Kate is the Ambulatory Oncology Clinical Specialist and preceptor for the Ambulatory Oncology rotation. She is originally from Severna Park, MD. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed her PharmD at The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She went on to complete her PGY1 and PGY2 Oncology Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She is currently completing her Masters in Health Care Administration with a specialization in Health Care Leadership through Capella University. Outside of the residency program, she is a preceptor for the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy, University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy, and Drake University School of Pharmacy. She maintains an active role in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, where she has served as the Resident Member to the Commission on Credentialing. Additionally, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the Advanced Practitioner Society in Hematology / Oncology (APSHO) in September of 2016. She serves as the Representative to the Board for the Colorado Pharmacist Society Academy of New Practitioners and co-chairs the Annual Meeting subcommittee of the Continuing Education Committee. As a member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacists Association (HOPA), she serves on the Continuing Education Committee and the Scope of Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Practice Part 2 Task Force. Outside of her professional life, Kate loves spending time with friends and family, CrossFit, running, cooking, shopping, football (Go Ravens!), and spending time outdoors.
Larry is the Director of Pharmacy and one of the preceptors for the Pharmacy Practice Management rotation. Larry earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Nebraska. After graduation, he completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to arriving at UCHealth – Memorial, Larry was the Director of Pharmacy for United Health Services Hospitals in Binghamton, NY for 15 years and Assistant Director of Pharmacy for the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas for 9 years. Larry spends his free time bow hunting and golfing. He also enjoys cooking and spending time with his family.
Chris is the Pharmacy Manager for clinical services and one of the preceptors for Practice Management, Internal Medicine and Research. Chris earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. After graduation, he completed a specialty practice residency in pharmacotherapy and earned a MS in Pharmacy degree from The University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Prior to arriving at Memorial, Chris was a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy and at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine. When Chris isn’t working, he enjoys spending time in the Colorado great outdoors with his family, smoking Texas style barbeque and cheering for the Longhorns – Hook’em Horns!
Alyssa is one of the Critical Care clinical pharmacists and preceptor for the Critical Care rotation as well as the PGY2 Critical Care Program Director. Alyssa received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, IA and then completed a PGY-1 and PGY-2 Critical Care residency, both at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, IL. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and exploring beautiful Colorado, driving up to Denver to re-live her city life, traveling back and forth from Minnesota and Illinois to visit family, spending time with her husband and daughters, cheering for the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Twins, and not being in the Midwest during the winter!
Paige graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 2004. She completed her PGY1 residency training at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2005 and her PGY2 specialty residency in Critical Care/Nutrition Support at Regional One Health/University of Tennessee in 2006 in Memphis. She then practiced as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care at Regional One Health and was an Assistant Professor for the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy until 2016, when she moved to Colorado. Currently, Paige practices as a Clinical Pharmacist and Preceptor in Critical Care at UCHealth Memorial Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring beautiful Colorado with her husband and dogs, traveling, and the constant quest for the world’s best restaurant.
Angie is the primary preceptor for Internal Medicine working primarily with our Surgical-Trauma and Orthopedic patients. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Newman University in Wichita, Kansas and her PharmD from Creighton University. Angie completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas and has been with UCHealth Memorial Hospital since 2011. Angie enjoys hiking the Incline, keeping up with her three kids and watching Kansas City Chiefs football.
Carrie is the preceptor for the Investigational Drug Services rotation. She attended University of Nebraska as an undergraduate and received her PharmD from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Carrie then completed a PGY-1 residency at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington. She started working at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in 2013. Carrie has pharmacy practice experience in internal medicine, women’s services, cardiology, oncology, and anticoagulation. She enjoys photography, beach vacations, the arts, watching college hockey and spending time with her family.
Dave is the Pharmacy Clinical/Operations Manager for Children’s Hospital Colorado at Memorial and preceptor for Pediatrics, PICU and NICU. He is also an outpatient pediatric oncology pharmacist at Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood disorders. Dave earned his Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology and Political Science at Regis University. Dave earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from Creighton University School of Pharmacy and completed an ASHP-accredited Pediatric Pharmacy Practice Specialty Residency in Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is currently and Adjunct Clinical Professor at Drake University, Creighton University, University of South Carolina, Regis University, University of Minnesota and University of Wyoming and is a clinical instructor at the University of Colorado and Ohio Northern University. In addition to his experience as a Pharmacy Manager, Dave has been recognized as a Peak Performer Award winner for 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 (outstanding hospital pharmacist), Friend of Nursing Award Winner (2014) and is a certified internal coach for Childrens Hospital Colorado. Outside of his professional life, Dave has climbed 39 of Colorado’s 14ers, coaches youth football and is an Obstacle Course Racing addict competing in the Obstacle Course Race World Championships as a member of the Colorado Obstacle Racers Team in 2015 and 2016.
Lauren is the preceptor for the Women’s Services Rotation. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Colorado. Her experience includes women’s services, internal medicine, neonates and pediatrics. She has a passion for Women’s Health issues and most recently worked to obtain a grant from the state of Colorado to provide long acting contraceptive devices to hospitalized patients in need. She is the coordinator for the regional Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee and sits on the UCHealth system P&T committee. She enjoys writing monographs, chasing around her two small children, online shopping during their naps, Colorado scenery and traveling the state, leisurely bike rides, not watching football, and spending time with friends and family.
Joe is an Ambulatory Oncology Clinical Specialist and a preceptor for the Ambulatory Oncology oncology rotations of both the PGY-1 and the PGY-2 oncology programs. The product of a nomadic life, he isn’t really “from” anywhere but is now fiercely proud to call the West home. Joe received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. He completed a PGY-1 residency with UCHealth in Colorado Springs, and a PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy residency at the Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise, ID.
His professional interests include novel chemotherapies, hematologic malignancies, bow ties, Stoic philosophy, and Sasquatch. He greatly appreciates cavalier use of the English language. When not at work, Joe can be found mountain biking, climbing, skiing, mountaineering, or peak bagging Colorado’s Fourteeners. He is a proud devotee of Mark Twight, Edward Abbey, and the American West.
Alex is the Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist, preceptor of the Infectious Diseases rotation, and co-chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee. He was born and raised in Washington Township, NJ. He dual-majored for his Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology degrees from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, graduating in 2010. From there he worked for almost 4 years at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, VA as a clinical pharmacist. Alex then decided it was time to pursue residency training and did his PGY-1 Acute Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of California San Diego Medical Center and then his PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at the University of Colorado Hospital. With the free time he has he enjoys spending it with his wife, playing video games, skiing, exploring Colorado, and eating delicious food.
Riya Patel is from Bowling Green, Kentucky. She completed her BS in biology at Western Kentucky University and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. Her interests include oncology, transplant, ambulatory care, and academia. Her future plans include a PGY2 in one of her areas of interest; long-term, she plans on obtaining a position in academia while maintaining clinical practice. In her spare time, Riya enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and trying new restaurants. A fun fact about her is that she can read one novel a day.
Laura Brewer is from Broomfield, Colorado, and earned her PharmD from University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Her clinical interest is oncology and her PGY1 research project is evaluating re-challenge of immunotherapy after an immune-related adverse event. In her spare time, Laura enjoys kayaking, fishing, and watching Harry Potter movies. Upon completion of her first year of residency, she plans to pursue a second-year residency in her clinical interest. She is excited to explore all the opportunities that UCHealth Memorial and Colorado Springs have to offer.
Rachel Jenson is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree as well as a BS in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin Madison (On Wisconsin!). Her clinical interests include infectious disease and internal medicine. She enjoys backpacking in the Rockies with her husband and dogs during the summer, and snowboarding during the winter.
Luisa Hoyt is originally from Montpelier, Vermont. She completed her BS degree in animal science at the University of Vermont and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Her clinical interests include internal medicine, infectious disease, and ambulatory care. Luisa spends most of her spare time with her horse, Nik, but also enjoys cooking, skiing, yoga, and indoor cycling.
Joe Oropeza completed his Bachelor of Science degree at University of Colorado. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Denver, and completed his PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Joe is now completing his PGY-2 in Critical Care at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, participating in local races, and snowboarding.
Abdi Bile received his Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, where he also completed his PGY1 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. Abdi is now completing his PGY-2 in Oncology at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In his free time, Abdi enjoys sharing memes with friends, reading, and hiking.
Pharmacy practice (resident staffing)
- Each resident shall be licensed within the state of Colorado by August 1st
- Residents who fail to become licensed in the state of Colorado by August 1 must set up an individual meeting with the RPD and Director of Pharmacy. Residents who fail to become licensed in the state of Colorado by October 1 will be suspended from the residency program until they become licensed. Time missed in the program will be added on to the end of the residency year. Residents may continue to work as pharmacy technicians and continue to receive a student intern salary until they are licensed. Residents not licensed as a pharmacist in the state of Colorado by January 1 will be dismissed from the program.
- Residents will receive quarterly staffing evaluations in PharmAcademic
- During orientations, residents will receive:
- Training for procedural issues and systems
- An orientation checklist
- PGY1 Residents will staff every 3rd weekend as well as two evening shifts on Thursday or Friday every month. Trades can be made among residents.
- PGY2 Critical Care resident will staff every 4th weekend in the ICU, one evening shift per week in ICU (except on the weeks they staff the weekend), and one ED weekend shift per month.
- Holiday Staffing Coverage
- Residents, as part of the professional staff of the department, are expected to assist with holiday coverage during the residency year. Every effort will be made to accommodate a resident’s preference for the specific holiday assignment.
- Residents will be expected to cover one winter holiday shift (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day).
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