Ambulatory Care

Mary Carpenter, Pharm.D., BCACP

Mary received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South University in 2014. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah, GA where she received a teaching certificate through the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. During her PGY2 in Ambulatory Care at Novant Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she served as an APPE preceptor for ambulatory care and a co-preceptor for PGY1 residents. She joined the pharmacy team at AU Medical Center in August of 2016 with a focus in ambulatory care at the Augusta University Family Medicine Clinic (FMC), where she established a role for pharmacy and developed a Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) protocol. Her areas of clinical interest include: anticoagulation, management of chronic disease states including diabetes, COPD/asthma, hypertension, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease (long-term medication management post-stroke, myocardial infarction, etc.) and osteoporosis, as well as transitions of care services. She is the Residency Program Director for our new PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency, which is in candidate-status with its first resident 2019-2020.

Mary has collaborated with Family Medicine faculty as well as ambulatory care pharmacists on publications in pharmacy and medical journals and has assisted in the redevelopment of the Therapeutics curriculum for the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), as well as development of a pharmacotherapy elective for medical students within the Family Medicine Center (FMC) where she hopes to promote interdisciplinary learning between MCG medical students and UGA pharmacy students. . Mary has presented at national and local meetings including, American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear meeting, Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists (GSHP) Spring meeting, Primary Care and Family Medicine Symposium annual meeting, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) program, and is an active member of ASHP, GSHP, and American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Contact:  marcarpenter@augusta.edu
 


Kate O'ConnorKate O'Connor, Pharm.D., BCACP

Kate received her PharmD at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 2015. After graduation, she completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas. During her residency, she received a teaching certificate through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, where she served as a Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice. She then stayed on at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency, during which she served as an APPE preceptor and co-preceptor for PGY1 residents. During her residency, she volunteered at an interdisciplinary, student run free clinic, which encouraged her to work with learners and the underserved. She joined the pharmacy team at AU Medical Center in August of 2017 and established a pharmacist presence in the Internal Medicine Clinic. She loves working in a team-based, academic environment to improve patient care while simultaneously teaching medical residents, medical students, and pharmacy learners. She also practices via a Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) protocol to provide chronic disease state management in a more autonomous manner.

Kate has been involved in revamping the MCG Ambulatory Clerkship for 4th year medical students to include more didactic, interdisciplinary activities and has started participating in and leading such activities as of May 2018. She is currently working on an IRB-approved research project with Internal Medicine faculty and a publication with Internal Medicine and Psychiatry faculty. Her clinical interests include: diabetes, hyperlipidemia, mental health, anticoagulation, and transitions of care. Kate is a member of American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists (GSHP), and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Contact: koconnor@augusta.edu

 

Tara Koehler, Pharm.D., BCACP

Tara is a preceptor-in-training who brings years of patient-care oriented pharmacy practice experience to a unique new role.  In fall 2016 she became the first pharmacist to practice in the AU Medical Center Digestive Health Center.  She works closely with patients being treated for hepatitis C, Chrohn's Disease and other gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, as well as the gastroenterologists, GI surgeons and allied health members of the Digestive Health team.

After completing her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in May of 1999, Tara stayed in Augusta and worked as a community pharmacist with Kroger.  During her tenure with Kroger she served first as a staff pharmacist, then as a pharmacy manager, and finally as part of Kroger’s Patient Care Specialist Team.  As part of the Patient Care Specialist Team, she completed medication reviews, targeted interventions, health screenings to include blood glucose, blood pressure, height, weight, and cholesterol readings, and immunizations.  Health coaching was also a very important part of this position.  Tara coached patients on diabetes management, food and nutrition, health weight loss and exercise management, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia.  She earned the Patient Care Award in 2012, the first year it was given.  Tara is certified by APhA in immunization delivery and pharmaceutical care for patients with diabetes.  She is interested in pharmacy law and completed her Pharmacy Regulatory Certificate in October of 2015.  Tara joined the AU Health team in May of 2015 as the first ambulatory clinic pharmacist for the Specialty Pharmacy and in fall 2016 became the Digestive Health Center Clinical Pharmacist.  She earned her Ambulatory Care Board Certification in the spring of 2016 and began practicing under a Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) protocol in spring 2017. Tara is a member of GSHP and ASHP and also completed an anticoagulation certificate program from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. In 2018, she became the District Director-Elect for the Central Savannah River District of GSHP, and will join the GSHP Board of Directors in summer 2019.

Contact: tkoehler@augusta.edu

 

Melissa Laub, Pharm.D., BCPS

Melissa is a 2016 graduate of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy residency at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, MN and her PG2 residency in solid organ transplantation at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.   Dr. Laub joined the AU Pharmacy team in Augusta 2018 as a renal transplant pharmacist.  Her practice focuses on the comprehensive care of kidney and pancreas transplant recipients in the pre- and post-transplant settings.  Melissa's clinical interests include solid organ transplant, opportunistic infections, viral infections and international health.  She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Transplantation Trainee and Young Faculty Community of Practice as a Member-at-Large and has served on various advisory groups and committees within the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Contact:  mlaub@augusta.edu

 

Meredith Lopez, Pharm.D.Meredith Lopez, Pharm.D., BCACP

Meredith completed her Pharm.D. at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2014 and received a certificate in anticoagulation management from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2016. After graduation, Meredith worked as a pharmacy manager for CVS/Pharmacy in Augusta, GA. In 2016, she transitioned to AU Medical Center, where she oversees the Patient Assistance Program.  Our  Patient Assistance Program assists underinsured and uninsured patients with low to no income in obtaining medications through manufacturers at no charge to the patient.  Meredith’s  team has completed over 1500 patient assistance applications per year. Meredith is also an ambulatory care practitioner in the Anticoagulation Clinic and staffs the Outpatient Clinics and Georgia Cancer Center pharmacies. She is a guest lecturer for pharmacology and geriatrics courses at the Dental College of Georgia. She is a member of several organizations including GSHP, ASHP, APhA, and GPhA. Meredith precepts pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) and is a residency preceptor-in-training.

Contact: merlopez@augusta.edu

 

Monica Cromer Magoulas, Pharm.D.

Monica received her Pharm.D. from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2009 then worked as a unit based oncology pharmacist from 2009-2012 at University Hospital in Augusta. During this time, she also subspecialized in Neuro ICU, Cardiovascular and end stage renal failure. In 2012, her career path transitioned from inpatient to outpatient oncology when she began working for Medical Oncology Associates (an ambulatory practice owned by University Hospital) as the pharmacist in charge. Dr. Magoulas held this position until 2014 when she joined the AU Medical Center pharmacy team as one of the oncology pharmacists in the Georgia Cancer Center and began teaching a weekly class to new patients receiving chemotherapy and their families.  She is a preceptor for the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and will be a residency preceptor-in-training. In fall 2016, she took on a new role as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist for the Specialty Pharmacy and in 2018 was promoted to the Specialty Pharmacy Supervisor.

Contact: mmagoulas@augusta.edu

 

Brittany Wheeler, Pharm.D.Brittany Bennett Wheeler, Pharm.D., BCACP

Brittany Wheeler completed her PharmD at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2014, received a certificate in anticoagulation management from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2016, and a teaching certificate from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2017. She first started her journey as a pharmacist in 2014 by opening and managing a pharmacy within a local primary care provider’s office. Brittany came to AU Medical Center in May 2015, and her first role at the medical center involved the development and implementation of one of our transition of care programs—Meds to Beds. After completing her anticoagulation management certificate, Brittany began her current role as the pharmacist in the Anticoagulation Clinic in 2017. The Anticoagulation Clinic operates under a collaborative practice agreement and manages over 600 patients annually. Brittany is a guest lecturer for pharmacology and geriatrics courses at both the Dental College of Georgia and Family Medicine Grand Rounds each year. She is a member of several organizations including GSHP, ASHP, APhA, and GPhA. Brittany’s interests include anticoagulation, transitions of care, and cardiovascular disease state management including heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and coronary artery disease. Brittany precepts pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).  She is serving on the ASHP Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Medication Management Services for 2018-2019.

Contact: brwheeler@augusta.edu

 

Renad Abu-Sawwa, Pharm.D.

Dr. Renad Abu-Sawwa is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Her practice site is the Pediatric Neurology/Epilepsy Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Georgia at the AU Medical Center. She serves as a clinical preceptor at her practice site for PGY-2 Pediatric and Ambulatory Pharmacy residents, PGY-1 Pharmacy residents and fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy students.
 
Renad graduated from the University of Florida with both a Bachelors in Food Science and Human Nutrition with an emphasis in Human Nutrition and Doctor of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.  During her PGY-1 year she completed a teaching certificate at St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Following her PGY-1, Renad went on to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas for her PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency before joining the faculty at UGA in 2018.
 
Her professional interests include pediatric neurology/neurocritical care, pediatric critical care/cardiovascular critical care, hematology and toxicology. Her academic interests include innovative teaching methods, interprofessional education, precepting/teaching styles, application of learning/personality/vocational styles, experiential education and training, mentorship and well-being.
 
Renad is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists (GSHP), Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG), and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS).
 
Contact: rabusawwa@augusta.edu

 

Courtney Mead, Pharm.D.Courtney Meade, Pharm.D.

Courtney received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy in Clinton, SC in 2016, followed by a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC. During her PGY1 year, she completed a teaching certificate program through the University of South Carolina (USC) College of Pharmacy.  Following her PGY-1, Courtney remained at Palmetto Health for a PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and served as co-coordinator for the pediatric elective through USC College of Pharmacy. After completion of residency she joined the Augusta University Pharmacy team as a Pediatric Ambulatory Care Pharmacist.

Courtney collaborates with providers across the health system as Augusta University Health looks to establish a Patient-Centered Medical Home in both outpatient pediatric and adult primary care. Courtney currently divides her time between 3 clinics within the health system and has a large focus on population health within the pediatric primary care setting. Courtney looks to continue to expand her services and outreach to the community over time. She is a preceptor-in-training for students at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and for both PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents.  Her professional interests include pediatric ambulatory care, complex/special needs children, behavioral health, neurology, oncology, antimicrobial stewardship, patient counseling, population health initiatives and academia.  Courtney is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP) and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG).  Courtney also continues to remain involved with pharmacy in South Carolina as a member of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Board and as a member of the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SCSHP).

Contact: comeade@augusta.edu

 

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