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Medicine • Dentistry • Veterinary Medicine • Nursing • Physician Assistant

MY HONEST ADVISOR

HEALTH PROFESSIONS ADMISSIONS ADVISING

With more than a decade of admissions and advising experience, Joanne can help you navigate the path to your health career from beginning to end.

Upcoming Events

  • August Mock MMI
    August Mock MMI
    Sun, Aug 04
    Zoom
    Aug 04, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
    Zoom
    Aug 04, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
    Zoom
    Join Joanne and 20 interviewers for a simulated Mock MMI experience. Virtually, you will rotate through 6 rooms, answering 6 different questions from current medical, PA and dental students. During each round, you will receive feedback on your answer. We will end with a debrief.
  • 2025-26 Med School Applicant Retreat
    2025-26 Med School Applicant Retreat
    Fri, Nov 01
    Davis
    Nov 01, 2024, 3:00 PM PDT – Nov 03, 2024, 3:00 PM PST
    Davis, Davis, CA, USA
    Nov 01, 2024, 3:00 PM PDT – Nov 03, 2024, 3:00 PM PST
    Davis, Davis, CA, USA
    Join Joanne for three days in Davis, CA. We will begin preparing your application materials, network with med school admissions folks, get professional headshots taken, attend the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference, and much more!
  • Pre-Med Networking Night
    Pre-Med Networking Night
    Fri, Nov 01
    Davis
    Nov 01, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
    Davis, 314 F St, Davis, CA 95616, USA
    Nov 01, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
    Davis, 314 F St, Davis, CA 95616, USA
    Join Joanne and some medical school admissions folks for a night of networking the evening before the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference.

One-on-One Advising

Let’s talk over Zoom to assess where you are as an applicant. From understanding timelines and pre-reqs to developing and editing your personal statement, I will provide holistic, honest advising that takes into consideration your life experience, unique story and needs.

On a Video Call

Writing

My BSEd and MA in English have served me well as I’ve helped hundreds of students over the years write their resumes, personal statements, disadvantaged statements, experience writing and secondaries.

 

Bring your ideas or a rough draft, and we can develop a piece that showcases the unique value that you bring to healthcare through your stories.

Life Coaching

If you feel stuck and unsure how to move forward with a difficult decision, I can provide an unbiased conversation to bounce ideas and concerns. Unlike a counseling session, a coach does not attempt to “fix you” but rather asks you questions that challenge your logic in decision making to ensure you have considered each perspective or possibility. Sometimes honest feedback is what we need to help move forward.

Testimonials

I have been working with Joanne since I was an undergraduate at UC Davis, and she has provided me with all

of the knowledge I needed to become a successful applicant. I did not always know what I needed to do and

when, but Joanne's knowledge of the pre-medical process and application timeline kept me well prepared.
Furthermore, Joanne's willingness to be available is greatly appreciated; I always feel like she is just as invested
in my success as I am.

Eyonna Woghiren

MS1 at UC Davis School of Medicine

 

                               

                                   We're premeds and we like data! So here is my data. Two application cycles: zero interviews. One application cycle                                      with Joanne: 5 DO school interviews and 2 MD school interviews (and counting). She is the best. DO WHAT SHE                                            TELLS YOU!

                                    Joey Torreano

                                    MS1 at Touro, CA

 

I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Joanne for well over three years. Joanne gave me terrific advice and insight throughout this process. Applying to medical school is a grueling process involving extensive preparation and prolonged effort. Joanne provided me with valuable guidance at every step of the way. Examples include advice regarding gaining relevant healthcare experiences, composing my personal statement, gathering letters of recommendation, navigating AMCAS, preparing for interviews, communicating with medical schools, and more. In addition to her expertise, Joanne was consistently patient and encouraging. I truly could not have asked for a more outstanding advisor.

 

Catherine Williams

MS3 at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Joanne is an invaluable resource. I have never met an advisor that gave her personal number to her students and who took time before and after work to meet with her students on her own dime to see them succeed. I went into the application cycle with a 501 MCAT. I ended up with 4 acceptances (MD and DO) and a full-ride scholarship. If it wasn’t for Joanne, I would not have had this outcome. Joanne coached me interpersonally, edited my AMCAS application, prepared me for the MMIs and traditional interviews, and believed in me even when I did not. My dreams came true because of her. It is a beautiful thing when talent and passion come together, Joanne is a perfect example of this.  

 

2LT Jason Hasegawa

MS4 at UC Riverside School of Medicine

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