Meet the Experts

CDR Aimee Young, PharmD, BCPS, NCPS is the Inpatient Pharmacy Clinical Manager as well as the general surgery and acute pain clinical pharmacist at the Alaska Native Medical Center.  She is a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service, Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, and National Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Her passion is to educate and teach any chance she can get. She is a certified trainer through APhA and AzPA for pharmacist and technician immunization certifications and has certified over 300 pharmacists and techs to date. She completed numerous leadership, public health and clinical trainings throughout her 16+ year pharmacist career. Additionally, she has extensive retail pharmacy experience as a tech/intern/pharmacist (since 1996!) and just celebrated her 21-year anniversary at Costco Pharmacy. With her diverse background she is able to bring a wide range of perspectives to the board.

Her involvement with AKPhA began shortly after she moved to Alaska in 2012 when it was discovered that she was certified to teach the APhA Immunization Training Course. AKPhA sent her to become an APhA Diabetes trainer shortly thereafter and she has coordinated regular trainings since then. She has extensive experience with leading various advocacy groups. In 2018 she was the Chair of the Pharmacy Professional Advisory Committee, and she just completed her term as President of the Palliative Care Alaska Network. Her leadership and motivation will be assets to the board, and she is looking forward to positively impacting pharmacy practice in Alaska.

Renee Robinson, PharmD, MPH
Dr. Robinson, Associate Professor, Idaho State University (ISU), completed her doctorate in pharmacy at the University of Georgia, a residency at Nationwide Children hospital, a fellowship in clinical research through the National Institutes of Health, a pediatric pharmacotherapy fellowship, Masters in Epidemiology at The Ohio State University, and Masters in Patient Safety and Health Outcome at University of Florida. From 2002-2006 she conducted both basic science and clinical research as faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, studying medication adherence and medical decision-making. In 2008 she joined the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), as a Senior Researcher conducting health outcomes, clinical, and translational research with/for tribal communities in Alaska. In 2018, Dr. Robinson joined the UAA/ISU College of Pharmacy team at the Anchorage campus, pursuing external research funding to address health disparities through health technology. She has received a number of professional awards including, USPHS Junior Pharmacist of the Year and Distinguished Alaskan Pharmacist Award.

LCDR Carlisha Gentles, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES is a Commissioned Officer of the United States Public Health Service.  Presently, she is stationed at the FDA as a as a senior regulatory risk management analyst. At her previous duty station, she served as the Chief Pharmacist and an advanced clinical practice pharmacy specialist at a remote ambulatory care center on the Native American Navajo Reservation in Arizona.  A pharmacist by training, she is a Board Certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with over 13 plus years of experience in public health and working with underserved communities.  LCDR Gentles received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Howard University and completed a post-graduate residency in Community Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care at Mercer University.

Being in DC with a passion for eliminating health disparities, she is one of 2 pharmacists who established clinical pharmacy services at Community of Hope, a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center in Southeast DC.  In 2019, she was selected as a Community in Health Innovator of the Ward Infinity initiative sponsored by Sibley Memorial and John Hopkins University developing an innovative solution to improve health literacy in underserved communities.  This opportunity has led to her co-founding of Salveo Innovations, a health tech company focused on building patient centered health solutions.  Over the years, LCDR Gentles has been very involved with the Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group (BCOAG), having served as the NOLA Mission Lead in the Community Outreach Committee, recently completing her term as a Voting Member and Chair for the Charter & Bylaws Committee, and currently serves as the External Outreach Chair for the Vaccine Hesitancy Taskforce.

In her personal time, she established a nonprofit, Dissipating Disparities, Inc. (DDI), with a focus on eliminating disparities in rural Georgia & beyond.  Over the past 2 years, her focus has been on the COVID-19 pandemic.  She has led and partnered with numerous faith-based and community-based organizations as well as a WNBA team, addressing COVID-19, vaccine hesitancy, and tips for coping with COVID, all with the goal of ensuring communities, both domestically and internationally, have the most accurate information needed in an easily understood format to make the most informed decisions regarding vaccines and their health.

She was recognized by the National Minority Quality Forum as a 40 Under 40 Leader in Health in 2021 and just recently was selected as a Halcyon Fellow for 2022.

CAPT Holly Van Lew, PharmD, BCPS, NCPS
CAPT Holly Van Lew is an Advance Practice Pharmacist within the Indian Health Service. She was the immunization coordinator at her medical center where 45,000 vaccines are administered yearly. She managed all procurement, storage, and distribution of adult and childhood vaccines. She is a national trainer for multiple Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Immunization Certificate Programs, training over 1,500 pharmacists, students and technicians to administer vaccines. CAPT Van Lew works at the local, regional and national level to educate pharmacists, providers and nurses about immunizations, with a focus on addressing patient vaccine needs at every encounter. She is currently the IHS COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Deputy Lead, standing up an agency vaccine program to distribute, track and administer COVID-19 vaccine. Holly lives in Phoenix with her husband, 2 young daughters and troublesome puppy.