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Delayed but not deterred, CONHI integrative health student finds ease and connection through ASU Online program.

Editor’s note: This is a profile of CONHI integrative health Student Taylor Brune, written by Brune with an introduction and edits by the communications staff for clarity.   

Taylor Brune was working toward a bachelor’s degree when her health deteriorated not once, but twice. Her chronic illnesses required full-time treatment which made taking classes on campus just about impossible.

While fighting for her health a friend mentioned ASU Online and Brune says she immediately “fell in love with everything they had to offer.”

Initially, she planned to get a degree in psychology but that changed after experiencing life as a patient. Instead, she enrolled in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s integrative health program with plans to pursue a career in the medical field.

“It wasn’t until I became sick and researched medicine and healing, that I discovered what integrative medicine is about. Integrative health brought healing to my life and I am determined to bring healing to other’s lives as a future doctor in integrative health,” Brune said.

Taylor Brune, CONHI Integrative Health Student

CONHI Integrative Health Student Taylor Brune Photo courtesy: Taylor Brune

At one point, Brune realized she was actually living this major in her daily life as parts of her treatment protocols included complementary and alternative medicine therapies or CAM, which features prominently in the program.

Taking classes online has helped Brune in a number of ways, including getting a job, working from doctor’s appointments and creating her own schedule to finish assignments.

“It has provided me the flexibility to work at a better pace for my current situation,” she said.

While she does have to manage her time and stress, Brune has the unique opportunity to see some of her coursework in action at her job as a medical assistant in a naturopathic doctor’s office in San Diego.

“There is much to learn from integrative medicine and much to teach others about,” said Brune.

For those who love healing, medicine and learning about other cultures practices, Brune highly recommends the integrative health program, calling it “life inspiring and changing.”

It may have taken longer than expected but with her illnesses now at a manageable level and her education back on track, Brune expects to graduate with her bachelor’s next fall and start medical school soon after.

Taylor Brune, Integrative Health Student

CONHI Integrative Health Student Taylor Brune is taking classes through ASU Online. Photo courtesy: Taylor Brune