Preceptors/Preceptors in Training

Agnes ZajacAgnes Zajac, PharmD, BCPS

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Learning Experiences: Orientation & Training, Medication Utilization & Safety, Longitudinal Research

BSN - University of Connecticut

PharmD - University of Connecticut

Email: Agnes.Krudysz-Zajac@hhchealth.org

Agnes Zajac earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Connecticut.  She has completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System/Medical Center in Richmond, VA and a PGY2 in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2006. She began her pharmacy career in Critical Care and has held various role including Clinical Manager, Clinical Specialist, Clinical Coordinator, and is currently the Residency Program Director at William W. Backus Hospital. Agnes is a preceptor for both University of Connecticut and University of Saint Joseph’s pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents. During her professional career, she has collaborated in various health care disciplines including critical care, internal medicine, anesthesia, and orthopedics. Agnes currently supports departmental, hospital and health system initiatives and serves on various committees, including East Region Medication Safety Committee. Agnes leads the Award and Nominations Committee of CSHP and is a member of ASHP.


Andrew GentryAndrew Gentry, PharmD, BCIDP

Clinical Pharmacist 
Learning Experience: Critical Care

PharmD - University of Connecticut

Email: Andrew.Gentry@hhchealth.org

Andrew Gentry received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut in 2016 and is a Board Certified Infectious Disease Pharmacist. He went on to complete his ASHP accredited PGY1 residency at John Dempsey Hospital at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington Connecticut. Upon completion of residency he accepted his current position as a clinical pharmacist at William W. Backus hospital where he serves as a preceptor for the critical care rotation.


Victoria LambertVictoria Lambert, PharmD, BCGP

Medication Management Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Medication Management

BS - University of Connecticut

PharmD - University of Connecticut

Email: Victoria.Lambert@hhchealth.org

Victoria Lambert received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Connecticut in 2000 and 2002, respectively. She served as clinical coordinator of the Anticoagulation Clinic at the William W. Backus Hospital where she precepted numerous APPE pharmacy students. Currently she is the Medication Management Pharmacist at Backus Hospital and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut. She also oversees the medication history technician program and participates in multiple committees including East Region Medication Reconciliation Task Force and the System Anticoagulation Committee.


Jason LewJason Lew, PharmD, BCPS

Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Emergency Medicine

BS - The State University of New York at Geneseo

PharmD - University at Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy

Email: Jason.Lew@hhchealth.org

Jason Lew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from SUNY Geneseo and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University at Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy. He completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center-Strong Memorial Hospital. Jason serves as a member of the East Region Sepsis, Medication Reconciliation, Rapid Response, Regional Acute Coronary Syndrome, and Residency Advisory Committees at William W. Backus Hospital. He is a preceptor for University of Connecticut, School of Pharmacy and University of Saint Joseph, School of Pharmacy as well as the PGY1 Emergency Medicine learning experience. He is an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice with the University of Connecticut, School of Pharmacy. Jason is the Co-chair of Membership Committee of CSHP and is a member of ASHP and ACCP.


Mark MikkelsonMark Mikkelson, BS Pharm, BCOP

Oncology Pharmacy Specialist
Learning Experience: Oncology

BS Pharm - University of Connecticut

Email: Mark.Mikkelson@hhchealth.org

Mark Mikkelson received his pharmacy degree from University of Connecticut in 1981 and in 2008 received his Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist. He has been at William W. Backus hospital since 1983 and is currently practicing in the inpatient and outpatient oncology areas at Backus Hospital and Plainfield Infusion Center. Mark has been recognized numerous times for his passion and expertise in caring for oncology patients.


Nicholas PereiraNicholas Pereira, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist 
Learning Experience: Longitudinal Operations & Staffing

PharmD - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Email: Nicholas.Pereira@hhchealth.org

Nick Pereira received his Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Hospital of Saint Raphael which is now one of the Yale-New Haven Hospital campuses. Upon completion of residency he accepted his current position as a clinical pharmacist at Backus hospital.


Teresa SeoTeresa Seo, PharmD, BCPS, MBA

Pharmacy Operations Manager
Learning Experiences: Longitudinal Operations
& Staffing, and Teaching & Learning

BS - University of Toledo

PharmD - Ohio State University

MBA - Western New England University

Email: Teresa.Seo@hhchealth.org

Teresa Seo earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She completed an ASHP-accredited specialty residency in Adult Internal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. She completed a Master of Business Administration degree, Leadership Concentration, through Western New England University in Springfield, MA. Teresa is a member of CSHP, ASHP, and ACCP. She has served as both chair and vice-chair for the ASHP Section Advisory Group on Clinical Leadership. During her professional career, Teresa has worked in various roles, with prior experience as a clinical pharmacy specialist, residency program coordinator and director, clinical manager, and operations manager. She has served as adjunct professor and pharmacy student preceptor for various schools of pharmacy.


Shally Singh, PharmD, CACP

Medication Management Clinic Supervisor
Learning Experiences: Longitudinal Ambulatory Care, Ambulatory Clinic

PharmD - University of Connecticut

Email: Shally.Sinh@hhchealth.org

Shally received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 2010 and completed a PGY1 Residency at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ. After she completed her residency, she worked in the community setting as a Pharmacy Manager in Long Island, New York and in 2015 completed APhA Medication Therapy Management (MTM) certification. Shally started her career at William W. Backus Hospital in April 2016 and became a supervisor of the Backus Outpatient Clinic clinic. She received her Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (CACP) from the NCBAP in May 2017. Shally is also a preceptor to pharmacy students from the University of Connecticut and University of Saint Joseph’s.


Emma SaundersEmma Saunders, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist 
Learning Experience: Critical Care 

BS - University of Connecticut

PharmD - University of Connecticut

Email: Emma.Saunders@hhchealth.org

Emma received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Connecticut. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the William W. Backus Hospital. Upon completion of residency she accepted her current position as a clinical pharmacist at Backus hospital.


Nicholas TessierNicholas Tessier, PharmD, MBA

Director of Pharmacy, Hartford Healthcare Eastern Region
Learning Experiences: Leadership and Administration

PharmD - University of Rhode Island
MBA - University of Connecticut

Email: Nicholas.Tessier@hhchealth.org

Nick Tessier is the Director of Pharmacy for William W. Backus and Windham Hospitals. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy through the University of Rhode Island and completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He earned a Master of Business Administration program through the University of Connecticut. His professional interests involve medication safety, leadership development, and maximizing clinical informatics. Nick has served on the board of Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) since 2014, and he is a member of ASHP. He enjoys promoting the valuable contributions pharmacists make to improve patient care. He is an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice with the University of Connecticut, School of Pharmacy and preceptor for University of Saint Joseph, School of Pharmacy.

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