In alignment with county, city and campus recommendations, Health Professions Advising will be offering only phone appointments through April 7. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, visit Please note that we will offer regular programming online throughout the spring quarter. Please visit our website and Facebook page to learn more. If you have any questions, please email

Adrienne Chan

  • Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Genetic Counseling, Physical Therapy, and Pharmacy
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
Spring Quarter
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9 - 11 am
Tuesdays: 8 am - 12 pm, 5 - 6 pm
Thursdays 8 - 9 am, 10 am - 12 pm

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
Spring Quarter
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 5 - 7 pm
Tuesdays: 4 - 7 pm
Please note that drop-in advising is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1 - 5 pm.

Edward Pang

  • Nursing and Physician Assistant
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
Spring Quarter
Mondays: 5 - 6 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12 - 2 pm
Please note Drop-Ins are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1 - 5 pm.

Jeannette Ilyev

  • Medicine
Jeannette Ilyev will be advising students on the pre-med track, both MD and DO. Jeannette transferred to UC Davis in the fall of 2016 and recently graduated with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. Before transfering, Jeannette spent two years volunteering in an Emergency Department. Once at UC Davis, she interned at the Cardiothoracic Step-Down Unit at UCDMC, joined the logistics team of the UCD Pre-Health Conference, mentored two student via the WiSE program, and volunteered at JVMC, a student run clinic that serves vulnerable populations in Oak Park, Sacramento. As a first generation immigrant and college student, Jeannette had to create her “own road map for college.” She hopes to help students through HPA by guiding them to resources she once had to find on her own.
Office Hours
Summer Session II
Mondays: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursdays: 10am-12pm, 1pm-5pm

Tiffany Jow

  • Medicine
Tiffany Jow is currently a senior pursuing an NPB major. She loves being an NPB major because she enjoys learning about the interactions of the human body systems. Healthcare runs in her blood. Her father was a pharmacist and dentist and her mother is a nurse in Radiation Oncology at Stanford Hospital. She has decided to pursue a career in medicine and has been inspired by her parents and her experiences throughout her life. At her time at UC Davis, she has participated in a lot of extracurriculars: coordinating the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference, working for the Pre-Health Student Ambassador Network at HPA, volunteering at the Knights Landing One Health Center, and researching in a plant biology lab. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, skiing, playing tennis, golf, table tennis, hiking, yoga, and playing the piano.
Office Hours
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Cassandra Lai

  • Staff Advisor, All Health Professions
Cassandra Lai is one of our esteemed staff advisors, advising on all health professions and personal statements. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and a minor in Professional Writing. Starting in the summer of 2019, she will be attending medical school to one day work with patients and health professionals as a physician. Along with advising for all health professions and personal statements, she had founded HPA’s Pre-Health Ambassador Network (PHAN), coordinated HPA’s Med Prep Program, was the UCD Pre-Health Conference Programming Coordinator, and coordinates the High School Pre-Health Symposium. Cassandra has also worked with other volunteers, nurses, and patients as an intern at the UCDMC Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Orthopaedics Clinic. Currently, she is also a hospice and Children's Bereavement Art Group (CBAG) volunteer for Sutter Care at Home in Roseville, working with terminally ill patients and children who have lost a loved one. Cassandra also has a passion for cooking, baking, reading, and writing, having written articles for Morning Sign Out’s UC Davis chapter and Mindfray, Inc. as a featured Contributing Writer.

Chris Lucas

  • Medicine, MD/PhD, Optometry, & Physician Assistant
Chris Lucas is a peer advisor for medicine, MD/PhD, optometry, and PA. Chris is a recent UC Davis graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has participated in the Pre-Health Conference for 3 years, having started as a volunteer. Now, he serves as the current Logistics Coordinator for the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference. In addition to the conference, Chris has been an Emergency Medicine Research Associate and Trainer for Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program for 2 years. Currently, he is a lab manager for a Medical Microbiology and Immunology lab at UC Davis, studying apoptosis in bladder and prostate cancer. His free time is spent participating in sports of all kinds, having most recently completed the inaugural season of HPA’s Intramural sports team as captain of the grass volleyball team. 
Office Hours
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 1 - 5 pm
Please note Drop-Ins are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2 - 4 pm.

Ben Metlenko

  • Medicine and Personal Statements
Ben Metlenko is a peer advisor for Personal Statements and Medicine. He is a recent UC Davis graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences. He has worked with the Pre-Health Conference for 3 years, and he is currently serving as the Coordinator for Pre-Health Fair and Sponsorships. In addition to advising this summer, Ben is working in a clinic that serves low income families in the South Sacramento Region. In his free time he likes to cook and watch movies.  
Office Hours
Summer Session II
Mondays: 11 am - 4 pm
Thursdays: 8 am - 12 pm

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.