In alignment with county, city and campus recommendations, Health Professions Advising will be working remotely by offering phone appointments and workshops via Zoom. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, visit hpadvising.ucdavis.edu. Please visit our the Upcoming Events Page for Announcement and Updates and Facebook page to learn more. If you have any questions, please email healthprofessionsadvising@ucdavis.edu.

Meet the Staff Advisors

Manisha Lakhotia, MS, NCC

  • Assistant Director of Health Professions Advising
Manisha is an alumna of UCD and has been with Health Professions Advising since October 2017. Prior to coming to HPA, she worked as an Academic Advisor for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Office and served as pre-health advisor and career counselor at another UC and a private school for a number of years. As a first-generation college student, Manisha is avid about supporting students and alumni reach their personal, academic and professional goals. Outside of work, Manisha enjoys baking, reading and planning her next adventure.

Joanne Snapp, MSEd

  • Director of Health Professions Advising
Joanne founded Health Professions Advising in 2014 with the intent to use holistic advising practices to help more students reach their goals. Joanne grew up in Missouri and lived in New York for eight years where she worked at two different medical schools and a nursing college. Joanne earned her first masters in English and her second in Leadership and Policy in Higher Education. Joanne is passionate about helping students succeed.

Meet the Ambassadors

Chris Lee

  • Ambassador
Chris is a fourth year majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and a minor in Psychology. He hopes to go to a medical school in future. In addition to being a Pre-Health Ambassador, Chris volunteers at UC Davis Medical Center through HRI and is a summer volunteer for Bayanihan Clinic, one of student run-clinics that provides primary care to the diverse, underserved communities of the Greater Sacramento area. In his free time, he likes to take a nap.

Victoria Lee

  • Ambassador
Victoria is a third year Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior major with a minor in Asian American Studies. She would like to pursue a career in family medicine, and be able to make changes in our healthcare system such that people are able to have access to health services. She is currently involved with Paul Hom Asian Clinic, one of our student run clinics at UC Davis, serving as a patient advocate that provides translation services for the patients. She is also a First-Year Experience peer advisor in the residence hall. Some of the the things I enjoy in my free time is playing badminton with my friends and family, and going on backpacking and hiking trips to the Sierras. 

Edmond Ling

  • Ambassador
Edmond is a fifth year Global Disease Biology major and is pre-med. He is currently involved with Paul Hom Asian Clinic, one of the student-run clinic at UC Davis that provides services to the underserved community of Sacramento . He is also involved in a plant research lab and also participated in HRI.

Huda Nauman

  • Coordinator
Huda is a third-year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major who hopes to attend medical school in the future. At HPA, she advises for medicine and nursing, and is a part of the Pre-Health Ambassador Network. She is also currently a mentor for the UC Davis CBS Mentorship Program. In her free time, Huda enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends, and cooking.

Nikita Sanghavi

  • Ambassador
Nikita is a second-year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major. She aspires to pursue medicine and hopes to practice with a strong focus on patient-centered care. In addition to being a Pre-Health ambassador, she is a member of Willow Clinic, which provides care to the homeless population in Sacramento. She is excited to help give students the tools they need to overcome challenges as a first year pre-health student and show them what an amazing place UC Davis is!

Isabel Tan

  • Ambassador
Isabel is a third year Psychology with Biological emphasis major, who wants to pursue a career in nursing. She volunteers for and is involved with the Education and Outreach Committee for The Pantry, as well as various Fil-Am clubs on campus.

Mai Yer Thao

  • Ambassador
Mai Yer Thao is a fourth year Psychology major with an emphasis in biology. She aspires to become a Physician Assistant in the future. She is currently the president of the UC Davis Undergraduate Psychology Association, and a member of the UC Davis Pre-Physician Assistant club. During her free time, her favorite hobbies are playing tennis and reading. is a third year Psychology major with an emphasis in biology. She aspires to become a Physician Assistant in the future. She is currently the president of the UC Davis Undergraduate Psychology Association, and a member of the UC Davis Pre-Physician Assistant club. During her free time, her favorite hobbies are playing tennis and reading.

Jonathan Wu

  • Ambassador
Jonathan is a 4th year studying Cognitive Science with a Neuroscience Emphasis and hopes to attend dental school. In addition to being a Pre-Health Ambassador, he is a moderator for the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference and provides IT management for the College of Engineering. He also volunteers at dental events, such as CDA Cares, a program that provides free dental services for those in need.