Current Residents

Site: Allina Health

Stephanie Walek, PharmD

Walek photoStephanie grew up on a small dairy farm in Independence, WI. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2014 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2018. The concept of ambulatory care was first introduced to Steph during her first year of pharmacy school. Building therapeutic relationships by meeting one-on-one to provide medication education to patients was something that greatly intrigued her. Through the experience gained in both her patient care skills labs and her ambulatory care rotations, she knew she had found her niche in pharmacy and a place where she could make a difference. To unplug from the pharmacy world, Stephanie enjoys being active and competing in recreational sports, as well as painting, drawing, and most recently, learning to dance. She also loves spending time with friends and family îin particular, with her seven nieces and nephews! Steph is excited to join the ambulatory care team and looks forward to serving the patients of the Allina Health community.

Site: Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center

Annie Schwartz, PharmD

annie photoBorn and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Anne traveled across the state to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While a student, she enjoyed actively engaging in professional organizations through leadership opportunities, volunteer events, and conferences. In her free time, Anne likes hanging out with friends, eating ice cream, hiking, and watching St. Louis sports. Throughout her time as a student, she developed a passion for ambulatory care and knew she wanted to complete a PGY1 pharmacy residency that emphasized this passion. Anne enjoys assessing the needs of her community and then creating pharmacy services to better serve her patients. After completing her PGY1 pharmacy residency at Avera Marshall, Anne hopes to either pursue a PGY2 in Ambulatory Care or begin work as an ambulatory care pharmacist. 

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

Kyle Walburg, PharmD

Kyle photoKyle grew up in Golden Valley, MN and never left! She completed her undergraduate degree at the U of MN Twin Cities and graduated with a degree in biology. She worked for four years in a pre-clinical medical device research lab at the University. She graduated with her doctorate of pharmacy from the U of MN Twin Cities in 2018. During pharmacy school, Kyle was heavily involved in College Board, Kappa Epsilon, and Rho Chi. She most enjoyed her time spent at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. Kyle is passionate about ambulatory care pharmacy and believes pharmacists can make an important impact in the patient's health. In her free time, Kyle enjoys making acoustic covers of rap songs with her guitar, spending time with her two dogs, and exploring the Twin Cities food scene. 

Site: Cashwise Clinic Pharmacy/Affiliated Community Medical Centers

George Cullina, PharmD 

george photoGeorge is originally from a southern suburb of Chicago called Tinley Park, IL. He earned his PharmD in 2018 and bachelor's degree in 2014, both from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. As an undergraduate, George was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and served as its president for two years. During pharmacy school, he was a member of Phi Delta Chi professional fraternity and served as president for one year and graduated with a Leadership Emphasis Area. George has experience working in a retail pharmacy for nine years and hospital inpatient pharmacy for three years. However, it was his multiple MTM and ambulatory care APPE rotations that inspired him to pursue a residency and future career in ambulatory care. He enjoys getting to know people and building relationships to help improve their overall healthcare, so he is confident that he will have a great experience at Cashwise ACMC. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, camping, boxing, and playing board games with his friends and new wife.

Site: CentraCare Health - Paynesville

Kendra Babcock, PharmD

kendra photoKendra grew up in Faribault, MN and completed her pharmacy schooling at South Dakota State University in 2018. She is extremely excited to move back to Minnesota for residency training. Throughout pharmacy school she participated in APhA-ASP, as well as the South Dakota Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (SDSHP), and the Kappa Psi fraternity. In her free time, Kendra enjoys working out, reading, and traveling. She looks forward to pursing a career in rural health somewhere in Minnesota upon completing of her residency training at Paynesville. 

Site: CentraCare Health - St. Cloud

Jenna Gullickson, PharmD 

jenna photoOriginally from Center, North Dakota, Jenna attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota where she attained her Doctor of Pharmacy within the College of Health Professions School of Pharmacy in May 2018. She participated in student organizations such as the North Dakota Society of Health-System Pharmacists Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy, serving as secretary for one term, and the American Pharmacists Association ‚ Academy of Student Pharmacists. Throughout her education, she worked in various community pharmacy settings. The experience that impacted her most was her involvement as a student researcher through the McNair Scholars Program at NDSU, which provided opportunities to expand her research skill set, collaborate with mentors, and present her oncology research at a national level. Jenna’s passions in pharmacy are ambulatory care, academia, and outpatient oncology. Her love for teaching was confirmed after leading lectures during her P4 oncology rotation. She is looking forward to her upcoming residency year because she will have the opportunity to grow within the areas that she is passionate about, focus on interprofessional collaboration, and ultimately, positively impact patient lives. Following residency, Jenna hopes to obtain her dream career as a clinical pharmacist in the settings of ambulatory care and/or outpatient oncology with a dual role as an assistant professor. In the future, she hopes to develop a research program for pharmacy students to aid in their professional development. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching Bison football, and traveling with her boyfriend of 8 years. 

Site: Coborn's Pharmacy/Little Falls Medical Center

Stephanie Keller, PharmD 

stephanie photoStephanie is from Prior Lake, MN. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Iowa State University in 2013. She then moved back to Minnesota, where she graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2018. As a student pharmacist, Stephanie was involved in a variety of activities that sparked her interest in ambulatory care. The most influential experiences included volunteering at the HOPE Clinic, interning at a community pharmacy as well as with the Indian Health Service, working at the UMD Medication Therapy Management Clinic, and her ambulatory care rotations. Stephanie is excited to continue her relationship with the University of Minnesota while working on an interprofessional team to provide compassionate, patient-centered care within a rural setting. Following her residency, she plans to pursue a career that will allow her to collaborate with other health professionals to optimize patient outcomes and make a significant difference in patients’ lives. Outside of pharmacy, Stephanie enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with friends, family and her dog, Lexi.

Site: Community-University Health Care Center

Swetha Pradeep, PharmD 

swetha photoSwetha received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2018. She completed her undergraduate degree in her hometown at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where she had her first pharmacy experience as a technician in a combined inpatient/outpatient role. Here she began to understand pharmacy’s role in the health care system and realized her career goal of being a pharmacist. In pharmacy school, she spent much of her time involved in Kappa Psi and the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. These organizations gave her the opportunity to develop as a leader, forge interprofessional relationships, and serve an underserved community. As an APPE student, Swetha's rotations in primary care clinics solidified her passion for ambulatory care pharmacy and primary care. Her view on patient care is holistic - she understands many factors can contribute to a patient’s health, and that a patient can benefit from the combined expertise of an interprofessional team, including a pharmacist. Swetha is excited to continue her pharmacy training at CUHCC where she can combine her passions for serving an underserved community, interprofessionalism, and primary care. As her career progresses, she hopes to work as a pharmacist in an interprofessional primary care setting where she can also mentor pharmacy students and new pharmacists. In her free time, Swetha enjoys reading, cooking, running, practicing yoga, spending time outside, and growing her indoor plant and herb collection.

Site: Fairview Pharmacy Services

Tiffany Cheng, PharmD

tiffany photoTiffany’s hometown is Richfield, Minnesota. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison for her pre-professional studies. After volunteering abroad for a month in a pharmacy in central Belize, she felt ready to pursue her passion for pharmacy. Tiffany returned to Minnesota to earn her PharmD degree in 2018 from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Throughout pharmacy school on the Duluth campus, she immersed herself in different organizations and community service projects. In particular, she participated in the International Pharmaceutical Student Federation, Health of People Everywhere Clinic, and Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance. During first year of pharmacy, she had a mentor working in medication therapy management, Tiffany knew from that moment medication therapy management was her passion. Tiffany’s passion continued to grow as an ambulatory care intern at Essentia Health. After completely a full year as a Fairview Longitudinal APPE Student, she is ecstatic to continue working with Fairview Health and the University of Minnesota. She is eager to further develop her knowledge and skills in medication therapy management. Tiffany also hopes to expand her interest in pain management and behavioral health within ambulatory care. Outside of pharmacy, Tiffany enjoys spending time with friends and family and staying active, especially hiking, biking, and playing volleyball. On rainy, cold days, she enjoys a friendly, competitive game of Settlers of Catan.    

Site: Essentia Health

Rebekka Schrecengost, PharmD

rebekka photoRebeka is from Cloquet, Minnesota, and stayed in the area to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biology from The College of Saint Scholastica in 2014. In 2018, she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a Leadership Emphasis Distinction from the University of Minnesota Duluth Campus. Rebekka is passionate about diabetes care, opioid abuse, and interprofessional collaboration. She was highly involved in these areas during pharmacy school, and is excited to continue to work in these areas during her residency at Essentia Health. In the future, she hopes to practice in an interprofessional setting; and, is looking forward to a long fulfilling career in ambulatory care pharmacy. During her free time, Rebekka enjoys spending time outside golfing, hiking, biking, rollerblading, and gardening. She also loves to spend time with family and her two dogs. 

Site: Fairview Pharmacy Services

Michelle Tran, PharmD 

michelle photoMichelle graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota. In her undergraduate years, she studied Biomedical Engineering also at the University of Minnesota. Originally from Plymouth, MN, she is excited to be staying in the Twin Cities and serving patients at local Fairview clinics. Since the start of her pharmacy career, Michelle has been extremely involved in her community and different professional organizations. During pharmacy school, she was student chapter president of Phi Lambda Sigma and held various other leadership roles in the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance, Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). She became further involved in ACCP on a national level serving as a Member at Large on the Student Network Advisory Committee during her fourth year and is involved in the Ambulatory Care network within ACCP. Michelle is looking forward to continuing her learning and working with other healthcare professionals at the University of Minnesota and Fairview Pharmacy Services. She is passionate about advocating for pharmacy practice, improving patient care, and expanding pharmacy services in innovative capacities. After residency, she plans to continue a career in providing comprehensive medication management and precepting other students. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, spending time with friends and family, adventuring to new restaurants, and traveling.

Site: 2nd Year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Resident/Fairview Physician Associates, Apple Valley Medical Clinic

Kaity Bader, PharmD

kaity photoKaity grew up near Belle Plaine, MN and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in 2017. She is in her second year of the Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Residency and is excited about her ambulatory care practice development at Apple Valley Medical Clinic, a Fairview Physician Associates Clinic, this year.  As a student, she engaged in direct patient care opportunities in her home community and abroad with a trip to Honduras and two trips to Haiti. In Haiti, she worked alongside providers in the clinic and taught pharmacology to students at the university. Through these experiences and patient education at Lewis (community) Pharmacy, where she interned, she further discovered her passion for direct patient care in many cultures. Kaity explored her interest in academia by developing and teaching a lecture for P2 students at SDSU College of Pharmacy (COP) on statistics and understanding evidence-based medicine.  She continues her teaching experience at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. After residency, Kaity plans to pursue a career in academia with an ambulatory care practice site. Kaity enjoys singing, hiking with her husband and tent camping in the great outdoors.

Site: 2nd Year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership/Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) Urban Network (FUHN)

Anjoli Punjabi, PharmD, MPh

anjoli photoAnjoli graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters in Public Health dual degree from the University Of Minnesota in 2017. She is currently a Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Resident and completed her first year of residency practicing comprehensive medication management (CMM) at Broadway Family Medicine.  This year she will establish CMM services with the Federally Qualified Healthcare Center Urban Network (FUHN). Previously, Anjoli served as a Teach For America corps member, the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA) President, and leader of a diabetes prevention program for urban American Indian residents at Little Earth of United Tribes. She is passionate about research and programs that advance the role of pharmacists and meet the needs of underserved populations to reduce healthcare disparities. After residency, Anjoli plans to pursue a career in academia as a practice faculty member.

Site: FirstLight Health Services

Kirsten Miller, PharmD

kirsten photoKirsten earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in May of 2018. She is originally from Sartell, Minnesota. As a pharmacy student, Kirsten was involved in a wide variety of patient care activities. Experiences that motivated her to pursue a residency involving ambulatory care include providing medication therapy management services as an intern at a rural community pharmacy and on her ambulatory care rotation. Kirsten is looking forward to beginning her residency at FirstLight Health System, where she is able to continue to build relationships with patients in a rural setting and help them to achieve their healthcare goals. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys golfing, camping and spending time with friends and family.

Site: Goodrich Pharmacy

Elise Durgin, PharmD 

elise photoElise graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2018. She was in the Mental Health Focus Area, worked as an intern at the Hennepin Regional Poison Center, and was heavily involved with interprofessional student organizations during pharmacy school. She is a Minnesota native, and grew up in Andover. In fact, the Goodrich Pharmacy in Andover was her childhood pharmacy. Before pharmacy school, she attended Cornell College, which is a quirky liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa. There she met her husband, who is a first year resident in the Emergency Medicine program at Hennepin Healthcare. They currently live in Robbinsdale with two birds and one rambunctious dog. Elise loves to be active. She runs in the summer and cross-country skis in the winter. She competed in her third marathon the month before starting residency and plans to run a 50 kilometer race on the Birkebeiner ski trails in the fall. She also loves to mountain bike, especially up in Crosby, Minnesota. Ideally she would love to live there some day, practicing ambulatory care pharmacy and enjoying the beauty of the old iron range.

Site: GuidePoint Pharmacy

Haley Pals, PharmD

haley photoHaley earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a minor in psychology from Drake University. During pharmacy school, she was heavily involved with Iowa's Monitoring Program for Pharmacy Professionals (IMP3) and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP). Her passion lies in advocating for patients, and she has specifically dedicated research projects towards reducing stigma associated with mental health disorders. Haley believes in emphasizing the importance of pharmacists on interdisciplinary care teams, and wishes to expand their presence in order to improve patient outcomes. She hopes to continue working directly with patients in the ambulatory care setting, with students to find their passions within pharmacy, and within the community to spread mental health awareness. In her spare time, Haley enjoys kayaking, running with her dog, creating art, playing poker, and traveling the world.

Site: New Ulm Medical Center

Charlie Sieberg, PharmD

charles photoCharlie grew up near Good Thunder, MN on a small farm.  He attended the University of MN Duluth where he earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2014 as well as his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2018.  Throughout pharmacy school he was involved in patient outreach projects with a focus on respiratory health and smoking cessation.  A summer internship with the U.S. Public Health Service sparked his desire to pursue a career in rural ambulatory care pharmacy where he can work closely with patients to help them achieve their health goals.  During his free time Charlie enjoys hiking outdoors with his dog, cheering for MN sports teams, and completing DIY projects with his wife.

Site: Park Nicollet Health

Ben Hierlmeier, PharmD

ben photoBen graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in May 2017.  He is originally from Medford, Wisconsin and attended UW-Madison for his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry. Throughout pharmacy school Ben was a member of Rho Chi, Phi Delta Chi, and several state and national pharmacy organizations. His experiences in pharmacy school instilled a passion for ambulatory care in him. Ben is excited build his clinical knowledge and communication skills through residency and hopes to positively impact his patients and medication experience. After residency, he hopes to continue his career in ambulatory care. Outside of pharmacy, Ben enjoys outdoor activities, golf, woodworking and spending time with his wife, baby girl, and dog.

Site: 1st Year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership/Smiley's Family Medicine

Sara Massey, PharmD

sara photoSara grew up in Neosho, Missouri. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in 2018. Throughout pharmacy school, Sara was engaged in many professional organizations and was driven by leadership and professional development. She was President of the UMKC American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Chapter and held national leadership positions in APhA-ASP and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, where she focused on both student development and education. Sara gained interest in academia during her final year of pharmacy school when she worked as a student research assistant and helped develop curriculum maps and assessment strategies at the UMKC School of Pharmacy. During her first year of residency, Sara will be spending half of her time providing direct patient care at Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic and the other half teaching at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She is excited to grow as a teacher and preceptor, learn more about ambulatory care practice, and develop strong patient-provider relationships at clinic. After residency, Sara hopes to pursue a career in academia with an ambulatory care focus. For fun, Sara enjoys attending concerts with her friends, traveling to different places, and trying new restaurants around the cities. 

Site: St. Cloud VA Medical Center

Kristen Schroeder, PharmD

kristen photoKristen grew up on a farm near Courtland, Minnesota. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from Augustana College in 2014 and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University in 2018. During both her undergraduate and pharmacy school years, she enjoyed tutoring and participating in research. She also took an active role in APhA-ASP as an Operation Diabetes Co-Chair and South Dakota Pharmacists Association Liaison. The highlight of her pharmacy school career was participating in the VALOR internship program at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, as this experience introduced her to ambulatory care and showed her that pharmacists can be highly impactful in a variety of areas. Kristen is excited to continue serving veterans at the St. Cloud VA this coming year. She is eager to continue developing her clinical and direct patient care skills throughout her residency and into her future career. In her free time, Kristen enjoys running, traveling, cooking, playing Settlers of Catan, and spending time with her husband, Dan. 

Site: Walgreens/UMP Bethesda

Kristine Conrow, PharmD

kristine photoKristine is from Lee's Summit, Missouri and graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in May 2018.  As a student pharmacist, she was involved with APhA-ASP, Phi Lambda Sigma, ASHP, SSHP, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, SCCP, Honor Council, and Public Health Organization.  During her time as the APhA-ASP International Vice President, Kristine established the first IPSF Student Exchange Program at her school of pharmacy. Her past professional experiences include work at Lee‚Äôs Summit Medical Center, Research Psychiatric Center, and Walgreens, gaining hands-on experience in various aspects of pharmacy.  Her passion for ambulatory care was solidified during her APPE rotations from the fulfillment she found in working directly with patients to meet their health goals.  She is looking forward to further developing her patient-care skills in diverse and interprofessional settings during residency at both Walgreens and Bethesda Clinic. After residency, she plans to continue working in an ambulatory care setting and mentoring students. Kristine is excited for her new adventure in the Twins Cities and finding the best places to eat.  She also enjoys volunteering at community healthcare events, running, Netflix bingeing, and hanging out with her family and friends. 

Site: West Side CHS

Sarah Medina, PharmD 

Ssarah photoSarah is a 2018 graduate from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Twin Cities. Originally from East Saint Paul, MN, Sarah is very enthusiastic about starting her year long residency at West Side Community Health Services. Sarah has a very personal connection with the Westside community as her grandparents lived there for many years. She has many fond childhood memories and is grateful to make a difference in a community that she is very connected to. Throughout pharmacy school Sarah was an interpreter at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic and an active member of Kappa Epsilon. Throughout her residency, Sarah is eager to continue learning more about ambulatory care practice and to begin building relationships with the providers and patients.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys watching her daughter participate in taekwondo, taking walks with her dog, Bubba‚ and baby-sitting her two adorable nephews.

Site: West Side CHS

Rachel Wilhelm, PharmD

rachel photoRachel was born in South Korea and spent her childhood in Minnesota. Prior to pharmacy school she earned her undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Minnesota. Rachel worked as a pharmacy technician for many years in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. She is passionate about social justice within the health care system, and is pursuing her Masters degree in Public Health. Rachel is also interested in mental health and serves as a teacher for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She hopes to continue her career in ambulatory pharmacy, working with patients in a clinic setting to meet their medication-related needs. In her free time Rachel enjoys going on walks, reading books, and visiting museums. Her favorite place to visit is Los Angeles, where she lived for 6 years prior to pharmacy school.