CPHA Staff

Molly Reinhard, MS | Director of Pre-Professional Advising, Center for Pre-Health and Center for Pre-Law Advising

molly.reinhard@wisc.edu

Molly Reinhard serves as director of the Center for Pre-Law Advising and the Center for Pre-Health Advising. She has worked in student services at UW – Madison for 14 years, with a focus on supporting educational equity, student retention, and career/academic exploration. Current committee memberships include the Career Services Executive Council (CSEC), Law & Policy Working Group, and Committee (CPHC). She holds a B.A. in Sociology from UW – Madison and an M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education & Community Engagement from UW – Milwaukee, along with training in counseling skills, facilitation, and restorative justice.

Teal Evans | Operations Coordinator of Pre-Professional Advising, Center for Pre-Health and Center for Pre-Law Advising

tstaniforth@wisc.edu 

Teal serves as the Operations Coordinator for the Centers for Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, making sure that things between the co-located offices run smoothly. Teal is also the Mentor Program Supervisor for the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars (FFWS) at UW-Madison. If you are an FFWS student wishing to make an appointment with Teal, please see her schedule on Starfish here. Teal holds a BS in Community, Environmental Sociology and Environmental Studies from UW-Madison and loves cooking, hiking, skiing, trail running, and gardening outside of work.

Dija Selimi, PhD | Advisor and Lead for Curriculum and Data Management

dija.selimi@wisc.edu

Before joining pre-health 10 years ago, Dija earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Plant Pathology at UW-Madison, drawn to the idea that plants only get sick when an able pathogen in the right environment takes advantage of a susceptible host. Her research over the years focused on non-chemical control strategies for interrupting or managing this disease cycle. However, her interest in using real-world problems to demonstrate abstract concepts for the undergraduates in her lab led her to join the Howard Hughes Medical Institute New Generation Teaching Fellow Program to learn and include evidence-based practices in her own teaching and mentoring. After years of research, she decided to pursue advising to apply these principles to mentoring students in all facets of their college experience – not just their research. The Center for Pre-Health Advising is an ideal place for her to merge her interest in science with her commitment to helping students achieve their goals.

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Beth Currier, PhD | Advisor and Lead for Communications

elizabeth.currier@wisc.edu

Beth has worked with students and alumni at UW-Madison for more than ten years as a TA, guest lecturer, and pre-health advisor. She holds a BA in English Literature and Writing from Bethel University, an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an MA and PhD from UW-Madison in Hebrew Bible. Her research differs from pre-health in obvious ways, but she is committed to and inspired by the mission of CPHA to support students and alumni and to increase equity in education, healthcare careers, and healthcare systems.

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Mike Hill, PhD | Advisor and Lead for First Year Initiatives

michael.hill@wisc.edu

Mike is passionate about advising first year students. As Lead for First Year Initiatives, he conducts “First Year Fridays,” CPHA’s weekly drop-in advising hours exclusively for first year students. He also oversees our pre-health orientation on Canvas, “Preparing for Professional Programs in Health Care,” holds frequent group advising workshops, and makes classroom visits to provide pre-health advising to first year students across campus. Mike came to CPHA after working as a recording engineer, property appraiser, historian, and college instructor. He earned his PhD in history in 2013 studying the relationship between climatic and medical ideas in the English Atlantic World. In addition to helping Badgers achieve their professional and life goals, Mike loves to cook, play jazz bass, and visit his favorite city, London.

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Emily Chaltry | Advisor and Lead for Career Exploration Partnerships

echaltry@wisc.edu

Career exploration is something that rings true for Emily because she comes to advising from a previous role in healthcare as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Emily is excited to use her real-world experience to help UW Madison students explore and consider healthcare careers that may be new to them. When not on campus, Emily enjoys running, playing the ukulele, and exploring Madison.

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Lauren Anderson | Advisor and Lead for Diversity Programming Partnerships

lauren.anderson@wisc.edu

Lauren Anderson, she/her, serves as a Pre-Health Advisor and Lead for Diversity Programming Partnerships for Pre-Professional Advising – Center for Pre-Health Advising (CPHA) & Center for Pre-Law Advising (CPLA). Her role includes advising duties within CPHA, directing the Health Professions Shadowing Program (HPSP), and serving as CPHA and CPLA’s primary liaison with campus diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and initiatives. Inequities for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities are substantial within the U.S. health and legal systems, leading to consequences such as higher risks of illness, lower standards of care, and differential access to justice. Lauren is passionate about supporting future health professionals and the work of Pre-Professional Advising through the lens of equity and anti-racism. Lauren holds a BS in Gender and Women’s Studies and Environmental Studies from UW-Madison and loves hiking, photography, practicing yoga, and spoiling her cat, Kiwi, outside of work.

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