Geriatric Pharmacy Faculty

Learn from the recognized experts in Geriatric Pharmacy


Trista Askins-Bailey, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

Assistant Professor
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - School of Pharmacy
Abilene, Texas

Trista BaileyDr. Trista Askins Bailey has been an Assistant Professor with the School of Pharmacy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Abilene since 2012. She also currently has a practice site as a consultant pharmacist for two nursing homes and an assisted living facility, where she manages long-term care, hospice, and skilled nursing unit patients. Trista received her BA with Honors in Biology from Texas Tech University in 2007. She graduated in 2011 with a doctorate of pharmacy degree with Honors from The University of Texas at Austin/The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio dual degree program. Trista completed a PGY1 ambulatory care/geriatrics focused residency with the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. She also has board-certifications as both a pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) and geriatric pharmacist (BCGP).


Amie Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, FASCP

Associate Professor & Division Head – Geriatrics
Texas Tech University HSC School of Pharmacy
Dallas, Texas
Advanced Healthcare Solutions, LLC
Arlington, Texas

Amie BlaszczykAmie Taggart Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, FASCP is an Associate Professor of Geriatric Pharmacy Practice and the Division Head of Geriatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy on the Dallas/Fort Worth campus. She has an affiliated practice with Advanced Healthcare Solutions, a long-term care company with ownership of over 40 nursing facilities across the state of Texas. There she focuses on the population level interventions which can positively affect the quality of care of long-term care residents. She is also the residency director for the ASHP-accredited PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacotherapy residency.

Dr. Blaszczyk earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the VA in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a PGY2 geriatric pharmacotherapy residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Her practice and research interests include neurodegenerative diseases affecting older individuals, senior education and the impact of a clinical pharmacist working in the long-term care setting. She is the author of 22 peer-reviewed publications, 2 book chapters, and has been asked to speak on various geriatrics-focused topics at both international and national meetings.

She is currently the president of the Texas chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and serves on the editorial board of The Consultant Pharmacist. She is also an active member of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.


Dana Carroll, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, CDE

Clinical Professor, Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama 
University of Alabama Family Medicine
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Dana CarrollDana G. Carroll, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, BCGP is a Clinical Professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama. She also holds adjunct faculty appointments with the College of Community Health Sciences Family, Internal and Rural Medicine Department and the Psychology Department at the University of Alabama. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and geriatrics (BCGP). She also is a certified diabetes educator (CDE). Her current clinical practice at University Medical Center focuses on providing direct patient care as part of interdisciplinary teams in a geriatric clinic and a transition of care clinic (which primarily serves geriatric patients). In addition, Dr. Carroll provides one on one patient education and drug therapy consults in diabetes and serves as part of an interdisciplinary team to deliver ADA certified diabetes self-management classes. She teaches and precepts pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, graduate students (psychology and social work) and medical residents. Dr. Carroll’s current scholarly endeavors include assessing outcomes in geriatric patients from interdisciplinary care and assessing interprofessional education related to geriatric patient care and patient care teams in the ambulatory clinic setting.


Kalin Clifford, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

Assistant Professor, Geriatrics & Pediatrics Division, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - School of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Geriatrics
North Texas VA Healthcare System
Dallas, Texas

Kalin CliffordDr. Clifford is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Division of Geriatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Dallas, Texas. His current practice site is within the North Texas Veterans Affairs Hospital within the Community Living Center (CLC-A), a sub-acute rehab facility. Dr. Clifford also precepts students on the required Geriatric Clerkship rotation during their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) year.

Prior to beginning his career at Texas Tech, Dr. Clifford received his degree from Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2011. He also completed a PGY-1 in Pharmacy Practice from Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana in 2012 and a PGY-2 in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice from the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland in 2013. He also became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2014 and a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist in 2016.


Emily Ellsworth, Pharm.D., BCGP

Home-Based Primary Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
Hines, Illinois

Emily EllsworthEmily Ellsworth received her doctorate degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She further completed my PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Her passion for the aging population led her to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy where she completed my PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency. Her professional interests include geriatric ambulatory care, long-term care, and academia. She is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) who currently works as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Her current role in Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) allows her to work directly with geriatric veterans providing ambulatory care services in their home.


Carol Fox, Pharm.D., BCGP

Associate Professor, Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research 
University of South Florida College of Pharmacy 
Tampa, Florida

Carol FoxDr. Fox is an Associate Professor and Co Vice-Chair of the Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research Department at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy Studies and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. She completed one year of post-graduate residency training in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice at the Durham Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She has also obtained her Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CGP) and has maintained this credential since 2009.

In her current role of Associate Professor at USF she coordinates the Principles of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy course which is part of the core curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Her clinical role is serving as a consultant pharmacist at a local independent living retirement center for older adults. She provides medication reviews, answers drug information questions, performs medication reconciliation upon hospital return, and assists with medication management. She oversees the training of fourth year PharmD students on their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience in Geriatrics.


Emily Frederick, Pharm.D., BCPS

Associate Professor
Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Louisville, Kentucky

Emily FrederickDr. Emily Frederick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy in Winchester, Virginia. She then completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Geisinger Medical Center in central Pennsylvania. Dr. Frederick is an associate professor at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Louisville, Kentucky and practices as a clinical pharmacist at the University of Louisville Hospital, where she also precepts students and residents as part of an interdisciplinary internal medicine team. She is active in local and national professional organizations such as the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy where she vice-chairs a committee for the pharmacy practice section. In her free time, Dr. Frederick enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, baking, and evaluating literature.


Lisa C. Hutchison, Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCGP, BCPS, FCCP

Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice 
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 
Little Rock, Arkansas

Lisa HutchinsonLisa Hutchison is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a secondary appointment as Associate Professor in the UAMS College of Medicine. Her clinical practice sites are at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Arkansas State Veterans Nursing Home. She serves as Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency, and precepts pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and physician assistant students on rotation. Her focus has been to improve the pharmacotherapy of hospitalized and institutionalized older adults. She served on the American Geriatrics Society Panel to develop Clinical Practice Guidelines to Prevent and Manage Post-operative Delirium and published as co-editor the textbook, Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy (2nd edition). She is co-investigator for the grant “Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Collaboration for Older Persons with Mental Health Disparities.”

Dr. Hutchison is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. She won the Award for Achievement in the Professional Practice of Pharmacy in Organized Health Care Settings from the American Society of Healthsystem Pharmacy (1993) and the American Pharmacists Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice (2008). Dr. Hutchison earned her BS Pharmacy and PharmD degrees at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida.


Jill R. Johnson, Pharm.D., M.H.A., BCGP, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Veterans Affairs Medical Center 
Memphis, Tennessee

Jill JohnsonJill R. Johnson, Pharm.D., M.H.A., BCPS, is Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. As a clinical pharmacy specialist with the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Lexington, Kentucky, and Memphis, Tennessee, her roles have included providing geriatric clinical pharmacy services to veterans in the Community Living Center and Home Based Primary Care programs, providing pain and symptom management services to hospice and palliative care patients as a member of the Palliative Care Consult Team, and providing ambulatory care clinical pharmacy services to veterans in the Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

Dr. Johnson earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency with emphasis in geriatrics at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, and obtained a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. She is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.


Heather L. Ourth, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

National Program Manager: Clinical Pharmacy Practice Program and Outcomes Assessment
Pharmacy Benefits Management Services 10P4P, Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C.

Heather OurthHeather Ourth, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP is the Pharmacy Benefits Management National Program Manager for Clinical Pharmacy Practice Program and Outcomes Assessment with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, Dr. Ourth’s work has an emphasis on program development, implementation and outcomes/impact assessments designed to evaluate the impact of clinical pharmacy services on the costs and quality of patient care. She also works to identify proven, innovative roles for pharmacists, lead clinical pharmacy health services research and quality improvement projects, author numerous publications, and apply pharmacoeconomic principles to support VA initiatives in this area.

Heather received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Ferris State University in 1995 and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Florida in 2007. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. Dr. Ourth was a past recipient of the VA Under Secretary for Health Pharmacy Benefits Management Innovation Award, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations’ (NASPA) Excellence in Innovation Award and the Michigan Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. Dr. Ourth is a long-standing member of many professional associations including ASHP, ACCP, APhA, and the Iowa Pharmacy Association.


Maria Shin, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine
Robley Rex Louisville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Louisville, Kentucky

Maria Shin

Dr. Maria Shin obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2008. Following graduation, Dr. Shin completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She then completed a PGY-2 Geriatrics Residency at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, AR. During Dr. Shin’s residency programs, she served as a clinical instructor at Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy at Long Island University and The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy. Following her residency trainings, Dr. Shin was an assistant professor for the Clinical and Administrative Sciences Department at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in Louisville, Kentucky from 2010 until 2019. She currently is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.