Meet Our Preceptors 

These are the professionals who guide our residents

Dr. Derek Gaul, the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Director, obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He then completed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at Greenville Health System: Greenville Memorial Medical Center in South Carolina. Dr. Gaul is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine and serves as the Infectious Disease Stewardship pharmacist for Select Specialty Hospital with St Joseph’s/Candler. He currently serves as the pharmacy liaison to P&T and is a member of ASHP, ACCP, MAD-ID, SCSHP and GSHP. He is BLS/ACLS certified, holds the Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship certificate from MAD-ID and is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS).  

Dr. Hal RichardsDr. Hal Richards, the PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program Director, obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. After graduation he completed a specialty residency in Critical Care/ Nutritional Support at University of Arizona in Tucson. Upon graduation he became a clinical pharmacist on the Kidney-Liver-Pancreas Transplant Team at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Richards is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care and Nutritional Support at St. Joseph's/Candler. His academic appointments are to University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy and South University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Richards is board certified in nutrition. (BCNSP)

 

Dr. Erica MerrittDr. Erica Merritt, the PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Director, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. She completed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Dr. Merritt is one of the Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph’s/Candler, and continues to be involved in the development and advancement of clinical pharmacy services in the emergency departments at St. Joseph's/Candler. Dr. Merritt is BLS, ACLS, and PALS certified and responds as part of the hospitalwide code team. She is a member of ACCP, ASHP, GSHP and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).


Paul CarpenterMr. Paul Carpenter received his BS in pharmacy from Auburn University. He originally worked for several years in Alabama and North Carolina and later joined the pharmacy staff at Candler Hospital. He served as Pharmacy Manager of the Candler Hospital campus of St. Joseph’s/Candler for 20 years before becoming Director. He serves on a number of committees including Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Institutional Review Board, Bioethics committee and professional pharmacy organizations at the local, state, and national level. He is currently the Human Subjects Protection Administrator for the health system and chair of the Organizational Affairs Committee for the Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists.


Dr. Chris JonesDr. Chris Jones obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. After graduation he worked as a staff pharmacist for St. Joseph's Hospital. He then became the Director of Pharmacy at Candler County Hospital in Georgia. Dr. Jones obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. He returned to Savannah, and worked as a Clinical Pharmacist with St. Joseph’s/Candler before becoming the Pharmacy Manager of the St. Joseph's Hospital campus. Dr. Jones serves as the pharmacy liaison to the St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Clinical Research and is a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.



Dr. Jason Graham obtained his B.S. in Biology from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Georgia. Dr. Graham went on to obtain a Master of Health Services Administration degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University. He was employed as a pharmacy technician at Candler Hospital for two years prior to becoming a clinical pharmacist. He currently serves as Pharmacy Manager at the Candler campus. Dr. Graham is an active member in ASHP and GSHP.
 

 


Dr. Heather SeibertDr. Heather Hugener Seibert obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah, Georgia and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Dr. Seibert then obtained her Master of Business Administration from Auburn University. She is the Operations Manager for the Center for Medication Management at St. Joseph’s/Candler and oversees operations at the Savannah, Bluffton, SC, and Hilton Head Island, SC, locations. The Center for Medication Management specializes in anticoagulation therapy, hyperlipidemia management, vaccinations, coordination of patient care, and patient education. Dr. Seibert also oversees the development and implementation of inpatient protocols revolving around anticoagulation therapy. Dr. Seibert is a member of ASHP, GSHP, and the National Lipid Association.

Dr. Alix SchnibbenDr. Alix Schnibben obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina. She then completed her Postgraduate year One (PGY1) Community Pharmacy Practice Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Schnibben is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care at the center for Medication Management. She is a memebr of APhA. She is certified immunization delivery and Medication Therapy Management. Dr. Schnibben is board certified in Ambulatory Care (BCACP).


Dr. Bruce JonesDr. Bruce M. Jones obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from East Tennessee State University Gatton College of Pharmacy in Johnson City, Tennessee. He then completed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Dr. Jones is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases practicing in the Savannah City-Wide Antimicrobial Management Program. He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Dr. Jones is a member of IDSA, ASM, ASHP, GSHP, ACCP, and the Southeastern Research Group Endeavor (SERGE-45). Dr. Jones is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and has completed the Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program through MAD-ID.

Dr. Geneen GibsonDr. Geneen Gibson received her BS in Zoology from University of Georgia and Master of Science in Microbiology from University of Florida. She was employed as a microbiologist for 15 years and is certified as both a technologist and specialist in Microbiology by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Florida and completed a Pharmacy Practice and Infectious Disease Specialty residency at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Gibson is board certified in Pharmacotherapy with additional qualifications in Infectious Diseases (BCPS AQ-ID). Dr. Gibson is the Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for St. Joseph’s/Candler. She is a member of ASHP, GSHP, ACCP and MAD-ID.


Dr. Valerie ScarboroughDr. Valerie Scarborough obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah, Georgia. She worked as a staff pharmacist at St. Joseph’s Hospital prior to entering and completing a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler. She covers the Coronary Care Unit, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Electrophysiology Lab and the Cardiac Recovery Unit. Dr. Scarborough is a member of ASHP, GSHP, ACCP, AHA and ACC and is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and BLS/ACLS/PALS certified.



Dr. Sabrina Croft obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. She completed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. After residency, Dr. Croft spent six years as a clinical pharmacist at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina and one year as a clinical pharmacist at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas City. Dr. Croft is Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at St. Joseph's. She is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and BLS/ACLS certified and a member of ACCP, ASHP, and APhA.


Carolyn WilliamsMs. Carolyn Williams received her B.S. in pharmacy from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Williams is the Medication Safety Specialist for St. Joseph’s/Candler. As Medication Safety Specialist she coordinates medication processes with the medical staff, nursing, respiratory therapist, and other disciplines involved in medication use. She is an active member on Pharmacy & Therapeutics, Quality Analysis and Implementation, Nursing Quality Practice Council, Administrative Policy, and Patient Care Policy Committees. She leads the Medication Management Team. She is active in various local, regional and statewide professional organizations. She has published articles on intravenous medication safety, Patient Controlled Analgesia and medication administration using barcode technology in peer reviewed professional journals. She speaks on medication safety and intravenous infusion safety at pharmacy and nursing professional conferences locally and nationally.

Dr. Rie AvinoDr. Rie Avino obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, Alabama and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Shands Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been practicing in the area of Oncology Pharmacy for the past 15 years. Dr. Avino is board-certified in Oncology Pharmacy (BCOP) and is currently an Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for St. Joseph's/Candler. She is an active member of various state and national pharmacy organizations.
 


Dr. Carrie CooperDr. Carrie Cooper obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah, Georgia. She then completed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler. She is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine. Dr. Cooper is a member of the COPD/PNA Quality Team, ACCP, GSHP and ASHP. She is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS).





Dr. Julie BoatrightDr. Julie Boatright obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and was employed for several years as a clinical pharmacist at St. Joseph’s/Candler prior to completing her PGY1 residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Dr. Boatright was instrumental in developing our Non-Traditional PGY1 program and was our first resident graduate of this program. She serves on the Safe Kids of Savannah committee and is a member of the St. Joseph’s/Candler Pediatric Section, GSHP and ASHP. Dr. Boatright is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS).




Dr. Nancy NixDr. Nancy Nix received her B.S. in Biology from North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, GA and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She worked as a retail pharmacy manager for four years and then for two years as a clinical pharmacist with St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System. Subsequently, Dr. Nix completed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency through the University of Georgia at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, GA where she also completed a Master’s Teaching Certificate Program. She then completed a Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) specialty residency in Oncology at Cone Health Cancer Center in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Nix returned to St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in 2012 where she serves as the Coordinator of Oncology Clinical Pharmacy and practices at the ambulatory infusion center in Hilton Head, SC. She is a member of ASHP, ACCP, ASCO, ASCOM, HOPA, and is a founding member of APSHO. Additionally, Dr. Nix is Board Certified in both Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and Oncology (BCOP).

Allison PowellDr. Allison Powell received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She completed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Dr. Powell is an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at St. Joseph’s/Candler and is currently involved in the development and implementation of clinical pharmacy services in the emergency departments within the health system. She is BLS/ACLS certified and responds as part of the code team. Dr. Powell is a member of ACCP, ASHP, GSHP and is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS).



Emilee RobertsonDr. Emilee Robertson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. She completed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler and is the second graduate of the Non-Traditional PGY1 Residency Program. Dr. Robertson is a Clinical Pharmacist in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s/Candler. She is a member of ACCP, ASHP, GSHP and is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS).
 



Dr. Missy Ellison received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. She is a Clinical Pharmacist in Internal Medicine and practices in the progressive care unite (PCU) at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Dr. Ellison is a member of ACCP and GSHP. She is board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS).





 

Dr. David Kaland received his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He completed a postgraduate year one (PGY-1) pharmacy residency at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts as well as a postgraduate year two (PGY-2) oncology pharmacy residency at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacists Association (HOPA). At St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, he is a clinical oncology pharmacy specialist with an interest in hematologic malignancies. Dr. Kaland also teaches the oncology pharmacotherapy course at South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah, GA.

Dr. Joseph Campanelli received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. He completed his Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph's/Candler Health System in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Campanelli currently works as an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist on the medical/surgical, rehab, and skilled nursing floors at Candler Hospital. He serves as a pharmacist student preceptor for the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and South University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Campanelli is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy, BLS/ACLS/ASLS certified and is a member of ACCP and ASHP

 

 

Faculty Practitioners


Dr. Chris Bland is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Southeast campus in Savannah, GA. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of South Carolina in May of 2000 and was board certified in Pharmacotherapy in 2003. Dr. Bland spent nearly 15 years at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA as a clinical pharmacy specialist prior to accepting his position with the University of Georgia. Dr. Bland's primary practice areas include Infectious Diseases/Internal Medicine where he practices at St. Joseph/ Candler Health System. Chris has published recently in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Pharmacotherapy, and Clinical Infectious Diseases. He also provides live NAPLEX review courses for pharmacy schools nationally on many clinical topics. Chris recently received the 2012 Ralph D. Arnold Army Pharmacy Research Award for developing a blood culture program to ensure appropriate management of bacteremias including MRSA bacteremia. Dr. Bland is co-founder of the Southeastern Research Group Endeavor (SERGE-45) - a practice, based research network of nearly 40 hospitals primarily in the Southeast.

 

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