Meet our Staff

Top UC and Private School Instructors


Michael Pham

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

Michael is all about the collegiate experience having graduated from UCLA and finishing his medical studies at USC Keck School of Medicine. From his days as an emergency professional riding in the back of ambulances and responding to gunshot wounds and cardiac arrests, to his times as an American Heart Association Director certifying over 4,000 individuals a year in CPR & First Aid – Michael finds his greatest passion in motivating a new generation of young adults to become college graduates and community leaders. Students enjoy Michael’s contagious energy and deep encouragement in everything a student does; if he does have free time, he enjoys rock climbing, adventuring, and fencing!


Natalie Swinford

Chapman University, Magna Cum Laude

Natalie Swinford graduated magna cum laude and with departmental honors with her degree in biology from Chapman University. She has several years of experience tutoring high school and college students in a wide range of subjects, as well as serving as a TA and grader for college biology courses. Natalie loves making learning fun and helping students reach their full potential! Outside of tutoring, Natalie enjoys theatre, film, and traveling!


Evan Pham

University of California, Los Angeles

Evan graduated from UCLA and had the opportunity to work as an admissions & retention counselor for both transfer students and undergraduate students. He tutors a variety of subjects, but finds the most passion in motivating students to get into their dream colleges. Evan is an avid paleo fitness-buff and believes the key to success is maintaining a clean mind, a clean body, and a clean soul.


Travys Uyekawa

University of California, Irvine

As a professionally trained gymnast, Travys has always been driven to strive for the gold through steadfast discipline and focused determination. Whether he is coaching future Olympians or preparing students to master the SATs, Travys inspires his students to be passionate about success. After graduating from UC Irvine, Travys dedicated himself to improving his skills as an academic consultant and tutor. He finds his greatest joy in helping students overcome their challenges, or when he gets to play in his local church’s band!

About Prep By Prep

Our Mission

We believe every student should have the opportunity to maximize (“his or her”) academic success through personal consultation. As students struggle to navigate the competitive process of college admissions, Prep by Prep is here to walk each individual through the procedure. Unlike other preparation services, we offer personalized portfolios of each of our students and focus on building a relationship with our clients.

We will sit down with each student and discuss the best strategies to enable your child to achieve a successful future at a college or university that has been personally/carefully selected to meet your child’s goals. At Prep By Prep, we screen our tutors through a rigorous interview process and only employ highly qualified candidates (only 10% of applicants are accepted). We can ensure that your child will receive the highest quality preparation for both standardized tests and college admission procedures.

Our Goal

Our goal as a company is to help your child overcome the competitive edge and to pursue a career in the field that he or she deserves. With our intensive curriculum and dependable instructors, Prep by Prep will help our students increase their SAT scores. We strive to build personal relationships with our clients and ensure that their child stays focused and up-to-date on upcoming obligations. Working hand-in-hand with parents is important for improving their child’s education. When utilizing the tools that Prep by Prep provide, our students, as well as their parents, will feel comfortable about their future education. Our college consulting package includes SAT preparation, college application/admissions consulting, as well as a scholarship application package.

Why Choose Us?

Prep by Prep understands that important choices cannot always be made instantaneously. We will always respect your final decision and move forward based on what you choose. All of our instructors have been through the application and college process, and know how to help your child to do the same. Our system cannot guarantee any specific results, as the admissions and testing process vary with student performance and application, but we are dedicated to prepare and guide you and your child to ensure the best chances of success. Our collaborative approach works with the student to help build confidence and discipline so that they can be successful in college and beyond.

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