Residency Program Preceptors

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Top row, from left: Hucks Buchanan, Brenda Denson, Sadie Stone,
Lucy Daniel,
Mary Worthington, Erica Krogsgard, Clay Tynes 
  Bottom row, from left: Janet Deason, Traci Henderson, Julie Lasseigne,
Emily Evans, Deidra Schmidt, Heather Searcy, April Yarbrough

Our dedicated team of preceptors has more than 200 years of combined experience in pediatric pharmacy practice! They are excited to share their knowledge, expertise, and passion for pediatric pharmacy practice with new residents each year. Eleven of the twenty-one preceptors completed their PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama and then continued their careers at Children's post-residency.

Erin Blodgett, Pharm.D., BCPPS is from Atlanta, Georgia.  She received a BS in biology from Clayton State University and a Pharm.D. from Mercer University.  She has been a pharmacist at Children's since 2014 and since 2017 has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Hematology/Oncology service.  She serves as co-preceptor for the longitudinal ambulatory care experience.

Joe Brooks, RPh is from Elba, Alabama.  He recieved a BS in Pharmacy from Auburn University.  He has been a pharmacist at Children's since 2011 and since 2019 he has been the Pharmacy Operations Supervisor.  He serves as preceptor for the longitudinal staffing experience.  

Lucy Daniel, Pharm.D. is from Huntsville, Alabama.  She received a BA in dance from Birmingham-Southern College and a Pharm.D. from Samford University.  She completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama.  Since 2013 she has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) service. She serves as preceptor for the PICU experience.

Jamie Davidson, Pharm.D. is from Orlando, Florida.  She received a Pharm.D. from Samford University. She completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama. She has been a pharmacist at Children's since completion of her residency in 2004, and in 2018 resumed her role as clinical pharmacy specialist for the Blood and Bone Marrow (BMT) service.  She serves as preceptor for the elective BMT experience.

Janet Deason, Pharm.D. is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She received a Pharm.D. from the University of Tennessee at Memphis and completed a Pediatric Nutrition Support and Pharmacokinetics Residency at the University of Tennessee at Le Bonheur. She has been a pharmacist at Children's since 2010 and since 2013 has been the Clinical Coordinator for the Pharmacy Department. She serves as preceptor for the longitudinal Drug Information experience.

Brenda Denson, Pharm.D., BCPPS, FASHP is from Hackelburg, Alabama. She received a BS in chemistry from Livingston University and a PharmD from Samford University. She completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama. She has been a pharmacist at Children's since completion of her residency in 1999. She is an Affiliate Clinical Instructor at Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy and since 2013 she has been the Educator for the Pharmacy Department.  She is also a current board member of the Alabama Board of Pharmacy.  She serves as preceptor for Orientation.

Paula Gay, Pharm.D. is from Helena, Alabama.  She received a Pharm.D. from Samford University .  She completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama.  She has more than 12 years of pharmacist experience at Children's in several different roles, but since 2017 has been a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care, with a focus on heart transplant and cystic fibrosis patient populations. She serves as co-preceptor for the longitudinal Ambulatory Care experience.

Traci Henderson, RPh is from Guin, Alabama. She received a BS in Pharmacy from Auburn University. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy and has been a pharmacist at Children's since 2001.  Since 2006 she has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Nephrology service, including the dialysis unit. She serves as preceptor for the Nephrology experience.

Emily Kirby, Pharm.D. is from Huntsville, Alabama.  She received a Pharm.D. from Samford University and completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama.  She has been a pharmacist at Children's since 2017 and since 2019 she has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine service. She serves as co-preceptor for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine experience.

Erica Krogsgard, Pharm.D. is from Birmingham, Alabama. She received a Pharm.D from Samford University and completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama. She is an Affiliate Clinical Instructor at Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy and has been a clinical pharmacist at Children's since completion of her residency in 2011.  Since 2013 she has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine service. She serves as co-preceptor for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine experience.

Julie Lasseigne, Pharm.D. is from Batesville, Mississippi. She received a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Pharm.D. from the University of Mississippi. She has been a member of the pharmacy department management team at Children's since 2007 and since 2013 has been the Director of Pharmacy. She serves as preceptor for the longitudinal Practice Management experience.

Crystal Quattlebaum, RPh is from Troy, Alabama.  She received a BS in Pharmacy from Auburn University.  She has been a pharmacist at Children’s since 1997 and since 2014 has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for Cardiovascular services.  She serves as preceptor for the elective Cardiology experience. 

Matthew Reamsma, Pharm.D. is from Jasper, Alabama.  He received a Pharm.D. from Samford University.  He has been a pharmacist at Children's since 2008 and since 2013 has been a pharmacy specialist in Clinical Informatics.  He serves as preceptor for the elective Clinical Informatics experience.  

Deidra Schmidt, Pharm.D., AAHIVP is from Long Beach, Mississippi. She received a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Pharm.D. from the University of Mississippi. She completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama. She has been a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care since completion of her residency in 2002, and focuses on renal transplant and infectious disease patient populations.  She has served as Residency Program Director since 2006 and also serves as co-preceptor for the longitudinal Ambulatory Care experience.

Heather Searcy, Pharm.D. is from Gallatin, Tennessee. She received a Pharm.D. from Samford University and completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama. She is an Affiliate Clinical Instructor at Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy and since completion of her residency in 2009 she has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Pulmonary service.  She serves as preceptor for the Pulmonary experience.

Ann Slattery, DrPH, RN, RPh, CSPI, DABAT is from Decatur, Alabama. She received an associate's degree in Nursing and a BS in Pharmacy from Samford University and a master's and a doctorate degree in Public Health (in Environmental Toxicology) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed a Toxicology Practicum at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center and a Fellowship in Environmental Toxicology at the CDC/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She is Managing Director of the Regional Poison Control Center, where she has worked since 1982, and is also an Adjunct Professor for Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy. She serves as preceptor of the elective Regional Poison Center/Toxicology experience.

Sadie Stone, Pharm.D. is from Batesville, Mississippi.  She received a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Pharm.D. from the University of Mississippi. She completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy, and since completion of her residency in 2013 she has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) service. She serves as preceptor for the NICU experience.

Adrienne Travis, Pharm.D. is from Lanett, Alabama.  She received a Masters in Forensic Science from the University of Florida and a Pharm.D. from Florida A&M University.  Since 2014 she has been a pharmacy specialist in Investigational Drug Studies.  She serves as preceptor for the elective Investigational Drug Studies experience.

Emily Waite, Pharm.D., BCOP is from Ooltewah, Tennessee. She received a BS in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Pharm.D. from Auburn University. She completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama. She has been a pharmacist at Children's since completion of her residency in 2010 and since 2011 has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Hematology/Oncology service. She is an Affiliate Clinical Instructor at Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy and serves as preceptor for the Hematology/Oncology and anticoagulation experiences.

Mary Worthington, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS is from Jackson, Ohio. She received a BS in Pharmacy and a Pharm.D. from The Ohio State University. She completed a residency in hospital pharmacy at Columbus Children's Hospital and a residency in pediatric pharmacotherapy and home health care at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. She is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy and since 1995 has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine service at Children's. She serves preceptor for the elective Teaching and Learning Certificate program.

April Yarbrough, Pharm.D., BCPS is from Hamilton, Alabama. She received a Pharm.D. from Auburn University and completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama. She has been a pharmacist at Children's since completion of her residency in 2007 and since 2010 has been a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship service. She is an Affiliate Clinical Instructor at Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy and serves as preceptor for the longitudinal Clinical Pharmacokinetics experience and the Infectious Diseases experience.