Originally from Orono, Maine, Jessica Bates is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident at PCHC. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Husson University. Throughout pharmacy school Jessica worked at a local community pharmacy where she honed her patient interaction skills and became very passionate about providing care to patients of all socioeconomic backgrounds. During her clinical rotations, she also became interested in the fields of ambulatory care, drug information, and pharmacy education. She plans to spend her year enhancing her skills in leadership, interprofessional collaboration, and teaching. Jessica is very excited to have the opportunity to begin pursuing a career that includes a combination of the areas she is passionate about within an organization that has the resources to make her personal and professional goals a reality.
Where Are They Now?
Clinical Pharmacist, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of New England
Matthew Christie is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident from Hudson, New Hampshire. He spent 2 years in the undergraduate pre-pharmacy track at the University of New England before completing the Doctor of Pharmacy program also at the University of New England. While at UNE, his main areas of interest included interprofessional care, collaboration among team members, and ambulatory care. During his clinical rotations he focused on talking to patients and working with them so they do not get readmitted to the hospital. He hopes to gain a lot of experience in the ambulatory care setting and focus on keeping patients out of the hospital and living healthy lives. Matthew is very excited to be a member of the PCHC team and work in the Patient Centered Medical Homes to serve the Bangor area.
University of New England
Where Are They Now?
Community Pharmacy Resident, Penobscot Community Health Care
Kathryn Cunniff is a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Penobscot Community Health Center. She is originally from Groveland, MA and got her pharmacy degree at the University Of New England’s College Of Pharmacy in Portland, ME. During pharmacy school Kathryn worked at Good For All Pharmacy in Waterboro, ME which is an independent community pharmacy. During her independent pharmacy experience she realized she enjoys serving a local community.
On her clinical rotations during pharmacy school she also found a passion for ambulatory care pharmacy working with special populations, especially geriatrics. Kathryn is excited for the experiences that PCHC’s PGY1 residency program will bring, and she looks forward to working with the Bangor community and surrounding populations. She is also excited to improve her leadership skills and form interprofessional relationships with providers throughout the community. Kathryn hopes to gain experience and learn from the staff here at PCHC to become a passionate long term care pharmacist working with special populations.
Kevin is originally from upstate New York, and received his Bachelor’s in Pharmacy Studies and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. While at Northeastern, he developed a passion for helping underserved populations through independent community pharmacy and long term care experiences. On his clinical rotations, Kevin gained experience in ambulatory care, transitions of care, and interprofessional models of care. Kevin came to PCHC’s residency program excited to explore the multitude of ambulatory care opportunities available here.
Update from 2018:
This year has flown by, and I could not have asked for a better place to do my residency training. I have learned so much, both professionally and personally, and am so grateful to have had such amazing and welcoming coworkers and mentors. Although my residency project regarding outpatient management of venous thromboembolism did not pan out as originally intended, I still learned many valuable lessons about organizational and project management. I am glad that I was able to help PCHC combat Maine’s opioid epidemic by conducting Narcan and opioid overdose trainings both here at PCHC and for local community groups. I am happy to announce that I will be staying on here at PCHC initially in a per diem capacity, working in both the primary care clinics and outpatient pharmacies.
Where Are They Now?
Per Diem Pharmacist, Penobscot Community Health Care
Michela Fiori is a former PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Penobscot Community Health Care. Born and raised in Maine, Michela became interested in pharmacy at a young age as she watched her father and mother build and operate their chain of independent pharmacies which serviced long-term care facilities and the general public for over 10 years. As a child she carefully observed her father, a pharmacist, and in doing so developed a keen understanding of the positive impact a pharmacist can make as well as a passion for patient advocacy.
Michela studied chemistry/pre-pharmacy at Husson University and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Husson University School of Pharmacy. While in pharmacy school, Michela worked as a pharmacy student intern at Penobscot Community Health Care. In her role as a student intern, she gained experience working with patients to help them understand their medications and manage their health optimally. Throughout her clinical student pharmacist rotations, she developed a passion for working directly with patients, specifically the elderly population.
She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the patients and health care professionals at Penobscot Community Health Care again in her new role as a pharmacist. Michela is determined to become an integral part of the outstanding team at Penobscot Community Health Care to provide quality health care services. Michela takes great pride in her role as a pharmacist and is enthusiastic about being involved in educating the public about the value pharmacists can bring to the primary care setting as we continue to work towards pharmacist provider status. Outside of pharmacy, Michela is passionate about singing and music, and she enjoys nature, jogging and antique automobiles.
Irene graduated from the University Of Houston with a B.S in Pharmacy and obtained her Pharm. D. from Temple University in Philadelphia. After completing a one year training at A.I. DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, she landed a position with the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington. She moved back home to Texas and worked at Memorial Hermann in Houston and at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. During this time, she was able to gain experience in both critical care, infectious disease, and oncology.
She decided to move back to the east coast. She realized that healthcare was moving towards a value-based system and that pharmacists can have a positive impact on patient outcomes. To gain this experience, she decided to apply to residencies with a focus on ambulatory care. She chose PCHC because it is one of only a few comprehensive medical homes in the nation. She hopes to become proficient in managing patients who have diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular disease. Irene also has an interest in drug information and hopes to sharpen her skills in this area.
Her goal is to move back to Texas with these skills so that she may be able to transition from the hospital sector to the ambulatory care setting.
When she isn’t working, she volunteers as a Sunday school teacher for St. Mary’s in Bangor. She also enjoys spending time with her two children, swimming, and vacationing in her Texas home.