Meet the Preceptors at HCA Florida Blake Hospital
Learn more about the Pharmacy Residency Program preceptors at HCA Florida Blake Hospital.
Pharmacy Residency Program Preceptors
Irvin Alfonso, PharmD, CPh
Director of Pharmacy
Irvin Alfonso, PharmD, CPh is the director of pharmacy at HCA Florida Blake Hospital. 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 transitioned 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. In 2017, Dr. Alfonso relocated to the West Coast of Florida to enjoy the sunsets and refocus on mentoring future pharmacy leaders.
Dr. Alfonso is 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 Delegates member, and FSHP regulatory committee. Dr. Alfonso also serves as a preceptor for a number of Colleges of Pharmacy including LECOM, Nova-Southeastern, UF, and FAMU.
Derek Vuong, PharmD, BCPS, CPh
Residency Program Director and Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Derek Vuong is the preceptor for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Medication Safety
Derek Vuong, PharmD, BCPS, CPh is the pharmacy clinical coordinator at HCA Florida Blake Hospital. A non-native Floridian, he was born in Vietnam and raised in Sarasota. Derek earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from LECOM School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Bayfront Medical Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida. After several years as a critical care pharmacist, he transitioned into leadership as Clinical Manager at Medical Center of Trinity and Northside Hospital prior to joining Blake. Derek is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and is passionate about critical care medicine, infectious diseases, and parenteral nutrition therapy. He enjoys clinical research and teaching pharmacy residents/students to advance the practice of pharmacy.
Jenna Sorgenfrei, PharmD, MSPS, BCCCP
Residency Program Coordinator, Clinical Pharmacist
Preceptor: Emergency Medicine
Jenna Sorgenfrei, PharmD, MSPS, BCCCP is the emergency medicine pharmacy clinical specialist at HCA Florida Blake Hospital. Originally from Rome, NY, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Elmira College. She moved to NC to attend Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy and Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Following pharmacy school, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Sorgenfrei then completed a PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Prisma Health-Upstate in Greenville, SC. She started her career at HCA Florida Blake Hospital in 2021 as a Pharmacy Clinical Specialist, where she is developing pharmacy services in the Emergency Department.
Gary J. Algozzine, PharmD, CPh
Donald Bogar, PharmD, BCPS
Shameema Challa, PharmD, BCPS
Preceptor: Infectious Disease
Shameema Challa, PharmD, BCPS went to pharmacy school at the prestigious NAAC accredited Kakatiya University, Warangal, India and completed PharmD in University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO. She is a Board Certified pharmacist 2013 and got re-certified in 2020.She has more than 20 years of experience in administration, acute care hospital critical care, ID and in Clinical pharmacy de-centralized model pharmacy services. She served as a Chair, Anti-Microbial Stewardship Committee at AdventHealth Lake Wales, Glycemic Management Committee AdventHealth Sebring and in Fall Prevention Committee, Highlands Regional Medical Center. She enjoys spending time with the family, reading books and traveling.
Cale Courtney, PharmD, BCPS
Nicholas Hodgin, PharmD
Preceptor: Pharmacokinetics & PN Therapy
Nicholas Hodgin, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist and previous resident at HCA Florida Blake Hospital. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2020 from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy- Bradenton Campus. Upon finishing pharmacy school, he completed his PGY-1 residency at HCA Florida Blake Hospital . His interests include critical care, burn and infectious disease. Nicholas continues with HCA Florida Blake Hospital since completing his residency.
Patricia Marian, PharmD
Lily Reyes, PharmD
Lily Reyes, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist and recent inaugural residency program graduate at HCA Florida Blake Hospital. Originally from Cuba, has lived in Florida for 26 years; graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and subsequently attended and graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Bradenton Campus) in 2019. Upon completion of PGY1 at BMC, Lily stayed on board as a clinical pharmacist with a special interest in Cardiology. Dr. Reyes plans on building a Cardiology program that will form a solid foundation for our future residents.
Torry Schilling, PharmD, BCCCP
Thao Stromgren, PharmD
Preceptor: Pharmacokinetics & PN Therapy
Thao Stromgren, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist at HCA Florida Blake Hospital. She attended Florida State University for undergraduate studies, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences in 2016. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2020 from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - School of Pharmacy. Dr. Stromgren completed her Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency at HCA Florida Blake Hospital in 2021, and then stayed on as a clinical pharmacist. She also obtained her Residency Teaching Certificate through the University of South Florida - Taneja College of Pharmacy in 2021. Her professional interests include pediatrics, critical care, cardiology and internal medicine. She has authored a publication in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics in 2020. Her professional goals are to become a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) and a board-certified critical care pharmacist (BCCCP) in the coming years.