Agostina Eberstein, PharmD, MBA has practiced as the Pharmacy Director at Blake Medical Center since August 2013. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2000 from Ferris State University, Michigan, followed by a Pharmacy Practice residency at Memphis Methodist hospital. Dr. Eberstein started her career at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota in 2001 as a clinical pharmacist, then advanced into the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator role in 2004. In 2007, she moved into a Pharmacy Director’s role at South Bay hospital, in Sun City Florida. In 2011, she completed a Master of Business Administration. She moved to Blake Medical Center in 2013. Dr. Eberstein has been involved in the education of pharmacy students throughout her career. In her role as a Director, she has been involved in the development of clinical services as well as the improvement of various aspects of pharmacy operations. Unique aspects of her leadership style include a strong focus on staff development and positive work environment coupled with the drive to achieve desired outcomes.
Dr. Eberstein is currently an active member of FSHP and Southwest Regional Society. She serves as preceptor for LECOM School of Pharmacy and the University of Florida.
Cale Courtney, PharmD, BCPS is an overnight clinical pharmacist at Blake Medical Center. Originally from Buffalo, NY, he moved to Florida to attend the University of South Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science with minors in Public Health and Biophysics. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2014 from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy- St. Petersburg campus. Following pharmacy school, he completed his PGY-1 Residency at Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg where he developed a strong interest in critical care and infectious disease. In 2015, Dr. Courtney started his career at Blake Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist. It was also during this year that he received his Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy. In addition to working the overnight shift at Blake Medical Center, Dr. Courtney continues to work PRN at Bayfront Health- St Petersburg.
Clinical Staff Pharmacist
Don Bogar, PharmD, BCPS, has been at Blake Medical Center since February 2017. He initially obtained a BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma in 1982 then went on to complete a residency in hospital pharmacy administration. After moving to Florida, Don worked as a staff pharmacist and then as a director of pharmacy for several years. He went back to the University of Oklahoma and obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1996 followed by a PGY2 residency in critical care. Don worked as a clinical pharmacist in critical care in Florida and Virginia until 2015 when he became an assistant director of pharmacy at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. In 2017 he moved with his wife to Bradenton and joined the staff at BMC.
Director, BMC PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Irvin Alfonso, PharmD, CPh is the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Blake Medical Center. He was born in Puerto Rico, raised in North Bergen, NJ and moved to Florida in 1982. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1992 from Nova-Southeastern College of Pharmacy in Davie, Florida. Dr. Alfonso started his career at Jackson Memorial Hospital as the clinical operations coordinator where he established the pharmacy trauma services at the Ryder Trauma Center. He then transition to Mercy Hospital as their first critical care pharmacist for 5 years. Dr. Alfonso was then selected to participate in the Leadership mentor program within the Memorial Health-System and transitioned to pharmacy administration. He held the position of Director of Pharmacy at Memorial Hospital West, Northwest Medical Center and Miami Children’s Hospital for the past 20 years. In 2017, Dr. Alfonso has relocated to the west coast of Florida to enjoy the sunsets and refocus on mentoring the future pharmacy leaders. He currently holds the position of Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Blake Medical Center.
Dr. Alfonso is currently an active member of ASHP, FSHP and Southwest Regional Society where he has engaged in various roles, such as Regional Secretary, Treasurer, President of the South Florida Society of Health-system pharmacy, FSHP house of Delegate member for past 18 years and FSHP regulatory committee. Dr. Alfonso also serves as preceptor for a number of Colleges of Pharmacy including LECOM, Nova-Southeastern, UF and FAMU.
Isabelle Gallagher Pharm.D, BCPS
Burn & Trauma Preceptor
Isabelle Gallagher is a clinical pharmacist at Blake Medical Center. She was born and raised in Naples, FL and attended The University of Florida where she obtained her both her undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2016. She completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL. She has since acquired her teaching certificate and has been a clinical lecturer for physician assistant and pharmacy students. Since finishing her residency in 2017, Dr. Gallagher has been with Blake Medical Center where she precepts pharmacy interns and received her board certification in 2017. Her interests are emergency medicine, critical care, and infectious diseases.
Lee Zbichorski, PharmD
Lee received his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2015 from the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy in Saint Louis, Missouri. Since graduation, Lee has worked as a clinical pharmacist at two large hospitals in Miami, FL and Kansas City, Missouri before making Blake his permanent home in 2018. He is dual licensed in both Missouri and Florida as well as holds ACLS, PALS, and BLS certifications. His special interests are burn and infectious disease.
Stephen Geisler, PharmD, CPh.
Pharmacy Operations Manager, Preceptor – Infectious Disease
Stephen Geisler is the pharmacy operations manager at Blake Medical Center as well as the antimicrobial stewardship lead pharmacist. Steve was born in Red Bank NJ and relocated to Florida in 2001. Steve started his hospital pharmacy career working as a pharmacy technician at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, later becoming the pharmacy inventory coordinator. Following exposure to hospital pharmacy Steve pursued a career as a pharmacist, completing his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at LECOM School of Pharmacy in 2012 while working as a pharmacy technician at Blake Medical Center. Upon graduation, Steve accepted a full-time role at Blake and after 3 years of working as a clinical pharmacist he accepted a management role in the pharmacy department in 2015.
Elective (Clinical Informatics)
Thomas Loeffler, Pharm D, CPh is the Informatics Pharmacist/Clinical Pharmacist at Blake Medical Center. He was born in Nuremberg, Germany, raised in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to Bradenton, Florida in 1991. He received his Doctor in Pharmacy degree in 1995 from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Thomas started his career at Blake Medical Center as a staff Pharmacist in 1995. In 1995, he also joined Pharmaceutical Consultant Services, located in the Medical Arts Building adjacent to Blake, and served as the manager for an Outpatient Warfarin and “brown bag” clinic until 2000. In 1998, he received his Consultant Pharmacist license and subsequently served as the Consultant Pharmacist for an Inpatient Skilled Nursing Unit (SNU) located inside of Blake Medical Center until 2000. Thomas also served from 2001-2013 as a Consultant Pharmacist and per diem Pharmacist at Manatee Palms Youth Center, a privately owned adolescent mental health treatment center located Bradenton. In 2001, Thomas left Blake Medical Center for one year and served as a Clinical Pharmacist at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since returning to Blake in 2002, Thomas has served as the Pharmacy medication barcoding implementation manager (2005), the Omnicell (2007) and Pyxis (2012) ADM installation manager, and the CPOE Pharmacy manager (2012-Present). Also during this period, he served as a per diem Pharmacist at Manatee Glens Hospital, the Manatee County mental health and addiction treatment center.
Thomas is a member of Florida Pharmacist Association (FPA), the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). When not involved in Pharmacy, he is active in the Agricultural community in Manatee County, Florida.
Torry Schilling, PharmD, BCCCP
Critical Care Preceptor, BMC PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Torry Schilling, PharmD BCCCP is the Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at Blake Medical Center. A native of Florida, she received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Mercer University in 2003 and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in 2004. Dr. Schilling moved to West Palm Beach and practiced as an Oncology Clinical Pharmacist while teaching oncology pharmacy to Palm Beach Atlantic University pharmacy students as an adjunct professor. She then moved back to her hometown of Orlando to work as a Clinical Specialist in Bone Marrow Transplant at Florida Hospital Orlando. After spending ten years specializing in Hematology/Oncology, Dr. Schilling moved to the west coast of Florida, where her exposure to trauma and critical care inspired her to change her specialty. Dr. Schilling has worked for Blake Medical Center for seven years, and achieved her board certification in Critical Care Pharmacy in 2017.
Dr. Schilling is certified in ACLS, PALS and ABLS. She is an active member of FSHP and SCCM.