2021 Speakers
Empower. Engage. Envision.

Keynote Speakers


Loyd Allen
PhD, RPh

Dr. Allen is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC) and the 22nd edition of Remington-The Science and Practice of Pharmacy. He is CEO of the Midwest Institute of Research and Technology and Professor Emeritus of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. He obtained his BS and MS in Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. He received his PhD in Pharmaceutics from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy for 30 years. In 1996, after consultation with principals at PCCA, IJPC was founded. A member of the U.S. Pharmacopeia Expert Committees for almost 40 years, he served as chair of the committee writing the first USP <795> standards and served on the committee writing the first USP <797> standards. Awarded 13 U.S. patents in the field of drug formulations, he has written: 200+ experimental publications and abstracts; 27 book editions, chapters and monographs; 500+ professional publications; and 5 textbooks as co-author or sole author.

Dian Ginsberg
MD, FACOG

Dian Ginsberg, MD, FACOG, completed her residency on Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in North Carolina before Houston’s sunny climate brought her to Texas. Dr. Ginsberg has years of experience providing comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology treatment, which is the basis of her special interest in weight management, optimal prenatal and postpartum care, menopause management and healthy aging. She has used her extensive experience to help men and women with hormone imbalance regain the vitality and fitness they thought was lost forever. She lectures for Functional Medicine University on the topic of PCOS and natural reversal and pathways to fertility. Rectangularization of aging is her personal passion and she has lectured at the American Academy of Anti-Aging about telomeres (DNA caps) and how instrumental their preservation is for ongoing health. All of her experience and passion for true health and wellness for all patients is encompassed in the programs designed at Women’s Specialty Healthcare, where she’s currently in practice.

Richard Harris
PharmD, MD, MBA

A board-certified internal medicine physician and pharmacist, Dr. Harris attended the University of Texas at Austin for pharmacy school, then pursued medical education at the McGovern School of Medicine in Houston. He is a lifelong learner and completed his MBA at the University of Houston. Dr. Harris has a client-centric view focusing on building relationships and trust through a comprehensive lifestyle medicine system. He currently hosts the Strive for Great Health Podcast, has several online wellness courses, and consults for several companies. An avid reader, weightlifter, video game enthusiast and author in his spare time, Dr. Harris also enjoys sports, traveling, philanthropy, church and keto donuts.

Dean Minuto

Dean Minuto helps professionals get to "yes" faster and more often with the people they are trying to influence. Dean teaches massively distilled summary courses to CEOs and to industry groups across the United States. He has been called The One Page Sales Coach® because of his ability to distill massive amounts of information (sales and marketing best practices) down to a single page that you can use as your guide to getting yes from anyone, anyplace, anytime.

• 9,000 CEOs and sales executives personally trained
• 550 workshops on better sales messaging
• 25 years of identifying sales best practices
• 4.9 average rating on a 5-point scale from CEOs attending workshops
• 1 simple guide you can use to get to yes faster

Clint Pulver

Clint Pulver is an Emmy Award-winning, motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, and workforce expert. A professional drummer for over 20 years, he's played with top headlining fellow musicians in venues like the Vivint Arena, the Stadium of Fire, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. In 2010 he founded the UVU Drumline known as the Green Man Group, which he directed for six years and went on to direct the Drumline for the NBA’s Utah Jazz until 2015. Clint was featured in Business Q Magazine as one of their “Top 40 under 40” as a premier Corporate Keynote Speaker. He has appeared on America’s Got Talent and in feature films with actors such as School of Rock's Jack Black and Napoleon Dynamite's John Heder. As the president and founder of The Center for Employee Retention, Clint has transformed how corporations like Keller Williams, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard create lasting loyalty through his work and research as “The Undercover Millennial”.

Guest Speakers


Jeff Carson
RPh

Jeff Carson, RPh, is a third-generation pharmacist and owner of Oakdell Pharmacy with four locations in San Antonio, Texas. The pharmacy was founded in 1969 by his father, John, NCPA president in 2000–2001. Oakdell has 11 pharmacists on staff and more than 50 total employees, and specializes in several aspects of the compounding arena, including bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, pain management and sterile compounding. Jeff is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. He was a member of PCCA’s inaugural Advisory Council, and was named PCCA’s M. George Webber 2010 Compounding Pharmacist of the Year.

Ronna Hauser
PharmD

Ronna is the Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). In this capacity, Ronna is responsible for the association’s professional affairs, public policy and regulatory initiatives, including drafting policy and position statements and regulatory comment letters. She represents and presents on behalf of NCPA at governmental and private sector meetings and is the lead for relationships and outreach to multiple non-profit organizations and federal and state agencies such as FDA, CMS, DEA and DHA (Defense Health Agency). She also leads NCPA’s efforts on implementation of Title I of the Drug Quality and Security Act. Prior to joining NCPA in 2009, Ronna was the Director of Pharmacy Advocacy and Policy at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, where she advocated the value of pharmacy to federal and state legislators, regulators, and other policymakers. She has also worked as a licensed community pharmacist.

Rob Heaton
BScPharm

Rob Heaton, BScPharm, has been the owner of Cambrian Pharmacy in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, since the 1990s. The pharmacy celebrated its 50th anniversary in June 2009. Rob acquired his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta. He was named PCCA Canada's 2017 Compounding Pharmacist of the Year and has been recognized as a Business in Calgary Magazine Leader.

Peter Koshland
PharmD

Peter Koshland, PharmD, is a graduate of Georgetown University (BS Chemistry, 1994) and the UCSF School of Pharmacy (2000). While working as a pharmacist at Elephant Pharm in Berkeley in 2007, he was introduced to the field of compounding by his patients, who were looking for alternatives to synthetic hormone replacement therapy.  Peter was bit by the compounding bug through his training by PCCA in the mid-2000s and knew he wanted to pursue this area of pharmacy for his career. He opened Koshland Pharm: Custom Compounding Pharmacy in 2009. Peter appreciates that his work allows him to apply his chemistry background to his calling of improving patient health and well-being. He welcomes opportunities to speak on health topics to both medical and general public audiences, such as the California Naturopathic Doctors’ Association, UCSF’s Annual Integrative Medicine Network, One Medical’s Grand Rounds, and UCSF’s School of Pharmacy.

James B. LaValle
RPh, CCNMT, ND (trad)

James LaValle is an internationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board-certified clinical nutritionist, and expert and educator in integrative and precision health. James is best known for his expertise in personalized integrative therapies uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital. A thought leader in drug/nutrient depletion issues, he has published 4 books and 3 databases in this area alone. As such, he has over 35 years’ experience integrating natural and integrative therapies into various medical and business models. His latest research is in drug-induced microbiome disruption.

Gopesh Patel
RPh

Gopesh Patel, RPh, is a registered pharmacist and co-owner of New Drug Loft in Manhattan, New York, and VLS Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. Gopesh focuses on providing high-quality prescriptions and compounded medications, as well as personalized care for the two stores' many customers. HIs philosophy is patient-centered and this can be seen in the effort that he and the staff undertake to provide only the highest quality products and services. He takes great pride in the quality of compounded medications that he prepares and works closely with all staff to instill the quality-driven mindset. Gopesh is a member of APC, PCCA, A4M, ACAM and is a Wiley Protocol Premiere Pharmacist. He is also a preceptor for pharmacy students from Long Island University College of Pharmacy, Tours College of Pharmacy and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health and Sciences University in Boston. He was named PCCA Compounding Pharmacist of the Year in 2020.

David Pore
JD

David Pore is a partner based at the Washington, D.C., office of Hance Scarborough LLP, where he represents trade associations, businesses, universities and local governments before the U.S. Congress and executive branch agencies. With over 20 years of public policy experience, David Pore has a proven track record. He has handled legislative matters, congressional investigations and agency regulatory, enforcement and disciplinary actions for a wide variety of clients. David has longstanding relationships with several trade association and corporate clients, representing them on health care, transportation, energy, tax, education, defense, intellectual property, environmental and other issues. In addition to developing governmental relations strategies tailored to his clients’ needs and directly engaging with policy makers on their issues, David also advises clients on political and campaign law, coalition building, grassroots and public relations.

Pamela W. Smith
MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Smith spent her first 20 years of practice as an emergency room physician with the Detroit Medical Center and then 28-years as an Anti-Aging/Functional Medicine specialist. She is a diplomat of the Board of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and is an internationally known speaker and author on the subject of Precision Medicine. She also holds a Master’s in Public Health Degree along with a Master’s Degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine. Dr. Smith is in private practice and is the senior partner for The Center for Precision Medicine with offices in Michigan and Florida. She has been featured on CNN, PBS and many other television networks, has been interviewed in numerous consumer magazines, and has hosted two of her own radio shows. She is the founder of The Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine and is the past co-director of the Master’s Program in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine at The Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida. She is the author of 11 best-selling books. Her book, What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, and So Much More, was published last year. Her newest book, Max Your Immunity, has just been released. Her new PBS/CNN special will be aired this fall.

PCCA & Eagle Experts


Daniel Banov
RPh, MS, PCCA Director of Research and Development

Daniel Banov, RPh, MS, director of PCCA’s Research and Development team, earned his pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmaceutical Science of the University of Mogi das Cruzes in Brazil, and earned his Master of Science from the College of Pharmaceutical Science of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has over 20 years of hands-on experience in pre-formulation/formulation/re-formulation of a variety of dosage forms specializing in pharmaceutical solids, liquids and semisolids. He has extensively worked on the development of novel techniques for skin permeation enhancement.

Before joining the PCCA team, Daniel was the director of Fórmula Médica Compounding Pharmacy in São Paulo, and was a university teacher and a cosmetic developer and consultant for physicians, spas and aestheticians. He also is the founder of the Anti-aging Society in Brazil. Daniel has published articles on cosmetics in the pharmacy arena and wrote a chapter about cosmetic formulations and dosage forms in the book, Veterinarian and Pharmaceutical Formulary.

Gus Bassani
PharmD, PCCA Chief Scientific Officer

Gus Bassani, PharmD, has been with PCCA since September 2002 and currently serves as chief scientific officer. Prior to joining PCCA, Gus was a formulation pharmacist in the Product Development Lab of a veterinary pharmaceutical company. He has worked in multiple pharmacy practice settings, located in Alaska, Iowa and Kansas, and has taught extemporaneous compounding principles to pharmacy students in Drake University’s Pharmaceutics Laboratory course. Gus received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is a member of the 2015-2020 United States Pharmacopeia Council of Experts - Compounding Expert Committee, and has served on the 2012-2014 Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences National Advisory Council. He is a member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).

Bruce Biundo
RPh, PCCA Clinical Compounding Pharmacist

Bruce Biundo, RPh, joined PCCA as a pharmacy consultant in 1997 after many years as a community pharmacist. In 1998, as PCCA was beginning to develop educational seminars, he realized that there wasn't much focus on men and testosterone issues, and began a search of the literature to see what was known and being done on the subject. While there was little solid information available, there was enough to convince Bruce that it was a topic worth developing. What is likely the first educational event on low testosterone in men was presented by Bruce at the PCCA International Seminar in April 1999. In a short time, the interest grew and over the intervening years, the breadth and depth of information has greatly increased. As Bruce's knowledge increased, so did PCCA's ability to educate pharmacists and physicians on how to diagnose and treat low testosterone in men. Over the years, Bruce has had a dozen articles published, mostly dealing with men’s health and testosterone topics. In addition, he was a contributor to Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, 22nd Edition, and is the co-author of the chapter on Nutrition in the book Aging Men's Health. Bruce maintains a passion to continue to learn, and to find ways to continue to educate healthcare professionals on this critical issue.

Ross Caputo
PhD, Eagle President

Ross A. Caputo, PhD, president of EAGLE, earned his doctorate in microbiological physiology and Immunology from Miami University in 1976, and has over 30 years of experience in the FDA-regulated pharmaceutical industry on sterilization research and aseptic processing focusing on process optimization and control. He has authored more than 50 publications and owns 15 patents, all related to infection control, sterilization processes and the production of sterile product. Ross started his career as a senior scientist in microbiology at the American Sterilizer Company (AMSCO), currently knowns as Steris. While at AMSCO, he was involved in the development of sterilizers for all healthcare use, including hospital, dental and industrial applications. Throughout his career, Ross has been an active participant and committee member of organizations such as AAMI/ISO and PDA, which are charged with the development of standards for the regulated marketplace.

Deborah Clark
RPh, PCCA Clinical Compounding Pharmacist

Deborah Clark, BSPharm, RPh, is a full-time clinical compounding pharmacist for PCCA. Deborah is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eschelman School of Pharmacy and currently licensed to practice in North Carolina. Before joining the PCCA team, she worked in two independent hybrid pharmacies in Charlotte, managing compounding operations. While there, she worked with a local veterinary specialty and emergency hospital, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, providing custom compounded solutions for challenging veterinary patients. Deborah also worked with the Carolina Raptor Center and several smaller veterinary clinics in the Charlotte Metro area. Her compounding experience also includes hospice, hormone replacement therapy, pain, wound care, sterile products and pediatric. She has a certification in medication therapy management. Deborah is an associate member of the Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists.

Sebastian Denison
RPh, PCCA Clinical Compounding Pharmacist

Sebastian Denison, RPh, FAARM (candidate), received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy at the University of British Columbia. He worked at Northmount Pharmacy in North Vancouver for 11 years, specializing in HRT, veterinary, pain and sports compounding. He also was the manager of Pharmacy Operations with the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games, and then the manager of the Whistler Olympic Village Polyclinic Pharmacy. Sebastian works as a clinical compounding pharmacist in Houston, Texas, and with both the U.S. and Canadian C3 education teams, the pharmacy student education team. Sebastian also speaks at physician, pharmacist and other healthcare professional education symposiums and events. He has recently lectured for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine on Nutrition and Pain, Pharmacy Compounding and Collaborative Practice, and Alternative Uses for Naltrexone. Sebastian is currently completing the Metabolic Medical Institute’s Fellowship in Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine Fellowship.

Nat Jones
RPh, FAPC, PCCA Clinical Compounding Pharmacist

Nat Jones, RPh, FAPC, graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia’s School of Pharmacy in 1979. In 2014, after 20 years of owning a compounding pharmacy in Virginia, he joined PCCA’s Clinical Services team in Houston, Texas. He is an international speaker, who for decades has given CE lectures at medical professional seminars and webinars on numerous topics, including: general compounding, wound care, pain management, nutrition, otolaryngology, women’s health, sexual dysfunction, insulin resistance, hormone replacement therapy for men and women, neurotransmitter imbalance and dermatology. In 2010, Nat was awarded a full fellowship in the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding. In 2016, Nat was appointed to and still serves on the Texas State Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council. Nat has published many articles in lay magazines along with articles and case studies in professional journals.

Sara Hover
PCCA Clinical Compounding Pharmacist

Sara Hover, RPh, FAARM, has been a compounding pharmacist for more than 20 years and joined the PCCA Clinical Services team in June 2013. Before joining PCCA, she was the owner/pharmacist of Creative Compounds in Prosper, Texas, an independent compounding-only pharmacy that focused on women’s health and nutrition. In addition to her expertise in HRT, Sara possesses a vast knowledge of homeopathics, herbal and vitamin supplements. Sara obtained her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. She is a lifetime member of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Alumni Association.

Ranel Larsen
PharmD

Ranel Larsen, PharmD, is a graduate of the Roseman University School of Pharmacy, where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2006. After working in retail pharmacy for three years, Ranel transitioned to a compounding-only pharmacy, where she worked for over four years. Ranel joined PCCA in April 2014 as a Clinical Compounding Pharmacist. Her areas of interest include: HRT for men and women, veterinary medicine, pain management and dermatology.

Erin Michael
PCCA Director of Member Engagement

Erin Michael, MBA, MS, CPhT, joined PCCA in July 2006. During her tenure at PCCA, she has served as a Territory Manager, Member Development Specialist, CPMS Marketing Consultant, Regional Manager, Director of Outside Sales and currently holds the position of Director of Member Engagement. Erin has been working in pharmacy for more than 25 years, of which 23 have been in compounding and promoting the practice of pharmacy. She previously worked for an independent pharmacy owner where she was the General Manager of multiple locations. Erin was instrumental in developing and implementing programs to promote and grow the compounding and traditional parts of that business. She holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration and an MS in Hospitality Management. She has been recognized as PCCA Technician of the Month in August 1999, California Pharmacists Association Technician of the Year in 2003 and was the first Technician to receive the California Pharmacists Association Steven Feldman Compounder of the Year award in 2020.

John Preckshot
Director of Wellness Works Nutrition

John Preckshot, RPh, CCN, FAARM John graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1974. In 1981, he began Preckshot Professional Pharmacy in Peoria, Illinois. The mission of the pharmacy was to provide a more holistic approach to healthcare for patients in Central Illinois. This was accomplished by specializing in customized medication formulation and clinical nutrition. Along the way in John’s 35-year career, he received the M. George Webber Pharmacist of the Year award in 2000, the DuPont Pharmaceutical Innovative Practitioner award in 2001, and he completed his certification in clinical nutrition (CCN) in 2006. In 2009, John joined PCCA, where in 2012, he was named Director of Wellness Works Nutrition. He completed his fellowship in anti-aging and regenerative medicine (FAARM) in 2014 and today continues his career of writing and lecturing on contemporary topics in nutrition.

Amy Shank
PCCA Director of Government Relations

Amy Shank joined PCCA in July 2014 as director of government relations. Previously, she served as vice president of Capitol Hill Consulting Group (CHCG), where she advised pharmacy, pharmaceutical and university clients on federal legislative priorities. Amy has more than 10 years of experience in the United States Senate, having worked for two Senate Committees and the Whip operation.

She was previously employed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as the director of Oversight and Investigations. In this capacity, Amy was responsible for conducting administrative oversight of federal agencies and programs related to health, education/training, labor and pensions for the Ranking Member, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY). She has also served as a senior policy advisor to the Senate HELP Committee, worked on budget and appropriations-related legislation served as a senior analyst for the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, former Senator Don Nickles (R-OK), from January 2003 until December 2004., and as a policy advisor for Senator Nickles’ Republican Whip Office. Before working on Capitol Hill, Amy worked for several Washington, D.C.-based trade associations, including the Associated Builders and Contractors, the National Club Association and National Small Business United. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Roanoke College, in Salem, Virginia.

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