Directors - Pharmacy Residency Program - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Directors - Pharmacy Residency Program

Carmen A. Ahed, PharmD, BCACP is the PGY1 Residency Program Director for the Lee County VA Healthcare Center and Clinical Pharmacy 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.  Dr. Ahed is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist. She has practice responsibilities in Anticoagulation and PACT clinics. Her primary practice areas of interest include hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and hypertension.  She is a member of the Pharmacy Publication Review Board at the CW Bill Young VA Medical Center. She has an academic appointment at the University of Florida and LECOM. Dr. Ahed enjoys training and teaching pharmacy staff and students. 

Vicki Koenig, PharmD, BCPS is the director of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program and is an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Dr. Koenig received her doctor of pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2008 and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Bay Pines VAHCS in 2009. Dr. Koenig's residency research project was the implementation of an inpatient anticoagulation monitoring service, which stands as the standard of care throughout the medical center. She holds academic appointments at the University of Florida, Florida A&M University, Nova Southeastern University, LECOM, and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Carolyn Combs, PharmD, MBA, BCPS is the Residency Coordinator and  Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor for the Anticoagulation, Primary Care and Ambulatory Surgery Pharmacists at the CW Bill Young VA Medical Center. Dr. Combs received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from East Tennessee State University, Gatton College of Pharmacy in 2013. After graduating, she completed a PGY-1 residency at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. She subsequently completed her PGY-2 Pharmacy Administration Residency at the Bay Pines VAHCS. Dr. Combs maintains an advanced scope of practice for anticoagulation and primary care. In addition, she is involved in several local, regional, and national committees which focus on enhancing patient care. She works closely with the PGY2 Administrative resident and is a co-facilitator for the Teaching Certificate program.”

Steven Totterdale, BS, PharmD, BCACP is a Clinical Pharmacy specialist and the PGY-1 CBOC Residency Program Director at the Sarasota VA Primary Care Clinic (CBOC). He holds academic appointments at the University of Florida, Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Atlantic University-Lloyd Gregory School of Pharmacy.  Dr. Totterdale received his BS in Pharmacy from Ferris State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Totterdale received board certification as an ambulatory care pharmacist in 2011.  He is a member of the employee wellness committee at the Sarasota CBOC.  Dr. Totterdale responsibilities include anticoagulation services, disease state management, including hyperlipidemia, heart failure, diabetes mellitus and hypertension.  Dr. Totterdale is a member of ASHP, FSHP and has served as the president of the Sarasota Regional Society of Health-System Pharmacists on separate occasions is currently the immediate past-president.

Idi Idiong, BSc, PharmD is the Residency Program Director for the PGY-2 Health Systems Administration Residency and Associate Chief of Pharmacy Services.  Dr. Idiong received her Bachelors of Science degree and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Bay Pines VAHCS Pharmacy Practice Residency, Class of 2005. She holds a Teaching certificate from University of Florida.  Prior to joining the Bay Pines Pharmacy Supervisory team, Dr. Idiong worked for many years as a clinical pharmacist in the Emergency Department at Bay Pines VAHCS. Her areas of interest include Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, and Infectious Disease. Dr. Idiong is actively involved with the residents by serving as a co-preceptor for the pharmacy compliance and PBM rotation and the Chairperson of the Bay Pines VA HCS Pharmacy Publications review board. In addition, she is actively involved in several local, regional, and national committees which focus on medication safety and compliance.

Gary L. Wilson, PharmD, is the Chief of Pharmacy.  Dr. Wilson received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Florida in 2001.  He received his BS in Pharmacy from Samford University in 1979.  Dr. Wilson started his career in Pharmacy at the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, Mobile, Alabama.  He started his career with the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Birmingham VA Medical Center where he worked for two years.  The last 29 years of his professional career have been at Bay Pines VAHCS.  During this timeframe Dr. Wilson has held various positions from an inpatient staff pharmacist position, oncology backup pharmacist, inpatient technician supervisor, inpatient supervisor, and administrative program manager.  Dr. Wilson serves on the following medical center committees:  Medical Staff Executive Council, Medical Staff Credentialing & Privileging Committee, Pharmacy & Therapeutic Agents Committee, Research & Development Committee, and Data Validation Committee to name a few.  He also serves on several regional committees:  VISN 8 Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, VISN 8 Pharmacy Benefits Management Utilization Committee, Pharmacy Professional Standards Board and VISN 8 Medication Safety Committee.  Dr. Wilson serves as the Residency Program Director of the PGY2 residency in Administration.