Preceptors: Who’s Who
Dr. Ashmi A. Philips
Dr. Ashmi A. Philips obtained her PharmD from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She then completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Philips is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her practice site is at Hunterdon Medical Center where she is the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator and the Director of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. She currently serves as the Critical Care Preceptor for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and the PGY-2 Pharmacotherapy Residency Programs. Dr. Philips is a practicing HIV pharmacist (AAHIVP) through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She is an active member of professional and state pharmacy organizations including, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy and New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she has served as a chapter officer.
Dr. Rani Madduri
Dr. Rani Madduri received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She went on to do a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Veteran’s Affairs Maryland Health Care System in Baltimore, Maryland. In order to further pursue her interests, Dr. Madduri completed a PGY-2 residency in Infectious Diseases at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She has a Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy and is a practicing HIV pharmacist (AAHIVP) through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Dr. Madduri joined the pharmacy clinical team at Hunterdon Medical Center in 2009 as the Clinical Coordinator of Pharmacotherapy / Infectious Diseases. She precepts the Infectious Diseases and Pharmacotherapy rotations for the For the PGY-1 program and is currently the director of the PGY-2 Pharmacotherapy Residency Program. Future plans include expansion of antimicrobial stewardship initiatives and the pharmacokinetic program. Dr. Madduri is an active member of professional and state pharmacy organizations including, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy and New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she has served in different capacities. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Michael Casias
Dr. Michael Casias received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He then completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Following that, he went on to complete a PGY-2 in Pharmacotherapy at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, New Jersey. After completion of his post-graduate training, he became an Assistant Professor at Long Island University Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and practiced as an Internal Medicine pharmacist at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. During that time, he received his certification in HIV (AAHIVP) through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Dr. Casias joined the clinical team at Hunterdon Medical Center after 1 year in New York and will serve as the Family Medicine/Comprehensive Medication Management preceptor for both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. In addition, he is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His future plans include becoming Board Certified in Infectious Diseases and expanding the outpatient services at Hunterdon Medical Center. During his free time, he enjoys exploring the food scene in NYC, traveling with his wife, and playing competitive darts.
Dr. Mona Patel
Dr. Mona Patel came to Hunterdon Medical Center shortly after graduating from Northeastern University. She worked part-time as an intern in both the inpatient and outpatient pharmacy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Currently, Dr. Patel is a hospital practice pharmacist and is the Hospital Practice Preceptor for the PGY-1 and PGY-2 residency programs. She was selected as a preceptor due to her passion for training in an enthusiastic and educational way. Much of Dr. Patel’s work experience is in hospital pharmacy, and she hopes to become an assistant director of a pharmacy department one day. In her spare time outside of pharmacy, Dr. Patel’s favorite activities are traveling and baking. She hopes to visit at least one country on each of the seven continents, but would love to see every country! Beyond enjoying a good book, movie, or sports game, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Nikisha Patel
Dr. Nikisha Patel is the Pharmacy Information System Coordinator at Hunterdon Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree along with Masters in Health Science (concentration in Health Informatics) from Fairleigh Dickinson School of Pharmacy. After graduation, Dr. Patel worked at a retail pharmacy and loved being able to interact with patients through counseling. Patient care is what drives Dr. Patel every day to do her best in her profession. At Hunterdon Medical Center, Dr. Patel serves as the liaison between the pharmacy and the IS department, where she ensures the proper use and maintenance of the Electronic Medical Record System to improve patient care. In addition, Dr. Patel has been involved in the implementation of an automatic dispensing system and continues to support it along with various other electronic systems. Dr. Patel appreciates the use of technology and wants to use it as a tool to reduce medication errors and improve the medication use process. She currently serves as the informatics preceptor for pharmacy residents and students. In her free time, she loves to travel, try different cuisines and spend time with her family and friends.
Janice Pellegrino is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She worked as a student then briefly as a pharmacist in West Hudson Hospital in Kearny, NJ. After relocating to Flemington, NJ, Janice joined Hunterdon Medical Center as a Staff Pharmacist. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to Assistant Director. Janice enjoys her role as Assistant Director and is able to establish a closer relationship with the pharmacy staff. In addition, Janice is a preceptor for doctor of pharmacy students and is able to provide an extensive opportunity to learn various performance improvement activities. Mrs. Pellegrino has served as a residency preceptor for the Pharmacy Practice Management rotation for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and the PGY-2 Pharmacotherapy Residency Programs. Residents on rotation participate in various managerial activities including, scheduling, orientation and educating new hires, performance improvement, control drug substance ordering, and monitoring. Mrs. Pellegrino spends her free time with her family. Her husband and sons are quite involved with travel ice hockey. She and her daughter train and compete for 3-day event horses. They are also involved with horse-related committees and have published several articles related to the sport.
Dr. Navin Philips
Dr. Navin Philips is the Director of Pharmaceutical Services. He received his Bachelors in Information Sciences and Technology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then went on to pursue his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. Some of Dr. Philips’ previous work includes the implementation of various health care systems and the utilization of technology to improve patient safety and reduce medication errors. He serves as a Pharmacy Administration preceptor for both PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. Additionally, Dr. Philips is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson School of Pharmacy where he teaches in the Doctor of Pharmacy / Masters in Health Sciences program. He is a Diplomat of the Pharmacy Leadership Academy and an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists as well as the New Jersey Society of Health System Pharmacist where he has served in leadership roles at the chapter level.
Dr. Mini Varghese
Dr. Mini Varghese is the Clinical Coordinator of Pharmacovigilance at Hunterdon Medical Center since 2010. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy of The Long Island University. Dr. Varghese continued on to do her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, NJ. After her post-graduate training, Dr. Varghese went to Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ, where she was an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist for three years. Dr. Varghese also received her Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2008 from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. Dr. Varghese serves as the Pharmacovigilance preceptor for both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 pharmacy residency programs. Dr. Varghese is also a member of several professional pharmacy organizations both at the national and local level, including the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Beata Wrobel
Dr. Beata E. Wrobel received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Prior to pharmacy school, she attended Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. After graduation, Dr. Wrobel worked at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA as a Staff Pharmacist and then as an Anticoagulation Specialist. While there, she developed and implemented a pharmacy-managed protocol for recovering joint replacement patients that earned an Innovative and Collaborative Practice Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists (PSHP). In addition, she has also worked as an Emergency Room Clinical Pharmacist at Doylestown Hospital in PA which allowed her to provide effective patient care through one on one patient interaction in regards to medication reconciliation and education. She feels that educating patients on their medications empowers them to overcome barriers to adherence, improves patient safety and helps promote positive patient outcomes. She is the Transition of Care Clinical Pharmacist at Hunterdon Medical Center and oversees the medication reconciliation pharmacy technician program. Dr. Wrobel serves as the preceptor for the Transitions of Care rotation offered to both PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. During her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, especially the beach and spending time with her family.
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