Current Residents

Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

Pharmacy Residents
July 2015 - June 2016

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residents: 

 

Julie Carrington, PharmDjc photo
School of Pharmacy:  University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy               
Undergraduate: 
Virginia Tech      
Hometown: 
South Boston, VA                     
Professional Interests
:  Internal Medicine, Ambulatory Care            
Email: 
jcarring@wakehealth.edu             

Why WFBMC:  

 I always knew a residency program would be my next step to become an independent and confident pharmacist after graduation. Since I wasn’t sure of my exact career path, I wanted a program with a wide variety of rotation experiences and skilled, approachable preceptors to foster my growth and learning. I was also looking for teaching opportunities and a great group of co-residents with whom to collaborate on meaningful projects! When deciding where to pursue residency training, WFBMC had everything on my list and more! From my very first interaction with WFBMC team members, I could tell it was a supportive and caring place to work. I knew that it was the right place for me! I am so thrilled to start my career as a pharmacist at WFBMC and look forward to a great year!


Lauren Payne, PharmDLauren Payne
School of Pharmacy:  University of Kentucky 
Undergraduate: 
University of Kentucky                     
Hometown: 
Crestwood, KY  
Professional Interests:  Pediatrics, CriticalCare
Email: 
lapayne@wakehealth.edu        

Why WFBMC:  

 As I was applying for PGY-1 pharmacy practice residencies, I knew that I was looking for a program that combined a wide variety of PGY-1 rotations and PGY-2 programs, educational opportunities, and approachable knowledgeable preceptors in an academic medical center setting. My overall goal was to find a program that would help me create a strong, well-rounded foundation as a pharmacist and prepare for a specialty year. Throughout the interview process, I was impressed with how much Wake Forest met and surpassed each of my key factors.  I feel lucky to have found a program that has made me feel so welcomed by all of the pharmacy staff, and respected in multidisciplinary patient care. Over this next year, I am looking forward to being challenged in clinical rotations, research, teaching and professional leadership. I am thankful to be a part of WFBMC and am excited for the incredible opportunities here to grow as a pharmacist.


Jana Sigmon, PharmD
Jana Sigmon
School of Pharmacy:
  Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate:  Wingate University
Hometown:  Charlotte, NC
Professional Interests:

Email:  jasigmon@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:  

From the beginning of pharmacy school, I knew that I wanted to do a residency in a large academic medical center to further my clinical knowledge and professional development. When thinking about residency, I knew that I wanted a program that would allow me to reach my goals of becoming a better leader, pharmacist, and teacher. As a student, I had the opportunity to do several rotations at WFBMC and completely fell in love with the supportive preceptors, the variety of learning experiences, and the overall encouraging and positive environment. Aside from the many opportunities for teaching, precepting, and research, I was blown away by the generosity of the preceptors towards students, giving up time during their busy day to foster my clinical and professional growth. I had no doubt that this was exactly where I needed to be in order to achieve my goals for residency. It is truly a blessing to have the opportunity to learn from such inspiring pharmacists and clinicians that genuinely value patient care. I am so excited to continue my pharmacy training as a resident at WFBMC!


Matt Watson, PharmDMatt Watson
School of Pharmacy:  Purdue University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate: 
Indiana University
Hometown: 
Chandler, IN       
Professional Interests:
  Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Academia
Email: 
mrwatson@wakehealth.edu      

Why WFBMC:

As I began my residency search, I knew that I wanted to pursue a program at a large academic medical center with a variety of clinical rotations, teaching opportunities, and knowledgeable preceptors who would challenge me and facilitate my development into a competent and confident clinical pharmacist. Additionally, I also sought out programs that would provide excellent critical care and infectious diseases experiences. After my interview at WFBMC, it was clearly evident that this program contained everything that I desired. My choice was made even easier by the fact that I felt a strong sense of community amongst such a supportive learning environment. I am extremely excited for this opportunity to become a part of the WFBMC team, and I look forward to this upcoming year as I grow both personally and professionally.

 

PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident:

 

Corey Simmons, PharmDCorey Simmons
School of Pharmacy:  University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate:  University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Hometown:  Lumberton, NC
Professional Interests:  Ambulatory Care, Cardiovascular Health
Email:  kcsimmon@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

Through pharmacy school and my past experiences working in community pharmacy, I discovered a strong desire to serve the community and become an ambassador for promoting health and wellness in the community. During the interview process, I felt that WFBMC was the perfect place for me to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to reach my professional goals. The community pharmacy residency at WFBMC is a new and exciting opportunity that will allow me to work in a variety of unique outpatient settings including transitions of care, ambulatory care, and specialty pharmacy. Through a variety of learning experiences I’ll be able to explore new opportunities and learn more about the expanding role of pharmacists within the health care system. I’m most excited to work at an institution that values innovative medicine and to be able to work alongside a wonderful staff of pharmacists, administrators, and other practitioners.

 

PGY2 Specialty Residents:

 

Marie Cavalier, PharmD, CPP PGY2 Oncology Specialty Resident
Chief Resident 2015 - 2016Marie Cavalier

PGY1 Residency:  Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:  South Carolina College of Pharmacy - USC Campus
Undergraduate:  
University of South Carolina
Hometown:  
Montgomery, WV
Professional Interests:
Oncology, Hematologic Malignancies
Email: 
mcavalie@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:  

When I was applying for PGY-1 residency positions, I wanted a program at a large academic medical center that offered a wide variety of rotations, teaching opportunities, and strong preceptors who were approachable and willing to help foster my growth as a new pharmacist. It was not long after starting my residency here that I realized Wake Forest would exceed my expectations with ease. I knew coming into my PGY-1 year that I wanted to do oncology. The same core components I looked for in a PGY-1 still applied to what I wanted out of a PGY-2 program. The amazing preceptors, constantly expanding oncology services, and vast teaching opportunities made committing to a second year an easy decision. I’m looking forward to exploring the worlds of leukemia, bone marrow transplant, pediatric hematology/oncology, and many more.  I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to complete my specialty residency at Wake Forest and look forward to seeing what this year has in store for me!

 

Justin Arnall, PharmD, CPP - PGY2 Oncology Specialty ResidentJustin Arnall
PGY1 Residency:  Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:  University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Hometown: 
Kernersville, NC
Professional Interests:  Oncology
Email: 
jarnall@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

As a PGY1 at WFBMC I found a program that provided me with a broad range of clinical experiences, opportunities for research and teaching, and a motivated and encouraging of pharmacists to work with on a daily basis. When I was applying for residency my primary criteria for programs was an affiliated hematology/oncology second year, and I am excited and so thankful now to stay here and progress on to my PGY2! For over six years now I have dreamed of becoming an oncology pharmacy specialist, having been inspired by those affected by cancer among friends and family as well my time spent with several oncology pharmacists. As one of the premier cancer centers in the southeast and country, and with opportunities to practice on both inpatient and outpatient services in numerous specialties, WFBMC is definitely the place to be. I can’t wait to continue my professional development as a member of this oncology pharmacy team!

 

Becky Bookstaver, PharmD - PGY2 Critical Care Specialty ResidentRebecca Bookstaver
PGY1 Residency:  
Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:
  South Carolina School of Pharmacy - USC Campus
Undergraduate: 
South Carolina University
Hometown: 
Aiken, SC
Professional Interests:
  Critical Care 
Email: 
rbooksta@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

When I began the process of applying to residency programs, I wanted a program that offered a variety of challenging rotations, knowledgeable preceptors, and a supportive learning environment. At Wake Forest I found all of this and more. During my PGY1 residency year, I discovered great critical care experiences supported by strong multidisciplinary interactions and rewarding research opportunities. All of these components made the decision to stay an easy one. I am beyond excited to spend another year at Baptist for my critical care residency and continue learning from so many wonderful people.  

 

Ashley Wester, Pharm D - PGY2 Pediatric Specialty ResidentAshley Wester
PGY1 Residency:  
Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:  University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate
:  University of Michigan
Hometown
: Ortonville, MI
Professional Interests
:  Pediatric Critical Care, General Pediatrics, Transitions of Care
Email
awester@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC: 

I have had a passion for working with pediatric patients since before starting pharmacy school, and by exploring rotations as a pharmacy student and as a PGY1, I knew it was the specialty for me. Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Health has a variety of pediatric services and many rotations for a pediatric resident to experience. The pediatric pharmacists at Brenner are well-integrated into the medical team, which is an extremely important quality that I was looking for in a PGY2 program. As part of a large academic medical center, not only will I receive excellent pediatric training, but I will have the opportunity to grow and develop as a pharmacy preceptor as well. I am looking forward to further exploring my interests in pediatric critical care as well as transitions of care in pediatric patients and hope I can make an impact on many families’ lives throughout my training!

 

Dustin Carr, PharmD - PGY2 Infectious Diseases Specialty ResidentDustin Carr
PGY1 Residency:
  Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
School of Pharmacy:  Ferris State University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate:
  Ferris State University
Hometown:
  Bangor, MI
Professional Interests:
  Infectious Diseases
Email: 
dcarr@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

Ever since my first experience with infectious diseases as a student, I knew I wanted to specialize in this specific field of training. While completing my generalized PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency, I searched the nation for the best infectious disease PGY-2 programs available. Naturally, through my own research and networking opportunities, I learned about WFBMC and knew that I wanted to pursue my dream at this institution. WFBMC is a prestigious program that offers an extensive amount of opportunities such as ID consult service, antimicrobial stewardship, clinical and microbiology research, and ID clinic. There are substantial opportunities for involvement in academia through affiliations with college of pharmacies and schools of medicine. While interviewing at WFBMC, I could sense the extensive collaboration between the ID pharmacists and the medical staff, which is a sign of great learning and working environment. I know that through this program, I can achieve my goal of becoming an infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialist and I could not be more excited for my experience at WFBMC! 

 

Julie Dattero, PharmD - PGY2 Internal Medicine Specialty ResidentJulie Dattero
PGY1 Residency:  New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Wilmington, NC)
School of Pharmacy:  Campbell College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Undergraduate:  University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Hometown:  Reidsville, NC
Professional Interests:  Internal Medicine, Academia
Email:  jdattero@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

During my PGY1 residency, I was presented with opportunities that fueled my passion for internal medicine. I quickly determined that pursuing a specialty residency in internal medicine was the next logical step. After interviewing with WFBMC and learning about the residency programs, I realized Wake would provide me with a rich and unique training experience in internal medicine. Additionally, the emphasis in academia was appealing and I look forward to the opportunities that an academic medical center has to offer. I am very excited to be joining the pharmacy medicine team at WFBMC and am grateful for the chance to pursue an internal medicine specialty residency alongside highly trained healthcare team members.

 

Health System Pharmacy Administration Residents:


Ali Baker, PharmD - PGY1
Ali Lloyd
School of Pharmacy:
  McWhorter School of Pharmacy Samford University
Undergraduate: 
Samford University
Hometown:
  Atlanta, Georgia
Professional Interests:
  Administration/Leadership, Drug Safety, Clinical and Community Service
Email: 
alloyd@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:  

WFBMC was my first choice because of its focus on the key principles I was seeking from my residency experience: medication safety commitment, outstanding patient care and meaningful mentorship opportunities. Secondly, I believe in the mission of the hospital and share its values. The entire institution is committed to daily collaborative meetings to address patient and medication safety issues from the previous 24 hours, striving to provide the highest degree of patient care. Preceptors and pharmacy department management alike were authentic throughout the interview process and worked to know me personally and to learn my goals for residency. WFBMC is a leading teaching hospital and I sought this type of learning environment where learning is continuous, questions are encouraged, and processes can be challenged as teams are seeking to be the best in patient care.  The opportunity to continue my education in pursuing a Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy while gaining substantial practical expertise at WFBMC makes this program one of the best in class in the United States. I look forward to many learning opportunities throughout these next two years both professionally and personally and hope to make a meaningful contribution to the program and the patients we serve.

 

Mac Ovenell, PharmD - PGY1Mac Ovenell
School of Pharmacy:  Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate: 
George Fox University          
Hometown: 
Cashmere, Washington
Professional Interests:
  Health System Pharmacy Administration
Email: 
movenell@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:   

Throughout my experience in pursuing a residency, a couple of the key characteristics I was looking for in a program were opportunities for implementing and leveraging automation and technology in the medication use process and patient-centered care. I found both of these core features in the program at WFBMC. In addition, the unique opportunity to join a statewide cohort of other HSPA residents working towards a Masters of Science degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration was a further attribute that drew me to WFBMC. I am excited to join the pharmacy department and broader healthcare delivery team at WFBMC and look forward to the clinical pharmacy and leadership opportunities over the next two years. 

 

Amanda White, PharmD - PGY2Amanda White
PGY1 Residency:  Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:  University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate: 
University of Connecticut
Hometown: 
Guilford, CT
Professional Interests: 
Administration, Ambulatory Care
Email: 
ajwhite@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

Wake Forest had everything I was looking for in a PGY1 and I am thrilled to be staying for a second year! Over the past year I have been challenged and grown clinically, while being introduced to the core concepts of leadership and administration. That foundation will make me successful for my second year and beyond. We are at an exciting point in healthcare and the Wake Forest team is actively trying to align the department with the evolving needs of healthcare and most importantly, our patients. Among other exciting initiatives, it means the expansion of pharmacy services into the community and the implementation of new technology. What better learning environment could you ask for? With exceptional clinical services, state-wide collaboration with UNC Master’s students, and incredible clinical and administrative pharmacy leaders, I knew Wake Forest was for me! 

 

Jerod Braschler - PGY2Jerod Braschler
PGY1 Residency:  Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:  University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate: 
Texas Tech University
Hometown: 
Amarillo, TX
Professional Interests: 
Administration, Inpatient Operations, Transitional and Supportive Care
Email: 
jbraschl@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

Having the right tools as a construction worker at a project site creates efficient and productive results. There is no difference in obtaining those tools throughout residency to create efficient and productive results for the rest of your career. At Wake Forest the leadership, multi-disciplinary relationships, advanced automation, and continual professional growth are just some of the ways of developing my pharmacy tool kit. After understanding the clinical and operational models at Wake Forest, I am positioned to dive deeper into leadership and conceptual discussions about pharmacy in health systems. Being a part of the UNC Collaborative, the MS component of the residency has been rich with discussion, projects, and a well-rounded curriculum. Overall, Wake Forest has provided an invaluable experience for my first residency year and will continue to provide a wide range of administrative and leadership opportunities.

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