Lamy Champions are a diverse group of pharmacists who provide specialized geriatric care in various practice settings.
This newly established coalition will be instrumental in assisting the Lamy Center to further its mission and promote an agenda for developing clinical and educational initiatives to improve geriatric care, as well as obtain provider status for pharmacists. The larger School of Pharmacy Community will benefit from their example of clinical excellence, leadership, and pharmapreneurism as they develop innovative strategies to improve medication related outcomes for older adults.
- Michelle A. Fritsch, PharmD, BCGP, BCACP
- Joshana K. Goga, PharmD, BCPP
- Jessica W. Merrey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACP, BCGP
- Stephanie M. Ozalas, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
- Avra Thomas, PharmD, FASCP
Michelle Fritsch received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1990 and 1991, respectively. She founded and currently serves as president for Meds MASH, LLC, a company dedicated to reducing risks posed by medications, health care gaps, and preventable negative health events in mature adults.
Dr. Fritsch's areas of expertise include geriatrics, healthy aging, telehealth, falls risk reduction, and health care education. She is actively involved in advancing the pharmacy profession through her service as a member of ASHP, ASCP, MPhA, Life Planning Resources, Maryland Senior Resource Network, and the Harford Geriatric Assistance and Information Network.
Joshana Goga received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy in 2001. She completed her primary care residency at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Hospital and her psychopharmacology residency at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Hospital. Dr. Goga currently serves as clinical pharmacy program manager at Sheppard Pratt Health System, where she provides clinical care for the geropsychiatric population, education to both students and staff, and serves in several research and leadership roles. She has achieved recognition at various levels, including Preceptor of the Year by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, CDC VTE Prevention Program, and the Minogue Award for Management of Agitation in the Dementia Population.
She has been involved in the College of Pyschiatric and Neurological Pharmacists (CPNP) at several levels, including chair of the Program Committee and the current lead of the Geriatric Community. Involvement in other organizations include NAMI and IAPA.
Jessica Merrey received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2007. She currently serves as a clinical pharmacy specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where her areas of expertise include adult internal medicine and primary care disease states, anticoagulation, and proactive care for the geriatric patient living at home or with caregivers.
Dr. Merrey is passionate about student and resident development, and actively involved in the advancement of the pharmacy profession, having served as past president for DC-CCP; member of DC-CCP, ASCP and MD-ASCP, ASHP and MSHP; and APhA. She has also been newly elected to the BPS Specialty Council for Geriatrics.
Stephanie Ozalas received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2013. She currently serves as a long-term care clinical pharmacy specialist with the VA Maryland Health Care System, where her areas of expertise include long-term care, potentially inappropriate medications, hospice, and academia.
Dr. Ozalas is actively involved in the advancement of the pharmacy profession through her service as secretary for MD-ASCP. She is also an active member of ASCP and ASHP.
Avra Thomas received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 2007, and Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in 2000. She is a fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), a member of ASCP since 2006, and currently serves as president-elect for the ASCP Maryland Chapter.
In the last 15 years, she has consulted in health care, with the most recent nine years being dedicated to long-term care. While focusing in long-term care, she has held the position of division director of pharmacy services for SAVA Senior Care Consulting, LLC. She serves as a liaison between pharmacy providers, pharmacy vendors, interdisciplinary team members, and nursing home operators for more than 200 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities. Avra has expertise in cost effective management of pharmaceuticals, regulatory aspects of long-term care, and a clinical focus as it relates to the senior population.