Pharmacy Residency Program Preceptors
Amy Shields, R.Ph., is the Operations Manager for Critical Care & Perioperative Pharmacy Services at Swedish Medical Center. After receiving a B.S. Pharmacy from the University of Colorado in 1996, she completed a one-year fellowship at the Infectious Disease Pharmacokinetic Laboratory of the National Jewish Health Main Campus in Denver, Colorado. This experience provided intensive experience in laboratory research methods and population pharmacokinetic modeling, with a focus on antimycobacterial therapies. Upon completion of her fellowship, she moved on to institutional practice at The Medical Center of Aurora’s North and South Campuses and then at Parker Adventist Hospital. Her years of clinical experience in the hospital setting have given her a broad background in internal and emergency medicine, critical care, infectious disease, and management of traumatically-injured, neurosurgical and stroke patient populations. She also has extensive experience with the use and implementation of automated systems for pharmacy information management and drug distribution. After joining Swedish Medical Center in 2006 as a clinical pharmacist, she has taken on management duties for a pharmacy satellite that serves the Critical Care Unit, Main Surgical Services, Interventional Radiology, and the Cardiac Laboratory. Ms. Shields greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring both pharmacy students and new pharmacy graduates as they transition into clinical practice. She has lived in Colorado for over 30 years and enjoys this beautiful state with her husband and two young children.
Charlotte Ricchetti, Pharm.D, BCPS, CDE has been a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care since 2002, and a faculty member at Regis University School of Pharmacy (RUSOP) since 2010. Charlotte serves as the director of pharmacy residency programs at RUSOP, and works diligently to match residents’ goals and interests with the teaching opportunities available during the Academic Rotation. She earned both a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ohio State University, and then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus Ohio. Charlotte is originally from north-east Ohio and has only called Denver her home since taking the position at Regis. She loves the blue skies of CO, and in her free time enjoys hiking, snow-shoeing, playing with her dog and studying aikido.
Dustin Leitzel, Pharm.D., BCPS is a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at Swedish Medical Center. Swedish has been his clinical practice site since 2007, where he works closely with the Medical and Neurosurgical Critical Care teams. Dustin serves as the Residency Director and primary preceptor for the Critical Care 1 (Medical/Surgical) and Critical Care 2 (Neuro) core rotations within the Swedish Medical Center PGY1 pharmacy training program and serves as the chair of the Medication Safety Subcommittee. He graduated with a PharmD from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Washington in 2007. Dustin has lived many places but has called Denver home for over 20 years. In his free-time, he enjoys photography, travel, and attending pop-culture conventions.
Jackie McClintic, Pharm.D., BCPS, is the Clinical Coordinator at Swedish Medical Center. Jackie has been at Swedish since 2008, where she oversees a growing clinical program and leads Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Jackie also coordinates Swedish’s investigational study program, helps precept students, and participates in multidisciplinary rounds. Jackie is the primary preceptor for the administration core rotation within the Swedish Medical Center PGY1 pharmacy training program. She graduated with a Pharm.D. from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2007 and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Denver, CO. Primary academic and clinical interests include: acute care, emergency medicine, anticoagulation and pain management. Jackie is from South Dakota and enjoys running, skiing, going to Washington Park, and spending time with her daughter.
Jeffrey Lalama, PharmD, BCPS is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Regis University. His specialty is in cardiology and works on the Progressive Care Unit at Swedish Medical as his practice site. For his service, Jeff rounds with the cardiothoracic surgery team helping to manage patient’s medication therapy once they are post-op. Additionally, Jeff also works with the cardiology team to counsel patients who will be discharged on their medications. Jeff earned his PharmD degree from the University of Connecticut in 2009. Upon graduation, Jeff completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Valley Health Systems in Winchester, VA and a PGY-2 Cardiology residency at University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. Jeff is originally from New Jersey and enjoys going to the beach and skiing. Throughout the year Jeff participates in bowling, kickball, and tennis leagues.
Jeremy Vandiver, Pharm.D., BCPS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice with the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy. Swedish Medical Center has been his clinical practice site since 2012, where he works closely on a daily basis with the Swedish Family Medicine Residency training program and its inpatient service. The focus within this service is on providing high-quality, evidence-based patient care for hospitalized patients, as well as enhancing the education of providers-in-training. Primary preceptor for Internal Medicine core rotation within the Swedish Medical Center PGY1 pharmacy training program. Graduated with Pharm.D. from University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 2010. Completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital located in Denver in 2011. Went on to complete a PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy Residency focused on Internal Medicine, also at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, in 2012. Primary academic and clinical interests include anticoagulation, pain management, cardiology, nephrology, and infectious disease. Jeremy is a native of Colorado, having grown up in Durango, and loves everything that this state and region has to offer. He has a passion for teaching and thoroughly enjoys working hands-on with students and residents who are eager to learn. In his free-time, he enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, golfing, pyrography, and rooting for his beloved Colorado Buffaloes basketball team.
Kylie Mueller, Pharm.D., BCPS, is the Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist at Swedish Medical Center. Swedish has been her clinical practice site since 2014, where her primary function is the daily supervision of the Antimicrobial Management Program (AMP). Kylie serves as the primary preceptor for the Infectious Diseases (ID) core rotation as well as the preceptor for the pharmacokinetic (PK) longitudinal rotation within the Swedish Medical Center PGY1 pharmacy training program. She graduated with a Pharm.D. from the Purdue University School of Pharmacy in 2008. Kylie completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI in 2009. She went on to complete a PGY2 ID Residency, also at Clement J. Zablocki, in 2010. Kylie grew up in the St. Louis area and has lived in several geographical areas around the country. In her free-time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, outdoor adventures, and traveling.
Leah Walter, PharmD, is the Lead Pharmacy Supervisor at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, CO. She has been in practice at Swedish since 2010 in various roles, with primary focus on critical care and emergency medicine. Previously, Leah worked as a pharmacist for Flower Hospital and Omnicare. In addition to her managerial responsibilities, she regularly participates in critical care interdisciplinary patient care rounds and enjoys precepting students from several different colleges of pharmacy. She graduated from The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy in 2005 with her Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Science and in 2007 with her Doctor of Pharmacy. Her clinical interests include critical care, emergency medicine, and infectious disease. She recently completed the SIDP antimicrobial stewardship certificate program. Leah loves Colorado and enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and is a dog lover.
Mary Onysko is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy and an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Swedish Family Medicine Residency affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Oregon State University in 2006 and completed a primary care specialty residency with Providence Physician Division in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Onysko provides ambulatory pharmaceutical care that focuses on patients with diabetes or multiple pharmacotherapy-related problems in a certified Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). She is part of an integrated care team that brings the patient, patient’s family or caregiver, physician, psychologist, social worker, and pharmacist together to manage complicated health and social problems. Her primary research interests are the scholarship of teaching and optimizing team-based patient care. Personal goals include playing volleyball often, golfing regularly and getting to the mountains to ski as much as possible.
Mary Van Laarhoven
Mary Van Laarhoven Pharm.D.is an Advanced Clinical Pharmacist at Swedish Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2011. Mary started her practice at Swedish as a new graduate in August of 2011. After one year of staffing in various areas, her primary focus shifted to a decentralized role where her she oversees the Medical/Telemetry, Medical/Surgical and Spine floors. It is in this setting where she works closely with nursing staff, hospitalists, neurosurgery and other specialists on the Medical/Telemetry, Medical/Surgical and Spine units. Additionally, Mary is involved in committees that focus on optimizing pain management as well as improving patient satisfaction scores in the area of pain management. Mary serves as one of the primary preceptors for the Internal Medicine 2 (IM2) core rotation. Mary moved to Colorado in 2007 for pharmacy school and fell in love with the state. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to and exploring new destinations, spending time in the mountains, hiking with her Australian Shepherd, live music, and enjoying Denver’s lively social atmosphere with her husband and friends.
Sarah Simpson, Pharm.D., is one of the Advanced Clinical Pharmacists at Swedish Medical Center. Swedish has been her clinical practice site since 2011, where she works closely with internal medicine physicians, nurses, and trauma surgeons caring for patients in the Orthopedic and Multi-trauma units. Additionally, Sarah is involved with a variety of committees at Swedish dedicated to improving patient care and safety: Core Measures Committee, Falls Prevention Committee, and HCAHPS (patient satisfaction) committees. Sarah serves as one of the primary preceptors for the Internal Medicine 2 (IM2) core rotation. She graduated with a Pharm.D. from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 2011. Sarah is a true Colorado native, born and raised in the Denver area. In her free-time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, attending concerts, playing guitar, yoga, traveling, and, of course, skiing.
Rachael Duncan, PharmD BCPS is the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Swedish Medical Center. She is the most recent addition to the team, joining in April 2015. The focus within her service is to enhance the evidence-based care for patients admitted to the Emergency Department, optimize transitions to inpatient care, and provide education to nursing and physician staff. Rachael is the primary preceptor for the Emergency Medicine elective rotation. She graduated with her PharmD from Ohio Northern University in 2011. She went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY-2 Critical Care Residency at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. In 2013 she moved to Colorado to work as a Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Memorial Hospital, part of University of Colorado Health. Her primary interests include emergency medicine, critical care, antimicrobial stewardship, research, and policy development. Rachael spends her free time traveling, brewing beer, climbing, hiking 14ers, and enjoying all the other outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer with her husband and beautiful dog Bailey.