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Meet the Team

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Joanne Snapp, EdD
CEO and Advisor

For the past fifteen years, I have helped pre-health students on their journey to a health career. After serving as the Director of Admissions at an allopathic medical school in New York followed by helping thousands of students as a pre-health advisor in California, I gained the insight and knowledge needed to provide holistic, compassionate advising to future applicants.  I earned my BSEd and MA in English, and my strong writing skills paired with my ability to coach individuals through interview prep and difficult life decisions has equipped me well for this career. I am well connected in the industry and have spent many years studying what schools want and who gets in where. I grew up in the midwest and have found my way back. I love to travel, I have three kids, and I am most passionate about helping people get into a health career. Check out my resume here.

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Trinidad Alcalá-Arcos
Pre-Med Advisor

Trinidad Alcalá-Arcos is a proud immigrant from Mexico, the first in her family to attain a postsecondary education at UC Davis and now the first to pursue a doctorate degree at UC Irvine in the PRIME-LC program. Upon graduating from college, she took 4 gap years to explore unique opportunities including working for Google, doing addiction medicine research, doing community health work with individuals experiencing homelessness, sitting on advisory panels for COVID-19 clinical trials, and more. Now, as a second year medical student, she is involved in several trauma surgery research projects, sits on the Emergency Medicine Interest Group Board, is an ultrasound instructor for USIG, tutors for anatomy class, and much more. Trini is passionate about promoting physician representation in communities of color and using medicine as a vehicle for social justice to achieve health equity.

Susana Kalish
Pre-PA Advisor
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Susana is an aspiring PA who resides in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from UC Davis in 2020 with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and a minor in Spanish. At UC Davis she was a volunteer and board member for the Knights Landing One Health Center, a student-run clinic that serves the migrant-farm working community of Knights Landing. She studied abroad in Bolivia through a Pediatric Health Internship with CFHI in 2019. Because of her diverse background, Susana has been passionate about learning Spanish and working with a Spanish-speaking patient population since she became interested in the PA profession in high school. 

For clinical experience, Susana has worked at an FQHC in Los Angeles where she trained and became a certified medical assistant. She also works part time at a start up clinic integrating primary care and preventative medicine where she monitors vitals of patients remotely. 

Susana has over 3 years of pre-health advising experience and specializes in pre-PA advising. She was involved in the UC Davis Pre-PA club, is an active member of the National Society of Black PAs and completed a Pre-PA post baccalaureate at Keck Graduate Institute in 2021. 

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