Preceptor Biographies: St. Joseph Pharmacy Residency

Eric Wymore is the Division Vice President Pharmacy Services for the Pacific Northwest. Eric has responsibility for all aspects of pharmacy services in Washington and Oregon. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2004 from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Eric completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at Franciscan Health System in 2005 and received his MBA in 2009 from the University of Washington. He has published and presented nationally on the topics of ED pharmacy and Anticoagulation Therapeutics. Eric served as an Emergency Department Pharmacist Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center from 2005 until 2011. He then became the Clinical Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu, HI and returned to CHI Franciscan Health as the Clinical Pharmacy Director for Inpatient and Ambulatory Services in 2013. Beginning in 2019, Eric transitioned into the Division Vice President role and serves as a primary preceptor for the Practice Management rotation. He is a member of ASHP, WSPA, and ACCP. Eric supports the residency program as a project preceptor and formal mentor for residents. He is the current Past-chair for the Board of Directors for the Western States Residency Conference.

Michael J. Bonck is Manager of Regional Pharmaceutical Quality, Information and Technology Services for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. After earning his BS degree in Chemistry from Gonzaga in 1974, he received his BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington in 1979. Major areas of expertise include budget development and monitoring, contracting, P&T Committee, cost savings initiatives, 340B, and CQI methods. He is the former CHI Franciscan Health IRB chairman and a member of the CommonSpirit IRB. Mike has a faculty appointment at the University of Washington. He has presented at local and national pharmacy meetings. He is an active member of WSPA and ASHP. He recently completed a 10-year term on the 340B Health Board and remains as a member of the 340B Health Pharmacy Services Committee. He has been an active member of the Apexus Council since 2008. He helps represent CommonSpirit on a Premier Buying Group Advisory Committee. Mike serves as a primary preceptor for the Practice Management rotation.

Melissa Flaherty is the Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services – Inpatient and Ambulatory for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Pacific Northwest. Melissa received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2002 from Washington State University College of Pharmacy. Thereafter, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Franciscan Health System in 2003. Melissa has served in a leadership capacity for much of her career: beginning as an Internal Medicine Pharmacist Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center from 2004-2005 and at CJW Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia 2005-2006. Thereafter, she transitioned to Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Bon Secours St Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, 2006-2012. Following a relocation back to the West coast, she then served as a Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Manager and Clinical Director for Scripps Health in San Diego, during her time with the organization (2012-2018). After relocation back to the Pacific Northwest, Melissa returned to CHI Franciscan in 2019 as Director of Pharmacy at St Anne Hospital. Melissa is a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). She has presented on many topics related to her work both locally and nationally. Melissa supports the residency program as a preceptor for the Practice Management rotation.

Justin Yee is the Pharmacy Compliance Manager for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. He received his PharmD from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at St. Joseph Medical Center and then a PGY-2 specialty practice residency in Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He worked as an ED pharmacy specialist prior to returning to Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. He spent five years at St. Clare Hospital as an ED pharmacist before his administrative role on the management team. Justin serves as a preceptor for the Practice Management rotation.

Zachary Hren is the Director of Pharmacy at St. Joseph Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington in 2014 and completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma in 2015. Prior to moving into his current role, he worked as a staff pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center, then became the Clinical Specialist at St. Clare Hospital, then Director of Pharmacy at St. Clare prior to returning to St. Joseph Medical Center. Currently, Zach serves as a preceptor for the Practice Management and Longitudinal Staffing rotations.

Ben Michaels is the Director of Pharmacy at St. Francis Hospital. He received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Washington in 1997 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011. Ben was the Internal Medicine Pharmacist Specialist prior to moving into his current role in 2016. He serves as primary preceptor for the Longitudinal Staffing rotation at St. Francis and served as a manager preceptor for several residency projects. Ben is an active member of WSPA and ASHP.

Jeff Tichenor is the Pharmaceutical Services Operations Director at St. Anthony Hospital, as well as CHI Franciscan Rehabilitation Hospital in Tacoma. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in 2007. Jeff completed his Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2008 and then began working as a staff pharmacist at St. Francis Hospital prior to moving to St. Anthony Hospital upon its opening in 2009. He completed his Master of Health Care Administration through Ohio University in 2013. Jeff serves as a preceptor for the Practice Management and Longitudinal Staffing rotations, as well as a manager preceptor for numerous longitudinal research projects.

Janet Topasna is the Director of Pharmacy at St. Clare Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in General Studies – Public Health in 2006 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010, both from the University of Washington. Janet started as a volunteer Pharmacy Assistant at St. Clare Hospital in 2005, transitioned to a Pharmacist Intern in 2007, and then began working as a Staff Pharmacist there in 2010. She also serves as the Pharmacy Technician Program Director at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. Janet serves as a preceptor for the Longitudinal Staffing rotation.

Samantha Axelrod is an Emergency Services department Pharmacist and preceptor at St. Clare Hospital. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Florida. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2020. She is a member of the ED Core Group, ID Core Group and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

Jennifer Bilsing is one of the ED pharmacists and co-preceptor for the ED rotation at St. Francis Hospital. Jennifer earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wyoming in 2005. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Franciscan Health System in 2006. Jennifer is an active member of the ED Core Group. She is also a member of ASHP and WSPA.

Amanda Carter is a Clinical Ambulatory Care Pharmacist primarily practicing in the Heart Failure Clinic at St. Joseph Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington State University and worked as a synthetic organic chemist for four years before she pursued her Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University – Glendale, graduating in 2012. Prior to becoming part of the Ambulatory Pharmacy team in February 2017, Amanda spent six years as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist with Fred Meyer Pharmacy followed by a Medicare Clinical Pharmacist position with QualChoice Health Plan. She spent over three years practicing in Primary Care prior to transitioning to the Heart Failure Clinic. She is Board Certified in Ambulatory Care.

Jamie Casanova is an Internal Medicine Pharmacist Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center and a co-preceptor of the Internal Medicine rotation. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington in 2003. Jamie completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2004. She is a member of ACCP and has achieved BCPS certification.

Tony Casanova is the ED Pharmacist Specialist for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and practices at St. Joseph Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2004 from South Dakota State University. Tony completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Franciscan Health System in 2005 and subsequently developed the ED Pharmacy program within CHI Franciscan with Eric Wymore. Tony has faculty appointments at the University of Washington, Washington State University and Pacific University and is a past member of ASHP ED Section Advisory Panel. Tony received the University of Washington School of Pharmacy Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award in 2019, the Washington State Outstanding Mentor Award in 2014, and the Washington State Innovative Practice Award with Eric Wymore in 2010. Tony has published on the topics of the Role of Pharmacists in the ED and Procedural Sedation. He has presented numerous times nationally on the topics of ED Pharmacy, Anticoagulation Therapeutics and Stroke.

Jen Cerdena is the Neonatal ICU (NICU)/Obstetric (OB) Pharmacist Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Utah in 2011 and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2012. Jen subsequently developed the NICU Pharmacy program at St. Joseph Medical Center with Stephanie Friedman. She is the primary preceptor for the NICU/OB rotation and continues to develop neonatal and maternal pharmacy services for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Pharmacy Neonatal and Pediatric Core Group and serves as the primary liaison on multiple regional OB and neonatal planning committees. She is an active member of ASHP and WSPA.

Aimee Cooke is the Critical Care Pharmacist Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington in 2016, completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2017, and earned her Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2019. Aimee is a member of the Critical Care, Neonatal ICU and Antimicrobial Stewardship core groups within the system, and a member of ACCP.

Kara Crane is a Clinical Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, practicing primarily in the Peninsula Region. She received her PharmD from the University of Wyoming and completed her PGY-1 Residency through the University of Washington Community Residency Program where she practiced in an ambulatory care setting in Monroe, Washington. She is Board Certified in Ambulatory Care and is currently the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in addition to the Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY-1 Residency in an Ambulatory Setting.

Erin Edwards is a graduate of the University of Kentucky – College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Franciscan Health System in 2006 and has worked at St. Joseph Medical Center since that time. Erin is currently an Emergency Services department pharmacist on the evening shift and is a preceptor for the Advanced ED experience. Erin is also BCPS certified.

Greg Failla has been an Emergency Services department Pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center since 2009. He completed his undergraduate training in western Nebraska and received his PharmD at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2006. He also trained as a paramedic at Creighton University. Greg spent nine years as a field paramedic and in emergency medical management in several cities across the United States including Omaha and Lincoln, NE, Phoenix, AZ, and Houston, TX.

Chelsey Fraser is the Internal Medicine Pharmacist Specialist at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Idaho State University in 2017 and completed residency training at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2018. Chelsey is the Antimicrobial Stewardship Liaison at St. Clare Hospital, a member of Critical Care Core Group and Internal Medicine Core Group within the system, and a member of ASHP. She is the primary preceptor for the Internal Medicine rotation at St. Clare Hospital.

Shannon Fry is the Residency Program Coordinator. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington in 2009 and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2010. Shannon received Board Certification in Critical Care in 2015 and served as the Critical Care Pharmacist Specialist for 10 years. She is the primary preceptor for the longitudinal precepting experience and has supported numerous residency projects over the years. Shannon is Fundamental Critical Care Support certified through SCCM and currently serves as a lecturer for the course. She also serves as a presenter for the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Pulmonary APP fellowship. She is a member of SCCM, ACCP, ASHP and WSPA.

Joshua Greenwood is the regional clinical informaticist for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Washington in 2012. He received his certificate in Informatics from ASHP in 2018, and his Epic Willow proficiency with honors in 2019. He is the National CommonSpirit Epic Willow lead for Epic Upgrades, COVID related build, and National P&T. He is the primary preceptor for the Informatics rotation.

Shawn Hagland is the primary preceptor for the Oncology rotation at St. Joseph Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington and completed the Pharmacy Practice residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2013. Currently, Shawn serves as the co-chair of the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Chemotherapy Performance Improvement Team. He is a member of ACCP and HOPA, and has attained Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy and Oncology.

Justin Jellison is the Infectious Disease Pharmacist Specialist, Chair of the Regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, and ID preceptor at St. Joseph Medical Center. He coordinates regional projects related to antibiotics, such as treatment algorithms, order sets, and provider education, etc. He serves on various local, statewide, and national committees pursuing various forms of antimicrobial stewardship. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University in 2006. Justin completed his Pharmacy Practice Residency at Southwest Medical Center in 2007.

Michael Lindgren is a Supervisor and Clinical Pharmacist at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care and preceptor for the Hospice rotation. He received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Washington in 1987. He has worked for Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care since 1999, providing pharmaceutical care in pain management and end-of-life symptom management. He is a member of WSPA.

Seth Meisner is an Internal Medicine Pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center and precepts the Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease rotations. Seth earned a Bachelor of Science in 1999 and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2003 from Washington State University. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2004 at St. Joseph Medical Center. He is a member of ASHP.

Joshua Miller graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2006. After graduating he completed a residency with Franciscan Health System. Joshua currently is an Emergency Department Pharmacist at St. Francis Hospital.

Karl Nacalaban graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2006. After graduating he completed a residency with Franciscan Health System. Joshua currently is an Emergency Services department Pharmacist at St. Francis Hospital.

Rachna Patel received her PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2016 and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Rochester in New York. She joined the Ambulatory Care team in May 2018, and is currently working in the Primary Care, Anticoagulation, and Rheumatology Clinics. She is Board Certified in Ambulatory Care. Rachna is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Kristin Peterson received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1997 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1998, both from the University of Washington. She also completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the VA in Seattle in 1998 and is currently the PGY-1 in an Ambulatory Setting Residency Program Director and the Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor for the Ambulatory team. Kristin has played an integral role in the development of all Ambulatory Pharmacy Services. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy.

Brad Roggenbach is a clinical pharmacist at St. Anthony Hospital working in Internal Medicine. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in 2017. Brad completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2018. He is a member of ASHP.

Brian Ross is an Emergency Services department Pharmacist at St. Clare Hospital. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Washington State University in 2013 and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, WA in 2014. Brian serves as a preceptor for the Emergency Department rotation at St. Clare Hospital. He is a member of the ED Core Group, ID Core Group, and Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee.

Emily Strovink is an Internal Medicine Specialist at St. Anthony Hospital. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota. Emily completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2010. She is currently primary preceptor for the Internal Medicine rotation at St. Anthony Hospital.

Scott Takara received his BS degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center. Scott holds memberships in SCCM, ASHP, and ACCP. He is board certified in Critical Care and is a co-preceptor for the Critical Care rotation.

Julia Tichenor received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in Michigan. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2008. Julia is an Emergency Services department Pharmacist and serves as co-preceptor for the Emergency Services department rotation.

Serena Von Ruden is the Internal Medicine Specialist at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2011 and completed residency training at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2012. She holds a previous bachelor’s degree in Nursing and has practice experience as a registered nurse. Serena is co-founder of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Committee and is currently the St. Francis Health representative to this group in addition to co-chairing the Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine Core Groups. She enjoys presenting on optimizing antimicrobial usage at various local, regional, statewide, and national forums. She is a member of ASHP and ACCP and has attained Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Antimicrobial Stewardship Certification through the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. With her fabulous precepting team, Serena is the primary preceptor for the Critical Care I rotation at St. Francis Hospital.

Stephanie Winkler received her Bachelor of Pharmacy from Washington State University in 1994 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado in 2012. She has worked at CHI Franciscan since 1998 as an outpatient pharmacist in both the retail and clinical settings. Currently she is a provider for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Primary Care and Anticoagulation Clinics and is a preceptor for the Ambulatory Care rotation. Stephanie is Board Certified in Ambulatory Care.