Welcome from the Program Director

Congratulations on beginning the residency application process! Thank you for your interest in the PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Virginia, which is a short commute from the Richmond metropolitan area. 

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center is a 225-licensed bed community hospital that is a member of the Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) healthcare system. BSMH is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital system with sites in seven states and internationally and upholds five central values: human dignity, integrity, compassion, stewardship and service.  

The Memorial Regional Medical Center PGY1 program has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 2009 and offers residents the opportunity to complete learning experiences at the four Richmond BSMH hospitals and with pharmacy leaders working across the entire BSMH health system. Due to the number of rotation sites and experiences available, residents are able to pursue a variety of interest areas during the program, including cardiology, behavioral health, ambulatory care, pediatrics/NICU, administration, oncology, internal medicine, emergency medicine and critical care. 

In addition to learning how to be independent, knowledgeable and evidence-based pharmacists, residents enhance their teaching skills by providing education to other health care professionals, precepting pharmacy students and completing the Teaching and Learning Certificate program through a collaboration with the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy. 

I encourage you to learn more about the Memorial Regional Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program by reviewing the residency website. I hope to see your application to our program and wish you the best of luck as you continue in your pharmacy career.

Dr. Chelsea Zavilla, PharmD, BCPS, MPS | Program Director
Pharmacy School: University of Pittsburgh, Doctor of Pharmacy, 2016
Residency: University of Virginia Health System, 2016-2018

Dr. Zavilla also has a Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences degree and a Teaching and Learning certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University. After residency, she joined the Bon Secours Mercy Health team in July 2018 as the Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Memorial Regional Medical Center. In July 2020, her role expanded when she became the PGY1 Residency Program Director. Dr. Zavilla currently precepts residents during the Pharmacy Administration I and Pharmacy Administration II block rotations and the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Chief Resident and Ambulatory Care Interdisciplinary Presentation longitudinal learning experiences.  

Core Faculty

Tonya Buffington, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Matt Calnan, PharmD, BCPS
Leslie Cihak, PharmD, BCPS
Joshua Crawford, PharmD, BCPS
Laurie Efremidis, PharmD
Emily Hand, PharmD, BCPS
Ashley-Nicole Loving, PharmD, BCPS
Eric MacPherson, PharmD, BCPS
Sallie Mayer, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, CDE
Ian Orensky, PharmD, MS
Gregory Stevens, PharmD, BCPS
Kelly Sweet, PharmD, MSHA
Sara Torborg, PharmD, BCPS
Thuy Tran, PharmD, BCACP, CDE
Amanda Wiebe, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS
Whitney Zentgraf, PharmD, BCGP

Contact Us

Program Director: Chelsea Zavilla, PharmD, BCPS, MPS
Email address: chelsea_zavilla@bshsi.org
Phone: 804-764-7386