The Health Professions Advising staff is here to help you prepare for a health-related career. We can answer questions related to application requirements, admission procedures, and available opportunities. We look forward to working with you! For general questions, please contact our main line.

Brian Keiller | Interim Director

Brian Keiller

Brian earned a MA (Hons) in English from Aberdeen University, Scotland, and more recently a MEd in Post-Secondary Education from Loyola University Chicago. A native of Scotland and a naturalized US citizen, Brian has lived and worked in Scotland, England, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, and Australia. For the last 14 years, Brian also worked for Loyola University Chicago as an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a senior advisor, director, and an assistant dean in the office of First and Second Year Advising. Brian played an instrumental role in the creation of Loyola’s Veterans Office and key roles in the development, implementation and running of the First Year Seminar and first and second year advising services at Loyola.  In his free time, Brian (aka, ‘BK’) enjoys reading, playing the yidaki, keeping fit, a good Netflix binge and spending time with friends and family. As a self-proclaimed ‘well-traveled, first generation, non-traditional student, focused on the success of all students,’ Brian is excited to join us supporting you towards success at Northwestern!

Nancy Tapko | Senior Assistant Director & Health Professions Advisor

Nancy Tapko

Nancy earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before coming to Northwestern, her work experiences involved advising pharmacy students as well as conducting clinical research. She enjoys drawing, exploring different neighborhoods, seeing plays, and trying new restaurants. From living in Chicago for over 20 years, she’s happy to pass along to students all her tips for navigating the CTA and Metra. Her favorite advice for students: keep an open mind about the many different pathways and timelines you can follow to pursue your goals.

Melissa (Mel) Pollay | Assistant Director & Health Professions Advisor

Melissa (Mel) Pollay

Mel earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine, in 2008. After graduating, she worked at UC Irvine for two years in housing/visitor services. She then moved halfway across the country with her cat to pursue a master's degree in Higher Education, which she received from Loyola University Chicago in 2012. During graduate school, Mel worked in both student conduct and academic advising, and while doing so realized how much she enjoys helping students succeed in college and work toward pursuing their goals. In case you were wondering, her favorite animal is a hippopotamus. She's not sure why. Most of the things Mel does in her spare time are related to food; she writes a food blog, cooks and bakes regularly, and enjoys exploring the food options in Chicago's many unique neighborhoods.

Tyler Lockman | Health Professions Advisor

Tyler Lockman

Tyler received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State in 2010. He spent five years working as a sports writer, including three focused on ASU’s football team. A native of the Chicago area, Tyler moved back to Illinois in 2015 and eventually landed at Northwestern, returning to the higher education setting he found so invigorating during his time at Arizona State. He previously worked in the Dean’s Office at the Cronkite School. Tyler’s favorite things include but are not limited to writing, college football, baseball, and helicopters. He also enjoys roughhousing with his corgi-shepherd mix, Greg Maddux, and visiting new places.

Melissa Hoppe | Recommendation File Service Coordinator

Melissa Hoppe

Melissa received her bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 2008. From there, she went on to earn her Master's Degree in Education from Caroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 2010. Prior to joining HPA, Melissa worked in administration at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern, and before that in the Department of Humanities at Carroll. Melissa is an avid reader and reality-tv junkie. She is also a dog lover and the mother of a rambunctious toddler and newborn baby. 

Sara Daudlin | Program Assistant

Sara Daudlin

Sara grew up in Detroit and attended Oakland University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Dance and General Management in 2013. She has spent the last three years performing and working in Chicago. Sara enjoys spending time with friends and exploring Chicago’s art and food scenes. She is excited to be working with Health Professions Advising and to be part of a team that helps students reach their goals.