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Meet Our PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Preceptors

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Meet Our PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Preceptors

  Erin Allender, PharmD, BCPS, is the current Cardiology Critical Care Clinical Specialist at WakeMed.  Erin is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She completed her Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care Specialty residencies at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Throughout her residency, Erin taught a section of the Pharmaceutical Care Lab at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  She is a member of The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Triangle College of Clinical Pharmacy (TCCP) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).  Erin's current research focuses on the use of stress-dose corticosteroids in patients with relative adrenal insufficiency, the pleiotropic effects of statins and toxicology.

  Valerie Barlow, PharmD, MBA, is the director of Pharmacy Services at WakeMed on the Raleigh Campus. Valerie received her Bachelor of Pharmacy and her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  Valerie recently graduated from Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters in Business Administration.  Valerie started her career at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., and after leaving Duke, she worked in the home infusion industry.  She joined WakeMed in 2000 as Director of Pharmacy Services at WakeMed Cary Hospital. Valerie transitioned to the WakeMed Raleigh Campus in 2009.  Valerie has been an active member of both ASHP and NCAP.  She is currently serves on the board for the North Carolina Pharmacist Recovery Network (PRN) where she served as chair in 2010.  Valerie also serves on the UNC School of Pharmacy Alumni Association Board of Directors  and NCAP Acute Care Executive Committee.  She was a Triangle Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 award recipient in 2010. 

  Kitty Cheung, PharmD, BCPS, obtained her BS and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Durham VA Hospital in Durham, N.C., and has been working at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus Pharmacy since 2006.  She is currently the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator for the Medicine and Surgery areas.  Kitty also serves as pharmacist educator.  

  Lynn Eschenbacher, PharmD, MBA, FASHP has a strong interest in process improvement and medication safety. After obtaining a BS in biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN she attended the University of Texas at Austin to obtain her PharmD. She then completed a pharmacy practice residency at Parkland Health & Hospitals in Dallas, Texas. Lynn worked at Duke University Hospital as a clinical pharmacist, clinical coordinator and medication safety officer. Additionally, she completed her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is currently the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina and the PGY-1 Residency Director. Lynn has received the Circle of Excellence award at WakeMed for Market Development and Quality Outcomes. She is also the ASHP Delegate for the Acute Care Forum in North Carolina, a past-chair of the ASHP Section Advisory Group for Medication Safety and past-chair for the ASHP Section for Inpatient Care Practitioners.

  Patrick Gregory, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the current Ambulatory Care Specialist at WakeMed Primary Care Clinics.  Patrick graduated from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2004 and worked as a retail pharmacist from 2004-2010.  In 2010, he completed a PGY-1 General Practice Residency at WakeMed Health & Hospitals.  During his residency, Patrick's research project focused on the implementation of pharmacy services in WakeMed's ambulatory clinics.  In addition to his specialist responsibilities, Patrick is also an active member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  Patrick's scholarly interests include diabetes, anticoagulation, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.  In addition, he is working with primary care personnel to improve transitions of care protocols, introduce pharmacist-driven annual wellness visits, and establish group visits for patients with chronic disease states.

  Shannon Holt, PharmD, BCPS, is the current Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Antimicrobial Stewardship Program pharmacy chair at Wakemed. She is a graduate of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She has completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Duke University Hospital and a PGY-2 Specialty Residency in Infectious Disease/Internal Medicine/Academia with Campbell University at Duke University Hospital. Her research interests include antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial administration in hemodialysis patients. Shannon is also an active member of American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists.

  Jenna Minton Huggins, PharmD, BCPS, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate training, then stayed on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She graduated with Highest Distinction in May of 2008. She then completed a post-graduate residency at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  Within this residency, she focused on cardiology topics, and completed rotations outside of the VA at UNC Hospitals and Duke to augment her cardiology knowledge in other institutions.  She was first employed as the Cardiology Clinical Specialist from July 2009-November 2010, and is now the Cardiology Clinical Coordinator for the pharmacy department. Her research interests include weight-based heparin, warfarin nomograms, anti-Xa levels, and dosing of heart catheterization lab medications.  She is also currently involved in pharmacist involvement in WakeMed Internal Medicine Clinics.  Jenna also serves on two section advisory groups within ASHP: leadership development and clinical leadership, and she was recently elected as NCAP's ASHP delegate and is an Acute Care Executive Committee member.

 

Alex Jenkins, PharmD, MS, is the current Manager for Ambulatory Pharmacy Services and Medication Safety Officer at WakeMed Health & Hospitals Raleigh Campus. Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from The College of William & Mary in 2004 and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Pharmacy in 2008. He also completed a 2-year Pharmacy Administration Residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Health-System Pharmacy from the UNC School of Pharmacy in May 2010. During his residency, he filled in twice as Interim Medication Safety Officer, which is where he acquired a particular interest for analyzing systems and process improvement.


  Laurimay Laroco, PharmD, received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Tennessee Technological University in 2003, then later graduated with honors and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah, Georgia, in June 2006.  She later completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Shands Jacksonville Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, with a focused interest in the Critical Care setting.  Subsequently, she started her practice as a Clinical Pharmacist at Methodist University Hospital (MUH) in Memphis, TN, then later transitioned in July 2008 as the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, where she also served as a preceptor for the Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1), PGY-2 Pharmacy residents, and the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy students.   As the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Laurimay was active in the development of various pharmacy services in an emergency department (ED) setting.  As of October 2011, Laurimay now serves as the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator for the adult ED and Observation Units at Wakemed.  Laurimay's professional areas of interest primarily lie in emergency medicine and critical care. 

 

Catherine Lewis, PharmD, CACP, BCPS, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Campbell University and Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist at WakeMed Raleigh. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University and completed a PGY1 residency at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, KY.   Catherine is a Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider and Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Prior to her arrival at WakeMed and Campbell she was an anticoagulation pharmacist at West Virginia University Hospitals and rounded with their neurology team. She and her students provide clinical pharmacy services to the Medicine Teaching and Hospitalist teams at WakeMed as well as the City Center Clinic and she is an ad hoc member of P&T. In addition to precepting P4 Campbell pharmacy students, she is an instructor in the P3 Therapeutics course, Drug Induced Diseases elective, and the Campbell and Duke PA programs. She is also the coursemaster for a Neurology elective during the Spring semester. Catherine serves on several committees at Campbell and is a faculty advisor for the class of 2014 and Kappa Epsilon. She is a member of ASHP, ACCP, and NCAP. Her research interests include teaching and learning strategies, inpatient diabetes management, issues in neurology and nephrology, and anticoagulation in special patient populations.


  Angela Peake, PharmD, attended Campbell University School of Pharmacy and graduated with her  Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2006 after which she started at WakeMed Health & Hospitals as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist.  She became involved in performance improvement and Medication Safety initiatives and transitioned to the Drug Information Specialist role in the spring of 2008.   Her primary pharmacy interests are evidence-based medicine, medication safety, and pediatrics. 

  Roseann Richards, PharmD, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. She completed her General Practice Pharmacy Residency, with a focus in Pediatrics, at Ministry- St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin. After her residency, Roseann worked as a clinical/staff pharmacist in Pediatrics at Ministry-St. Joseph's Children's Hospital for 4 years before her transition to WakeMed Health & Hospitals as the Clinical Specialist for Women and Children Services. She is a member of The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG), North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP) . Roseann's professional areas of interest are pediatric critical care and pediatric infectious disease.

  Ryan Tabis, PharmD, BCPS, is the current Internal Medicine & Surgery Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at WakeMed.  Ryan is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.  In addition, he has completed a PGY-1 General Practice Residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and a PGY-2 Specialty Residency in Internal Medicine at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System.  Most recently, Ryan worked as an Infectious Diseases & Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia before returning to the Internal Medicine area full-time here at WakeMed.  Ryan's current research interests include anticoagulation and antimicrobial stewardship.

  Abbie Crisp Williamson, PharmD, BCPS, is the Manager of Pharmacy operations. She is a native of Raleigh, NC. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 and is currently enrolled in the Executive Master's of Healthcare Administration Program at UNC. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency and Critical Care Residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Upon completion of residency training, Abbie worked as a surgery/perioperative pharmacist at Duke before transitioning into the Clinical Coordinator of Perioperative Services. Abbie is an active participant in the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. She is currently the Past-Chair of the NCAP New Practitioner Network and is a member of the NCAP Board of Directors. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Pier, and daughter, Reed.

  Rhonda Zillmer, PharmD, graduated from the University of Georgia with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  She subsequently completed a Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at The Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Following residency, Rhonda spent three years as a Medical Communications Specialist at GlaxoSmithKline.  Most recently, she worked for six years as the Pediatrics Clinical Specialist at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus providing a host of clinical services to the teaching and non-teaching pediatric providers.  Rhonda now serves as the Pediatrics Clinical Coordinator and she is actively involved in the training of staff pharmacists, students, and the extension of pharmacy services into our new pediatric hospital. 

 

V. Paul DiMondi, PharmD, BCPS, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and an Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist at WakeMed Raleigh. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Paul received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina and a PGY2 specialty residency in infectious disease/internal medicine/academia at Duke University Medical Center. Paul's current practice interests include adult infectious diseases, internal medicine, antimicrobial stewardship, and antimicrobial pharmacodynamics. Paul's scholarly interest focuses on translational research for improving outcomes of patients infected with common hospital acquired organisms including Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Paul is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists, and American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

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