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Brian W. Bedwick, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care
Dr. Bedwick is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University, where he earned his doctor of pharmacy degree in 2015. After graduation, he completed a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency with West Virginia University and Waterfront Family Pharmacy in Morgantown, W.Va. He then accepted a position as an anticoagulation clinical pharmacy specialist with the Hospital of the University in Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he was a member of both the inpatient and outpatient anticoagulation management teams. He joined Geisinger in 2019, and currently practices as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist, specializing in anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, COPD and smoking cessation management. Dr. Bedwick serves as the preceptor for the drug information learning experience.

Samantha Blincoe, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care
Dr. Blincoe is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2017. After graduation she worked in a community pharmacy setting prior to accepting a position as a pain management pharmacist with Geisinger in 2018. She specializes in pain management by optimizing pain management regimens in coordination with the primary care physician. She also aids in our anticoagulation, asthma, COPD, diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension management. Dr. Blincoe is a preceptor for the pain management learning experience. 

Susanne O. Burns, PharmD, MBA, CACP
Regional Manager- Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Programs Geisinger Northeast
Dr. Burns is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University where she earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2010. After graduation, she worked in a community pharmacy setting prior to accepting a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger in 2011. After five years of clinical practice, she transitioned into a leadership role where she now serves as the regional manager for ambulatory pharmacy programs for the northeast region. Dr. Burns’ work is focused on developing and expanding the role of pharmacists to increase access and improve the quality of care. Dr. Burns is a preceptor for the practice management rotation.

Allison Cebulko, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist, Neuroscience Services
Dr. Cebulko is a 2014 graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency through Wellspan York Hospital. During that year, she obtained her pharmacy teaching certificate through Shenandoah University. After graduation, she accepted an inpatient position at Geisinger Medical Center. In 2016, she transferred to Geisinger Community Medical Center where she focused in emergency medicine and critical care. In 2019, she obtained board certification as a critical care pharmacy specialist. She recently transitioned to the ambulatory care setting working within the Neurology Department. Together, the neurology pharmacists currently co-manage disease modifying therapies in multiple sclerosis, immune modulation therapy in the neuroimmune subspecialty, antiepileptic dosing in pregnancy, and antiplatelet dosing in patients undergoing neurovascular intervention. Dr. Cebulko serves as a preceptor for the neurology elective.

Marissa Chiumento, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care
Dr. Chiumento is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2017. After graduation, she worked as an acute care clinical pharmacist at Moses Taylor Hospital. In 2020 she accepted a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger, specializing in chronic pain management, anticoagulation, diabetes, dyslipidemia, asthma/COPD and hypertension management. She is a preceptor for the chronic pain management elective learning experience.

Judith DeLuca, PharmD, BCPS
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Wilkes University
Dr. DeLuca is a 1992 graduate of the University of Kentucky. After graduation, she spent ten years as a clinical hospital pharmacist during which she completed a critical care residency at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. She joined the faculty of Wilkes University in 2002 where she initially developed her clinical practice in critical care followed by transitions of care. Her research has focused on improving patient outcomes in cardiac surgery and also on the pharmacist’s role in improving the transition from hospital to home. In 2017, she became chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Deluca is preceptor of the Wilkes University Precepting and Learning Program.

Brooke DePietro, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Telepharmacy
Dr. DePietro is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2006. Dr. DePietro currently practices at Geisinger’s Telepharmacy Department with special focus on anticoagulation. She also has prior experience as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger specializing in anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and pain management as well as experience in home infusion. Dr. DePietro serves as a preceptor for the anticoagulation learning experience.

Pamela Gagliardi-Giarratano, PharmD
Pharmacy Manager, Caresite Pharmacy
Dr. Gagliardi-Giarratano is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pa. She earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2013. After graduation, she accepted a position as a pharmacist/pharmacy manager at Walgreens Pharmacy until 2020, when she accepted the role of pharmacy manager of Geisinger Caresite in May 2020. Her professional interests include immunizations and patient medication education. Dr. Giarratano currently serves as a preceptor-in-training for the Caresite staffing learning experience.

Julienne R. Hanley, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care
Dr. Hanley is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2014. After graduation, she started her career as a pharmacy manager at Rite Aid Pharmacies in northeast Pennsylvania. She accepted a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger in 2016, specializing in hepatology. Her professional interests include teaching, hepatitis and transplant. Dr. Hanley is a preceptor for the hepatology elective learning experience.

Hillary L. Harris, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care
Dr. Harris is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2017. After graduation, she started her career as a pharmacist for Walgreens Pharmacy in northeast Pennsylvania. She accepted a position as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist with Geisinger in 2018, specializing in anticoagulation, diabetes, dyslipidemia, asthma/COPD and hypertension management. Her professional interests include comprehensive diabetes management, smoking cessation and precepting pharmacy learners. She currently serves as an MUE mentor to our residents.

Michael A. Kachmarsky, PharmD, BCACP, CACP
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care
Director, Geisinger Clinic Northeast PGY-1 Residency
Dr. Kachmarsky is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. He earned his doctor of pharmacy degree in 2014. After graduation, he completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He accepted a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger, specializing in anticoagulation, diabetes, dyslipidemia, asthma and hypertension management. Dr. Kachmarsky is director of the Geisinger Clinic Northeast PGY1 Residency Program as well as a preceptor for the primary care rotation.

Christina Kalechitz, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care Pharmacy
Dr. Kalechitz is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas Tech University. She earned her bachelor of science degree in biology and business administration in 2004 and her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2008. After graduation, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allenton, Pa. She accepted a position as an inpatient clinical pharmacist in 2009 at Geisinger in Danville, Pa., and then transitioned to a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist in 2010. Since then she has specialized in anticoagulation, asthma, COPD, diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension. Her professional interests include teaching, anticoagulation and comprehensive diabetes management. Dr. Kalechitz is a preceptor for the primary care learning experience.

Kelly A. Kempa, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care
Assistant Director, Geisinger Clinic Northeast PGY1 Residency
Dr. Kempa is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2018. After graduation, she accepted a position as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist with Geisinger, specializing in anticoagulation, diabetes, dyslipidemia, asthma/COPD and hypertension management. Her professional interests include teaching and comprehensive diabetes management. She is the preceptor-in-training for the primary care rotation and learning experience.

Leonard Learn, PharmD
Clinical Coordinator – Telepharmacy
Dr. Learn is a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He earned his bachelor of pharmaceutical and healthcare studies in 2012 and his doctor of pharmacy degree in 2014.  Following graduation, he accepted a position as a staff pharmacist at Walgreens Pharmacy and shortly thereafter became the pharmacy manager. Afterwards, he accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist with Geisinger where he currently practices as the clinical coordinator of the Telepharmacy Department. His professional interests include medication reconciliation, anticoagulation and diabetes. Dr. Learn serves as preceptor for the telehealth learning experience.

Frederick Leri, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Clinical Coordinator, Geisinger Community Medical Center
Dr. Leri received his bachelor of science degree from PCPS in 1985, doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994, and MBA from the University of Scranton in 1997. He is currently the clinical coordinator at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, Pa, and on the faculty of Wilkes University School of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Prior to his current position, Dr. Leri spent 30 years at Moses Taylor Hospital where he held numerous pharmacy positions including residency program director. His professional interests include infectious disease, critical care and education. Dr. Leri is the preceptor for the internal medicine rotation.

Justine Maley, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology
Dr. Maley is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2018. After graduation, she accepted a position as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist with Geisinger, specializing in oral chemotherapy management. Her professional interests include precepting and hematology/oncology research. She is the preceptor in training for the hematology/oncology elective learning experience.

Scott T. Opalka, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Geisinger at Home
Dr. Opalka is a graduate of Temple University School of Pharmacy. He earned his doctor of pharmacy in 2017. After graduation, he completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He accepted a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with the Geisinger at Home program, specializing in diabetes, dyslipidemia, antibiotic stewardship and comprehensive medication management. His professional interests include antibiotic stewardship, diabetes and asthma/COPD. Dr. Opalka is a preceptor for the Geisinger at Home/telehealth rotation. Dr. Opalka is a preceptor for the Geisinger at Home elective learning experience.

Amanda Popko, PharmD, BCACP, CACP
Pharmacy Coordinator – Family Practice, Ambulatory Care Pharmacy
Dr. Popko is a graduate of the University of Scranton and of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her bachelor of science degree in biology in 2009 and her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2014. After graduation, she accepted a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger, specializing in anticoagulation, asthma, COPD diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension. Recently, she accepted a position as the clinical pharmacy coordinator of family practice. Dr. Popko is board certified in ambulatory care. Her professional interests include teaching, diabetes, asthma/COPD and cultural competence in healthcare. Dr. Popko is a preceptor for the primary care and administration learning experiences.

Amanda Sharry Rogers, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Neurology
Dr. Rogers is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2008. After graduation, she accepted a position at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital where she spent seven years as an inpatient pharmacist. In 2015, she accepted a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger, specializing in neurology. Her professional interests include multiple sclerosis and patient education. Dr. Rogers is the primary preceptor for the outpatient neurology learning experience.

Swana K. Thomas, PharmD, MPH
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care
Dr. Thomas is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pa. She earned her doctor of pharmacy and public health degree in 2018. After graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. She accepted a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., specializing in rheumatological conditions. She is a preceptor for the elective rheumatology learning experience.

Teri A. Thomas, RPh
Clinical Pharmacist, Chronic Pain MTDM
Mrs. Thomas graduated with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1996. She spent the past 20 years working as a clinical inpatient hospital pharmacist at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She joined Geisinger as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist specializing in chronic pain management in May 2016 for the northeast region. In her current role, she assists Geisinger physicians in managing their patients with chronic non-malignant pain, provides palliative care, coordinates complementary therapies to manage chronic pain, monitors patient compliance, identifies and assesses potential or existing risk factors, and collaborates with cognitive behavioral therapists. Presently, she has a distinct focus on assisting patients in weaning from high dose opioid regimens and converting them to safer, non-opioid medication regimens for the management of chronic, long-term pain. She is a preceptor for the pain management learning experience.

James M. Taleroski, PharmD, BCACP, CACP
Clinical Pharmacist Ambulatory Care
Dr. Taleroski is a graduate of the Temple University School of Pharmacy. He earned his bachelor of science in pharmacy in 1994 and doctor of pharmacy degree in 1995. After graduation he completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown, Pa. He accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center in 1996 where he was a member of the inpatient  internal medicine and hematology/oncology teams. He was one of three pharmacists in Geisinger’s initial anticoagulation clinic pilot program. He moved on to the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in 2001 where he practiced as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist in the anticoagulation and lipid clinics. He also was integral in the implementation of their pharmacist-run hepatitis C clinic. He returned to Geisinger in 2007 and started the Anticoagulation Clinic at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. He currently practices at the Mountain Top Geisinger Clinic as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist in the MTM Clinic. He specializes in anticoagulation, diabetes, lipid, hypertension, asthma and COPD. Dr. Taleroski currently serves as a resident mentor for the Geisinger Clinic Northeast program.