Rachel Capitano (PharmD)
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
My name is Rachel Capitano and I am from Hughestown, Pennsylvania. I earned my Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2014 from Wilkes University. During my education, I worked for Wal-Mart Pharmacy in Pittston, PA. It was not until rotations began that I realized I wanted to pursue residency training.
My first rotation was at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in ambulatory care. After completion, I knew I definitely wanted to come back for more! I love working in the outpatient cardiovascular risk reduction clinics as well as anticoagulation clinics. In addition, I have a strong desire to teach others. I cannot wait to educate pharmacy students and I look forward to bringing education full circle when I learn from them as well.
I enjoy maximizing my learning potential and that is exactly was residency training is giving to me. It not only allows you to practice what you have already learned, but allows you to become an expert in your pharmacy career.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, going for dinner, traveling, and spending time with my family, fiancé, my dog, Susie Q, and my six (yes six) kitties!
Brian Cebulko (PharmD)
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Moses Taylor Hospital
My name is Brian Cebulko and I am one of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, PA under the direction of Faith S. Wellings, Pharm.D, BCPS. I am a 2014 graduate of Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. As a student, I was a member of American Pharmacist Association, Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and participated in many community service activities. I also had the opportunity to participate in research on the impact of pharmacy student interventions in high-risk diabetic patients and presented the data at the ASHP Midyear meeting in Orlando, Fl.
During my APPE rotations, I had many rewarding experiences and realized that a residency would help me achieve my career goals of becoming a valued clinician. Some of my rotations included ambulatory care at The Wright Center in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, institution at Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and internal medicine at Regional Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania. My current interests are in ambulatory care, internal medicine, emergency medicine, infectious disease, and academia.
Through the residency program, I expect to become an integral member of health care and provide current, evidence based medicine to patients in the hospital and people of the community. I eagerly await obtaining a Teaching Certificate through Wilkes University and becoming a preceptor for pharmacy students. My long-term goal is to become a practicing clinician and adjunct professor at a local university. I look forward to working with students throughout my career as to help impact the future members of the profession and in turn, exercise lifelong learning through teaching.
Francesca Chieffallo (PharmD)
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Wilkes Barre VA Medical Center
My name is Francesca Chieffallo and I am from Scranton, Pa. I knew I wanted to pursue a residency so that I could explore different aspects of pharmacy and sharpen my critical thinking and leadership skills. Since my passion has always been ambulatory care, the VA is the perfect fit for me. I get the opportunity to work one on one with patients on a daily basis. It is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience. This residency is allowing me to expand my knowledge and become a more well-rounded pharmacist. The impact that pharmacists can make in the lives of our patients is becoming more evident to me every day. I am looking forward to an exciting year filled with new experiences, particularly in the area of academia.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, cooking, and being active. I strive to lead a well-balanced life and make the most of each day.
Chelsea Fitzgerald (PharmD)
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care, Lebanon VA Medical Center
Chelsea Fitzgerald grew up in Beaver, PA and received a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. She completed her PGY-1 training at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA and is currently completing a PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Chelsea's professional interests include anticoagulation, diabetes management, internal medicine, patient education, medical mission trips, and academia. Chelsea aspires to be a clinical pharmacist in an ambulatory clinic while holding an adjunct faculty position at a School of Pharmacy. Throughout her career, she hopes to be a preceptor to both pharmacy students and residents so that she can further assist in the professional development of future pharmacists. Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys traveling, shopping, going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and being a diehard Pittsburgh sports fan. She currently resides in Hershey, PA.
Michael Kachmarsky (PharmD)
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
My name is Michael Kachmarsky and I am from Exeter, PA. I earned my Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in May 2014 from Wilkes University. Throughout my schooling, I worked part-time at Rite Aid pharmacy in Edwardsville, Pa.
After my ambulatory care rotation, I realized that this was the career path I was searching for throughout my education. I love working with my patients to manage their chronic disease states, such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. It feels amazing to know that you are truly helping them live healthier lives!
I admired the pharmacists I had seen in this setting and knew that in order to become as knowledgeable as them, residency training was required. This year, I hope to further develop my clinical skills and knowledge, while also being able to teach and learn from the future pharmacists at Wilkes. In my spare time, I like golfing, running, going out for dinner with my friends, spending time with my family and of course my dog, Charlie.
Frank Keller (PharmD)
PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident, Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
My name if Frank Keller and I am a PGY-‐1 resident at the Wilkes-‐Barre VA Medical Center. I graduated from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in May 2014. The ambulatory care APPEs I completed with the VA and Indian Health Service inspired me to pursue a residency. The opportunity to participate in a residency program with a focus on ambulatory care will prepare me for a career as an ambulatory care pharmacist.
Many of my preceptors have made important contributions to my education through balancing autonomy and support, mentoring, and encouraging continuous improvement in clinical skills. The Wilkes Teaching and Learning Curriculum Program is a great way for me to develop into a preceptor who is able to have a positive impact on the education of future pharmacists.
Erika Monacelli (PharmD)
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residenct, Moses Taylor Hospital
My name is Erika Monacelli and I am completing my PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, PA under the direction of Faith S. Wellings, Pharm.D, BCPS. I graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy in May 2014. I was raised and currently reside in Scranton, PA.
While at Temple, I was an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacist Association, Lambda Kappa Sigma, and Rho-Chi Honor Society. I knew when I started pharmacy school that I was interested in clinical practice and this interest only grew as I continued my education. When I applied for a residency program, I did not have any particular area of interest. However after completing a clinical clerkship on the infectious disease consult service at Temple University Hospital, I realized what an immense difference we as pharmacists can make in this area.
Currently, my professional interests include infectious disease and pharmacy academia. I am looking forward to participating in the teaching certificate program through Wilkes University. I hope to gain the skills required to be an effective teacher and share my enthusiasm with current students. I am considering applying for a PGY2 residency specializing in infectious disease upon completion of my PGY1 pharmacy practice residency. My ultimate goal is to obtain a position as a clinical pharmacist working as a valued member of a healthcare team.
Lori Schildroth (PharmD)
Pharmacy Resident, Hartzell's Pharmacy
My name is Lori Schildroth. I am a 2014 graduate of the University of New England College of Pharmacy. During my time as a student I founded the Pre-Pharmacy club and was involved in various community outreach programs. I am currently a member of APhA, ASHP, Kappa Psi, and PPA.
My interest in a pharmacy residency developed during my APPE year, specifically my community and ambulatory care rotations. I was able to see how much opportunity there is for me to contribute to the pharmacy profession. During my APPE year I also had the opportunity to give lectures and run hands-on lab sessions through the University of New England, which I enjoyed.
I hope that throughout this coming year I am able to precept and help educate our future pharmacists. My goal is to instill the desire to learn something new each day into my students in an effort to provide the best care possible for our patients.