A Message from Our Leader

Dear Residency Candidate,

The mission of the AdventHealth is to Extend the Healing Ministry of Christ, which continuously strengthens our commitment to healthcare. Our pharmacy team exemplifies this mission daily through teamwork, excellence in patient care, and continuous quality improvement.

Our PGY-1 residency program is in the pre-candidate status for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) residency accreditation and we grow closer to our goal of full accreditation every day. We are one of the pilot programs selected nationwide to work with ASHP to determine best practices (i.e., early intervention, consultation) for implementation of a successful program.

Our residency offers a variety of clinical experiences to develop and further strengthen residents’ pharmacy knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and time management. We are proud of the clinical accomplishments of our pharmacists; most notably through our consultation services. Our antimicrobial stewardship program advanced significantly this year. We anticipate the addition of TheraDoc™ will further enhance our clinical practice capabilities. We are excited about the growth of our clinical services for TPN management, emergency medicine, and pain management. We are also excited to expand our transitional care services as we opened our new outpatient pharmacy.

Residents in this program will assist with improving current practices and have the opportunity to implement new processes. Upon completion of the program, residents will have the skills necessary to become independent and confident clinicians.

We appreciate your interest in our PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program at AdventHealth Sebring. Please feel free to contact us with questions at any time.


Sreenivas Challa, PharmD, CPh
Director of Pharmacy
AdventHealth Sebring

A Place for Professional and Personal Development

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About Our Program

AdventHealth Sebring is part of AdventHealth located in the heart of central Florida. It is comprised of 205 total beds across three campuses in Sebring, Lake Placid, and Wauchula. The Sebring campus will serve as the primary practice site for the residency program. The Sebring campus is the most active emergency room and the only Heart, Vascular, Stroke, and Chest Pain Center in Highlands County. We are a full-service medical and surgical acute care center with birthing services. Wauchula, a restricted access skilled nursing facility, is the area’s only transitional care unit and Hardee County’s only emergency department. We work very closely with providers to continually offer exceptional healthcare services to our community. Clinical pharmacists are integral members of multidisciplinary teams and are heavily involved in the inpatient management of pharmacokinetics, anticoagulation, and glycemia. Pharmacy is also represented on multiple system committees including corporate antimicrobial stewardship, P&T, Stroke, Code Blue, Readmissions, and Falls.

Program Contact:

Timothy Carbone, PharmD, BCGP, PRS, CPh, MBA

Clinical Pharmacy Manager/Residency Program Director

[email protected]



Secondary Contact:

Sreenivas Challa, PharmD, CPh

Director of Pharmacy

[email protected]


Program Overview

PGY-1 Residents at AdventHealth Sebring are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences including, but not limited to, Clinical Pharmacy, Hospital Operations, Hospital Administration, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, and Transitional Care Services.

One of the major characteristics that sets AdventHealth Sebring apart from other PGY-1 Residency programs is the glycemic management program. The glycemic management of all admitted patients is monitored and managed by pharmacists.


Program Duration: 12 months

Number of Positions: 2

Start Date: 3rd Monday of June

Estimated Stipend: $47,500

On-site Interview Required: Yes

Program Benefits:

  • 10 paid days off for personal leave
  • Travel reimbursement and administrative leave ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, and Florida Residency Conference
  • Medical, dental, and vision health insurance plans
  • Discounted meals
Application Information

All applications for PGY-1 residency must be submitted via PhORCAS and consist of, at minimum:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Current CV (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Academic Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, of which at least 2 must be from a pharmacy preceptor or manager

Application Deadline: First Friday of January

National Matching Service Code: 257413

Learning Experiences

The following learning experiences will be offered:


  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Advanced Hospital/Operations
  • Administration
  • Infectious Disease
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine


  • Medication Safety
  • Pain Management
  • Drug Information


  • Pharmacy Service Commitment
  • Research
  • Transitional Care Services

Additional Experiences:

  • Participation in committees, including:
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • Medication Safety
  • Infection Control/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Stroke
  • Performance Improvement
  • Precepting IPPE/APPE students
  • Development and review of policies and procedures
  • Development and review of clinical initiatives
Meet Our Preceptors

Sreenivas Challa, PharmD, CPh

  • Position: Director of Pharmacy
  • Learning Experiences: Orientation, Administration, Informatics
  • Pharmacy School: University of Colorado
  • Interesting Facts: Dr. Challa was a successful pharmacy manager and MTM Lead at Walgreens for over 13 years. He served as an Asst. Production Manager in pharmaceutical manufacturing (India) and a Market Supervisor in pharmaceutical marketing (Dubai). He speaks Telugu, Hindi and Arabic.

Timothy Carbone, PharmD, BCGP, PRS, CPh, MBA

  • Position: Clinical Pharmacy Manager/Residency Program Director/Retail Pharmacy Manager
  • Learning Experiences: Orientation, Administration
  • Pharmacy School: University of Pittsburgh
  • Interesting Facts:  Dr. Carbone worked in community and mail order pharmacy for over 10 years prior to transitioning to acute care. He was also recently (2019) appointed to the Medication Safety/Transition of Care and Health IT committees for ASCP.

Mitchell Harris, PharmD, MSHA, CPh

  • Position: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Learning Experiences: Clinical Services, Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Research, Research Block
  • Pharmacy School: Florida A&M University (PharmD), Virginia Commonwealth University (MSHA)
  • PGY-1 Residency: Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Interesting Facts: Dr. Harris was a Lilly pharmaceutical sales representative for 3 years before going back to school and obtaining his PharmD. He won the patient counseling competition at FAMU and went on to represent the school at the APhA national convention. While obtaining his MSHA, Dr. Harris and members of his class created a scholarship fund in honor of a retiring professor.

Gerard Rieder, PharmD

  • Position and Practice Area: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Learning Experiences: Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Cardiology
  • Pharmacy School: Mercer University
  • Interesting Facts: Dr. Rieder was a former Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Director, Interim Director, and Merck pharmaceutical sales representative.

Paula Symes-Watson, PharmD

  • Position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist
  • Learning Experiences: Operations/Advanced Hospital, Pharmacy Service Commitment, Pain Management
  • Pharmacy School: Florida A&M University
  • Interesting Facts: Dr. Symes-Watson was born and raised in Jamaica. She completed pharmacy school in Jamaica before coming to America to complete her doctorate of pharmacy.

Julie Tesalona, RPh

  • Position: Senior Staff Pharmacist
  • Learning Experiences: Operations/Advanced Hospital, Pharmacy Service Commitment
  • Pharmacy School: St. John’s University
  • Interesting Facts: The Tesalonas are our only married couple in the pharmacy department. They have been pharmacists at FHHD for over 17 years.

Ferdie Tesalona, RPh

  • Position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist
  • Learning Experiences: Clinical Services, Critical Care
  • Pharmacy School: St. John’s University
  • Interesting Facts: The Tesalonas are our only married couple in the pharmacy department. They have been pharmacists at FHHD for over 17 years. Mr. Tesalona is also an excellent tennis player and coach.

Susie Lagabon, RPh

  • Position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist
  • Learning Experiences: Emergency Medicine
  • Pharmacy School: Philippine Women’s University