Pharmacy Preceptors

Pharmacy Residency Directors

Tera R. Stock, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP is the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director and Clinical Manager for the Department of Pharmacy. Dr. Stock received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2008 and completed an ASHP accredited residency at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in 2009. During her residency, she achieved certifications in Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services and Anticoagulation Therapy Management. Following her residency, she continued to work with Saint Francis running a medication management service at a local community health center, a service she started during her residency. Prior to accepting the role of Clinical Manager, Dr. Stock practiced in the Gengras Adult Medical Clinic providing chronic disease state management services in the areas of diabetes, hypertension, anticoagulation, asthma and hepatitis C. She is certified in Basic Life Support, and is an APhA certified pharmacist immunizer. In addition, she has completed certificate programs in Fundamentals of Critical Care Support and heart failure management.

Dr. Stock’s practice and research interests include ambulatory and emergency medicine, the care of medically indigent patients, transitions of care, population management and leadership development. Dr. Stock also maintains active memberships to the American College of Clinical Pharmacists, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Amanda Williams, RPh, BCACP, CDE, CACP is the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director and the lead ambulatory pharmacist at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 2004, and is currently pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree at MCPHS in Boston, MA. Prior to joining Saint Francis Hospital in 2008, she gained pharmacy experience in a variety of settings including retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, and anticoagulation management. She has more than seven years of experience in medication management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, anticoagulation, and hepatitis C. She is adjunct faculty for the University of Connecticut and Saint Joseph’s Colleges of Pharmacy and precepts the ambulatory care rotation for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program.

In addition to her interests in Ambulatory Care, Amanda has strong interests in patient and staff education. She has been recognized by the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Administration and Education Council as a Saint Francis Faculty Fellow for her outstanding contributions to education. She is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and Connecticut Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Pharmacy Residency Preceptors

Michael Culligan, RPh is the Director of Pharmacy and the preceptor for the Practice Management rotation. He is a 1993 Graduate of the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy. He has worked as a clinical pharmacist in Connecticut, Indiana and Virginia. Prior to accepting the position of Director of Pharmacy he was the Assistant Director of Clinical Operations at Saint Francis Hospital. Mike was actively involved in the full implementation of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), bedside bar-coding, Smart Pump technology, automated dispensing, handling of pharmacy waste and IV automation at St. Francis Hospital. Mike put into action hospital wide IV automation at Saint Francis in 2003. He is an active member of ASHP, CSHP, and CPA.

Joshua Bouffard, PharmD received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Western New England University in 2015 and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in 2016. Dr. Bouffard joined the staff of the Saint Francis Department of Pharmacy after completing his residency. He is ACLS certified and has completed a teaching certificate program.

Dr. Bouffard’s interests include behavioral health and internal medicine. He is also an active member of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.

Michelle Byram, RPh, CACP received her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and completed an ASHP accredited pharmacy practice residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut. Following her residency Michelle was employed by the University of Connecticut Health Center as a Clinical Pharmacist and worked for several years in the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric units where she was also a preceptor for UConn pharmacy students. Her interest in ambulatory pharmacy practice and medication therapy management led her to become one of the first pharmacists to manage anticoagulation therapy at the University of Connecticut Health Center where she practiced for approximately six years.

Michelle is the preceptor for the Anticoagulation Service rotation. Michelle received her national certification as an Anticoagulation Care Provider in 2007 and joined the Anticoagulation Service at St. Francis Hospital in 2008. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Nicole Costello, PharmD completed her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Connecticut in 1995 and her Doctor of Pharmacy through the University of Florida in 2004. Following completion of her B.S. degree she worked at Hartford Hospital in the Drug Information Center as well as the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and transplant unit. Afterwards she joined the staff of the VA Hospital in West Haven, CT in the outpatient department. In 2001, Dr. Costello returned to inpatient pharmacy at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and her main practice areas include the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, the CHF floor, the cardiac step down unit and the IV additive department. She holds active memberships in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Dr. Costello is a preceptor for the Cardiology Intensive Care rotation.

Matthew Dionne, PharmD received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and his Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Dionne joined the Department of Pharmacy at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in 2006. He is the preceptor for the PGY1 Pharmacy Service rotation.

Jamey Dodge, RPh, BCPS, BCCCP is the preceptor for the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care unit rotations. Jamey received his Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1999. He joined the Department of Pharmacy at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in February of 2001 and had an active interest in critical care medicine. In 2005, Jamey became the lead ICU pharmacist and has since maintained a contemporary practice site within the critical care unit.

Jamey’s interests include sedation, analgesia, delirium, and the use of antimicrobials in the critically ill patient. He has successfully completed Immunization Training for Pharmacists and is involved in staff vaccinations each year. He is also an instructor for the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course where he lectures on Severe and Life Threatening Infections. Jamey holds a position as adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University where he teaches two courses on Clinical Pharmacology. He is also adjunct faculty at both the University of Connecticut and the University of Saint Joseph. Jamey maintains an active membership in the Society of Critical Care Medicine and its Northeast Chapter, as well as the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the American society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Karen Gleason, PharmD, CACP, BCACP received her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut in 1995 and received Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2008 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Prior to joining Saint Francis in 2006, she worked for many years in clinical hospital pharmacy, long term care and anticoagulation management. Dr. Gleason is a Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider, Certified Pharmacist Immunizer, and participates in the Adverse Drug Event Committee at St Francis Hospital. She is an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice with the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy. She maintains active membership in ASHP and is a co-preceptor for the Anticoagulation clinic rotation.

Danyal Ibrahim, MD is preceptor for the Toxicology elective. Dr. Ibrahim is Director and Section Chief of the Medical Toxicology Service and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Connecticut School Of Medicine. Dr. Ibrahim completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. He earned his fellowship training in Medical Toxicology from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana Poison Center, Indianapolis. He completed another residency in family medicine at Dalhousie University, QEII Health Science Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Ibrahim is currently enrolled in a Master's of Public Health (MPH) program at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore.

Ruth Korch, RPh, AAHIVS received her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy degree from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana. Ruth has practiced in both inpatient and outpatient settings in Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut serving as preceptor for Butler University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Creighton University, and Midwestern College of Pharmacy. Currently she holds positions of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and Adjunct Instructor of Pharmacy Practice at University of St .Joseph’s School of Pharmacy.

Ruth is a preceptor for the Infectious Disease Clinic Rotation located at both the Gengras Adult Medical and Burgdorf Clinics focusing on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Ruth received the Dennis Chapron Preceptor of the Year Award in 2009 from the University of Connecticut. In 2011 Ruth and the Burgdorf Infectious Disease/HIV Clinic Team received the Urban Service Track Community Partner Excellence Award.

Ruth maintains active memberships to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Scott Thomas May, PharmD, BCPS received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Saint Joseph in 2015 and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in 2016. Dr. May joined the staff of the Saint Francis Department of Pharmacy after completing his residency. He is ACLS certified and has completed a teaching certificate program.

Dr. May’s practice interests include critical care, cardiology and academia. He is also an active member of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

David Palazzolo, RPh received his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut. David has over 35 years of experience in hospital pharmacy and has spent the majority of his career working with the Behavioral Health population. He is the preceptor for the Behavioral Health rotation.

Megan Pereria, PharmD received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut and practiced as a consultant pharmacist before joining the Saint Francis team in 2005. Her interests include the management of adverse events associated with chemotherapy and the chemotherapy agents themselves. With the constant development of new drugs to treat various cancers, Dr. Pereria feels we all benefit from the fact that oncology is always evolving. Constantly discovering new pathways and mechanisms to treat cancer preserves an active learning environment. She also was involved in the implementation of a protocol for pharmacy to dose erythropoietin stimulating agents in the outpatient cancer center.

Dr. Pereria is a preceptor for the Outpatient Oncology rotation. She maintains active memberships in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist and the Hospital Oncology Pharmacist Association. She is also a member of the hospitals Oncology Drug and Therapeutics Management committee, where she plays an active role in reviewing new drugs for the hospital formulary.

Chad Porterfield, PharmD, BCPS received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut. After receiving his degree Dr. Porterfield began his career at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacist. While there he has trained in multiple disciplines including Neonatology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Critical Care, Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

Dr. Porterfield is the Clinical Coordinator for the Department of Pharmacy. His interests include Internal Medicine and Critical Care. He has his certification in Fundamentals of Critical Care Support. He also maintains active memberships to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Minal Rana, PharmD, BCPS received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry from New York University. After graduating from NYU, Dr. Rana worked at a biotechnology company in New York, before returning to school to obtain her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ before joining the St. Francis Anticoagulation Service in 2015. She is currently a preceptor-in-training for the Anticoagulation Service rotation.

Ellen Santoro, RPh received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Western Connecticut State College in 1975 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1982. After graduating from Western Connecticut, Ellen worked for four years in the Obstetric and Research Laboratory at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. There she performed a select number of tests, including L/S ratios, beta-HCG pregnancy tests and radioimmunoassays on Obstetric/Gynecologic patients. After graduating from pharmacy school, Ellen joined the staff at St. Francis Hospital as a clinical pharmacist, specializing in medical teaching, geriatrics and rehabilitation medicine.

Ellen has been a member of several regulatory committees involved with The Joint Commission and Department of Health visits. She actively participates in writing regulatory departmental policies and procedures.

Currently, Ellen is the Team Leader of Operations of the pharmacy department with responsibilities of interviewing, hiring, training and evaluating pharmacists and technicians as well as managing the daily operations of the pharmacy. Ellen has also worked as the pharmacy site manager at Bristol Hospital managing a staff of 10 employees and precepting students from the University of Connecticut. She is currently the preceptor for orientation to main pharmacy operations.

Tarak Shah, PharmD is a co-preceptor for the Internal medicine rotation. Tarak received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut in 2001 and practiced in an home infusion setting before joining the pharmaceutical team at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in 2002. When Tarak originally began his career at St. Francis, during the evening hours he helped decentralize clinical pharmacy services to internal medicine floors. In 2005, he expanded his clinical practice to a wide variety of patient care settings including the congestive heart failure unit, cardiology step-down unit, medical/surgical step-down intensive care unit, internal medicine floors, and the emergency department.

Ashley Sowers, PharmD received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013 from Harding University College of Pharmacy in Arkansas. After receiving her degree, Dr. Sowers gained experience in the retail setting before deciding to pursue a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. She completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 program at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in 2015, and then joined the pharmacy team at Saint Francis thereafter. Her primary clinical interests include emergency medicine, trauma, transitions of care and critical care. Dr. Sowers is the preceptor for the Emergency Medicine rotation. She is also actively involved in staff education by teaching lectures on Emergency Medication Usage for all new nursing staff in the Emergency Department, and is passionate about incorporating pharmacy involvement into the practice of emergency medicine. She is certified in Basic Life Support as well Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and completed her teaching certificate through the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy in 2015. Dr. Sowers maintains an active membership to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Eunyoung Silvie Suh, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy in 2000 and she completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in 2001. Dr. Suh joined the staff of the Saint Francis Department of Pharmacy after completing her residency and has since maintained a practice in internal medicine and hematology/oncology.

Dr. Suh is a preceptor for the Inpatient Oncology rotation. She is board-certified in pharmacotherapy and oncology pharmacy, and is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Khrystyna Tsar, PharmD received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2009 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy in 2011. Dr. Tsar joined the Department of Pharmacy at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in January of 2013. She is an Internal Medicine preceptor for the PGY1 pharmacy residency. Dr. Tsar has extensive experience in community pharmacy as well as hospital pharmacy. She has an active interest in emergency/trauma medicine, critical care medicine, adult internal medicine and teaching. She has successfully completed the Immunization Training for Pharmacists, the State of CT Naloxone Training Program, the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, as well as the Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) Provider course. She is also BLS and ACLS certified. Dr. Tsar serves as an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy. She maintains an active membership with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Firoozeh Vahadji, PharmD received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is the preceptor for the Congestive Heart Failure rotation.

Dora Wiskirchen, PharmD, BCPS received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Greenville Hospital System, University Medical Center in Greenville, South Carolina. While at GHS, she also completed a teaching certificate program. She also completed a 2 year Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at the Center for Anti-Infective Research & Development at Hartford Hospital. She joined the Saint Francis Department of Pharmacy in 2012 as pharmacy practice faculty from the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and plays an integral role in our growing Antimicrobial Stewardship Progam.

Dr. Wiskirchen’s interests include infectious diseases and antimicrobial pharmacokinetics. She is an APhA Certified Immunization Instructor and an active member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, and the American Society for Microbiology.