Pediatrics: Preceptor Information

Preceptors

  • Tara Higgins
  • Brian Kelly
  • Kalen Manasco
  • Jennifer Vazquez Perez

 

 

Tara Higgins, PharmDTara McCabe

Tara Higgins, PharmD, is Co-Director of the PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency and is a clinical specialist in pediatric hematology/oncology at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. In addition, Dr. Higgins serves as clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Dr. Higgins received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Her areas of interests are pediatric hematology/oncology, bone marrow transplantaton, and palliative care. Dr. Higgins has served as president for the North Central Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, chair of educational affairs committee for Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists (FSHP), chair for Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy (PPA) membership committee, and faculty advisor for PPA student group at the University of Florida (PediaGators). Currently Dr Higgins serves as a board member at large for PPA.

 

Brian J. Kelly, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPSBrian Kelly

 Brian J. Kelly, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, is the clinical pharmacy specialist for the pediatric intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Hospital and clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

 Dr. Kelly received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2002. Upon graduation, he completed a pharmacy practice residency at UF Health Shands Hospital. Subsequently, he completed a pediatric specialty residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and served as clinical instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy. Dr. Kelly is board-certified in pharmacotherapy and pediatric pharmacotherapy. His areas of interests include cystic fibrosis, infectious disease, and cardiology.

 

Kalen Manasco, PharmD, BCPS, FPPAG, FCCP

Kalen Manasco, PharmD, BCPS, FPPAG, FCCP is a clinical professor and division head of the Division of Health-System Based Pharmacotherapy at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. She also serves as a clinical pharmacy specialist with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in the pediatric intensive care unit. Dr. Manasco received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Georgia. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at UF Health Shands Hospital and a pediatric speciality residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.

Prior to joining the faculty, she served as a clinical associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy from 2007-2017, where she also served as the PGY-2 pediatric pharmacy residency program director and clinical assistant professor in the department of clinical and administrative sciences at Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences from 2003-2007. Her professional areas of interest include cystic fibrosis and pediatric infectious disease.

 

Jennifer Vazquez Perez, PharmD Jennifer Vazquez Perez

Jennifer Vazquez Perez, PharmD is the clinical pharmacy specialist for the neonatal intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Hospital. She also serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Vazquez Perez received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy – Orlando campus in 2018. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and stayed on to complete a PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Her professional areas of interest include nutrition support in pediatrics and neonates, infectious disease, and medication safety.