Our People

Director

Rebecca Grandy, PharmD, BCACP, CPP
Clinical Pharmacist, PGY1 Residency Director, MAHEC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

I grew up in small community in Western North Carolina, and graduated with my undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Go Heels! I love the mountains and culture of WNC, so I was happy to be able to complete many of my student rotations and residency here at MAHEC. Fortunately, I was able to stay on as faculty. The inter-professional collaboration here at MAHEC is second to none! All team members are valued which leads to highly innovative and collaborative care. My clinical interests include rural health, medication access, underserved populations, and Hepatitis C. Outside of work, I enjoy anything outdoors, traveling, and cooking.

Preceptors

Claire Austin, PharmD

My name is Claire Austin and I am originally from a small town in North Carolina called Siler City. I received my undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill where I majored in biology with minors in chemistry and history. After four amazing years in Chapel Hill, I made the move to Asheville to be on the satellite campus of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. It didn’t take long to decide I wanted to stay in Asheville and be a part of the amazing work being done at MAHEC!

I completed my PGY1 residency with MAHEC/Mission in Ambulatory Care in 2016-2017. I took a year to work PRN with MAHEC and Mission before deciding to go back for more residency training. During my PGY2 with MAHEC, I worked to start and build ambulatory care services at MAHEC Swannanoa and MAHEC Ob/Gyn Specialists. I was able to sustain my position, and I now serve as pharmacist faculty at MAHEC where I split time between the Swannanoa satellite campus and the ob/gyn office.

Outside of work you can find me eating at the many delicious restaurants in Asheville, listening to live music, hiking, checking out craft breweries, or spending quality time with friends and family.

 

Olivia Caron, PharmD

I was born and raised in Northern Virginia as the youngest of four into a vivacious Belgian family. Due to my love of math and science, I studied chemical engineering and Spanish at Virginia Tech. After my undergraduate education, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia, where I continued to use my Spanish working in a free health clinic. I expanded my knowledge of the older adult population through a Certificate of Aging with the Department of Gerontology. My passion for underserved and geriatric populations drew me to MAHEC. I am extremely humbled to be part of this organization!

Beyond the pharmacy world, I am an avid traveler and love immersing myself in new cultures. I am a big fan of all Washington DC sports and the Belgian soccer team. I spend as much time as possible outside running, hiking, exploring, and surrounding myself with family and friends. Please feel free to contact me at Olivia.Caron@mahec.net.

 

Bill Hitch, PharmD, BCPS, CPP
Director of Pharmacotherapy, MAHEC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Bill Hitch is the Director of Pharmacotherapy at 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.

 

Amanda Savage, PharmD

Amanda Savage is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education. She serves as a preceptor for the Academic experiences in the PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs. After receiving her Pharm.D. from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2003, she spent the first 13 years of her career as a community practice pharmacist in Western North Carolina. Her clinical interests include pharmaceutical compounding, women’s health, rural health, and immunizations. As an assistant professor, her efforts have been focused on teaching within the patient care skills laboratory courses. Her academic interests include course coordination and development, objective structured clinical exams (OSCEs), and small group facilitation. She is a faculty fellow in the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education & Research (CIPhER). Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, making and collecting pottery, and cooking (and eating) delicious food. .

 

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.

 

Kenesha D. Smith, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager, The Free Clinics-Hendersonville, NC

Kenesha Smith received her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central University and pharmacy education at the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed ASHP accredited residencies in Pharmacy Practice at Mission Hospitals and Ambulatory Care with Mission Hospitals and MAHEC. Currently, she is the pharmacy manager with The Free Clinics where she provides medication therapy management within a multi-disciplinary medical group visit and operates the Community Pharmacy at The Free Clinics. Her clinical interests are the underserved population, rural health, and interdisciplinary education. She feels fortunate to have a position that she loves and allows her to make a difference in people’s lives every day. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing, reading and crocheting.

 

Irene Park Ulrich, PharmD, BCACP, CPP
Clinical Pharmacist, MAHEC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Irene Ulrich grew up in Cary, NC and graduated with her PharmD from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in May of 2012 (go Heels!). She completed her residency in ambulatory care at Mission Hospital and MAHEC from 2012-2013. Upon finishing residency, she worked as a clinical pharmacist in a specialized anticoagulation service at Mission Hospital before starting as a clinical pharmacist with MAHEC. She practices primarily at the MAHEC clinics at Newbridge in Woodfin, NC and Cane Creek in Fletcher, NC. In addition to providing direct patient care for chronic disease management, she has particular interest in equality in health care and transgender care. She feels 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. She and her husband, Bruce, enjoy running, traveling, and snuggles with their dogs, Gryffindor and Bowie.

 

Anne Warren, PharmD, CPP
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, MAHEC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Anne “Andy” Warren grew up in rural South Boston, Virginia and received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Animal and Poultry Sciences. She finished her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2015. She completed an ASHP accredited PGY-1 residency with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Virginia and moved back to NC to complete her PGY-2 ASHP accredited residency in academia and ambulatory care at MAHEC.  During her PGY-2, she had the opportunity to create her own practice sites with Mission Health and developed a passion for Team-Based Care. She currently serves as an Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist where she splits her time between the inpatient Family Practice Service at Mission and in clinic at the MAHEC Family Health Center. Her areas of interest include transitions of care, collaborative interdisciplinary practice, diabetes management, and population health. Her involvement in academia includes responsibilities for teaching of medical and pharmacy learners as well as precepting pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents. Outside of work, Dr. Carrington enjoys riding her horse, Triple Down, spending time with family/friends, travel, running/hiking, and anything Disney!

 

Tasha Woodall, PharmD, BCGP, CPP
Associate Director of Pharmacotherapy – Geriatrics, PGY2 Geriatrics Residency Director, 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.

 

 

Current Residents:

Julia Calandra, PharmD

I was born and raised in Clarence, New York outside of Buffalo and set my sights on pharmacy while I was a junior in high school. I attended the University of Pittsburgh for two years of undergrad before entering Pitt’s PharmD program.

Within pharmacy, my passion lies in working with underserved populations and engaging in with local communities to promote wellness and access to care. In pharmacy school, I had the opportunity to specialize in Global Health through an Area of Concentration, which solidified my passion for working with vulnerable populations. I was drawn to MAHEC because of their commitment to working with underserved patients and serving the community.

Outside of pharmacy, I love trying new foods and restaurants, visiting parks, and spending time outside. I am excited to get to do all three in Asheville! Feel free to contact me at Julia.Calandra@mahec.net!

 

Kelly Jamieson, PharmD

I am originally from Concord, North Carolina – about 30 minutes outside of Charlotte – and I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both my undergraduate and pharmacy education. I have a passion for chronic disease management and truly value the meaningful patient relationships pharmacists can form. As such, my clinical interests lie within the realm of ambulatory care, with a specific focus on diabetes management and the geriatric population – both of which ultimately drew me to MAHEC. I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to explore these interests further and begin my pharmacy career as a resident with MAHEC!

Outside of pharmacy, I enjoy any opportunity to get outside, whether it be through hiking, running, or just relaxing on the porch with my morning coffee. I also love reading, embroidery/cross stitch, and spending time with family and friends. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at kelly.jamieson@mahec.net.

 

Former Residents:

Mackenzie Farrar, PharmD

I was born and raised in Louisville. I stayed in Kentucky to attend college at Western Kentucky University where I studied chemistry and Spanish. I was fortunate enough to study abroad in college in Segovia, Spain where I developed a love for Spanish culture and language. After graduation, I moved to North Carolina to begin pharmacy school at the University of North Carolina.

I fell in love with Asheville and MAHEC after spending a summer as an intern at MAHEC between my second and third year of pharmacy school. I am passionate about serving rural underserved communities, and I enjoy working on an interdisciplinary primary care team to provide patients with wonderful care. I feel very fortunate to be spending my residency experience at MAHEC.

In my spare time I enjoy running, hiking, traveling, music, crafts, and watching University of Kentucky basketball. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the program at Mackenzie.Farrar@mahec.net.   

 

Emma Feder, PharmD

I was born and raised in Westerville, OH (just outside of Columbus) and attended Northwestern University for undergrad, where I studied biochemistry, psychology and Spanish. I moved to North Carolina in 2016 to pursue my PharmD at UNC – Chapel Hill and start on my path to becoming a pharmacist.

My clinical interests lie within the worlds of ambulatory care and the geriatric population. I was very lucky to grow up with all four of my grandparents in Ohio, and I feel especially comfortable working with the older generation. After experiencing a rotation at MAHEC during my fourth year of pharmacy school, I knew that I’d found the perfect place to complete residency and pursue these passions further. 

Outside of pharmacy, I love going to concerts (especially bluegrass and folk), playing piano, reading, traveling, trying my hand at interior design, and spending time with my family, friends and my boxer, Margie. Feel free to contact me at Emma.Feder@mahec.net! 

 

Alice Jiang, PharmD

I grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland (suburbs of Washington DC), and received my undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in music from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. I received my doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in May 2018.

My passions include direct patient care, mental health, and chronic disease management, particularly in the geriatric population. I also have a lifelong commitment to community service, especially with underserved populations, and our active duty and veteran populations. I am very excited and humbled to be joining MAHEC for my PGY1 pharmacy residency to pursue training in these areas of passion. 

Outside of work, I enjoy running, hiking, traveling, pottery, and spending time with friends and family. My husband and I have a goal to explore every state and national park in the United States of America! Feel free to contact me with any questions about the program at Alice.Jiang@mahec.net.

 

Gwen Seamon, PharmD

I graduated with my PharmD from Purdue University College of Pharmacy after completing my bachelor’s degree in biology and business from Indiana University. During pharmacy school, I was active in APhA-ASP at both the local and national levels as well as Phi Lambda Sigma and Rho Chi.

I completed a yearlong internship at a federally qualified health center in Delphi, Indiana that cultivated my passion for ambulatory care and rural health. I am also interested in opioid stewardship, academia, and advocating for underserved populations. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to explore all of these interests at MAHEC.

Outside of pharmacy, my personal interests include traveling, hiking, NFL Sundays (Go Browns!), Indiana Hoosier basketball, playing with my dog, and spending time with my family and friends. I'm excited to explore Asheville and Western North Carolina. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the program at Gwen.Seamon@mahec.net.