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

Lori Arenstein, BS, PharmD, RPh is a Clinical Pharmacist for the Lee County VA Health Center in Cape Coral, Florida and has worked here since February 2013. She completed her BS in pharmacy at the Ohio State University in 1995. In 2001, she went back to Ohio State to obtain her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and graduated summa cum laude in 2004. She has extensive experience in retail and inpatient hospital pharmacy and is licensed in Ohio, Hawaiʽi, and Florida. Her current scope expands to all aspects of outpatient pharmacy. Aside from processing and checking prescriptions, she is an alternate vault pharmacist, a ScriptPro administrator, a Pyxis trainer, the outpatient pharmacy residency preceptor, and has clinical privileges to write prescriptions for traveling veterans. Her father is a veteran and worked as a VA pharmacist for over 40 years and is proud to follow in his footsteps by serving our nation’s heroes.

Amanda L Beverly, PharmD, RPh, CPh is the Clinical Program Manager for the Douglas T Jacobson State Veteran Nursing Home in Port Charlotte, FL. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University in 2009 and completed her PGY1 primary care residency at Cary Healthcare Associates through Campbell University in 2010. She started her career working for the Department of Army as a clinical pharmacist in the Family Medicine Clinic at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, NC, where she managed patients in the pharmacotherapy clinic, anticoagulation clinic, as well as served on several committees. Upon moving to Florida in 2012, she joined the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System working in the outpatient pharmacy until becoming the clinical program manager at the state nursing home in August of 2014. Her current responsibilities include, but are not limited, to management of pharmacy inventory and budget, monthly chart reviews, and inspection of consultation services. Amanda has also worked with Walgreens for the past 15 years. She currently holds an active pharmacist license in both NC and FL as well as a consultant pharmacist license in FL. 

Jordan Bowmaster, PharmD is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center. Dr. Bowmaster completed his undergraduate coursework and received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Upon completion of pharmacy school, Dr. Bowmaster completed a one year residency in Primary Care at the Fort Myers VA Outpatient Clinic from 2011-2012. Dr. Bowmaster aided with the transition to the new Lee County VA Healthcare Center in December 2012 and worked as a clinical pharmacist and served as the preceptor for outpatient pharmacy until April 2014. In April, Dr. Bowmaster transitioned to a full time position in the Anticoagulation Clinic and serves as a preceptor for residents and student pharmacists.

Ming M. Chow, MS, PharmD is the Hepatology Pharmacy Program Manager at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center. Dr. Chow received a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida. She then completed an ASHP Internal Medicine Pharmacy Practice residency with the North Florida/South Georgia (NF/SG) VHS in Gainesville, FL.  She continued to work at the NF/SG VHS as a Clinical Inpatient Pharmacist for 11 years prior to joining the Bay Pines VHS in her current role. Dr. Chow manages the Hepatitis C clinic for Lee County VA HCC, Naples CBOC, Port Charlotte CBOC, and Sebring CBOC.  She holds academic appointments at the University of Florida and LECOM and also serves as a clinical preceptor to PharmD students and residents.

Sally Cushnie BS, PharmD, BCPS, CDE is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy 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 PACT  (diabetes, hypertension and lipid management), and  Anticoagulation.  Areas of interest also include Smoking Cessation, and Medication Safety. Dr. Cushnie is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, University of Florida, and a preceptor for LECOM. Prior joining the VA, Dr. Cushnie was the Clinical Specialist at a 400 bed acute care hospital.

Wendy S. Dean, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Primary Care at the Fort Myers VA Outpatient Clinic. 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 LECOM. Dr. Dean enjoys precepting pharmacy students.

Dustin Edwards, PharmD, CDE is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Florida and then completed an ASHP Ambulatory Care Residency at the Fort Myers VA Outpatient clinic. His areas of practice include diabetes, hypertension, lipid management, and anticoagulation. He has an academic appointment at the University of Florida, LECOM, and South University. Dr. Edwards is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a tobacco cessation specialist. Dr. Edwards is proud to serve and give back to our nation’s heroes. 

Benjamin M. Lowe, PharmD is 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 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. 

Traci Monroe, PharmD, BCPS is the clinical pharmacy supervisor for Lee County and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Dr. Monroe received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences in 2001 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy in 2007. She completed both her post graduate year 1 pharmacy practice residency and post graduate year 2 pain management/palliative care residency at the North Florida/South Georgia VA System. She worked for 3.5 years as a civilian pharmacist at Womack Army Medical Center working with the Warrior Transition Battalion’s Wounded Warriors and Pain Management Center on Fort Bragg, NC. In 2012 she obtained the credential as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS ). She not only supervises many of the clinical pharmacy specialists throughout the Bay Pines VA system, she will also cover clinical functions in times of need.

Jessica Natali, PharmD is a Clinical Pharmacist for Advanced Primary Care at Bay Pines VA Medical Center, and is the Preceptor Mentor and past Clinical Pharmacist for Home Based Primary Care at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center and Port Charlotte VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida and then completed a Pharmacy Residency in Primary Care at the Sarasota VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. She holds credentials as a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. She has served as president, secretary, and education coordinator for the Southern Gulf Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She is an active member of FSHP as council member and delegate. She is involved with medication reviews and consultations, anticoagulation services, outpatient pharmacy, and geriatric medicine.

Kimberly Spilman, PharmD, CDE is a Clinical Pharmacist for the Naples Community Based Outpatient Clinic and is also currently functioning as the Clinical Pharmacist for Home Based Primary Care at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center and Port Charlotte VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 and then completed a Pharmacy Residency in Primary Care at the Fort Myers VA Outpatient Clinic in 2011. She began working as a clinical pharmacist for the Naples Community Based Outpatient Clinic immediately following her residency. Her areas of practice include diabetes, hypertension, lipid, and anticoagulation. She is also currently involved with medication reviews, consultations, and geriatric medicine while working as the clinic pharmacist for Home Based Primary Care. She holds credentials as a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Michael Torlone BS, PharmD, 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 Lee County VA Anticoagulation clinic. Additional areas of practice include diabetes, hypertension, lipid management, and patient disease state education. Dr. Torlone also serves as a clinical preceptor to pharmacy students from Nova Southeastern University, LECOM, and the University of Florida.