Clinical pharmacists at Amherst Family Practice work with patients and healthcare providers to ensure safe and effective medication use. Our pharmacists are available to answer drug-related questions for the healthcare providers concerning choosing therapy, identifying and managing adverse effects of medications and drug-drug interactions. Additionally, at the request of the healthcare provider, our pharmacists can work directly with patients to provide education and counseling on chronic disease states, ensure proper medication use and select or obtain lower cost medications when possible.
Our clinical pharmacists are available a limited numbers of days each week for patient appointments. To make an appointment with our clinical pharmacists, please contact Amherst Family Practice. You can also reach our pharmacists with questions or concerns by contacting Amherst Family Practice.
The services provided by the clinical pharmacist continue to expand at Amherst Family Practice and are an integral part of the health care team.
Dawn Havrda, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS
Dr. Havrda is the clinical pharmacist at Amherst Family Practice and a professor at Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy. She received her bachelor’s of science degree in Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Texas. Dr. Havrda is also a board-certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and the director of the Pharmacy Practice Residency at Amherst Family Practice and Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy.
Michelle Rager, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE
Dr. Rager is a clinical pharmacist at Amherst Family Practice and a professor at Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Dr. Rager is also a board-certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She is the primary clinical preceptor for the Pharmacy Practice Residency at Amherst Family Practice and Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy.
Nicole Slater, Pharm.D
Dr. Slater is the pharmacy resident at Amherst Family Practice in conjunction with the Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy in May 2012. She will be at Amherst Family Practice from July 2012 to June 2013.
Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy students also participate in the pharmacy services at the practice under the supervision of the pharmacists.
AFP is a partner for the Shenandoah University Sports Medicine Team
Anticoagulation Management: Pharmacists work with the healthcare providers to appropriately initiate and monitor use of blood-thinners. Monitoring of vitamin K antagonists (warfarin, Coumadin®, Jantoven ®) is conducted with point of care testing. Pharmacists also provide education for patients taking blood-thinners.
Diabetes Management: Pharmacists work with the physicians to help patients with their diabetes management. Pharmacists provide education on nutrition, exercise and medication use.
Medication Review: Pharmacists work with patients to review all of their medications. Pharmacists will evaluate if there are any potential interactions with medications and answer questions from patients.
Patient Assistance Programs: Pharmacists work with patients to determine eligibility to receive medications from pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Choosing a Medicare Part D Plan - Each year patients eligible for Medicare have the opportunity to choose a Medicare Part D plan that provides prescription drug coverage to Medicare members. Pharmacists can help you choose a Part D plan that is right for you based on the prescription medications that you take. Pharmacists have no affiliation with any Part D plan provider.