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Pharmacy Residency Faculty

Pharmacy Residency​



Amy Nguyen, PharmD, BCPPS
PGY1 Program Director, Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
  • Originally from: Las Vegas, NV
  • Residency training:  PGY1 Tucson Medical Center; PGY2 (Pediatrics) University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
  • What I love most about pediatric pharmacy:  I love the team-based environment in pediatrics.  Many people who work in pediatrics are working towards a common goal in providing the best patient care for these kiddos…and our patients are pretty adorable too!



Todd Kociancic, PharmD, BCPPS
PGY2 Program Director, Clinical Staff Pharmacist – Emergency Department

  • Pharmacy school: Ohio Northern University
  • Originally from: Cleveland, OH
  • Residency/Fellowship training: Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Toxicology (Case Western Reserve University/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio)
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "I learn something new every single day at work. On a daily basis, the complexity of our patients leads to a question or problem I haven’t encountered previously."
Mike Meekins, PharmD, MS

Mike Meekins, PharmD, MS
Chief Pharmacy Officer 

  • Pharmacy school: Creighton University 
  • Originally from: Superior, NE 
  • Residency training: PGY1 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 
  • What I love most about pediatric pharmacy: “The spirit and resiliency of kids.” 



Amanda Li, PharmD, BCPS
Manager of Pharmacy Operations (Pharmacy Practice Longitudinal)

  • Pharmacy school: University of Michigan, Go Blue!
  • Originally from: Detroit, Michigan
  • Residency training: PGY1 Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO; PGY2 Lebanon Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Lebanon, PA
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "The unknown of working with pediatric patients, there isn’t always a guideline or study telling you exactly how to treat a patient. You have to work collaboratively with the healthcare team to find ways to help patients. Also, it’s acceptable to love Disney as much as I do."
David Seto, PharmD, BCPS

David Seto, PharmD, BCPS 
General Pediatrics Specialist 

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona College of Pharmacy 
  • Originally from: Phoenix, AZ 
  • Residency training: PGY1 Valleywise Health; PGY2 (Pediatrics) Diamond Children’s at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson/University of Arizona College of Pharmacy 
  • What I love most about pediatric pharmacy: “The pharmacotherapy and the people!” 



Nate Evans, PharmD
General Pediatrics Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
  • Originally from: Phoenix, AZ
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy:  I love seeing a kid go from having some of the worst day(s) of their life to seeing the excitement on their face when they are better and get to go home!



Darcy Johnson, PharmD
Research Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona
  • Originally from: Phoenix, AZ
  • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “I love that all the employees are here to benefit children by keeping them healthy and safe.”
Olivia Brandner, PharmD

Olivia Brandner, PharmD
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy 
  • Originally from: Ladd, IL 
  • Residency training: PGY1 Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL; PGY2 Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC 
  • What I love most about pediatric pharmacy: “Answering challenging pharmacy questions, it’s never a boring day in the PICU!” 



Rhonda Kurz, PharmD
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Originally from: Southern Illinois
  • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “My practice in the NICU allows me the opportunity to collaborate with a primary team and consultants to improve patient outcomes by developing treatment and monitoring plans that are safe and effective on very challenging and unique cases.”
Jamie Brown, PharmD

Jamie Brown, PharmD
Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy 
  • Originally from: Albuquerque, New Mexico 
  • Residency Training: PGY1 University of Arizona (Banner-University Medical Center Tucson), Tucson, AZ; PGY2 (Pediatric Oncology) Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 
  • What I love most about pediatric pharmacy: “I love working with the patients and their parents! It’s inspiring to see how resilient children are and how they can find a way to laugh or smile through almost anything.” 
Taylor Dennison, PharmD

Taylor Dennison, PharmD
Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy 
  • Originally from: Cincinnati, OH 
  • Residency training: PGY1 (Acute Care) & PGY2 (Oncology) at UNC Medical Center, Chapel Hill, NC 
  • What I love most about pediatric pharmacy: “As there is not always data in this patient population, it allows me to think critically and creatively to help my patients! Also, the patients and their families are so resilient and fun, it is truly an incredible and inspiring group to work with!” 



Christian Armstrong, PharmD
Infectious Disease Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Utah
  • Originally from: Provo, UT
  • Residency/Fellowship training: PGY1 Primary Children’s Hospital
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "Being a part of a team that includes medical professionals, patients, families, and caregivers that are so focused on providing the highest quality care to our wonderful patients."



Rachel Jackson, PharmD, BCPPS
Solid Organ Transplant Specialist

  • Pharmacy school:  Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, Amarillo, TX
  • Originally from:  Amarillo, TX
  • Residency training:  PGY1 Intermountain Healthcare, Provo, UT; PGY2 Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT
  • What you love the most about pediatric pharmacy:  I love the complex, uncharted territory of pediatrics and all the opportunities it provides for pharmacist support.  There’s never a dull day in pediatric solid organ transplant!
Ali Aldieri, PharmD

Ali Aldieri, PharmD
Solid Organ Transplant Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: Northeastern University, Boston, MA 
  • Original from: Connecticut 
  • Residency training: PGY1 & PGY2 (Pediatrics) at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO 
  • What I love most about pediatric pharmacy: “I love the positive environment of working in pediatrics.  It’s one of the few jobs where you can have spontaneous dance parties with patients and the medical team while bedside rounding!” 



Titilola Afolabi, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Originally from: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Residency training: PGY1 Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Fellowship Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy:  the people (patients, providers, pharmacists, the peds community)



Mary Babico, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona
  • Originally from: Chicago, IL; Grew up in Tucson, AZ
  • Residency training: PGY1 and PGY2 (Pediatrics) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: "I love seeing how resilient children are…the human body is so cool! And, having Hello Kitty office supplies is widely accepted."



Sara Maffei, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
  • Originally from: Mesa, Arizona
  • Residency training: PGY1 at Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • What I love most about pediatric pharmacy: I love that pediatric pharmacy is very detail oriented and challenging. I never have the same day twice because there are so many new and different disease states/conditions that I am constantly exposed to.
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