KPIC/Pharmacy Innovation Career Summit
This summit is for anyone who is interested in pursuing a non-traditional pharmacist career pathway. Given the ever-changing health care landscape and pharmacist job market, it is important to be aware of innovative ways to practice pharmacy. During this 1-day event, participants will have the opportunity to connect with pharmacists who have largely been practicing 10 years or less. Each pharmacist will share their unique story and subsequent career opportunity so that you can learn more information while gaining contacts for pursuing similar career opportunities in the future. If you have a curiosity as to how you can use your PharmD in innovative and creative ways, you will not want to miss the forum.
When: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Where: Coker Life Science Building – CLS 215
Time: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
A catered lunch will be provided.
Meet Our Speakers
Gibran Ameer, PharmD
CEO & Founding Partner VirtueRN
UofSC COP Alumni
Gibran is the Chief Executive Officer and founding partner of VirtueRN. He is responsible for driving the collective vision of the Virtue team from development through the commercial adoption of software tools utilized by post-acute healthcare providers. Virtue’s software development focuses on Pharmacy, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Home Health and Hospice. Prior to VirtueRN,
Gibran was the COO of Jaysec Technologies (now GoScripts), a provider of ePrescribing and Documentation software solutions serving the Home Health and HME markets. At Jaysec he led the operations and team through a successful exit to ResMed (NYSE: RMD). Before his leap into software, Gibran served as Corporate Director at Medical Services of America (MSA), a national comprehensive provider of Home Health, Hospice, HME, Pharmacy and post-acute ancillary services with operations in 14 states and the Philippines. There is where he saw the need to drive efficiencies so that clinicians can be clinicians and spend their valuable time taking care of patients not paperwork. Prior to his 4+ years at MSA, Gibran started Palmetto Long Term Care Pharmacy in 2004. By the end of his tenure, they were serving 3500 LTC beds, along with several major South Carolina state contracts, which included the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Mental Health for their prescription and consultative needs.
Gibran is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with his Doctor of Pharmacy and maintains his professional licenses in the states of South Carolina and Kentucky.
Cheryl A Anderson, BS, RPh
Medication Safety Pharmacist, SC-AQIN/QIO
The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME)
Cheryl Anderson leads the Medication Safety team for The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, part of the Health Innovation Quality Network covering South Carolina (SC), Virginia, Missouri and Kansas. She has more than 35 years of pharmacy experience. A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy, Cheryl served in SC state government for 20 years. She began her state career as the first female Chief Drug Inspector/Executive Secretary for the SC Board of Pharmacy. She then accepted a position with SC Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she developed and headed the Pharmacy & Durable Medical Equipment Program Fraud & Integrity Unit. After eight years with HHS she was chosen, in November 2007, to direct the State’s new Prescription Monitoring Program (SCRIPTS) within SC Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Drug Control. Prior to her state career she owned & operated a family medical practice in Columbia, SC for 13 years. She currently serves on the SC Midlands Technical College Pharmacy Technician Advisory Committee, Past-Chairperson of the SC Pharmacy Association’s (SCPhA) All Pharmacy Conference Committee, 2018 recipient of the SCPhA Generation Rx Award of Excellence and 2019 nominee for Hal Rogers Beacon of Hope Award for her outstanding, statewide work in fighting prescription drug misuse. Cheryl has been an active member of SCPhA since 1981, has served as the 2018-2019 SCPhA Professional Affairs Chairperson, and is currently the At-Large Director of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors. She has authored, most recently: April 2019 Publication: SC Law Review Journal 3rd Edition, Utilizing Pharmacists and Educational Services to Promote Proper Use of Opioids Across South Carolina and October 2019 American Pharmacist Association (APhA) 2020 Abstract Submission: Opioid Safety: Community Pharmacy Interventions to Prevent Opioid Adverse Drug Events.
Natasha Colvin, PharmD, BCACP
St. James-Santee Family Health Center, Inc
Natasha is a native of Great Falls, SC. She graduated high school in 2009 and decided to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering as a first-generation college student at Clemson University. However, her mother became ill the month she was scheduled to start college. It was then that she decided to change her desired career path to something in the medical field so that she could not only help her mother, but others in need. While at Clemson University, she completed the three-year curriculum with a Bachelor of Science degree in preprofessional studies in August of 2013 after successful completion of her first year of pharmacy school. Prior to and throughout pharmacy school, she worked at a local independent pharmacy, Great Falls Pharmacy, where she was able to gain the knowledge and expertise needed to begin and continue the road to pharmacy. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in May 2016 from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy in Clinton, SC. Upon completion of her PharmD degree, she pursued a Community Pharmacy Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) residency through Wingate University at Seashore Discount Drug, an independent pharmacy located in Wilmington, NC. Being the first resident in this program, she was able to intermingle independent pharmacy and ambulatory care by having dedicated direct patient care days as well as being involved with local organizations/health centers. As a part of residency, she was also able to explore her childhood interest of becoming a teacher by giving lectures to 1st year pharmacy students at Wingate University as well as precepting 1st year and 4th year students at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Upon completion of her PGY-1, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice - Community/Ambulatory Care at South University School of Pharmacy in Columbia, SC. There she was able to serve and interact with various student organizations, assist with leading a variety of didactic courses, and precept students at her clinical practice site, Hawthorne Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy. In April 2019, she accepted her current position of Clinical Pharmacist at St. James-Santee Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center, located in Georgetown, SC where she able to indulge in her passion to work directly with patients in an outpatient setting to identify and resolve their issues in order to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Michael Corvino, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Pharmacology
CSU Physician Assistant Program
Director of Pharmacy
Fetter Health Care Network
Mike Corvino earned his BS degree in biochemistry from Charleston Southern University. He graduated with his PharmD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2015. Currently, Mike works as a Clinical Pharmacist and Diabetes Educator at Fetter Health Care Network. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacology for the physician assistant program at Charleston Southern University. Outside of work, Mike is the cohost of the evidence-based medicine podcast called CorConsult Rx. He also runs the CorConsult Rx social media pages and hosts the CorConsult Rx Flash Briefing on Amazon's Alexa device.
Paul Fleming, PharmD
Affinity Healthcare Solutions/Palmetto Primary Care Physicians
Paul Fleming is a clinical pharmacist working with Affinity Healthcare Solutions/Palmetto Primary Care Physicians in North Charleston, South Carolina. Paul earned his PharmD from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2011 and went on to complete a 2-year ambulatory care pharmacy practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Upon completing his residency, Paul was selected to participate in a pilot project funded by the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center at the University of South Carolina. Using his clinical expertise and direct patient care experience, Paul worked as a member of a Patient Centered Medical Home team to help develop a successful, sustainable business model in which a pharmacist can generate revenue, improve patient access to healthcare, improve patient outcomes, and improve physician productivity within a primary care practice. In 2015, Paul transitioned from working in a direct patient care capacity within the clinic to working with the company’s corporate care coordination team to help eliminate patient care gaps, improve quality metrics, provide patient and provider training, serve as a drug information resource, and maximize payer reimbursement. Paul also manages the organization’s 6-member prior authorization team.
Paul received the South Carolina Pharmacy Association Excellence in Innovation Award in 2015 and was awarded the 2015 Phi Lambda Sigma Alumni of the year award from the Medical University of South Carolina. More recently, Paul was selected as a finalist for the Pharmacy Times Next Generation Pharmacist Rising star award and in 2018, was invited to present on his role in curbing opioid misuse within the primary care setting at the National Association of Drug Court Professional’s Annual conference in Houston, Texas.
Demi Garvin, B.S., PharmD., F-ABFT
Director of Forensic Services
Forensic Science Network
Demi Garvin received the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, magna cum laude, from Furman University and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (USC). In 1984, she began what would become a forensic career-first as a part time employee with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Forensic Sciences Laboratory and then as a staff clinical and forensic toxicologist and drug chemist for the next 16 years.
In 2000, she joined the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and established the agency’s Drug Identification Section. Over the next four years, she assisted Sheriff Leon Lott with the addition of Fire Debris, Firearms and Tool Mark, and DNA capabilities. She became Assistant Laboratory Director in 2006 and was subsequently appointed Laboratory Director in 2008. The RCSD Forensic Sciences Laboratory was the first in South Carolina to be accredited in accordance with the American Society of Crime Lab Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board International Program (ASCLD/LAB-International). The RCSD Crime Scene and Latent Prints Section was the first in the nation to be accredited by ASCLD/LAB-International.
In 2016, after 32 years in government service, Dr. Garvin became Director of Forensic Services for Forensic Science Network, a privately held company that offers forensic testing, training, education, case consultation, and quality management services.
Dr. Garvin has served as adjunct clinical pharmacy preceptor and adjunct instructor for the USC College of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, respectively. She was an independent contractor in workplace drug testing for the National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP) at the direction of the Substances and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for over twenty-five years.
Additional professional activities include memberships in the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Clandestine Laboratory Investigating Chemists, International Association of Property and Evidence, and state and local pharmacy associations. A founding board member of former Forensic Toxicologists Certification Board (FTCB), she is now pleased to serve on the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT), as well as the North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory and Forensic Specialties Accreditation Boards, respectively.
Dr. Garvin counts her long-standing relationships within the clinical and forensic communities as her most important professional accomplishment. Personally, she is proud to be wife to Keene, mother to daughter Spencer, and caregiver to Sophie the Shi-Tzu, and Helix the cat. They collectively share her passion for travel, the arts, and the outdoors.
Zoom Heaton, RPh., CDE, ABAAHP, FAAMFM
TLC Medical Centre, Inc.
Zoom Heaton is the chief pharmacist and owner of TLC Medical Centre, Inc. and Custom Prescriptions Compounders, LLC in Aiken, SC. She is a graduate of the University of SC College of Pharmacy (Columbia). In addition to pharmacy, she is also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and board certified in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine. Our pharmacies serve the CSRA with traditional pharmacy, medical equipment, medical compounding, and clinical services consultations including Bio-identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Adrenal dysfunction, thyroid management, weight loss, autoimmune support, medication therapy management, micronutrient and genetic testing, and any cross over of body systems dysfunction for overall support and wellness.
Cory Jenks, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Southern Arizona VA
Dr. Cory Jenks earned his PharmD from the University of South Carolina in 2011, completed a PGY1 residency at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System in 2012, and holds board certifications in Pharmacotherapy and Ambulatory Care. His pharmacy career has included time as a retail pharmacist, outpatient clinical pharmacist, inpatient clinical pharmacist, as well as experience working for a community health center. Currently, he practices as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist where he applies his passion for lifestyle interventions in the management of chronic disease. Cory is also an accomplished improv comedian. In addition to performing, Cory consults with businesses and healthcare organizations on applying the skills of improv comedy.
Jessica Jones, PharmD, BCMTMS
Dr. Jessica Jones completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Clemson University, as well as her Master's Degree in Clinical Pathology from the Medical University of SC. She went on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy at the Medical University of SC and has been a pharmacist for 19 years.
She worked full time in retail pharmacy for most of her career and in Medication Therapy Management for the past 5 years. She was awarded MTM Pharmacist of the Year in 2015 from Kmart Pharmacy. She is a Board-Certified Medication Therapy Management Specialist and recently was certified in Pharmacogenomics.
What Jessica loves most about pharmacy is being able to talk to patients and making sure they are on medications best suited for them. This is one of the many reasons she decided to become an MTM Consultant Pharmacist. This allows her more time to talk to patients.
Jessica is the creator of SC Pharmacists, a community that provides job opportunities, encouragement, and answers to questions related to pharmacy practice within the state of SC.
When she isn’t counseling patients, you will find her enjoying time with her husband, Jason (also a Pharmacist) and their 4-year-old twin daughters as well as building her pharmaceutical skincare business.
Meg Lorick, PharmD
Meg Lorick graduated from South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2016 and has been in the long term care setting with Omnicare ever since. She started off in the Clinical Intervention Center for a year before transitioning into her current role as a Consultant Pharmacist. She travels to different long term care facilities in her territory focusing on several geriatric issues, such as chronic disease management, polypharmacy, and antibiotic stewardship. She is licensed in SC, NC, GA, VA, MD, and AL.
J. Elliot Turner. PharmD
South East Vaccine Implementation and Scientific Engagement Lead
Merck & Co.
J. Elliot Turner is the South East Vaccine Implementation and Scientific Engagement Lead at Merck. He graduated from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and completed his post graduate training at Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC. After residency, he created a position within the physician practice network at Palmetto Health and the Celia Saxon Safety Net Center providing ambulatory and transition of care pharmacy services. After securing additional positions for faculty and other pharmacists, he left the ambulatory setting to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry and has been in various medical affairs roles at Merck. Elliot is board certified in pharmacotherapy and advanced diabetes management and has a content expert certification in Patient Centered Medical Homes. He is an active member of SCPhA having served most recently as Speaker of the House of Delegates. He also serves on the advisory board for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center. Additionally, Elliot has experience in the community and hospital pharmacy settings.
Ed Vess, RPh.
Director of Pharmacy Professional Affairs
QS/1 | Integra LTC | Smith Technologies
Ed Vess is the Director of Pharmacy Professional Affairs for QS/1 and Integra LTC Solutions where he serves as a resource for pharmacy compliance, legal/regulatory interpretation and impact to software and related services.
With extensive experience in long term care and community pharmacy operations Ed provides a pharmacist perspective of pharmacy software features and functionality.
Ed maintains a professional relationship with legal and regulatory bodies such as National Association of Board of Pharmacy (NABP) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and is an active member of American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), and National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). He represents QS/1 and Integra as members of the Pharmacy Health Information Technology Collaborative and the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition.
An avid supporter of independent pharmacy ownership and pharmacist reimbursed enhanced services Ed is an active member and supporter of Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network as well as the Palmetto Pharmacists Network. A former president of South Carolina Pharmacy Association Ed is also locally involved with the SC Chapter of ASCP and serves on the Practice and Technology Committee of the SC Board of Pharmacy.
Ed is a member of First Baptist Church Spartanburg and enjoys the outdoors and recreational flying.
Ed regularly attends most pharmacy related national meetings as well as many regional and local meetings. He can be reached at: Ed.Vess@smithtech.com
Stephanie White, PharmD
Stephanie White, PharmD, was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. After earning her B.S. in Biochemistry from Elon University, she went on to complete pharmacy school at Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA. From there, she travelled to South Carolina, completing a PGY-1 in Community Pharmacy with University of South Carolina at Medicine Mart. She then pursued a PGY-2 at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Ambulatory Care, where she also served as Chief Resident. After residency, she went to Lumberton, NC where she works for Lumberton Drug Company as a Clinical Pharmacist, where they have partnered with a local provider's office. In the office, she performs Medicare Annual Wellness Visits, chronic disease state management, and more. Within APhA-APPM, she currently serves as the New Practitioner Officer. In her spare time, she enjoys trivia, soccer, baking, eating, and traveling, in addition to spending time with friends and family.