Melissa Balizan, Pharmacy Operations Manager
Melissa received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University—College of Pharmacy and has focused her clinical practice at Parkview Medical Center for the past 16 years. She has worked as a staff/clinical pharmacist until 2014 when she transitioned to the role of Information System Pharmacist. In 2015, Melissa became the Pharmacy Operations Manager. Melissa’s clinical career has included the membership and design of various programs and teams to develop the design of such clinical projects as anticoagulation, thrombolytics, and therapeutic monitoring for pharmacy staff. She was closely involved in the design of the inpatient’s pharmacy IV room and numerous hospital IT projects. Melissa also helped implement the ambulatory arthrosclerosis management clinic and assisted in community health screenings; she also spearheaded the current referral process at the anticoagulation clinic. In her role as the hospital’s informatics team, and now the Operations Manager, Melissa interacts daily with doctors, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to achieve positive patient outcomes with regards to the Meditech’s EMR. Melissa’s involvement in numerous teams at Parkview, including Medication Events team, Medication Reconciliation/ Discharge Team, Pain Team, Readmission Team, CPOE Order Governance Team, and Technology Steering, has positioned her as one of the key thought leaders in the organization’s informatics’ goals and strategic planning. Melissa has trained pharmacists, nurses, physicians, and pharmacy technicians in the use of Meditech’s EMR and Medication Reconciliation Process. Also a key member in the implementation of the Meds to Beds program at Parkview and Dr. First E-prescribing implementation. Outside of work Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and her beloved Jack Russell Terrier.
Sarah Boardman, Clinical/Staff Pharmacist
Sarah grew up in Green Bay, WI (Go Packers!) and received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a Postgraduate Year One Residency (PGY1) at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO from 2007-2008. In 2012, she became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). Prior to working at Parkview, Sarah worked at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO from 2008-2014, primarily in the areas of adult critical care (2009-2013) and the night shift (2013-2014). She has been a pharmacist at Parkview Medical Center since 2014, rotating working in the main pharmacy, IV Room, unit-based, OR, and ED. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys traveling, playing tennis, spending time with family, friends, her significant other Curtis, and her golden retriever Madi.
Mandy Bradigan, Clinical/Staff Pharmacist
Mandy received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Creighton University in 2004. She has worked as a staff/clinical pharmacist at Parkview Medical Center from 2004 to the present. Over the years she has been involved in several teams including the pain team, medication reconciliation team, and the transitional care center. In 2014, she was able to create a role for the pharmacists in the Emergency Department specializing in medication reconciliation prior to admission. She is involved with the training of new pharmacists and a preceptor to pharmacy students. Mandy has worked on the implementation of the Meds to Beds program and development of unit based pharmacy positions. In her free time, Mandy enjoys spending time with her husband and children
Lisa Clodfelter, Clinical/Staff Pharmacist
Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2004 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado’s School of Pharmacy in 2008. She currently works as a staff/clinical pharmacist at Parkview Medical Center. Lisa’s clinical activities include being a member of the nutritional support team, inpatient and outpatient anticoagulation services, pharmacokinetic dosing, providing pharmacy services to the emergency and operating rooms, and working on the units. She has been our acting preceptor for our Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience and Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, son and furry companions.
Aaron Griffin, Clinical/Staff Pharmacist
Aaron is a 1999 Pharm D. graduate of the University of Colorado. He has practiced as a staff pharmacist at Parkview since 2000, and has been involved in all our areas of our pharmacy practice. His staffing duties have given him a wide diversity of experience, including drug delivery in ambulatory and acute care settings, anticoagulation, surgery and ER pharmacy services. He has also been involved in training hospital staff at all levels in medication delivery and safety. His non-professional interests include hiking, fitness, and exploring this beautiful state we live in with his family.
Gregory Meier, Clinical/Staff Pharmacist
Gregory began his healthcare career by obtaining an Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Respiratory Therapy in 1983 from Pueblo Community College in Pueblo, Colorado. His specialty areas included critical care, pediatrics, neonatology and diagnostics. He served as chief therapist and specialized in drawing and analyzing arterial blood gases (ABG's) for adults, pediatrics, and neonates at Eisenhower Medical Center in Colorado Springs from 1983-1987. During his time at Mercy Medical Center he performed pulmonary function testing (PFT's), helped develop the methacholine challenge testing protocol used at the facility and again became chief therapist specializing in drawing ABG's in adults, pediatrics and neonates. In 1994, Greg returned to school to further his healthcare education and received a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Montana. During his time in Montana, Greg continued to work as a Respiratory Therapist at St Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana and also as a laboratory research assistant in the pharmacy department studying alternative uses for the drug oxytocin. After graduation, he moved to Salida, Colorado and worked at Heart of the Rockies Medical Center. While in Salida, he worked closely with the Intensive Care and Critical Care teams. He also became interested in Nutritional Support and helped develop the Parenteral Nutrional Support program at this facility. In 2002, Greg moved back to Pueblo, Colorado and started at Parkview Medical Center. He started as a staff pharmacist and moved into a leadership/teaching role as a clinical pharmacist. During his career at Parkview, he has been involved in pharmacokinetics, anticoagulation therapy and management, nutritionalsSupport. He worked closely with our research nursing staff implementing several drug trials. He has assisted in the integration of our Unit Based Staffing and is currently enjoying the challenge of helping in the development of the pharmacy residency program. Outside of his professional duties, Greg enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife, Kristen and son, Sean. Most of his free time is now spent with his family at ice rinks supporting his son's aspirations as a hockey player.
Matt Thielbar, Pharmacy Clinical Manager
Matt received his Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 2007. In 2010, he became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. From April 2007-June 2015, he worked at Parkview Medical Center as a staff/clinical pharmacist. In June 2015, he accepted a position as Clinical Manager for the pharmacy. Matt is responsible for overseeing all clinical activities including: unit based pharmacists, operating room pharmacists, emergency room pharmacists, pharmacokinetics, anticoagulation, nutritional support team, drug safety and error reduction, and adverse drug reaction monitoring and reporting. Matt works closely with the Pharmacy and therapeutics committee, medication events team, readmission reduction team, communication team, and the patient safety and error reduction team. Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, Karla, two boys, Landon and Logan, and two beagles, Bailey and Ruger.
Geri Weinstein, Clinical/Staff Pharmacist
Geri Weinstein has worked at Parkview Medical Center for four years in the inpatient pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. She enjoys the variety of responsibilities and shifts as a clinical/staff pharmacist. This includes unit-based shifts, operating room and IV room pharmacist, and pharmacokinetic dosing and monitoring. Outside of the pharmacy, Geri enjoys traveling, musicals and music.