Current Residency Preceptors

Bobbi Hilker, Pharm.D., CACP

Bobbi Hilker, Pharm.D., CACP, BCPS

Dr. Bobbi Hilker is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager, PGY1 Residency Program Director, Anticoagulation Pharmacy Specialist for Meritus Medical Center, and Clinical Professor at Frostburg State University for the Physician Assistant Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. After moving back to Maryland, she went on to earn her doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Maryland. Dr. Hilker is a certified anticoagulation provider and received board certification in pharmacotherapy. She is the preceptor for the administration learning experience. Her areas of interest include anticoagulation and she enjoys teaching students and residents.

Michael R. Staley, Pharm.D.Michael Staley, PharmD

Dr. Michael Staley is the Regional Director of Pharmacy Services for Trivergent Health Alliance with dedicated oversight of Meritus Medical Center. He has served in a leadership and administrative role at Meritus/Trivergent for more than 5 years. He has served in multiple roles during his time from staff/clinical pharmacist to operations manager to director of pharmacy roles at both Meritus Medical Center and Frederick Memorial Hospital. Dr. Staley has also taken on expanded pharmacy educational roles such as preceptorship of pharmacy students and residents. He has also fulfilled didactic educational roles as an adjunct professor at Towson University for Bachelor of Nursing students and Frostburg University for Physician Assistant students. Dr. Staley remains committed to the expansion of pharmacy services to ensure the optimal care of patients while reducing the total cost of care.

Deirdre Jones, Pharm.D., BCNSPDeirdre Jones, PharmD

Dr. Deirdre Jones is the Nutrition Support Clinical Specialist and PGY-1 Residency Program coordinator at Meritus Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She then completed a PGY1 residency at the John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, CT and her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. After which, she worked for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children in Orlando, FL. Dr. Jones is a board-certified nutrition support pharmacist. Her areas of subspecialty include nutrition support and pediatrics. Dr. Jones is the preceptor for pediatrics and nutritional support learning experience.

Katelyn Andrews, Pharm.D.Katelyn Andrews, PharmD

Dr. Katelyn Andrews is the Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist and Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist for Meritus Medical Center. She is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Andrews completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Meritus Medical Center. She completed a Teaching Certificate Program at Shenandoah University and holds certificates in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support. Dr. Andrews also completed the SIDP Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate Program. Dr. Andrews was the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Meritus Medical Center for four years prior to moving to critical care. Her areas of interest include infectious diseases, critical care, and toxicology. Dr. Andrews is the preceptor for the critical care and infectious disease learning experiences.

Jeanette Dean, BS, Pharm.D., MHMS

Jeanette Dean, BS, Pharm.D., MHMS, CPPS

Dr. Jeanette Dean is the Medication Safety Officer for Meritus Medical Center. She is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a doctorate in pharmacy. She obtained a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management for Sustainability at Wilson College in 2017. During this program, she earned a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt certification. Prior to joining Meritus Medical Center, Dr. Dean served in leadership roles over the last several years as an operations manager and director of pharmacy. Her areas of interest include medication safety, antibiotic stewardship, lean methodologies, and medication therapy management.

Rachel Holland, Pharm.D., BCPSRachel Holland, Pharm.D.,  BCPS

Dr. Rachel Holland is the Emergency Medicine preceptor for Meritus Medical Center. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. After pharmacy school, she completed her PGY1 Pharmacy and PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residencies at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. She has worked in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy since completing residency in 2013, including 5 years at a Level 1 trauma center. Her areas of interest include critical care, toxicology and code response.

Morgan L. Horan, Pharm.D.

Morgan Horan, Pharm.D, Dr. Morgan Horan is the Pharmacy Operations Manager for Meritus Medical Center. Prior to transitioning to the operations manager, Dr. Horan worked as a clinical pharmacist in internal medicine, nutrition support, and critical care services at Meritus. She received her doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia. Interests include optimization of pharmacy workflow and operations, personnel development and retention, and expansion of pharmacy services to optimize patient care. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and cooking.

Hunter Lind, Pharm.D.

HUnter Lind, Pharm.D.Dr. Hunter Lind is a Clinical Pharmacist at Meritus Medical Center. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in 2017. He completed a PGY-1 residency at Advent Health Orlando in 2018 where he also obtained his Master of Healthcare Administration from Advent Health University in 2019. Dr. Lind has worked in internal medicine for the past 2 years and is currently pursuing board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist. His professional areas of interest include internal medicine, cardiology, infectious diseases, and oncology.

Kwabena Nimarko, Pharm.D.

Dr. Kwabena Nimarko is the ambulatory care pharmacist for Meritus Medical Center. He receivedKwabena Nimarko, Pharm.D. a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital, the former teaching hospital for Drexel School of Medicine. Before joining Meritus Medical Center, Dr. Nimarko worked as a clinical pharmacist in internal medicine, transitions of care, and transplant. His areas of interest include diabetes, anticoagulation, polypharmacy, and transitions of care.​

Amber Oakes, Pharm.D.Amber Oakes, PharmD

Dr. Amber Oakes is a Clinical Pharmacist at Meritus Medical Center and one of the main Internal Medicine preceptors for the PGY1 residency. She played a large role in developing Epic EHR program for pharmacy users, and is involved in various quality improvement projects. She completed her undergraduate studies at Gannon University (Erie, PA), and completed her Pharm.D program through Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy (Pittsburgh, PA). Dr. Oakes completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency as one of the first of two residents through the program affiliated with King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, KY and Marshall University School of Pharmacy, Huntington, WV. Dr. Oakes loves teaching/precepting and has experience teaching P4 pharmacy students and nursing BSN students. Her areas of interest include transitions of care and internal medicine.

Alayna Peters, Pharm.D.Alayna Peters, Pharm.D.

Dr. Alayna Peters completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Meritus and a Teaching Certificate Program at Shenandoah University in June 2019, and is now a clinical pharmacist. She is a graduate of Shenandoah University, where she received her doctorate of pharmacy degree. Dr. Peters plans to become a Board Certified Pharmacy Specialist in the next 2 years. Her professional areas of interest include critical care, anticoagulation, and academia. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching and playing sports, and reading.

Julie Shupp, RPh, BCOP

Julie Shupp is the oncology pharmacist at Meritus Health's John R. Marsh Cancer Center. Julie received her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Prior to her current position, she worked at Meritus Medical Center in the inpatient pharmacy. She earned her BCOP in 2017. Mrs. Shupp is the preceptor for the chemotherapy learning experience.

Melissa Simms, Pharm.D.Melissa Simms, Pharm.D.

Dr. Melissa Sims is a Pharmacist at Meritus Medical Center and will be an Internal Medicine preceptor for the PGY1 residency. She completed her B.S. in Biochemistry at Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, WV) and completed her Pharm.D program through Shenandoah University, Bernard J Dunn School of Pharmacy (Winchester, VA). Dr. Sims completed the clinical track APPE rotations here at Meritus Medical Center prior to graduation in 2018. She then started as a Pharmacist in August of that same year. Dr. Sims is cross-trained to work in the ICU and to write and evaluate TPN orders. Dr. Sims has a passion for diabetes and sits on the Diabetes Resource Nurse committee where she provides education on the role of pharmacy in managing diabetes. She loves teaching/precepting and has experience precepting APPE pharmacy students and teaching pharmacology to PA students.