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LCEP Class of 2020-2021

Kelvin Lu, PharmD Candidate

Kelvin Lu, PharmD Candidate

E-mail: kelvin.lu@memorialhermann.org

Kelvin Lu, born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Dallas, Texas, is currently a P4 student at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy. His practice areas of interest include transplant therapeutics, internal medicine, and ambulatory care. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Kelvin is a member of Phi Lambda Sigma, Rho Chi Society, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). His research project is focused on sensitivity and specificity of IgG ELISA in heparin induced thrombocytopenia. Upon completion of his pharmacy degree, Kelvin plans to complete a PGY1 and PGY2 in solid organ transplant. Ultimately, he hopes to obtain a clinical position at a large academic medical center that is associated with a college of pharmacy where he can combine patient care, teaching, and mentorship.

Research Advisor: Sophie Samuel, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP


Kasaandra Ibañez, PharmD Candidate

Kasaandra Ibañez, PharmD Candidate

E-mail: kasaandra.ibanez@memorialhermann.org

Kasaandra Ibañez, born in Temple, Texas and raised in Red Oak, Texas, is currently a P4 student at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy. Her practice areas of interest include pediatrics, ambulatory care, and pharmacy management. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Kasaandra is a member of Rho Chi Society, the Texas Pharmacy Association, and the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists. Her research project is focused on subcutaneous insulin therapy in the setting of diabetic ketoacidosis. Upon completion of her pharmacy degree, Kasaandra plans to complete a pharmacy residency. Ultimately, she hopes to obtain a clinical position at an academic medical center where she can combine her love of patient care, teaching, and research.

Research Advisors: Heather Hartman, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP; Brittany Pelsue, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP


Carlton Menchaca, PharmD Candidate

Carlton Menchaca, PharmD Candidate

E-mail: carlton.menchaca@memorialhermann.org

Carlton Menchaca, born and raised in Sugar Land, TX, is currently a P4 student at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy. His practice areas of interest include critical care, cardiology, and infectious diseases. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Carlton is a member of American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and Rho Chi Society. His research project is focused on evaluating the use of desmopressin. Upon completion of his pharmacy degree, Carlton, plans to pursue a PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency. Ultimately, he hopes to become a clinical pharmacist to provide patient care, serve as a preceptor, and continue to be a proponent for the profession.

Research Advisor: Phillip Weeks, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP


Annette Augustine, PharmD Candidate

Annette Augustine, PharmD Candidate

E-mail: annette.augustine@memorialhermann.org

Annette Augustine, born and raised in New Delhi, India, is currently a P4 student at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy. Her practice areas of interest include ambulatory care and transplant therapeutics. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Annette is a member of American College of Clinical Pharmacy and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Her research project is focused on the efficacy and safety of subcutaneous insulin for mild-to-moderate diabetic ketoacidosis. Upon completion of her pharmacy degree, Annette plans to complete a residency. Ultimately, she hopes to become a clinical pharmacist and preceptor at a large academic medical center where she can combine patient care, teaching and research.

Advisors: Heather Hartman, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP; Brittany Pelsue, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP


Kristen Underbrink, PharmD Candidate

Kristen Underbrink, PharmD Candidate

E-mail: kristen.underbrink@memorialhermann.org

Kristen Underbrink, born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX, is currently a P4 student at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy. Her practice areas of interest include pediatrics, oncology, and critical care medicine. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Kristen is a member of American Pharmacist Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and Rho Chi Society. Her research project is focused on evaluating the use of argatroban and bivalirudin. Upon completion of her pharmacy degree, Kristen, plans to complete a residency. Ultimately, she hopes to obtain a clinical position at a large academic medical center that is associated with a college of pharmacy where she can combine patient care, teaching, and research.

Research Advisor: Teresa Allison, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM