The National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. (NCODA) Executive Council is pleased to announce the establishment of the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association (OPTA), the first professional association dedicated to supporting and encouraging the professional development of oncology pharmacy technicians.

Numerous technicians have already benefited from NCODA’s Pharmacy Technician Committee. The committee, which is comprised of close to 80 members, meets on a regular basis to discuss best practices, current issues, and many other topics within the field of oncology. OPTA, with the support of NCODA’s Executive Council will help set the standards for this important member of the medically integrated team [referring to all members of a patient’s care team involved in their treatment with oncolytic medications].

Current Pharmacy Technician Committee co-chair Carol Hemersbach, CPhT, from Arizona Oncology was appointed chair of the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association. “Oncology pharmacy techs play an integral role in cancer care, and with the growth of oral chemotherapy agents, we need to empower and arm these technicians with the knowledge they need to provide quality care to cancer patients. The new OPTA will help us accomplish this,” Hemersbach said.

“Oncology pharmacy technicians are valuable members of the medical integrated team,” said Michael Reff, Founder & Executive Director of NCODA, when asked about OPTA and the timing. “We feel that there is a need to help further the education, training, and networking opportunities available for these technicians. The medically integrated team will benefit tremendously from this new Association,” Reff proclaimed.

“Our medically integrated pharmacy model could not run without our highly trained, dedicated oncology pharmacy technicians. Our pharmacists depend on the hard work they put in each and every day to help us deliver best in class clinical and distribution services to our patients. We are excited to support this new organization within NCODA,” says Ray Bailey, Pharmacy Director at Florida Cancer Specialists and NCODA Executive Council member.

Application for membership in OPTA is available below (Please log in or sign-up to access application).

For more information please email contact@ncoda.org.

OPTA Members

Carol Hemersbach, Arizona Oncology, AZ – Chair

Sarah Stadt, Cancer Specialists of North Florida, FL – Leadership

Linda Grimsley, Virginia Cancer Specialists, VA – Leadership

Ashley Placher-Biernat, Joliet Oncology Hematology Assoc, IL – Leadership

Katie Clift, Virginia Oncology Assoc, VA – Leadership

Ainah Wongus, Virginia Oncology Associates, VA

Alana Kroll, Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates, IA

Alex Sandoval, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL

Alexander Stanley, Cancer Specialists of North Florida, FL

Alexandra Grant, American Oncology Network, FL

Alicia Barnes, Summit Cancer Centers, WA

Alison Bridges, New England Cancer Specialists, ME

Amber Fisher, Graves Gilbert Clinic, KY

Amy Salas, University of Rochester Specialty Pharmacy, NY

Amy Waldron, Hematology-Oncology Associates of Fredericksburg, VA

Angela Wilson, THO Pharmacy Texas, TX

Beau Wolter, Florida Cancer Specialists, FL

Bethany Joss, Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY, NY

Bob Orzechowski, Lancaster Cancer Center, PA

Brandi Gudwien, Alabama Oncology, AL

Brandy Larson, St. Luke’s Mountain States Institute, ID

Brandy Simmons, Charleston Cancer Center, SC

Carolyn DeMouy, South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute, AL

Christina Peters, Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center, NE

Christine Robinson, Clearview Cancer Institute, AL

Dana Wright, Cancer Specialists of North Florida, FL

Dee Zettlmeier, Alpha Med Physicians Group, IL

Denise Bristow, American Health Network Hematology/Oncology, IN

Donna Savoie, Yale New Haven Health, CT

Elizabeth Tarazona, Florida Cancer Specialists, FL

Erin Horner, Gettysburg Cancer Center, PA

Erin Woodard, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, CO

Genna Dunn, Cancer Care Specialists, NV

Gina Buzzell, McFarland Clinic-Hematology/Oncology, IO

Gretchen Maurer, Nebraska Cancer Specialists, NE

Heather Grove, Cancer Centers of Colorado, CO

Heather Gummo, Geisinger-Western Region Clinics, PA

Heather Maynard, Swedish American Hospital Specialty Pharmacy, IL

Heidi Williamson, St Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, ID

Jamie LeVieux, Utah Cancer Specialists, UT

Janine Brodeur, cCARE (California Cancer Association for Research & Excellence), CA

Jenna Hall, Carle Cancer Center, Urbana, IL

Jennifer Davila Silva, Lancaster Cancer Center, PA

Jessica Hollenbeck, University of Rochester Specialty Pharmacy, NY

Jessica Rush, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, CO

Joan Martens, Florida Cancer Specialists, FL

Joanna Jaworska, Starling Physicians, CT

Joy Morrow, Virginia Oncology Associates – Princess Anne Office, VA

Julie Wolfe, Lancaster Cancer Center, PA

Kami Starks, Utah Cancer Specialists, UT

Kara Sammons, Florida Cancer Specialists, FL

Karrie McCowen, Florida Cancer Specialists, FL

Kassandra Beckmann, Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology, WI

Kathleen Saller, SCL Health, CO

Katie Cooke, Virginia Oncology Associates, VA

Kelli Zimmerman, IU Health Simon Cancer Center, IN

Kelly Ryan, June E Nylen Cancer Center, IA

Khalil Brodnick, Yale New Haven Health, CT

Kristen Petrosino, Massachusetts General Hospital/North Shore Cancer Center Massachusetts, MA

Laura Corral, Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, CA

Mallory Roberts, Orion Cancer Care, OH

Marie Voights, Fox Valley Hem and Onc, WI

Maritza Udeokoro, Yale New Haven Health, CT

Marsha Sneller, June E Nylen Cancer Center, IA

McKenzie Percival, Oncology/Billings Clinic, MT

Megan Downey, SIU Medicine, IA

Melanie Majerik, Alabama Oncology, AL

Michael Cheeseman, HealthCare Partners, NV

Michelle Arcata, Starling Physicians, CT

Miranda Nichols, Hematology Oncology Associates of Alabama, AL

Misty Miranda, Utah Cancer Specialists, UT

Nicole Davis, Beacon Cancer Care, ID

Nicole Davis, Summit Cancer Centers, WA

Nikki Davis, Woodlands Medical Specialists, FL

Nora Hansen, Progressive Care, IL

Rebecca Anderson, University Cancer & Blood Center, GA

Rebecca Garland, Florida Cancer Specialists, FL

Rebecca Tinder, The Ghosh Center, IO

Robyn Dunker, Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois, IL

Rodora Cabrera, Saint Joseph Hospital/Mark M. Connolly Center for Cancer & Specialty Care, IL

Sandra Hill, Alpha Med Physicians Group, IL

Sarah Eisenhart, Gettysburg Cancer Center, PA

Sherri Noyes, Arizona Oncology, AZ

Sherry Chambers, Fairbanks Cancer Care, AK

Sloan Stevens, University of Rochester Medical Center/UR Specialty Pharmacy, NY

Suzanne Vogel, Mills Breast Cancer Center, Urbana, IL

Taccara Cook, Proprium Specialty Pharmacy, VA

Taryn Newsome, Progressive Pharmacy Care at Virginia Cancer Institute, Richmond, VA

Teri Roberts, Arizona Oncology, AZ

Tiffany Davis, Baptist Health, KY

Tina Crumpler, Charleston Cancer Center, SC

Tionna Pate, IU Health Simon Cancer Center, IN

Traci Preecha, Block Integrative Cancer Treatment Center, IL

Tracy Grady, Mt Diablo Solano Oncology Group, CA

Yansi Flores, Northern VA Hem and Onc Assoc, VA