Pharmacy Residency Information
- Completion of application materials
- Graduate of an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy
- Eligibility for licensure to practice pharmacy in the State of North Carolina
- Approximately $45 000 salary
- Benefits package equivalent to full-time employee with FirstHealth of the Carolinas
- Travel allowances for professional meetings
- ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (December)
- Southeastern Regional Residency Conference (April)
- North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Annual Convention (October)
- Staff every other weekend
- Work one of two summer holidays (Memorial Day or Labor Day)
- Work one of two winter holidays (Thanksgiving or Christmas)
- Orientation (2 months)
- General inpatient medicine (2 months)
- Critical care (2 months)
- Emergency Medicine (2 months)
- Antimicrobial Stewardship (one month)
- Pharmacy Practice Management (longitudinal) - includes PN&T Committee, Medication Safety Committee and IRB Committee
- Pharmacy Practice (longitudinal)
- Education (longitudinal)
- Infectious Disease
- Pharmacy Administration
- Pharmacy Information Systems
- Acute Care Transitions
- Pharmacy Operations
Department of Pharmacy Information
- 31 Pharmacists (including management)
- 28 Pharmacy Technicians
- 1 Automation technician 1 Information Systems Analyst (pharmacist)
- 1 CPOE Specialist (pharmacist)
- Centralized unit-dose Robot-Rx technology
- Automated dispensing cabinets (Omnicell) house-wide
- Computerized Physician Order Entry
- Bedside Medication Administration
- USP <797> compliant IV clean room
- TUG delivery robots
- After-hour order entry to other FHC hospitals (Richmond Memorial Montgomery Memorial, Hoke Campus)
- Outpatient pharmacy serving patients and employees
- Sterile compound preparation utilizes image capture and barcode scanning
- Antimicrobial stewardship and management
- Automatic renal dosing for antibiotics
- Pharmacokinetic services
- Anticoagulation management for heparin, LMWH and warfarin
- TPN/Electrolyte monitoring
- Critical care rounds with Hospitalists
- Multi-disciplinary rounds: critical care, medicine
Meet Our Team
Drew Kessell, PharmD, MBA, MS
Residency Program Director
Dr. Drew Kessell began his academic training at Davidson College. After completing the prerequisites for pharmacy school, he enrolled at Campbell University. Dr. Kessell graduated in 2007 from Campbell University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. Wishing to continue his didactic management and leadership training while expanding his clinical experiences, Dr. Kessell completed a two-year residency program at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In conjunction with completion of his residency, Dr. Kessell also completed a Master of Science in Health-Systems Pharmacy Administration from the Ohio State University.
Currently, Dr. Kessell is the Clinical Director of Pharmacy at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. In addition, he serves as a preceptor for IPPE and APPE students from several schools of pharmacy in North and South Carolina. He also serves as the Residency Program Director for Moore Regional’s PGY-1 pharmacy residency program.
Wes Cowell, PharmD
Wes is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. After completing pre-pharmacy requirements at Middle Tennessee State University, he pursued his PharmD degree at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. His professional career began with Owen Healthcare, Inc., a hospital pharmacy management company, in their director-in-training program. After training, Wes became director of pharmacy for a client hospital near Pensacola, Florida. After several transfers within the company as both pharmacy director and clinical pharmacy manager, he went to work for the newly-formed BayCare Health System based in Clearwater, Florida as a clinical pharmacy manager at South Florida Baptist Hospital near Tampa. He served two terms as president of the Southwest Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a regional chapter of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, in 2001 and again in 2008.
Wes joined FirstHealth of the Carolinas in 2008 as pharmacy director and subsequently administrative director in 2009. His professional interests include legal and regulatory advocacy surrounding professional pharmacy practice standards and the pharmaceutical supply chain. He presently chairs Premier Inc.’s Pharmacy Affairs Subcommittee of their National Pharmacy Committee. His involvement in the residency program includes participation in longitudinal rotations, pharmacy administration topic discussions and regular meetings with the residents to review their progress and developing interests.
Matt Bamber, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP
Dr. Matthew Bamber began his academic training at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. After completing his prerequisites for pharmacy school, he completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Post-graduation he continued his education by completing a Master of Business Administration degree at Western New England University while working as a pharmacist. Desiring to grow in his clinical pharmacy background Dr. Bamber went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Sentara Healthcare in Virginia Beach, Virginia and a PGY-2 Critical Care residency at Orlando Heath in Orlando, Florida.
Currently, Dr. Bamber serves as a preceptor for the Emergency Medicine residency rotation and as well as an elective Emergency Medicine rotation for APPE students from local pharmacy schools. In addition, he serves as the Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at FirstHealth.
Dr. Bamber enjoys spending time with family and friends, serving at church, reading, working out, playing sports, serving on international medical missions, and working as a part time real estate agent and investor.
Jim Beaty, PharmD
Originally from Florida, Jim moved to North Carolina in 1992 to attend Campbell University. Upon completion of pharmacy school, he completed a pharmacy practice residency at Gaston Memorial Hospital (currently Caromont Regional Hospital) near Charlotte, and joined FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in 1999.
Jim spent his first eight years at FirstHealth as a clinical staff pharmacist. In 2007 he transitioned into an Associate Director role where he is primarily responsible for inpatient pharmacy operations. He is a preceptor for Campbell University pharmacy students, and precepts the practice management residency rotation as well as the administration and operations electives.
Jennifer Campbell, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Jennifer Campbell began her academic training at The University of Arizona where she earned her B.S. in Health Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Business. After completing her undergraduate training, she worked for McKesson Specialty helping indigent patients gain access to medications. Wishing to continue her education, Dr. Campbell enrolled at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and graduated in 2011 with a Doctorate in Pharmacy. She went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at FirstHealth of the Carolinas.
Dr. Campbell is a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. She is currently serving as a preceptor in training for the General Medicine practice experience of the PGY1 residency program and recently became BCPS certified.
Dr. Campbell's personal interests include indoor cycling, running, and being a mother of two high energy boys.
Heather Gibson, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Heather Gibson began her academic career at Colorado School of Mines where she earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Public Affairs. After working several years in the engineering field, her desire to work in healthcare led her to enroll at Mercer University College of Pharmacy where she received a Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2011. After graduation, she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at FirstHealth of the Carolinas Moore Regional Hospital. She is BCPS certified and is currently pursuing a certificate in Antimicrobial Stewardship through the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists.
After completion of her residency, Dr. Gibson worked as a clinical pharmacist at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital for 5 years. During this time she also cross trained in the emergency department and outpatient oncology. In January of 2017, she took the new position of Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at FirstHealth where she currently remains.
Dr. Gibson has served as an APPE preceptor for UNC School of Pharmacy since 2014. At FirstHealth, she serves as preceptor in training for the PGY1 infectious disease elective.
Dr. Gibson's personal interests include reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Andrew Krupp, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Andrew Krupp began his academic training at North Carolina State University where he earned his B.S. in Microbiology with a Minor in Genetics. Following this, Dr. Krupp enrolled at the University of North Carolina's Eshelman School of Pharmacy where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012. Dr. Krupp continued his training by completing a PGY-1 residency at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, where he eventually stayed on as a Clinical Pharmacist.
Currently, Dr. Krupp is a Pharmacy Supervisor, co-preceptor of the Critical Care PGY-1 Residency Rotation and maintains being a Clinical Pharmacist. His special interests include infectious diseases, critical care and teaching/precepting. His future plans involve becoming BCPS certified.
Dr. Krupp's personal interests include traveling, technology, gaming, reading, exercise and the lifelong study of Karate.
Bill Mang, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Bill Mang began his academic training at the State University of New York College at Geneseo where he earned his B.S in Biology with a concentration in Biotechnology. After completing his undergraduate training, he worked in pre-clinical oncology research at Cyclis Pharmaceuticals and ArQule Biomedical Institute in Massachusetts. Following this, Dr. Mang enrolled at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2009.
Dr. Mang is a Pharmacy Supervisor, preceptor for the General Medicine practice experience and Pharmacy Practice experience, and Clinical Pharmacist. He precepts APPE students from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Mang is also a strong supporter of community health and serves on the local county Board of Health.
Dr. Mang’s interests include entering sweepstakes, reading, running, listening to live music, and spending time with friends and family.
Thom Morris, PharmD
Thom Morris graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1990 with a BS in Pharmacy. During his final internships he was awarded the Smithkline Beecham award for excellence in pharmacy practice. Initially he worked at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. During those nine years he gained clinical pharmacist experience with a concentration in IV therapy and oncology. He transferred to FirstHealth in 2001 and practiced as a clinical pharmacist in the inpatient setting until 2011. Wanting to advance his role as a leader and gain management experience he accepted a position at the Outpatient Cancer Center Pharmacy as manager. This position is challenging and he enjoys sharing the experience with students and residents. He currently offers an elective rotation in Oncology. His goal is to educate and open opportunities for those interested in the field of oncology.
His personal interests include fishing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, gaming, movies and travel to domestic or international destinations with his family.
Christina Thurber, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Christina Thurber attended Ohio Northern University's Raabe College of Pharmacy. After completing her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, she completed her PGY1 residency at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. Following her residency, Dr. Thurber began her career as a clinical staff pharmacist in the hospital setting and obtained her BCPS certification.
Currently, Dr. Thurber is a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. She is serving as a preceptor for the General Medicine rotation of the PGY1 Residency program. Dr. Thurber also assists in precepting the Critical Care and Education rotations. Over the coming years, Dr. Thurber has intentions to precept IPPE and APPE students from local schools of pharmacy. Areas of interest include internal medicine and antimicrobial stewardship.
Dr. Thurber's personal interests include reading, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and being a dog mom.
Darla Gonzalez, PharmD, BCPS
Prior to college, Darla served in the Army followed by working as a pharmacy technician full time for two years. She then began her academic career at Ohio State University. In 2010, she completed her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at The University of Washington in Seattle. Darla started her career as a clinical pharmacist at Multicare Health System in Tacoma, Washington where she had worked as an intern for three years.
After moving to North Carolina in 2012, Darla started at Moore Regional as a Clinical Pharmacist in addition to staffing at the First Health Outpatient Pharmacy as needed. She became BCPS certified in the Fall of 2016. In early 2017, she was cross-trained in the First Health Outpatient Cancer Center where she now staffs part-time in addition to working in the inpatient pharmacy. Darla has always enjoyed teaching, and she finds precepting pharmacy students and residents particularly rewarding as it allows her to continue learning. Currently, she is serving as a preceptor in training for the education learning experience.
Darla is a military wife and has two children. In her spare time she loves being outdoors, reading, gardening, traveling and trying new recipe ideas.
Bess Johnson, PharmD
Dr. Bess Johnson began her academic training at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she completed 2.5 years of the pre-pharmacy curriculum. Knowing from a young age she wished to pursue a career in pharmacy, she then enrolled at Wingate University's School of Pharmacy and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2015. Dr. Johnson continued her training by completing a PGY-1 residency at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
Dr. Johnson is a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. She is currently serving as a preceptor in training for the Pharmacy Practice experience of the PGY1 residency program.
Dr. Johnson's personal interests include shopping, vacationing, and being with her husband and daughter.
Jenny Gooch, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Jenny Gooch began her academic training at Wake Forest University where she earned her B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Before starting pharmacy school, she began working at FirstHealth as a pharmacy technician and quickly transitioned into a pharmacy intern once school began. Dr. Gooch continued working at FirstHealth throughout pharmacy school and went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at FirstHealth after graduating from Wingate University School of Pharmacy in 2016.
Dr. Gooch is a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. She is currently serving as a preceptor in training for the General Medicine practice experience of the PGY1 residency program and recently became BCPS certified. Dr. Gooch also works as needed at a local independent pharmacy to maintain her outpatient pharmacy practice skill set.
Dr. Gooch's personal interests include being a mother to her young son, reality television and Dunkin' donuts coffee.
John Norris, PharmD, BCPS
I began my pre-pharmacy education at Campbell University. After two years of undergraduate education, I attended Campbell University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' Doctor of Pharmacy program, graduating in 2016. Following completion, I continued my clinical training by completing a PGY-1 residency at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. I worked as a staff/clinical pharmacist at Moore Regional prior to accepting my current position as clinical pharmacist dedicated to the emergency department.
In addition, I serve as co-preceptor of the Longitudinal Education and Emergency Medicine PGY-1 Residency Rotations. My clinical interests include infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship, emergency medicine, critical care, and teaching/precepting students.
My personal interests include movie nights, fitness, live music, gaming, reading, and traveling.
Our Current Residents
Ashley Beckwith, PharmD
Dr. Ashley Beckwith began her academic training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her B.S in Radiologic Science. After completing her undergraduate training, she worked as a CT Technologist at Duke University Medical Center. Shortly thereafter she enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Campbell University in pursuit of hear dream to become a pharmacist.
Ashley has special interest in critical care, cardiology, and infectious disease.
Her personal interests include traveling with her fiancé, trying new restaurants, gardening, cooking, and crafting.
Courtney Huffman, PharmD
Dr. Courtney Huffman began her academic training at Campbell University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She then entered pharmacy school at Campbell University and earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy.
Dr. Huffman has special interests in critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and oncology. Her plans are to work as a clinical pharmacist, obtain the BCPS certification, and become a preceptor after residency.
Her personal interests include spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends. She also enjoys fitness, traveling, and spoiling her dogs.
Sanjay KC, PharmD
Two Time US Army Combat Veteran, Sanjay began his academic training at Bellevue University, NE where he earned a Bachelor of Science in General Biology. He then later attended Touro College of Pharmacy, New York to earn his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree.
Sanjay has special interest in the infectious disease and emergency medicine. Upon completion of his PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, he plans to earn board certification in pharmacotherapy and pursue a PGY2 in one of his practice interests.
His personal interests include running and traveling. He has been participating in Rock n Roll Marathon, Raleigh for the past five years. He also enjoyed serving on an international medical mission.
Brooke Kopelakis, PharmD
Dr. Brooke Kopelakis began her academic journey at Campbell University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Afterwards, she continued on with Campbell University to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
Dr. Kopelakis has special interests in infectious disease, ambulatory care, and education. Her short-term goals are to become BCPS certified and work as a clinical pharmacist within a health care system.
Her personal interests include reading fiction novels, riding roller coasters, playing complicated board games with friends and family, and video gaming.