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

Position Title
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. Furthermore, Cassandra has worked at Health Professions Advising since 2015. 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. As an advisor and program coordinator, she enjoys working with students, especially one-on-one, and getting to know them to help them reach their goals no matter what they may be. Whether you need a little guidance on how to get started or you have a personal issue you would like to talk about, she will work with you to meet your needs. Along with working with students, 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.