Reaching out to our current residents is a great way to gain information about each particular BayCare residency program. For our featured residents, you will discover some background information regarding why our residents decided to pursue residency training as well as how they became interested in their current practice sites and programs.

Listed below are the 2020-2021 current pharmacy residents along with their contact information from each BayCare Pharmacy Residency site. Please contact residents with any questions you may have about the program.

2020 – 2021 Residency Class

Jose Tamayo

Pavan Kullar

Alex Hayes-Porter

Justin Jimmy

Caren Azurin

Holly Widell

Michele Frakenberg

Tatyana Severe

Airka Sanchez

Casey Perticone

Devika Suri

Hayato DeLellis

Mirna Yassa

Featured Residents

Casey Perticone
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency because I knew I wanted to exercise my education to the fullest extent while also receiving intense training to advance my knowledge. I have a variety of interests in clinical pharmacy and residency will provide opportunities to explore these interests, unveil new ones, learn of practice models, and discover career paths.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I chose St. Joe’s because the flexibility offered for residency is really unique. The required and elective rotations are so diverse truly offering a customizable experience I can tailor to my interests. The variety of experiences St. Joe’s offers will enable me to be a well-trained and experienced pharmacist to better serve my patients.

Claudia Ortiz-Lopez
PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a PGY2 in Pediatric Pharmacy to expand upon my capabilities as a clinician, researcher and leader within the profession of pharmacy. I find the interpretation of the gray areas in evidence based pediatric medicine and its application to promote patient safety invigorating and rewarding. I was drawn to serve this patient population that has unique disease states and a potential for numerous pharmacy interventions.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital at BayCare?
I chose to pursue the Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital because of their commitment to serve the community. I was attracted to this program for the experience it provides via a broad array of rotation opportunities as well as ample teaching opportunities. The pharmacists at BayCare play an integral role within the multidisciplinary healthcare team and challenge residents to grow into independent practitioners. Ultimately, as I met everyone here I felt immediately welcome, and completely supported to become a successful pediatric clinician.


Holly Widell
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency because I knew the clinical skills I will learn this year will allow me to achieve my short-term goal of becoming a clinical oncology pharmacist. Completing a residency program would allow me to gain experience in multiple areas of pharmacy that I otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn as thoroughly through other pathways. I am looking forward to this year as I gain experience and develop into a well-rounded clinical pharmacist.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
I chose WHH at BayCare because I could tell right away that they really care about their residents and their pharmacy staff as a whole. It was important to me to complete my PGY-1 residency at a program that values their residents’ learning, challenges them to become strong pharmacists and allows flexibility in their rotation schedule for the residents to take electives that interested them. As someone interested in oncology and cardiology, I was excited to work at WHH with the Cassidy Cancer Center and the longitudinal learning experience at the Heart Function Clinic.

Jenna Thiel
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital South

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency in order to help me  apply the knowledge and skills that I learned during pharmacy school to real-life patients and various settings. I also knew that pursuing a residency would help me continue to develop my leadership skills, refine my problem-solving strategies, grow my clinical judgment and gain confidence practicing as a pharmacist.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital South at BayCare?
After my interview at St. Joseph’s Hospital – South, I felt that the pharmacy team here would be my biggest supporters over the next year. They truly cared about wanting me to succeed and were willing to do anything within their means to help me achieve my goals for both my year in residency and career goals after residency. I also liked the variety of rotations that were offered in addition to being able to complete a rotation at another BayCare facility if there was a particular area of pharmacy I was interested in that South did not offer.

Krystyl de Villa
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital North

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I realized that the additional training beyond obtaining a PharmD degree will exponentially accelerate my growth as a clinical pharmacist. Investing in a PGY-1 residency training will afford me the opportunity to gain experience in different facets of clinical pharmacy as I build upon the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired through pharmacy school. I also believe that the practical, real-world experiences I’ll encounter during this challenging yet rewarding year will help me develop into a well-rounded, confident, and competent clinical pharmacist which is essential to delivering optimal patient-centered care.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital North at BayCare?
Having worked for BayCare as a pharmacy intern, I’ve seen firsthand how team members embody BayCare’s values and uphold its mission to set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Thus, I am extremely proud to be a part of the BayCare team and I knew without a doubt that I wanted to continue my service for this organization as I grow professionally. As a smaller hospital within a growing healthcare system, I truly believe that St. Joseph’s Hospital-North provides an excellent learning experience where I will have the opportunity to be exposed to different specialties and would really allow me to hone in on becoming an independent, well-rounded clinical pharmacist. I also felt that this program is a great fit for me as I value the community and family aspect of a team. I appreciate how invested the preceptors are to help me achieve my goals and the support I have received thus far is more than I could have expected. I am happy to become a part of St. Joseph’s Hospital-North family!

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