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Embracing Wellness with Therapy Dogs and Expert Insights

by Jul 28, 2023

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Over the past few weeks, the NUHS clinic has experienced an exciting and engaging period, leaving students and faculty feeling rejuvenated and motivated. This atmosphere was cultivated through two noteworthy events – the heartwarming visit of therapy dogs from Southeastern Guide Dogs and a captivating lecture by Christine Foss on Dynamic and Functional Assessment and Recovery Skills for Athlete Hips.

NUHS Tri 8-10 Interns all together for a surprise encounter with therapy dogs. Lower left: Dr. Strauss making friends with Sloopy.


The collaboration with Southeastern Guide Dogs brought a delightful surprise to the NUHS campus. Noah and Sloopy, two adorable furry companions, instantly won the hearts of everyone they met. Therapy dogs have been known to have a positive impact on emotional well-being, and their presence at the clinic undoubtedly lifted spirits and brought joy to all. Interacting with these gentle canines offered a much-needed break from the stresses of academic life, providing students and staff with an opportunity to unwind, relax, and experience the therapeutic benefits of the human-animal bond. Numerous studies have demonstrated that spending time with therapy dogs can significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and even lower blood pressure, leading to an overall sense of calm and comfort.

Left: Dr. Foss presenting her lecture. Right: Dr. Foss demonstrating techniques for measuring strength when isolating different muscle groups.

In addition to the furry fun, the NUHS clinic hosted Christine Foss, an esteemed expert in the field of sports medicine and rehabilitation. Her lecture on Dynamic and Functional Assessment and Recovery Skills for Athlete Hips proved to be highly informative and insightful. Dr. Foss delved into the intricate anatomy of the hip, shedding light on various causes of hip micro-instability, including structural, terrain-related, footwear, and congenital factors. By addressing these underlying issues, athletes can enhance their performance and prevent potential injuries.

During the session, Foss skillfully demonstrated different techniques to isolate and test the muscle strengths of the lower extremities. This comprehensive approach to assessing and recovering athlete hips is crucial for promoting long-term physical health and peak athletic performance. Students and faculty gained valuable knowledge and practical skills, equipping them to better serve athletes and individuals with hip-related concerns.

The NUHS clinic’s active few weeks reinforced the school’s commitment to holistic wellness and comprehensive learning. The therapy dog visit served as a great reminder of the significance of mental and emotional well-being, while Christine Foss’s lecture showcased the importance of staying up-to-date with cutting-edge advancements in the field of sports medicine. It was definitely an active few weeks for us!

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Alexandra Simic Hachmann

Alexandra Simic Hachmann

My name is Alexandra Simic Hachmann and I am currently in my 10th trimester of the Doctor of Chiropractic program here at NUHS - Florida. I am officially an intern at the HEC clinic! I have obtained a B.A. in Biology and Biomedical Sciences, as well as a Master of Medical Science degree. While I believe my educational background has helped me succeed in this challenging program, I appreciate all the professors’ efforts in helping us excel and prepare for our careers. As a hands-on visual learner, I am embracing the palpation courses and anatomy labs offered! I am still determining which field in chiropractic I would like to pursue; thus, readers should stick around to discover this with me! I hope to bring insightful content to this blog and demonstrate what student life is like at NUHS in sunny Florida.


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