Adriane Morrison-Taylor knew in high school that she wanted to be a doctor. At Johnson State, she learned to go after experiences that would get her there.
“It was a call to action for people to find their purpose and passion in life and follow that,” she said.
Adriane’s passion is for alternative medicine. She had seen from her travels that a naturopathic approach was common in other countries, which gave her confidence in choosing JSC’s Wellness and Alternative Medicine Program. With this major, she could blend advanced science courses she’d need to become a doctor with classes on non-Western medicine like acupuncture, Ayurveda, and massage therapy.
“For me, the Wellness and Alternative Medicine Program was the perfect balance between traditional medicine and alternative medicine,” she said. “When I look at my transcript, every single course I took at Johnson State is so well-tailored for preparing me for my next enrollment.”
To supplement her curriculum, Adriane found a job doing clinical research in the lab of Associate Professor Hans Haverkamp, where she conducted tests with asthma sufferers to study how exercise affects the airways.
“Absolutely something that graduate programs look at is research experience within scientific programs like this,” she said. “Any type of experience you have in scientific research is really valuable for your success in the field.”
Adriane graduated with the class of 2013 and was accepted to the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon — one of only seven naturopathic medical schools accredited in the United States. The individual attention of her small program and the clinical experience she earned in the lab made great additions to her med school application.
“I really feel grateful that I had the opportunity to go to a beautiful college that supported my own self-motivated education.”