Amina Abubakar graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy University of the Sciences in 2005. She is the owner and manager of
Avant Pharmacy & Wellness Center formerly known as Rx Clinic Pharmacy in Charlotte, NC, and the founder of the Avant Institute.
She is an internationally recognized award-winning clinical pharmacist, Certified HIV Specialty Pharmacist, a preceptor to UNC Chapel Hill residents and students from several schools of pharmacy. Recently, Amina was bestowed the honor by the National Community Pharmacists Association as 2020’s Independent Pharmacist of the Year and also received the 2020 Bowl of Hygeia from the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists for outstanding service to the community.
She has fostered an environment that showcases the impact of community pharmacists on patient care by collaborating with medical providers and expanding pharmacist-led clinical services in her community. Her desire to help others advance the pharmacy profession inspired her to found the Avant Institute to offer training to pharmacies across the country on the practical application of clinical pharmacy services through developing sustainable physician collaborations.
Olivia Bentley, PharmD, CFts, AAHIVP
Olivia Bentley received her Doctor of Pharmacy from South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah in 2012 and completed a PGY1 Community Residency Program at the University of Georgia with Village Drug Shop in Athens, GA in 2013. Dr. Bentley is a Board-Certified HIV Pharmacist. She is also experienced as a Certified BHRT pharmacist, Therapeutic Shoe Fitter for patients with diabetes and Certified in Pharmacogenetics and Precision Medicine.
As the Director of Collaborative Care Services at Avant Pharmacy and Wellness, she co-developed and implemented a variety of non-dispensing, cognitive-based clinical services. Through physician collaboration, she leads a team of clinical community pharmacists and Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners (CPPs) in providing Medicare annual wellness visits, chronic care management, remote physiological monitoring, behavioral health integration and much more. Today, she leads a team of medical providers, pharmacists, and specialists in team-based care, quality metric improvement (MIPS) and incentive based payment programs in an accredited Patient-Centered Medical Home medical practice.
She has served in leadership positions in local, state and national professional organizations such as NCAP, NCPA, APhA and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Dr. Bentley has been honored with awards such Pharmacy Development Services Pharmacist of the Year and Independent Pharmacy Employee of the Year, and GPhA’s New Practitioner Leader Award in 2013.
Jessica Sinclair, PharmD
Jessica Sinclair is the Director of Education and Research Outcomes at Avant Pharmacy and Wellness (formerly known as Rx Clinic Pharmacy). Through her role, she guides pharmacist team members through collaborative clinical services to ensure confidence, alignment with rules and regulations, and the highest level of patient care. She serves as the Continuing Pharmacy Education Administrator of the Avant Institute and is dedicated to the creation of meaningful and innovative education programs that push the profession of pharmacy forward.
She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Purdue University in 2017 and then completed her PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency with UNC and Rx Clinic Pharmacy between 2017-2018. During her residency, she built a pharmacist-led clinical service program with Metrolina Internal Medicine, focusing on the annual wellness visit, chronic care management, and diabetes management. She served as Secretary-Elect for the New Practitioner Network of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and has presented at pharmacy conferences, such as the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting.
She is highly involved in precepting and serves as the rotation coordinator for Avant Pharmacy and Wellness. She precepts pharmacy students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as a member of the UNC preceptor focus group. She is passionate about educating students, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers on the benefits of pharmacist-provider collaboration.