Preceptors are vital to Pacific’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program. They play a critical role in training PharmD students during their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations. These exemplary health care practitioners dedicate their time to helping develop the next generation of pharmacists.

Pacific’s preceptors are committed to their profession and their role as educators. They provide a rich learning environment where students can grow both personally and professionally. They also serve as role models, demonstrating professionalism and a passion for patient care.

Every year at the annual Pharmacy Graduation Banquet held in May, we recognize outstanding preceptors who represent the three IPPE practice settings as well as the APPE regions located across California.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

Nam D. Nguyen ’08, PharmD

Utsav J. Patel ’16, PharmD
Health Care Outreach

Kristina Lai San Pedro ’05, PharmD


Left to right: Kate M. O’Dell, PharmD, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, director of experiential programs and vice chair of pharmacy practice, Utsav J. Patel ’16, PharmD, Nam D. Nguyen ’08, PharmD, and Dean Phillip R. Oppenheimer, PharmD. 

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

Huei-Li “Lily” Barker, PharmD, BCPS

Tammie J. Armeni, PharmD

Man Nguyen, PharmD
Inland Empire 

Stephanie F. Wu, PharmD
LA/Long Beach


Amber Miller, PharmD, BCPS
LA/San Fernando Valley

Ashley Ann K. Fuchigami, PharmD, BCPS

Denise Kwong, PharmD, BCPS
Palo Alto

Joe H. Hoang, PharmD

Richard Saylor, RPh
San Diego

Shital Kelshikar, PharmD
San Francisco

Khanh Pham, PharmD
San Jose

Kaitlyn Moorehead, PharmD
Santa Barbara

Richard L. Pigao ’11, PharmD

Michelle Singson ’16, PharmD
Travis Air Force Base

“When working with Dr. Fuchigami, I always felt that I was part of the pharmacy team, not just a visiting student. She pushes her students to improve and transition from a student mindset to that of a practitioner. Her feedback is always both honest and helpful. After working with Dr. Fuchigami, I noticed a definite improvement in both my abilities and my confidence level.”


Left to right: Man Nguyen, PharmD, Tammie J. Armeni, PharmD, Huei-Li “Lily” Barker, PharmD, BCPS and Dean Oppenheimer.

Left to right: Dr. O’Dell, Joe H. Hoang, PharmD, Ashley Ann K. Fuchigami, PharmD, BCPS, Amber Miller, PharmD, BCPS and Dean Oppenheimer.

“Dr. Joe Hoang goes above and beyond to help us have the optimal experience in hospital pharmacy. He really cares about the students and is very receptive and flexible.”


Left to right: Dr. O’Dell, Richard L. Pigao ’11, PharmD, Shital Kelshikar, PharmD and Dean Oppenheimer.

Left to right: Allen Shek, PharmD, professor of pharmacy practice and associate dean of professional programs, and Sachin A. Shah, PharmD.

“Dr. Shital Kelshikar exhibits the skills and talent that this award recognizes, with the student’s best interest in mind.”

Regional Coordinator of the Year

Each of the clinical experience regions are overseen by a regional coordinator. Sachin A. Shah, PharmD, associate professor or pharmacy practice, regional coordinator for Travis AFB and PGY1 pharmacy residency director at Travis AFB, was recognized as the 2018 Regional Coordinator of the Year.


In his acceptance remarks, Dr. Shah used a $20 bill to illustrate the value of education. “Not all paper is equal,” said Dr. Shah. “For example, a $20 bill has been stamped by the United States government, that makes it very special paper. It is so special that if you fold it in half, it still doesn’t lose its value. If you crush it, it still doesn’t lose its value. If you rip it apart, it still doesn’t lose value because you can tape it together, take it to the bank and they will give you a new bill. Similarly, graduates are given a diploma, which is a special piece of paper. There will be times in life when you feel like you are getting crushed or folded or ripped apart. We have to remember that no one can take our education away from us. Regardless of what happens, that is something that is always going to be with us.”

By Anne Marie H. Bergthold
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