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Community Pharmacy Residencies

Resident Highlights


Current Residents 

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Ryan Norton, Pharm.D.

Ryan A. Norton is the PGY2 Community Pharmacy Resident at Premise Health-Associate Family Health Center in Greer, South Carolina. He received his Pharm.D. from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Ryan was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but later moved to New Orleans, Louisiana for his undergraduate studies. Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Pharm.D. from Xavier University of Louisiana. During pharmacy school, he was deeply involved in pharmacy leadership and community service. Ryan is passionate about improving patient outcomes for those with chronic disease states and serving underserved communities. He enjoys learning about new cultures through food, bike riding, and spending time with his loved ones.

Health Care Professional’s and Patient’s Perspective and Opinions of Pharmacist Conducted Point-Of-Care Testing for Infectious Diseases

The purpose of this study is to determine health-care professional’s perspective and opinions of pharmacists conducting point-of-care testing for group A streptococcal pharyngitis, influenza virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Also, this study will determine patient needs, perspectives, opinions, and comfort level with pharmacist conducted point-of-care testing for group A streptococcal pharyngitis, influenza virus, HIV, and HCV. Upon the results of this study, the goal is to determine provider’s willingness to enter a collaborative practice agreement with pharmacists to treat acute infectious diseases and appropriately refer chronic infectious diseases.

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Tate Cook, Pharm.D.

Tate Cook is the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident at Hawthorne Pharmacy. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Tate is from Lake City, South Carolina, and graduated from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. In her free time, Tate enjoys binge-watching Netflix, playing tennis, and spending time with her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies, Harper and Hampton. She is passionate about working with the geriatric population and enhancing pharmacist-led services. Tate is excited about beginning her pharmacy career at Hawthorne Pharmacy and enthusiastic about helping patients improve their health while working on expanding the role of pharmacists in the community.  

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Leigh Joyner, Pharm.D.

Leigh Joyner is the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident at Premise Health-Associate Family Health Center in Greer, South Carolina. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Leigh is originally from Manning, South Carolina, and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in May 2022. Before starting residency, Leigh served as the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society National Student Intern and worked in the community setting as a Pharmacy Intern at an independent pharmacy. She is excited to spend the next two years growing clinically and professionally through her experiences as a resident.

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Brianna C. Nelson, Pharm.D.

Brianna C. Nelson is the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident at Premise Health-Wiggins Family Medical Center and Pharmacy in Carrollton, Georgia. She received her Pharm.D. from Mercer University.

Brianna was born and raised in Ellenwood, Georgia, which is a part of the Metro Atlanta area. Brianna attended Georgia Southern University where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. She later went on to receive her Pharm.D. from Mercer University College of Pharmacy. While in pharmacy school, she led multiple community outreach programs and had the opportunity to teach a seminar for the Atlanta Diabetes Association. Brianna is passionate about arming patients with knowledge to foster patient independence regarding health outcomes and serving the underserved. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks, trying out new restaurants, and watching movies.

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Thayra Rios Schad, Pharm.D.

Thayra Rios Schad is the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident at Medicine Mart - West Columbia. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Thayra is from Ponce, Puerto Rico, and received her Pharm.D. from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. She is passionate about chronic disease state management and loves to empower patients to take charge of their health. Thayra communicates fluently in both English and Spanish to assist underserved patients reach optimal health outcomes. Thayra hopes to pursue a career in an Ambulatory Care role after residency. In her free time, Thayra enjoys spending time with her family, husband, and her two cats Milo and Max.She loves interacting with patients and is proud to be part of the most accessible health care profession. She is excited to begin this new step in her career!


Previous Residents

Year Name Practice Site Education Projects

2020-2022

Emelia Beam

Premise Health-Wiggins Family Medical Center and Pharmacy

Pharm.D. Samford McWhorter School of Pharmacy, 2020

Assessing the Need for a Pharmacist-Led Mental Health Service [pdf]

2020-2022

Sherlie Llorens

Premise Health-Associate Family Health Center

Pharm.D.  University of Iowa, 2020

Evaluation of themes related to mental health resources in an employerbased health center [pdf]

2021-2022

Mackenzie Currie

Hawthorne Pharmacy

Pharm.D. University of South Carolina, 2021

Patient and Pharmacist Perceptions of Cognitive Screening Services and their Implementation into an Independent Community Pharmacy

2021-2022

Caleb Melton

Medicine Mart - West Columbia

Pharm.D. University of South Carolina, 2021

Impact of a Pharmacist-Led Vaccination Delivery Service on Vaccination Rates in an Elderly, Assisted-Living Population

2020-2021

Abby Will

Premise Health- Associate Family Health Center in Greer, S.C.

Pharm.D. Dusquesne University, 2019

Implementation of a Pharacogenomics Program at an Employer-Based Health Center - 2021 [pdf]

Implementation of a Pharmacogenomics Program at an Employer-Based Health Center - 2020 [pdf]

2019-2020

Katie Anderson

Medicine Mart - 
Columbia, SC

Pharm.D.  Presbyterian College, 2019

Impact of pharmacist provision of naloxone at an independent community pharmacy operating under state naloxone protocol [pdf]

2019-2020

Phil Gardner

Hawthorne Pharmacy

Pharm.D.  University of Georgia, 2019

Community pharmacy efforts to increase performance scores [pdf]

2019-2020

Madelon Kneece

Associate Family Health Center (BMW) - 
Greer, SC

Pharm.D.  South Carolina College of Pharmacy, 2018

Impact of a pharmacist-provided transitions of care service on medication-related problems and readmission rates at an employer-based health center [pdf]

2018-2019

Morgan Enlow

Barney's Pharmacy - 
Augusta, GA

 Pharm.D. Presbyterian College, 2018

Development and financial impact of pharmacist-led diabetes self-management education (DSME) enhanced services in a community pharmacy practice setting [pdf]

2018-2019

Megan Nissen

Medicine Mart - 
Columbia, SC

Pharm.D. University of North Carolina, 2018

Pharmacist-Provided Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Program [pdf]

2018-2019

Hannah Yandle

THE Pharmacy -
Florence, SC

 Pharm.D. University of South Carolina, 2018

Building a Relationship between Independent Community Pharmacy and Physician Practices [pdf]

2017-2019

Paige Brockington

Associate Family Health Center (BMW) - 
Greer, SC

Pharm.D. South Carolina College of Pharmacy, 2017

Impact of a Collaborative Practice Agreement Within an Employer-Based Health Care Center [jpg]

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Versus Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Patients with Type I and Type II Diabetes [pdf]

 

2017-2018

Emily Petrak Russell

Barney's Pharmacy - 
Augusta, GA

Pharm.D. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Pharmacy, 2017

Impact of Better Breathers Club Support Group on Disease State Management, Inhaler Technique, and Exacerbations in Patients with Respiratory Disease [pdf]

2016-2017

Stephanie White

Medicine Mart - Columbia, SC

Pharm.D. Mercer University, 2016

 

2015-2016

Taylor Evans

Medicine Mart - 
Columbia, SC

Pharm.D. South Carolina College of Pharmacy, 2015

 

2015-2016

Danae Kunselman

Barney's Pharmacy - 
Augusta, GA

Pharm.D. South Carolina College of Pharmacy, 2015

 

2014-2015

McCall Anderson

Medicine Mart - 
Columbia, SC

Pharm.D. Presbyterian College, 2014

 

2014-2015

Caitlin Bertrand

Barney's Pharmacy - 
Augusta, GA

Pharm.D. University of Louisiana, 2014

 

2013-2014

Emily Carmichael

Barney's Pharmacy - 
Augusta, GA

Pharm.D. South Carolina College of Pharmacy, 2013

 

2013-2014

Katherine Shugart

Medicine Mart - 
Columbia, SC

Pharm.D. South Carolina College of Pharmacy, 2013

 

2012-2013

Ashlee Riggs 

Barney's Pharmacy - 
Augusta, GA

Pharm.D. South Carolina College of Pharmacy, 2012

 

2011-2012

M. Jill Odom

Barney's Pharmacy - 
Augusta, GA 

Pharm.D. South Carolina College of Pharmacy, 2011

 

2010-2011 

Karleen Melody

 Kerr Drug / Kerr Health - Charleston, SC

Pharm.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2010

 

2009-2010

Ashley Swindle

Kerr Drug / Kerr Health - Charleston, SC 

Pharm.D. Medical University of South Carolina, 2009 

 

2009-2010

Kathryn N. Freeland

Kerr Drug / Kerr Health - Charleston, SC 

Pharm.D. Medical University of South Carolina, 2009 

 

2008-2009

Emily Bellebaum

Kerr Drug / Kerr Health - Charleston, SC

Pharm.D. Medical University of South Carolina, 2008

 

 


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