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Dr. Traci Poole, PharmD

Class of 2010

Our next past resident feature is Dr. Traci Poole, currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Belmont University College of Pharmacy and Director of Clinical Services at Riverside Village Pharmacy in Nashville, TN.Dr. Poole has served in several roles since her graduation from the Community Residency Program 11 years ago, from her first full-time job as a faculty member to opening and owning her own pharmacy. She feels that the residency program prepared her for all of that and more.

As far as her current position, Dr. Poole says : “ I love the variability. I get bored easily and constantly need a new challenge so having a job where no day is the keeps me extremely engaged in the profession and my career. I also love that I get to share in the student development experience. There really is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student go from a first year student pharmacist to a full blown practitioner and watching their individual journey to get there is always so much fun.” When asked about advice for current or potential residents, Dr. Poole says: “Soak up every second you can in the program and truly put in so much work you leave nothing unsaid or undone. You won’t regret the late nights or the long hours and in the end they will all be worth every bit of it. Glean all you can from those teaching and mentoring you. When it is all over, you will miss it and everyone you work with in our little slice of pharmacy heaven that is VCU CPRP. #vcucprpforever”

Recently, Dr. Poole has been very busy with her life as a new mom to her toddler son Owen, and awaiting the arrival of a baby girl in May. “When I have some rare free time, I enjoy reading/writing, being near the water, or enjoying a good glass of wine or whiskey with some live music!” When asked what she has learned since residency that she wishes she had known then, Dr. Poole has great advice for those of us who are passionate about and ready for change, but have a hard time waiting on results. “When I began my first job, I got extremely frustrated with how slowly I was making an impact and the snail’s pace in which both academic and practice-based changes moved. I got it, so why didn’t anyone else? Why did I have to fight so hard and passionately for community pharmacy to make something happen that made perfect sense and did so much good? Condit Steil, my department chair that hired me, had a similar background and had been fighting the good fight for decades and one day I was in his office complaining about something and he said to me out of nowhere “tincture of time.” He advised me to be patient and to continue working hard. Anyone who knows me well, knows I left so annoyed that day, but the more time went by, the more I began to realize that he was exactly right. As change agents in a practice setting that desperately needs it, slow and steady wins this race. If we aren’t careful, we will burn out and go bloody from beating our heads against the wall 24/7. My advice: Celebrate ALL the wins, no matter how small. Find a group of people that are like-minded you can vent to when necessary. Take time off and use them to take a break to recharge and then get back at it. Stay engaged with organizations and other programming that make you generate ideas to remain inspired. We are no good to a broken practice model if we throw in the towel and jump ship because things are maddening or not progressing as quickly as we would like them to!” Dr. Poole is a wonderful example of the pharmacists that the VCU CPRP produces. An excellent teacher, mentor, and tireless advocate for change and the advancement of community practice, we are so proud to call her a colleague and member of the pharmily! #alwaysvcucprp

Past Residents


Class of 2020

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Emily Gicewicz, PharmD (Albany College of Pharmacy)

  • PGY-2 CLEVELAND VA, OHIO

Kennan Rea, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • PUBLIX PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Aylin Unal, PharmD (University of Maryland)

Kylie Napoli, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Class of 2019

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Emily Kennell, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina)

  • NEPHRON PHARMACEUTICALS, SOUTH CAROLINA

Nahed Elias, PharmD (Notre Dame of Maryland University)

  • UVA OUTPATIENT PHARMACY, VIRGINIA 

Alexis Page, PharmD (The Ohio State University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Chelsea Sprouse, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Class of 2018

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Olufunmi J. Ariyo, PharmD (Howard University)

  • ANDROMEDA TRANSCULTURAL HEALTH, WASHINGTON D.C.

Adam Foster, PharmD (West Virginia University)

  • ADVENT HEALTH, FLORIDA

Morgan J. Grant, PharmD (Appalachia College of Pharmacy)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Lauren Nicole Fox, PharmD (Shenandoah University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Raquel L. Upshur, PharmD (Ohio State University)

  • ACCREDO SPECIALTY PHARMACY, INDIANA

Class of 2017

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Lauren Haggerty, PharmD (University of Maryland)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Olivia Kinney, PharmD (West Virginia University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Ivy Lio, PharmD (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, OHIO

Gabriella Pepe, PharmD (Northeastern University)

  • ACME PHARMACY, PENNSYLVANIA

Chloe Schafer, PharmD (University of Texas - Austin)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Jeff Walker, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • PUBLIX PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Class of 2016

Anisha Doshi, PharmD (University of Illinois - Chicago)

  • ST FRANCIS HEALTH-SYSTEM, VIRGINIA

Jessica McDaniel, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Margaret Robinson Landis, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Amy Sparkman, PharmD (University of Tennessee)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Kristyn Williamson, PharmD (University of Minnesota)

  • UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Class of 2015

Hannah Kuhn, PharmD (Butler University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Toni Larson, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • PAUL’S PHARMACY, MICHIGAN

Alyssa Lesko Zavadsky, PharmD (University of the Sciences)

  • VIRGINIA

Anjana Patel, PharmD (University of Maryland)

  • WALMART, MARYLAND

Meagan Williams Bedwick, PharmD (Wilkes-Barre University)

  • PENNSYLVANIA

Class of 2014

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Stephanie Adams-Barrus, PharmD (University of Utah)

  • UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, UTAH

Dawn Andanar Speer, PharmD (University of Maryland)

  • TENNESSEE

Ben Brocious, PharmD (Ohio Northern University)

  • WALMART, OHIO

Caroline Griggs, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina)

  • WALGREENS, FLORIDA

John Schimmelfing, PharmD (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)

  • UNC STUDENT HEALTH, NORTH CAROLINA

Janet Strain, PharmD (Midwestern University - Downer's Grove)

  • CVS CAREMARK, ILLINOIS

Class of 2013

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Bethany Bedford, PharmD (Belmont University)

  • WALGREENS, TENNESSEE

Andrea Brookhart, PharmD (University of Toledo)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA
  • SITE COORDINATOR, KROGER - CHARLOTTESVILLE

Sarah Kraszeski Milam, PharmD (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)

  • HOME, WASHINGTON

Corey Lester, PharmD (University of Rhode Island), PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • GRADUATE SCHOOL, WISCONSIN

Class of 2012

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Leah Belcher Argie, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • ELKTON PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Lauren Caldas, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, VIRGINIA

Alix Pandolfino, PharmD (University of South Carolina)

  • WALGREEN’S PHARMACY, SOUTH CAROLINA

Megan Stoiber Pierce, PharmD (University of Mississippi)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Deanna Tran, PharmD (University of Maryland)

  • UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, MARYLAND

Class of 2011

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Anna Dunlap, PharmD (Wilkes-Barre University)

  • WALGREEN’S PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Kimberly Hassinger, PharmD (Wilkes-Barre University)

  • MARTIN’S PHARMACY, PENNSYLVANIA

Jennifer Helmke, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University

  • BREMO PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Class of 2010

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Antoinette Coe, PharmD, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN

Mia Ferrentino, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Gretchen Kreckel Garofoli, PharmD (University of Pittsburgh)

  • WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, WEST VIRGINIA

Traci Poole, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • BELMONT UNIVERSITY, TENNESSEE

Casey Valiente, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • MARTIN’S PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Class of 2009

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Amy Kennedy, PharmD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, ARIZONA

Kerri Temple Musselman, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • BON SECOURS HEALTH-SYSTEM, VIRGINIA

Neetha Veerabhadrappa, PharmD (Shenandoah University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Class of 2008

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Natasha Edmonsdon, PharmD (Howard University)

  • VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, TEXAS

Akash Alexander, PharmD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy)

  • HOSPITAL PHARMACY, NEW YORK

Kelly Rea Oliver, PharmD (Drake University)

  • JEFFERSON PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Erin Briggs, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Lesleigh Wallace, PharmD (Xavier University)

  • MATTHEW WALKER COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER, TENNESSEE

Class of 2007

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Tyler Stevens, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, KENTUCKY

Andrea DiFalco Demers, PharmD (West Virginia University)

  • LAKE NORMAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, NORTH CAROLINA

Kristin Kouski Francis, PharmD (West Virginia University)

  • BREMO PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Brandon Jennings, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY, VIRGINIA

Ron Gregory, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • VIRGINIA

Class of 2006

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Kushal Shah, PharmD (University of Pittsburgh)

  • CVS, VIRGINIA

Teaonsha Dendy, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • VIRGINIA

Rachel Riley, PharmD (Drake University)

  • IOWA

Jennifer Risley, PharmD (University of Tennessee)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Michelle Rosko, PharmD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy)

  • WALGREEN’S PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Class of 2005

Audra Anderson, PharmD (University of Iowa)

  • VCU HEALTH, VIRGINIA

Martha Adkins, PharmD, MBA (Shenandoah Univeristy)

  • SAM’S CLUB, VIRGINIA

Tana Kaefer, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • BREMO PHARMACY, VIRGINIA
  • SITE COORDINATOR/RESIDENCY PRECEPTOR

Holly Hurley, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • UNIVERSITY OF APPALACHIA, VIRGINIA

Class of 2004

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Angela Dyer, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER, TENNESSEE

Kelly Jones Corcoran, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • KROGER PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Andrew Frasco, PharmD (Ohio State University)

  • MEIJER PHARMACY, OHIO

Class of 2003

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Sharon Gatewood, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, VIRGINIA
  • SITE COORDINATOR/RESIDENCY PRECEPTOR

Denise Maillet-White, PharmD

  • RITE AID PHARMACY, NORTH CAROLINA

Class of 2002

Lynne Roman, PharmD (University of Florida)

  • TARGET PHARMACY, VIRGINIA

Betsy Elswick, PharmD (University of West Virginia)

  • WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, WEST VIRGINIA
  • RESIDENCY DIRECTOR

Nicole Paolini, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK
  • RESIDENCY DIRECTOR

Amanda Transgrud, PharmD (University of Arizona)

  • TARGET PHARMACY, ARIZONA

Renee Krogsund, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, VIRGINIA

Class of 2001

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Allison Wixted, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • HOME

Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD (University of Maryland)

  • UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, MARYLAND
  • RESIDENCY DIRECTOR

Mongthoung Tran, PharmD (University of North Carolina)

  • FDA, MARYLAND

Jackie Kelley, PharmD (Shenandoah University)

  • CRAIG’S DRUG STORE, MARYLAND

Class of 2000

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Terry Bass, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • WALGREEN’S, VIRGINIA

Joel Giles, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • KING’S SOOPERS, COLORADO

Whitney Unterwagner, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, GEORGIA

Tara Reynolds, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • KERR DRUG, SOUTH CAROLINA

Class of 1999

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Amy L. Whitaker, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • DECEASED

Kristin Weitzel, PharmD (University of Florida)

  • UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, FLORIDA
  • EDITOR-IN- CHIEF, PHARMACY TODAY

Ziba Gorji, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • MED COMMUNICATIONS INC, VIRGINIA

Class of 1998

Milissa Rock, RPh, CDE (Albany College of Pharmacy)

Kristin Davis, Pharm.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University)

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