Meet Our Residents
Paul Norris, PharmD, grew up on Long Island, NY. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. While a student at Northeastern University Paul gained diverse experience in hospital care, community care, and academia. During this time Paul also worked as a hospice volunteer. His interests include: geriatrics, infectious disease and informatics. Paul plans to hone his clinical and professional skills at Sibley in preparation for a PGY2.
Charrell S. Porter, PharmD, is a native and resident of Northern Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She then continued on to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Medical College of Virginia VCU School of Pharmacy also in Richmond. During her time at Virginia Commonwealth University, Charrell served on the executive boards of the Alpha Delta Chapter of Phi Delta Chi and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association as well as her class executive board. She is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacist Association. Charrell’s professional interests include Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics. Upon completion of her residency, she hopes to pursue a PGY2 in Infectious Disease and become a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
Cristen Lambert, PharmD, a native of Carlisle, PA, received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA. She went on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, MD. During her time at University of Maryland, Cristen served on the executive boards of the Lambda Kappa Sigma Epsilon Chapter and the DC-Metro Student Pharmacists Association. She is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, the American Pharmacist Association, and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. Cristen’s pharmacy interests include geriatrics, ambulatory care, and internal medicine.
Samantha Al-Faruque, PharmD, MPA is originally from Jefferson City, Missouri. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri. She continued her education at the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she obtained a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Services Administration in December 2010 and completed a Doctorate of Pharmacy in May 2013. Her professional interests include: hematology/oncology, ambulatory care, and management. Samantha aims expand and refine her clinical and management skills while completing her residency at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Upon completion of her residency, she intends to pursue a PGY2 residency and Board Certification.
Melonie Blake, PharmD, is originally from Miami, Fl. She received a Bachelors of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, specializing in nutritional sciences from University of Florida. She then attended Howard University and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2012. During pharmacy school, Melonie was involved with various community service projects and organizations like Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc., Phi Lambda Sigma and American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. Melonie intends to build her clinical skills while completing a PGY-1 residency at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Her interests include ambulatory care, internal medicine and academia. Melonie intends to apply all her knowledge and experiences to become a clinical pharmacist and participate in public health endeavors.
Lindsay Samuel, PharmD, is a resident and native of Northern Virginia. She completed her pre-pharmacy course work and Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She is a member of American Pharmacist Association, American Society of Consultant Pharmacist, and American Society of Health System Pharmacy. Her pharmacy interest includes: geriatric medicine, internal medicine and transitional care.
Shasa Yazigi, RPh, A University of Damascus school of Pharmacy alumni, was raised in Damascus, Syria. After graduation from pharmacy school she worked for Novartis Oncology as a product specialist for two years. She decided to pursue her lifelong goal of becoming a clinical pharmacist and moved to the United States. She successfully completed her Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Certification for USA licensure. During her internship Shasa worked as a licensed pharmacy intern at Saint Francis Memorial hospital in San Francisco, California and at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She was accepted into Sibley Memorial Hospital’s PGY1 residency program in order to further develop and refine her clinical skills. After completion of the residency program she intends to pursue a PGY2 residency and obtain a clinical position in which she plays an integral role in a multidisciplinary medical team.
2011 - 2012
Danielle Massee, PharmD, originally from West Hurley, NY received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston MA. During her pharmacy studies, Dr Massee worked as a pharmacy intern in Massachusetts in the hospital and ambulatory care setting. She is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacists Association. Dr Massee’s professional interests include medication safety, clinical research, and academia. Upon completion of her PGY1 residency Dr Massee has professional goals to become a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and to pursue a career as a medication safety specialist.
2010 - 2011
Kasey C. Dumas, PharmD
, a University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy alumni, is from New Bedford, MA. During undergraduate and graduate education Dr. Dumas was a licensed pharmacy intern in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She joined Sibley Memorial Hospital’s PGY1 residency with certificates for first aid, immunization and physical assessment. Dr. Dumas is utilizing the personalized and flexible PGY1 residency training program to expand her clinical and instructional skills. Her areas of interest include infectious diseases, pediatrics and academia. After completion of the residency program she intends to complete a PGY2 residency and pursue a career combining clinical practice and academia.
2010 – 2011
Jason Perry, PharmD, was born in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy in 2008. After graduation he worked as a clinical-staff pharmacist for two years at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida. His interests are predominantly in nutrition support and infectious disease pharmacy. He is a member of ASPEN and will probably pursue a second year residency in nutrition support pharmacy after completing his PGY1 year at Sibley. He plans to obtain board certification in nutrition support pharmacy.
2009 – 2010
Amy Birkhimer (Barber), PharmD, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Birkhimer received her Bachelors in Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from LECOM School of Pharmacy in Erie, PA. During her undergraduate and pharmacy studies she worked for Giant Eagle pharmacy in Pennsylvania both as a technician and an intern. During her residency, Amy studied discharge medication discrepancies for geriatric patients. Upon completion of her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Dr. Birkhimer accepted an inpatient clinical pharmacy position at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, VA. Her areas of interest include geriatrics and psychiatric pharmacy. Future goals include contributing to the creation of a new PGY1 residency program and becoming BCPS certified.
2009 – 2010
Ha B. Trinh, PharmD, a native of San Jose, California, received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Business Management from the University of the Pacific in California, and her Doctor of Pharmacy from Touro University. During her PGY1 residency Dr. Trinh was involved in creation and implementation of a venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment and treatment algorithm. Her research involved determining appropriate use of the VTE order set. Given her professional passion for Oncology, Dr. Trinh pursued additional residency training; she is currently a PGY2 oncology resident for Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California. In the near future, she hopes to become an oncology clinical specialist and be Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy and Oncology. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, learning a second language and traveling.
2008 - 2009
Afua A. Addo-Abedi, BMSc, MBA, PharmD, is a Canadian of Ghanaian descent. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2008 from University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and her Masters in Business Administration from the University Baltimore as part of the dual PharmD/MBA program. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. Her passion is psychiatric pharmacy. After completion of her pharmacy practice residency, Dr. Addo-Abedi joined the clinical staff of Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Department of Pharmacy where she continues to incorporate psychiatric pharmacy into her daily practice. One of her future goals is to become Board Certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy.
2007 - 2008
David J. Copelin, PharmD, was born in Washington DC and resides in Lanham, Maryland. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2007 from Hampton University School of Pharmacy in Hampton, Virginia. While preparing to graduate, he worked as a pharmacy intern at Wal-Mart pharmacy in Suffolk, Virginia. Since graduating in 2007, he pursued at residency at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC, which provided him with clinical confidence and competence that prepared him to excel in the profession. He is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), has participated in several HIV awareness projects and presentations, and is an active volunteer for heath fairs in the metropolitan area. His professional areas of interest include HIV/AIDS, geriatrics, diabetes education and cardiology. Upon completion of his pharmacy practice residency, he plans to hopefully fulfill a position in Ambulatory care with the Veterans Affairs (VA) or Public Health Service (PHS).
2006 – 2007
Trent Pham, PharmD, came to Sibley with interests in critical care, nutrition support and cardiology, and clinical pharmacy experience at St. Mary’s Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital. Trent wrote in his initial resident assessment that his vision of hospital practice included "more autonomy for clinical pharmacists…where [pharmacists] can manage patient’s therapy." Dr. Pham has taken this vision to heart, and as of 2009 he is doing his part as a clinical pharmacist practicing in the Emergency Department at Tampa General Hospital.