Health Professions Advisors | College of Science

Health Professions Advisors

How We Can Serve You:

In order to help you fulfill your purpose in healthcare, our advisors examine your academic and career goals, diagnose the condition of your pre-health pathway, and prescribe solutions for becoming a competitive applicant to health professional schools. We can help you:

  • Choose the right majors and minors
  • Create a timeline of your pre-health journey
  • Select courses that meet pre-professional requirements
  • Understand how to submit applications to graduate professional schools
  • Prepare for professional school interviews by participating in a mock interviews
  • Determine if a career in healthcare is right for you

We can advise you for the several different health career paths. For more information on each path, please visit the UNT Health Careers website.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Health Professions Advisors, please visit unt.navigate.eab.com


Which Advisor Should You Contact?

Each Health Professions Advisor helps students depending on the health profession field. See below to select the correct advisor that matches your pre-professional interest.


Evanna Merchant

Associate Academic Advisor Evanna Merchant
Evanna.Merchant@unt.edu
Hickory Hall, 256
(940) 369-7500

Evanna advises students interested in the
following fields:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinary Science
  • Any future students (if you are interested in attending UNT in the future, please contact Evanna for more information about your pre-professional interest)

All students interested in:

  • Health Professions Student Development Certificate

Biography

Evanna Merchant was born in Oklahoma and raised in Alaska. After returning to Oklahoma as an adult she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma. Years of work in varied environments from a law firm to a dental college to an academic department has led to broad experience with many kinds of people. After four years working for the University of Oklahoma she moved to Texas and has spent the last four years at UNT, where she discovered a passion for helping students. Her personal experiences as an adult learner have shaped her desire to help students succeed and never give up.

In her spare time Evanna enjoys reading and watching movies, and spending time with her husband, family, and pets.


Virnin Bonner, M.A.

Academic CounselorVirnin Bonner
Virnin.Bonner@unt.edu
Hickory Hall, 256
(940) 369-7500

Virnin advises students interested in the
following fields:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinary Science
  • Any future students (if you are interested in attending UNT in the future, please contact Virnin for more information about your pre-professional interest)

All students interested in:

  • Joint Admission Medical Program, JAMP

Biography

Virnin Bonner was born in Frankfurt, Germany but raised here in Texas! Virnin earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Texas (#GoMeanGreen) making him very familiar with the student experience here at UNT. Virnin transferred to UNT from a community college and his higher education experience started when he began working for the Housing Department here while still serving in the U.S. Army. Working in the Housing Department allotted Virnin the unique experience of working in Student Affairs and living amongst First Time In College Students as well as Transfer Students and guiding them along their paths to success. Virnin was previously an Academic Advisor in the College of Science and enjoys helping students reach whatever goals they hope to attain.

Intersectionality is an everyday experience for Virnin as a Black Man, a Veteran, and a First Generation Student. This allows Virnin to relate to students in a way that feeds into his Advising Philosophy which is centered on the supporting of students through any and every event that they experience, or have experienced, that shapes the way they view the world. From military training, mental health training, diversity training, and recent safety training, Virnin is well versed in various modalities to encourage, guide, and actively support students from all walks of life.

Virnin was also selected to receive the 2021 UNT Special Recognition Award, one of the university's most prestigious awards to honor an outstanding member of the UNT community.


Lizette Ozog, M.Ed.

Senior Academic CounselorLizette Ozog
Lizette.Ozog@unt.edu
Hickory Hall, 256
(940) 369-7500

Lizette advises students interested in the
following fields:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinary Science
  • Any future students (if you are interested in attending UNT in the future, please contact Lizette for more information about your pre-professional interest)

All students interested in:

  • Health Professions Advisory Committee, HPAC

Biography

Lizette Ozog was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and worked at Loyola University Chicago for nearly ten years. Her experience as an undergraduate science major coupled with her work in Loyola's M.A. in Medical Science (MAMS) Program helped fuel her passion for working with students who want to pursue careers in the health professions. For the last five years she served as a Pre-Health Advisor, supporting a wide variety of groups ranging from prospective students and families, current students, alumni, and graduate students. Additionally, she ran Loyola's Post-baccalaureate Pre-Health program, which focused on supporting career-changers and non-traditional students as they worked towards their goal of attending health professional school.

As a Latina, Lizette grew up steeped in the Puerto Rican culture and is closely tied to her roots, and because of this, shares a deep appreciation for learning about other cultures and the unique lens through which we view our experiences. Lizette has completed Loyola's Ally training in support of LGBTQI+ students, and Loyola's Share the Dream training to provide a safe space for undocumented students to share their dreams and concerns.


Todd Lang, M.S.

Assistant Dean of Health Professions
JAMP Faculty Director
Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee, HPAC
Todd.Lang@unt.edu
Hickory Hall, 256
(940) 369-7500

Todd advises students interested in the
following fields:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinary Science

All students interested in...

  • Joint Admission Medical Program, JAMP
  • Health Professions Advisory Committee, HPAC

Biography

Todd was born and raised in Richardson, Texas and has been with UNT for over ten years. He joined the Office of Health Professions in May 2015, working as the Senior Academic Counselor for almost five years. His experience with career questioning in 2014 led him to pursue a job in financial advising, but he quickly realized his true passion was to serve college students. As a result, not only does he help students become the new generation of healthcare professionals, but he also enjoys counseling students who doubt their career path and calling in life. His greatest joy is to help all students feel valued by taking an interest in their lives, listening to their concerns, and creating plans to reach their personal and professional goals. Regardless of who you are, where you come from, or where you want to go, Todd is committed to helping you identify and fulfill your purpose in life.

In his spare time, Todd serves in the Young Adults and College Ministries at his local church, and he enjoys reading, drawing, listening to music, and working on his house.

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