The Pomona Prehealth Liaisons are a dynamic student-led group that serves the Pomona Prehealth community. Our Liaisons serve as mentors and community builders for students on the Prehealth track. The Liaisons host relevant health career events including medical school visits, panels with medical schools, and healthcare seminars. They also host Prehealth community building events such as a welcome-back social, de-stress hang-outs, and pre-registration schedule planning. The Prehealth Liaisons build strong connections through their mentorship program for first-year students and advising students in one-on-one meetings. Reach out to them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can follow the Prehealth Liaisons on social media!
Facebook Page: Pomona Pre-Health Liaisons
Facebook Group: Pomona Pre-Health Community
Alexandra Turvey ’24
Alexandra is a senior majoring in Biology. She was born in Boston and raised in Vancouver, Canada. With interests in both the clinical practice of medicine and scientific research, Alexandra plans to pursue an MD/PhD and a career as a physician scientist. A member of the Pomona-Pitzer Swim and Dive team, she can often be found in Haldeman Pool, the weightlifting shed, or in Frank and Frary (and quite often both) at mealtimes. She is excited to support other students achieve their prehealth goals and learn more about diverse fields of healthcare practice and research. Alex was recently named the '22 SCIAC Swimmer of the Year. Read more about her in Pomona News: Alexandra Turvey '24 Has Her Sights on NCAA Swimming Championships and a Medical Career.
River Ure ’24
River is a senior from Los Angeles, California majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Late Antique-Medieval Studies. He is interested in pursuing an MD and is very passionate about working with children and making the field of pediatric medicine more inclusive and equitable. At Pomona, he is a Pomona Science Scholar, QSC Partner, and a member of the Pomona College Choir. He currently volunteers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as well. River is passionate about the performing arts and has actually been a ballet dancer since the age of 5. He is an ardent believer in the importance of both the arts and academics in a strong liberal arts experience.
May Lin ’24
May is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and she's the goalie on the Women’s Water Polo Team. May has moved from coast to coast, born in New York and then moved to Miami, San Francisco and now resides in Sacramento. After her 2022 summer internship, she aspires to become a physician and get a Master’s in Public Health so she can help underserved communities, specifically in behavioral health. She also hopes to get her BLS and MA certification this year to gain more clinical experience. For those who are interested or have inquiries about research, clinic or volunteer opportunities, her contact is open! Outside of school, she enjoys weight-lifting, playing mahjong with family, being a foodie in SoCal and spending quality time with friends.
Nadiya Muhammad ’25
Nadiya is a junior from Chicago, Illinois, majoring in Economics and minoring in Biology. She plans to combine her passion for clinical practice and economic science to reform the healthcare system, making it more equitable and accessible for underserved communities. She intends to specialize in Emergency Medicine. In addition, to being a Prehealth Liaison, she is a Posse Scholar, a Pomona Economist, an executive member of Pomona Black Student Union, and a Chemistry Lab TA. Outside of academics, Nadiya enjoys playing volleyball, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and grabbing a taro milkshake with friends at Norema Cafe.
Zheous Abalos ’25
Zheous is a junior from Chicago, Illinois majoring in Chemistry with a minor in English. He wants to pursue a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing before an MD/PhD with a specialty in psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, family medicine, physical medicine & rehabilitation, or emergency medicine. He is interested in improving patient-physician relations, especially in regards to marginalized identities, and integrating humanities into his potential career as a physician-scientist. In addition to being a Prehealth Liaison, Zheous is a Posse Scholar, a Diver for Pomona-Pitzer Swim & Dive, a mentor for the Chemistry Department, participates in research, and works as a lifeguard. Outside of academics, Zheous loves reading, doing anything creative, eating, traveling, and trying anything new.
Jackson Hagen ’25
Jackson is a junior from Kansas City majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry. Jackson plans to combine his passion for research, sports, and clinical practice by pursuing an MD to specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine. In 2022, he spent his summer volunteering in an underserved wound care clinic and conducting off-campus research. In 2023, he spent his summer researching pulmonary and critical care medicine in a basic science lab at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In addition to being a prehealth liaison, he competes on the varsity baseball team and is a lab assistant in Dr. Parfitt's lab. In his free time, he enjoys disc golfing, playing hacky sack, and watching sports.
Ava Spiegler ’26
Ava Spiegler is a sophomore from the Bay Area, but she's lived all around the world. She's double majoring in molecular biology and math and is interested in pursuing a PhD to eventually enter the field of medical biotechnology. She is particularly fascinated by gene therapy and cancer research and is hoping to gain more experience in those fields during her time at Pomona. Alongside being a Liaison, she is also a mentor and grader for general chemistry. Outside of school, Ava loves spending time with friends and family, reading, working out, and traveling!
JJ Hoffman ’26
JJ Hoffman is a sophomore from Los Angeles. He is likely going to major in Public Policy Analysis with a concentration in Biology. Although he is interested in pursuing an MD degree after Pomona, after taking the ID1 “Science and the Public’s Health” he is also interested in Public Health issues and how they affect certain communities. In addition to being a Prehealth Liaison, JJ is a mentor for the Asian American Mentorship Program, runs in the Claremont Running Club, and takes photos with the 5C Photo Club.
Ivyer Qu ’26
Ivyer is a sophomore from Kansas, currently residing in Orange County, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Computer Science. She is interested in dental and medical school, specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery. After working as a Certified Nurse Aide in long-term care units over the summer, Ivyer is also interested in advocating for patient-centered care for the elderly. Outside of class, Ivyer can be found baking challah in the Frary kitchen, journaling and reading, and harvesting from fruit trees around campus.