PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Faculty
Melissa Frank is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 residency at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital & Clinics (now AU Medical Center) in Augusta, GA, where she continued her career as a clinical specialist in neonatology. She joined NGMC in 2004 as a clinical specialist in Women/Children’s Health and has since served in the roles of clinical coordinator, PGY-1 residency program director, and assistant director of pharmacy. Outside of work, she has another full-time job of wife and mom to 3 boys, but also is an avid college football (UGA) fan and major league soccer (Atlanta United) fan.
Amy Knauss graduated from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 1999 with a Doctor of Pharmacy, and then completed Residency at Emory Healthcare. After residency, Dr. Knauss practiced as an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist Specialist for 12 years. She started at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in 2007 as a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist and transitioned into a leadership role in 2013 as the Clinical Coordinator. She has been the Residency Program Director since 2015. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and two kids, visiting Panama City Beach Florida, watching Atlanta and UGA sports and reading.
Barry Barns is the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship. After graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he completed his PGY-1 Residency at the University of Virginia Health System. Dr. Barns started his pharmacy career at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center practicing Critical Care prior to transitioning into Infectious Diseases in 2010. He joined Northeast Georgia Medical Center in 2016. Dr. Barns has special interest in gram-negative antibiotic resistance and pharmacokinetics. He serves as the steward of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. If you see him outside of work, he’s usually on the baseball field, golf course or traveling with the family.
Cristy Gaddy is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Internal Medicine. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010 and completed a PGY-1 Residency at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in 2011. After residency, Cristy transitioned into the Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist position. She has been employed at Northeast Georgia Medical Center since then, working at both Gainesville and Braselton campuses. When off work, Cristy enjoys spending time with her family and four kids. She enjoys cooking, watching stand-up comedy and weight training.
Jason Vanlandingham is a Trauma/Surgical Clinical Pharmacist Specialist and has been with Northeast Georgia Medical Center since 2014. Jason graduated from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2002. Prior to his current role, Jason was a critical care pharmacist and oncology pharmacist at Augusta University and Pharmacy Director at East Central Regional Hospital. Jason completed an Oncology Traineeship through ASHP and the University of Washington/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. When away from the hospital Jason enjoys hiking with his family, spending time on the lake, and watching his kids (3), the Georgia Bulldogs, and the Atlanta Braves play ball.
Leslie Roebuck is the Neuroscience Clinical Pharmacist Specialist. She graduated from Florida A&M University in 2001. She completed PGY-1 Residency at Medical College of Georgia in 2002 and a Critical Care Traineeship through ASHP in 2004. She has practiced in her specialty area of Critical Care for 18 years and has a special interest in Trauma and Neuro Critical Care Services. She has worked at Northeast Georgia Health System since 2004. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Emily Harman is the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist Specialist. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2019 and completed her PGY-1 and PGY-2 Critical Care residency at Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Outside of work, Emily enjoys traveling, watching college football games and cheering on the Atlanta Braves.
Madalyn Motes is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist who practices in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2019, and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Prisma Health Richland-University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina in 2020 and her PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia in 2021. In her spare time, Madalyn enjoys traveling, watching football, and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer Parker is a Clinical Pharmacist in Acute Care Medicine. She graduated from the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy in 2006 and then completed a PGY-1 Residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia in 2007. Jennifer started at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton in 2020, coming from Savannah where she worked in the Cardiovascular ICU and Cardiac Stepdown units. In addition to her career, Jennifer leads a full home life with her husband, 3 children, and multiple animals. Her family enjoys spending time outdoors on their small farm and exploring North Georgia.
Sophia Braun is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Acute Care Medicine. She graduated from Mercer College of Pharmacy in 2009 and completed her PGY-1 Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah, Georgia in 2010. She joined Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton in 2015 when the campus opened its doors. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, as well as traveling, both within the U.S. and internationally, and enjoys trying new cuisines.
Shannon McAtee is the Medication Safety Officer and has been employed by Northeast Georgia Medical Center since 2008. She graduated from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and has completed certifications in Geriatric Pharmacy and Medication Safety. Prior to her role in medication safety, her professional experiences include retail, health-system, long term care consulting and pharmacy informatics. Outside work, Shannon stays busy with her husband and two active boys at the soccer fields and on the lake.
Alix Schnibben obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina in 2011 and completed her Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community Pharmacy Practice Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. In 2019, she started with Northeast Georgia Physician Group as an ambulatory care pharmacist working to establish ambulatory pharmacy services. In her role as Director, she is focusing on population health initiatives and developing a robust ambulatory care pharmacy program.
Nisha Patel is the Unit Pharmacist for the Heart Failure and CVICU Step Down Unit. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2020 and competed a PGY-1 Residency at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in July 2021. After residency, Nisha accepted a position at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Cardiology and has expanded clinical pharmacy services in that area. In her free time Nisha enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Tanya is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. She has spent her pharmacy career at Northeast Georgia Center, serving in many roles to include IV room Coordinator. She has held the position of Gainesville Operations Manager since 2015. She is the primary preceptor for the longitudinal Order Verification/Pharmacy Operations learning experience. She helps coordinate the resident’s orientation and weekend staffing responsibilities. In her free time, she enjoys boating on Lake Lanier, gardening, visiting Athens, Georgia and spending time with her grown children.