Baptist Pharmacy Residency PGY1 Residents

Katelyn Brown, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Katelyn Brown Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in pharmaceutical sciences; University of Mississippi; 2018

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Mississippi; 2021

About Katelyn
Born and raised in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Katelyn went to undergrad and pharmacy school at Ole Miss. Her pharmacy interests include oncology, transitions of care, and pediatrics. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys listening to true crime podcasts, going to yoga and Pilates classes, trying different happy hours around town, and spoiling her goldendoodle, Savvy.

Why did you choose Baptist?
In addition to providing me the tools I need reach my specific professional goals, the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Baptist has a wide variety of learning experiences to mold me into a well-rounded pharmacist. While the learning experiences sparked my interest, it was the people and the learning environment at Baptist that ultimately encouraged me to choose the program.

What is your day like?
As a creature of habit, the lack of “typical days” in residency has been a learning curve for me. Our daily responsibilities include working up patients, participating in rounds, completing pharmacy consults, attending meetings, and working on longitudinal projects. I am thankful for the meaningful patient interactions I’ve had this year – our patients make the busy to-do lists worth it!

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
I’ve loved exploring Memphis! There is always something going on, lots of places to walk my dog, and so many great restaurants to try.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
Growing up with a parent with cancer exposed me to many healthcare professions at an early age. I valued that the pharmacists on my dad’s team supplied the medications that kept him alive and well. I am proud to be a part of a profession that empowers patients to overcome their diagnoses by providing the gift of modern medicine.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I would recommend Baptist because of the people I get to work with each day. From passing a stranger in the hallway to sharing the office with my co-residents, each person is kindhearted and genuinely cares for one another. I am thankful that Baptist has gifted me with the support system I need during this year of exponential growth. 

Spencer Cate, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Spencer Cate Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in health science/microbiology; East Tennessee State University; 2017

Pharmacy degree

Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Tennessee Health Science Center; 2021

About Spencer
Spencer was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. His practice interest include emergency medicine and internal medicine. In his free time he enjoys watching the University of Tennessee basketball and football games, hiking, biking, disc-golf, tennis, anything outdoors, and game nights with friends. 

Why did you choose Baptist?
I was drawn to Baptist initially by the wide variety of rotations offered such as emergency medicine and internal medicine, not to mention the addition of the longitudinal ambulatory care component with Church Health in Crosstown. What sold me on Baptist was the people. As a student on rotation here, the staff were all friendly and welcoming. My interview with the residency program director, Amy Evans, and the residency program coordinator, Liz Mills, really sealed the deal. They both showed an interest in my career goals, and I knew walking away that Amy and Liz would help me achieve them.

What is your day like?
My typical day starts by getting to the hospital early to prepare for my day. After that, anything can happen! Patient work-ups, rounding, consults, and meetings are a standard, then it’s squeezing in time for projects, presentations, and preparing for students. It can be demanding, but definitely rewarding to see the progress I make and the impact on patient care.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
The biking trails! I love biking around Shelby Farms, which is basically right next door to work.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
I really enjoyed math and chemistry going through school, then into high school and college I started getting more involved in my community. I wanted a profession that I could really combine all these attributes. Pharmacy seemed like a natural option. In pharmacy school, I found an internship my second year at a local hospital around Knoxville, and I loved it. I loved talking with patients and seeing the whole inpatient process. I knew this was where I wanted to be.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
There are a wide variety of rotations, preceptors that are friendly and will provide plenty of advice and encouragement, and on top of everything, the residency program director and coordinator, Amy and Liz, continue to work with you throughout the year to help you achieve your goals. Baptist's PGY1 residency program really sets you up for success.

Brandon Conaway, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Brandon ConawayUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in biology; Union University; Jackson, TN; 2017

Pharmacy degree

Doctor of Pharmacy; Union University College of Pharmacy; 2021

About Brandon
Brandon was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee. His primary practice interest are critical care and cardiology and his goal is a PGY2 in critical care. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outside and playing or watching any kind of sport. He also likes hiking, biking, and running.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because of the variety of rotations available. I am interested in several practice areas including critical care and cardiology. Baptist allows me to experience each of my interest areas.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
That's easy, the food! There is something for everyone in Memphis including plenty of outdoor activities and sports teams like the Grizzlies or Redbirds.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
I have always wanted to be in the medical field because of an interest in biology and math. I wasn't exposed to pharmacy until undergraduate school and immediately saw it as a career path.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I have yet to meet a person at Baptist who wasn't always helpful or didn't enjoy their job. The preceptors are intelligent, yet personable. They have made me feel extremely welcome in my short time here.

Dominique Dairion, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Dominique DairionUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in pharmaceutical sciences; University of Mississippi; 2018

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy; 2021

About Dominique
Dominique is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. Her areas of interest include solid organ transplant, infectious disease, and ambulatory care. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, honing her skills as an amateur chef, and attending Pure Barre classes. 

Why did you choose Baptist?
I was drawn to Baptist Memphis because of the innovative practice model of the pharmacy department. With clinical pharmacists and clinical pharmacy specialists working together to provide patient care, there are many diverse learning environments and opportunities. While I knew I would get an incredible training experience at Baptist Memphis, I’ve found that the people are what make it so special. Throughout my interview process, everyone was so kind and welcoming. It was evident that pharmacy has a passion for its people and providing the best patient care.

What is your day like?
A day in the life of residency is very dynamic, with patient care activities such as clinical consults and rounding, and completing longitudinal projects throughout the year. Residency is challenging, but being able to be a part of patient care teams and grow as a clinician is a rewarding experience.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
Memphis offers a lot of unique activities and great food! With an abundance of outdoor activities along with the Memphis Zoo and Beale Street, there’s always something fun to go and explore.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
Being a pharmacist allows you to offer a unique perspective of care as an essential member of a patient care team. I love the diversity that pharmacy allows. Whether you’re in an inpatient or outpatient setting, pharmacists are always there to offer their knowledge and support.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist Memphis offers an incredible learning environment to grow as a clinical pharmacists. The pharmacy department really values its residents and gives us opportunities to explore our areas on interest in a variety of ways, such as either through clinical practice or research. I’ve loved my experiences to explore my passions and become a more confident pharmacist.

Chelsea Dezfuli, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Chelsea DezfuliUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in pharmaceutical sciences; University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; UTHSC College of Pharmacy

About Chelsea
Chelsea is a native Memphian. Her primary practice interests include psychiatry, internal medicine, and ambulatory care. A long-term goal of hers is to give back to the community by precepting pharmacy students. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and walking her pup, River, on the Greenline.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I choose Baptist for the people. Growing up and going to school in Memphis my whole life, I was looking at hospitals outside Tennessee. During pharmacy school, I had a rotation at Baptist and everyone was so kind, encouraging, and knowledgeable. I knew these were the people I wanted to support me during the challenging but rewarding year I had ahead of me.

What is your day like?
I don’t think any two days are the same in residency. There are patient care activities as well as meetings and projects throughout the year. While it can be a challenge not knowing all the things that are coming your way each day, it's an amazing learning opportunity. My favorite part of the day is whenever I have students; the layered learning we experience is always so fun.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
My favorite thing about Memphis is the people. People here are kind and want to learn how they can manage their health. Many of the patients I encounter are excited to learn about and advocate for their health. Walking by the river or through Shelby Farms are excellent diversions, too.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
I have always been interested in how medicines work in the body and the effect that they have. I was a Chemistry major, and knew I wanted to help patients. Volunteering at various medical events during undergrad, I learned patients had questions about their medication and I wanted to help them problem solve. Pharmacy seemed like the perfect setting for my interests.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I would recommend Baptist because of the amazing environment preceptors help foster. Everyone is invested in you and your learning. The pharmacy specialists really want you to feel confident in wherever life takes you. Plus, Baptist gives pharmacy residents so many opportunities, like responding to codes and volunteering at Church Health Clinic.

Kristen Kilby, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Kristen KilbyUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in pharmaceutical sciences; University of South Carolina; 2019

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy; 2021

About Kristen
Kristen grew up in Essex, Connecticut before moving to South Carolina for school. She has a wide variety of pharmacy interests that she is hoping to narrow during the next year. Kristen also enjoys going to the beach, spending time with family, baking, and hiking.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I choose Baptist because of the variety of rotations offered, and the ability residents have to pursue their interests. It was obvious that the pharmacy residents were happy here and the preceptors are passionate about what they do. I knew Baptist would provide an excellent environment for me to learn and get the well-rounded experience I was seeking.

What is your day like?
My day is always different but they usually involve patient care in the morning and then later in the afternoon, working on projects, doing topic discussions, responding to codes, or leading UT's applied therapeutics class. I think the most challenging part of my day is getting my work done in the office because I like talking to my co-residents too much.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
So far my favorite things about Memphis are biking at Shelby Farms Park near my apartment and all the good food there is to try.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
I knew I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives through my career and pharmacy seemed like a great way for me to do that. I have an aunt who is a pharmacist and being able to shadow her helped me decide I should pursue pharmacy.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I would recommend Baptist because it offers so many learning experiences that allow you to become a well-rounded pharmacist. The program director and preceptors all support and encourage the residents, which allows you to grow and develop as a new practitioner. 

Ian McVinney, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Ian McVinneyUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Arts in chemistry; Hendrix College; Conway, AR; 2017

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; 2021

About Ian
Ian was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is primarily interested in oncology and transplant pharmacy and would like to complete a PGY2 in one of those areas. In his spare time, Ian loves to travel, play tennis, read, watch Netflix, and spend time with friends and family.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist for a number of reasons: the wide variety of rotation experiences that are offered, the opportunity to treat a diverse patient population, the large residency class, the hospitality of the directors and preceptors, and the chance to practice in a place where pharmacists are appreciated and integrated into the highest levels of patient care.

What is your day like?
A typical day usually involves patient care rounds, attending meetings, doing topic discussions, and working on longitudinal projects. It's challenging to balance all of the responsibilities that we have, but when you are able to impact patient care in a significant way, you know that the stress is well worth it in the end!

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
There is always something to do in Memphis! There's an endless amount of restaurants to try and there are so many fun events and places to go, which I love.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
Pharmacy became my career very naturally. I felt that pharmacy would be a great application of my chemistry major. I was able to go into healthcare without having to diagnose or deal with many bodily functions, and I was able to apply my chemistry knowledge into a constantly evolving field. Pharmacy has been a great career choice for me.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist has everything you could ever want in a residency. You get the variety of rotations, plenty of longitudinal projects, code response, teaching opportunities, great residency director and preceptors, lots of support, and a big residency class to go through the year with among many other things. If that checks your boxes for a residency program, you can't go wrong with Baptist. 

Ashley Mull, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Ashley Mull Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in biology; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; 2016

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 2021

About Ashley
Ashley was born and raised in the mountains of Asheville, NC. She is interested in oncology and infectious disease and currently plans on pursuing a PGY2 after this year. Outside of pharmacy, Ashley enjoys running, hiking, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because the program had everything I wanted in a residency including oncology rotations, precepting opportunities, participation in a teaching program, and involvement with a free health clinic. However, what really sold me on the program was the welcoming and friendly environment. Dr. Evans and the other pharmacists were wonderful during my interview, and I knew this was a place where I could feel like family.

What is your day like?
Most days consist of working up patients and participating in rounds, alongside completing various consults (antibiotic dosing, ensuring certain meds are on board for different disease states, etc.) and participating in topic discussions. The most challenging part for me is time management. Outside of rotations, we have various other commitments and responsibilities, so it's imperative that you stay organized and efficient to accomplish everything. The most rewarding part is when you get to make a positive impact on your patients, whether that means helping them find the right medications to fit their needs, or just being there to listen to them.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
I love the food scene here in Memphis! There is a variety of great restaurants located all over the city, so it’s been fun getting to explore these with my co-residents.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
I chose pharmacy because I wanted career where I could affect people’s lives in a positive way. Pharmacy was a great fit for me because it allows me to combine my passion for science and service to help improve the lives of others.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
The preceptors and mentors have been extremely friendly and supportive since day 1, which makes this difficult year a little easier to handle. It also provides a wide variety of rotations and experiences so you come out a strong and well-rounded pharmacist.

Britany Trejo, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Britany TrejoUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in biology; Texas Tech University; 2017

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; 2021

About Britany
Britany was born and raised in Texas and attended Texas Tech University. Her primary practice interests include critical care and emergency medicine. Britany enjoys hiking new trails, spending time with family and friends, watching Sunday Night Football, cooking new Pinterest recipes, and traveling.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist for the numerous unique clinical learning opportunities in a diverse patient population in addition to the variety of critical care experiences offered here. I knew Baptist was the program for me during my interview as all the preceptors were very welcoming and friendly. I was able to see their dedication for pharmacy and their passion for teaching residents. I also love having eight co-residents.

What is your day like?
Each day is completely different, and I love that about residency. A "typical" day can consist of rounding on patients, completing consults, attending code blues, teaching pharmacy students, preparing for topic discussions, working on research projects or presentations, and attending hospital meetings. Each day I see myself developing into a more competent pharmacist, which is extremely rewarding.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
I love the culture of Memphis. Memphis has a big city vibe without all of the big city traffic. The people are friendly, the food is amazing, there are numerous outdoor hiking/biking trails, and there are always plenty of activities to attend.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
Growing up I was always interested in science. I knew I wanted to help others as part of the healthcare system. I chose pharmacy because it combines science, problem solving, and variety in the work I do. Additionally, I love collaborating with the medical team in order to provide patients with the best care possible.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I would recommend Baptist because it has everything to offer in a PGY1 program. The preceptors provide you support and are invested in your growth as a pharmacist. There is also a large variety of clinical experiences offered in a progressive practice environment.