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Timothy S. Bailey, MD, FACE, FACP, CPI

Director

Board certified in endocrinology, metabolism and internal medicine, Dr. Bailey has specialized in treating AMCR patients with diabetes, osteoporosis, thyroid diseases and lipid disorders since 1990. A clinical associate professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, he is very active in conducting clinical trials, educating patients and physicians, and consulting with technology firms to improve patient care.

Education 1984 Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Post Doctoral Training 1984-1987 Internal Medicine Residency (St. Luke's Hospital, New York)


Research Fellowships 1987-1990 Endocrinology & Metabolism (SUNY Downstate Health Science Center)

Licensure and Board Certification Internal Medicine, Endocrinology & Metabolism


Academic & Administrative Appointments Clinical Assistant Professor, UCSD School of Medicine

Hospital Appointments Palomar-Pomerado Health System La Jolla VA Hospital

 

Chandrasekhar Varma, MD, FACE, FACP

Board certified in endocrinology, metabolism and internal medicine, Dr. Varma specializes in applying rapidly evolving technology to treat endocrine and metabolic disorders. He founded AMCR in 1982 and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. He is involved in several clinical trials and enjoys educating physicians by conducting forums in endocrine disorders.

Education 1968 MBBS Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, India; 1971 MD Madras Medical College, India

Post Doctoral Training 1973-1975 Internal Medicine Residency (Daniel Drake Memorial Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio); 1975-1976 Internal Medicine Residency (Veterans Hospital, Brooklyn, NY)


Research Fellowships 1976-1978 Endocrinology and Metabolism (Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, NY)

Licensure and Board Certification Internal Medicine, Endocrinology & Metabolism

Academic & Administrative Appointments Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSD School of Medicine

Hospital Appointments Palomar-Pomerado Health System; VA Hospital, La Jolla; Rancho Springs Medical Center; Inland Valley Regional Medical Center

 

Roya Jannesari, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP

Is a board-certified family nurse practitioner rendering patient care and conducting clinical research studies with a special focus on women’s health.

 

John Walsh, PA

Is a physician assistant who oversees the popular patient support group “Sweet Spot.” He is a prolific author and the creator of a leading diabetes educational website.

 

N. Celeste Bailey, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Bailey serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for AMCR Institute, Inc. Dr. Bailey earned a Bachelors degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Florida at Gainesville, and a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences from The Mount Sinai Medical Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Bailey's graduate thesis project was under the supervision of Dr. Constantin Bona and renowned molecular immunologist, Dr. Frederick Alt, at Columbia University where she spent most of her graduate research. Subsequently, her post-graduate work was in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She is a member of American Diabetes Association (ADA) and  American Association of Immunologists (AAI).

 


Susan Albrecht

Research Coordinator/Laboratory Manager

Raised in Southern California since the age of five, Susan is a California girl.

She loves the outdoors and along with her many outdoor hobbies she is an avid cycling enthusiast and has been involved with major fundraising since May of 2010 for The American Diabetes Association. Establishing her own Cycling Team for Tour De Cure (a cycling fundraising event to help find a cure for Diabetes) as Team Captain with team recruitment her fund raising efforts have been significantly productive, resulting in rewarding acknowledgment by the American Diabetes Association fund raising event coordinators.

Susan started her medical career at the age of twenty three as a phlebotomist, working in a small medical lab in Hemet California called Monte Vista Medical Lab.

From there she advanced her career to become a Medical Assistant and worked for a Family Practice known as Hemet Valley Family Physicians for 8 years.

She again moved her career forward to become a Blood Collections Tech and Job Trainer, for the American Red Cross Blood Services in San Diego, where she collected blood donations from donors and trained new employees from 2002 to 2008.

Having spent several years in Blood Collections involved in saving lives, Susan decided to change her career goal to Clinical Research. In August of 2008 she moved on from saving lives to researching ways to enhance and prolong lives of people inflicted with Diabetes. She took a position at Profil Institute for Clinical Research in Chula Vista, CA where she worked as a Laboratory Assistant. This position gave Susan the opportunity to work with YSI Blood Glucose Analyzers for use in Research.

Having the experience and knowledge of the YSI Glucose Analyzers, enhanced her opportunities for advancing her career once again. She accepted a position at Veterans Medical Research Foundation where she was the YSI Technician and Laboratory Assistant Manager for the Center for Metabolic Research at the Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

In March of 2014 Susan joined our team here at AMCR Institute as a Research Coordinator as well as Our Laboratory Manager and YSI Technician.

We are happy to have her onboard here at AMCR Institute with her valuable experience in the Medical and Clinical Research field as well as expertise of YSI Glucose Analyzers and laboratory equipment.


Carmen P. Franco-Cline, CCRC

QC Auditor

Carmen is a fully bilingual Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. She has received training in various areas of research especially in Rheumatology and Diabetes and has 18 years of experience in clinical studies.

Her career started as a licensed Radiologic Technologist in New York, and later participated in the preparation and translation of the global questionnaires on quality of life for the Mapi Institute of France.

The chance to work with a Rheumatologist in San José, Costa Rica took her into the field of research. She was a medical research coordinator with Merck Sharp & Dohme in Costa Rica from 1995 to 2004.

While there she carried out the entire research process from start to finish as a Senior Lead Coordinator with hands on in all areas, including ECG, laboratories and assisting in any protocol required procedure. She later joined AMCR Institute in the fall of 2005 as Lead Clinical Coordinator and went on to be in charge of the Research Department of our satellite office in Temecula.

She is now the QC Auditor for AMCR Institute Inc. Her passion for research has given her the reputation on implementing the success of the maintenance of a high quality in our good clinical practices. This passion came about as a result of her family history of Diabetes, and her desire to better educate people to help themselves.


Brandee Ciarlanti

Lead Coordinator

Brandee joined AMCR Institute in 2008 with her main focus is in the management of investigational drug and device trials. As a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator she helps her fellow staff members from recruitment, visit procedures and source document maintenance while adhering to Good Clinical Practices. Her specialty is in patient observation and safety; she conducts all visits from start to finish ensuring retention and increased productivity in recruitment. Her most valued skill is her ability to sustain a productive flow in the institute's daily operations, making sure the execution of study visits and procedures are completed with ease. Brandee possesses a hardworking demeanor that is evident through the smooth operation of her assigned studies.


Laura Bedolla

CCRC Manager Clinical Operations

Laura is responsible for the implementation of clinical studies for drug and devices since 1993. This includes study execution and management, contracting and budgets and monitoring of strict protocol adherence. Laura also serves as Regulatory Liaison and is responsible for the management, preparation and submission of clinical documents for Investigational Review Board and Sponsor submissions. Laura ensures all regulatory and IRB documentation is in adherence to FDA Regulations and ICH/GCP Guidelines.


Jenine Yager Stone, MSN, FNP-C

 

Jenine Stone is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who specializes in the treatment of diabetes and obesity. As a clinician at AMCR, she provides care for patients in the medical practice and serves as a sub-investigator on clinical studies conducted through AMCR Institute. Jenine earned a Master of Science in 2015 in Nursing (MSN), from Yale University School of Nursing. She is Board Certificatied from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Family Nurse Practitioner Certified (FNP-C)


Amy King, RN

Research Nurse Coordinator

Amy is Registered Nurse born and raised in San Diego. She became a part of the AMCR Institute team a few years ago due to her interest in getting involved in clinical research. Amy works as a Clinical Research Coordinator on both pharmaceutical and device trials for diabetes. Through clinical trials Amy works closely with her patients to help improve their quality of life with diabetes, as well as find new and improved treatment for those who may one day be in need.


Cheryl Roldan, NMA, NCPT, BA Agriculture Botany Genetic, BAA Landscape design, BSS in Marketing

 

Cheryl joined AMCR Institute in 2010, after a 27 year career in Marketing and product planning for the Garden Centers of a National Retailer. Changing career pathways and going back to school to finish her medical training, she found that she could combine her skills as a National Certified Medical Assistant and Director of Marketing at AMCR. Making a difference in people’s lives who have Diabetes by recruiting them for studies that could aid them and others in everyday aspects of their lives has been very rewarding. She has advanced her skills in all aspects of Clinical Research which enables her to speak and market to the professional organization like ADA, JDRF and TCOYD. Being the Lead Coordinator on Studies like Trial Net that test health family member with a relative who has Diabetes is just one of the studies she is involved with. With her skills of customer service and adherence to good clinical practices she hopes to lead more studies with a growing, expanding AMCR.


Elizabeth Pepka

Recruitment Coordinator

Elizabeth began her career in biotech client support and progressed to e-Learning account management and content review. Her attention to detail and desire to provide the best patient experience only add to her skillset. She coordinates all aspects of recruiting, for current enrolling protocols including screening-appointment scheduling, follow-up phone calls, and new-patient data entry input. She also works regularly with Research Coordinators to improve candidate sourcing and helps identify how to streamline processes aimed to improve recruitment and retention effectiveness.