Christopher Owens, PharmD, MPH
Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, Associate Professor Interprofessional Education, Medical Ethics
Office: Gravely Hall 136
Dr. Christopher Owens is currently the Associate Vice President for Health Sciences at Idaho State University. In this capacity he works with the Vice President for Health Sciences to oversee the 30+ health programs housed in the College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, and the Office of Medical and Oral Health. He also maintains his position as an associate professor of pharmacy practice with the College of Pharmacy where he provides clinical and professional instruction.
Dr. Owens served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a hospital corpsman and was honorably discharged in March of 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in German with a minor in Philosophy at Utah State University in 1998. During his undergraduate studies he worked as a pharmacy technician at Shopko Pharmacy in Logan and developed an interest in studying Pharmacy. He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from Idaho State University in 2002. He then completed a specialty pharmacy residency at the Southeast Idaho Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic and became a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. He has practiced as a pharmacist in both the community retail setting and also in the capacity of clinical pharmacist at the Health West Pocatello Clinic from 2003 to 2012. As a clinical pharmacist, he assisted in the management of patients on anticoagulation therapy and provided diabetes education and counseling for patients, as well as drug information and other related clinical services to providers and nursing staff.
He was the clinical coordinator for the Idaho Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program from 2003 to 2007, which conducted quarterly educational interventions with the goal of improving patient care and reducing overall healthcare costs in the State of Idaho. During that time, he and other faculty at the College of Pharmacy collected and analyzed medication use and pharmacy fill data for the Idaho Medicaid Pharmacy Program and provided input to the State’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee during medication class reviews and preferred drug list (PDL) discussions.
Dr. Owens is the author of ten peer-reviewed publications that have appeared in journals including Annals of Pharmacotherapy, the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Clinical Therapeutics, and the American Journal of Medicine. He has also authored over two dozen abstracts at local, state, and national pharmacy meetings and several other articles and commentaries in Idaho Medicaid newsletters.
He earned his Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree in May of 2013 at Idaho State University. His teaching and research interests range from professionalism and medical ethics to evidence-based complementary and integrative medicine and he gives lectures on a variety of clinical topics throughout the pharmacy and physician assistant professional curricula -- including in areas of pain management, endocrine disorders, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and appropriate drug therapy for the elderly. He has been named Teacher of the Year for the College of Pharmacy several times and was nominated for ISU Distinguished Teacher in 2016. He is a regular presenter at local and state meetings. Nationally, he is a member and has served as President of the Pharmacy Ethics Special Interest Group as part of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).
Brooke Buffat, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Interprofessional Education Ambulatory Care, Chronic Disease Management
Office: LH 268
Jen Adams, PharmD, EdD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Pharmacy Law
Jennifer Adams, PharmD, EdD, a graduate of Boise State University, Idaho State University, and The George Washington University is currently employed as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Idaho State University, providing oversight for the PharmD curriculum, experiential education, interprofessional education, and assessment.
Her previous experience includes working in hospital and community pharmacy settings and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) with student pharmacists, helping them to develop as professionals and leaders in the pharmacy profession. Dr. Adams's experience at APhA includes developing and managing several national patient care programs, as well as the National Patient Counseling Competition. Dr. Adams also served for nearly 10 years as the Senior Student Affairs Advisor at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, providing leadership and oversight for association national student affairs activities including PharmCAS, PCAT, the Pharmacy Career Information Council, and student recruitment.
She has received national awards in recognition of her leadership skills and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, Phi Lambda Sigma - the pharmacy leadership society, the Idaho Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the Idaho State Pharmacists Association.
Tom Wadsworth, PharmD, BCPS
Executive Associate Dean, Associate Professor Internal Medicine, Obesity, Diabetes, Community Pharmacy Practice
Office: PSB 113D - (907) 786-6211 LH 273 - (208) 282-1068
Dr. Wadsworth is the Assistant Dean for Alaska programs at Idaho State University and Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. Dr. Wadsworth earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ISU in 2002 and completed an ASHP accredited Primary Care Pharmacy Specialty Residency at the Boise VA Medical Center in 2007.
Prior to residency, Dr. Wadsworth served 4 years as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a registered pharmacist in Idaho and Alaska and has significant experience in primary care, community pharmacy, and home infusion pharmacy. Dr. Wadsworth is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy and served as an Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist at St. Luke's Internal Medicine in Boise, Idaho for 9 years.
Dr. Wadsworth has a variety of research interests including obesity, diabetes, statin myopathy, QT-prolonging medications, and quality outcomes in medication management. More recently, Dr. Wadsworth has been integral to the development and implementation of the Doctor of Pharmacy program with the University of Alaska Anchorage in Anchorage Alaska and serves as the administrative officer at the Anchorage campus. Dr. Wadsworth is also the principle investigator of the SETMuPP demonstration initiative, which seeks to mobilize community and primary care pharmacists to address the current gap in preventative and health management services available to Alaskans with diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease.
Cathy Oliphant, PharmD
Co-Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences; Professor Infectious Disease, Opioid Abuse, Internal Medicine
Office: M 726
Dr. Oliphant is Co-Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences and Professor at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. She earned her PharmD degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She completed a residency and infectious diseases/microbiology fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining the faculty at ISU College of Pharmacy in 2003, Dr. Oliphant taught for seven years at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Oliphant maintains a practice site at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise and Meridian. She works with the St. Luke's Internal Medicine physicians and hospitalists in addition to the infectious disease physicians. Dr. Oliphant precepts students on medicine, infectious diseases, and academic APPEs. She teaches in all four years of the program. Dr. Oliphant co-coordinates the Infectious Disease Module in the P3 year and the Residency Readiness course. She also facilitates P2 and P3 case studies. Dr. Oliphant is the Rho Chi and Generation Rx advisor. Her research interests include infectious diseases and prescription drug abuse issues.
Dr. Oliphant has been selected as Teacher of the Year and Most Influential Professor by 4th year Doctor of Pharmacy students.
Professor Emeritus Department: Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences Dates of Service: 1990-2021
Anushka Burde, Pharm.D., AAHIVP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Community Pharmacy, Telepharmacy Practice, HIV and Hepatitis C Support
Office: LH 262
Dr. Anushka Burde is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences at Idaho State University (ISU). She graduated from Idaho State University with a Pharm.D. degree in 2015. Dr. Anushka Burde has also earned a B.S. Biochemistry and B.S. Chemistry in 2011 & 2010 respectively from ISU. She joined as a faculty member at ISU College of Pharmacy in July 2015.
Dr. Burde spends a few hours staffing as a pharmacist at a telepharmacy called "Bengal Pharmacy". Bengal Pharmacy Pocatello location provides pharmacy services to distant rural communities in Idaho (Arco, Challis) through audio and video connections.
She also provides clinical services at Health West ISU which primarily focus on HIV and Hepatitis C management. She has done extensive work in setting up the "Patient Centered Pharmacy Program" (PCPP) at Bengal Pharmacy, which serves Health West ISU patients. The "Patient Centered Pharmacy Program" has been developed to enable patients to receive excellent pharmacy and health care services such as automated refills, medication education, home delivery of medications, weekly/monthly follow up on side effect management. Dr. Burde has been doing benefits investigation and prior authorizations for expensive Hepatitis C and HIV medications. This has enabled numerous patients to be cured of Hepatitis C. Dr. Burde is also in the process of learning and gaining experience in the 340B dynamics of a pharmacy.
Dr. Anushka Burde also teaches a few lectures at ISU College of Pharmacy, including case studies. She is currently the advisor for Operation Heart which provides blood pressure and cholesterol checks to the community. She also precepts Operation immunization, Operation Heart events as needed. Dr. Burde is currently working towards obtaining her teaching certificate which is awarded by ISU College of Pharmacy. She is also the "Preceptor - In - Training" for the ISU Rural Community Residency.
Glenda Carr, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Family Practice, Diabetes, Anticoagulation, Hypertension, Hepatitis C
Office: M 727
Dr. Carr joined the ISU College of Pharmacy faculty in the fall of 2002. She graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy in December 1999 and completed her Pharm.D. in May 2000. Throughout pharmacy school, she was active in the Academy of Students of Pharmacy on a local, regional and national level. She also held many positions on a local level for Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. After graduation, she completed a general practice residency at the VA Connecticut Healthcare Systems. There, she gained experience in ambulatory care, internal medicine, cardiology, geriatrics, pharmacy administration and spent time at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. During her residency, she completed the Lipid Training Center for Health Care Professionals sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. She continued her post graduate training at the William S. Middleton Veteran's Memorial Hospital in Madison, Wis. As a primary care pharmacy resident. While there, she gained much experience in chronic disease state management, including hypertension, diabetes, anticoagulation therapy, hyperlipdemia, rheumatology and pain management. Her residency project was titled "NSAID induced GI ulcers: risk factors in a VA population." Carr is currently working at the Terry Reilly Health Services in Nampa, Idaho. There, she began a anticoagulation service and is working on collaborative practice agreements for hypertension, diabetes, hypothyroidism and hyperlipidemia. Carr is a member of ASHP and ACCP.
Department: Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences
Dates of Service: 1982-2021
Kevin Cleveland, PharmD
Drug Information, Immunizations, MTM, Patient Communication, Nuclear Pharmacy
Office: M 754
Kevin W. Cleveland is an associate professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department at the College of Pharmacy in Pocatello. He is currently the Director of the Idaho Drug Information Service, which provides free health care information to consumers across the United States.
Cleveland earned his Pharm.D. at Idaho State University in 2003 and joined the faculty at ISU in 2004 after completing a clinical pharmacy residency in drug information. Since then, he has earned pharmacy specialty certificates in nuclear medicine, immunizations, and medication therapy management.
Cleveland is ISU’s Chapter Advisor for the American Pharmacist Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists. He coordinates the organization’s health screenings, immunization clinics, and educational sessions. Because of these efforts, the student pharmacy chapter received the Operation Diabetes National Award in 2012.
Cleveland directs the College of Pharmacy’s Annual Spaghetti Feed Raffle and Auction of which the proceeds are used to fund their free health screenings and services as well as sponsoring the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Cleveland is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia, Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma, and volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corps and the Boy Scouts of America.
Rex Force, PharmD
Senior Vice Provost and Vice President for Health Sciences, Director for Pocatello Family Medicine Clinical Research Center, Professor
Office: STOP 8055
Dr. Force is Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Family Medicine at Idaho State University and Director of the Family Medicine Clinical Research Center. He earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from Oregon State University and his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Texas, after which he completed a research fellowship in infectious diseases at Ohio State University.
Dr. Force has been active in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, serving on several committees as well as chairing the Board Certification Affairs Committee and the Public and Professional Affairs Committee. He was elected Chair of the Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network of ACCP in 1999 and to the Board of Regents in 2001. His expertise in collaborative drug therapy and reimbursement for clinical pharmacy services was recognized by his appointment to the ACCP Task Force on Compensation in 1998. He serves on the editorial board of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and has acted as a referee for the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. Dr. Force was the founding column editor of STEPped Care: An Evidence-based Approach to Drug Therapy in the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice. Currently, he co-authors and edits the Prescriber?s Letter Journal Club a monthly publication designed to critically evaluate new information in the field of pharmacotherapy. He has authored over 60 professional and research publications, and speaks regularly at professional meetings. Dr. Force and his collaborators have received grants and contracts in excess of $3.5 million while at ISU. Presently, he is the Site Principal Investigator of a multi-center diabetes trial (ACCORD) funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. His research interests focus on primary care pharmacotherapy (hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, adult immunizations, etc.), drug utilization review, pharmacoepidemiology, and evidence-based medicine. Dr. Force has been on the faculty at Idaho State University since 1993.
Bob Furilla, PhD
Professor, WWAMI School of Medical Education
Office: PSB 113
Dr. Furilla received a Master’s degree from The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and his PhD from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He was on Faculty at New Mexico State University, and at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine (UPR). Dr. Furilla retired from UPR and came to Anchorage to join his wife who is currently Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). In 2010, he accepted the position as Interim Director of the WWAMI program until he stepped down in 2012. He continues teaching medical students in the WWAMI program and Physiology for Pharmacy students For Idaho State University (ISU)
Dave Hachey, PharmD
Pharmacy Clinical Services Director/PPRA Professor
Office: FMR B33
Dr. David Hachey is a Clinical Associate Professor at Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions in the Departments of Family Medicine and Physician Assistant Studies. He earned his Pharm.D. at University of Rhode Island in 1998 and completed a residency and fellowship in Family Medicine at Idaho State University in 2000.
Dr. Hachey's clinical practice and primary research interest is in family medicine. Most recently, he has examined ways to increase the immunization rate in the elderly population with computer technology. Dr. Hachey works with a multidisciplinary care team for care of patients infected with HIV in eastern Idaho.
Roger Hefflinger, PharmD
Clinical Associate Professor
Adult Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Airway Disorders, Infectious Disease, Pain & Chronic Disease Management
Office: M 714B
Upon receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska in 1986 Dr. Hefflinger completed a Clinical Pharmacy Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 1987, he accepted a clinical assistant professor position with Idaho State University. Initially, his service commitment was to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center with an emphasis area in nutritional support and intensive care medicine. In 1991, Dr. Hefflinger switched his service commitment to Family Practice Medical Center of Idaho, Inc. and has spent the last 9 years assisting with physician training and education in in-patient and ambulatory care environments. His areas of interest include asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease management, pain management, infectious disease, and the appropriate usage of medications for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and arthritis.
John Holmes, PharmD, BCPS
Health Outcomes, Quality Improvement, Practice-Based Research
Office: FAM MED B29
Dr. Holmes is an Assistant Research Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Family Medicine at Idaho State University. Dr. Holmes graduated form Idaho State University in 2007 with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He completed a one-year ambulatory care residency in 2008 at the Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Pocatello, Idaho. He then completed a one-year Pharmacotherapy Residency at Pocatello Family Medicine and a two-year Clinical Research Fellowship at the Idaho State University Department of Family Medicine. He is currently working towards a Master of Public Health degree.
Dr. Holmes has served as a sub-investigator on several industry and National Institutes of Health sponsored studies conducted at the ISU Family Medicine Clinical Research Center. His research interests include pharmacoepidemiology, quality improvement, and access to healthcare for rural residents. Dr. Holmes provides clinical pharmacy and quality improvement support to the Health West ISU clinic, a training site for medical and pharmacy residents at Idaho State University. He teaches and mentors family medicine and pharmacotherapy residents, physician assistant students and pharmacy students on a broad spectrum of pharmacotherapy and quality improvement topics.
Cara Liday, PharmD, CDE
Co-Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences; Associate Professor
Diabetes, Ambulatory Care, Sexual Dysfunction
Office: LH 274
Dr. Liday is Co-Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences and Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy. She earned her Pharm.D. degree at ISU and subsequently completed a pharmacy practice residency and fellowship with the Department of Family Medicine. She has been a member of the ISU faculty since 1998.
Dr. Liday is an Ambulatory Care clinical pharmacist with InterMountain Medical Clinic, Health West ISU Residency program, and Clifford & Clark Family Medicine. She has been providing collaborative drug therapy management services to family medicine clinics since 1998. She earned her Certified Diabetes Educator credential in 2006, and added diabetes education and management, continuous glucose monitoring, and insulin pump therapy at that time.
In addition, Dr. Liday is an ambulatory care and diabetes APPE/ IPPE preceptor for the college of pharmacy. Her instructional, professional, and research interests include primary care pharmacy practice, diabetes and associated disease processes, sexual dysfunction, and medication affordability. She provides education for the pharmacy, PA, nursing, and PT programs at ISU. She is also the faculty advisor for Operation Diabetes which provides glucose and A1c screening for Pocatello and the surrounding communities.
Karl Madaras-Kelly, PharmD, MPH
Professor Infectious Disease, Epidemiology
Office: M 732
Dr. Madaras-Kelly is a Professor in the College of Pharmacy located in Meridian.
Dr. Madaras-Kelly received his BS in Pharmacy in 1991 and a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1992 from the University of Minnesota. He then went on to complete an Infectious Diseases/Pharmacokinetics Fellowship at the University of Minnesota and St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center. He received his Masters of Public Health in 2006 from ISU.
Dr. Madaras-Kelly has been in his current position located at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) since 1994 where he maintains active clinical infectious diseases and research programs, as well as mentors pharmacy residents and fourth year students on adult medicine and infectious diseases rotations. Dr. Madaras-Kelly has given many presentations, and authored numerous manuscripts on a variety of issues related to antibiotic resistance. He has received over a million dollars in grant support from the NIH, VHA, CDC, pharmacy professional societies, and the pharmaceutical industry. His primary research interests involve antibiotic stewardship, health systems research, epidemiology and clinical outcomes of infectious diseases treatments.
Dr. Madaras-Kelly has been a recipient of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Fellowship award in infectious diseases, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Young Investigator Award, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) Young Investigator Award. Dr. Madaras-Kelly was previously selected as Teacher of the Year and Most Influential Professor by four-year Doctor of Pharmacy students.
Dr. Madaras-Kelly is an active member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP), and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Health Care Epidemiology.
Elaine Nguyen, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCACP
Health Outcomes Research, Quality Improvement, Ambulatory Care
Office: M 751
Dr. Nguyen joined the College of Pharmacy in 2015. She works to develop an active scholarship program and establish partnerships with local healthcare organizations. Her research interests include chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia), pharmacy services, and telehealth. Her long-term goal is to promote optimal healthcare delivery in patients with chronic diseases, especially those living in rural areas.
Dr. Nguyen graduated from the University of Iowa with her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degrees. She then completed a clinical residency with a second year specialization in ambulatory care at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). After residency, she completed a two year fellowship in health economics and outcomes research at the University of Connecticut and Hartford Hospital. This training site was an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Center and provided her with experience in evidence synthesis, comparative effectiveness research, and administrative database analysis.
Dr. Nguyen provides quality improvement support for interprofessional projects at the Boise VAMC. She co-coordinates the Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Literature Evaluation II course (PHAR 9942) for first year pharmacy students and teaches throughout the curriculum. She offers elective independent study opportunities and fourth year research rotations.
Tracy Pettinger, PharmD
Clinical Associate Professor
Ambulatory Care, Experiential Education
Office: LH 214
Dr. Pettinger is an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University in the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences and Family Medicine. She earned her Pharm.D. degree at Idaho State University in 2003 and completed a two-year residency in Primary Care Pharmacotherapy at Idaho State University Department of Family Medicine in June 2005. She joined the ISU pharmacy faculty in the summer of 2005. She became Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy in 2007.
Dr. Pettinger is an Ambulatory Care clinical clerkship preceptor for fourth year pharmacy students and is based in Blackfoot Medical Center. She provides clinical services to BMC in chronic disease management and polypharmacy issues. She also is a clinical investigator for the ACCORD trial at the Department of Family Medicine Clinical Research Center. Her professional interests include diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, anticoagulation, asthma, and heart failure. Dr. Pettinger was honored by the Department of Family Medicine with the Resident Research Award in 2005.
Barbara Mason, PharmD
Professor & Director of Interprofessional Education
Office: M 733
Dr. Barb Mason earned her Pharm D degree and geriatric certificate from the University of Nebraska and went on to complete a primary care residency at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Her first teaching position was with South Dakota State University where she developed the pharmacy geriatric curriculum and initiated the first ambulatory care pharmacy services at the Sioux Falls VA. She went on to be the Director of Pharmacy Education at an AHEC affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and served as the clinical pharmacy faculty member for the family medicine residency program. Dr. Mason relocated to ISU to implement ambulatory care pharmacy services at the Boise VA and the ambulatory pharmacy residency program. She is Director of the Teaching and Learning Curriculum Program for pharmacy residents in the Treasure Valley and has worked with over 60 residents who have earned that credential. She continues to be active in residency education through elective academic rotations. Dr. Mason was bestowed FASHP status based on years of service to the Idaho Society of Health System Pharmacists in a variety of leadership and board positions, with the most recent once being an I-Lead Mentor. She has been awarded the ISHP Pharmacist of the Year, Leadership Award Researcher of the Year, and Excellence in Service designations. Dr. Mason teaches an ambulatory care APPE and is transitioning her emphasis to that of geriatrics, with home health and an interprofessional focus. In her role as Director of Interprofessional Education she was instrumental in designing and implementing the first IPE curriculum in the COP and is a leader in those initiatives for the KDHS. Dr. Mason coordinates the first year clinical problem solving course, teaches case studies and is involved in a variety of module classroom and lab coursework. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, Most Influential Professor and National Advisor of the year for Phi Lamba Sigma. Her research interests include scholarship of teaching, medication adherence, transitions of care, community pharmacy and public health roles.