Health Professions Advising Staff

The Health Professions Advising Office's principal mission is to support pre-health undergraduate students, pre-health graduate students, and alumni as they navigate their journey toward a professional health program.

The Health Professions Advising staff includes:

Faculty Chair, Health Professions Advising: Gregory Johnson

Thompson Hall 257H
CMB #1088

To schedule an appointment with Greg (virtual only), visit: Greg's Appointment Request Calendar 

Gregory Johnson, Ph.D., Biology, is the faculty pre-health advisor and Chair of the Health Professions Advising Committee. Greg joined the University of Puget Sound in 2009 and teaches a wide range of biology courses. He has been involved with the Health Professions Advising Committee since 2017. 

Photo of Greg Johnson

Health Professions Advisor:
Nova Fergueson 

Thompson Hall 203
CMB #1007 

To schedule an appointment with Nova (in-person or virtual) visit: Nova's Appointment Request Calendar

Nova Fergueson, M.S. is the Health Professions Advisor and is a member of the Health Professions Advising  Committee. Nova has nearly 20 years of experience in academic advising, including both public and private institutions, and joined the University of Puget Sound community in 2019. In addition to her advising work, Nova also serves as the Staff Advisor for the Pre-Health Society student club and the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) campus chapter. On a national level, Nova serves as the NAAHP Advisor Liaison for the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).  

HPA Student Ambassadors

Interested in connecting directly with a current pre-health student to learn more about the pre-health experience at Puget Sound? Our HPA Student Ambassadors are available to answer questions, share their pre-health journey, and serve as a general resource for prospective students, current students, and alumni considering a career in the health professions. 

Mimi Carrier-Berndt: Pre-Physical Therapy (major: Exercise Science, minor: Neuroscience)
Hometown: Bremerton, Washington

Ophir Klein: General Pre-Health (majors: Biology & Neuroscience, minor: Bioethics)
Hometown: Binyamina, Israel & Sunnyvale, California

Else Mayo: Pre-Nursing (major: Biology, minors: Exercise Science & Music)
Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska

Denali Nelson: Pre-Physical Therapy (majors: Exercise Science and Science, Technology, Health & Society)
Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Health Professions Advising Committee

The Health Professions Advising Committee (HPAC) includes more than 25 Puget Sound faculty and administrators who volunteer their time to serve on mock interview panels, participate in departmental scholarship selection, and generally serve as an added layer of support for Puget Sound pre-health students. They represent a variety of departments, including: School of Occupational Therapy, School of Physical Therapy, Counseling Health & Wellness Services, Sociology & Anthropology, Biology, Communication Studies, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Institutional Equity & Diversity, Psychology, Fellowships, Academic Advising, School of Business & Leadership, and Career & Employment Services among others. 

HPA office building