- Reisel Berger, Pharm.D., BCPP Dr. Reisel Berger attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she majored in nutritional science. She completed pharmacy school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She did her PGY1 residency at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and her PGY2 at the San Diego VA where she specialized in psychiatric pharmacy. She began working with SFDPH Behavioral Health Services in December 2013 as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist. She provides clinical services at OMI Family Center which serves adults, children and developmentally delayed populations who suffer from psychiatric disorders. She served as an editor for the Mental Health Clinician from 2015-2016. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance running, hiking and dining at local bay area restaurants.
- Hai-Au Luu, Pharm.D., BCPP Dr. Hai-Au Luu joined ZSFG as a psychiatric pharmacist in 2012. She completed a psychiatric pharmacy residency at Western University after graduating from UCSF in 2011. Her professional interests include management of metabolic side effects of atypical antipsychotic medications, injectable antipsychotics in acute agitation, and stigma/treatment of mental illness in the Asian-American population. She is excited to be here every day because every day is different and is fortunate to get to work with so many AMAZING and dedicated providers. Her hobbies include eating sweets, constant snacking, and extensive candy hoarding.
- Patrick Finley, Pharm.D., BCPP Dr. Finley has been serving as a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy (Psychopharmacology & Behavioral Health) at UC San Francisco for the past 20 years. During this period he was responsible for developing, and serving as residency program director, for the ASHP accredited PGY2 program in psychiatric pharmacy. He continues to serve as Site Coordinator (UCSF campus) for the PGY2 program recently established by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Behavioral Health Services.
Dr. Finley has spent much of the past decade developing collaborative care treatment models for depression which emphasize the role of clinical pharmacists as providers. His current practice is located in the UCSF Womens Health Center, where he precepts UCSF students and residents. In addition, he has published several epidemiological and pharmacogenetic studies analyzing the treatment of mood disorders in pregnancy, and was recently asked to serve on the Parental Depression Committee of the National Academies and Institute of Medicine (IOM). Dr. Finely’s hobbies include fly fishing, bluegrass, American History and the joys of parenthood.
- Michelle Geier, Pharm.D., BCPP Dr. Geier joined BHS as a psychiatric clinical pharmacist in 2012. After graduating from University of Washington School of Pharmacy she completed a pharmacy practice PGY1 at the VA Puget Sound and a psychiatric pharmacy PGY2 at University of California San Francisco/San Francisco Department of Public Health. She recently became the psychiatric clinical pharmacist supervisor for BHS and serves as the residency program director for the ZSFG/UCSF PGY2 in Psychiatric Pharmacy. In her new role she will continue to work as a psychiatric clinical pharmacist at the South of Market Mental Health Clinic which serves a largely homeless and dual-diagnosis population. Her professional interests include co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, take-home naloxone, harm reduction, and medication management in homeless populations. One of her favorite parts of her job is working on projects that improve the public health of San Francisco by increasing patient safety and reducing barriers to care. Her hobbies include anything outdoors such as hiking, camping, biking, and snowboarding.
- Suzannah Patterson, Pharm.D., BCPS Dr. Suzannah Patterson joined BHS as a psychiatric clinical pharmacist in 2010. After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz she attended the UCSF School of Pharmacy. She completed a pharmacy practice PGY1 at the VA in Palo Alto. Dr. Patterson’s practice site is the South of Market Mental Health Clinic where she provides clinical care in Spanish and English and runs a smoking cessation group. Her professional interests include treatment of insomnia, medication safety in pregnancy and lactation, and clinical documentation. Her hobbies include being an amazing mom, attending A’s games for the nachos and hotdogs, baking and duck hunting.
- Sandra Suzaki, Pharm.D. Dr. Sandra Suzaki joined BHS as a psychiatric clinical pharmacist providing Spanish bilingual services in 1997. She graduated from UCSF Pharmacy School and completed a pharmacy practice PGY1 at the VA in Palo Alto. Her professional interests include conducting groups to assist clients with smoking cessation, medication education and management and healthy living skills. She has been working with clozapine clients in a group setting since 1997. The part of her job that she finds most rewarding is building collaborative patient-provider relationships built on mutual respect and trust. She also enjoys working in a clinic that embraces a team based approach to care. Her hobbies include rowing, traveling, and baking.
- Caroline Tsai, Pharm.D., BCPP Dr. Caroline Tsai has been a psychiatric pharmacist since 2003. After graduating from USC in 2002, she went to UCSF to complete a psychiatric pharmacy residency. Her professional interests include high risk obstetrics, psychotropics in pregnancy, antipsychotic treatment for acute agitation, long-acting IM antipsychotics, treatment of refractory schizophrenia, and other neurologic disorders. Over the years, she has trained many pharmacy residents and students from UCSF, some of whom are part of our clinical staff now. Dr. Tsai is a mother of 2 girls, enjoys making and eating good foods, loves her job here "because we have the most interesting patients in psychiatry."
- Betsy Yuan, Pharm.D., BCPP Dr. Yuan joined UCSF Langley Porter in 2013 as the Director of Pharmacy. Prior to Langley Porter, Dr. Yuan worked as a BHS psychiatric clinical pharmacist at OMI Family Center. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco in 2009. From there, she moved to southern California for her PGY1 Residency. After missing the Bay Area, Dr. Yuan decided to move back to San Francisco for her psychiatric pharmacy PGY2 at University of California San Francisco/San Francisco Department of Public Health. Her professional interests include bipolar disorder, early psychosis , medication safety, continuity of care, and system improvement projects.
- Gloria Wilder, Pharm.D. As Director of Pharmacy for Behavioral Health Services for the last eight years, Dr. Gloria Wilder’s goal is to provide leadership and inspiration to support the pharmacy team in providing the best care to our clients. She is a graduate of UCSF School of Pharmacy (1980) where she also completed a PGY1 clinical residency, and has wide-ranging experience working in both clinical practice and management with an emphasis in quality improvement and regulatory accreditation. Gloria also serves in the BHS Executive Team, and leads implementation of the electronic health record for meaningful use, including the consumer portal, and electronic prescribing. A native San Francisco, she relishes being back to urban living. Favorite events: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Favorite restaurants: Miki Restaurant, Bellota, and Una Pizza Napoletana. Best Team: SF Giants!
- Jason Wong, Pharm.D., BCPP Dr. Wong graduated from California Northstate University, College of Pharmacy in 2013 and pursued an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center and an ASHP-accredited PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. Following the completion of his PGY2 residency, Dr. Wong joined the BHS pharmacy team in 2015. He currently works as a psychiatric clinical pharmacist and practices at Chinatown North Beach Mental Health Services where he serves a population consisting mostly monolingual-Chinese. He also provides clinical pharmacy services for the San Francisco Behavioral Health Center on a weekly basis. His professional interest include precepting pharmacy students and residents, language-based pharmacy services, and quality improvement projects in the field of pharmacy. One of the favorite parts of his job is working with patients that come from a similar cultural background. His hobbies include outdoor activities, exploring the unknown, and spending time with his family.
- Mark Watanabe, Pharm.D., PhD, BCPP Dr. Mark Watanabe is a double-alumnus of the University of California, San Francisco where he received both a PharmD and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. After completing a specialty residency and clinical sciences fellowship in psychiatric pharmacy at the University of Texas, his career path has included full-time academic appointments in pharmacy schools at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northeastern University in Boston interspersed with positions in the pharmaceutical industry and managed care. He was part of the first cohort to be designated as a Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist and is a Founding Member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. He moved from Denver in 2016 to begin his current assignment as a psychiatric clinical pharmacist for the BHS Older Adults Unit, providing medication support services at the Central City Older Adults and Southeast Mission Geriatric Services clinics. He is professionally interested in learning more about identifying social determinants of health, addressing healthcare disparities, and understanding culture-based needs in mental health delivery. A plodding distance jogger in a previous life, he is now enjoying a more leisurely pace which allows him to discover new possibilities that returning to the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer as he exercises his longstanding devotion to the consumption of quality coffee.
- James J. Gasper, Pharm.D., BCPP Dr. Gasper is as a psychiatric and substance use disorder pharmacist for the California Department of Health Care Services. His present initiatives include expanding access to treatment for substance use disorders, implementing the availability of naloxone, and improving the safety of opioid analgesics. Beyond his work for the Department, he serves as a consultant for the UCSF Clinician Consultation Center Substance Abuse Warmline and as a clinical pharmacist for the El Dorado Community Health Center which is a FQHC in the Sierra Foothills. Dr. Gasper has been an investigator on several NIH sponsored research grants including the use of naloxone for opioid safety, smoking cessation in opioid dependence treatment, and the pharmacological management of methamphetamine addiction. Dr. Gasper received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado and completed residency training at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.