David Edwards received his undergraduate pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in 1978 and completed a residency in hospital pharmacy at Sunnybrook Medical Centre. He graduated from the PharmD program at the State University of New York at Buffalo and joined the Department of Pharmaceutics at Buffalo for post-doctoral training in pharmacokinetics.
Dr. Waite’s research program examines the development and assessment of curricula to produce pharmacists prepared to provide medication management in an evolving healthcare landscape, as well as explores the impact of novel pharmacist interventions and pharmacist scope of practice changes on medication management and health outcomes.
Dr. Alsabbagh’s research interests are in pharmacoepidemiology of chronic medications, in particular cardiovascular medications. His research includes employing administrative databases to examine the utilization and health-outcomes of chronic medications. Dr. Alsabbagh is also pursuing research investigating the comparative effectiveness and safety of chronic medications.
Dr. Michael Beazely’s lab research focuses on understanding how growth factor receptors and G protein-coupled receptors modulate ion channels and neuronal cell function. His clinical and education research is focused on the role of health professionals in reducing harms associated with problematic substance use.
Dr. Blay’s main research focus is in understanding the tumour microenvironment of solid cancers, particularly colorectal carcinoma.
His laboratory focuses on mechanisms that lead to the spread of colorectal cancer, and ways to interfere with that dissemination of disease, or metastasis.
Dr. Chang is a clinical pharmacist specializing in geriatric pharmacotherapy. Her research interests include caring for vulnerable older adults in primary care settings, particularly older adults in rural areas, for conditions such as chronic pain and dementia, and the role of pharmacists in care provision.
Dr. Edginton’s research focuses on building virtual organisms to study the pharmacokinetics of drugs and environmental contaminants. Using pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models to provide a mechanistic means of understanding how changes in physiology can affect the absorption, metabolism and excretion of a chemical.
Dr. Foldvari's research focuses on the development of intelligent delivery systems and biomolecular devices with the goal of developing new, non-invasive technologies to deliver and target therapeutic agents into the body and to diseased tissues, as well as investigating the fundamental properties of these delivery technologies and the cells they target.
Dr. Grindrod's research focuses on using digital technologies to improve how we manage medications. She is currently examining how patients, physicians and pharmacists share medication information. She is also interested in how digital technologies can be used to change clinician practice.
The HoResearchGroup is interested in the development and characterization of innovative drug delivery strategies including nanomedicines, medical devices and biomaterials for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, cancer, and chronic wound healing.
Dr. Houle's research interests are on the role of the pharmacist as a patient care provider, especially related to expanded scope activities such as prescribing and administering injections, and the resulting clinical and economic outcomes of these activities.
Dr. Joseph’s research is focused on ascertaining how the β-cell senses glucose and on searching for ways to reduce the number of islets required for islet transplantation. These two themes are connected in that the first theme provides novel targets to enhance islet function in the second theme.
Dr. Maxwell’s primary research interests are in the areas of Pharmacoepidemiology and Aging with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, depression and health services and outcomes research.
She is also involved in national and international research examining the health and quality of care needs of older residents within Assisted Living and Long Term Care settings.
Dr. Tom McFarlane teaches oncology, internal medicine, and immunology topics to the undergraduate students at the School of Pharmacy. He has a particular interest in GI, lung, and prostate cancers, and conducts practice based research in these settings which includes exploring ways of improving supportive care regimens for patients and the impact of supportive care on overall outcomes.
Dr. Nagge’s clinical and research interests include cardiovascular risk reduction, anticoagulation therapy, translating evidence into practice, and shared decision making.
Dr. Nekkar Rao specializes in medicinal and bioorganic chemistry; exploring rational drug design aided by molecular modelling techniques and small molecule synthetic organic/medicinal chemistry.
Dr. Patel’s research interests are in pharmacotherapeutic management of neurological conditions, in particular epilepsy, dementia and chronic pain.
Her current research interests include the assessment, classification and management of drug related problems in persons presenting with cognitive impairment as well as the frail elderly in primary care settings.
Dr. Richard completed her undergraduate degree in pharmacy at Dalhousie University, and has experience in community pharmacy. She completed her PhD in Pharmacology at Dalhousie University, and then studied vitamin D’s anti-cancer activity during a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Guelph.
Dr. Slavcev’s interests are in genetics, molecular biology, virology and technology transfer.
Dr. Wong’s research focuses on system-level policy modeling, infectious diseases modeling, health services and outcomes research, particularly in hepatitis B and C. His health services and outcomes research interests include quality of life research, costing and return on investment.
Dr. Wettig's research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of novel surfactants with an eye toward their application in drug delivery.
Working in classes and behind the scenes, Robin is responsible for the organization of the Professional Practice Labs—including many of the day to day operations.
Christine joined the University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy in early 2014. She comes with a strong background in community development and a rich network of connections across Waterloo Region, having served in a variety of community-building positions over the past 20 years. Her role at the School of Pharmacy is to work with students and community partners to develop and implement a milestone Community Service Learning program. She completed a Master’s degree in Community Psychology (WLU) and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology (WLU) and Education (Brock).
Steve has a B.A. in Commerce from the University of Toronto and a Certifcat en Français Langue Seconde from Laval University in Quebec City / Université d'Aix-Marseille II in Provence, France. He spent 6 years in Tokyo, Japan where he incorporated his own business. Upon returning to Canada in the 90's he obtained his Certified Help Desk Manager designation and has been in the I.T.
Tzong is an Administrative Assistant at the University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy. She is a graduate from the Office Administration Executive program at Conestoga College. Tzong is responsible for providing administrative support to the Hallman Director as well as other faculty and staff within the School.
Rosemary’s background includes community pharmacy practice, health program management, as well as experience in medical writing and publishing. Her current position is focused on the design and delivery of educational programs for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
Elaine Lillie started her working life as a high school teacher, teaching English and Theatre Arts in Waterloo County. After 4 years, she decided to leave the classroom for a career in business.
Ken has been actively involved with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy in various capacities since 2007. Ken aided in the formation of the Society of Pharmacy Students (SOPhs), volunteered as a student coach/mentor and worked as a co-op employer. He continues to volunteer as an admission interview panelist, course assessor and injection trainer.
Jennifer is the Operations Coordinator for the School of Pharmacy’s Interprofessional Education Program where she supports the growth and integration of the IPE strategy. Jennifer is a graduate of Waterloo’s Master of Development Practice program and has previously worked in adult education with an immigrant service provider, and with youth in international development in
Anthony graduated from Dalhousie University with a pharmacy degree in 1996.
Josephine joined the School of Pharmacy at the end of 2008 as the Pharmaceutics Course/Lab instructor. Before that she was the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Lab Instructor for 4 years in the Department of Chemistry, also at the University of Waterloo. In this position she was responsible for six undergraduate Organic Chemistry lab courses per year.
Ken brings diverse experience in community and hospital pharmacy, industry and associations to the University of Waterloo. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), and prior to that he was the Director, Research and Analysis, for Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D).
Lisa joined the University Of Waterloo School Of Pharmacy in late 2010. She supports the first-year human systems course where she coordinates the anatomy, physiology, and histology labs and delivers some of the lectures.
Douglas Brown graduated from the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy in 1989, completing his internship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Following his passion for community practice, he transitioned to primary care pharmacy and worked with an independent pharmacy, followed by a group practice (Big V Pharmacies) before realizing his dream to be a pharmacist/owner.
Janie is the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Hamilton and Brantford as well as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor.
Janie’s career in pharmacy practice spans 21 years. She began as a clinical hospital pharmacist, after which she entered community pharmacy practice. She currently practices as a primary care clinical consulting pharmacist.
Kaitlin’s background includes community and hospital pharmacy practice, as well as experience in medication safety, delivery of continuing education programs for pharmacists, and continuous quality improvement. Her current position is focused on recruiting and admitting highly qualified students to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) undergraduate degree program and the Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) status.
Carla graduated in 2004 from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan with a doctorate in pharmacy.
For the first four years after completing her pharmacy degree Carla worked as a part-time clinical pharmacist for the renal/dialysis program at her local hospital. Medication management and education were her main areas of interest and involvement. She also worked full time in a community setting for a local company.
Donnie co-owns Boggio & Edwards IDA, a specialty compounding pharmacy in Ridgeway, Ontario. His focus is on pain management, women’s health and addiction services. He has been appointed to the Narcotics Monitoring Working Group by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide advice on managing and evaluating data created by the Narcotics Monitoring System.
Peet de Villiers joined the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy in April 2014 as the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Kingston and Belleville and as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor.
Since graduating as a member of Waterloo’s first graduating class – the Vanguards — Dr. Heather Foley is now on a mission to discover all there is to know about the profession of pharmacy.
Angela Heintzman joined the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy in January 2015 as the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Thunder Bay and the the surrounding area.
Noëlla Robert-Kappel is the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Barrie and Hunstville. She has 15 years of professional experience in hospital pharmacy and six years in long-term care. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and an assessor for the Pharmacy Examination Board of Canada's qualifying examination.
Dave Knoppert spent 25 years as a Neonatal Pharmacist and Clinical Coordinator at St Joseph’s Hospital in London. His research interests were the effects of drugs on the newborn, especially methadone, as well as the pharmacokinetics of drugs in the neonate.
In 2011 Dave became the Coordinator for the Residency Program at London Health Sciences Centre, a position he held until his retirement in 2013.
Rosemarie graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto, after which she completed her hospital pharmacy residency.
Stephan graduated in 1999 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy, after which he completed a general hospital residency at St. Michael's Hospital in 2000. He was fortunate to have spent three years at Toronto East General Hospital, practising as a hospital pharmacist in the inpatient adult mental health unit.
Jason Wentzell joined the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy in April 2014 as a Regional Clinical Coordinator, representing the Ottawa and Brockville region.
Dr. Nakhla is a community pharmacist and academic with interest in minor ailments, self-care, and non-prescription medications. Since 2008, Dr.
Professor Sian is a passionate pharmacist and loves practicing in a community setting. She sees firsthand the positive effect good patient care has on an individual’s quality of life and strives to instill those same principles in her students.
Caitlin Carter is the Pharmacy Liaison Librarian at the University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy, and holds an MLIS degree from Western University (2010). As librarian, Caitlin is responsible for building the collection of pharmacy resources, as well as providing research assistance and instructional support to School of Pharmacy students, faculty, and staff.
Debbie’s experience includes community pharmacy practice, pharmacy benefit management and pharmaceutical advertising and communications.
Dr. Rita Dhami is an active hospital pharmacist, educator and researcher.
Barbara Coulston is a clinical pharmacist specializing in Primary Care, chronic pain, and diabetes. She maintains a clinical practice at the Centre for Family Medicine in Kitchener where she is the Pharmacy Lead, Preceptor for 4th year pharmacy clinical rotations for the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto and the School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo, and is
Brett Barrett is a Consultant Pharmacist who specializes in the management of infection. She has been a member of the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy since 2011, serving as Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor until assuming the role of Clinical Lecturer in 2019.
Claude is a member of the School of Pharmacy’s original Vanguard Class and the student societies’ inaugural President. Following graduation Claude joined Health Sciences North specializing in infectious diseases, critical care and medicine while maintaining a presence in community pharmacy.
Sarah has a background in psychology research and education and has worked in program evaluation in various non-profit and educational settings. In her current role, she is responsible for the ongoing assessment of Waterloo’s pharmacy programs. Sarah also holds an interest in educational practices and conducts academic research on pharmacy education in her role at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Gamble is a pharmacist and epidemiologist who leads a research program in drug safety and effectiveness. His team focuses on understanding the real-world use and effects of diabetes therapies. Moreover, Dr. Gamble’s lab is interested in exploring methods to communicate drug information to facilitate evidence informed decision making for patients, health provider, and policy-makers.
Bronwyn joined the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy in July 2018, and is the Regional Clinical Coordinator for the Kitchener-Waterloo region.
Nicole graduated from Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy in 2013. She completed a hospital pharmacy residency at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).
Lidia Yrigoyen-DaCruz is the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Windsor / Essex County and Sarnia and has over 19 years of professional experience. She is a graduate of the Wayne State University Pharm.D program and has achieved ACCP board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist. Lidia has pharmacy experience both in the United States as well as a critical care specialist at Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH).
Tracy joined the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy as a clinical preceptor in 2016, a case assessor for the PharmD bridging program (PHARM 497) in 2016, and the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Sault Ste. Marie in 2019.