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Pharmacy Residency Program

Pharmacy Residency Program

Meet Our Preceptors


Melissa Crocket

Melissa Crockett, BS, Pharm.D.

Melissa Crockett is a Clinical Pharmacist at Elliot Hospital and currently staffs on the Medical and Surgical floors, the Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit, the Emergency Department, and the Central Pharmacy. She joined the Elliot Hospital team in 2017. Dr. Crockett serves as an Infectious Disease preceptor for PGY-1 residents. She is also an internal medicine preceptor for APPE students.

As a native of Maine/New Hampshire, Dr. Crockett earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Manchester campus and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of New Hampshire-Durham, respectively. Her current areas of interest include internal medicine and infectious disease. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


Katie Fitzgerald

Katie Fitzgerald, RPh, BCPS

Katie Fitzgerald is a Clinical Pharmacist at Elliot Hospital. Katie currently staffs in the Pediatric unit, Neonatal ICU, Cardiac ICU, Medical Surgical floors, and the Emergency Department. She is actively involved in the Medication Safety Committee, the Code Blue Committee, and is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She precepts residents during the orientation and staffing rotations of the residency.

Katie earned her BS in 1991 from Northeastern University. She has 21 years’ experience as a hospital pharmacist, is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, and has precepted students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut and University of Rhode Island. Her current areas of interest include: pediatrics and medication safety.


Grant Donna

Donna Grant, Pharm.D.

Donna Grant is a Clinical Pharmacist at Elliot Hospital. Donna currently staffs in the Pediatric unit, Neonatal ICU, Cardiac ICU, Medical Surgical floors, and the Emergency Department. She is actively involved in the IRB, student precepting, USP 797 & IV room committee and the USP 800 compliance team. She is a member of the New Hampshire Pharmacist Association. She precepts residents during the orientation and staffing rotations of the residency.

Donna earned her PharmD in 2003 from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. She has 16 years’ experience as a hospital pharmacist and 20 years’ experience at Elliot hospital. She precepts IPPE pharmacy students from Husson University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Manchester, University of Connecticut and the University of New England. Her current areas of interest include: IV room operations and USP 797 and 800 and Oncology.


Hiers Jill

Jill Hiers, Pharm.D., BCPS

Jill Hiers is a Clinical Pharmacist with the Elliot Health System. She works out of the Elliot Senior Health Center, and currently does comprehensive medication management consults with Elliot Senior Health Primary Care and Elliot Memory Center patients. Dr. Hiers is also working to develop a collaborative practice with providers of the health system. She serves as an assistant ambulatory care preceptor for pharmacy students and residents.

Dr. Hiers earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut in 2006. She completed a PGY-1 residency program at the Lahey Clinic in 2007, and has been working with the Elliot Health System since the completion of her residency. Her areas of interest include medication therapy management, geriatrics, osteoporosis, and hypertension. She guest lectures on geriatric topics at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Manchester, and provides continuing education on ambulatory care topics for the New Hampshire Pharmacist Association.


Kevin McKeon

Kevin McKeon, RPh, BCOP

Kevin McKeon is the Clinical Oncology Pharmacist at the Elliot Hospital Solinsky Cancer Center. Earning his BS at Mass College of Pharmacy in 1985, he has many years’ experience in the acute care hospital pharmacy setting, and has specialized in oncology for the last 15 years. He is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist and a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA). He precepts PGY-1 residents in the Resident Oncology Rotation. He joined the Elliot Hospital staff in 2020. Before Elliot Hospital he worked many years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston as Clinical Lead of the Oncology Management System. His current interest is optimizing oncology treatment plans for cancer center patients.


Pernyeszi John

John Pernyeszi, MS, Pharm.D., BCPS

John Pernyeszi is a Clinical Pharmacist at Elliot Hospital and currently staffs on the Medical and Surgical floors, the Cardiac ICU, the Emergency Department, and the Central Pharmacy. He joined the Elliot Hospital team in 2018. Dr. Pernyeszi serves as an Internal Medicine II preceptor for PGY-1 residents. He is also an internal medicine preceptor for APPE students. Dr. Pernyeszi is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).

Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Pernyeszi earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy, and holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Biology from Fairfield University and Southern Connecticut State University respectively. He completed his PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut. His current areas of interest include internal medicine, pain management, and informatics. He is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


Piazik Breanne

Breanne Piazik, Pharm.D., MPH, BCPS

Breanne Piazik is the Medication Safety Officer for the Elliot Health System. Her area of involvement include: Medication Safety Committee, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Anticoagulation Work Group, Elliot Drug Diversion Task Force. Dr. Piazik serves as the Medication Safety preceptor for the PGY-1 residents.

Dr. Piazik earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island and her Masters of Public Health from Dartmouth College. She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Public Health Association. Her interests include adverse drug event prevention, error reduction strategies, and drug diversion prevention.


Truhlar Laura

Laura Truhlar, Pharm.D., BCCCP

Laura Truhlar is the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Elliot Hospital. She also practices as a clinical pharmacist with a focus in critical care. She staffs the intensive care unit, cardiac ICU, emergency department, medical and surgical floors, surgical services, and central pharmacy. Dr. Truhlar serves as the PGY-1 Residency Program Director and the adult Critical Care I and II preceptor for PGY-1 residents. She also developed and precepts the critical care elective for APPE longitudinal pharmacy students.

Dr. Truhlar earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Tufts University. She completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Elliot Hospital and received the AACP Education Scholar Teaching Certification through the University of New England. Dr. Truhlar is a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist and is also ACLS certified. Her current areas of interest include critical care, emergency medicine, transitions of care, and glycemic control. She is the leader of the Critical Care Pharmacy Team at Elliot Hospital and co-chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. She is also a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacy.


Walters Kimberly

Kimberly Walters Pharm.D., BCPS

Kimberly Walters is a Clinical Pharmacist at Elliot Hospital. She currently staffs in the Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac ICU, Emergency Department, Post Surgical, and Medical floors. Dr. Walters serves as the Internal Medicine I preceptor for PGY-1 residents. Dr. Walters earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and also has a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Maine in Orono. She completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Elliot Hospital in 2011. Her current areas of interest include anticoagulation, infectious disease, and critical care. Dr. Walters is a member of the Anticoagulation work group at Elliot hospital and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


Whittaker Marianne

Marianne Lefebvre, Pharm.D., MHA, DPLA, BCPS, BCPPS

Marianne Lefebvre is the Pharmacy Operations Manager at the Elliot Hospital. She staffs in the Sterile Products Area and is the Practice Management longitudinal rotation preceptor.

Dr. Lefebvre earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University. She then completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Boston Medical Center. She received her Master’s in Health Administration degree from Simmons College and has completed the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy. Before employment at the Elliot, she worked at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center as a pediatric clinical pharmacy specialist. Dr. Lefebvre’s areas of focus include pediatrics, sterile products and compounding, pharmacokinetics, quality improvement, and pharmacy leadership.