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Kara Lee Shirley, PharmD, BCPP, BCPS, BCACP

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My services are inclusive of consultation, collaboration and empowerment for clinicians, care teams and their patients’ as well as select expert witness services for public defenders (lawyers).

Please note that for those individuals seeking assistance as a patient as a Doctor of Pharmacy I cannot independently prescribe medications for patients, only provide consultation and guidance for safe and effective use. I am happy to work with your existing care team in optimizing medication management only when clinically appropriate. My relationship with individuals as patients’ is complementary to and not replacement for any other type of behavioral health care professional. I am currently licensed as a registered pharmacist in Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington State and for clinical consultation I am limited to working with patients/providers within those jurisdictions.

I am a 1999 Doctor of Pharmacy Honors graduate of the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. In 2000, I completed an ASHP accredited PGY-2 residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX and Research Fellowship with Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2001. Between 2001 and 2008 I held full and part-time academic appointments at Albany College of Pharmacy (NY), Albany College of Medicine (NY), Sage Graduate School of Nursing (NY) and University of Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (PA). Previously as an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Husson University School of Pharmacy, my professional goals focused upon establishing one of Maine’s first accredited schools of pharmacy and providing pharmaceutical care within Adolescent & Child Psychiatry, at The Acadia Hospital, Bangor, ME. However I then consciously and intentionally chose to leave full-time academia and return to my roots within community pharmacy (2010-2014). Due to my father’s terminal illness in 2014, I then unexpectedly relocated from Maine to Pennsylvania to assist with his care while continuing my practice as a self employed as a neuropsychiatric pharmacotherapy consultant prior to relocating to Oregon.

In addition to consultative services my experience is focused upon building & nurturing provider networks and population health initiatives for medically complex patients. Strong focus on client services, provider outreach and education, consensus building, innovation, and linking diverse teams toward a shared goal. Staunch advocate familiar with the unique challenges faced by individuals with chronic medical & behavioral health conditions, along with direct experience in academia, scholarship, service development, Medicare, Medicaid and public policy.

As inaugural vice-chair of OHA legislative workgroup (HB 2300 Mental Health Clinical Advisory Group) we gradually established our process in developing medication algorithms in support of effective behavioral health care, publishing our draft Schizophrenia care guide March 2019. During my service with the workgroup vital information sharing, consensus building, and shareholder processes were built to facilitate the development of treatment algorithm resources moving forward.

In remaining current with clinical practice trends and possible opportunity, I also serve as a per diem panel expert faculty member for OHSU Department of Child Psychiatry Project ECHO, where weekly case discussion and management is telecast to approximately forty (40) primary care and pediatrician practices throughout the state of Oregon.

Most recently, I served as clinical co-coordinator for the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and Drug Use Research & Management (DURM) program at Oregon State University College of Pharmacy. Where I share my colleagues passion and dedication in serving the underserved through policy work but still miss cross-disciplinary opportunities to leverage systems of care and empowering providers and their clients alike.

Price Per Visit:

  • Patients $75.00/hour
  • Providers 125.00/hour
  • Package rates available for provider case management and public defenders (attorneys) upon request

$75 / per visit

STATES OF PRACTICE:
Oregon (OR), Pennsylvania (PA), Washington (WA)
INSURANCE ACCEPTED:
Private Pay
LANGUAGES:
English
YEARS EXPERIENCE:
20+
SPECIALTIES:
ADHD, Bi Polar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorder, Medication Counseling, Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management, Psychiatric Medications, Psychiatric Pharmacy, Tobacco Cessation, Drug Metabolism/Pharmacogenomics, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
BOARD CERTIFICATIONS:
Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) - 2015
Board Certitfied Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) - 2004
Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) - 2001
EDUCATION:
University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, PharmD with Distinction 1999
UTHSCSA and San Antonio State Hospital Postgraduate Residency (PGY-2) in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice 2000
Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Drug Development Research Fellowship 2001
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists
British College of Psychopharmacology

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