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Pre-Health Professions Advising Directory

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 & 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.

Valentín García

Academic Advisor

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

(208) 373-1830

Advising Areas: Optometry, Physician Assistant, Veterinary


Valentín García is an academic advisor in the Pre-Health Professions Advising Office. 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 ISU PA program.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in politcal science from ISU in 2016.


Yaritza Barrera

Academic 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.

Kari Koon

CPI/Peer Advisor

Office: Beckley Nursing Building #66, Room 307

(208) 282-2172

Advising Areas: Health Science


Kari Koon is a career-path intern and peer advisor in the Pre-Health Professions Advising Office at Idaho State University.  She is currently a senior double majoring in health science and psychology with a minor in gender and sexuality studies and pursuing a academic certificate in biomedical ethics.  Kari earned an associate degree from ISU in 2019, and chose to continue the rest of her undergraduate education at ISU.  She would like to go into mental health counseling for her future career.  Kari loves learning and working at ISU, and wants to help foster that in other students at ISU.