Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Team

Residency Directors

Jena Valdes, Pharm.D., AE-C, BCPPS
Pharmacy Education Coordinator
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Director 

Dr. Valdes graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida in 2006. She then went on to complete a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010 from the University of Florida and attended the St. Petersburg campus. Since graduation she has completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with a focus in pediatrics at Mayo Clinic in 2011, as well as, a PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at All Children’s Hospital in 2012. Following her residency training, she practiced in general pediatrics and precepted pharmacy students and residents. Dr. Valdes continues to be an active member of many pharmacy national organizations. She has published one article and an abstract in the American Journal of Perinatology and Journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, respectively. Outside of work Dr. Valdes is local to the "burg" and enjoys antiquing, restoring old furniture, boating, and going to concerts.

 

Bernard Ryan Lee, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS
General Pediatrics Clinical Pharmacist
PGY-2 Residency Program Director

Bernard (Bernie) Lee earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2004 and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) in 2005. After residency training, Dr. Lee practiced for 3 years as the first clinical manager of general pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of New York (CHONY) before moving on to 5 years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. At Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital, Dr. Lee completed his tenure as their PGY1 residency program director while lecturing for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and Winona State University Nurse Practitioner Program. In 2013, Bernie became the pharmacy clinical manager at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC and then moved to St Petersburg, FL to work at All Children's and be with his family. Bernie has a wide array of interests stemming from his research background experiences from pharmacokinetic bench work at the NIH to pediatric clinical research at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Outside the hospital Bernie enjoys family time with his partner of 9 years and their two young boys. He also enjoys spending quality time with friends, co-workers, gardening and working on his home with his spouse.

 

Matthew Werling, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPPS
Director of Pharmacy

Dr. Werling graduated from Drake University in 2006 with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and from Case Western Reserve University in 2013 with his MBA. He worked as a pediatric pharmacist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s before being promoted to the manager role in 2011. Dr. Werling joined the All Children’s Hospital pharmacy leadership team in June 2013 as clinical manager. Dr. Werling now serves as the department’s Director of Pharmacy. Dr. Werling’s areas of interest include medication safety, general pediatrics, and quality improvement.
 




Marla Crane Tanski, Pharm.D., MPH, BCPPS
Pharmacy Clinical Manager

Dr. Tanski received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in 1995 and completed a PGY1 Residency in Pharmacy Practice at the Methodist Hospitals of Memphis in 1996. Dr. Tanski worked as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) here at All Children’s Hospital for 13 years. In 2015, she joined the pharmacy leadership team as the Pharmacy Clinical Manager. Prior to her position at ACH, Dr. Tanski was a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the PICU at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. In addition to patient care activities, Dr. Tanski participates in medication policy development and continuous quality improvement activities. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty Mentor with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and is the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Practice Residency Program Director for ACH. Dr. Tanski received her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of South Florida in 2011. She has a particular interest in disaster preparedness and emergency management and currently serves as a responding pharmacist on the FL-3 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) for the National Disaster Medical System. In her free time, Dr. Tanski enjoys cooking, reading, shopping, exercising and spending time with family and friends.
 

Preceptors

Megan Allen, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS
General Pediatrics Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Allen graduated pharmacy school from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. She decided to pursue a general PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Lancaster General Health. Dr. Allen’s passion for pediatrics led her to complete a PGY2 pediatric pharmacotherapy residency at the University of North Carolina Children's Hospital. She loves all aspects of pediatrics with areas of interest in general pediatrics, neonatal intensive care unit, nutrition, psychology, and cystic fibrosis. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and fitness.

 


 

Brian Brown, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS
CVICU/Cardiac Transplant Pharmacist

Dr. Brown earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2011.  He then went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Children’s of Alabama, where he worked as a CVICU pharmacist following the completion of his residency.  Dr. Brown joined All Children’s Hospital in 2014 as one of the decentralized clinical CVICU/Cardiac Transplant pharmacists.  Brian’s interests include critical care, cardiac, and emergency medicine.  Outside of work Brian enjoys traveling, reading, attending sporting events, and spending time with his family and friends.


 

JT Fannin, Pharm.D.
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Fannin received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in 2014.  After graduation, he completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Children’s of Alabama and a PGY-2 pediatric oncology pharmacy specialty residency at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Dr. Fannin joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in 2016 as a Hematology/Oncology/BMT decentralized clinical pharmacist.  His professional interests include pediatric oncology/BMT, medical ethics, and leadership development.  
 

 

 

Corey Fowler, Pharm.D.
Critical Care Clini​cal Pharmacist

Dr. Fowler earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, USC Campus in 2014.  He then went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina and PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. Dr. Fowler joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in 2016 as one of the decentralized critical care clinical pharmacists in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Corey’s interests include critical care, cardiac, and emergency medicine.

 

 

Amy Kiskaddon, Pharm.D.
CVICU/Cardiac Transplant Pharmacist

Dr. Kiskaddon received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2015. Following graduation, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida and a PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Dr. Kiskaddon joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in 2017 as a decentralized clinical CVICU/Cardiac Transplant pharmacist. Her interests include cardiology, transplant, critical care, informatics and leadership development. Outside of her work, she enjoys traveling, music, exercising, the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Amanda Memken, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Memken is originally from central Illinois where she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Butler University in 2011.  After graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina.  Dr. Memken then went on to pursue her PGY-2 Pediatric Specialty Residency at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she currently practices as a clinical pharmacist for the Heme/Onc/BMT group as well as the Outpatient Thrombosis Clinic.  Additionally, she recently began precepting both pharmacy residents and students.  Dr. Memken's primary research interest is anticoagulation.  In her spare time she enjoys attending sporting events, traveling, and making various arts and crafts projects for friends and family.

 

 

Katie C. Namtu, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases

Dr. Katie C. Namtu received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2005 from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA. She went on to complete her pharmacy practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and her pediatric pharmacy specialty residency at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. Upon completion of her residency training Dr. Namtu was the clinical pharmacy specialist in pediatric hematology-oncology at Florida Children's Hospital in Orlando, FL before returning to All Children's Hospital as the current pediatric infectious disease clinical pharmacy specialist. Dr. Namtu has also received teaching appointment form the University of Florida's College of Pharmacy and serves as student preceptor for multiple colleges of pharmacy. Her practice and research areas are antimicrobial stewardship and pediatric clinical infectious disease. Outside of her career, interests include her yoga practice, fitness, traveling, attending sporting events and spending time with her new baby and husband.

 

Pamela Jane Neely, Pharm.D., AE-C
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Neely completed her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology at Pennsylvania State University in 1996. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore in 2001. Dr. Neely completed her pediatric PGY2 residency at All Children’s Hospital in 2002. Pam accepted a clinical specialist position at All Children’s Hospital in general pediatrics at the completion of her residency. After 10 years in general pediatrics, Pam accepted a position in the emergency center to develop pharmacy services. Her clinical interest areas include cystic fibrosis, asthma and status epilepticus. During her spare time, she enjoys biking and studies martial arts as a means of stress reduction. She also relaxes on the beaches of Treasure Island with her 4 children and husband.
 

Emi Onuki, Pharm.D., BCPPS
General Pediatrics Clinical Pharmacist

Emi Onuki received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South University in Savannah, Georgia.  She worked at Walgreens pharmacy prior to starting a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Baptist Health/Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL while working as needed at Emory University Hospital Oncology Cytogenetics Laboratory performing chromosomal analysis. Upon graduating residency, she moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she practiced as a pediatric pharmacist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Due to the harsh weather, she decided to move back to Florida where she currently works as a pediatric pharmacist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, spending time with her family and friends, dancing, hiking, exercising, shopping, and hopefully running. 

 

Russell Sayles, Pharm.D.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Sayles received his Pharmacy Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University in 1980 and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1987. These degrees were preceded by a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at Michigan State University in 1976. Following his Doctor of Pharmacy degree, he stayed at the Medical University of South Carolina to complete a pediatric pharmacy specialty residency. Post residency, he was lured to All Children's Hospital, where he has practiced for 25 years as the clinical pharmacy specialist in the NICU. Dr. Sayles is also a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, spending time with his wife, canoeing, reading, and making people laugh.

 

Candi Sturges, Pharm.D.
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Sturges graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in 2011.  After graduation, she worked at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas before completing her PGY-1 pediatric pharmacy residency at McLane Children’s Hospital – Baylor Scott and White, where she stayed on to work as a pediatric clinical pharmacist. With her interest in pediatric emergency medicine and critical care, Candi later went on to complete a PGY-2 emergency medicine residency at Lakeland Regional Health in Lakeland, Florida. Her areas of interest include emergency medicine, toxicology, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and trauma.