Graduate Medical Education

Faculty

Pharmacy

The core program faculty come from a variety of educational and practice backgrounds. Each brings knowledge and expertise to the program and provides opportunities for the residents to grow as practitioners.

Laura Koons, PharmD
PGY-1 Residency Program Director
Clinical Faculty, Emergency Medicine
Bethlehem Campus

Dr. Koons graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy and started her career as a pharmacist and Lieutenant in the United States Navy.  After completing her active duty tour in Portsmouth, Virginia, she matched at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for PGY-1 and continued her training there as a PGY-2 in Emergency Medicine.  She joined the St. Luke’s team in 2016 and integrated pharmacy into the emergency department as St. Luke’s first clinical pharmacist in this specialty.  Her special interests include trauma and toxicology.  She enjoys cooking/baking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and kids.

Shawn Depcinski, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Faculty, Antimicrobial Stewardship & ID
Bethlehem Campus & Network

Dr. Depcinski graduated from Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan and completed his PGY-1 and PGY-2 Infectious Diseases (ID) residencies at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida. He joined the clinical faculty at St. Luke’s in 2013. Since then, he has become an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University's Medical School, been incorporated in numerous ID-related committees, and co-lead the Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Program at St. Luke's. Dr. Depcinski’s professional interests include all things infectious but particularly bacterial resistance, rapid diagnostics, and AMS. His personal interests include relaxing with his wife and kids, spending time outdoors, training in karate, and talking about personal finance.

Leslie Johnson, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Faculty, Administration
St. Luke's Center

Dr. Johnson graduated from the University of South Carolina. She completed her General Practice Residency and Specialty Residency in Pediatrics at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC. Following her training, she worked as a neonatal clinical specialist. Dr. Johnson joined St. Luke’s University Health Network as Clinical Coordinator for Network Pharmacy in February, 2006. Her practice interests include pediatrics, NICU, and clinical administration. Outside of work she enjoys doing home improvement projects, crafting, and spending time with her husband and their 3 children.

Haley Kavelak, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Faculty, Critical Care
Bethlehem Campus

Dr. Kavelak graduated from University of the Sciences, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 residency at Lancaster General Hospital and a PGY-2 Critical Care residency at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy/Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. She joined the clinical faculty at St. Luke’s University Health Network in 2017. Dr. Kavelak’s professional interests include nutrition support, advanced cardiac life support, and sepsis. Her personal interests include traveling with her wife, cooking and trying new foods, and competing in powerlifting.

Alyssa Kester, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Faculty, Critical Care
Bethlehem Campus

Dr. Kester earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She then went on to complete a PGY2 Critical Care Residency at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL. Dr. Kester joined the St. Luke’s University Health Network Pharmacy Team as a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist in 2017. Her practice interests include analgesia, sedation, and delirium management, ARDS, and shock states. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and puppy.

Ann Marie Kratz, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
Clinical Faculty, Antimicrobial Stewardship & ID
Bethlehem Campus & Network

Dr. Kratz graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA and completed her PGY-1 and PGY-2 Infectious Diseases residencies at Temple University Hospital. She joined the clinical faculty at St. Luke’s University Health Network in July 2018. Dr. Kratz’s professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship and resistance. Her personal interests include running, cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Justin Miller, PharmD
Clinical Faculty, Emergency Medicine
Allentown Campus

Dr. Miller graduated from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. He completed his PGY-1 pharmacy residency at St. Luke’s University Health Network, and his PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Residency at Lakeland Regional Health in Lakeland, FL. Dr. Miller returned to St. Luke’s in 2019 as an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist. His professional interests include toxicology and trauma. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, fishing, and spending time with family.

Tricia Papademetrious, PharmD
Clinical Faculty, Pediatrics
Bethlehem Campus

Dr. Papademetrious graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, AL. She completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Denver. She joined the clinical pharmacy staff at St. Luke’s University Hospital in 2007. Her interests include neonates, pediatrics, and high-risk obstetrics. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Nicholas Patricia, PharmD
Clinical Faculty, Internal Medicine
Bethlehem Campus

Dr. Patricia is a graduate of Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. He completed his PGY-1 pharmacy residency at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC. He joined the clinical pharmacy team in 2017 and is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Dr. Patricia serves as a resource for the Pain and Anesthesia service, as well as the Geriatrics service. His special interests include cardiology, anticoagulation, pain management, and evidence based medicine decision making. Dr. Patricia is also a member of the network's Pain Process Improvement Committee and Opioid Stewardship Committee.

Helen Phu, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Faculty, Critical Care & Internal Medicine
Allentown Campus

Dr. Phu graduated from Thomas Jefferson University College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA. She went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health followed by a PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She joined the St. Luke’s Network as the Critical Care & Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist for the Allentown Campus in 2018. Her areas of interest include anticoagulation, infectious diseases, and shock states. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Phu’s interests include everything Disney, cooking & baking, traveling, the beach, and spending quality time with family.

Brian Waldron, MSCR, PharmD
Clinical Faculty, Oncology
Bethlehem Campus & Network

A graduate of The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Campbell University, Dr. Waldron completed a PGY-1 at Fletcher Allen Health Care and a PGY-2 in Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital. He joined the clinical pharmacy staff in 2012, where he has been serving as the Clinical Oncology Pharmacist. Dr. Waldron is an adjunct clinical associate professor at Temple University School of Medicine. His special interests include melanoma and hematologic malignancies.

Peter Wirkowski, PharmD
Clinical Faculty, Behavioral Health
Gnaden, Quakertown, and Sacred Heart Campuses

Dr. Wirkowski received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Vassar College. He was a researcher in Cell and Molecular Biology and started in a PhD program at the University of Notre Dame before changing career paths to Pharmacy. He graduated from the St. John’s University School of Pharmacy (Queens, NY). Dr. Wirkowski completed his PGY-1 pharmacy residency at NYU-Winthrop Hospital (Mineola, NY) and continued on to complete his PGY-2 psychiatry pharmacy residency at the Cleveland Clinic – Lutheran Hospital (Cleveland, OH). He joined the clinical pharmacy team in 2018 and is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine. He enjoys his Beagle, Dachshund, the outdoors and playing Lacrosse.