Heather Hellwig

Heather Hellwig

Home Church: St. Matthews, Niles, IL
Branch: Navy
Rank:  Commander
Status: Active Duty


Information: Commander Hellwig is the acting Associate Director for Clinical Support Services at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, IL.

From Madison, Wisconsin, she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2002 and her Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy from the University of Florida in 2011. She also completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at the National Naval Medical Center in 2011 and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Commander Hellwig was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy in 2002. Her first assignment was to Bremerton Naval Hospital where she almost immediately deployed to Rota, Spain as the Pharmacy Lead for Fleet Hospital Eight. Over the next seven years, she led the pharmacies at Branch Health Clinic Bangor, Washington; Branch Health Clinic Iwakuni, Japan; and Naval Hospital Beaufort, South Carolina. After taking a year away from leadership to complete a Pharmacy Practice residency program, Commander Hellwig served as the Pharmacy Assistant Chief at the newly opened Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia and in 2013 assisted in the multinational Pacific Partnership Humanitarian Mission. She also served as the Navy Pharmacy Advisory Board Chair from 2014 to 2016. At present, she is the acting Associate Director for Clinical Support Services and the Pharmacy Division Head at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, the only integrated VA and Navy facility in the United States.

Commander Hellwig has been actively involved in the American Pharmacists Association and the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar sponsored by APhA since 2001. She enjoys running, horseback riding, theater performances, and is an avid traveler.