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 The Pre-Health Professions advisors meets with students and assists them in preparing for and applying to professional schools in the following areas: dentistry, medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine and physician assistant studies. Students at all stages of their educational journey should meet with a Pre-Health Professions advisor. The Pre-Health Professions advisors monitors students' progress through their degree program, prerequisite courses, application procedures, and organize informational meetings, workshops, and guest speakers.

Physical Location: Beckley Nursing (Building #66), Room 307

Shanon Oler, MCoun, LPC

Pre-Health Advisor/Coordinator

Office: Beckley Nursing Building #66, Room 307B ISU Pocatello

(208) 282-2375

Advising Areas: Chiropractic, Dental, Medical, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Podiatry


Shanon Oler serves as the Pre-Health Advisor and Coordinator for Idaho State University’s Kasiska Division of Health Sciences. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who is a native of southeastern Idaho. Shanon earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2013 and a Master of Counseling in Student Affairs in 2015, both from ISU. She has worked in multiple capacities as a Student Affairs professional including academic advising, teaching, and mental health and career counseling. Shanon loves working with college students and has a true passion for student development theory.

Yaritza Barrera

Health Sciences Advisor

Office: Beckley Nursing Building #66, Room 306 ISU Pocatello

(208) 282-1451

Advising Areas: Community and Public Health, Dental Hygiene, Dietetics, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiographic Science


Yaritza is from Blackfoot, ID and has been with ISU for almost two years and is coming to us from the TRIO program here at ISU. Yaritza is a big horror movie fan and she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs.

Valentín García

Health Sciences Advisor

Office: Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Center 789D ISU Meridian

(208) 373-1830

Advising Areas: Optometry, Physician Assistant, Veterinary


Valentín García is a health sciences advisor for the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences at Idaho State University. His office is located at ISU’s Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center in Meridian, Idaho. Valentín first joined ISU in 2016 as a financial technician and recruiter for the PA program. He coordinated activities and projects for a $1.1 million federal grant to increase recruitment and retention of ethnic, linguistically, and culturally diverse PA students. Valentín earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations from ISU in 2016.