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.

Joanna 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 Peer Advisors

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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