2022 Speakers
Empower. Engage. Envision.

Keynote Speakers

Ryan Avery

Ryan Avery is one of the most profound keynote speakers on strategic communication and leadership. At age 25, Ryan became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history, competing against more than 30,000 contestants from 116 countries to claim the 2012 World Championship for Toastmasters International. As an Emmy-award winning journalist, two-time best-selling author and world record holder, Ryan has delivered more than 500+ keynotes in 33 countries around the globe. Ryan currently lives in the United States with his family and is on the mission to show leaders how to Go From A to THE® in their industry!

Robert A. Rakowski

Dr. Bob is a chiropractor, clinical nutritionist, kinesiologist and the Clinic Director of the Natural Medicine Center in Houston, Texas. In addition to running a busy practice, Dr. Bob has lectured nationally and internationally for over 20 years on a variety of topics in natural and lifestyle medicine. He is known for his in-depth understanding of physiology and biochemistry as well as for creating programs that are both safe and effective. His patient base includes elite professional athletes, critically ill patients and patients looking to get the most out of life.

Pamela W. Smith

Dr. Smith spent her first 20 years of practice as an emergency room physician with the Detroit Medical Center in a level 1 trauma center and then 28 years as an Anti-Aging/Functional Medicine specialist. She is a diplomat of the Board of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and is an internationally known speaker and author on the subject of Anti-Aging/Precision Medicine. She also holds a Master’s in Public Health degree along with a Master’s degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine.

Dr. Smith is in private practice and is the senior partner for The Center for Precision Medicine with offices in Michigan and Florida. She has been featured on CNN, PBS and many other television networks, has been interviewed in numerous consumer magazines and has hosted two of her own radio shows.

Dr. Smith was one of the featured physicians on the PBS series, “The Embrace of Aging,” as well as the online medical series, “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” and “Regain Your Brain.” She is the founder of The Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine and is the past co-director of the Master’s program in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine at The Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida. Dr. Smith is the author of 11 best-selling books. Her book, “What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, and So Much More,” was published 2020. Her best seller, “Max Your Immunity,” was released in late 2021. Her newest book, “What You Must Know About Women’s Hormones,” 2nd edition, will be released in May. Her new PBS/CNN special, “How to Maximize Your Immune System,” is being aired in the summer of 2022.

Sarah J. Zielsdorf

Above all, health is not simply the absence of disease, but is living a life of passionate vitality. Dr. Sarah Zielsdorf attended Miami University in Ohio, where she received a BA in Microbiology, minors in molecular biology/religious studies, and a concentration in oboe performance. She earned an MS in Public Health, Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and her MD at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. Dr. Z completed her residency at Loyola University Medical Center and the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. She is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and board-certified in Internal Medicine. She is proud to serve patients worldwide, having quickly attained her reputation as both a skilled diagnostician and passionate teacher. Dr. Z serves as a medical and research advisor & the education director to the Low-Dose Naltrexone Research Trust, with her team wrote the 2020 LDN Guides, and is an author featured in the LDN Book, Volume 2. She values the transformative power of the patient-physician relationship, and understands that every individual is biochemically and genetically unique. Dr. Zielsdorf is the Owner and Medical Director of Motivated Medicine, an innovative consultative medical practice in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Featured Speakers

Ashley Barton

Ashley Barton, CPhT, is Director of Compounding Operations for Peoples Pharmacy in Austin, Texas. After graduating from The University of Texas, Ashley pursued a full-time position at People’s Pharmacy. She has over 17 years of hands-on experience in pharmacy compounding. From working as a compounding technician and dabbling in marketing to now overseeing the compounding operations of four labs, Ashley continues to excel in her passion for compounded medications and patient care. Her specialty areas include dermatology and weight loss. Currently, Ashley is working on People Pharmacy’s next big project – Peoples Compounding Center (PCC), a dedicated, state-of-the-art compounding central fill location for Peoples Pharmacy.

Al Carter
MS, PharmD, RPh

Al Carter, MS, PharmD, RPh (in first position/alpha order). His bio below and photo attached. Lemrey “Al” Carter, MS, PharmD, RPh, is the Executive Director/CEO at the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Prior to joining NABP, Dr. Carter served as the divisional vice president of pharmacy operations and professional affairs for Walgreens. In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and pharmacy regulatory oversight of more than 9,200 pharmacies in the United States as well as oversight, management, and execution of all commercial, Medicare Parts B and D, and state Medicaid plans. Reporting to the NABP Executive Committee, Dr. Carter’s responsibilities include leadership of the association, budget oversight and development, and strategic planning and analysis. In addition, he collaborates with professional organizations and stakeholders at the state and federal levels to advance public health protection. He is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Council of Deans Task Force on Community-Based Pharmacy Practice and has served on numerous task forces and committees for pharmacy organizations, including NABP. Dr. Carter earned his MS from the University of Florida and his PharmD from Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy.

Alison Grizzle

Dr. Alison Grizzle is the founder of Clearview Strategy Partners. She works with clients in various industries facilitating conversations among members of leadership teams around company vision, strategy and talent optimization. Using her degrees in mathematics and leadership, Alison helps leaders to leverage behavioral and cognitive analytics to create a people strategy that turns a business strategy into results. In her 20+ year career, she has accomplishments in teaching, leadership development, team dynamics and strategic planning.

Richard Harris
MD, PharmD, MBA

A board-certified internal medicine physician and pharmacist, Dr. Harris attended the University of Texas at Austin for pharmacy school, then pursued medical education at the McGovern School of Medicine in Houston. He is a lifelong learner and completed his MBA at the University of Houston. Dr. Harris has a client-centric view focusing on building relationships and trust through a comprehensive lifestyle medicine system. He currently hosts the Strive for Great Health Podcast, has several online wellness courses, and consults for several companies. An avid reader, weightlifter, video game enthusiast and author in his spare time, Dr. Harris also enjoys sports, traveling, philanthropy, church and keto donuts.

Ronna Hauser

Ronna is the Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). In this capacity, Ronna is responsible for the association’s professional affairs, public policy and regulatory initiatives, including drafting policy and position statements and regulatory comment letters. She represents and presents on behalf of NCPA at governmental and private sector meetings and is the lead for relationships and outreach to multiple non-profit organizations and federal and state agencies such as FDA, CMS, DEA and DHA (Defense Health Agency). She also leads NCPA’s efforts on implementation of Title I of the Drug Quality and Security Act. Prior to joining NCPA in 2009, Ronna was the Director of Pharmacy Advocacy and Policy at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, where she advocated the value of pharmacy to federal and state legislators, regulators, and other policymakers. She has also worked as a licensed community pharmacist.

Svet Milic

Svet Milic, RPh, is owner/pharmacist of Colonia Natural Pharmacy in Colonia, New Jersey, a full-service pharmacy with specialties in natural and homeopathic medicine, pharmaceutical compounding, hormone replacement therapy, diabetes care, vaccinations, and so much more.

David Miller

David J. Miller, RPh, PhD, FACA, FAPC, earned his baccalaureate in pharmacy from Ferris State University then received his master’s and PhD in pharmaceuticals from the University of Michigan. He is an expert in transdermal drug delivery and sustained-release dosage forms. Dr. Dave's scientific training and understanding of the physiochemical properties of drugs and excipients provide Keystone Compounding Pharmacy with unique expertise beyond what is typically found in compounding pharmacies. His favorite part about working at the pharmacy is being able to help patients solve unique medical challenges; he also enjoys helping practitioners come up with custom formulations to help their patients. Dr. Dave is the Vice President of the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding. He has been awarded as a fellow of the American College of Apothecaries and the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding.

Rachael Pontikes

Rachael’s broad experience covers the full range of issues that arise for health care companies in life sciences, most prominently with entities involved in the compounding of drugs across both the human and animal health spheres. She has notable strength in representing health care facilities in high-stakes Federal Food and Drug Administration, (FDA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and state agency investigations and related litigation, as well as acting as regulatory counsel for large-scale, high-profile transactions involving major healthcare players in the compounding space. Rachael was lead counsel for a coalition of compounding pharmacies in a suit brought against the FDA challenging FDA’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) issued under Section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Rachael and her team secured summary judgment in favor of their clients, and the matter was remanded back to the FDA for the agency to comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Wellness Pharmacy, Inc. v. Becerra, No. 1:20-cv-03082-CRC, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179276 (D.D.C. Sept. 21, 2021)). FDA ultimately decided to suspend its MOU and engage in a formal rulemaking process to promulgate regulations implementing the statutory requirements in question, which was relief sought by the coalition’s lawsuit.

David Pore

David Pore is a partner based at the Washington, D.C., office of Hance Scarborough LLP, where he represents trade associations, businesses, universities and local governments before the U.S. Congress and executive branch agencies. With over 20 years of public policy experience, David Pore has a proven track record. He has handled legislative matters, congressional investigations and agency regulatory, enforcement and disciplinary actions for a wide variety of clients. David has longstanding relationships with several trade association and corporate clients, representing them on health care, transportation, energy, tax, education, defense, intellectual property, environmental and other issues. In addition to developing governmental relations strategies tailored to his clients’ needs and directly engaging with policy makers on their issues, David also advises clients on political and campaign law, coalition building, grassroots and public relations.

Dennis Wong

Dennis Wong, BSc (Pharm), FAARFM, CCN, ABAAHP, IFMCP, is a metabolic nutritional & functional medicine consultant pharmacist, who helps patients in their health and wellness journey by guiding them through underlying causes, nutrition and lifestyle improvements to find the best solution for health. Dennis received his fellowship in Anti-Aging, Nutritional & Metabolic Medicine from A4M in 2007, and became Diplomat with the American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners. He became a Certified Clinical Nutritionist in 2008 and an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner in 2015.

Bryan Ziegler
PharmD, MBA

Bryan Ziegler, PharmD, MBA, is owner/pharmacist of Moss Compounding Pharmacy in Florence, South Carolina. He is also the owner of Pharmacy Service Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm that supports community pharmacies with training & education, implementation guidance, workflow analysis, and market analysis for Pharmacist Provided Patient Care services. In his previous career, Bryan served in faculty and administrative roles at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and he still maintains a position as an adjunct clinical associate professor at the college.  At the college, his lecture topics focus on pharmacy financial and operational management topics, pharmacy ownership, and compounding. Bryan is the recipient of PCCA's 2021 George Roentsch New Innovator award.

PCCA Experts

Daniel Banov
RPh, MS, PCCA Director of Research and Development

Daniel Banov, RPh, MS, director of PCCA’s Research and Development team, earned his pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmaceutical Science of the University of Mogi das Cruzes in Brazil, and earned his Master of Science from the College of Pharmaceutical Science of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has over 20 years of hands-on experience in pre-formulation/formulation/re-formulation of a variety of dosage forms specializing in pharmaceutical solids, liquids and semisolids. He has extensively worked on the development of novel techniques for skin permeation enhancement.

Before joining the PCCA team, Daniel was the director of Fórmula Médica Compounding Pharmacy in São Paulo, and was a university teacher and a cosmetic developer and consultant for physicians, spas and aestheticians. He also is the founder of the Anti-aging Society in Brazil. Daniel has published articles on cosmetics in the pharmacy arena and wrote a chapter about cosmetic formulations and dosage forms in the book, Veterinarian and Pharmaceutical Formulary.

Gus Bassani
PharmD, PCCA Chief Scientific Officer

Gus Bassani, PharmD, has been with PCCA since September 2002 and currently serves as chief scientific officer. Prior to joining PCCA, Gus was a formulation pharmacist in the Product Development Lab of a veterinary pharmaceutical company. He has worked in multiple pharmacy practice settings, located in Alaska, Iowa and Kansas, and has taught extemporaneous compounding principles to pharmacy students in Drake University’s Pharmaceutics Laboratory course. Gus received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is a member of the 2015-2020 United States Pharmacopeia Council of Experts - Compounding Expert Committee, and has served on the 2012-2014 Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences National Advisory Council. He is a member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).

Michelle Biggs
PCCA Vice President of Pharmacy Software

Michelle is PCCA’s Vice President of Pharmacy Software. In this role she oversees the PCCA Software team for both The Compounder™ and RxDispense™ pharmacy management systems. The support, implementation, training, marketing and communication of both products are her focus. She has been with PCCA for 18+ years, where her passion has been how software and technology can be tools to create efficiencies throughout pharmacy practice.

Courtaney Davis
CPhT, BBA, PCCA Senior Formulations Specialist

Courtaney Davis, CPhT, BBA, is a compounding technician and technical consultant with more than 10 years of experience in the compounding industry. She joined PCCA’s Formulation Development department in 2005 where she assists in the creation of new formulas, as well as continually updating/revising existing formulas. She works closely with PCCA Quality Control to ensure our chemicals and devices continue to perform to our highest standards in our formulas. In addition, Courtaney takes technical calls from our members regarding such topics as calculations, formula trouble-shooting and equipment usage.

A.J. Day
PharmD, PCCA Vice President of Clinical Services

A.J.’s practice focus areas include veterinary compounding, aseptic compounding, pain management, regulatory compliance and compounding technique. Over the course of his career, A.J. has had the privilege of providing CE and non-CE presentations to thousands of physicians, veterinarians and pharmacists around the world. He has provided expert testimony to FDA on behalf of the compounding profession on multiple occasions. A.J. is active with the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding, National Community Pharmacists Association, Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists, and several other pharmacy groups. As a preceptor for colleges of pharmacy across the country, A.J. coordinates and supervises Doctor of Pharmacy students in their final year of studies. He studied chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, and obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.

Sebastian Denison
RPh, FAARM (candidate), PCCA Clinical Compounding Pharmacist

Sebastian Denison, RPh, FAARM (candidate), received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy at the University of British Columbia. He worked at Northmount Pharmacy in North Vancouver for 11 years, specializing in HRT, veterinary, pain and sports compounding. He also was the manager of Pharmacy Operations with the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games, and then the manager of the Whistler Olympic Village Polyclinic Pharmacy. Sebastian works as a clinical compounding pharmacist in Houston, Texas, and with both the U.S. and Canadian C3 education teams, the pharmacy student education team. Sebastian also speaks at physician, pharmacist and other healthcare professional education symposiums and events. He has recently lectured for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine on Nutrition and Pain, Pharmacy Compounding and Collaborative Practice, and Alternative Uses for Naltrexone. Sebastian is currently completing the Metabolic Medical Institute’s Fellowship in Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine Fellowship.

Lizzie Harbin
PCCA Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications, Education and Human Relations

Lizzie Harbin is PCCA’s Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications, Education and Human Relations. Her multi-faceted role within the organization focuses on preserving and amplifying PCCA’s most valuable asset – its high-performing culture – while her work and leadership in the industry support her passion to ensure that all patients have access to lifesaving and life-enhancing compounded medication. During her 12-year career as a professional fundraiser for not-for-profit organizations prior to joining PCCA, Lizzie served as Director of Development for the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding (APC, formerly known as the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication from Tulane University.

Beau Harger
PharmD, PCCA Clinical Compounding Pharmacist

Beau Harger, PharmD, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. He joined PCCA in January 2015 as a full-time consultant after working as a part-time consultant for the previous year and a half. He came to PCCA with 15 years of compounding experience. He also taught pharmacology at William Carey College in Gulfport, Mississippi, and was the pharmacist in charge of Nucara Compounding Pharmacy in Austin, Texas, for eight years.

Tricia Heitman
PharmD, PCCA Clinical Compounding Pharmacist

Tricia Heitman, PharmD, is a 1999 graduate of the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. She served as a PCCA PharmD Resident for one year post-graduation, which included a teaching position at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy for their Pharmacy Skills Program I and II during the 1999-2000 school year. She has been with PCCA as a full- time Clinical Compounding Pharmacist since completing her residency in 2000, answering compounding related calls daily from pharmacists in the United States and Canada. Tricia lectures frequently at PCCA International Seminars and symposiums. Her passions include pediatric compounding, especially the treatment of autism, as well as women’s health, GI health and the treatment of pain.

Matt Martin
PCCA Director of Clinical Services

Matt joined the PCCA Clinical Services team in September 2014 and now serves as Director of Clinical Services. He graduated from Morehead State University with a BS in Chemistry in 2002, and received his PharmD from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2006. In 2020, Matt became board certified in Compounded Sterile Preparations through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. In April 2022, Matt was elected as Coordinator-Elect for the APhA-APPM Compounding Special Interest Group. Prior to joining the PCCA team, Matt worked in compounding pharmacy for more than eight years, and has experience with both sterile and nonsterile preparations.

Erin Michael
MBA, MS, CPhT, PCCA Director of Member Engagement

Erin Michael, MBA, MS, CPhT, joined PCCA in July 2006. During her tenure at PCCA, she has served as a Territory Manager, Member Development Specialist, CPMS Marketing Consultant, Regional Manager, Director of Outside Sales and currently holds the position of Director of Member Engagement. Erin has been working in pharmacy for more than 25 years, of which 23 have been in compounding and promoting the practice of pharmacy. She previously worked for an independent pharmacy owner where she was the General Manager of multiple locations. Erin was instrumental in developing and implementing programs to promote and grow the compounding and traditional parts of that business. She holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration and an MS in Hospitality Management. She has been recognized as PCCA Technician of the Month in August 1999, California Pharmacists Association Technician of the Year in 2003 and was the first Technician to receive the California Pharmacists Association Steven Feldman Compounder of the Year award in 2020.

Amy Shank
PCCA Director of Government Affairs

Amy Shank joined PCCA in July 2014 as director of government relations. Previously, she served as vice president of Capitol Hill Consulting Group (CHCG), where she advised pharmacy, pharmaceutical and university clients on federal legislative priorities. Amy has more than 10 years of experience in the United States Senate, having worked for two Senate Committees and the Whip operation.

She was previously employed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as the director of Oversight and Investigations. In this capacity, Amy was responsible for conducting administrative oversight of federal agencies and programs related to health, education/training, labor and pensions for the Ranking Member, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY). She has also served as a senior policy advisor to the Senate HELP Committee, worked on budget and appropriations-related legislation served as a senior analyst for the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, former Senator Don Nickles (R-OK), from January 2003 until December 2004., and as a policy advisor for Senator Nickles’ Republican Whip Office. Before working on Capitol Hill, Amy worked for several Washington, D.C.-based trade associations, including the Associated Builders and Contractors, the National Club Association and National Small Business United. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Roanoke College, in Salem, Virginia.

Jim Smith
MBA, PCCA President

Jim Smith, MBA, has served as PCCA President since April 2009. Jim joined PCCA in 2000 after serving in significant leadership positions at other organizations. Since joining PCCA, he has served as Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and as a vital member of the Strategic Management team, working to continuously improve PCCA's core competencies. Jim received his Bachelor of Science with majors in chemistry and biology in 1982 from West Texas A&M University and then served a two-year mission in the Dominican Republic. He received his MBA from The University of Portland in 1987 and has spent his career leading organizations in home health, DME, respiratory pharmacy, long-term care pharmacy and compounding support.

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