Requesting a Peer Mentor

Students who have attended a Health Professions Information Session and established an HPAO file may request a peer mentor. Peer mentors are a group of dedicated, experienced, and trained students planning a career in the health professions who volunteer their time to assist other SDSU students. You will be matched with a peer mentor based on the information you provide and your health profession interest. In order to request a peer mentor, please visit the Health Professions Advising Office to request a Peer Mentor Request form.

Ask a Peer Mentor

Our peer mentors are also available throughout the week for quick questions or advice on how to become more involved on campus or in the community. You do not need to be assigned a peer mentor in order to utilize the Ask a Peer Mentor hours. If you have basic questions about health profession requirements or becoming more involved, please drop by and talk to a peer mentor at your convenience.


2017-2018 HPAO Peer Mentors

Dentistry


Lana Abusamra
5th year, Biology
Elite Orthodontics, Dental Assistant
Gallery Dental, Sterilization Technician
SDSU Pre-Dental Organization, External Vice President
Flying Samaritans, Secretary

 


Meredith Peterson
3rd year, Biology
St. Leo’s Dental Clinic, Volunteer
Microbial Ecology Lab of Dr. Elizabeth Dinsdale, Ph.D., Volunteer Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biol 340A: Preventive Dentistry, Class Co-Coordinator
Council of Pre-Health Organizations (CPO), Treasurer
SDSU Pre-Dental Organization, VP of Internal Affairs

 


Jezabel Serna
5th year, Biology
Spanish minor
UCSD Free-Dental Clinic, Volunteer
College Rolando Library, Volunteer Tutor
Alpha Dental, Volunteer Dental Assistant
SDSU Pre-Dental Organization, President
Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM), Secretary

 

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Netaliya Zora
4th Year, Biology
Religious Studies minor

Stephan’s Family Dental, Volunteer
Middle Eastern and Chaldean Association, Volunteer
Microbiology Lab of Dr. Stanley Maloy, Ph.D., Volunteer Undergraduate Research Assistant
SDSU Pre-Dental Organization, Secretary
Council of Pre-Health Organizations (CPO) Help the Homeless, Internal Manager
Flying Samaritans, Member

 


 

Medicine

 


Brianna Anaya
4th Year, Biology, Spanish
Palomar Health Pathmaker Internship, Intern
Coaching Corps, YMCA Peninsula Soccer Coach
Biology Lab of Dr. Marina Kalyuzhnaya, Ph.D., Volunteer Undergraduate Research Assistant
Council of Pre-Health Organizations (CPO), Secretary
Medicos, Enfermeros, y Dentistas Para El Pueblo (MEDPEP), UCLA Scholar

 


Katie Bachand 
4th year, Biochemistry
Religious Studies Minor
Palomar Health Pathmaker Internship, Intern
San Diego Rescue Mission, Tutor
SDSU Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association (Pre-SOMA), President

 


Brandon Brizuela
4th year, Psychology
Chemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology Minor
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Volunteer
La Maestra Community Health Centers, Volunteer
Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Scholar
Summer Medical Dental Education Program, UCLA Scholar

 

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Jasmine Carey
4th Year, Interdisciplinary Studies in Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish
Palomar Health Pathmaker Internship, Intern
Class Coordinator, Biol 250A: Topics in Medicine
South Bay Latino Research Center, Research Assistant
Flying Samaritans, Member

 


Breanna Messner
4th year, Biology
Kindred Hospice, Volunteer
Whidbey Health, Intern
Boys and Girls Club, Volunteer
UCSD, Field Research Intern
Alliance for Healthy Children, President
Council of Pre-Health Organizations (CPO) Help the Homeless, Fundraising Coordinator
Aztec Professional Pre-Health Organization, Community Outreach

 


Alia Mohamed
3rd Year, Interdisciplinary Studies in Biology, Chemistry, and Arabic
UCSD Medical Center – Hillcrest, Volunteer
SOMHealth, Co-Event Coordinator/Director
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), UCLA Scholar

 

 


Grecia Nolasco
5th year, Psychology
Behavior and Teratology Lab of Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Ph.D., Undergraduate Research Assistant
SDSU Council of Pre-Health Organizations, Co-President
Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine, President
SDSU Mortar Board, Senior Chair

 


 

Optometry

 


Yasmin Javed
3rd year, Biology: Cellular & Molecular emphasis
LensCrafters, Optometric Assistant
Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), Intern
San Diego Center for Vision Care, Volunteer
FOCUS Club, Member
One Sight, Member

 


 

Pharmacy

 


Daniel Listyo
3rd year, Biochemistry
Alvarado Hospital, ER Volunteer
Association of Pre-Pharmacy Students (APPS), Southern California Pre-Pharmacy Symposium Representative
Aztec Professional Pre-Health Organization (APPHO), Member

 

Steven Pham
5th year, Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy
CVS Pharmacy, Licensed Pharmacy Technician
UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic, Pharmacy Volunteer


 

Physician Assistant

 

Kayla Hanscom
5th year, Foods & Nutrition
Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Flying Samaritans, Member
Physician Assistant Student Association (PASA), Member

 


Aubrie Jones 
3rd year, Kinesiology, Pre-Physical Therapy
Honors Interdisciplinary Studies Minor
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Adaptive Fitness Clinic, Volunteer
Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp, Volunteer
Physician Assistant Student Association (PASA), President

 

Kristina (Kit) Seymour
3rd year, Kinesiology, Pre-Physical Therapy
TEAM Physical Therapy, PT Aide
Palomar Health Pathmaker Internship, Intern
Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
SDSU Adaptive Fitness Clinic, Volunteer
Foothill Country Day School’s Seedling School, Volunteer
Physician Assistant Student Association (PASA), Vice President

 


Jonathan Tran
5th year, Kinesiology, Pre-Physical Therapy
Licensed Phlebotomist
SENTA Clinic, Shadower
Palomar Health Pathmaker Internship, Intern
Biomechanics Lab of Dr. Shawn O’Connor, Ph.D., Volunteer Undergraduate Research Assistant


Veterinary Medicine

 

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Amanda Miller
5th year, Biology, Zoology emphasis
Bonita Pet Care Animal Hospital, Veterinary Assistant
San Diego County of Animal Services, Volunteer
American Sign Language Club, President
Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA), Member