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Clinical Preceptors (Lee County VA Healthcare Center) - Pharmacy Residency Program

Carmen A. Ahed, Pharm.D., is the Residency Coordinator for the Lee County VA Healthcare Center and Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Primary Care. Dr. Ahed received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida in 2003. Dr. Ahed completed a post-doctoral Primary Care Residency at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in June 2004. Her residency research project compared hypertension management in patients treated in a pharmacist-managed clinic versus traditional health care by a primary care provider. She has practice responsibilities in Anticoagulation, Hepatitis C, Pharmcare, and Ambulatory Surgery clinics. Her primary practice areas of interest include hyperlipidemia, diabetes, hypertension, and ambulatory surgery. She has an academic appointment at the University of Florida. Dr. Ahed enjoys training and teaching pharmacy staff and students.

Sally Cushnie B.S, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Specialist at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center. Dr Cushnie obtained her BS in Pharmacy from the University of Aston, Birmingham, England and the University of Florida. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University. Dr Cushnie is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy, and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. Her areas of practice include PharmCare (diabetes, hypertension and lipid management), Anticoagulation and Hepatitis C. She currently serves to coordinate and manage the PharmCare clinic. Areas of interest also include Smoking Cessation, and Medication Safety. Dr Cushnie is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, University of Florida, Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice Palm Beach Atlantic University, and also a preceptor for Nova Southeastern University and LECOM. Prior joining the VA, Dr Cushnie was the Clinical Specialist at a 400 bed acute care hospital.

Wendy S. Dean, Pharm.D., BCPS is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Primary Care at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University and then completed an ASHP Pharmacy Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV. Her areas of practice include diabetes, hypertension, lipid, anticoagulation and hepatitis C clinics. She has an academic appointment at the University of Florida. Dr. Dean enjoys precepting pharmacy students.

Benjamin M. Lowe, Pharm.D., is the pharmacy program manager and a clinical pharmacist at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2007 and completed the primary care pharmacy residency at the Fort Myers VA Outpatient Clinic in 2008. Dr. Lowe's responsibilities include pharmacy management, anticoagulation management and disease state management. Dr. Lowe is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University Of Florida College Of Pharmacy and is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He is proud to continue his service to our country by assisting America’s Veterans with their healthcare needs.

Chris Pantouris, PharmD, CGP, CACP, is the clinical program manager for VA state nursing home in Port Charlotte, FL. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in 2001, and then a completed pharmacy practice residency at the Salisbury, NC VA medical center in 2002. Before joining the Bay Pines VA healthcare system in 2009, he was the clinical specialist in geriatrics/primary care at the Winston Salem outpatient clinic where he helped setup clinics in anticoagulation, smoking cessation and diabetes/lipids/hypertension. In 2008, he obtained certification as a Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) with the Commission for Certification of Geriatric Pharmacists in addition to certification as a Certified Anticoagulation Provider (CACP) from the National Certification Board of Anticoagulation Providers. In 2009, he was nominated for the national "Excellence in Pharmacy Practice Award" from Salisbury VA. His current responsibilities include, but not limited to, monthly chart review, anticoagulation management, inspection and consultation services, budget management and serves on several committees. He holds active licenses both as pharmacist and consultant pharmacist in state of Florida.

Jamie C Scott, Pharm.D., is a clinical pharmacist who served for 7 years in the United States Navy as an Officer. While stationed at the Branch Naval Health Clinic in Key West Florida, Dr. Scott was the Director of Pharmacy Services. He provided pharmacy services to active duty servicemen, dependants, and VA patients throughout the Florida Keys. Dr. Scott's interests and responsibilities include new patient orientation and intake, along with anticoagulation and outpatient operations.

Michael Torlone B.S, Pharm.D., CDE is a Primary Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center. Dr Torlone obtained his BS in Biology and Chemistry from Florida State University, his Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University in 2006, and completed a one year residency in Primary Care at the Fort Myers VA Outpatient clinic in 2007. Dr. Torlone currently serves as the coordinator of the Anticoagulation clinic. Additional areas of practice include diabetes, hypertension lipid management, Hepatitis C management, and patient disease state education. Dr. Torlone also serves as a clinical preceptor to pharmacy students from Nova Southeastern University, Mercer University, and University of Florida.