amazing, feel good, true story that happened during the Covid Pandemic. I hope it warms your heart as it has ours.  And hopefully will put a smile on some faces.

I, and all the others I am about to tell you about attended Rider College from 1965 to 1969.  We were lucky to have joined a sorority called Delta Phi Epsilon, better known as DPhiE.  The “sisters” are called Deephers.  It was an amazing time and our memories run deep.  Through the years most of us have lost touch, but once a Deepher always a Deepher!! 

During the Pandemic when Seniors were advised to stay at home, we were all truly hesitant to go anywhere.  We were very careful and stayed as close to home as possible, binge watching movies but getting more and more bored while trying to stay busy.

One day in April, 2020, I got an unexpected phone call from one of my sorority sisters, (my Big Sister coincidentally!) Barbara. Stunned but thrilled we talked as if we had seen each other yesterday - a warm and fuzzy feeling.  Barbara asked if I would be interested in being a part of a Deepher Zoom!! I was so excited and of course said yes! Barbara and two other sisters, Denise and Linda were the ones who came up with the Zoom idea. A date was discussed and the planning had begun. Over 50 years had passed and now we were going to reconnect!! Thoughts went through my head…would we recognize each other? How would we all react…would D Phi E be remembered with all the great times we had? I was soooo excited. 

I decided to look for a box that I had kept of sorority photos. I found the box of photos and began to look through them. I truly took a walk down Memory Lane. It turns out that several other sisters also kept photos and soon we were able to share what we had found.

The day arrived in early May, 2020. Here we were, 52 years later on a sorority Zoom face to face with old friends, sisters, all because of a tragedy called Covid 19. The Zoom began with 5 sisters and now we are up to 18!  How lucky we are!! And we are from all over the country…New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, and California. Our Zoom meetings are every Wednesday at 5:00 and we all look forward to being together, seeing each other, talking and laughing, remembering things from so long ago…as if it was last week!!  We are even trying to plan an in person reunion once the Covid is done and life goes back to “normal”. 

So that is our story…a story of renewed old friendships…”sisters” remembering and sharing stories of great times from so long ago.  Hopefully the Pandemic and its variants will be over soon but our DPhiE Zoom will continue for many more years.  Thank you for reading our story.  We can’t thank the Pandemic because it is so awful, but we are all very grateful that through the dim tunnel of sadness came 18 happy girls who will remain “sisters” forever.

We would like to dedicate this story to the memories of Karen Lippmann and Trudy Resnick, sisters who will live forever in our hearts.

Sisters who are reconnecting: Dianne Tiegel Kruse, Denise Alboum Abramson, Maria Feinhals, Barbara Sirkin Geller, Arlene Kramer, Rita Storfer Krovonet, Collette Guttman Kupferberg, Randy Pick Lazarus, Barbara Salk Miller, Linda Suval Moskowitz, JoAnne Frame Petruzel, Susan Rudolph Rabinowitz Jane Borkon Rudnick, Phyllis Berman Saletan, Karen Phillips Suvalle, Melody Nabson Taylor, Donna Wald, Candy Gold, Maria Feinhals, Randy Pick Lazarus, and Barbara Sirkin Geller


Five Strategies for Mastering Time Management this School Year

By Amanda Landry, LMHC, NCC, CAP

School is starting and high schoolers across the nation will be starting college this Fall.  Going to college can be an exciting and daunting experience.  For 13 years, you’ve pretty much been told when to go to school, when to eat lunch, when to do extra-curricular activities, when you can work, when you have to come home, when you have to study, and the list can go on and on.  For those of you going to away to college next year, everything is going to change.  You are going to be much more in control of your calendar and schedule.  Yes the school is going to give you times for your classes but you are going to have a variety of options.  Yes your new job will give you hours, however you won’t have the constraints of early morning school hours or limited weekend hours.  Does this sound like an exciting prospect to you?  Having good time management is one of the keys to being successful in college.  How are your time management skills now?  Here are some strategies to putting good time management skills into place when you get to school.

1.         Make a list of your priorities and make sure you put enough time in your schedule for these items

•           Figure out what your priorities are for the year. This would include things like school, work, extra-curricular activities, sorority life, socializing, etc. Make sure to allot enough time to be sure you are successful in each of these areas. Classes and schoolwork are probably going to get the most time so be sure to put enough time in your life for them .

2.         Get a scheduler or use your calendar on your phone in order to put things down that are a priority in your life

•           Some colleges still pass out free planners at the beginning of the year. This may be a thing of the past with COVID but you can get a planner at your local Target.  Some people like using their phone. It doesn’t matter what you use as long as you have an avenue to keep track of your life in an organized manner. Update it every day and whenever needed. Taking a look at the week ahead is also a good idea.

3.         Give yourself enough free but not too much

•           You are going to have much more free time on your hands. There are going to be blocks of time between classes or work where you can study, have lunch, meet up with friends, etc. Be sure to include downtime in your schedule. You want to make sure you have balance in your life and that includes balance in your schedule.

4.         Use to-do lists and do your best to keep on top of them

•           To-do lists are a must to any successful person. Create a to-do list every day and work on completing the items on your list. You can also create long-term to-do lists for things that can’t be done that day. To-do lists are key in good time management.

5.         Put time every week to taking a look at where you spent your time

•           Take time each week to look at your previous week. What did you accomplish? Where were your strong points and where were your weak points in terms of time management? From there, figure out how you can do things differently in the next week in order to be more effective. If you put these strategies into place, the likelihood that you will do well your first year will greatly increase. And be sure to schedule in fun things, like going to sorority events, socializing with friends and anything else your college has to offer. Good luck with your time management this year!


What Comes Next?

By Olivia Chamberland, MPH

Caps and gowns are all put away, goodbyes have been said, and celebrations continue…you have reached your goal, you have graduated…. But what now…..

Some of you already know what you are going to do, go on to graduate school or some form of higher education, maybe you’ll take some time to yourself to travel or relax, and maybe you already have an internship, or a job lined up. But you still can’t help but feel a little sense of sadness mixed in with the nervousness of the unknown aka the future. Afterall you just spent the past years studying, living on your own in a dorm room surrounded by a group of girls you called family. It was your home away from home.

Now you are on your own ready to take on the big scary, exciting world ahead of you, and you know what? You are going to do great things; you just don’t know it yet. How do I know? Because I have been there. I was in your shoes.

Growing up the plan was to get good grades, go to college, get a degree and graduate, but the plan stopped there. Why? Because it was up to me to figure out what after looked like. I had a tough time finding my footing and making my own path. It was a struggle trying to find a job right out of college. Some jobs required so much experience I should have started preparing when I was 7, or they required an advanced degree that I did not have. If I did land an interview, I was so nervous half the time, that I am surprised I remembered my name. There were a lot of tears when I did not get a job, and each rejection took a hard blow to my self-confidence, and it took on toll on my mental health. I felt lonely without the sorority, and feeling like I was apart of something. I felt like I was not good enough. But living at home with my parents helped a lot. They supported me and reminded me that I will get to where I want to be, and that I am good enough, I just have to be patient. I also started to see a therapist when I felt my mental health was starting to bring me down.

Looking back now, I am glad that I lived through it. I learned from my mistakes, and I learned what worked and what did not work. I tried, failed, and tried again, and through all this, I became resilient. Eventually, I got a temporary job at a health department as an administrative assistant. It wasn’t the dream job I wanted, but it gave me the experience I needed for my resume. That job eventually lead to another job, and before I knew it I was moving up the latter to my goal job. Through each job I met new people who challenged me and helped me grow. I learned new skills and found out what I wanted in a job and what I did not. I even learned stuff about myself that I did not know such as I really like to think outside the box and be creative.

Fast forward 6 years (it goes by fast my friends), here I am engaged to be married, a Master of Public Health graduate, a Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, living in a beautiful apartment, and a dog mom. I am confident in my skills and abilities, but still open to learning more.  

I hope my experience helps you as you prepare to take on the world. There will be growing pains along the way, but that is normal part of getting to where you want to be. Opportunities are going to come up when you least expect them, and it is up to you to take a chance on them or not. In the end all that matters is that you are happy, healthy, and thriving. And when life gets you down, remember you are never alone, you have a whole sorority behind you cheering you on. Do not ever feel ashamed to reach out for help, or support, that is what sisters are for. Now get ready world because here you come!


Wellness Committee: Common Collegiate Headaches

Author: Dr. Mary Nochimson

In this blog, I plan to talk about common headaches and holistic modalities and at-home treatments that may help. 

1. Tension headaches feel like a band-like pressure surrounding the crown of the head. These headaches are usually caused by anxiety AKA tension. These headaches typically originate in the muscles of the head and neck. How to treat?

Chiropractic is a great option. In chiropractic, there is a headache known as a “cervicogenic headache”, which is a headache that is derived from misaligned spinal joints, also known as a subluxation. Subluxations not only put pressure on spinal nerves providing information and nutrition to the organs and structures of the head and neck, but it also causes muscle spasm. When these muscles spasm, over time, start pulling on the surrounding skin and fascia creating a trigger point leading to head pain. By adjusting the joint, it helps these muscles relax and that positively affects the surrounding fascia. 

In addition to Chiropractic, a massage therapist can also work wonders. Make sure to find a therapist who specializes in trigger point massage. Craniosacral is a gentle hands-on technique that uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the brain and spinal cord. This not only helps address the physical portion of relieving tension in the central nervous system, but also helps address the emotional component of your headache. The fourth really awesome modality is acupuncture. There are specific sets of points that help decrease headaches and pain, and I will share a few of them with you. 

– Warm bath with eucalyptus and lavender oils. These two essential oils help with anxiety and promote relaxation.

Still point inducer 

– With a massage tool or with your pointer or thumb, stimulate the following areas for 1 minute.

Yin Tang is an extra point found in between the eyebrows above the nasal bones. I have found this point to be effective for headaches and anxiety.

Large Intestine 4 is a miracle point for headaches, neck and jaw pain. When you stimulate a point that is not local to the area of pain, this is known as a distal point and they can be very very effective. Important: if you are pregnant, do not stimulate this point as it stimulates uterine contraction.



Kidney 1 is the ultimate point for pain. It stimulates the body to make endorphins, which helps increase pain tolerance. When I was taught this point at the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the professor told a story of a woman who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and screamed in unbearable pain every night. After stimulating this point, the pain was relieved and the woman was able to sleep soundly through the night. I have used this point for patients who experienced headaches and other pains that have not improved using other medical and alternative medicine modalities

2. Migraine headaches are typically throbbing in nature and present on one side of the head behind the temple or the eye. This headache may sometimes  be accompanied by photophobia, sensitivity to light, or nausea, or vomiting. These type of headaches usually triggered by smells, food or environmental.

Ways to prevent this type of headache is keeping a log, or a diary. Write down all the foods you eat and monitor your symptoms. When you start to feel a headache coming on, notice if there are any smells in the air such as perfumes. This is the best way to get a handle on your migraine headache. 

Treatments include NAET®, which stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique. This is a holistic modality which helps your body decrease the load of insensitivities you are exposed to on a daily basis. If you have many insensitivities that you are exposed to on a daily basis, this is going to lead to widespread inflammation throughout your body and central nervous system making your body susceptible to these headaches. If we can desensitize your body to these allergens, this will decrease inflammation in your body, making your body more functional. By exposing your body to the allergen transdermally through contact with a glass vial and stimulating specific acupuncture points along the spine and on the wrists, hands, ankle and feet, this modality helps your body respond better to the allergen. I know… UNBELIEVABLE and AMAZING! 

Migraines are vascular and these vessels feeding the brain from the heart travel through the fascia, muscles and joints of the cervical spine. Depending on severity, Craniosacral is a great treatment. Releasing the cranial bones will allow for vessels traveling through the tunnels (formed by the cranial bones) and through the intracranial membranes (which separate the brain and cerebellar parts) to travel more freely without interference. A Craniosacral therapist will also release the cranial base through which blood supply and nerve supply enter and exit the skull. 

A massage therapist skilled in neck work may also help. In my experience, a spasm in the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM), may mimic a migraine headache. If you squeeze this muscle, you may find that it may produce pain behind the eye or around the ear on the same side. 

At-home options


  • Still point inducer
  • Stay away from strong smelling deodorant/ perfume. 
  • Stimulate the acupuncture points mentioned above. 

3. Headaches can also be caused by 


  • Lack of sleep
    • Make sure you are getting 8 hours of sleep and try sipping a cup of chamomile tea. Avoid drinking  beverages loaded with caffeine and smoke cigarettes as they are both “stimulants”. 
  • An incorrect eyeglass prescription
    • Make sure that you visit your eye doctor once a year to avoid wearing prescription lenses that are not right for you
  • Staring at a computer for extended periods of time. 
    • Try to take frequent breaks from not just your computer, but your phone as well; and dim the room to reduce glare and reflections, which causes eye strain, which can lead to headaches. 
  • Stress
    • Try exercising, meditation and yoga. Find time for self care with chiropractic adjustments, massage, acupuncture. Try diffusing lavender oil as it stimulates the relaxation effect 
  • Loud noise exposure
    • If you are sensitive to sounds, this will definitely be a potential cause for a headache. Try ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones when you know you are going to a place where there will might be noises. 
  • Tight headwear. 
    • All women love their hair extensions, headbands, barrettes and scrunchies!!! As unnoticeable as they are on your head, they may be causing some restrictions in the cranial bones and tensions in the intracranial membranes. One of the symptoms of these “makin’ me pretty” accessories is headaches. So, don’t be shy! When you get that chance, let your hair down! 

Dr. Mary’s important Pearl of Health & Wisdom: This is very important. Two major questions the medical doctor asks, and questions you can ask yourself, when you have a headache are

1. Is this the worst headache you ever had?

2. Have you had this headache before? 

If you answered “yes” to question 1 and “no” to question 2, then the medical doctor, physician’s assistant or the nurse will probably refer you to the hospital to rule out life-threatening diseases such as a possible aneurysm or tumor. If all tests come out negative, then to have the headache symptoms co-managed by a neurologist and chiropractor may help you recover from the headache and also help you manage the symptoms when flair ups occur.


Holistic Health Care

Holistic Health Care

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and emotions -- in the quest for optimal health and wellness?

A disease is simply the way your body manifests an underlying stress or dysfunction occurring within the body. Typically, a person will be prone to a disease that runs in the family. Releasing these stresses whether they are physical, mental / emotional, or chemical, may help restore health to your body and help keep these diseases at bay.

The idea behind holistic healthcare is that your body, given the right essentials, has the ability to heal itself. What modalities within this realm do is help your mind and body identify these stresses and then find resolution so that you can heal from them.

With definitions from Oxford Languages, Holistic modalities include:

  • Chiropractic - a system of integrative medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.
  • Massage - rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain.
  • Acupuncture - involves stimulating points along energy pathways with or without pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.
  • Craniosacral - a form of bodywork or alternative therapy that uses gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium and tensions in the fascia surrounding the body. 
  • Diet / Nutrition - the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.
  • Mental Health Counseling - therapy that combines traditional psychotherapy and problem solving with the intent of changing the problem or issue.
  • Exercise - activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness.
  • Physical therapy - the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.
  • Occupational Therapy - the use of assessment and intervention to develop, recover, or maintain the meaningful activities, or occupations, of individuals, groups, or communities.
  • Yoga - a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

Dr. Mary Nochimson, Beta Tau 

Bio: Hi Sisters! My name is Dr. Mary Nochimson, but you can call me “Dr. Mary”. I am a board certified chiropractor in Broward County, Florida. In addition to being a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, I am also a certified acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist. My other certifications include ashiatsu, bamboosage, craniosacral therapy (CS1, CS2, Peds 1, Peds 2) and NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique). When patients seek health options other than, or in addition to, medications and surgery, I love to integrate a combination of holistic therapies in one session for best results. 

I LOVE the art of healing and I LOVE educating. I am always trying to find new ways to connect with the community, helping them find and connect with resources to enhance their quality of life! She volunteers for Bowtie Kids, a nonprofit aimed to support, nurture, and empower children and their families impacted by chronic pain, through education and support programming so that they can secure a better quality of life. She is thrilled and excited to add Delta Phi Epsilon’s Health & Wellness Committee as a way to reach more women. She also wrote a children’s book, “A Craniosacral Story”, which is meant to educate parents and their children about Craniosacral. 

Feel free to visit my website for more information about some of the holistic modalities I provide! https://www.bettereverysteptoday.org


How to find your Ideal Chiropractor

Author: Dr. Mary Nochimson 

You’ll find any chiropractor by doing a local Google search… and I’m sure you’ll be WOWed at the 5-star reviews. Oftentimes, reviews are “solicited” and they can be written by THEIR close friends and family, which can make them less accurate. In my opinion, the BEST way to find a GREAT one is word of mouth from local family and friends. 

Chiropractic is based on the body’s own ability to heal itself. It surrounds the health of the nervous system. It involves removing nerve interference between the brain and all the cells of the body by simply adjusting the joints of the spine that are subluxated, or misaligned. 

With any knowledgeable quick “rack and crack” chiropractor, you are bound to receive the benefits of an adjustment such as decrease pain, decrease stiffness & muscle spasm, and feeling overall better. 

What people tend to overlook is the role of chiropractic in restoring and enhancing overall function. Chiropractic is NOT just about pain and muscle spasm. Chiropractic is not just about healing from car accidents, trips and falls and sports injuries. Chiropractic is about increased concentration and focus. Chiropractic is about decreasing the risk of injuries and vulnerabilities to sicknesses. Chiropractic is about enhancing your athletic abilities. Chiropractic is a health and wellness option that helps maximize your energy, organ system function and overall quality of life. 

Chiropractic is a hands-on holistic modality, and with all holistic modalities, there is an element of energy. It is this energy that separates a good chiropractor from an AMAZING chiropractor.

My BEST advice for choosing a chiropractor off a Google search. 

1. Call the chiropractic office and find out  what type of patients they treat. 

    – Do you see more elderly? 

    – What percentage is car accident cases and trips and falls? 

    – Do you see Athletes? 

    – Do you see Families? 

2. What adjustment techniques do they use?

    – HVLA – most popular type of adjustment where quick thrusts are used to mobilize a joint. 

    – Upper Cervical 

    – Activator

    – Drop table

    – Torque release 

3. What other modalities do they offer IN office?

    – Massage 

    – Craniosacral 

    – Acupuncture 

    – Reiki 

    – NAET – great for treating food and environmental insensitivities

    – If you are an athlete, ask if they offer stretching, kinesio tape and warm laser. 

    – Nutrition/Homeopathy. Please watch out for practitioners who sell nutrition through multi-level marketing such as Herbalife, Isagenix, Juice plus, melaleuca, etc. 

4. After finding a chiropractor and going into their facility, notice if other patients in the office are getting the SAME EXACT treatments. Not every person is the same, and so not every person should be treated the same. 

5. A chiropractor does NOT have to have special training to work with specific individuals, so don’t make that the ONLY factor in your decision. It is important to note that ALL chiropractors have to have a Chiropractic license from an accredited college in order to practice on ANY and ALL individuals of ANY age and be licensed in their state of practice. Chiropractors can see ANY patient whether they specialize in a particular field or not. Just because a chiropractor does not obtain a diploma as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner does not indicate that that Chiropractor is not allowed to treat athletes. Marketing wise, that chiropractor can’t legally claim to specialize in sports. Typically having a diploma in an area helps a chiropractor attract that type of patient. For example, I am not certified in pediatrics, but I can still treat children and have had great success. I feel comfortable in my skills to treat newborns and children, so although I can not claim that I am a pediatric chiropractic specialist, parents have found me to help their children tremendously with their kids’ ailments. I am not a sports chiropractor, but because I offer deep tissue massage, stretching, kinesio tape and warm laser, I feel comfortable offering my services to athletes. I have gotten GREAT results on soccer players, dancers, tennis players, gym bodies, etc. 

If you are unhappy with your chiropractor of choice, try a different one. Not all chiropractors practice the same exact way and a chiropractor that is good for someone else may not be a good fit for you. 

Dr. Mary’s PEARL of WISDOM… If you ever have any questions about finding a chiropractor, please never hesitate to reach out to me, Dr. Mary, your sisterly Delta Phi Epsilon Chiropractor at 954-560-0221.

Dr. Mary Nochimson, Beta Tau 

Bio: Hi Sisters! My name is Dr. Mary Nochimson, but you can call me “Dr. Mary”. I am a board certified chiropractor in Broward County, Florida. In addition to being a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, I am also a certified acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist. My other certifications include ashiatsu, bamboosage, craniosacral therapy (CS1, CS2, Peds 1, Peds 2) and NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique). When patients seek health options other than, or in addition to, medications and surgery, I love to integrate a combination of holistic therapies in one session for best results. 

I LOVE the art of healing and I LOVE educating. I am always trying to find new ways to connect with the community, helping them find and connect with resources to enhance their quality of life! She volunteers for Bowtie Kids, a nonprofit aimed to support, nurture, and empower children and their families impacted by chronic pain, through education and support programming so that they can secure a better quality of life. She is thrilled and excited to add Delta Phi Epsilon’s Health & Wellness Committee as a way to reach more women. She also wrote a children’s book, “A Craniosacral Story”, which is meant to educate parents and their children about Craniosacral. 

Feel free to visit my website for more information about some of the holistic modalities I provide! https://www.bettereverysteptoday.org


Capitol Hill Visits: Tamar Shimon

Each year, the Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation funds the The Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC) Capitol Hill Visits. This year the visits were held virtually from April 13 - 15. Over 200 meetings with lawmakers and their staff were held during these virtual Hill Visits. Conversations focused on student freedom of association and federal anti-hazing legislation (END ALL Hazing Act and REACH Act). There were 24 men's organizations and 22 women's organizations represented. Overall, 94 fraternity and sorority alumni participated along with 122 students representing 100 campuses. 

Our organization was proud to have three members chosen to represent Delta Phi Epsilon. One of those members is Delta Upsilon chapter president, Tamar Shimon from the University of Tampa. We asked Tamar to reflect on her experience: 

“It was amazing! I have never done something like this before. As Chapter President of the Delta Upsilon Chapter at the University of Tampa, I felt like I was stepping up for the entire Greek community and advocating for our rights and anti-hazing legislation. I was "in my element" because I love discussing politics and public speaking. With these visits, I was able to discuss my involvement in Greek Life and how Congress can help us support our ideas. I was able to talk about the REACH ACT. This act combats hazing by providing a federal definition of hazing, "require universities to include incidents of Hazing in their Clery Act reporting and provide students with educational programming related to hazing." I am grateful I was able to be a part of this experience, and I will definitely be applying for this next year!” 

Tamar Shimon is a student at University of Tampa, where she is president of the Delta Upsilon chapter. She is studying Chemistry and Communication & Speech Studies.


Advisor Spotlight: Laura Eckel Hullings

Laura Eckel Hullings is creating a sense of belonging in her role as lead advisor for the Delta Kappa chapter at The University of Florida. As an alumna member of Alpha Chi Omega, Laura volunteers for an organization that is not her own but finds value in the experience. “I think about my sisters and the special parts of my sorority experience in Alpha Chi Omega. Being able to volunteer with DPhiE brings me back to those moments of joy when I was in college.” Bringing her own unique experiences to the table; Laura showcased compassion, sincerity, and integrity through tragedy this year. 

Having to navigate advising in a remote world, she shared that this year has been challenging. “One word to describe my year advising has been independence. I had to let them learn on their own to figure out what’s best for the chapter; while always being one phone call away when they needed it. It’s not holding their hand, it’s leading them from behind so that they grow.” They had to learn how to have virtual chapter meetings, philanthropy events, and sisterhood events through trial and error. “No one has the best answers to anything because no one has experienced this before.” She encouraged the chapter to not be afraid to just try it; it’s ok to fail and try something new. 

Even though she is working remotely, she has developed a close relationship with chapter president Drew McNally. This year they grew together through the tragic loss of a Delta Kappa sister. Laura shared, “Four days into being president, the unimaginable happened and it automatically created a special bond between us. We had to be close, open, and vulnerable together. Seeing each other’s sadness created a space to talk about things more than just chapter operations.” 

They developed a close bond this year and Laura is grateful to be supporting a chapter president that cares so deeply about her chapter and Delta Phi Epsilon. Chapter advisors are often seen as mentors to the leadership team members, giving support and guidance from their life experiences. Laura shared that she often sees Drew as a mentor to her. “In moments where she had to be incredibly strong, I was amazed by her strength, resiliency, and tenacity. She’s handled this year with grace and I look up to her.” 

Creating a space for the Delta Kappa chapter to thrive this year, Laura has been an integral part of their growth. By developing close relationships with the chapter this year, she created a sense of belonging for them remotely through the unthinkable. Reflecting on this year, she shared “It brings me joy when I see growth from the chapter and know that I had a small part in that.”