VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program - Preceptors
Ted Grabarczyk, PharmD, BCACP (Residency Program Director):
Ted Grabarczyk graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison earning his PharmD in 2010. Subsequently, he completed PGY-1 and PGY-2 Ambulatory Care residencies at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital in Madison, WI specializing in chronic disease management, anticoagulation, and pharmacy education. He then worked for the Johns Hopkins Hospital as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in ambulatory care and anticoagulation where he earned BCACP certification in 2012. In 2013, Ted took a position as the Associate Chief, Clinical Pharmacy Services at the VAEKHCS – Topeka where he practices in the primary care and anticoagulation clinics. Dr. Grabarczyk can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 785-350-3111 ext. 52637.
Elizabeth Berland, PharmD:
Dr. Berland serves as a clinical pharmacist in acute medicine at the Topeka campus. She co-precepts for the Drug Information & Teaching rotation as well as the elective Acute Medicine II rotation. Dr. Berland earned her PharmD from the University of Kansas in 2012 and completed a PGY-1 residency at the VA Eastern Kansas HCS in 2014. She may be contacted via email at Elizabeth.email@example.com.
Kerri Christian, PharmD, BCACP, CGP:
Kerri Christian is a clinical pharmacist in Geriatrics. Her clinical duties include monitoring and providing pharmaceutical care to Veterans residing at one of the two Community Living Centers (CLCs) as well as meeting the medication-related needs of those in the Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) service. She currently serves on various interdisciplinary committees on campus, including Palliative Care Committee, Geriatrics/ Extended Care Committee, and Dementia Steering Committee. Dr. Christian earned her PharmD from the University of Nebraska in 1998. She served as Consultant Pharmacist, Lead Consultant Pharmacist and Clinical Coordinator for Pharmerica, a national long-term care pharmacy, for 11 years before accepting her current position at VA EKHCS in 2013. Dr. Christian has been a member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists since 2001, a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (FASCP) since 2006, and was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She earned her Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Credential in 2003 and BCACP in 2013. Dr. Christian currently precepts residents for the geriatrics rotation. She is also serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students from the University of Kansas. Dr. Christian may be contacted via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathryn Dement, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP:
Kathryn Dement graduated from University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2010. She went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2011 and joined the staff at VA EKHCS in July of 2011 as an inpatient behavioral health clinical pharmacist. She earned her BCPS in 2011 and her BCPP certification in 2015. Since 2018, Dr. DeMent has served as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with an advanced scope of practice for psychiatry working with the PTSD treatment program and outpatient mental health clinic. Dr. Dement may be contacted via email at email@example.com.
Ashley Freeman, PharmD, BCACP:
Ashley Freeman is a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care. Her clinical duties include monitoring and adjusting patient medications in the Anticoagulation Clinic and Chronic Disease Management Clinic. Dr. Freeman earned her PharmD from the University of Kansas in 2009 and she began her VA career at Colmery-O’Neil VA in Topeka, Kansas as a pharmacy practice resident in 2009 and has remained on staff ever since. Dr. Freeman currently precepts pharmacy practice residents in the Anticoagulation Clinic and Primary Care Clinics. She also precepts pharmacy students from the University of Kansas for ambulatory care. Dr. Freeman earned her BCACP in 2013. Dr. Freeman also serves as the facility’s Anticoagulation Program Manager. Dr. Freeman may be contacted via e-mail at Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clint Freeman, PharmD:
Clint Freeman serves as the Pharmacy Operations Manager at the VAEKHCS – Topeka Campus. He has previously worked as a pharmacist at HyVee and as a clinical pharmacist at VA Eastern Kansas HCS. He coordinates the pharmacy operations rotation. He may be contacted via email at Clint.Freeman@va.gov.
Micah Halton is a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care. His primary clinical duties include monitoring and adjusting patient medications in the anticoagulation clinic and chronic disease management clinic. Dr. Halton earned his PharmD from the University of Kansas in 2009 and completed his pharmacy practice residency at the Providence VA Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island. He joined VA Eastern Kansas Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Halton currently precepts residents for the ambulatory care rotation in anticoagulation and primary care. He also precepts pharmacy students from the University of Kansas in ambulatory care. Dr. Halton earned his BC-ADM and CDE in 2012. Dr. Halton may be contacted via e-mail at Micah.Halton2@va.gov.
Shelby Hippler, PharmD:
Shelby Hippler graduated from University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2014. Completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Joined Eastern Kansas VA Medical Center Summer 2015 as a PACT Pharmacist, in 2017 transitioned to the CBOC PACT Pharmacist. Duties include assisting CBOC Teams with medication related questions/concerns and managing chronic disease states for rural Veterans. Unique duties include involvement in Shared Medical Appointments, Population Management and Tele-video patient visits.
Sara Weeder-Korus, PharmD, BCPS:
Sara Weeder-Korus is a clinical pharmacy specialist in Ambulatory Care. She practices in the Anticoagulation, Chronic Disease Management, and Oncology clinics. Sara earned her PharmD from Creighton University in 2008 and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the Grand Island, Nebraska VA Medical Center in 2009 and earned BCPS certification in 2013. She has previously served as a clinical pharmacist in acute medicine before transitioning back to Ambulatory Care in 2014. She currently precepts residents as part of the ambulatory care team in anticoagulation and primary care. She also precepts students from the University of Kansas. She may be contacted via email at email@example.com.
Dorothy Williams, PharmD, BCPP:
Dr. Williams earned her PharmD from the University of Kansas in 2007. She subsequently completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in 2008, after which she stayed on to work as an inpatient behavioral health clinical pharmacist. She joined VA Eastern Kansas HCS in 2014 as an behavioral health clinical pharmacist within the mental health clinic. She assists with precepting for the general psychiatry rotation.
Cynthia Copeland, PharmD:
Dr. Copeland practices as a clinical pharmacist in acute medicine at the Leavenworth campus. She earned her B.S. in Pharmacy from Southwest Oklahoma State University and her PharmD from University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. She has traveled extensively and during her husband’s active duty career, she has held a number of positions in her career including outpatient, drug information, ambulatory care, inpatient and pediatrics. She joined VAEKHCS in 2013 and currently precepts residents for the Acute Medicine I rotation. She may be contacted via email at Cynthia.Copeland@va.gov.
Tracy Jo (TJ) McCombs, PharmD, PhD:
Dr. McCombs serves as the Associate Chief of Pharmacy Operations at VAEKHCS. She has previously worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist and assistant clinical coordinator for St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. She precepts residents for the pharmacy leadership and administration rotation. She may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Navinskey, PharmD:
Melissa Navinskey graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy in 2014. Subsequently, she completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency with VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System. She now serves as a geriatric clinical pharmacist at VAEKHCS – Leavenworth working with residents of the Community Living Center and as a member of the geriatric primary care (Geri-PACT) team. Melissa co-precepts for the Drug Information & Teaching rotation and may be contacted at Melissa.Navinskey@va.gov.
Kristen Burcham, PharmD, BCACP:
Kristen Burcham completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency with the Mountain Home VA in 2014. Subsequently, she joined VA Eastern Kansas HCS – Leavenworth as a primary care clinical pharmacist. Kristen co-precepts for the Drug Information & Teaching rotation and may be contacted at Kristen.Burcham@va.gov.
Emily Potter, PharmD, BCPS:
Emily Potter graduated from the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy earning her PharmD in 2010. Subsequently, she completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Via-Christi Health Care in Wichita, KS. In 2011 she took a clinical pharmacist position at Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Internal Medicine/Critical Care with a focus on Infectious Disease where she earned BCPS certification in 2012. In 2015, she took a position as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship at the VAEKHCS. Dr. Potter coordinates the residency research project rotation and can be contacted via email at email@example.com.