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BCAT
The Artspace Building
1221 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: 716-259-1680

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Our Educators

Marie Bertola, R.Ph.
Marie Bertola, R.Ph.Pharmacy Technician Instructor
Marie is a lifelong Western New York resident who comes to the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) with more than 20 years of experience in pharmacy practice.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and is a New York State Licensed, Registered Pharmacist and Certified Pharmacist Immunizer.

She has received certification training in Patient Centered Diabetes Care and CPR/AED, and is working toward becoming a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.

Marie is a licensed NYSED instructor and an Advocate Educator for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Pharmacists Association; American Society of Health System Pharmacists; The Pharmacist’s Society of the State of New York; The Pharmacists Association of Western New York and Buffalo Niagara 360.

Colene Melson, M.S. Ed., CPC, CPC-H, CMBS
Colene Melson, M.S. Ed., CPC, CPC-H, CMBSMedical Coder Instructor
Colene Melson is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and a Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS) through the Medical Association of Billers. She is also a New York State Certified Special Education and Literacy Educator. Colene received her Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Literacy Instruction at Niagara University. She has 10+ years’ experience in the medical billing and coding field, having worked in various specialties such as pediatrics, internal medicine and radiology. In addition to office experience, Colene has worked as an instructor for Bryant & Stratton College’s Professional Skills Center teaching adult learners medical coding, billing and healthcare ethics.