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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

 

Pharmacy Clinical Preceptors

Sharon Castle, Pharm.D., BCPS is the Chief, Pharmacy Service and PGY-2 Pharmacy Administrative Residency Director at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Dr. Castle received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky. She is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Dr. Castle holds a faculty appointment with the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and serves on numerous National VA workgroups, specifically leading the Pharmacy Workload Capture workgroup and serves as a member of the National Clinical Pharmacy Advisory Board.

Bonnie K. Balderose, Pharm.D., MHA is the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director, beginning in January 2016. Dr. Balderose comes to the Charleston VAMC from the Philadelphia VAMC where she was the Pharmacy Chief.

Laura Bonnette Phillips, PharmD, BCACP, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care at the Trident VA clinic and is the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University then earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South Carolina College of Pharmacy (MUSC campus) with high honors. She completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency at Ralph H Johnson VAMC in 2011. In 2012, Dr. Phillips became a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist. She serves as a clinical preceptor for students at South Carolina College of Pharmacy and holds an academic appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

Dorothy Jenrette, Pharm.D., BCPS, is the interim PGY1 Residency Program Director at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center through December 2015. She is a Pharmacoeconomics and Patient Safety Clinical Specialist and holds an academic appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences, South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Dr. Jenrette received her BS in Pharmacy from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy in 1987 with highest honors and her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1989. She participated in pharmacokinetics residency training at UNC School of Pharmacy in 1989. Dr. Jenrette has been with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center since 1993. She received the Preceptor of the Year award from the MUSC Pharm.D. Class of 1997 and she received the Scientific/Professional Employee of the Year Award from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in 2002 and 2006. She was formerly the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director between 1996-2013.

Tony M. Abramczyk, Pharm.D., BCPS is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pain Management. Dr. Abramczyk received a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Ohio State University, and his Doctorate in Pharmacy from Shenandoah University including time spent at the University of Virginia. Dr. Abramczyk completed his Postgraduate Year 1 Residency in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Toledo Medical Center, and his Postgraduate Year 2 Residency specializing in Ambulatory Care with an emphasis on Pain Management at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL. Dr. Abramczyk holds faculty appointment as an adjunct assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, where he also serves as a preceptor and is on a speakers bureau. Dr. Abramczyk has professional memberships with ACCP and ASHP. Dr. Abramczyk serves as a member of local, regional, and national pain management committees and is also a member of the interdisciplinary pain team at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC. Dr. Abramczyk is board certified in Pharmacotherapy, and holds ACLS, BLS, and pharmacist immunization certifications.

Mary L. Archambault, BA, MS, BS Pharm, Pharm.D., BCPS, RPH, is Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care/PACT. Dr. Mary Archambault received a BA in Biology with minor in Chemistry from The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, a MS in Biology with specialty in Molecular Biology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, B.S. in Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina, and Pharm.D. from the University of Florida. She holds an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice South Carolina COP- MUSC campus. She is a preceptor for South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. Professional memberships include ACCP, ASHP, APHA and SCSHP. Her outside interests include enjoying the outdoors or working in the studio designing and making jewelry or drawing and painting.

Jenny Glace Bekker, Pharm.D. is an Inpatient-based Clinical Pharmacist. She completed her BA in Flute Performance and Psychology as well as her pre-pharmacy coursework at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with highest distinction in 2004. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy – MUSC campus in 2010. Dr. Bekker then completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY2 Cardiology Specialty residencies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Ellika Bengtson, Pharm.D., is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Geriatrics. Dr. Bengtson received a BS in Biology and minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, and then continued onto receive her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC Chapel Hill in 2013. She then completed a Postgraduate Year 1 Residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in 2014. Dr. Bengtson serves as a clinical preceptor for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and is a member of several interdisciplinary teams including the Community Living Center and Home-Based Care. Professional memberships include American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

Lori W. Bennett, Pharm.D., BCPS, is a part-time Ambulatory Care Clinical Specialists specializing in Rheumatology. Dr. Bennett received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and her Doctor of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1997. She completed a Primary Care Specialty Residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in 1998. Dr. Bennett is board certified in Pharmacotherapy and has been with the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC since 2001 and practicing in the Rheumatology clinic since 2010. Professional memberships include ACCP.

Stacey L. Bruce, BS Pharm., Pharm D., BCPS is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Anticoagulation who graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1999. Dr. Bruce swam for the University of South Carolina from 1993-1997 where she was a captain of the team for her Junior and Senior years. She completed her ambulatory care pharmacy residency at the Dorn VA medical center in 2000 and worked at the Dorn VAMC as an ambulatory care pharmacist specialist until she transferred to the Ralph H. Johnson VA medical center in 2004. Dr. Bruce earned her Board of Pharmacotherapy Specialist certificate in 2008 and practiced in the primary care environment for many years at this facility.

Alyse Chandler, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist specializing in Endocrinology. She graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS in Biology and received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She completed a primary care specialty residency at Holston Medical Group in Kingsport, Tennessee. In 2011, she became a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Then in 2015, she received her certification as a diabetes educator. Professional memberships include ASHP and Phi Delta Chi.

David Deen, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCNSP, is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Critical Care. He received his BS in Pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin in 1988 and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2005. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. He is a board certified pharmacotherapy and nutrition support pharmacist. Dr. Deen was the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Director at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia from 2013-2015 and was a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Neurocritical Care.

Ashley W. Donato, Pharm.D., is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Anemia Clinic. She graduated from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy cum laude in 2000 with her Doctorate of Pharmacy and was enrolled in the USC Honors College . Dr. Donato came to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist, IV Specialist, in 2004. Her background as an IV specialist involved program management for chemotherapy and IV room operations. In 2006, she was involved with developing and implementing the Anemia Management Clinic. Dr. Donato also serves on the Parenteral Nutrition Team for patients receiving parenteral and enteral nutrition. Dr. Donato also serves as a clinical preceptor for students from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

Cristina Elgin, Pharm.D., is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the various outpatient clinics. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014, where she received both a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctorate of Pharmacy. She was a member of the first pharmacy class to complete the Global Health Area of Concentration Track. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in 2014, where she also completed the Academician Preparation Program through MUSC. Her professional interests include academia, health care to the underserved and global health. Her professional memberships include Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, ACCP and SCSHP.

Robert Ferguson, BS Pharm, Pharm.D., BCPP, MHS, PT, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Mental Health. Dr. Ferguson received his pharmacy training from the University of South Carolina, and the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Ferguson also is a licensed Physical Therapist, with a Masters in Health Sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina. Additionally, he holds academic appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and Clinical Assistant Professor at the MUSC College of Health Professions. Dr. Ferguson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, and is a member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. His primary area of interest is in the Mental Health population.

Christina Goodear, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP is an Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor. Dr. Goodear received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2009, and also received the Facts and Comparisons® Award of Excellence in Clinical Communication. She completed a Postgraduate Year 1 Residency in Pharmacy Practice at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Dr. Goodear serves as a clinical preceptor for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. She is board certified in Pharmacotherapy, as well as holds a certification from the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy.

Elizabeth C. Hamilton, Pharm.D., CDE, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Clinic. Cardiovascular Risk Reduction clinic serves patients with uncontrolled blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol via medication management and education. Additionally she serves as one of the clinical pharmacists on the bariatric surgery team assisting patients before and after surgery with medication management. Dr. Hamilton earned a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional Studies from Clemson University. She earned her BS in pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 1998 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from MUSC in 2000. She completed a primary care pharmacy specialty residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in July of 2001. She has been a state officer with the SC chapter of ASHP (SCSHP), has been a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2003, and became board certified in diabetes management in 2005. Dr. Hamilton also serves as a clinical preceptor for students from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

Erica Hanesworth, BS Pharm, PharmD, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC. She received her Bachelor of Science (1997) and Doctor of Pharmacy (1999) degrees from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (formerly known as the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy) where she also holds a clinical appointment of Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Hanesworth completed a residency in Pharmacy Practice with an emphasis in Primary Care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in June 2000. Her major areas of interests include diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia pharmacotherapy. She served the National Pharmaceutical Association as Zone II Director from 2007 – 2013. During this time, she won the Wendell T. Hill Award for outstanding Zone Director in 2008 and 2011. She also served as the Exhibitor Coordinator from 2011- 2013. Dr. Hanesworth is currently President-Elect of the National Pharmaceutical Association for 2014-2016; she will be installed as President 2016-2018 in July 2016.

Christy C. Henry, Pharm.D., CACP, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Anticoagulation. Dr. Henry received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Sciences from the Florida State University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with high honors from the University of Florida. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and a Primary Care Specialty Residency at the Charleston VAMC. Her clinical responsibilities include managing patients in Anticoagulation Clinic, and she is a Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider. She holds an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

Lauren Thornton Jones, Pharm.D. is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Anticoagulation. Dr. Jones graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010 with Bachelor of Science in Biology and received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy - Medical University of South Carolina in 2014. She completed a PGY-1 Residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in 2014, where she also completed the Academic Preparation Program through the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Jones also serves as clinical preceptor for students from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

Natalie Kurtkaya, Pharm.D., MS, BCPS, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Cardiovascular Risk Reduction clinic. The Cardiovascular Risk Reduction clinic serves patients with uncontrolled blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol through medication management and education. Dr. Kurtkaya earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the College of Charleston in 2006, a Master of Science in pharmacology from Emory University in 2008 and a Pharm.D. from Mercer University in 2013. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in 2014. Dr. Kurtkaya is board certified in Pharmacotherapy.

Calleen (Callie) Lavinghousez, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Psychiatry. Originally from Syracuse, NY, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry from SUNY Cortland in upstate NY and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft Lauderdale, FL. She went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina followed by a psychiatric specialty residency at Purdue University/Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, IN. Currently, Callie provides clinical pharmacy services to the inpatient mental health teams and works extensively with the Substance Abuse Treatment Clinic and Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team. She serves as a clinical preceptor for students and pharmacy residents from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and Ralph H. Johnson VAMC, respectively. In addition to being dual board certified in pharmacotherapy and psychiatry, she holds a committee appointment within the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacy.

Sara Lucas, Pharm.D., BCPS, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine at the Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from LECOM School of Pharmacy in Erie, PA in 2009. Dr. Lucas completed her PGY1 training at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN and PGY2 training in Internal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Lucas serves as a clinical preceptor for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and is board certified in Pharmacotherapy. Professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship and anticoagulation. Professional memberships include ACCP and ASHP. Outside of work, Dr. Lucas enjoys working out and traveling.

Michelle L. Macumber, BS, Pharm.D., BCPS is a Transitional Care clinical pharmacist. She graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in Biology in 1998 and Wilkes University with a Doctorate in Pharmacy in 2003. She went on to complete a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Macumber then transitioned to a Primary Care clinical pharmacist until 2006. Dr. Macumber is board certified in Pharmacotherapy.

Rebecca Malcolm, Pharm.D., BCACP, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care. She received her BS in Biology with minor in Chemistry from Indiana University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Michigan. She completed a PGY1 ambulatory care track pharmacy practice residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in 2009. Dr. Malcolm is board certified in Ambulatory Care Pharmacotherapy. She also serves as a clinical preceptor for students from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Her clinical responsibilities include managing patients with diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and congestive heart failure in Pharmacotherapy Clinic.

Alison Martin, Pharm.D., BCPS is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Neurology and Pain Management. Dr. Martin received her BS in Chemistry from James Madison University and her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina Campus. She completed a Postgraduate Year 1 Residency in Pharmacy Practice and a Postgraduate Year 2 Residency in Ambulatory Care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, and has been with RHJ VAMC since this time. Dr. Martin is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Professional memberships include ASHP. Dr. Martin is also a certified Group Fitness Instructor and 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

Anne Parnell, Pharm.D., MBA, is the Associate Chief of Inpatient Pharmacy. She received her BS in Business Administration from the University of Maine in 2002 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina as well as her Master’s in Business Administration from The Citadel in 2009. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in 2010 and a PGY2 in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in 2011.

Leah Pittman, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCOP is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Hematology/Oncology. She is originally from Goldsboro, North Carolina. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Campbell University in 2007. Dr. Pittman completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in 2008 and worked as an Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist floater until 2012, at which time she transitioned into solely Hem/Onc pharmacy practice. Dr. Pittman serves as a clinical preceptor for students from SCCP and South University SOP. She is available to precept residents as requested for elective learning experiences. Professional memberships include HOPA, AVAHO, ASHP, and SC Chapter of ASHP (SCSHP).

Kate Pleasants, Pharm.D., is the Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and holds an academic appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Pleasants received her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her PGY1 and PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA. She is the lead clinical pharmacist of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and the Outpatient Antimicrobial Therapy Program at the RHJVAMC, as well as maintaining a clinical practice in the management of HIV and HCV. Dr. Pleasants has professional memberships with ASHP, MAD-ID, and AASLD. Dr. Pleasants enjoys the beautiful city of Charleston, SC, and all of the opportunities it offers, including beaching, boating, and relaxing.

Anne Rahtjen, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP is a clinical pharmacy specialist in Infectious Disease Management. She holds dual appointments in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pharmacy. Dr. Rahtjen received a BS in Chemistry, and then completed a BS in Pharmacy with highest honors from the University of Wyoming in 1996, and a Pharm.D. from Medical University of South Carolina in 1998. She completed a Primary Care Specialty Residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in 1999. Dr. Rahtjen is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Her primary responsibilities involve collaborative outpatient management of HIV patients.

Kelly Segars, Pharm.D., BCACP is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Specialty Care. Dr. Segars received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2006. She participated in the Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC. Dr. Segars has practiced as a primary care clinical specialist and prior to that, provided coverage for clinical pharmacists in Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Geriatrics, and Psychiatry. Professional memberships include ASHP, ACCP, and the Federal Pharmacists Association.

David Taber, Pharm.D., BCPS is an Associate Professor of Research within the Division of Transplant Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Ralph H Johnson VAMC. He has been working in the field of solid organ transplant since 2000 and board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist since 2001. Dr. Taber's research interests include studying methods to optimize medication use and safety within transplant recipients. He has published over 60 manuscripts and 150 abstracts in this area and is currently a principle investigator for several NIH and privately sponsored clinical trials. He runs an ambulatory telehealth clinic for solid organ transplant recipients at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC. Dr. Taber earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from SUNY Buffalo in 1996 and his Pharm.D. from MUSC in 1999. He completed specialized residency training in solid organ transplantation from UNC Chapel Hill in 2000.

Thomas J. Worrall, BS Pharm., Pharm.D., BCPS, FAPhA, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care at the Goose Creek Primary Care Clinic. He holds an academic appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) campus. He is the 2012 recipient of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy APPE Preceptor of the year award. Dr. Worrall was honored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy as a National Master Preceptor in 2014, one of 7 pharmacists recognized nationally. He received this award for demonstrating a sustained commitment to excellence in experiential education, pharmacy practice and community service. Dr. Worrall received his BS in Pharmacy from Rutgers University and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. He is a recipient of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy “Outstanding Graduating Doctor of Pharmacy Student Award” for distinguished scholarship, leadership, professionalism, service, research and clinical skills. He completed an ASHP accredited Residency in Pharmacy Practice at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York. He is board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist and is a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. Professional memberships include SCPhA, SCSHP, ACCP and APhA. He is a past national officer and Chair of the APhA New Practioner Advisory Committee (1997-1999) and Chair of the APhA-APPM Hospital/Institutional Practice Section (2001-2003). He also served on the APhA Board of Trustees Strategic Directions Committee (2004) as the national federal pharmacist representative for the Army, Navy, Air Force, VA, and the Public Health Service. He was the recipient of a National Federal Pharmacist Special Contribution Award in March 2007 at the Federal Pharmacy Forum at the APhA National Meeting. He was honored with an appointment as a member of the APhA National Committee on Nominations for the APhA Board of Trustees (2008). He served as member of the Remington Honor Medal Screening Committee in 2009. The Remington Honor Medal is the profession of pharmacy’s highest honor. Dr. Worrall served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Pharmacy Today 2009-2012 and was the chairman of the APhA House of Delegates New Business Review Committee in 2010. Dr. Worrall served on the APhA National Policy Committee 2014-2015. Before coming to the VA in 1999, Dr. Worrall was a clinical pharmacist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota and at the MUSC Medical Center where he received the MUSC Clinical Services Recognition Award for Superior Performance and Professionalism (1999). His primary interest is in ambulatory care issues.