Instructors and Contributors

Karen Shapiro, PharmD, BCPS

CEO/Clinical Pharmacist/Educator

After studying Urban Planning & Public Policy at Boston University, Dr. Shapiro earned her PharmD from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She completed her Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at USC before joining the faculty of Western University College of Pharmacy in Pomona, California as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice where she taught for six years and worked in a geriatric clinic. After leaving her position at the College, Dr. Shapiro took a position as an inpatient clinical pharmacist for Los Angeles County in the amputation and orthopedic units, and later served as Director of Medication Therapy Management for a managed care company, where she developed one of the first MTM programs and developed a novel approach to patient assistance in the managed care setting.  She currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at Western University. Dr. Shapiro has also authored the textbook Natural Products: A Case-Based Approach for Health Care Professionals, which offers guidelines for integrating herbals and other natural products into the treatment plan of common conditions and health goals.

Reza Taheri, PharmD, MBA

CSO/Clinical Pharmacist/Educator

As Chief Strategy Officer, Reza Taheri guides RxPrep’s strategic planning to achieve our mission of offering the study tools that help students succeed. He drives the business processes and synchronizes the strategies across our teams.

Reza has over 25 years of teaching and practice experience in clinical, research, training, and management roles within a variety of settings. He has worked in academic settings, hospital clinics, and as a clinical scientist in the pharmaceutical industry.

Immediately prior to joining RxPrep, Reza was the Dean at West Coast University (WCU). He had been promoted from a previous role as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. During his tenure at WCU, Reza led the PharmD program to full ACPE accreditation. Prior to WCU, he served as Chair in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science and the Director of Experiential Education at Loma Linda University and was a faculty member at Western University. In clinical work, Reza served as the Co-Director of the Lipid Clinic at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System.

After completing his undergraduate and PharmD at the University of Minnesota, he stayed at the University to complete a residency and fellowship training in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy.

Reza has an Executive MBA from the USC Business School. He is a certified coach for emotional intelligence.

Stephanie D. Garrett, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist/Educator

Dr. Garrett came to RxPrep from twenty years of hospital pharmacy practice and academia. She started her career as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The last eight years she was a Network Clinical Specialist in Internal Medicine and the Director of the PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency Program at Seton Healthcare and the University of Texas in Austin, TX. She completed her BS and PharmD at West Virginia University and residency training at the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Texas currently.

Although primarily an internal medicine clinical pharmacist, she has done stints in emergency medicine and had various supportive roles in the hospital, including serving on the pharmacy and therapeutics committee and infection control and cardiology core measures teams. One of the best aspects of her positions was training and mentoring future pharmacists. She has taught pharmacy and medical students in most areas of internal medicine. She is adept at making the difficult topics manageable for the novice clinician. She continues to mentor students at RxPrep and enjoys giving back to the profession by mentoring the next generation of pharmacists.

Angie Veverka, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist/Educator

Dr. Veverka came to RxPrep after 14 years of experience in pharmacy education and hospital pharmacy practice. She completed her BS and PharmD at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University, followed by PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residencies at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. She subsequently served eight years as a faculty member at Wingate University School of Pharmacy, followed by 6 years as a Clinical Team Leader and PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Throughout her career, Dr. Veverka has mentored pharmacy students and residents in the development of clinical skills, practice-based research and leadership skills. She has been dedicated to the training of future pharmacists and enjoys assisting students and professionals as a member of the RxPrep team.

Chelsea Bombatch, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist/Educator

Dr. Bombatch earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Following completion of her degree, she completed a PGY1 residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian hospital, where she also attained a Mastery of Teaching certificate. She then continued her education with a PGY2 residency in Ambulatory Care at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. After her residencies, Dr. Bombatch served as one of the first clinical pharmacists at the Washington Health System in Washington, Pennsylvania, where she practiced for three years. In this position, she established the role of the clinical pharmacist and worked to expand clinical pharmacy services throughout the health-system. During this time, she was engaged in multidisciplinary rounds, several health-system committees, precepting of pharmacy students and education of hospital staff. She also taught at the Washington Health System School of Nursing and the Family Medicine Residency program affiliated with the health-system. Dr. Bombatch has authored and contributed to scholarly publications regarding a wide variety of topics, including herpes zoster vaccine in patients with HIV, pediatric asthma and cystic fibrosis, and Prader-Willi syndrome. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chartiers Center, a non-profit mental health clinic in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. She is excited to continue teaching and mentoring future pharmacists as a part of the RxPrep team.

Amy Drew, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist/Educator

Dr. Drew came to RxPrep after ten years as a faculty member at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist with Mercy Clinic Family Medicine in St. Louis, MO. She completed her BS at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, PharmD at Midwestern University at Glendale, Arizona and residency training at John Cochran Division- VA Hospital St. Louis Health Care System. She taught professional students in multiple health education settings, mentored pharmacy and medical residents and conducted research and presentations on interprofessional patient care and education. She was recognized for her teaching and precepting talents with the Faculty Member of the Year Award from Mercy Family Medicine and Clinical Pharmacy Excellence Award from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She is passionate about teaching and learning and excited to continue this with the RxPrep team.

Contributors

PAUL BERINGER
PHARMD, BCPS, FASHP

PAULINA DEMING
PHARMD

SUSAN E. GORMAN
PHARMD, MS, DABAT, FAACT

MEGAN HEIM
PHARMD, BCACP

DARREL W. HUGHES
PHARMD, BCPS

KIM M. JONES
PHARMD, BCPS

BETH A. MARTIN
PHD, MS, RPH

EMI MINEJIMA
PHARMD

CYNTHIA L. MORRIS-KUKOSKI
PHARMD, DABAT, FAACT

DOREEN PON
PHARMD, BCOP, BCPS

ALLISON PROVINE
PHARMD, BCPS, BCPPS

ROBIN WACKERNAH
PHARMD, BCPP

D. RAYMOND WEBER
PHARMD, BSPHARM, BCOP, BCPS, RPH

JEANNINE CONWAY
PHARMD, BCPS

LOU DIORIO
RPH, FAPHA

JEFFREY FUDIN
BS, PHARMD, DAAPM, FCCP, FASHP

JILL J. LIMBERG
PHARMD, BCPS, BCCCP

HEATHER R. BREAM-ROUWENHORST
PHARMD, BCPS

GEORGE DEMAAGD
PHARMD, BCPS

CATRINA DERDERIAN
BS, PHARMD, BCACP

CHRISTINE FITZGERALD
BS, PHARMD, BCPS

MUOI GI
PHARMD, BCPS, BCOP

JOEL C. MARRS
PHARMD, FCCP, FNLA, BCPS-AQ CARDIOLOGY, BCACP, CLS

BETHANY L. MURPHY
PHARMD, BCACP

TIEN M. H. NG
PHARMD, FCCP, BCPS (AQ-CARDIOLOGY)

ELIZABETH POGGE
PHARMD, MPH, BCPS, FASCP

SALLY RAFIE
PHARMD, BCPS

ANNIE WONG-BERINGER
PHARMD, FCCP, FIDSA

JENNIFER BEAN
PHARMD, BCPS, BCPP

ANNIE N. BIESBOER
PHARMD, BCPS, BCCCP

TAYLOR K. GILL
PHARMD, BCPS, AAHIVP

DARREN HEIN
PHARMD

MARY SOLIMAN
PHARMD, BCPPS, CPH

JENNIFER SCHMITZ
PHARMD, BCPS

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