Our People

Director:

Courtenay Gilmore Wilson, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS, CDE, CPP

Associate Director of Pharmacotherapy
Mountain Area Health Education Center
Assistant Professor of Clinical Education
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Dr. Wilson received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia followed by her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP accredited residency from the Boise VAMC in conjunction with the Idaho State University School of Pharmacy.  She became Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy in 2012 and in Ambulatory Care in 2015.  Dr. Wilson now serves as the Associate Director of Pharmacotherapy at the MAHEC Family Health Center where she provides comprehensive medication management for patients within an interdisciplinary team setting. Her areas of interest are chronic pain management, substance use disorder, and wellness. She serves as the pharmacist for MAHEC’s Integrated Chronic Pain Treatment and Training Project and is the project lead for MAHEC's Opioid Dependence Treatment Program. Dr. Wilson is heavily involved in developing and disseminating novel models of care within the ambulatory care setting. As a Professor of Clinical Education with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, her teaching responsibilities include didactic teaching and precepting pharmacy students, PGY1 pharmacy residents, medical residents, and fellows.  Outside of work, Courtenay enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching Georgia football.

Preceptors:

Charlene Williams, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, CPP

Western Experiential Education Coordinator, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Charlene Williams is a clinical assistant professor and Regional Director of Experiential Education with the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy Asheville Campus. She completed her doctor of pharmacy at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy and completed an ASHP-accredited specialty residency in primary care at Mission Health System and the Mountain Area Health Education Center.  She is a licensed Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner at a university student health center.  She has experience as a residency director and student and resident preceptor and has started clinical pharmacy services at several ambulatory care sites. Her research interests include experiential education and leadership education. She is a recipient of the American Pharmacists Association One-to-One Patient Counseling award.

Irene Park, PharmD, BCACP, CPP

Clinical Pharmacist, Mountain Area Health Education Center

Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

I grew up in Cary, NC and graduated with my PharmD from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in May of 2012 (go Heels!). My passion is direct patient care and chronic disease management and completed my residency in ambulatory care at Mission Hospital and MAHEC from 2012-2013. Upon finishing residency, I worked as a clinical pharmacist in a specialized anticoagulation service at Mission Hospital before starting as a clinical pharmacist with MAHEC. I practice primarily at the MAHEC clinics at Newbridge in Woodfin, NC and Cane Creek in Fletcher, NC. I feel fortunate to be a part of a truly interdisciplinary primary care with the common goal of providing outstanding care to the people of western NC. I enjoy running, traveling, and snuggles with my dog, Gryffindor.

Mollie Scott, PharmD, BCACP, CPP

Regional Associate Dean at Asheville, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Mollie Scott is Regional Associate Dean for UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  She serves as the preceptor for the Academic Leadership experience for the PGY2 ambulatory care residency program.  She is a graduate of Meredith College and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and was the inaugural resident in the Specialized Pharmacy Residency in Geriatrics at the Durham VAMC.  She is currently serving as Director-at-Large for the ASHP Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Executive Committee.  Her clinical interests include osteoporosis and women’s health, and she is a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner at MAHEC Family Health Center. 


Bill Hitch, PharmD, BCPS, CPP

Director of Pharmacotherapy, Mountain Area Health Education Center
Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Dr. Hitch is the Director of Pharmacotherapy at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  He received his PharmD degree from the University Of North Carolina Eshelmen School of Pharmacy and completed a specialty residency in Ambulatory Care through Mission Hospitals and MAHEC.  Dr. Hitch serves as the Assistant Director of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Mission Hospital practiced in the Ambulatory Care setting and serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students as well as PGY1 and PGY2 residents.  His practice is in inpatient family medicine where he rounds with physicians on the Family Practice Service at Mission Hospitals. He is a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner at MAHEC Family Health Center, which has been recognized as a Level III Patient Centered Medical Home.  Areas of interest include interdisciplinary education, transitions of care, infectious disease, and global health.

Christie Dresback, PharmD, CGP, CPP
Clinical Pharmacist, Mission Hospital

Current Residents:

Anne “Andy” Carrington, PharmD, CPP

Hey y’all! My name is Andy, but you may also see my name written as Anne. Interesting story: I am the sixth generation “Anne Carter” in my family so received the nickname “Andy” from my identical twin (who is also a pharmacist). We were born and raised in South Boston, Virginia where we were both first exposed to a career in pharmacy during a course in high school. Growing up involved in the 4-H program, I ended up at Virginia Tech for my undergraduate degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences. Go HOKIES!! After a brief semester working at Walt Disney World by completing the Disney College Program, I moved on to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. I feel so blessed to have been trained in North Carolina for my pharmacy degree. It was during these four years that I was exposed to the amazing things pharmacists can do in the ambulatory care setting. I also learned about the “Asheville Project,” an initiative here at MAHEC where pharmacist’s involvement in patient care proved to be valuable for both patients and the practice.

I have a passion for transitions of care and helping patients understand their medications and take ownership of their care. My PGY-1 with Carilion Hospitals in Roanoke, Virginia provided me with longitudinal exposure to Family Medicine and I am ultimately thrilled to have ended up back in North Carolina, where pharmacist involvement in primary care is so strong. Asheville is such a cool place to live! I enjoy hiking, running, water-sports (kayaking, paddle-boarding, rafting and floating), and all the breweries. My favorite thing to do is to ride my horse on the Biltmore Estate. I am also a huge Disney fan and enjoy helping friends and family plan their magical Walt Disney World vacations. I am excited to be working with MAHEC, Mission and UNC to have a wonderful PGY-2 experience this year!

Ashley Pokallus, PharmD, CPP

Hi, I’m Ashley Pokallus!  I was born and raised in a small town in beautiful Wyoming where my parents own and operate a farm. I am the oldest of four children with a large extended family.  I attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie for undergraduate and pharmacy school.  In pharmacy school I discovered my passion for primary care and preventative medicine.  During my fourth year of pharmacy school I stumbled upon a PGY1 with an ambulatory care program in Asheville that I thought was too good to be true.  I was very fortunate to start my career with Mission and MAHEC. I am currently working to start pharmacy services at North Buncombe Family Medicine as part of the PGY2 program with MAHEC and UNC.

My husband, Logan, and I love western North Carolina and feel very fortunate to live and work here. In our spare time we love exploring, eating out, playing games, and spending time with our family and friends. I also enjoy shopping, baking, reading, and watching Friends.

Former Residents:

Megan Hughes, PharmD

I completed my PGY2 residency at MAHEC in June 2016, and I am now the first clinical pharmacist employed by Wilmington Health in Wilmington, NC! I am so grateful for the knowledge, leadership skills, and confidence I developed during my PGY2 residency, which is in large part thanks to my incredible residency director and preceptors. Although I was somewhat hesitant to take on another year of residency after my PGY1 in ambulatory care at Mission and MAHEC, I'm so glad I did because it was truly the opportunity of a lifetime. As a result of the unique and challenging experiences I had as a PGY2 resident at MAHEC, I was able to confidently present a business plan for starting pharmacy services at Wilmington Health to key leadership executives who acknowledged the quality of my training and the need for my services at their practice. I am excited to see how clinical pharmacy services will grow and develop at Wilmington Health in the future, and I take comfort in knowing that I will always have the support and expertise of many amazing pharmacists and friends in Asheville! I strongly encourage you to consider applying for this program if you are seeking a PGY2 residency that will challenge you to become a strong clinician, teacher, innovator, and lifelong learner. You're welcome to contact me with any questions about the residency program or my current position at Wilmington Health - meganhughes14@gmail.com

Kristen Abbot, PharmD

What an honor it is to be an alumna of this phenomenal program! It did not take much to convince me to pursue this PGY2 in ambulatory care and academia with MAHEC and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. After earning my pharmacy degree at Purdue University, I landed in Asheville, with what seemed like a dream of a PGY1; pharmacy is so progressive in North Carolina and the people of Asheville are just so special. I was excited to stay on another year with MAHEC to continue this journey to better myself and learn from some of the best in the field! Although building new services has its challenges, the skills I developed will serve me for many years to come. It is great to feel so supported by such a talented, yet humble group of colleagues. Even though it was hard for me to leave Asheville, I moved back to Indiana to be closer to my family. I now work with Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN. Because of my experience with developing services in Asheville, they have allowed me to continue building out a pharmacy presence in a new clinic here as well. Also as a result of my involvement, I was appointed to the ASHP SAG on Clinical Practice Advancement, which I am excited to get involved with soon. I love the idea of using the lessons we learned in residency, and expanding them across the nation! I cannot wait for a few years down the road when we have a great group of alums to look back on. My professional interests include geriatrics, diabetes, global health, teaching, and the underserved. Outside of work, I love to travel, read, do yoga, and explore! I would love to hear from anyone who is interested in this residency or even those thinking of a career path in service development. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time: kristen.abbott04@gmail.com

 

Our faculty has a strong background in establishing integrated pharmacy services in physician practices.  Below are some sample publications highlighting our work.

  1. Scott MA, Hitch B, Ray L, Colvin G. Integration of pharmacists into a patient-centered medical home. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2011;51:161-6.
     
  2. Scott MA, Hitch WJ, Wilson CG, Lugo AM. Billing for pharmacists’ cognitive services in physicians’ offices: multiple methods of reimbursement. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2012 Mar-Apr;52(2):175-80.
     
  3. Delucenay A, Scott MA, Bunting B. Development of pharmacist-led wellness clinic using the clinical pharmacist practitioner model. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2013 Mar-Apr;53(2):118-9.
     
  4. Wilson CG. Practice Spotlight: Mountain Area Health Education Center. Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative. ASHP. March 2014. Available at: http://www.ashpmedia.org/ppmi/docs/spotlight-MAHEC.pdf
     
  5. Park I, Sutherland SE, Ray L, Wilson CG. Financial Implications of Pharmacist-led Medicare Annual Wellness Visits. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2014;54:435–440
  6. Wilson CG, Park I, Sutherland SE, Ray L. Assessing Pharmacist-led Annual Wellness Visits: Interventions Made and Patient and Physician Satisfaction. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2015; 55(3):14-19.