Aventine’s founding partners have worked together professionally in a variety of managed care pharmacy roles since 1995. Our many years of professional camaraderie have forged a solid foundation and trusted partnership, Aventine Consulting.
Our team of highly accomplished clinical professionals has years of experience and expertise developing AMCP dossiers and economic models for a wide range of products across diverse disease states and clinical settings. Because our team members have past experience evaluating products for reimbursement and formulary inclusion from the payer side of the access equation, we understand the needs of the payer audience and are able to leverage that knowledge in developing dossiers and models that are fit for purpose.
Holly (Carlton) Trautman, PharmD, MS
Co-Founder/Chief Operating Officer
Holly has a wealth of experience identifying and demonstrating product value in the managed care arena via submission guidelines and economic modeling. Prior to founding Aventine Consulting in 2008, Holly spent 5 years as Director of Clinical Services at the consulting firm Strategic Pharmacy Innovations. In this role, Holly orchestrated the development of more than 50 formulary submission dossiers, writing many of them single-handedly. She has worked with pharmaceutical companies of all sizes in developing evidence-based and meaningful value statements for products for an extensive range of disease states. Previous to her career in consulting, Holly was the Director of Pharmacy at Community Health Plan of Washington, where she converted a pharmacy department in its infancy to a well-managed, evidence-based department through education and strong formulary management.
Holly received a Master of Science from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program at the University of Washington and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the same University. She completed a fellowship in managed care pharmacy at Premera Blue Cross in Seattle. Holly earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was the recipient of awards and scholarships throughout her training including the Facts and Comparisons’ award for excellence in clinical communication, several academic excellence scholarships, and a managed care fellowship.
Jamie (Clark) Dunning, PharmD
Co-Founder/Chief Clinical Officer
Jamie brings clinical depth to Aventine with over 15 years of experience in clinical oncology, managed care, and pharmaceutical industry positions. Prior to founding Aventine in 2008, Jamie spent more than 4 years as the Associate Director of Clinical Services at Strategic Pharmacy Innovations developing formulary submission dossiers for the payer audience. Prior to consulting, Jamie was Director of Pharmacy for a home infusion and specialty injectable company in Seattle. Her managed care career began in 1994 at Group Health Cooperative, where she was a clinical pharmacist for the hospital, the short-stay oncology infusion center, and the home infusion programs. While at Group Health, Jamie was also responsible for numerous formulary management projects. After years as a clinical pharmacist, Jamie was recruited by Immunex (now Amgen) as a medical information pharmacist for their oncology and rheumatology products.
Jamie earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado in Denver, where she received an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Achievement Award for outstanding performance. She graduated with her 5-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and has been a registered, practicing pharmacist in the State of Washington since that time.
Rachel (Bongiorno) Karcher, PharmD
Rachel has years of experience critically evaluating and synthesizing drug information for varied audiences. Prior to joining Aventine, Rachel was Director of Educational Strategy and Content at a leading medical education company. In this role, Rachel managed medical writers and content managers, initiated the company’s publication strategy, developed innovative educational platforms, and strategized tactical educational plans for clients. Rachel was the lead content manager on projects that won the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions awards for outstanding research in CME and outstanding educational collaboration. Before moving into medical education, Rachel was Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Director of Drug Information at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. At U of M, she was responsible for formulary management, developing and presenting formulary drug reviews, and evaluating and implementing cost-containment initiatives. During her tenure at U of M, Rachel also taught and managed both didactic and experiential pharmacy courses.
Rachel graduated magna cum laude with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Northeastern University. After graduation, she completed a 1-year Drug Information Residency at the University of Arizona and a 1-year Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Illinois. Throughout her career, Rachel has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Elizabeth James, PharmD, PhD
Elizabeth has extensive experience in pharmacy benefit management, modeling, health economics, and academia. Prior to joining Aventine, her roles in health care management relied upon her strong background in health economics for coordinating evidence-based decision making and integrating cost-effective strategies into formulary management. In her past roles at the Washington State Health Care Authority, she managed the $1.5 billion benefits portfolio for public employees, provided clinical oversight for pharmacy benefit coverage, analyzed health care utilization data, recommended evidence-based programs for optimizing benefit design, and advised the state legislature on issues related to agency programs. In addition to her many presentations and university lectures over the past decade, Elizabeth’s medical communication background also includes manuscript refereeing for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Elizabeth earned her Doctor of Pharmacy with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Washington’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program, from which she draws her health economics modeling expertise. While at the UW, Elizabeth was an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Fellow and a UW Magnuson Scholar. Of note among her many other honors and scholarships, she received the Facts and Comparisons Excellence in Clinical Communication Award during her tenure at UT.
Dora Adami, PharmD
Dora brings her clinical knowledge, project management skills, and medical communications experience to Aventine. Prior to working with Aventine, Dora was Clinical Director for formulary submission dossiers and provided operations management at Strategic Pharmacy Innovations for 10 years. Dora also has direct experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a Clinical Supply Chain Coordinator at Pfizer, working on drug development projects ranging from Phase I to IV. Dora began her career at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Seattle as a Project Manager for the development of a malaria vaccine. Over the course of her career, Dora has received several professional and team achievement awards, such as the Pharmaceutical Sciences Full Development Project Team Award (3 years), Personal Leadership and Supply Chain Recognition Awards.
Dora earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan, and served as a representative on the College of Pharmacy’s Board of Governors for several years. After receiving her PharmD, Dora completed a residency in Drug Information at Janssen. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Cell Biology.
Mary Jane Watson, PharmD
Mary Jane has extensive US pharmaceutical market access and reimbursement experience, with over 14 years of formulary management oversight across different organizations. She was Director of Clinical Pharmacy Management at UnitedHealthcare, where she was responsible for formulary management and clinical pharmacy programs for health plans, employer groups, and government programs. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Mary Jane was Director of the Drug Evaluation Unit at Express Scripts. In this role, she was responsible for formulary management and developing clinical quality and safety programs.
Following her career in managed care, Mary Jane spent 10 years with the consulting firm Strategic Pharmacy Innovations as Director of Clinical Services. In this role, she was responsible for developing reimbursement dossiers for a wide range of products and disease states.
Mary Jane earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a fellowship in critical care at the University of Minnesota.
Carissa Escober Doran, PhD, MPA, RN
Carissa brings over ten years of expertise in health economic modeling, health finance, and patient care in both the US and Canada.
Prior to joining Aventine, Carissa was a research associate at the Canadian Institute of Health Economics, where she utilized real-world evidence to evaluate and guide investment by providing evidence-based health economic recommendations to agencies such as Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Health. In this role, Carissa demonstrated the economic and humanistic value of health interventions by preparing and implementing effective investment strategies in close collaboration with these agencies. As an economic researcher at the University of Alberta Department of Medicine, she developed quantitative analyses and collaborated with CADTH on pharmaceutical cost valuation. Passionate about patient advocacy and health access, Carissa was a research coordinator at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing in New York and maintains a license as a registered nurse in New York State. She is an active member of ISPOR and Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi).
Carissa earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Economics from the School of Medicine at the University of Alberta in Canada. She earned a Master of Public Administration in Health Policy and Management, specializing in Health Finance, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, both from New York University following her completion of a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College.