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Each student at MUIH is assigned an individual, professional academic advisor to guide them on their academic journey. This website provides valuable information regarding academic advising at MUIH, academic program curriculum, policies and procedures, and much more. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please reach out to the Advising Team using the contact information below.


Academic Advisors at MUIH work collaboratively with students as they pursue their academic and professional goals. Students and advisors discuss academic progress, set goals, explore challenges, and develop plans for success in an empowering and supportive environment. Advising is a shared responsibility between advisors and students; however, the ultimate responsibility for successful degree completion rests with the student.


The MUIH Academic Advising community values community, mindfulness, integrity, inquisitiveness, and discernment.


Through engaging with academic advising at MUIH students will be able to understand, navigate, and take responsibility for their academic curriculum; demonstrate a knowledge of resources to support students in their academic journey; connect career and curricular goals; build collaborative relationships and demonstrate a healing presence in the MUIH community and beyond.


Current Students

Current students can find information regarding their programs, plans of study, the advisor/advisee relationship, and the trimester timeline.

New Students

New students can find information regarding next steps in the enrollment process, new student resources, and registration materials.


Access your plan of study, course registration instructions, academic calendar, trimester timeline, and current registration guide.

Quick Access Information

Access the MUIH Academic Advising Syllabus, trimester checklist, academic catalog and schedule of courses.

Advising FAQs

Review important FAQs regarding academic advising, registration, graduation, academic progression, and other important topics.

Highlighted Policies

Access frequently used academic policies for students including academic program policies, grading policies, financial policies, and more.


MIUH provides an array of resources to support you on your academic journey. Explore the links below to learn more about the resources available to you as an MUIH student.

Academic Advising Staff

At MUIH we value the student-advisor relationship and each student is assigned to an individual, professional academic advisor. You can locate your assigned advisor in the Data Portal. Learn more about our Advising Team below.

Caressa Olivo

Director of Academic Advising

With over 15 years of experience in academic advising, and over 10 years in academic advising administration, Caressa has dedicated her career to a whole-student, relationship-centered approach to academic advising.

She challenges her students to understand their personal power and agency, while supporting them in the challenges they encounter on their educational journey. In her role as Associate Director of Academic Advising at MUIH, she provides support and direction to the academic advising team, and provides academic advising for students in the Health Promotion, Health and Wellness Coaching, and Integrative Health Studies programs. Prior to her current role, Caressa served as Lead Academic Advisor in Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University, Associate Director of Academic Advising at Penn State University – Scranton, Learning Commons Coordinator at Mt. Aloysius College, and Academic Advisor and NSO Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown.


  • Masters of Arts in English, West Virginia University
  • Bachelors of Arts in English, Penn State University

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


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Laura Steck

Senior Academic Advisor

Laura has always found passion in helping others achieve their goals.

She began her professional journey working in mental health and with children and adults with disabilities. Looking to follow her love for education, she transitioned in 2015 out of the mental health field and took a position within Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies as a Program Coordinator. Although she worked primarily with faculty, she quickly realized that she enjoyed conversing with students as they came into her office to discuss upcoming tests, graduations and other life events. From there, she transitioned to the role of Admissions Counselor for University of Maryland University College (now University of Maryland Global Campus). In the summer of 2018, Laura joined Maryland University of Integrative Health as an Admissions Counselor. She knew that she wanted to work with students on more of a long-term basis throughout their student experience, and in spring of 2019 she became an Academic and Career Advisor. Laura advises primarily for the Nutrition programs. Advising has been the perfect vehicle for Laura to provide the advocacy, resources and support that students need. Her greatest joy in this role is watching students grow during their time in graduate school and seeing them overcome obstacles to reach their professional dreams. Laura is very proud to be a part of MUIH and its mission to promote healing through integrative health education.


  • Completed Graduate Level Courses in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Loyola University Maryland
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Spanish, West Virginia University

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


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Casey Simms

Senior Academic Advisor

Casey is a dedicated student affairs professional with 3 years of advising experience.

She made the transition to higher education after 5 years in the behavioral/ mental health field. With a background in counseling, Casey takes a solution focused, student centered approach towards advising. She focuses on student success through data driven approaches. One of the highlights of her job is seeing students graduate and pursue their dreams within the integrative health field. Casey advises primarily for the Nutrition programs.


  • Master’s in Counseling – School Counseling, Messiah University
  • Bachelors in Psychology – with a Minor in Sociology and a Minor in Gender Studies, Bloomsburg University

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


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Chelsey Barrett

Senior Academic Advisor

Chelsey began working in higher education over 10 years ago when she joined the student life team at Howard Community College.

From there, she served as the Event Coordinator at Stevenson University. Chelsey joined Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) in 2015, as the Program Administrator for the Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine department. In 2018, Chelsey became an Academic and Career Advisor and Student Support Specialist for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Being an advisor provides a space to blend her passion for supporting a quality education experience for students and the promotion of integrative medicine with a focus on healing presence. While working at MUIH, Chelsey completed the Master of Science in Health Promotion program and became a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in May 2019. Being an alumna of MUIH has created an understanding of the student experience at MUIH, which in turn helps to provide better support and advocacy for the student population. Chelsey believes in providing a safe space for her students that allows for empowerment and collaboration. The greatest joy for Chelsey is celebrating her students’ graduation and watching them share their healing modality with the world. MUIH students support a shift in the world to whole-person and community health and wellness through relationship centered integrative health education, care and leadership and that is something Chelsey is proud to be part of.


  • Master of Science in Health Promotion, Maryland University of Integrative Health
  • Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure concentration in Management, Virginia Wesleyan University


  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


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Contact Us

Schedule an Appointment with Advising

Schedule a phone or video conference appointment with the Office of Academic Advising.

Contact Form

We encourage students to schedule an appointment with their specific Academic Advisors using the link above. For general inquiries, please leave us a message and a member of our advising team will respond within two business days:

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