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    AHA is not accepting any new students at this time. Current students may continue their coursework by using the links on the payment plans page.

    The Alternative Healing Academy is very blessed to have some of the most knowledgeable and caring natural health professionals as tutors for our enrolled students.

    Dee Braun with her youngest son, Christian

    Dr. Dee Braun - Founder - Tutors all courses

    The founder of Alternative Healing Academy is Dr. Dee Braun. Dee is a single mother of six children who is a Dr. of Reflexology and has advanced certifications in aromatherapy, color and crystal therapy, Reiki, sound therapy, and flower remedies; as well as basic certifications in herbal medicine and homeopathy.

    She has used natural healing therapies both in her work and for her friends and family for nearly 20 years and in 2008 recognized the need for a 'student-friendly' place of learning.

    In addition to her own therapy practice, she has worked professionally in the internet marketing field of herbal and homeopathic remedies for the last eight years. You can read more about how the AHA came into being HERE.

    She is pictured here with her youngest son.

    Tara CyrTara Cyr - Energy Medicine, Reiki, Animal Energy Medicine and Color/Crystal Therapy Tutor

    Tara is our favorite Canadian girl. She is a wife and mother of four, living in Britch Columbia's Interior region enjoying an organic relationship with the surrounding land.

    Her understanding of the connectivity of all living things and the importance of holistic wellbeing has inspired Tara to study and practice energy healing for the last 20 years.

    Her studies have included extensive research in Chakras and Chakra Therapy, crystals and Reiki as healing modalities for both people and animals.

    Her years of study have lead Tara to achieve a thorough knowledge in the practical application of these natural therapies. Tara is also now in the process of learning Advanced Reflexology and co-authoring AHA's next course entitled Energy Medicine Therapy.

    Tim Allen

    Tim Allen - Reflexology, Color/Crystal Therapy, Online Business Development, Spiritual/Meditative Healing Tutor

    Tim hails originally from Columbus, Ohio, and has been interested in natural health and healing for more than half his life. He has several years of experience in spiritual/meditative healing and Color, Crystal Reflexology.

    He has also worked in the Internet Marketing field for more than 10 years, specializing in herbal, homeopathic and spiritual/energy natural remedies.Tim, formally educated at Devry Business School, is also our resident expert in online business development.

    His decade of experience in internet marketing also offers our students interested in building their own therapy website after graduation a terrific resource.

    Jessica Miller

    Jessica Miller - Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Mental/Emotional Well-Being Tutor

    Jessica, who is a full-time third-year university student majoring in Psychiatric Nursing and Psychology, lives in Wyoming and spends her free time rescuing hurt and abandoned animals and being the 'go to' lady for friends and family who need advice, emotional healing and support.

    She has a thorough knowledge and education in human anatomy and physiology, biology, nutrition, and medical terminology, as well as practical experience working in a therapeutic medical environment.

    She is also a Certified Nurses Aide and has done extensive work with the elderly as she works her way through her college education.

    Thelia Foster - Color/Crystal Therapy, Energy Medicine Tutor

    Born in Montreal, Thelia is an artist, Jeweler, Color & Crystal Therapy practitioner and the owner of Ti’s Art & Soul Studio, where she uses her knowledge of various art forms to provide creative healing sessions.

    Now living in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, Thelia has developed a keen appreciation and connection with the natural world.Thelia incorporated her knowledge as a Crystal Therapy Practitioner and the healing properties of crystals and gemstones to create her own unique line on therapeutic jewelry and accessories. Thelia also teaches a Crystal Pendulum class as well as How to use Crystals for a Healing Environment.

    She is currently completing a certification in ReflexAromatherapy. Thelia is also a skilled artist and jeweler who teaches art to disabled adults in addition to creating holistic jewelry in her studio.

    AHA is not accepting any new students at this time. Current students may continue their coursework by using the links on the payment plans page.

    The Alternative Healing Academy was opened in 2008, headed by Dr. Dee Braun and a team of Natural Health Professionals with more than 35 years combined experience.Their research revealed that the majority of alternative health classes offered online were either incomplete & lacking in substance; too expensive for the average person; or both. Seeking to offer more complete & affordable holistic education, the Academy was born.

    The idea behind AHA is to offer anyone with a desire to learn about natural healing the opportunity to do so. Therefore, our classes are offered via Home Study with payment plan options for students.

    The AHA team, which spent many long hours creating in-depth, comprehensive and easy-to-understand courses, has both practical and educational experience in the areas of reflexology, aromatherapy, color and crystal therapy, human anatomy, homeopathy, flower remedies, and Reiki.

    The results of this hard work show in the 'student-friendly' place of learning that the Academy offers those wanting to learn natural healing:

    • Home study courses in some of the most effective and popular healing modalities
    • One on one tutoring as often as needed (Meet our tutors!)
    • Years of real-world natural health experience for students to draw upon
    • Affordable payment plans
    • Comprehensive lesson modules that are fully illustrated and easy to understand

    Dr. Braun remains very much involved in AHA, taking on many students to tutor and directing the course of the Academy as a whole. She is always accessible to all students and truly does everything she can to assure their success in their chosen field of study.

    The Alternative Healing Academy’s holistic health courses are structured to make learning from home both easy & effective. Course lesson modules are provided to students on their Student Dashboard and are in pdf format and lesson module tests can be taken from within their student account. Students also have access to a myriad of bonus materials and information as well as nearly 24-hour access to their tutor.

    Our courses are comprehensive, fully illustrated and can be studied at YOUR pace, not ours!

    Additional Course Information:

    • All courses are fully tutored at no extra cost by knowledgeable professionals in the holistic health care field. You can meet our tutors here
    • You will have access to your tutor via email, the forums, the help desk system or, when needed, even by phone
    • You will gain access to a student forum where you can interact with other students as well as AHA's tutors
    • You will gain access to our workshop chat room where we hold regular workshops and seminars
    • All modules are clearly explained, in pdf format and are fully illustrated and comprehensive
    • All courses are very in-depth, always meeting, and in the vast majority of cases, exceeding industry standards
    • You can take as much time as you want or need to complete a course - there is NO time limit
    • Upon successful completion of any full diploma or certification course (with a score of 80% or higher), you will receive a beautiful Diploma, suitable for framing.
    • You will gain access to a student dashboard where you will find your lessons, submit tests, download bonus and reference materials and read helpful articles on your chosen field of study
    • Our courses are the perfect starting point for those who are looking to embark upon a new career which has the added benefit of helping others
    • If you are a student utilizing a payment plan, sets of modules will be provided to you 3 at a time. Please see detailed information about our payment plans HERE.
    • The Advanced Aromatherapy Practitioner, the Advanced Color/Crystal Aromatherapy and the Advanced ReflexAromatherapy Practitioner courses are designed to meet or exceed the requirements and guidelines of both the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC).
    • Our courses cover a wide variety of alternative healing modalities including Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Color/Crystal Therapy, Color/Crystal Reflexology, Holistic Beauty Therapy, Anatomy & Physiology, and Color/Crystal Aromatherapy with new courses continually being developed
    • Sales & Refund Policy: We will, within 30 days, refund the purchase price of any course you purchased *MINUS* the cost of the modules you have already received. Please contact support if you wish to be refunded or have questions about our refund policy.
    • Payment plans are available, please Click Here for More Info

    AHA is not accepting any new students at this time. Current students may continue their coursework by using the links on the payment plans page.

    Common Questions Asked About Holistic Health Distance Learning Courses:

    What is Certification?

    certified aromatherapistMost schools will offer an exam that tests the student’s knowledge of the material taught in the respective course. Upon successful completion of this exam, a Certificate or Diploma will be issued by the school attesting that the student has successfully met the requirements as specified by that school.

    The only governmental recognition of Aromatherapy in North America is the occupational title designation granted to the BCAOA under the Societies Act of British Columbia.

    What is a Certified Aromatherapist or Reflexologist?

    Most prospective students want to know whether taking our courses will lead to their becoming ‘Certified’ in that healing modality, thereby leading to the title of Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Reflexologist or Certified Color/Crystal Therapist. The answer to this really depends on what you mean by ‘Certified.” We believe it can be misleading to purport that completing a course in a healing modality such as reflexology, aromatherapy or color/crystal therapy will lead to a designation of ‘Certified’ Therapist.

    These are not official title designations nor are they ones which are recognized by any country’s governmental body. All that these titles mean is that this is what an Individual Instructor, School or Institution decided to put on the Diploma it awards those who successfully complete their course.

    What is an accredited course in Aromatherapy or Reflexology?

    The answer to this will depend on who you are asking. At the present time, British Columbia is the only government to recognize Aromatherapy as a distinct profession and has granted Occupational Title Protection to the members of the BCAOA (British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapy) with the exclusive right for its members to call themselves Registered Aromatherapists (R.A.).

    At this time, neither Reflexology nor Color/Crystal Therapy have such occupational designations in any country although one prominent Reflexology school in Colorado, The Modern Institute of Reflexology, has gained occupational designation for their institution in that state. MIR has been designated by the Colorado State Division of Private Occupational Schools – Dept. of Higher Education as an approved school. Our Reflexologist who developed the reflexology modules for our courses was trained at MIR as a Certified Reflexologist, a Master Reflexologist and a Dr. of Reflexology.

    The Alternative Healing Academy’s Advanced Reflexologist and Advanced ReflexAromatherapist courses provide the education and prerequisites necessary to apply for membership in the National Therapies Certification Board and in as a professional member.

    In the United States, the NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) has put into place their Approved Standards for Aromatherapy Training. The Alternative Healing Academy’s Advanced Aromatherapy and Advanced ReflexAromatherapist courses meet and exceed these standards and we are in the application process of becoming an approved program through NAHA.

    Also, Advanced Aromatherapy and the Advanced ReflexAromatherapist courses provide the education and prerequisites necessary to sit for the Aromatherapy Registration Council examination.

    In Canada, there are a number of different Associations including the BCAPA (British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists and the CFA (Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists). Time will tell if one authoritative body or association becomes the standard by which to judge and govern the educational offerings of these alternative healing modalities.

    It has to be noted that NO form of aromatherapy “certification” is currently recognized in the USA by anyone other than those in the trade, nor is aromatherapy (or essential oils in the aromatherapy trade) regulated by any governmental body.

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