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Current Residents

The current residents of Atlantic Health System's Pharmacy Residency include:

Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1)

Ashita Debnath

Dr. Debnath grew up in South Brunswick, NJ and graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in May 2020. Her interest in clinical pharmacy grew through her experiences at clinics dedicated to underserved populations in New Brunswick and on the Navajo reservation, as well as in various Infectious Disease APPE rotations. 

She is looking forward to enhancing her clinical skills and becoming a well-rounded provider by exploring the many opportunities available at Atlantic Health System. Her current professional interests are infectious diseases, ambulatory care, and oncology. In the future, she hopes to practice as a clinical pharmacist, volunteer her time at clinics, and precept students and residents.

Jaclyn O’Connor

Dr. O’Connor is originally from East Brunswick, NJ and recently moved to Verona, NJ. She earned her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Rowan University, then worked as an analytical chemist for one year before pursuing her PharmD at Thomas Jefferson University. She was introduced to Atlantic Health through her APPE rotations and knew she wanted to continue learning within this system. Dr. O’Connor is excited to expand her clinical knowledge and work with such a wide variety of clinical staff through this program. Her current interests include transitions of care and ambulatory care.

Dr. Franzese is excited to expand his knowledge and develop his clinical skills over the course of his residency. His current professional interests include oncology, emergency medicine, informatics and medication safety. He is also looking forward to exploring the many opportunities Atlantic Health System has to offer.

Bhavini Shah

Dr. Shah received her PharmD degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in May 2020. She worked at a retail pharmacy in her hometown Passaic, NJ for two years prior to joining a public health research initiative led by the CDC and NJ Department of Health. 

During pharmacy school, Dr. Shah developed a strong interest in pediatrics and emergency medicine and hopes to find a blend between the two specialties.  She hopes to give back to the community through clinic work or volunteering at a women’s shelter. She is excited to continue learning and improving her patient care skills during residency at Atlantic Health System.

Caitlyn Valerio

Dr. Valerio grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey and earned her PharmD from the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University in May 2020. During pharmacy school, she was able to recognize the positive impact that pharmacists have within the multidisciplinary team and on patient experience, which affirmed her desire to pursue a career in clinical practice.  

Dr. Valerio is passionate about individualized care and patient advocacy and hopes to implement these during and beyond her PGY-1 residency. Her current practice interests include emergency medicine and transitions of care. She is eager to enhance her clinical knowledge and develop the skills needed to be a well-rounded clinician through the various opportunities that Atlantic Health System has to offer.

Postgraduate Year Two (PGY-2) Emergency Medicine

Angelica Tarnawski

Dr. Tarnawski grew up in Linden, NJ and graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in May 2019. She completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Atlantic Health System in 2020. Her interest in critical care began as a pharmacy student and grew stronger throughout her first year of residency training. 

Dr. Tarnawski’s professional areas of interest include analgesia and sedation as well as shock syndromes. She is excited to be Atlantic Health System’s first PGY-2 critical care pharmacy resident and is looking forward to experiencing all that the program has to offer. Upon completion of her PGY-2 critical care pharmacy residency, Dr. Tarnawski hopes to become a board-certified critical care pharmacist and practice in an intensive care unit at an academic medical center.

Postgraduate Year Two (PGY-2) Emergency Medicine

Dr. Sessa grew up in Queens, New York and earned her PharmD at Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy. During school, she was an active member of her state's pharmacy association, NYSCHP. Dr. Sessa completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at NYU Langone Health in New York, NY.

Her current professional interests include pain management, emergency preparedness, and toxicology. Dr. Sessa is excited to expand her clinical knowledge in emergency medicine and further develop her bedside emergency resuscitation skills throughout her PGY-2 residency at Atlantic Health System.