Our People

Tasha Woodall, PharmD, BCGP, CPP

Associate Director of Pharmacotherapy – Geriatrics, MAHEC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Tasha Woodall graduated with her PharmD from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 2011. She moved to Asheville to complete her residency in ambulatory care with Mission Health and MAHEC and accepted her current position as Associate Director of Pharmacotherapy in Geriatrics with MAHEC in 2012. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and serves as adjunct faculty with UNC School of Medicine, and as such has been engaged in training pharmacy and medical students, in addition to family medicine residents and geriatric fellows during her time with MAHEC. She currently serves as a Co-Director for MAHEC’s Center for Healthy Aging and sits on the Board of Directors for Council on Aging of Buncombe County and the Executive Committee for North Carolina Association of Pharmacists’ Chronic Care Practice Forum, in addition to being an active member of American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Woodall is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. Her clinical practice is split between two continuing care retirement communities, where she functions under her own scope of practice as a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner.

On a more personal note, outside of work Tasha spends most of her time caring for two small (demanding but adorable) children. She enjoys hiking and camping with her husband Waylon, dog Polly, and the kids.

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.

Mollie Scott, PharmD, BCACP, CPP, FASHP

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. 


Jamie Cronquist, PharmD, BCGP, CPP

Clinical Pharmacist, CarePartners PACE

Jamie Rickards Cronquist graduated with honors with her PharmD and MBA from Campbell University. She then went on to complete her PGY-1 residency in Pharmacy Practice at WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC and PGY-2 in Geriatrics at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC. After completing her residencies she joined the faculty at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NMDU) School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, where she taught the majority of the didactic geriatric disease states and was the primary preceptor for the geriatric APPE rotation for fourth-year students at her practice site, the Baltimore VA Medical Center Community Living Center (CLC). Dr. Rickards more recently moved back home to WNC, where she now practices at CarePartners PACE, a program that provides interdisciplinary care to nursing home eligible community dwellers with the goal of promoting and sustaining the independence of seniors. At PACE she practices collaboratively with the other disciplines and utilizes her CPP (Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner) to assist in optimizing care to PACE participants. 

Norm Masterson, PharmD

Director of Pharmacy, Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center

Norm Masterson received his BS in Pharmacy from UNC-CH in 1982.  After working at an independent pharmacy in Brevard, NC, for 13 years, he began work at the Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center, where he has been for the past 22years.  In 2001, he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UNC-CH.  For the last seven years, he has served as both a Clinical Pharmacist and Director of Pharmacy.  Norm precepted UNC School of Pharmacy PharmD. candidates for over 10years, and was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor for six years.

Outside of pharmacy, Norm is an avid golfer, enjoys fly-fishing in Montana, traveling with his family, reading, and struggles at playing the guitar.

David Phillips, PharmD, BCPS

Director of Clinical Services, Blue Ridge Pharmacy

Dr. David Phillips is the Director of Clinical Services at Blue Ridge Pharmacy in Asheville, North Carolina, which provides premier pharmacy services for extended care facilities throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Phillips currently provides consulting services for four continuing care retirement communities.  He is an active member of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP) and is currently serving as the Chair of the Chronic Care Practice Forum.  Dr. Phillips is a preceptor for the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Wingate University School of Pharmacy. Prior to joining Blue Ridge Pharmacy, Dr. Phillips served on faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City at MU School of Pharmacy in Columbia, Missouri. He received his degree from the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University in 2009 before completing a pharmacy practice residency at Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, in 2010. In his free time, Dr. Phillips enjoys spending time with his family and friends and being outdoors.  His hobbies include woodworking, home brewing, hiking, camping, running, and CrossFit. 

Rhonda Gentry, PharmD

Clinical Consultant Pharmacist, Neil Medical Group

Rhonda Reichert Gentry has been working in the area of Long Term Care since 1996, and has been a Consultant Pharmacist in Asheville with Neil Medical Group since 2009. She is a native of Texas and received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma in 1988. She has been a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist since 2005. Rhonda served as the Chair of the NCAP Chronic Care Forum in in 2015 and has been a long-time member of NCAP and ASHP. She served as Secretary of the WNC Pharmaceutical Association from 1995-1997. Rhonda has served as a Sustaining Advisor to the Junior League of Asheville Board of Directors, and is a past Board member of the American Red Cross of Western North Carolina, and a past Board Member of Kids Voting of Buncombe County. She served as President of the Junior League of Asheville from 2003-2004. Rhonda is married to Kevin, who is a native of Asheville and an architect and general contractor. They have 2 dogs: Yogi (a black lab) and DaisyMae (a golden retriever).

Joshua Baru, MD

Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Josh Baru, MD graduated medical school from the NYU School of Medicine and went on to complete his training in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospital. After graduation he completed a fellowship in clinical Medical Ethics at the MacLean Center for Ethics of the University of Chicago. In 2006, Josh went on to become a hospitalist at Cook County Hospital (aka John H. Stroger Hospital) in Chicago where he discovered his passion for Palliative Medicine, subsequently becoming board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. During his tenure at Cook County Hospital, Josh developed an interest and expertise in medical education. He went on to win several teaching awards and helped design and implement curricula for the School of Medicine at Rush Medical College. In 2014, Josh devoted his entire clinical practice to Palliative Medicine and became the program director for the Rush/Stroger Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program. He was the director for this program until he joined the faculty at Mission Health. Josh’s academic interests include medical ethics, the care of the under served, and medical education. He loves to cook and is a passionate, though not very productive, gardener. 

Sandra Whitlock, MD

Assistant Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Sandy Whitlock, MD has been a palliative care physician at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC since 2015. She received her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Following internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago, she completed the Harvard Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. After fellowship, she practiced as a palliative medicine attending at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and served as an Instructor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. While at MGH, Dr. Whitlock was active in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. During her time in Boston, she also completed the Harvard Medical Ethics Fellowship. Dr. Whitlock currently serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Asheville Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship and the Associate Program Director for the UNC School of Medicine Asheville Campus. She remains active in teaching learners at all levels. She is particularly interested in teaching advanced communication skills. Sandy has loved living in Asheville with her husband and three kids. She loves running and gardening.

David Johnson, MD

C. David Johnson, MD joined MemoryCare in 2016 and is board certified in geriatric medicine and hospice/palliative care. Dr. Johnson graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with his BA degree and Doctor of Medicine. He completed a residency program in internal medicine at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Prior to joining MemoryCare, Dr. Johnson worked in a number of clinical settings including: primary care office practice, nursing home, and the PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly) program. He has also provided hospice and geriatric outpatient consultation. In 2004, Dr. Johnson was honored with South Carolina’s first Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Leadership Award by the Alzheimer’s Association Palmetto Chapter for his work with dementia patients. He enjoys teaching physicians and other health care professionals about geriatric medicine and palliative care.

Current Residents:

Aparna Krishnamurthy, PharmD

My name is Aparna Krishnamurthy, and I’m very excited to spend each and every day working with wonderful pharmacists and providers at MAHEC.  I originally grew up in Apex, North Carolina and while majoring in biochemistry at NC State, I worked in an undergraduate research lab on a project centered around resistance against beta-lactam antibiotics, I was hooked on pharmacy!  I received my doctorate of pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in May 2019. After my first ambulatory care rotation and having amazing experiences working directly with patients, it was then I decided no longer wanted to be a mad scientist in a lab, but rather work clinically as an ambulatory care pharmacist. I completed my PGY1 training at the Salisbury VA Health Care System in Salisbury, NC and my love for geriatrics grew. MAHEC is a wonderful training center to hone your interests and focus on geriatrics and ambulatory care, two things I absolutely love!

Outside of pharmacy, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going on epic food tours (and Asheville is the perfect place for this!), hiking, or even hanging out at home watching sitcoms or playing my ukulele. 

Frank Laughlin, MD

I’m so grateful to continue my specialty training at MAHEC and if you’re two major loves are geriatrics and ambulatory care, this is the perfect place for you!

I graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham and completed my training in Family Medicine at one of the largest rural hospitals in the country in Tupelo, Mississippi.

 After graduation, I completed a geriatrics fellowship and then a hospice/palliative care fellowship through MAHEC in Asheville, NC. I worked doing inpatient hospice care for the next five years at the John Keever Solace Center for Care Partners. In January of 2020, I transitioned to inpatient and outpatient palliative care at the VA in Asheville.

During all of my time learning and working, I have appreciated offering and gaining knowledge with students, residents and fellows. I love Asheville, being with my two kids, cooking and gardening.

Autumn N. Neff, PharmD, MBA

Hello! My name is Autumn Neff and I was born and raised in Wyoming, Michigan. I come from a large, tight knit family so I decided to stay close to home for my undergraduate and graduate studies. I attended Ferris State University where I obtained my Bachelor of Biology, then dual majored in graduate school to obtain my Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Pharmacy.

Since a young age I have had a passion for serving the geriatric population. During pharmacy school I had the privilege of volunteering at a long term care facility and rotating through a PACE clinic. These experiences helped reinforce my desire to specialize in geriatrics post-graduation. Specializing led me across the country to California where I completed a geriatrics focused PGY-1 Residency at the San Francisco VA Health Care System, then back across the country again to Asheville to join the MAHEC team for my PGY-2 Residency year!

Outside of pharmacy I spend a lot of time with my husband, family, and cat. I love playing cards with my parents and grandparents, joking around with my 3 sisters, and running around with my adorable niece and nephew. When I am not spending time with loved ones, I can usually be found crocheting or paper crafting.

Former Residents:

Shannon Rice, PharmD

A Texas transplant, I graduated with my PharmD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy in Lubbock, Texas, in May of 2018. I completed my PGY1 pharmacy training at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas, in June of 2019.

I am ecstatic to join the MAHEC team to further my specialty training for my second post graduate year. My professional interests include academia, narrative medicine, geropsychology, and end-of-life care. I am very passionate about providing exceptional care for older adults. Outside of pharmacy, I enjoy typography, reading, college football, all dogs, and maximizing my time outside! 


Hien Nguyen, PharmD

My name is Hien Nguyen and I am very excited to be the inaugural PGY2 Geriatrics Pharmacy Resident at MAHEC and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy! I was born and raised in Lancaster County, PA (yes, where the Amish live) and through great interactions with local pharmacists, I was inspired to pursue a career in pharmacy. I received my doctorate of pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy/University of the Sciences in May 2017 and completed my PGY1 pharmacy residency training at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, PA. Throughout pharmacy school and continuing during my PGY1 year, I developed stronger interest in geriatrics and ambulatory care. I know MAHEC provides all that and more, and I am thrilled for the endless opportunities MAHEC has to offer!

Outside of pharmacy, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. I like to travel and explore different US cities whenever I have the chance. On a regular basis, I love to shop for the best deals on anything and everything. I also like to find new places to eat and I am delighted for the countless amazing restaurants Asheville has to offer! Some days, I very much just like to relax and be carefree watching the latest sitcoms and movies at home as well!

North Carolina is a wonderful state to practice pharmacy in. Through the state’s progressiveness and continuing advancements in pharmacy, my PGY2 year thus far has been worth it. I am grateful and always excited to work with an interdisciplinary team in caring for the western North Carolina population, and I am so glad to continue my pharmacy training at MAHEC! If you love geriatrics and ambulatory care, this program is right for you! Feel free to contact me with any questions at hien.nguyen@mahec.net