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Peer Mentor Information

Our Dean’s Student Ambassador Peer Mentors are happy to speak with you about their experience with the application process and what it is like to be a professional/graduate student at UB SPPS. Drop by to say hello in 270 Kapoor Hall.

Contact a Peer Mentor

If you’re interested in being contacted by a Peer Mentor via email, please read the bios below and submit the form to choose which Peer Mentor you are interested in hearing from. You can expect a reply by email within a week.


> Submit the Contact a Peer Mentor Form

Spring 2017 Semester Availability

Stop by K270 during hours listed below

Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Fridays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mondays: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fridays: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  







Dhiral Patel (PharmD)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Kateylyn Evans (PharmD)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Stephanie Carter (PharmD)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Brian Voorhees (PharmD)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Geoff Brown (PharmD)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Erik Hefti (PharmD, MS, PhD)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in K471

Krishna Daiya (PharmD) / Renae Gozelski (PharmD)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.




Allison Altman (PharmD/MPH)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sarah Dascanio (PharmD/MPH)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Richard Lu (PharmD)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gurjot Sandhu (PharmD)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Esther Esadah (PharmD)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Richard Towne (PharmD)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Peter Bloomingdale (PhD)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in K443


Phuong (Ben) Do (PharmD)
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Questions to Ask Peer Mentors

Not sure what to ask?  Here are some suggestions for questions:
- How did you get to where you are today?
- What undergraduate classes have you found interesting or useful?
- How is the PCAT? How did you study?
- What do you do in pharmacy school?
- What do you like most about the program and what do you find most challenging?
- What skills do you think are most important for this program and the profession?
- Tell me about your daily schedule.
- How does the course work compare to the undergraduate coursework?
- What special programs are offered by the school (research, collaborative degrees, etc.)?
- Do you belong to any professional organizations?
- What kinds of opportunities for employment are there in the field?
- Can you recommend other people who might be valuable sources of information?
- Are you able to work during the school year?  How many hours per week do you typically work?
- What activities do you do during your spare time?
- Do you miss home?  How often do you go home throughout the school year?
- How is the camaraderie within the school - does everyone get along and help each other?
- What advice can you give to the students who want to be a part of the PharmD program?

DSA Peer Mentor Bios

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Erik Hefti, PharmD, MS, PhD Candidate, Rochester, NY
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Erik graduated from the PharmD/MS program in 2014 and is currently finishing his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences while practicing as a clinical pharmacist. He is the first student to enroll in the PharmD/PhD program at the University at Buffalo. His research interests include pharmacogenomic factors that impact pediatric leukemia treatment. He is also interested in pharmacogenomic testing implementation. Erik is a mentor that has multiple years of actual clinical pharmacy experience and a strong background in biomedical research. He can offer a pharmacist’s perspective on many issues that a pharmacy student does not have, as well as insight on pursuing a graduate degree in the pharmaceutical sciences.

Peter Bloomingdale, Lockport, NY
Fridays, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Peter is from Lockport, NY and is a 5th year PhD student in the pharmaceutical sciences graduate program. He transferred into the undergraduate pharmaceutical sciences program from Niagara County Community College and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in 2012. Peter was a member of the graduate student association (GSA) finance committee for several years and is currently the pharmaceutical sciences GSA treasurer. He also served as the SBI treasurer for the 2015-2016 academic year. His advisor is Dr. Donald Mager and his dissertation involves the integration of pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics with systems pharmacology network-based approaches to discover novel drug combinations for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. After his time at UB, Peter plans to pursue a post-doctoral position with the goal of one day becoming a full professor.


Dhiral Patel, Toronto, Canada
Mondays, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Dhiral Patel is a P2 student at UB and expects to graduate in 2019. He was accepted into the four-year PharmD degree through the early assurance undergraduate program. Although, originally from Toronto, Canada he is now a resident of Buffalo, NY. He plans chase his dreams and become a nuclear pharmacist. In addition, he is an active member of Student Pharmacists for Global Outreach (SPGO), Student Society of Health-system Pharmacy (SSHP) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).  Outside of school, he enjoys weightlifting, watching sports and spending time with friends. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact him.

Kateylyn Evans, Clifton Park, NY
Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Kateylyn is a current P3 student in the PharmD program. She completed three undergraduate years at the University of Buffalo and was accepted into UB SPPS through the Early Assurance Program. During her time as an undergraduate she was involved in Colleges Against Cancer as a Co-Chair of Team Recruitment and was member, Chair, and President of the Pre-Pharmacy Club. She is currently a member of Deans Student Ambassadors and the Rho Chi Honors Society. She is also the Co-Chair of the Poison Prevention Committee which is a program P1 students participate in throughout the community. She currently is working for WalMart Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Intern. She is very interested in helping students with any questions they might have!

Stephanie Carter, Honeoye Falls, NY
Mondays, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Stephanie is currently in her P2 year of the PharmD program at UB. Before entering pharmacy school via PharmCAS, she completed her Bachelors of Biomedical Sciences degree at UB in 3 years. Stephanie is originally from Honeoye Falls, NY, which is a small suburb just south of Rochester. Currently, she is a member of the professional pharmacy fraternity, Phi Delta Chi, and is also a Dean’s Student Ambassador. Additionally, she is a part of many pharmacy organizations including SPAWNY, APhA, and NCPA. Stephanie currently works at Rite Aid as a pharmacy intern and has previously worked as a pharmacy technician at Rochester General Hospital. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her cats, Shadow and Luna. With a unique perspective on the application process and many undergraduate classes, she looks forward to meeting prospective students and invites any questions they may have!

Brian Voorhees, New Jersey

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Brian is a current P3 student in the PharmD program. He attended UB as an undergrad in pre-pharmacy studies for 3 years and applied to the program through Early Assurance. Once in pharmacy school Brian made the move to Buffalo to gain instate tuition and has lived here for 4 years. Brian is actively involved with CPFI as their president, with APhA as the Operation Self-Care Co-Chair, and is a Dean Student Ambassador. Outside of school Brian volunteers at a local hospital in their pharmacy department and works as a CVS Pharmacy Intern. He also recently completed a 6 week field management internship with CVS in Washington DC. Brian would love to answer any questions you may have about your own pharmacy endeavors!

Geoff Brown, Spencerport/Rochester, NY
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Geoff is from Rochester NY and is going on his 6th year here at UB.  He has worked in pharmacy distribution, hospital, and health information technology settings.  He is also in the clinical research program and is excited to be finishing up his last semester of the didactic portion of the PharmD program.  

Krishna Daiya, Queens, NY
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Krishna is a first year student in the pharmD program. She graduated high school with an Associate of Arts degree from Bard College in 2014. She was accepted into the pharmD program after completing 2 years of undergrad and then applying through the PharmCAS process. She is a Dean’s Student Ambassador and an active member of American Pharmacist’s Association (APHA) and Student Society of Health-system Pharmacy (SSHP). Outside of school, she enjoys reading, ice skating, and playing her flute. She is looking forward to meeting students and answering any questions!

Renae Gozelski, Castile, NY
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Renae is a first year pharmacy student at UB who completed the 2-year Early Assurance Program for her undergraduate years. She is from a small town called Castile, NY near Letchworth State Park. Renae is a member of APhA-ASP (American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists), SSHP (Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, and PPAG (Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Committee. She is the Generation Rx P1 Committee Leader. Generation Rx is subdivision of APhA which focuses on promoting medication safety, particularly, to younger kids. As of right now, Renae has an interest in working as a pharmacist in a hospital and specializing in pediatrics. Her hobbies outside of school include riding horses and hiking. Renae is more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the School of Pharmacy!

Allison Altman, West Seneca, NY
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Allison is a dual degree PharmD/MPH student and is returning for the P3 year after attending UB School of Public Health and Health Professions for the 2015-2016 academic year.  She applied to UB Pharmacy through a 3+4 program with Canisius College. After completing her P1 year, she graduated from Canisius with a BS in Chemistry. She is from West Seneca, a suburb of Buffalo, and lived at Canisius while she attended there, which is just a few miles from UB South Campus. She now lives in South Buffalo with her fiancé and dog, Andi, and commutes about twenty minutes to Kapoor Hall. She started working at Kenmore Mercy Hospital as a Pharmacy Intern during her P1 year. She absolutely loves it there and finds the experience to be extremely beneficial to her pharmacy education. In her spare time, Allison enjoys reading and distance running.

Sarah Dascanio, Blacksburg, VA
Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p. m.

Sarah is a P3 in the dual PharmD/MPH program. She completed her Bachelors in Nutrition from Virginia Tech in 2013. Sarah is from Blacksburg, Virginia. She worked through undergrad as a pharmacy technician at a veterinary hospital and a chiropractic assistant; she now works on the weekends at the Western New York VA Medical Center as a pharmacy intern. She is also a member of PPAG, SPGO, SSHP, and Phi Delta Chi along with being a Dean Student Ambassador. Outside of school she loves to read, swim, and spend time with her dog. She is excited to get to know new people and help to answer any questions you may have!

Chi-Hua (Richard) Lu, Buffalo, NY
Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Chi-Hua Lu is an international student from Taiwan, a small island from East Asia. He is a 2013 graduate of The Taipei Medical University and received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and got his pharmacist license as well. He is currently pursuing his PharmD at The University at Buffalo and will graduate in June 2018. Chi-Hua has over 1 years of experience in inpatient pharmacy as a pharmacist in Taiwan, and currently works as a Pharmacy Intern at Mobile Pharmacy Solution. Upon graduation, Chi-Hua hopes to become a industry pharmacists, where he can use his experiences to provide health-related services to different countries.

Gurjot Sandhu, Williamsville NY
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Gurjot is a first year student in the PharmD Program who expects to graduate in 2020. She also attended UB as an undergrad and completed her prerequisites as part of the three year Early Assurance Program. She currently works as a pharmacy technician at Wegmans Pharmacy. After her PharmD, Gurjot plans on completing a PGY1 and PGY2 residency and working as a clinical pharmacist in an ambulatory setting. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, baking, being active and finding new places to eat. Gurjot loves meeting new people and would be glad to answer any questions you may have about the Early Assurance or PharmD Program!

Esther Esadah, Bronx, New York
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Esther was born in the large city of Lagos, Nigeria but migrated to the United States after completing her high school in Ghana. She is the first of three girls, and an aspiring Pharmacist. She was admitted into University at Buffalo's undergraduate program as a 2 year early assurance pre-pharmacy student with hopes of entering into University at Buffalo school of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical sciences of which she did in the year 2016. She is currently a P1 student looking forward to doing a Dual degree in PhramD/MS. She is hardworking, adventurous, family oriented and a risk taker, with her main goal in life being to positively impact the lives of people with the help of Pharmaceutical knowledge and the pharmaceutical society.

Richard Towne, Clarence, New York
Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Richard is a current P2 student in the PharmD program hailing from Clarence, New York. He was accepted into the program after completing 2 years of undergrad and then applying through the PharmCAS process. He is currently a Dean’s Student Ambassador and a member of the Hempling Fund Committee. He was formerly the treasurer of his P1 class. Richard is also a member of the American Pharmacist’s Association (APHA), Student Pharmacists for Global Outreach (SPGO), and the Student Pharmacist Association of Western New York (SPAWNY). Outside of school, he enjoys weightlifting and spending time with friends. No matter what type of question you have, Richard is glad to help!

Phuong (Ben) Do, Vietnam
Fridays, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ben Do was born in Vietnam. He lived there for seventeen years. At the age of seventeen, his family and him immigrated to the United States as refugees. He went to Riverside High School in Buffalo where he started learning and became fluent in English. In 2012, he graduated from Riverside High School and entered University at Buffalo for his Undergraduate Education. In 2016, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and entered University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for his Pharmacy Doctorate. His career goal is to graduate from Pharmacy school in 2020. After graduation, he will do residency in order to become clinical pharmacist. After becoming clinical pharmacist, he will be working in the hospital. In addition, he will also get trained to become a certified academic clinician in order to teach at the University.

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