Dr. Nicole C. Pezzino

Associate Professor/Director
Pharmacy Practice

150-180 South River Street Stark Learning Center Rm 324
nicole.pezzino@wilkes.edu
(570) 408-4260

Nicole C. Pezzino received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from University of Pittsburgh and completed post-graduate residency training at University of North Carolina, Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Asheville, NC. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and serves as the Director of Community Outreach & Innovation. Dr. Pezzino is actively involved in the Wilkes and Lehigh Valley community. She established one of Pennsylvania's largest pharmacy related community outreach, Colonels ConnectRx, where over 100 students and 22 pharmacists conduct over 300 brown bag medication reviews and blood pressures in a single day across 17 senior centers in Luzerne County.

Dr. Pezzino is a tireless advocate for community pharmacy and the role clinical services play in that patient care setting. She is a board- certified pharmacist in ambulatory care (BCACP) and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) who consistently challenges the status quo of pharmacy. Dr. Pezzino's clinical responsibilities at her community practice site, Weis Markets, involve the implementation of various clinical services and serving as the PGY-1 Community-based Pharmacy Program Director. She is considered a leader in the state and nation regarding the implementation of her diabetes services and mentors other pharmacies in being successful in each. In addition, she serves as a Flip the Pharmacy coach, mentoring pharmacies in community pharmacy transformation. Her clinical focus includes employee wellness and disease state management- specifically with diabetes self-management and diabetes prevention, wellness and preventative care services, immunizations and other medication and disease state therapy management.

  • Pharmacy Care Lab series - PPCN Patient Care Training Certificate, APhA Pharmacy-based Immunization Certificate, Physical Assessment, Community Pharmacy-based Skills.
  • Community Pharmacy Elective.
  • Diabetes Electives.
  • Introductory & Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation Faculty Scholars Program. Faculty Scholars Program. National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. Arlington, VA. $3,500. January 2022. (mentor)
  • Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA). PPA Foundation Incentive Grant. $1,000.00. Harrisburg, PA December 2021. (faculty mentor)
  • Wilkes University Mentoring Grant. Wilkes University. Wilkes-Barre, PA. $4,579.48. June 2020.
  • Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA). PPA Foundation Incentive Grant. $1,000.00. Harrisburg, PA December 2020. (faculty mentor)
  • Pharmacy Quality Alliance/ CVS Health Foundation. Scholars Program. Pharmacy Quality Alliance. Alexandria, VA. $1,500. August 2019.
  • Type II Faculty Development Support Grant. Wilkes University. Wilkes-Barre, PA. $2,000. March 2019.
  • Lovett SG, Nguyen K, Cicco N, Seipp R, Pezzino NC. Community pharmacists' perceptions of their role in caring for mental health issues. Poster presentation at the APhA Annual Meeting 2021. [Virtual].
  • Chapin M, Ostir S, Yenser E, Blair J, Kieck D, Pezzino NC. Student-driven remote hypertension monitoring program. Poster presentation at the PPA MidYear Meeting 2021. [Virtual]
  • Nicholson A, Pezzino NC. An evaluation of providers' perceptions on medication safety interventions by community pharmacists. Poster presentation at the PQA Annual Meeting 2020. [Virtual].
  • Moll D, Jones K, Pezzino NC. Pharmacist GRIT Assessment and its Association to the Medication Therapy Management Services Completion Rates. Poster presentation at the ASHP Mid-Year Meeting 2019. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Pezzino NC, Longyhore DS, Olenak JL. Patient-reported factors associated with improved motivation and retention in a diabetes prevention program hosted by a community pharmacist. Poster presentation at the AACP Annual Meeting 2019. Chicago, IL.
  • Jones K, Pezzino NC. Pharmacist GRIT assessment and its association to the medication therapy management completion rates. Poster presentation at the 7th Annual Wilkes University Research Symposium 2019, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
  • Pezzino NC, Morcom C, Wood R. Patient-reported factors associated with improved motivation and retention in a diabetes prevention program hosted within a community pharmacy. Poster presentation at the 7th Annual Wilkes University Research Symposium 2019, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
  • "What You Need to Know about New Drugs Hitting the Market this Year". Pezzino NC. Presented at Cardinal Retail Business Conference 2021 [Virtual]. July 2021.
  • "Let's Tik-Talk About It". Pezzino NC, Ference K. Presented at AACP Lab Sig Business Meeting Roundtable Session [Virtual]. July 2021.
  • "Community Residency – What Is it?" Pezzino NC. Presented at North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Conference 2021 [Virtual]. June 2021.
  • "Evaluating community pharmacists' perceptions of their role in caring for mental health issues.". Lovett SL, Nguyen K, Pezzino NC. Presented at Eastern States 2021 Conference [Virtual]. April 2021.
  • "Identifying Opportunities to Improve Patient Safety in the Community Pharmacy Setting". Lovett SL, Cicco N, Pezzino NC. Presented at Weis Markets 2021 Pharmacy Residency Symposium [Virtual]. May 2021.
  • "Student Impact on COVID-19". Mabry E, Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network Meeting [Virtual]. March 2021.
  • "And the Award for Outstanding Pharmacy Role in Driving Clinical Services: Student Pharmacists". Kieck D, Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting [Virtual]. February 2021.
  • "Keeping Group Sessions Sweet. Tips and Tricks on Facilitating Meaningful Group Sessions for Patients with Diabetes". Denger E, Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting [Virtual]. February 2021.
  • "Sweetening the Deal: Creating an Effective Recruitment Plan". Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting [Virtual]. January 2021.
  • "DSMES from Start to Accreditation". Pezzino NC. Beiml M. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting [Virtual]. January 2021.
  • "The Current is Chancing: Engaging Patients with Diabetes in an Appointment-based Model" Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting [Virtual]. October 2020.
  • "Changing the Tide: Evaluating Prescriber Perceptions of Pharmacists' Med Safety Interventions". Nicholson A, Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting [Virtual]. October 2020.
  • "What You Need to Know about New Drugs Hitting the Market this Year". Pezzino NC. Presented at Good Neighbor Pharmacy ThoughtSpot 2020 National Tradeshow. Orlando, FL [Virtual]. August 2020.
  • "Disease State Refresher". Pezzino NC. Invited Faculty for the National Community Pharmacy Association fellowship program. Alexandria, VA [Virtual]. August 2020.
  • "Connect, Collaborate and Create your DSME Accreditation ". Higginbotham S, Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting. Harrisburg, PA. January 2020.
  • "Connect, Collaborate and Create Your Individual and Group Facilitated Diabetes Sessions". Higginbotham S, Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting. Harrisburg, PA. January 2020.
  • "Connect, Collaborate and Create Your DSMES Accreditation Materials with S.M.A.R.T. GOALS, Documentation, and Quality Improvement". Higginbotham S, Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting. Harrisburg, PA. January 2020.
  • "#VaxWithMe, a Look into the History of Anti-Vaxxers and Where We Go from Here". Morcom C, Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting. Seven Springs, PA. January 2020.
  • "Access to Care and Medications". Pezzino NC. Presented at Pharmacy Quality Alliance Leadership Summit 2019. Alexandria, VA. November 2019.
  • "Wilkes University ACTions for the National Day of Service". Hertzog L, Pezzino NC. Presented at ACT Pharmacy Collaborative. Virtual presentation. November 2019.
  • "An impact of Epidemic Proportions: the Pharmacists Role in the Opioid Epidemic". Lussier M, Hertzog L, Pezzino NC. Presented at Lehigh Valley Pharmacists Association Meeting. Lehigh Valley, PA. October 2019. 
  • "Immunizations and Vaccines: Confidence and Hesitancy". Webly T, Pezzino NC, Brazil P. Presented at Luzerne County Medical Society Foundation. Wilkes-Barre, PA. September 2019.
  • "New Drug Update 2019". Pezzino NC. Presented at Good Neighbor Pharmacy ThoughtSpot 2019 National Tradeshow. Las Vegas, NV. July 2019.
  • "Diabetes Management Across the Continuum of Care". Pezzino NC, Donihi AC. Presented for University of Pittsburgh Spring 2019 Preceptor CE Seminar. Pittsburgh, PA. May 2019.
  • "Identifying Key Community Partners to Enhance Diabetes Programs within a Community Pharmacy ". Pezzino NC. Presented at American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. March 2019.
  • "Preparing your DSMES Submission Binder". Pezzino NC. Presented for Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. Webinar presentation. March 2019.
  • "Battling through DSMES Accreditation". Higginbotham S, Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting. Gettysburg, PA. January 2019.
  • "The Battle is Real…Recruiting, Retaining and Revenue for DSMES". Pezzino NC. Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting. Gettysburg, PA. January 2019.
  • Kieck D, Ostir S, Blair J, Yenser E, Chapin M, Lovett S, Pezzino NC. Patient Perceptions of a Student-Led Remote Hypertension Education Program. Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. [accepted manuscript, June 2021].
  • Olenak JL, Pezzino NC. Chapter 7: Musculoskeletal Injuries and Disorders. In: Krinsky D, et al Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. 20th edition. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association; 2020.
  • Pezzino NC, Drab SR, Hall DL. Type 2 diabetes mellitus: New onset. In: Schwinghammer TL, ed. Pharmacotherapy casebook: A patient-focused approach. 11th ed. New York, NY: McGrawHill, 2020. Case answers provided in: Instructor's Guide to Accompany the Pharmacotherapy Casebook. 11th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2020.
  • Knapp K, Pezzino NC. Empowering technicians to call the shot: increasing the uptake of the influenza vaccine in the community pharmacy. Pharmacy Times CE. 16 November 2018.
  • Pezzino NC. Caring for Contact Lenses: A Guide for the Pharmacist. PowerPak CE. 31 July 2017.
  • Pezzino NC. Are Probiotics Right for this Patient? Individualizing Recommendations for Disease Management and Health Maintenance. PowerPak CE. 27 April 2017.
  • Pezzino NC, Marciniak MW, Smith M, Ferreri SP. Physician-Reported Factors that Encourage Collaboration with Community Pharmacists. Journal of American Pharmacists Association. 2017;57(3):S279-S283.
  • 2019 | Wilkes 7th Annual Student Research - Top Clinical Award.
  • 2018 | Pharmacists’ Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist.
  • 2018 | Wilkes University Outstanding New Faculty Award.
  • 2018 | Wilkes 6th Annual Student Research- Top Clinical Award.
  • 2017 | Pennsylvania Top Ten Under Ten Pharmacist Award.
  • 2016 | APhA New Practitioner Spotlight.
  • American Pharmacists' Association - Faculty Advisor.