Preceptors and Residents
Clinton Anderson, Pharm. D. – Internal Medicine
Dr. Anderson is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University College of Pharmacy – Glendale and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. His areas of interest include infectious disease, anticoagulation and diabetes management.
Dale Bikin, Pharm.D. – Neurosurgical Intensive Care Units / Neurology / Stroke
Dr. Bikin is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care units. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Midwestern University in Phoenix. He has served as a preceptor to Pharmacy Residents in Medical/Surgical intensive care. Growing up in Nebraska and Indiana, Dr. Bikin received his B.S. degree from Purdue University. Several years later he received a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
He participates in the Good Samaritan Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Glycemic Control Subcommittee, Infectious Disease Subcommittee as well as the Banner System Pain Committee and Cerner Discern ADE Committee. His areas of interest include infectious disease clinical outcomes, therapeutic drug monitoring and outcomes, solid organ transplant pharmacotherapy, quality improvement in glycemic control, pain control and opioid toxicology.
Andrew Berry, Pharm.D., BCPS – Cardiology
Andrew Berry is a clinical pharmacy specialist in cardiology at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. After receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Washington, he completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY2 residency in cardiology at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. Specific areas of interest include new oral anticoagulants, antiplatelet medications and management of heart failure.
Mitchell Buckley, Pharm.D., FCCM, BCPS – Medical Intensive Care Unit/PGY1 Residency Program Director
Dr. Buckley is the Residency Program Director and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa. Dr. Buckley completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Shawnee Mission Medical Center/University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, MO and a PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. He also completed the Clinical Pharmacy Teaching Scholars Program during his PGY2 residency training.
He serves as adjunct clinical instructor in acute care for the University of Arizona and Midwestern University College of Pharmacy. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications in pharmacy and medical journals as well as book chapters relating to critical care. He is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Dr. Buckley has held several offices within SCCM serving as Chair of the Patient Safety Committee and Research Committee as well as the ACCP PRN Critical Care PRN Committee Chair. He has developed several clinical programs, protocols, guidelines and clinical pathways. His areas of interest include septic shock; pulmonary arterial hypertension; sedation management in mechanical ventilation; ventilator-associated pneumonia; and medication error prevention.
Chris Coughlin is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Oncology. He received his Pharm.D. Degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, followed by an Oncology Specialty Residency in Houston, Texas at the University of Texas-M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He spent 9 years at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Hematology/Oncology with a focus on Lymphoma/Multiple Myeloma, before returning to Arizona.
Chris Coughlin, Pharm.D. – Hematology/Oncology
He currently serves on the Division of Oncology COC, is a member of the Oncology Leadership Team and Chemotherapy Administration Process Improvement Committee. He is a preceptor to pharmacy residents and students from the University of Arizona. His areas of interest include Hematology and Infectious Disease.
Julie Lehn, Pharm.D. – Palliative Care / Internal Medicine
Dr. Lehn is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Palliative Care. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Carl T. Hayden VA in Phoenix, Arizona in 2002. Dr. Lehn's areas of interest include patient safety, clinical pharmacokinetics, pain management and palliative medicine.
Mary Martin, Pharm.D. – Infectious Diseases
Dr. Martin is Infectious Disease Clinical Manager and Associate Director of the Antimicrobial Management Team at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. Dr Martin is highly involved in Banner system-wide design, development and implementation of programs to improve the use and utilization of anti-infectives as well as other classes of medications; she also coordinates multidisciplinary and continuing education programs for the nursing and medical staff. In addition to her positions at Banner, Dr. Martin holds clinical instructor positions in pharmacy practice with the Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale as well as with the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson, where she earned her PharmD degree, cum laude.
She is a member of the professional organizations the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America and is a member of numerous committees at Banner. Dr. Martin has coauthored articles that have appeared in Critical Care Nurse, Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing, and Pharmacy Practice News as well as the American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Musculoskeletal Infection. She has also presented at numerous meetings and conferences on such topics as antimicrobial therapy, organ-transplant medications, and pain management.
Krishna Schiller, Pharm.D. – Cardiology / Diabetes Management
Dr. Schiller is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiology/Progressive Care Unit and Diabetes Management. Dr. Schiller received her PharmD degree from University of Arizona and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, MN. She precepts pharmacy students from Midwestern University College of Pharmacy (Glendale, AZ campus) and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She is involved in Banner Health System committees for blood glucose management and heart failure initiatives. She has been actively involved in several institutional blood glucose management strategies. In addition to research and publication, her areas of interest include inpatient treatment strategies for blood glucose management, heart failure, and acute coronary syndromes.
Alexandra Spence, Pharm. D., BCPS – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Dr. Spence is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University College of Pharmacy - Glendale. Dr. Spence completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and a PGY2 specialty residency in Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She also completed an Academician Preparation Program during her PGY2 residency training.
She has presented research at National Conferences, including the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG). In addition to neonatal pharmacotherapy, Dr. Spence’s areas of interest include short bowel syndrome, congenital anomalies, medication error prevention, and teaching.
Laura Wicks, Pharm.D. – Internal Medicine / Solid Organ Transplant
Dr. Wicks is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine. She graduated from the University of Arizona and completed residency training at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. Dr. Wicks serves on both the Liver and Kidney/Pancreas Selection Committee and Liver and Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Committee. Her areas of interest include solid organ transplant, antimicrobial stewardship, and medication error prevention. Dr. Wicks is a preceptor for the University of Arizona.
Melanie Yerondopoulos, Pharm.D. – Trauma / Surgical Intensive Care Units
Dr. Yerondopoulos is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her B.S in Microbiology and her Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Arizona. Dr. Yerondopoulos completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she continued as a critical care pharmacist for 10 years. She also worked part-time in a pharmacist-managed anticoagulation clinic for 10 years. She served as a Clinical Instructor for the University of Wisconsin College of Pharmacy for 10 years and as a clinical preceptor for pharmacy residents in the trauma/surgical intensive care unit.
Currently she is a clinical preceptor for University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and pharmacy practice residents in the trauma/surgical and cardiac intensive care units. She is an American Heart Association ACLS instructor. Dr. Yerondopoulos has implemented many clinical programs including once-daily aminoglycoside protocol, pharmacist managed anticoagulation protocols, intensive care glucose control protocols, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia protocol, and ventilator-pneumonia prevention protocols. She is currently a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, Trauma interdisciplinary committee, Cardiovascular Surgery Committee and more. Her clinical interests include cardiac surgery, teaching, cardiac/respiratory arrest, sedation, infectious diseases, and transplantation.
Erin Wald, Pharm.D.
Erin Wald was born and raised in Phoenix, Ariz. She completed pharmacy prerequisites at the University of Arizona and went on to complete her Pharm.D. at Roseman University of Health Sciences - Henderson campus in 2013. Erin’s current practice interests include cardiology, diabetes, and administration. Upon completion of the Banner Good Samaritan PGY-1 residency, she plans to pursue board certification and seek a position as a clinical pharmacist at a teaching institution.
John DiPoto , Pharm.D.
John DiPoto is a native of Neenah, Wisconsin. He completed his undergraduate studies and went on to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2013. John’s current areas of interest include cardiology, internal medicine, and critical care. For his residency project, John will be evaluating an adverse drug event trigger tool in the ICU. Upon completion of the Banner Good Samaritan PGY1 residency program, he plans to pursue board certification.
Andrew Park, Pharm.D.
Andrew Park was born and raised in California where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. He then went to Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy-Glendale and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in June 2013. His current pharmacy practice interests include critical care, cardiology, and oncology. Upon completion of the PGY-1 residency program, he plans to pursue a pharmacist position at a teaching institution and board certification.
Brittany Kaufman, Pharm.D.
Brittany Kaufman was born and raised in Apple Valley, MN. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. She then received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2013 from Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy-Glendale. Brittany’s current practice interests include critical care, emergency medicine, infectious disease and cardiology. For her residency project she will be investigating the bleeding rates associated with the oral direct thrombin inhibitors. Upon completion of the PGY1 residency she plans to pursue a clinical pharmacist position and board certification.
Mitchell S. Buckley, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCM
BGSMC – Department of Pharmacy Services
PGY-1 Residency Director
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Phoenix, AZ 85006