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 OPTA which is comprised of over 130 members and is steadily growing. The association meets on a regular basis to discuss best practices, current issues, and many other topics within the field of oncology. Monthly webinar meetings feature the latest updates and deliver meaningful content to OPTA members via the Drug Update, Peer Presentation, and Technician in Focus platforms.  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].  Furthermore, OPTA is developing a certification program to enhance the professional development potential for oncology pharmacy technicians, worldwide.

Current OPTA member Carol Hemersbach, CPhT, from Arizona Blood and Cancer Specialists stated, “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.”

“Oncology pharmacy technicians are valuable members of the medically 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).

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OPTA Members


    1. 4 modules for Pharmacy Technicians.
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    1. 3 free CEs for technicians, many others for a fee.
    1. There are free (2 credit) CEs for technicians
    2. This site also has 5 pharmacy law CEs and 4 patient safety CEs. All are 2 credits (except one that is 1.5) and $3.95 each, which is not a bad price for the only 2 categories you MUST have CEs in)
    1. has free CEs for technicians. Offers live events.
    1. In 2 places: Under the heading “You Asked for It! Continuing Education Activities” there are some free CEs for technicians (2 credits each.) Under “Monthly Topics” there are more free CEs (2 credits each), and of which are accredited for Technicians EXCEPT one on diabetes.  Many of these are relevant to oncology!
    2. These CEs are recorded using a session code to access the quiz.  Make sure you use the Pharmacy Technician code, which is found on the 1st page of the article.  Instructions are on the website.
    1. There are free CEs for technicians ranging from 1-1.5 credits. There are a TON of other free CEs that, sadly, do not have technician accreditation, but are interesting and very applicable to community oncology
    1. Has a couple free CEs (one of which is a free 2 credit law CE).  Most require $10.

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

Carol Hemersbach, Arizona Oncology, AZ

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 Medical Center 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 Clift, Virginia Oncology Associates, VA

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

Linda Grimsley, Virginia Cancer Specialists, VA

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

Sarah Stadt, Cancer Specialists of North Florida, FL

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