Current Residents


Site: Allina Health

Bridget Williams, PharmD

williams headshotBridget is originally from Eagan, MN. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2020. Throughout pharmacy school, Bridget gained experience in transitions of care working at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and served in leadership positions with Phi Delta Chi and the Medical Reserve Corps. Her experiences during her APPE rotations solidified her passion for tackling the gray area involved in ambulatory care pharmacy, where a pharmacist can work with patients to creatively find solutions that fit an individual's life. Bridget is excited to have the opportunity to stay in the Twin Cities metro area with Allina Health and serve the diverse patient population where she grew up. In her free time, Bridget enjoys exploring national parks, checking out new breweries, hosting game nights with friends and family, and spending time with her nephew.

Site: 1st Year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership/Broadway Family Medicine

Athena Cannon, PharmD

cannon headshotAthena grew up in the small rural town of Early, Texas. She completed her pharmacy per-requisites at the University of Texas at Arlington and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Abilene, Texas in 2020. Throughout her pharmacy program, Athena was involved in Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), Phi Delta Chi (PDC), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) locally and nationally involved with the ACCP Endocrine and Metabolism Healthcare Committee. Early on in her pharmacy career, Athena was curious about the role of pharmacists in sports medicine and antidoping. Throughout the years, she has worked with professionals in sports medicine on the collegiate and elite level and has served as a science intern for the U.S Antidoping Agency. In 2019, she received a grant to attend the Partnership for Clean Competition International Conference on Antidoping in London, England. She hopes to continue her efforts of providing pharmacotherapy and antidoping education as it pertains to athletes. Athena’s over-arching passion in pharmacy lies in ambulatory care, managing endocrine and metabolic syndromes, and nutrition and lifestyle education. She is excited to join the University of Minnesota and Broadway Family Medicine Clinic and work with the many incredible healthcare professionals. During her free time, she loves being outdoors with her husband and two pups. Her perfect day includes coffee at a local coffee shop, exploring the city, and gathering with friends and family.

Site: Cashwise Clinic Pharmacy/Carris Health

Katherine Anderson, PharmD

headshot katherineKatie grew up in Chanhassen, Minnesota. She attended North Dakota State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2020. Katie was involved with Kappa Psi and Phi Lambda Sigma. She had the opportunity to work during school in an institution for a while then transitioning to working in a community pharmacy, finding her drive for working with patients. Katie had two ambulatory care APPE rotations which further grew her passion for ambulatory care. Those APPE rotations were what drove her to pursue a PGY1 pharmacy residency focused in ambulatory care. Katie is excited to work with Cashwise Clinic Pharmacy/Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar, MN. Alongside pharmacy she enjoys traveling, watching football, being outdoors and on the water and spending quality time with friends and her dog, Dakota.

Site: CentraCare Health - Paynesville

Atuobi Nana Yiadom, PharmD

nana headshotNana grew up in Ghana, and relocated to Minnesota in 2007. He enrolled at St. Cloud State University in 2008, where he earned a degree in Biochemistry and Psychology. After graduation, Nana got a job at CentraCare Infusion pharmacy where he compounded and reconstituted chemotherapy medication for patients. It was during this time that Nana developed an interest in pursuing a pharmacy career. Nana earned his Pharm.D from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth in 2020. While at school, Nana also participated in Mayo Clinic’s summer graduate training program in pharmacokinetics. As part of his work at Mayo, he used software to build physiologically-based pharmacokinetics (PBPK) models and simulations to predict pharmacokinetics behavior of drugs in humans using preclinical data. He was also a member of Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). Nana hopes to pursue a career that includes both research and providing patient care in a clinic setting. He enjoys fishing, reading, soccer, cross country skiing. Nana was recently inducted into the 2019 class of Most Notable Alumni of St. Cloud State University for his research work at Mayo, Rochester

Site: CentraCare Health - St. Cloud

Lauren Martens, PharmD

marten headshotLauren grew up in Sartell, MN and completed her pre-pharmacy coursework at North Dakota State University. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in May 2020. Throughout her time in pharmacy school, she was involved in a number of organizations including Phi Lambda Sigma, Phi Delta Chi, and the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA). With an early interest in ambulatory care, she pursued an internship involving Medication Therapy Management to learn more about it. She also worked as an intern at the St. Cloud Hospital within the CentraCare system throughout pharmacy school. It was during her APPE rotations that Lauren truly discovered her passion for providing direct patient care, building relationships, and working with patients to help them meet their healthcare goals. Outside of pharmacy, Lauren enjoys summer days at the lake, traveling, time spent outside, and game nights with family and friends.

Site: Community-University Health Care Center

Emily Evan, PharmD

evan headshotEmily grew up in Andover, MN, a northern suburb of the Twin Cities. She attended the University of St. Thomas where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, and the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities where she obtained her PharmD. Throughout her time in pharmacy school, Emily was active with the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance, and the Admissions Committee for the College. She also really enjoyed her role as a TA for multiple courses, and working as an intern at an independent community pharmacy. Shadowing a pharmacist at CUHCC is part of what inspired her to apply to pharmacy school, and she couldn’t be more excited to come full circle and embark on her career as a resident at CUHCC. Outside of pharmacy, Emily can’t get enough of her niece Hannah and nephew Austin. She also enjoys spending time with the rest of her family, playing with her dog Molly, reading, and being outdoors.

Site: Essentia Health

Brianna Ferrell, PharmD  

ferrell headshotBrianna is originally from a small town in Northern Minnesota called Buhl. She completed her Bachelor's of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016. Throughout pharmacy school, she worked with the Transition's of Care Discharge Delivery program with Essentia Health and also was a Patient Education TA for the lab course. Upon completing APPE rotations that involved performing MTM, it was clear that providing direct patient care in an Ambulatory Care setting is what drives her passion for pharmacy. She loves being able to collaborate with a patient's healthcare team to make a difference in their medication therapy that fits into their daily life and then have the opportunity to establish an ongoing relationship with that patient. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors with her family, friends, and golden retriever. She is very excited to have this opportunity to continue working with patients in the Duluth community for her residency year.

Site: Essentia Health

Taylor Grupa, PharmD

grupa headshotTaylor grew up in the small town of Breezy Point, MN. Prior to pharmacy school, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota- Duluth. In 2020, Taylor received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota (Duluth campus). While in pharmacy school, Taylor enjoyed coordinating opportunities for students to provide care to members of the Duluth community through various health fairs. She also enjoyed helping pharmacy students succeed academically as a teaching assistant for the Pharmaceutical Care Skills Laboratory course and serving as a coordinator and tutor at the Student Resource Center. Taylor has always had an interest in ambulatory care and working with patients one-on-one to better understand and optimize medications, and that passion was strengthened through her APPE rotations. She is looking forward to continue serving patients in the Northland, as well as students at the College of Pharmacy during the upcoming year in her new role as a resident at Essentia Health. In her free time, Taylor enjoys hiking, crafting, spending time at the lake, and exploring the North Shore with her husband and dog, Tofte.

Site: Fairview Pharmacy Services

Caitlin Pederson, PharmD

pederson headshotCaitlin grew up in Lino Lakes, MN, just north of the Twin Cities. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2016 and her PharmD from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Duluth Campus in 2020, and also graduated with a Leadership Emphasis. As a pharmacy student, Caitlin was involved and held leadership roles in Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Rho Chi, the Student Initiative for Integrity in Pharmacy, and was a Class Representative. Caitlin was first introduced to ambulatory care through an elective course and had an immediate interest. Her experiences during APPE rotations confirmed her passion for ambulatory care and inspired her to pursue a residency in the area. After residency, Caitlin is hoping to continue practicing in ambulatory care, hopefully in MN. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Site: Fairview Pharmacy Services

Alexandra Veccia, PharmD 

vecchia headshotAlly grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, before moving to Minnesota to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in Biology at the College of Saint Benedict. After spending a year working as a pharmacy technician in Minneapolis, she moved to Madison where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin. Throughout school, Ally was passionate about advocating for people with mental illnesses, and she was active in the Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacy Student Interest Group. Ally knew ambulatory care was her calling when she had the opportunity to build relationships with patients and positively impact their care while performing comprehensive medication reviews during APPE rotations. She is looking forward to collaborating with, and learning from, the talented team of pharmacists, physicians, and nurses at M Health Fairview. In her spare time, Ally loves game nights with friends and family, endless reruns of Friends or The Office, and cooking with her fiancé. Although she enjoyed her time in Wisconsin, Ally is beyond excited to be back in the great state of Minnesota!

Site: 2nd Year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Resident/Geritom

David Bunch, PharmD

bunvh headshotDavid grew up in Oak Harbor, WA on Whidbey Island. He graduated from Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences with is Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2019. David is very passionate about leadership and mentorship having served in leadership positions at the local, state, regional, and national levels during pharmacy school. Going into his second year of the leadership residency he is excited to mentor the incoming residents and continue his growth as a leader and teacher. David is looking forward to developing the MTM program and implementing pharmacogenomic services with Geritom this year. His main pharmacy interests include academia and ambulatory care. Outside of pharmacy David likes to play music, watch/play sports, travel, and be active. 

Site: Goodrich Pharmacy/HealthPartners

Samantha Russo, PharmD 

russo headshotSami grew up in Andover, Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at Winona State University in 2016. She then made the move back closer to home to attend pharmacy school at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Sami’s time spent volunteering with Minnesota Student Pharmacy Alliance (MPSA) as a co-coordinator for Project Smoking Cessation and 4th year rotations inspired her to pursue a residency focused on community and ambulatory pharmacy. She has many interests related to community pharmacy including long-term care, compounding, and medication therapy management. She hopes to find a career following residency combing some of these interests while continuing to develop long-term relationships with patients. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys cooking, golfing, and making sure her house plants survive.

Site: 1st Year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership/M Health Fairview - Smiley's

Ann Nagle, PharmD

Nagle HeadshotAnn is a 2020 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Ann came to pharmacy after an almost 10 year career in forensic science where she specialized in controlled substances and toxicology. Her pivot to pharmacy school after an enlightening career in forensics is rooted in passion to help advocate for change and education for patients and communities. Growing up in a rural community, Ann looks forward to learning about and growing pharmacy practices in underserved communities to help promote health equity. She credits her Liberal Arts degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN as the catalyst for acting locally and thinking globally. Ann has a Master's degree in Public Health which is also an area of interest that she looks forward to marrying to her evolving pharmacy practice and understanding. In her free time, Ann enjoys cooking, learning new recipes, going for leisurely strolls and bike rides, and listening to podcasts.

Site: Minnesota Community Care

Timothy Isdahl, PharmD

isdahl headshotTim is from Plymouth, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate degree in neuroscience and for pharmacy school. In pharmacy school, he was involved with Kappa Psi and was co-coordinator of Operation Mental Health. He was drawn to Minnesota Community Care due to its mission of providing healthcare for all, and its diverse patient population. He is passionate about finding ways to measure and dismantle structural racism in the healthcare system, and providing outstanding care and advocating for patients from underserved communities. In his free time he enjoys biking to Stillwater, bouldering, reading, and listening to podcasts. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two cats.

Site: Minnesota Community Care

Radhika Patel, PharmD

patel headshotRadhika was born in Dearborn, MI and grew up in Maple Grove, MN. In her free time, she enjoys jogging, hiking, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her family/friends. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2016 and continued to be a Gopher for pharmacy school, obtaining her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2020. During pharmacy school, she spent the majority of her time providing community outreach within the Twin Cities area with Operation Diabetes, APhA, Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, Kappa Psi, and Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization. Through these experiences and interning at a community pharmacy, her passion for ambulatory care further developed, which inspired her to pursue a residency at Minnesota Community Care. She is looking forward to serving the diverse patient population at this site and desires to continue her pharmacy career within the state of MN afterwards.

Site: New Ulm Medical Center

Ashley Jensen, PharmD

Jensen headshotAshley grew up in the small town of Madison Lake, MN. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology as well as Pharmaceutical Sciences to further pursue a Doctorate of Pharmacy at South Dakota State University, the class of 2020. During pharmacy school she was involved in APhA-ASP, Phi Lambda Sigma, Rho Chi, and Kappa Psi. A large amount of her time was spent being an advocate in APhA-ASP, from her pre-pharmacy career to being on the executive board and then a P3 chair. Her passion for pharmacy began when she started working at a community pharmacy in 2013 and grew even stronger with multiple rotational experiences in the ambulatory care setting. Following residency, she hopes to develop a pharmacy practice in the ambulatory care setting or purse a PGY-2 in ambulatory care. She loves spending her summers on the lake with her family and winters out in the snow whether she is skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling. Ashley and her boyfriend (Garett) are avid dog lovers and have a yellow lab named Zoey who is 2, which keeps them very busy during their free time.

Site: 2nd Year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership/North Memorial Blaine

Sara Maki, PharmD

Maki HeadshotSara earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2019 and completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Minnesota Community Care, a federally-qualified health center in West Saint Paul, MN. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science in International Studies & Health from Bradley University and spent time working in adult education and public health before finding her passion for clinical pharmacy in an ambulatory care setting. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with patients from many different walks of life. Sara is now taking on the role of co-chief resident and transitioning into a PGY2 practice development residency to bring comprehensive medication management services to the North Memorial primary care and specialty clinics in Blaine, MN.

Site: Park Nicollet Health

Paige Behrend, PharmD

Paige headshotPaige grew up in Chaska, MN and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of St. Thomas before applying to pharmacy school. Throughout pharmacy school, she worked at Hennepin County Medical Center and HyVee Pharmacy and volunteered at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. Her interest in ambulatory care pharmacy throughout pharmacy school turned into a passion after a 10-week APPE at the Minneapolis VA. She is excited to be able to continue directly helping patients achieve their health goals and manage their chronic conditions. In her free time, she loves to go hiking with her husband, who is also a pharmacist at Abbott Northwestern hospital. She also enjoys reading, traveling, discovering new breweries, and spending time with friends and family.

Site: St. Cloud VA Medical Center

Elizabeth Tupper, PharmD

tupper headshotOriginally from Woodbury, MN, Ellie graduated from North Dakota State University in 2020. Highlights from her time in pharmacy school include volunteering in her community, mentoring younger students, and serving as class representative, APhA-ASP Chapter President, and APhA-ASP Regional Member-at-Large. While completing APPE rotations across seven different states, Ellie grew her passions for chronic disease state management, lasting patient relationships, lifelong learning, and leadership. During her residency at the St Cloud VA, Ellie is looking forward to strengthening her ambulatory care skills and to serving the Veterans of central Minnesota. She enjoys traveling, hiking, long-distance running, and trying new breweries!

Site: Walgreens/M Health Fairview Clinic - Bethesda 

Colton Sharp, PharmD

sharp headshotColton is from a town called Edmond in Oklahoma. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University for both his pre-pharmacy and PharmD curriculum. He graduated in May 2020 with a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration. While a student, he was involved with ASHP, APhA, and Rho Chi. He spent a majority of his time working/volunteering for the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, working with the Youth and Family department. His passion for working with the community and helping others came from his work with the YMCA and during a medical mission trip to Panama. Through those experiences, he developed the desire to form trusting relationships with his patients and pursue a career where he can have a lasting impact on his community. He worked for Walgreens in Oklahoma City and at a specialty site in Orlando, Florida, and through a mentor discovered specialty pharmacy and Walgreens residencies. The rest is history and he is so happy to have found a home here through the Walgreens and Bethesda Family Medicine Clinic residency. He hopes to find a career through ambulatory care or specialty pharmacy while maintaining a motto of community involvement. Outside of pharmacy, he loves running, Disney, Taylor Swift, volleyball, and since he was a barista, trying out local coffee shops. One of his favorite memories was crossing the finish line at the Walt Disney World Marathon.

Site: Welia Health

Anna Insley, PharmD

insley headshotAnna grew up in Blaine, MN. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2018 and her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2020 at North Dakota State University. While attending pharmacy school at NDSU, Anna was involved in Phi Lambda Sigma, Kappa Psi and APhA-ASP. She interned at Sanford Medical Center Fargo throughout pharmacy school. Anna is passionate about rural healthcare, helping patients and working together with other healthcare professionals. She is excited to find ways to help her patients meet their goals during her residency year at Welia Health. After residency, Anna plans to continue practicing in a rural healthcare clinic. In her spare time, Anna enjoys listening to music and podcasts, spending time with her family at the lake and reading.