VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
Residency Program Director
Program Director (PGY1, PGY2)
Lisa Bilslend, Pharm.D, BCACP (PACT Clinical Pharmacist, Academic Detailing)
Primary preceptor: Orientation, Academic Detailing, PACT1 (PGY1) and Leadership/Practice Management (PGY2)
|Dr. Bilslend is a 2009 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency focused in ambulatory care at the Grand Island VA in 2009-2010. Following residency, Lisa began working at the Lincoln VA where she helped to pilot the Tele-pharmacy program, providing medication therapy management for four satellite clinics across the Nebraska-Western Iowa division.|
|She also served as primary preceptor for clerkship students from UNMC, as well as preceptor for the TelePharmacy and Drug Information residency rotations. She attained Board Certification in Ambulatory Care in 2012.
In 2013, Dr. Bilslend returned to the Grand Island VA as Residency Program Director. She works primarily in the PACT/ambulatory care clinics, is involved in Academic Detailing, as well as precepting APPE students from UNMC and Creighton University. Together with the other Ambulatory Care preceptors, she was awarded “Preceptor Site of the Year” by the UNMC P4 class in 2015, and again in 2019. Lisa also serves as the Residency Program Director for the PGY1 residency program. She and her husband, Matt, have two kids, Rowan (3) and Reese (born in 2020). In her free time, she enjoys gardening, going on walks with Ollie (the family dog), working on DIY projects and spending time with family.
Opal Bacon, PharmD, BCPP (Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist) – Grand Island
Primary preceptor: Mental Health (PGY1, PGY2)
Jamie Baldwin, Pharm.D (Staff Pharmacist, Home-Based Primary Care)
Primary Preceptor: Pharmacy Operations/Staffing (PGY1), HBPC (PGY1)
Jamie graduated from Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in 2009. She had been working for Walgreens pharmacy in Grand Island since 2001 in technician and intern roles. After graduation, she took a staff pharmacist position which transitioned into pharmacy manager. She started at the VA in 2013 in the outpatient pharmacy. She is pharmacist for the Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) team and continues to work for Walgreens as well.
Tracie Balvanz, PharmD (Chief of Pharmacy Service - NWI) – Omaha VA
Primary Preceptor: Pharmacy Administration (PGY2)
Dr. Balvanz is a 2004 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson Arizona. She went on to complete a PGY2 in Pharmacoeconomics and managed care at the Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21) in Reno, Nevada. Following residency, she began working at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno Nevada as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in a variety of practice areas including mental health, inpatient, CLC. She developed the Pharmacoeconomics program in 2009 before assuming the role of Associate Chief of Pharmacy for Inpatient in 2011 and then Deputy Chief of Pharmacy in 2017. Recently, she returned to Nebraska and joined the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System as the Chief of Pharmacy. She and her husband Bryan have 3 children and enjoy traveling.
Kristen Bishop, Pharm.D (Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist)
Primary Preceptor: Mental Health (PGY1)
Kristen graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2001 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She then worked at Walgreens in Omaha and Hastings, Nebraska; she later managed two Walgreens pharmacies in Grand Island. She joined Grand Island VAMC in August of 2013. Kristen participated in the expansion of pharmacy services into the mental health area and currently works with the Mental Health Care Team and Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Brent Bollwitt, PharmD (Pharmacy Anticoagulation Champion (Grand Island Division))
Primary Preceptor: Anticoagulation Clinic (PGY1, PGY2)
Dr. Bollwitt is a 2009 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. He completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the Creighton University Medical Center in 2010-2011. Shortly following completion of his residency experience, he began working at the Grand Island VA as a clinical pharmacy specialist. He is the designated pharmacy anticoagulation champion at the Grand Island VA and is involved in following the care of all veterans prescribed an anticoagulant at the Grand Island site.
Along with his anticoagulation duties, he is also involved in the PACT/ambulatory care clinics. Brent is also the main preceptor for the APPE students that rotate through the Grand Island VA. Together with the other Ambulatory Care preceptors, he was awarded “Preceptor Site of the Year” by the UNMC P4 class in 2015, and again in 2019. He and his wife Krystal live in Grand Island and have three children (Oakly, Rhett, and Baylor). In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors hunting/fishing and spending time with family.
Paula Carlson, Pharm.D (PACT Clinical Pharmacist, Pain Champion)
Primary Preceptor: Ambulatory Care/PACT (PGY1)
Dr. Carlson graduated from Hastings College in 2001 and from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy in 2004. She then completed a Community Pharmacy Residency at Nishna Valley Pharmacy/UNMC in Shenandoah, Iowa. Following her residency she continued to work at Nishna Valley Pharmacy, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, and Shenandoah Medical Center. She joined the Grand Island VA as a PACT pharmacist in August of 2010 and also works with the primary care pain team at the VA. Together with the other Ambulatory Care preceptors, she was awarded “Preceptor Site of the Year” by the UNMC P4 class in 2015, and again in 2019. She and her husband Ryan have two daughters, Leah and Sarah.
Justin Frazer, PharmD (Clinical Coordinator) – Omaha VA
Primary Preceptor: Endocrine/Nutrition Clinic (PGY2)
Supporting Preceptor: Pharmacy Administration, Residency Project (as assigned)
Dr. Frazer is a 2003 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. He completed an ASHP-accredited Primary Care Specialty residency at the William S. Middleton VA in Madison, Wisconsin in 2004. Justin then started working at the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care system as an ambulatory clinical pharmacy specialist. After developing a new practice, he helped it rapidly expand by adding an Anticoagulation Clinic, the Chronic Disease State Management service, Mental Health and specialty clinic support, as well as an Acute Care Clinical Pharmacy service. In 2009, Justin became the Clinical Coordinator and started the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program in Topeka. When the opportunity to come back home to Nebraska arose in 2013, Justin and his family moved to Omaha. Dr. Frazer currently serves as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator for VA Nebraska-Western Iowa, overseeing the clinical and educational programs across the system. He regularly works with residents on research and management projects, as well as serving on the Residency Advisory Committee for all of the PGY1 and PGY2 programs. Justin and his wife Bridget have four children, and enjoy coaching (and cheering) them in basketball, baseball, track and soccer.
Lourdes Heuermann, Pharm.D, BCACP (PACT Clinical Pharmacist) – Grand Island VA
Primary Preceptor: Ambulatory Care/PACT Clinic (PGY1, PGY2)
Dr. Heuermann is a 1982 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy. She worked as a geriatric consultant pharmacist prior to coming to the VA in 1999. She is currently the clinical pharmacist on the Southeast Patient Aligned Care Team at the Grand Island VA. She is adjunct assistant professor with UNMC and was the 2009 “Preceptor of the Year” for the UNMC College of Pharmacy and also a member of the clinical preceptor team recognized as UNMC "Preceptor site of the Year" for 2015 and 2019. Dr. Heuermann is Board Certified in Ambulatory Care by the Pharmacy Board of Specialties. At the VA, she serves on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee as well as the Clinical Pertinence Review Committee. Her interests include diabetes, hypertension and heart failure and hypothyroidism. She and her husband Fred, have 4 children. Two of their children are pharmacists who work for the department of veterans affairs. Outside of work, Lourdes enjoys sports, her dog, yard work, walking, hiking and playing tennis.
Amber Josoff, PharmD, BCPS (Omaha Outpatient Clinical Supervisor) – Omaha VA
Primary Preceptor: Specialty Clinics (PGY2)
Dr. Josoff is a 2002 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy. She worked as an inpatient pharmacist at The Nebraska Medical center prior to coming to the VA in 2008. She is currently the supervisor for the Omaha Clinical pharmacists in Ambulatory Care/PACT clinics and Anticoagulation clinic. She maintains clinical duties with a focus in Women’s Health. Dr. Josoff is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy. At the VA, she serves on multiple committees including Clinical Pharmacy Practice Council, Formulary Action Team, Women’s Health Group, and Anticoagulation work groups. Amber and her husband have 3 children. In her free time, she enjoys golfing and traveling.
Jeremy McIntyre, Pharm.D (Pharmacy Manager)
Primary Preceptor: Management (PGY1)
Dr. McIntyre graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in 2004 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. After school he continued to work for Walgreens for four years. Jeremy joined the Grand Island VA in 2008 as a clinical pharmacist in the Ambulatory Care clinics. He served as a preceptor for residents and students and was awarded “Preceptor of the Year” by UNMC in 2009 with his fellow preceptors. After three years of providing medication therapy management, Jeremy accepted the pharmacy supervisor position for the Grand Island VA in 2011. He helped incorporate Grand Island’ s long standing clinical pharmacy practice into the Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) in Primary Care. Jeremy and his wife, Karen, have four children and love attending all of their activities. They raise and train horses to complete in rodeos.
Ly Nguyen, Pharm.D, BCPS (Medication Patient Safety - NWI) – Lincoln VA
Primary Preceptor: Patient Safety
Janelle Sellers, Pharm.D (PACT Clinical Pharmacist) – North Platte VA
Primary Preceptor: Rural Ambulatory Care (PGY1, PGY2)
Dr. Sellers is a 2005 graduate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She completed both a PGY-1 and PGY-2 residency with the VA Nebraska/Western Iowa Healthcare System-Grand Island division medical center in 2006 and 2007. Janelle served as the Residency Director at the Grand Island VA from 2008-2013 and was also a volunteer residency surveyor for American Society Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) from 2011 to 2013. In 2013 she relocated to the VA clinic in North Platte, NE. She also holds an Adjunct Assistant Professorship with UNMC College of pharmacy and continues to precept students at her current practice site. She was awarded “Preceptor of the Year” Award from UNMC in 2009, and “Distinguished Young Pharmacist” Award by the Nebraska Pharmacists Association in 2012. Her practice areas include diabetes, anticoagulation, tobacco cessation, chronic pain management and several other chronic diseases.
Amy Thompson, PharmD, BCGP (CLC Clinical Pharmacist)
Primary Preceptor: CLC-1, CLC-2 (PGY1)
Dr. Thompson is a 2005 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency the Grand Island VA in 2005-2006. Following residency, Amy joined the UNMC/VA team as a 50:50 faculty member. She became the full-time clinical pharmacist for the Community Living Center (CLC) in 2008 where she remains practicing today. She is board certified in geriatric pharmacy and the primary preceptor for all CLC rotations. She serves as guest lecturer in pharmacotherapy at UNMC and precepts APPE students from UNMC and Creighton University. In her free time, Amy enjoys the sunshine and spending time with family.
Christina Wilkinson (Pain/Whole Health) – Omaha VA
Primary Preceptor: Pain/Whole Health (PGY1, PGY2)
Dr. Wilkinson graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in 2018 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency at the VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) in Lincoln, NE from 2018 to 2019. She then went on to complete a PGY2 residency in Ambulatory Care at the VA NWIHCS in Grand Island and Omaha from 2019 to 2020. Following residency, Christina stayed on as the Pain and Whole Health pharmacist in Omaha, NE. Her duties include helping to develop safe and effective medication and non-medication chronic pain treatment plans for patients, answering questions and e-consults from providers regarding chronic pain and opioid medications, and working with the NWIHCS as well as the VISN to ensure opioid medication safety precautions are completed. She additionally serves as the primary preceptor for the Pain and Whole Health PGY1 and PGY2 rotations. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, hiking, fishing, and spending time with her husband and cat.