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Clinical Preceptors (Main Campus) - Pharmacy Residency Program

Sondra Adkinson, PharmD, DAAPM, CPE is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pain Management. Dr. Adkinson received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 1980 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University in 1998. She was board certified in Geriatric Pharmacist specialist (GPC) by examination in 1998 and 2003. She is also a credentialed pain practitioner by examination since 2004 and recognized as a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Adkinson is a Certified Pain Educator by examination in 2009 and 2014 by the American Society of Pain Educators. She is also a Florida Licensed Consultant Pharmacist since 1986. She was awarded the PAIN Week 2012 Clinical Pain Educator of the year. She has been the recipient of an APhA Innovation Practice Grant and presented a paper and lecture at the San Antonio Annual Meeting 1999 on Pharmaceutical Care and the Visually Impaired Veteran. She completed the VISN 8 Competency Development for Leaders in the 21st Century program and continues to facilitate the Pain School at Bay Pines VA. She holds academic appointments for University of Florida, Palm Beach Atlantic, Mercer University, LECOM, Florida A&M University and NOVA Southeastern University. She is actively involved in the Pain Team at Bay Pines VAHCS and currently practices in the Chronic Pain Clinic. She serves on the National VA Pain Workgroup and is an active member of ASHP, APHA, ASPE, AAPM, ASCP, FPA.

Hetal Bhatt-Chugani, PharmD, BCACP is currently an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the PACT clinic at the Palm Harbor Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).  This clinic is a pharmacist-managed disease-state clinic emphasizing control of patient's diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, heart failure, outpatient anticoagulation, and compliance.  She was the previous program director of the PGY1 Primary Care and Pharmacy Operations Residency Program at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.  Dr. Bhatt-Chugani holds academic appointments as Clinical Associate Professor for Palm Beach Atlantic, Mercer University, LECOM, Florida A&M, and University of Rhode Island; in addition she serves as both clinical associate professor and faculty mentor for the University of Florida.  Dr. Bhatt-Chugani received her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology in1999 and Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2003 from the University of Florida. Dr. Bhatt-Chugani completed a post-doctoral Pharmacy Practice Residency with an Emphasis in Ambulatory Care from the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center located in Chicago, IL in 2004.  Dr. Bhatt-Chugani is actively involved and enjoys clinical training of PharmD students and residents. 

Ramona Billings BS, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist specializing in cardiology.  Her primary responsibilities include titrating heart failure medications for veterans enrolled in the Heart Success Clinic.  Dr. Billings received her B.S. in Pharmacy from University of Illinois at Chicago and her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Florida.  She enjoys clinical training of Pharm.D. students and residents at the Bill Young  VAHCS and  holds academic appointments for University of Florida,  LECOM, Florida A&M, and Medical University of South Carolina.

Carolyn Combs, PharmD, MBA, BCPS is the 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.

Emily Dierlam, BS, MS, RPh is the Outpatient Program Manager. Her responsibilities include the day to day operations of the outpatient pharmacy and the pharmacy telephone triage center. Clinical pharmacists in this area provide counseling for patients picking up medications and those being discharged from the hospital. Emily received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from Michigan State University. She received her Master's in Medical Sciences, with a focus in Physiology and her Bachelors in Pharmacy from The University of Florida. She is involved in the clinical training of PharmD students and residents at Bay Pines VAHCS. Her academic affiliations include LECOM University.

Kristina Freed, Pharm.D., BCPS, is a clinical pharmacy specialist that primarily works in the centralized inpatient pharmacy.  Dr. Freed received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency with an emphasis in primary care at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.  She also completed the University of Cincinnati teaching certificate program while completing her residency.  Dr. Freed is board certified in Pharmacotherapy by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties and is also a member of ACCP and APhA.  Dr. Freed has an advanced scope of practice for anticoagulation and parenteral nutrition.  She is actively involved in precepting PharmD students through an IV room rotation and serves as a preceptor for resident training in the evenings and on weekends.  Her academic affiliations include LECOM University, Florida A&M University and University of Florida. 

Angeliza Frye, PharmD is a clinical pharmacy specialist that primarily works in the centralized inpatient pharmacy. Dr. Frye received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University.  She completed her pharmacy practice residency at Bay Pines VA Medical Center in 2010.  Dr. Frye has an advanced scope of practice for anticoagulation and parenteral nutrition. She is involved with resident training through an IV room rotation and serves as a preceptor on the weekends for pharmacokinetics, parenteral nutrition, and inpatient orders.  Dr. Frye is also actively involved in precepting PharmD students.  Her academic affiliations include LECOM University, Florida A&M University and University of Florida.

Shinelle Green, PharmD is a Clinical Pharmacist in the Emergency Department. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the LECOM-Bradenton in 2013. She completed her PGY-1 residency (primary care focus) at the Bay Pines VAHCS in 2014. She also completed the FAMU teaching certificate program while completing her residency. She is involved with resident training in the ED with focus on Infectious Disease, ACS, Stroke, and Epilepsy. Her areas of interest include Stroke management, Toxicology, Cardiology and HIV management and counseling. Dr. Green is responsible for responding to cardiac arrest and stroke alerts, as well as rapid sequence intubation procedures. She is currently involved with the Clinical Pharmacy Practice Office Emergency Department Subject Matter Expert subgroup.

Kim Hall, PharmD, BCACP is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, with primary practice responsibilities in the anticoagulation clinic. She also has experience in the management of diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and chronic pain, and served for several years as the pharmacist in the hospital's interdisciplinary fall prevention clinic. Dr. Hall received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed a post-doctoral pharmacy residency in Primary Care at Bay Pines VAHCS, and is certified as a Board-Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist. She is actively involved in the residency program at Bay Pines as a clinical preceptor and research co-investigator. Academic affiliations include the University of Florida, Florida A&M University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Lake Erie College of Medicine Schools of Pharmacy. Practice and research interests include cardiology, geriatrics, fall prevention, and renal disease.

Mary Hall, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in the centralized inpatient pharmacy. She received her Bachelors of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida. She completed her PGY-1 residency at the Bay Pines VAHCS in 2011. She also completed the University of Florida teaching certificate program while completing her residency. She became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2012. Dr. Hall has an advanced scope of practice for anticoagulation and parenteral nutrition. She is involved with resident training through an IV room rotation and serves as a preceptor on the weekends for pharmacokinetics, parenteral nutrition, and inpatient orders. She has an academic affiliation with the University of Florida.

John Hoeldtke, BS, PharmD, BCPS is a VISN 8 Pharmacy Program Manager. He is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and PBM Administrator. Dr. Hoeldtke received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Georgia and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, and Mercer University School of Pharmacy; he is a board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Idi Idiong, BSc, PharmD is the Pharmacy Compliance Program Manager and a Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor for Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Specialists and Pharmacy Specialty Clinics.  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.

Rashondra Levarity, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist with primary responsibilities in the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (MRRTP). She works with the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Program (DRRTP) and the Center of Sexual Trauma (CSTS) staff to treat veterans with homelessness, PTSD (focus on Military Sexual Trauma), substance abuse and/or primary care health issues. Dr. Levarity also works closely with the Opioid Substitution Recovery (OSR) Outpatient Clinic for Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone®) management for opiate addiction. Dr. Levarity received her Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2003. Then she completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency – PGY1 from C.W. Bill Young VAHCS in 2004. Dr. Levarity residency research project was "Clinical Outcome Evaluation of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Non-Intensive Care Unit Patients Treated with Various Antibiotics." Her clinical practice interests are psychiatry, emergency medicine, and internal medicine.

Amy Mack, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacy specialist working in the anticoagulation clinic. She received her PharmD from the University of Florida in 2006 and completed her pharmacy practice residency at Bay Pines VAHCS in 2007. She obtained her board certification in pharmacotherapy in 2013.  Her residency research project was an evaluation of conversion from atorvastatin to Vytorin. Dr. Mack has an advanced scope of practice for anticoagulation.  She is currently involved with resident training through a longitudinal rotation in the anticoagulation clinic.  Previously, she served as a resident preceptor on the weekends for pharmacokinetics, parenteral nutrition, and inpatient orders.

Megan R. Martinez, PharmD is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the PACT and Anticoagulation Clinics at Bay Pines VAHCS. Dr. Martinez received her Doctorate of Pharmacy at West Virginia University in May 2001. She completed a post-doctoral Pharmacy Practice Residency at Tampa General Hospital affiliated with Florida A&M University in June 2002. The following year she went on to complete her specialty residency in Primary Care at Bay Pines VAHCS in June 2003. Dr. Martinez is involved in the clinical training of pharmacy students and residents at the Bay Pines VAHCS. She also facilitates pharmacy residents in their MUE and research projects as a sub-investigator. Her academic affiliations include University of Florida, Mercer University, Florida A&M University, NOVA Southeastern University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Ohio Northern University. Her primary practice areas of interest include diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, heart failure, and anticoagulation.

Cecilia C. Morelli, BS, RPh is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist performing patient discharge medication reconciliation, discharge medication processing, discharge medication reconciliation management progress note documentation, and discharge medication counseling and documentation. Also, she provides Clinical Pharmacist support in the Inpatient Pharmacy area. She serves as a Preceptor for University of South Florida IPPE Pharmacy students, and serves on the Medical Center’s Health Literacy, Education, Promotion and Prevention Committee and Discharge Process Committee. Her previous pharmacy experience includes Nutrition Support, Home Infusion, and service on the Visually Impaired Veteran Team. Ms. Morelli received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Union University, Albany College of Pharmacy in New York State.

Michael W. Osborne, BS, PharmD is the Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor. Dr. Osborne received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Gannon University, B.S. in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy, and his Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College.

Peter Pasek, PharmD, BCPS is an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Continuing Pharmacy Education Program Coordinator. Dr. Pasek received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida and went on to complete a post-doctoral residency in Primary Care at Bay Pines VAHCS. Dr. Pasek published the results of his research project entitled Return on Investment of a Pharmacy Residency Training Program in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. He is a Faculty Mentor and Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Florida and holds academic appointments at several other institutions. Notable accomplishments include completion of the 2011 Leadership Bay Pines leadership development program and becoming a Board Certified Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Dr. Pasek continues to be involved in committees at his institution and strives for continued professional development through presentations, participation in projects, and publication. In his free time, he enjoys traveling the world, playing instruments without any musical skill, and taking care of his two daughters.

Rodrique Rodney, PharmD, BCACP, CDE is a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care.  Dr. Rodney received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University in 2007. He completed a post-doctoral PGY-1 Residency with emphasis in primary care at Bay Pines VAHCS in June 2008.  Dr. Rodney is involved in the clinical training of PharmD students and residents.  He became board certified in ambulatory care in 2011 and received his diabetes educator certification in 2013.  His academic affiliations include University of Florida and Florida A&M University.  His practice areas of interest include diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, heart failure, and anti-coagulation.

Linda B. Rolston, PharmD, CGP is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Long Term Geriatric Care. She holds academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, Florida A&M, LECOM Pharmacy School, Palm Beach Atlantic, Mercer University School of Pharmacy and SUNY (Buffalo). Dr. Rolston received her B.S. in Pharmacy in 1981 and her Doctor of Pharmacy In 1997 from the University of Florida. She completed her Certification in Geriatrics with AACP in 1997, recertified in 2013. She is an active member of Florida ASCP and Pinellas County Gator Boosters.

Victor F. Rozance, Jr., BS, PharmD is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Instructor at the University of Florida, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, and Mercer University School of Pharmacy, LECOM School of Pharmacy, Florida A&M School of Pharmacy, Southern University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Rozance received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Ohio State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Florida.  Research includes weight-based heparin dosing in the veteran population with MI and acute angina, Co-investigator for "Comparative Toxicity of Gentamicin ODA & TDA in Surgical vs Medical ICU."  He has worked on the development/implementation of hospital protocols (Electrolyte Replacement Protocol, Weight Based heparin protocol, Argatroban protocol, Amiodarone IV protocol)

Amanda Schmig, PharmD, BCPS is the Program Manager for Pharmacy Benefits Management/Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacy Student Education coordinator for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Dr. Schmig received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University in 2012. After graduating, she completed a PGY-1 residency at the VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. She subsequently completed her PGY-2 Health Systems Pharmacy Administration Residency at the Bay Pines VAHCS. Dr. Schmig is actively involved in several local, regional, and national committees which focus on enhancing patient care. She works closely with the PGY2 Administrative and PGY1 Pharmacy practice residents.

Brian R. Steele, Jr., PharmD, MBA, BCPS, CGP is a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care. Dr. Steele earned a PharmD degree in 2003 from Northeastern University and an MBA degree in 2011 from the University of South Florida. He was boarded as a pharmacotherapy specialist in 2006 and was certified as a geriatric pharmacist and an asthma educator in 2007. Dr. Steele has been certified in advanced cardiac life support since 2004. At Bay Pines VA HCS, he collaborates with pharmacy residents in research as a sub-investigator and he serves on the Residency Advisory Committee. He is also one of the Speakeasy moderators who teaches public speaking skills to pharmacy residents. Dr. Steele’s areas of interest include diabetes and asthma.

Carolyn Stephens PharmD, MBA is currently the national Director of the Pharmacy Recruitment and Retention Office (PBM-PRRO) for the Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services, Department of Veteran Affairs. As Director of PBM-PRRO, she functions as a recruitment and retention representative for PBM Services and is responsible for working with staff at various organizational levels, within and outside VA.  Although she is responsible for VA Pharmacy recruitment and retention nationally, she is also affiliated with Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Prior to this position, she was a residency coordinator at Bay Pines VAHCS and in her current role has precepted PGY1 residents during their management rotation. She also precepts the PGY2 Health-System Administration resident during a unique virtual rotation involving pharmacy recruitment and retention.

Marina Sulik, PharmD is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for ambulatory care in the Women’s Clinic.  Dr.Sulik received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA in 2007. She completed a post-doctoral PGY-1 Residency with an emphasis in primary care in June 2008. Since then Dr. Sulik has been the primary clinical pharmacist in the Women’s Clinic at Bay Pines VA.  She runs her own disease state management Pharmcare clinic which focuses on DM, Lipids, HTN, CHF, and Anticoagulation.  In addition she is the primary pharmacy resource for Women’s Health related medication issues.  Dr.Sulik is involved in the clinical training of pharmacy students and residents and she serves on the nationwide VA Women’s Health Pharmacy Expert Group.

Catherine Sypniewski, PharmD is the Surgical Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for both inpatient and outpatient care. She holds academic appointments as Clinical Instructor for Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy and Mercer University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Sypniewski received a B.S. in Chemistry from Loyola University and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida.

Gigi Thomas, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist with primary responsibilities in the Pharm Pact Clinic (focusing on diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, CHF, compliance) with some responsibilities in the Anticoagulation Clinic. Dr. Thomas received her Doctorate of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University in May 2005. She completed a post-doctoral PGY-1 Residency with emphasis in primary care at Bay Pines VAHCS in June 2006. Dr. Thomas is involved in the clinical training of PharmD students and residents at the Bay Pines VAHCS. Her academic affiliations include University of Florida, Florida A&M University, and University of Rhode Island.

Kevin Thomas, PharmD, BCPP is a clinical pharmacist in Outpatient Psychiatry at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.  Dr. Thomas received his Doctorate of Pharmacy at University of Rhode Island in May 2005. He completed his PGY-1 Residency with emphasis in primary care at Bay Pines VAHCS in June 2006. In 2009, he became board certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy, issued by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. He is involved in the clinical training of PharmD candidate students and PGY1 residents at the Bay Pines VAHCS. His academic affiliations include University of Rhode Island, University of Florida and Florida A&M University, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.  In addition he serves on Psychotropic Drug Safety Initiative (PDSI) committee and is an active member of College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists since 2012.

J. Mark Trotter, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Pharmacist. Dr. Trotter received his Pharm.D. and B.S. in Pharmacy from University of Georgia. He also completed a residency in Pharmacy Practice at the University Medical Center (Shands Jacksonville) in Jacksonville. In 2014 he obtained the credential as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). Dr. Trotter is actively involved in the clinical training of PharmD students and residents at the Bay Pines VAHCS.

Anita Truitt, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. Her responsibilities include reviewing patient medication records and provide appropriate perioperative recommendations. She is a member of the Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and serves on the Bay Pines Pharmacy Professional Standards Board.

Elaine Lindsay Twedt, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS is the Program Manager of the Pharmacy Recruitment and Retention Office (PRRO) for the Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services, Department of Veteran Affairs. Her responsibilities include assisting the Director, monitoring the performance of national recruitment and retention activities, and VA National Workforce Succession Strategic Planning.   Dr. Twedt precepts PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residents on a Recruitment and Retention rotation.  She is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston (B.S.Pharm.); Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA (Pharm.D.); and the University of Florida (M.S. Applied Pharmacoeconomics).  She is affiliated with the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

Camaro West-Lee, BS, PharmD, BCPS, CACP is the Associate Chief, Pharmacy Operations.  Dr. West-Lee received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Auburn University and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. She is board certified in Pharmacotherapy and is a Certified Anticoagulation Provider. 

Leigh Ciaccio, PharmD, EdM is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Anticoagulation Clinic at Bay Pines VAHCS. Dr. Wisnieski received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Pharmacology and her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Buffalo in 2004 and 2006 respectively. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee in 2010.  She completed a post-doctoral pharmacy residency in Primary Care at Bay Pines VAHCS in 2011 where her residency project evaluated the role of emergency department clinical pharmacists at the Bay Pines VAHCS. She is involved in the clinical training of Pharm D students and residents at Bay Pines VAHCS. Her primary practice areas of interest include anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.

Mandy Wortock, PharmD is a clinical float pharmacy specialist. She continues to cover both inpatient, outpatient, as well as clinical pharmacy positions. Dr. Wortock received her doctor of pharmacy degree from University of Florida in 2003 and completed a pharmacy practice residency in 2004. Her residency research project was a retrospective evaluation of gentamicin dosing in the obese patient.

Amanda Atherton, PharmD is the Hepatology Pharmacy Program Manager at the C.W. “Bill” Young VA Medical Center. Dr. Atherton received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University in 2015. She completed her PGY-1 Residency at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in 2016. During her residency, Dr. Atherton completed the University of Kentucky teaching certificate program. Dr. Atherton’s primary focus involves the management of the Hepatitis C Program. She precepts both residents and PharmD students in the Infectious Disease clinic setting, where she initiates and monitors therapy for the treatment of Hepatitis C (HCV) and for HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).  In addition to her involvement with the residency program, Dr. Atherton is also actively involved in Hepatitis C workgroups on both the local and VISN levels.  

Sarah Bogers, PharmD, BCACP is a clinical pharmacy specialist working in the anticoagulation clinic. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science and Doctorate of Pharmacy from Creighton University in 2010. She completed a PGY-1 residency with an emphasis in Primary Care at Bay Pines VAHCS in 2011. From 2011 to 2013, she worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in the Emergency Department. Since 2013, she has been working in the anticoagulation clinic and practicing with an advanced scope of practice for anticoagulation. She served as a preceptor to residents while in the Emergency Department and currently serves as preceptor for a longitudinal anticoagulation rotation. Her primary interest areas are primary care, emergency medicine, and traumatic brain injury.

Joseph Hong, Pharm.D. is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Hong received his B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. He completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency followed by a PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Hong started his career at the Bay Pines VAHCS as Hepatology Pharmacy Program Manager in 2014 and is currently serving as Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Manager since 2016. He completed his ASP Certificate Training Program through the MAD-ID Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program in 2014 and maintains an advanced scope of practice for infectious diseases. He completed his Teaching Certificate Program through the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2014 and is involved in the clinical training of pharmacy students and residents at the Bay Pines VAHCS. Additionally, Dr. Hong facilitates pharmacy residents in their MUE and research projects. He was awarded Bay Pines VAHCS Preceptor of the Year in 2016. His academic affiliations include the University of Florida, LECOM, and Florida A&M University. Dr. Hong’s primary research area of interest is in vancomycin pharmacokinetics and he is published in Pharmacotherapy, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, and Gastroenterology journals.  He is an active member of the SIDP and FSHP.

Kristin Tribiano, PharmD is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Anticoagulation clinic at Bay Pines VAHCS. Dr. Tribiano received her undergraduate degree at St. Petersburg college then went on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy from Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 2014.  She completed a post-doctoral pharmacy residency at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Sarasota where she established and implemented a diabetes shared medical appointment at the clinic which remains ongoing at this time. She is involved in the clinic training of Pharm D students and residents at Bay Pines VAHCS.

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.