Team Bios

The PHSI Team

Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions, Inc. currently employs seven pharmacist consultants who have experience in a wide variety of practice settings and specialize in diverse areas of pharmacy practice.

Timothy E. Kosty, RPh, MBA

President

Mr. Kosty has over thirty years of pharmacy experience, predominantly in upper level management positions with TDI Managed Care Services, Thrift Drug, Inc. and Rite Aid Corporation. His professional experience includes retail pharmacy and PBM operations, information technology, rebate contracting, pharmacy network development, claims processing, third party contracting, account management and financial analysis.

Tim closely evaluates marketplace initiatives to assure that incentives are properly aligned, producing project outcomes that exceed client expectations. He focuses on applying technology to solve business problems and increase operational efficiency while lowering operating costs.

Tim received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pennsylvania State University.

He is an active member in the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, American Pharmaceutical Association, American Society for Automation in Pharmacy, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs.

 

Donald J. Dietz, RPh, MS

Vice President

Mr. Dietz has been working in pharmacy for thirty-five years, with the last 19 years as principal at PHSI. Prior to PHSI, Don held headquarter management positions with Giant Eagle Pharmacy and TDI Managed Care Services, a subsidiary of Thrift Drug.

His extensive professional experience includes: retail pharmacy operations, pharmacy network contracting, PBM operations, prescription claims processing, MAC file support, manufacturer rebate contracting, manufacturer LOE initiatives, pharmacy intervention programs, drug compendia, managed markets training programs, and expert witness for cases involving retail and managed care pharmacy. Don’s emphasis is in marketing program development, implementation, and measurement, delivering the clients’ desired results. His focus is on solutions that enable clients to effectively manage the appropriate use of both prescription and OTC products.

A native of Pittsburgh, Don received a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Pharmacy from Duquesne University and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from LaRoche College.

Don is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, and is on the Alumni Board of Governors for LaRoche College. In addition, Don serves as a pharmacy preceptor for sixth year APPE Pharm D candidates. He is an active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), National Community Pharmacy Association (NCPA), and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), and American Society for Automation in Pharmacy. Don is Editor-in-Chief of Inside Patient Care, a monthly publication targeting retail pharmacists and those working inside retail pharmacies and clinics.

 

Fred Hamlin

Director of Business Development

Mr. Hamlin has been with Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions, Inc. since 2003 and has been working in the pharmacy, pharmaceutical and managed care industry for over 20 years in various sales management positions.  His experience includes the following:

  • NDA and ANDA product launch support
  • ANDA price forecasting assessments
  • Generic MAC file implementation and support
  • Managed markets training programs
  • Pharmaceutical product financial modeling covering all key stakeholders
  • Retail pharmacy wholesaler RFP support
  • Direct purchase/warehousing of generic pharmaceuticals
  • PBM sales to employers and managed care payers

Mr. Hamlin previously held sales management responsibilities at TDI Managed Care Services™ where he promoted PBM programs.  Fred also had sales management responsibilities at NDCHealth™ where he worked with retail pharmacy chains to promote network claims adjudication services with third party payers.

Fred’s objective is to work within and across business lines to promote PHSI’s expertise in understanding our client needs and how we develop strategies that fit the unique requirements of our diverse group of customers.

A native of Roanoke, VA, Fred earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College.

 

David Schuetz, RPh

Consultant

Mr. Schuetz has been working in pharmacy for over thirty years. He has held headquarter management positions with Giant Eagle Pharmacy (Pittsburgh) for eleven years prior to joining PHSI in 2001.  His diverse professional experience includes independent and chain retail pharmacy operations, mail service pharmacy, pharmacy network contracting, prescription claims processing, pharmacy auditing, account management, intervention program development, and pharmacy training.

Dave’s areas of expertise are pharmacy practice management, electronic ordering systems operations, testing, training, documentation and deployment. He also specializes in pharmacy database and drug file management, and serves as subject matter expert in pharmacy data warehousing.

Dave received a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Pharmacy from Duquesne University and is presently an active member of the National Council of Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) and the National Association for Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).

 

Alan Sekula, PharmD

 

Consultant

Mr. Sekula has been working in pharmacy since 1999 and has been with PHSI since 2003.  His experience is comprised of community, hospital, specialty, long term care, and managed care pharmacy.  His areas of focus include the drug compendia (Medi-Span, First Databank, Gold Standard, and Cerner Multum) and the forecasting and interpretation of drug classification and product attributes, MAC pricing, generic drug launch analysis and forecasting, , data and process analysis, dynamic model creation,  prescription claim adjudication and reimbursement, rebate analysis, pharmacy practice management systems, and pharmacy business processes.

Alan completed his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Duquesne University in May 2005.  He was recognized for scholastic achievement through Rho Chi and the Dean’s List.  Alan is an active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP). Alan is an APPE preceptor for The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and a PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency preceptor for UPMC Healthplan.

 

Melissa Sherer Krause, PharmD

Consultant

Ms. Krause has been working in pharmacy since 2001.  Melissa has experience in retail and clinical hospital pharmacy, pharmacy administration, academia, government affairs, and professional associations.  She joined the PHSI team in 2004.

Melissa’s areas of focus include pharmaceutical manufacturers’ trade and managed care initiatives, drug compendia and classification, medication adherence, Medicare Part D operations and risk management, consumer focused education opportunities, and pharmacy school and professional association relations.

Melissa completed her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Duquesne University, with a Pharmacy Management concentration.  She is an active member of the following organizations:

  • Allegheny County Pharmacists Association (ACPA)
  • American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
  • Duquesne University Pharmacy Alumni Association
  • Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) Tau Alumni Chapter
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)
  • Pennsylvania Pharmacists’ Association (PPA) Educational Foundation

Melissa is also an APPE preceptor and Adjunct Clinical Instructor for Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy.

 

Ashley Gibbons Ellek, PharmD

Consultant

Ms. Ellek began working in pharmacy in 2007 and joined the PHSI team as a pharmacist consultant in 2011.  She has experience in retail pharmacy, managed care, specialty, and hospital pharmacy at various institutions. Ashley works on a variety of projects, with a particular focus in MAC pricing, pharmacy reimbursement, and generic drug forecasting.

Ashley received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in May 2011. While at Duquesne, she was involved with Kappa Epsilon, a professional pharmacy fraternity. Ashley is a member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). She is also an APPE preceptor for LECOM Erie School of Pharmacy, LECOM Bradenton School of Pharmacy, and the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy.

Ann Johnson, PharmD

Consultant

Ms. Johnson began working for PHSI in 2010.  Ann has experience in independent retail pharmacy as well as specialty, clinical, industry, and ambulatory care pharmacy.  Although working on a variety of projects, Ann’s current emphasis is in analytics and pricing reimbursement, financial models, drug compendia review, indirect manufacturer contracting, contract review, and market research.

Ann received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in May 2012 and graduated with a concentration in Pharmacy Management.  She is in APPE preceptor for the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy. Ann currently serves as the treasurer of the Allegheny County Pharmacist Association (ACPA) and is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association (PPA). She has been published in a number of pharmacy journals including, Specialty Pharmacy Times, Inside Patient Care, and Computer Talk for the Pharmacist.