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.

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.

Karen Draper

  • Peer Advisor, All Health Professions
Karen recently graduated with a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree. She obtained her Associates Degree in Arts and Humanities. She hopes to go to dental school. In addition to being a peer advisor she was a co-coordinator for the Pre-Health Ambassador Network (PHAN) an organization within HPA. She also helped found and 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
Summer Sessions
Mondays - Wednesdays, Fridays: 8 am - 5 pm

Please note that Drop-In Advising is T/W/R from 1 - 5 pm.

Maria Saldana-Seibert

  • Senior Staff Advisor, All Health Professions
Maria is an alumna of UCD and has been an advisor for many years.  She began at Health Professions Advising in Spring 2019.  Prior to coming to HPA she was an academic advsor in many different departments on campus including in the college of Biological Sciences, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, French and Italian.  Outside of work, Maria enjoys taking walks, finishing her education goals, and learning from our senior citizens who have so much to offer and teach us.  

Elio Gutierrez-Montoya

  • Staff Advisor, All Health Professions
Elio Gutierrez-Montoya is a staff advisor for Health Professions Advising. He previously worked at UC Davis School of Medicine, with specific attention on their pipeline program initiatives and most prominently with their Postbaccalaurate Program. His experiences as an advisor particularly have focused on assisting students in reaching their academic goals and in developing students as future professionals. He graduated from UC Davis in 2009 with degrees in Psychology and Spanish. While at Davis he was heavily involved with Imani Clinic, the Filipino Association for Health Careers and the Early Academic Outreach Program. His passion for student advocacy and advising has propelled him to where he is today.

Bryelle McRay

  • Staff Advisor, All Health Professions
Bryelle McRay is a staff advisor for all health professions. She graduated from UC Davis in 2016 with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior and she has a minor in African & African-American Studies. She also completed a post-baccalaureate program at CSU East Bay where she served as a pre-health advisor. While she was a student at UC Davis, she co-founded the Black Community of Science organization (BCS) seeking to retain African-American students in the sciences. Bryelle worked with many patients and health care professionals as a dedicated member of Imani Clinic and served on the board as the Electronic Medical Records Specialist. She worked as a clinical research intern at the UC Davis Foods for Health Institute studying human breast milk oligosaccharide composition and beneficial gut bacteria in which she gained a great deal of exposure to the UC Davis Medical Center Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics and Neonatology. Bryelle is passionate about retention and seeing students thrive.