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.
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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.
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.
Shalvi Prasad is a staff advisor for all health professions. In 2016, Shalvi graduated from UCD with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Over Shalvi’s undergraduate career, she was involved with research in the Cruz-Orengo Lab and was a part of many student organizations, including the Willow Clinic, HOSA, FSA, EMX, Prytanean Women's Honor Society, and BPSHI. She will be attending California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt this fall!
As a staff advisor, Ron Hart advises for all health professions. Ron is a Los Rios Community College District Alumni and a 2016 UC Davis graduate with a B.S. in Global Disease Biology. Before advising with Health Professions, Ron was a major advisor, advising for Global Disease Biology, Animal Biology, and Entomology here at UCD! As a student, he was deeply involved with The Willow Clinic and was one of the founders of the Transfer Pre-Health Mentoring Program. Ron has also worked as a Hospice volunteer, a Home Health Aide, MCAT instructor, and a research assistant studying immunodeficiency viruses.
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.