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2015 Pharmacy Practice Seminar Speakers

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Betsy A. Carlisle, Pharm.D., CDE
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Seaton Medical Center Hays
James A. Karboski, Pharm.D.
Clinical Professor of
Health Outcomes &
Pharmacy Practice
UT Austin College of Pharmacy
Stephen J. Pont, M.D., MPH, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director
Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity
Gay Dodson, R.Ph.
Executive Director/Secretary
Texas State Board of Pharmacy
Leroy C. Knodel, Pharm.D.
Clinical Professor and Asst Division Head
UT Austin College of Pharmacy

Jason Reichenberg, M.D.
University of Texas Physicians
Richard D. Grant, Jr., Ph.D.
Psychologist, Private Practice
John Magana
Director of Operations
ReCept Pharmacy
Jason Reichenberg, M.D.
University of Texas Physicians
Kevin Hines
Motivational Speaker
San Francisco, California
Michelle Magid, M.D.
Austin PsychCare
Collin N. Verheyden, PharmD, BCPS
Div Director of Infectious Diseases Pharmacy
HCA North Texas Division
Claiborne "Clay" Johnston, M.D.
Dell Medical School at UT Austin


Speakers Biographies
Bios added as the are received from speakers

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Gay Dodson, R.Ph.
Gay Dodson is a 1969 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy. After graduation, Gay worked as a community pharmacist in the Dallas area for 13 years. While working as a community pharmacist, she was an active member of the local, state, and national pharmacy associations.

Gay has been an employee of the Board since November 1982 and served for 2 years as Field Compliance Officer in the Houston Area, 3 years as Senior Compliance Officer in the Austin office, and almost 10 years as Director of Compliance before being appointed to her present position as Executive Director on June 28, 1997. In her position as Executive Director, Gay serves as the chief executive officer of the agency and an ex-officio member and secretary of the Board of Pharmacy. 

Gay Dodson's awards and recognitions include: 2013 Kappa Epsilon Career Achievement Award; 2012 State Agency Council to the Governor's Commission for Womens, Outstanding Women in Texas Government; 2010 Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists' Distinguished Service Award; 2007 National Association of Board's of Pharmacy's Lester E. Hosto Distinguished Service Award; 2006 Texas Pharmacy Association's Distinguished Service Award; 2000 University of Texas College of Pharmacy William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award; 1997, Recognition Award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists in " recognition of her commitment, leadership, and dedication in advancing the practice for pharmacists and the patients they serve ," 1993 award for Outstanding Service from the Texas Pharmacy Association; and the 1989 Linda T. Rodgers Memorial Leadership Award from Kappa Epsilon.

Ms. Dodson is also a Past-President of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Alumni Association and is an active member of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band.

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James A. Karboski, Pharm.D.
Dr. Karboski earned a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University in 1985. Subsequently, Dr. Karboski earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio in 1987. He continued his training in Texas where he completed a Clinical Sciences Fellowship in Pharmacokinetics at the University of Texas at Austin. Later, while a faculty member at the University of Iowa, Dr. Karboski was a Geriatrics Fellow of the Iowa Geriatrics Education Center.

Dr. Karboski teaches extensively in the undergraduate, Pharm.D., and graduate programs at the University of Texas. He has been nominated for the prestigious Texas Exes Teaching Award for seven of the last eight years and won the award in 2000. He has been nominated for the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award for the past two cycles and has been cited by the P4 class as a faculty member who had the highest impact on their professional development for each of the past six years.

Dr. Karboski has authored numerous scientific and professional articles in the areas of clinical therapeutics and pharmacokinetics. He has presented over 200 times before various professional, scientific and student groups. Dr. Karboski is recognized for his contributions to teaching excellence and the use of technology in teaching.

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Leroy C. Knodel, Pharm.D.
Leroy C. Knodel is a clinical associate professor, and assistant head, Division of Pharmacotherapy. In this capacity, his primary responsibilities involve Pharm.D. education and training, and postgraduate training in the San Antonio region. In addition, Dr. Knodel is the director of the Drug Information Service at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), a position he has held since 1982, and is the director of the regional internship program in San Antonio. Dr. Knodel is also a tenured associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the UTHSCSA.

Dr. Knodel received his B.S. in pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky in 1977 and 1980, respectively. Additionally, he completed a clinical pharmacy residency at the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky while concurrently enrolled in the Pharm.D. program. In 1980, Dr. Knodel accepted a position with the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy as director of the Drug Information Center at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver. He held this position for two years before accepting his current position with the UTHSCSA and the College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Knodel's primary teaching emphasis in the College of Pharmacy is in the areas of literature evaluation, biostatistics, study design, and gastrointestinal pharmacotherapeutics. He also participates as an invited lecturer for the UTHSCSA Medical, Dental, and Nursing Schools. Dr. Knodel's teaching excellence has been recognized at both the UT Austin College of Pharmacy (nominee for the Texas Excellence Teaching Award) and at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching).


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