Pharmacy Residency Program | VA Eastern Kansas Health Care


Topeka

Katie Foster, PharmD, MS, FCCM, FASHP, KCHP (Residency Program Director)

Katie Foster is the Assistant Manager of Clinical Pharmacy Services at the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System in Topeka, Kansas, and Director of the PGY1 Residency Program. Dr. Foster received her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Creighton. After graduation, Dr. Foster pursued a residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center, specializing in hospital pharmacy, and obtained a master’s degree in hospital pharmacy. Dr Foster worked at Stormont Vail Health Care for 23 years as Clinical Director of Pharmacy, Trauma Pharmacist and Director of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. Dr. Foster works with multidisciplinary teams to help improve patient care and is an information resource for healthcare professionals as well as patients. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Shannon Baltrusaitis, PharmD

Shannon Baltrusaitis works as a clinical pharmacist practitioner in primary care as an advanced practice provider with a scope of practice. Dr Baltrusaitis received his MD from the University of Kansas in 2017 and completed a PGY-1 residency at the VA Eastern Kansas HCS in 2018. Dr Baltrusaitis co-precept the information and teaching rotation on medications. She can be contacted by e-mail at [email protected]

Michael Buck, PharmD

Michael Buck works as a clinical pharmacist practitioner in primary care as an advanced practice provider with a scope of practice. Dr. Buck received his PharmD from the University of Nebraska in 2016 and completed a PGY-1 residency at the VA Eastern Kansas HCS in 2017. Dr. Buck teaches the outpatient rotation and coordinates events social aspects of the residence. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Kerri Christian, PharmD, BCACP, CGP

Kerri Christian is a clinical pharmacist practitioner in ambulatory care, working in primary care and cardiology clinics. Dr Christian received her MD with Distinction from the University of Nebraska in 1998. Prior to joining the VA EKHCS pharmacy team in 2013, she was a Consultant Pharmacist, Senior Consultant Pharmacist and Clinical Coordinator for Pharmerica, a national long-term care pharmacy. . Dr. Christian has been a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists since 2001, a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (FASCP) since 2006, and completed her second term on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Chapter of the American Society. of Pharmacist consultant in 2017. She obtained her diploma as a certified geriatric pharmacist in 2003 and her diploma from BCACP in 2013. Dr Christian enjoys sharing his passion for geriatrics with pharmacy students since 2001 and with PGY1 pharmacy residents since 2014. Dr Christian can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Kathryn Dement, PharmD, BCPP

Kathryn Dement is a clinical pharmacist practitioner in psychiatry. Dr Dement graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2010. She then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2011 and joined the staff of VA EKHCS in July 2011 as an inpatient behavioral health specialist. clinical pharmacist. She obtained her BCPS in 2011 and her BCPP certification in 2015. Since 2018, Dr DeMent has been a practicing clinical pharmacist with an advanced scope of practice in psychiatry, working with the PTSD treatment program and an outpatient mental health clinic. Dr Dement can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Micah Halton, PharmD, BC-ADM, CDCES

Micah Halton is a clinical pharmacist practitioner in ambulatory care. Dr. Halton received his MD from the University of Kansas in 2009 and completed his pharmacy residency at Providence VA Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island. He joined the VA Eastern Kansas Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Halton currently precept residents for outpatient rotation. He also teaches pharmacy students from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in outpatient care. Dr Halton obtained his BC-ADM and CDCES in 2012. Dr Halton can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Margit Hansing, PharmD, BCACP

Margit Hansing is a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner in Anticoagulation, Cardiology and Anticoagulation Program Manager at the VA Eastern Kansas HCS. Dr Hansing received his MD from South Dakota State University in 2017 and completed a PGY-1 residency at the VA Black Hills HCS in 2018. Dr Hansing joined the VA Eastern Kansas Medical Center in 2018. She precept the rotation of the anticoagulation clinic. Dr Hansing received her BCACP in 2020. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Melissa Hinrichsen, PharmD

Melissa Hinrichsen is a clinical pharmacist, practicing on the Topeka campus. Dr Hinrichsen received her MD from the University of Kansas in 2019. She completed her residency at the VA Eastern Kansas HCS in 2020 and has been on staff ever since. Dr Hinrichsen currently teaches residents in pharmacy practice as part of the pharmacy operations experience and coordinates social events at the residence. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Shelby Hippler, PharmD, BCACP

Shelby Hippler is a clinical pharmacist practitioner in ambulatory care. Dr. Hippler graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2014. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Fayetteville VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Dr. Hippler joined the Eastern Kansas VA Medical Center in 2015 as a PACT Pharmacist. In 2017, she transitioned to a clinical pharmacy specialist role for the Junction City CBOC and began precepting ambulatory care residents. Duties include assisting CBOC teams with medication issues and managing chronic disease conditions for rural veterans. Unique tasks include attending shared medical appointments, population management, and tele-video patient visits. Dr. Hippler is the main tutor of the internship and coordinates the social events of the residency. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Sara Weeder-Korus, PharmD, BCPS

Sara Weeder-Korus is a practicing clinical pharmacist practicing chronic disease management and hematology / oncology. Sara received her PharmD from Creighton University in 2008 and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Grand Island, Nebraska VA Medical Center in 2009. She joined VA Eastern Kansas in 2009 and achieved BCPS certification in 2013. She previously served as a clinical pharmacist and preceptor in acute medicine before returning to ambulatory care in 2014. She currently precept residents in chronic disease management. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Leavenworth

Cynthia Copeland, PharmD

Cynthia Copeland practices as a clinical pharmacist in acute medicine on the Leavenworth campus. She received her BS in Pharmacy from Southwest Oklahoma State University and her PharmD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Copeland has traveled extensively and during her husband’s active career she has held a number of positions throughout his career including outpatient, medication information, outpatient care, inpatients and pediatrics. . She joined VAEKHCS in 2013 where residents precept for the acute medicine rotation I and is a member of the intensive care committee. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Elizabeth Debes, PharmD

Elizabeth Debes is a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner in Pain Management on the Leavenworth Campus. It is based on elective pain management rotation. In addition to her clinical roles, Dr. Debes is a member of the Pain Steering Committee and leads discussions at the VA Pain School. Dr Debes received her MD from the University of Kansas in 2012 and completed a PGY-1 residency at the VA Eastern Kansas HCS in 2014. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Melissa Bigham, PharmD

Melissa Bigham graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy in 2014. Subsequently, she completed her PGY-1 pharmacy residency with the VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System. Dr Bigham is now a Clinical Geriatric Pharmacist at VAEKHCS – Leavenworth, working with residents of the Community Living Center and a member of the Geriatric Primary Care Team (Geri-PACT). She completes her clinical role by participating in the dementia steering committee and the quality committee of the Community Integration Center. Dr Bigham also contributed to a chapter on the human microbiome and aging in Nutrition and functional foods for healthy aging. Melissa co-precept the Drug Information and Education rotation and can be contacted at [email protected]

Tracy Jo (TJ) McCombs, PharmD, PhD

TJ McCombs is Deputy Chief of Pharmaceutical Operations at VAEKHCS. She previously worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Assistant Clinical Coordinator at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. Dr. McCombs precept residents for the rotation of pharmacy leadership and administration. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Emily Potter, PharmD, BCPS

Emily Potter is a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner in Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Management. Dr. Potter graduated from Saint Louis College of Pharmacy and received her PharmD in 2010. Subsequently, she completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Via-Christi Health Care in Wichita, KS. In 2011, she held a clinical pharmacist position at Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Internal Medicine / Critical Care with a focus on infectious diseases where she obtained BCPS certification in 2012. In 2015, she held the position specialist in clinical pharmacy in infectious diseases. Disease / Antimicrobial Stewardship at VAEKHCS. She is actively involved in local, VISN and national antimicrobial stewardship committees. Dr. Potter is actively involved in research and is a member of the KCVA Institutional Review Committee and chairs the Eastern Kansas Research and Development Committee. Dr Potter recently published in Enterococcal Bloodstream Infections and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Dr. Potter teaches the elective course in Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Management and coordinates the residency research internship. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Dorothy Williams, PharmD, BCPP

Dorothy Williams is a clinical pharmacist practitioner in psychiatry. Dr Williams received her MD from the University of Kansas in 2007. She then completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in 2008, after which she remained as a Clinical Pharmacist in Behavioral Health. hospitalized. She joined the VA Eastern Kansas HCS in 2014 as a Behavioral Health Clinical Pharmacist in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. She received her BCPP certification in 2012. Dr Williams is currently working as a Behavioral Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Leavenworth Home Campus, where she practices as an advanced practice provider with a scope of practice. Dr Williams is a member of the Clinical Care Committee for Substance Use Disorders for the EKHCS and has published on topics related to psychotropic drugs. Dr Williams can be contacted at [email protected]


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