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Residency Preceptors
Rotation and Longitudinal Experience Preceptors

Billings Clinic has a motivated and dedicated group of residency preceptors who foster a positive learning environment.  They work to ensure each resident’s experience is unique and that each resident feels challenged as well as supported during the learning process.

Learn more about our Preceptors below

Ambulatory Care

Shannon Puckett May, PharmD, BCACP

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2012); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT
Bachelor of Arts – Chemistry (2007); Carroll College; Helena, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (2014 – Present)
PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency (2012 – 2013); University of Washington & Providence Regional Medical Center Health and Services; Everett, WA

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care Team (ambulatory care)

Practice Interests

  • Internal medicine
  • Bariatric medication management
  • Psychiatry
  • Cardiology
  • Transitions of care

Cardiology

Susan Keys, BS Pharm

Education

Bachelor of Science – Pharmacy (1988); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care & Trauma Team, Cardiology (inpatient)

Practice Interests

  • Anticoagulation
  • Interprofessional teamwork
  • Patient education

Critical Care

Jason Potts, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2010); Pacific University – School of Pharmacy; Hillsboro, OR
Bachelor of Science – Biology (2007); Colorado State University; Ft. Collins, CO

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (2015 – Present)
Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2011 – Present)
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, Critical Care (2011 – 2012); University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center; Worcester, MA
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2010 – 2011); University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center; Worcester, MA 

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Critical Care and Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care & Trauma Team, Intensive Care Unit (inpatient) 

Practice Interests

  • Medical emergencies
  • Seizures
  • Sepsis
  • Pneumonia

Drug Information

Presley Legerski, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2016); University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy; Laramie, WY

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2017 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2016 – 2017); Billings Clinic; Billings, MT

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacist, Cardiology (ambulatory care)


Cory Lovec, PharmD

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2018); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT

Bachelor of Science – Chemistry (2014); University of Montana; Missoula, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2018 – 2019); Billings Clinic; Billings, MT

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist, Main Inpatient Pharmacy Team (inpatient)


Marie Sirek, PharmD, BCACP

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy; North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (2018 – Present)
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, Ambulatory Care; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Iowa City, IA
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Iowa City, IA

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Oral Oncology (ambulatory care)


Amber Yaeger, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2016); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2018 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2016 – 2017); Rapid City Regional Hospital; Rapid City, SD

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist, Medication Reconciliation/Transitions of Care Team (inpatient)

Emergency Medicines

Karin Zepf, PharmD, BCPS 

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2016); University of the Pacific; Stockton, CA
Bachelor of Arts – Applied Sciences (2016); University of the Pacific; Stockton, CA

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2017 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2016 – 2017); Billings Clinic; Billings, MT

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Department (inpatient)

Infectious Diseases

Jennifer “JC” Ott, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2009); Midwestern University – Chicago College of Pharmacy; Chicago, IL

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacist (2018 – Present)
Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2013 – Present)
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, Infectious Diseases (2010 – 2011); South Texas Veterans Health Care System; San Antonio, TX
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2009 – 2010); Memorial Health System; Colorado Springs, CO

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Infectious Diseases (inpatient)

Practice Interests

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Antimicrobial pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics
  • Antifungal pharmacotherapy
  • Cystic fibrosis

Internal Medicine

Alexis Robinson, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2013); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2014 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2013 – 2014); Billings Clinic; Billings, MT

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Inpatient Medical, Surgical, & Internal Medicine Team (inpatient)

Practice Interests

  • Internal medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Interprofessional education

Medical Emergencies

Kelsie Ophus, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2015); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2016 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2015 – 2016); Billings Clinic; Billings, MT

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care & Trauma Team (inpatient)

Practice Interests

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • CPR, stroke, and trauma response
  • Procedural sedation
  • Pediatrics/neonatology

Medication Reconciliation/Transitions of Care

Megan Hicks, PharmD, MBA – Medication Reconciliation/Transitions of Care

Education

Master of Business Administration (2017); Union University McAfee School of Business; Germantown, TN
Doctor of Pharmacy (2013); Union University College of Pharmacy; Jackson, TN
Bachelor of Science – Chemistry and Biology (2009); Rocky Mountain College; Billings, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, Health-System Pharmacy Administration (2016 – 2017); Regional One Health; Memphis, TN
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2015 – 2016); Regional One Health; Memphis, TN

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Medication Reconciliation/Transitions of Care Team (inpatient)

Practice Interests

  • Transitions of care
  • Trauma/critical care
  • Neonatology
  • Clinical pharmacy management

Amber Yaeger, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2016); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2018 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2016 – 2017); Rapid City Regional Hospital; Rapid City, SD

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist, Medication Reconciliation/Transitions of Care Team (inpatient)

Neonatology

Dax Rice, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2009); University of Wyoming – School of Pharmacy; Laramie, WY
Bachelor of Science – Chemistry & Biology (2001); Montana State University; Bozeman, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2012 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2009 – 2010); Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph; Milwaukee, WI

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist, Neonatology/Pediatrics/Labor & Delivery (inpatient)

Practice Interests

  • Neonatal and pediatric nutrition
  • Pharmacy practice research
  • Development of pharmacy services
  • Information systems and their application to neonatal, pediatric, and maternal units

Oncology

Anna Howard, PharmD, BCOP

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2015); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT
Bachelor of Science – Chemistry (2010); University of Montana; Missoula, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (2018 – Present)
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, Oncology (2016 – 2017); St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute; Boise, ID
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2015 – 2016); Providence Health System; Portland, OR

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Oncology (inpatient, ambulatory care)

Practice Interests

  • Immunotherapy
  • Oncologic emergencies
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Acute leukemias

Marie Sirek, PharmD, BCACP

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy; North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (2018 – Present)
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, Ambulatory Care; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Iowa City, IA
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Iowa City, IA

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Oral Oncology (ambulatory care)

Orientation

Melanie Townsend, PharmD, BCPS – Residency Program Director

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2004); University of Wyoming – School of Pharmacy; Laramie, WY

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2007 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2006 – 2007); Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton; Camp Pendleton, CA

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Program Director, Pharmacy Residency (administration)

Practice Interests

  • Pharmacy practice research
  • Experiential education and training
  • Precepting skills and teaching styles
  • Advocacy and professional organization involvement
  • Internal medicine

Pharmacy Academia

Melanie Townsend, PharmD, BCPS – Residency Program Director

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2004); University of Wyoming – School of Pharmacy; Laramie, WY

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2007 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2006 – 2007); Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton; Camp Pendleton, CA

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Program Director, Pharmacy Residency (administration)

Practice Interests

  • Pharmacy practice research
  • Experiential education and training
  • Precepting skills and teaching styles
  • Advocacy and professional organization involvement
  • Internal medicine

Pharmacy Administration

Reina Coggins, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2012); South Dakota State University; Brookings, SD
Bachelor of Science – Pharmaceutical Sciences (2010); South Dakota State University; Brookings, SD

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2016 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2012 – 2013); Rapid City Regional Hospital; Rapid City, SD

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Manager, Pharmacy Services (administration)

Practice Interests

  • Resident, student, and staff education
  • CPR, stroke, and trauma response
  • Simulation learning

Corey Melroe, PharmD, MHA

Education

Master of Healthcare Administration (2016); University of Iowa; Iowa City, IA
Doctor of Pharmacy (2014); North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
Bachelor of Science – Pharmaceutical Science (2012); North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND

Postgraduate Training/Certification

PGY1 Pharmacy/PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, Administration (2014 – 2016); University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Iowa City, IA

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Operations Manager, Pharmacy Services (administration)

Practice Interests

  • Process improvement
  • Drug shortages
  • Healthcare administration

Jacki Ulishney, PharmD, MHSA, BCPS

Education

Master of Health Services Administration (2018); University of Wyoming – School of Pharmacy; Laramie, WY

Doctor of Pharmacy (2004); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2011 – Present)

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacy Manager

Practice Interests

  • Pharmacy administration
  • Medication safety
  • Critical care medicine

Pharmacy Practice

Elizabeth Rensvold, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2018); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2016 – Present)
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, Psychiatry (2013 – 2014); University of Texas at Austin; Austin, TX
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2012 – 2013); Billings Clinic; Billings, MT

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Psychiatry (inpatient)


Alexander Townley, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2006); University of Florida – College of Pharmacy; Gainesville, FL

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2010 – Present)

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Main Pharmacy Team (inpatient)

Practice Interests

  • Oncology
  • Neonatology, pediatrics
  • Process improvement

Psychiatry

Michelle Reinhardt, PharmD, BCPP

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2012); Roseman University of Health Sciences – College of Pharmacy; Henderson, NV
Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice/Pre-Law (2007); University of Nevada – Reno; Reno, NV

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (2016 – Present)
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency, Psychiatry (2013 – 2014); University of Texas at Austin; Austin, TX
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2012 – 2013); Billings Clinic; Billings, MT

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Psychiatry (inpatient)

Practice Interests

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Adult and pediatric psychiatry
  • Medication-induced movement disorders
  • Comprehensive medication management

Quality/Process Improvement Project

Varies – preceptor(s) assigned based upon the project each resident selects

Research Project

Varies – preceptor(s) assigned based upon the project each resident selects

Staffing

Brittany Berg, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2017); University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Missoula, MT

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2019 – Present)

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2017 – 2018); Billings Clinic; Billings, MT

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist, Main Inpatient Pharmacy Team (inpatient)


Jacob Holland, PharmD, BCPS

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy (2014); Idaho State University – College of Pharmacy; Pocatello, ID
Bachelor of Science – Biology (2009); University of Nevada – Reno; Reno, NV

Postgraduate Training/Certification

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2017 – Present)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2014 – 2015); Billings Clinic; Billings, MT

Current Position at Billings Clinic

Clinical Pharmacist, Main Inpatient Team (inpatient)

Practice Interests

  • Pediatrics/neonatology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Critical care
  • Emergency medicine

Resident-Selected Annual Awards

Preceptor of the Year Awards

2019 – 2020: Karin Zepf, PharmD, BCPS

2018 – 2019: Presley Legerski, PharmD, BCPS

2017 – 2018: Alexis Robinson, PharmD, BCPS

2016 - 2017 Reina Coggins, PharmD, BCPS

2015 – 2016: Alexis Robinson, PharmD, BCPS

2014 – 2015: Susan Keys, BS Pharm

2013 – 2014: Jason Potts, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

2012 – 2013: Dax Rice, PharmD, BCPS

2011 – 2012: Donald Brown, PharmD, BCACP

2010 – 2011: Ngan-Vi Bellew, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

2009 – 2010: Susan Keys, BS Pharm 

Pharmacist Instructor of the Year Awards

2019-2020: Brianna Cajacob, PharmD, BCPS

2018 – 2019: Ranj Mjolsness, BS Pharm

2017 – 2018: Karin Zepf, PharmD, BCPS

2016 - 2017: Kayla Norhus - PharmD, BCPS

2015 – 2016: Kimberly Nolan, PharmD, BCPS

2014 – 2015: April English, BS Pharm, BCPS

2013 – 2014: Bryan Potts, PharmD, MBA

2012 – 2013: Lee Stringer, PharmD, BCPS, CPE

2011 – 2012: Thomas Richardson, PharmD, BCIDP

2010 – 2011: Dax Rice, PharmD, BCPS 

Technician Mentor of the Year Awards

2019-2020: Elizabeth Aguirre, CPhT

2018 – 2019: Glenn Phillips, CPhT

2017 – 2018: Amanda Mills, CPhT

2016 - 2017: Glenn Phillips, CThT

2015 – 2016: Larae Winchell, CPhT

2014 – 2015: Laura Kirschenmann, CPhT

2013 – 2014: Monica Kimmet, CPhT

2012 – 2013: Sara Saathoff, CPhT