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Razelle GrimesRazelle Grimes, PharmD

  • E-mail: [email protected]

  • Hometown: Glendale, AZ

  • School of Pharmacy: Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Glendale

  • Professional Interests: ID, Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Transplant

  • Residency Research Project: Outcomes of non-tuberculosis mycobacterium treatments in lung transplant patients

  • What attracted you to the SJHMC residency program? As a large academic teaching hospital, there is a vast opportunity for collaboration and opportunities for learning from the medical community. The program has strong core rotations and unique electives that stands out amongst other residency programs. Each rotation has a dedicated clinical pharmacist that are experts in their field and are willing to guide the resident to become better clinicians! Overall, I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone to become the best pharmacist I can be and know that I will grow and be challenged tremendously in this program.


Tim CelayaTim Celaya, PharmD

  • E-mail: [email protected]

  • Hometown: Chandler, Arizona

  • School of Pharmacy: University of Arizona - College of Pharmacy

  • Professional Interests: Oncology, Transplant, Internal Medicine

  • Residency Research Project: Retrospective evaluation investigating the clinical relevance of the potential drug to drug interaction between concurrent proton pump inhibitor and high dose methotrexate therapy in adult oncology patients.

  • What attracted you to the SJHMC residency program? The culture. The preceptors are amazing and want to see you succeed. The amount of time they spend dedicated to teaching, answering questions and offering guidance has exceeded my expectations thus far. St. Joseph’s also offers excellent experiences within oncology and tailors learning based on my interests. 


Rhiannon GarciaRhiannon Garcia, PharmD

  • E-mail: [email protected]

  • Hometown: Denver, Colorado

  • School of Pharmacy: Midwestern University—Glendale, Arizona

  • Professional Interests: Infectious Disease, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine

  • Residency Research Project: Renal outcomes in patients who received piperacillin/tazobactam and vancomycin versus comparators for skin and bone infections

  • What attracted you to the SJHMC Residency program? I ranked SJHMC as my top choice for many reasons!  Due to my long-standing interest in critical care, infectious disease, and trauma, I was determined to complete my PGY-1 training at a high acuity, level 1 trauma center.  Additionally, I was eager to work with the incredibly complex patient population encountered within tertiary medical centers, such as SJHMC.  The opportunity to work with field experts in a unique variety of specialized settings (e.g. transplant, advanced infectious disease, trauma, neonatal intensive care, etc.) along with the program’s strong focus on research really solidified my interest! 

Kara PaulachakKara Paulachak, PharmD

  • E-mail: [email protected]

  • Hometown: Hilo, HI

  • School of Pharmacy: The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo

  • Professional Interests: Critical Care, Infectious Disease, Emergency Medicine, Academia

  • Residency Research Project: VTE Prophylaxis in Spinal Deformity Surgery Patients

  • What attracted you to the SJHMC residency program?  There are so many reasons why I picked St. Joe’s as my top choice for my PGY1.  I had originally applied because of my areas of interest- I was looking for a larger hospital with a level 1 trauma center that would also give me precepting/teaching opportunities (a teaching certificate was a bonus).  In particular, this program had such a huge variety of rotations which would expose me to as many areas of clinical pharmacy as possible- I really felt like this program would help me to become a well-rounded pharmacist no matter where life took me.  Later, when I interviewed, I could tell that the preceptors truly cared about the learning and experiences of the residents.  The combination of exposure to various high-acuity and complex patients as well as the genuine mentorship from passionate preceptors is what led me to this program.