Meet the Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors

Tanvi Chokshi

  • Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
Tanvi Chokshi is a peer advisor for medicine and veterinary medicine. She is a fourth year pre-medical student pursing a Cell Biology Major and Spanish Minor. Along with advising, she is the Interactive Programming Coordinator for the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference. She is a part of two molecular research labs, which are part of the UCDSOM Neuroscience Department and UCDSOVM Ophthalmology Department. She is currently the co-president of the Emergency Medicine Xperience Club and Jhankaar Acapella at UC Davis.
Office Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays 5 - 7 pm
Tuesdays 4 - 5 pm

Andrew Duong

  • Physician Assistant
Andrew is a fourth year NPB major who advises for physicians assistant. In the past, Andrew has interned in the ER for Kaiser Permanente, worked as an EMT, volunteered at clinics for low income families, and done research on air quality effects on lungs. In his free time, he loves to bake and eat out with friends.
Office Hours
Fall Quarter
Wednesday 9 am-11 am
Friday 10 am-2 pm

Karen Draper

  • Dentistry
Karen is a fourth year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She hopes to go to dental school. In addition to being a peer advisor she is also a co-coordinator for the Pre-Health Ambassador Network (PHAN) an organization within HPA. She also helps coordinate the High School Pre-Health Symposium. Karen attended the 2018 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event in Orlando where she saw a mock interview and spoke with dental school admissions representatives. She also volunteers at dental events whenever she can. 
Office Hours

Fall Quarter
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11 am - 1 pm
Fridays: 9 - 10 am

Linda Chen

  • Dentistry
Linda Chen is a fourth year majoring in Psychology with a biological emphasis and Communications. In addition to being an advisor at HPA, Linda is the assistant coordinator of didactic programming for the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference. She is also a research assistant for the AIR Lab at the MIND Institute where they study how ADHD/ADD affects the brain and various interventions to better the lives of individuals with ADHD/ADD.
Office Hours
Fall Quarter
Wednesdays: 9 am -12 pm

Edward Pang

  • Nursing
Edward Pang is going to be a fourth-year Human Development major. He aspires to become a pediatric nurse. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Nursing Club at UCD. He discovered his passion for helping pre-health students learn about the path to nursing after spending a year interacting with pre-nursing students. In the past, he has volunteered at UCDMC in the cardiology department alongside other nurses through a Health-Related Internship. During his free time, he enjoys exercising at the gym and connecting with friends and family over food and drinks.
Office Hours
Fall Quarter
Mondays 3 - 4pm & 5 - 6pm
Tuesdays 1 - 2pm
Wednesdays 3 - 5pm
Please note Drop-Ins are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2 - 4 pm.

Adrienne Chan

  • Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Genetic Counseling, and Speech-Language Pathology
Adrienne Chan began at HPA at the front desk and now advises for Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Genetic Counseling, and Speech-Language Pathology. She will be graduating Winter 2019 with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently doing research for a clinical trial for the UCDMC Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department for telepsychiatry. She considers HPA to be her family, and she loves all the people she has met and worked with! She aspires to clear any confusion surrounding how to get into one’s desired health profession.
Office Hours
Fall Quarter
Mondays: 12 - 1 pm
Thursdays: 9 - 10 am

Olivia Pollart

  • Medicine
Olivia is a senior studying Nutrition Science and Public Health. She hopes to become a pediatrician in the future. She is currently acting as the Nutrition director for RIVER, interning for team Davis, and researching stress and food consumption patterns. She enjoys running and trying out new food and coffee places with friends. 
Office Hours
Mondays: 12 - 1 pm, 2 - 3 pm
Tuesdays: 11 am - 1 pm

Zeltzin Serrano

  • Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Chiropractic Medicine
Zeltzin is a Third-Year English major with a possible emphasis on Creative Writing, and she hopes to become a Podiatrist one day. She works at HPA as a Peer Advisor for Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, and Chiro pre-requisites and experiences. She is currently an ambassador for the Pre-Health Ambassador Network (PHAN). In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, spending time with friends, and binge-watching Netflix shows.
Office Hours
Mondays: 3 - 5 pm
Thursdays: 10 am -12 pm, 1-2 pm

Russell Thomas

Russell Thomas is a fourth year American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Double Major who advises for Public Health. In addition to working with HPA, Russell also advises for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Department and is a member of the Pre-Health Ambassador Network. Russell currently volunteers with the Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic and heads their committee on Gender and Sexuality. They also volunteer with Health Education and Promotion under Student Health and Counseling Services. Furthermore, they conduct research on state recognition of gender identity and the processes of administrative violence that unevenly distribute life chances. In their free time they enjoy reading, writing, and raving.
Office Hours
Fall Quarter
Mondays: 8 am - 12 pm

Neeharika Muppa

  • Allopathic Medicine
Neeharika Muppa started working as a front desk staff at HPA, where she enjoyed spending her time around the welcoming staff, and is now a Peer advisor for Allopathic Medicine. She is a fourth year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major and is interested in pursuing a career in OBGYN/Peds. Neeharika has been a part of the Pre-Health Conference for the past two years, as an Osteopathic and the Marketing Chair respectively. She works at a lab that researches the effects of DKA in rats. She was also a Secretary for Pre-Med AMSA for the past two years and has done several HRIs in various departments. She is ready to share her college experience in order to better other peers' experiences!
Office Hours
Fall Quarter:
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4 - 7 pm