Current Residents

 

Site: Allina Health

Amanda Bisel, PharmD
bisel004@umn.edu

Amanda ProfileAmanda grew up in Wrenshall, MN (a tiny town just SW of Duluth). She attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities to complete her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry in 2015. Amanda continued into pharmacy school in the Twin Cities. After shadowing a pharmacist working in ambulatory care, she was hooked. On rotations for school, the passion for pursuing a career in ambulatory care continued to grow with each experience. While in school, she enjoyed participating in anything interprofessional classes, case competitions, and volunteering. Her passions within pharmacy include patient education, smoking cessation, and anticoagulation. Outside of pharmacy, Amanda enjoys camping, hiking, running, biking, painting, and crafting. She is very excited to be joining the crew at Allina Health!

 

Site: Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center

Analisa Buysee, PharmD
buyss024@umn.edu

Analisa ProfileAnalisa grew up in the small town of Minneota in rural Southwest Minnesota. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from South Dakota State University. While attending pharmacy school, Analisa was a member of Phi Lambda Sigma, Kappa Psi, and Rho Chi. She was also heavily involved in the SDSU Chapter of APhA-ASP, serving as Chapter President. She enjoys watching football, crocheting, reading, and gardening. Early on in pharmacy school, Analisa developed a dream of starting her own ambulatory care practice in rural Minnesota and is excited to learn the skills necessary to achieve this dream throughout her PGY1 Residency. After completion of her PGY1 Residency, Analisa is hopeful to start her career at a clinic in Southwest Minnesota.

 

Site: Cashwise Clinic Pharmacy/Affiliated Community Medical Centers

Jamie Erickson, PharmD
katze030@d.umn.edu 

Jamie ProfileJamie grew up in rural Minnesota, in the very small town of Brownton. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2014. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2019. During her pharmacy education Jamie held various leadership roles in her fraternity, Phi Delta Chi, and was also a member of Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). She most enjoyed her time spent volunteering at the HOPE Clinic and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Jamie is passionate about interprofessional collaboration, direct patient care, and medication therapy management. It was her APPE rotation at Cashwise/ACMC that ultimately inspired her to pursue a residency and future career in ambulatory care. She believes that ambulatory care pharmacists may make small changes but have the potential to make great impacts on patients' lives. In her free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 3-year-old daughter Everley. She also enjoys doing anything outdoors including boating, fishing, riding ATVs, and bonfires

Site: CentraCare Health - Paynesville

Taylor Thooft, PharmD
thoof021@umn.edu

Taylor PofileTaylor grew up on his family’s farm near Tyler, Minnesota before attending South Dakota State University, where he received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2019. He is excited to be back in Minnesota for residency training. During his time at South Dakota State University, Taylor was involved in a wide variety of activities such student research projects, the Van D. and Barbara B Fishback Honors College, FarmHouse fraternity, serving as a teaching assistant, and Phi Lambda Sigma. These experiences along with those gained from his APPE rotations have cultivated Taylor's passions for patient care, teaching, interprofessional collaboration. In his free time, Taylors enjoys to relax by reading, playing music, exercising, watching movies, and spending time with his new wife.

 

Site: CentraCare Health - St. Cloud

Tyler Stevens, PharmD
steve715@d.umn.edu

Tyler profileOriginally from Elk River, MN, Tyler graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2019 from the Duluth campus. Throughout pharmacy school, Tyler gained experience in retail pharmacy and pharmacogenetic research before finding his passion for ambulatory care during APPE rotations. He is excited for his residency at CentraCare where he will be focus on interprofessional collaboration to help improve the health of patients with various backgrounds. After residency he hopes to pursue a career in ambulatory care pharmacy. In his free time, Tyler enjoys running, fishing, hunting and spending time at the lake.

 

 

Site: Coborn's Pharmacy/Little Falls Medical Center

Kylea Larsen, PharmD
lars6794@umn.edu 

Kylea ProfileKylea is originally from Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated from the South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions in 2019. During her education at South Dakota State University, Kylea was involved in the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, Kappa Psi, and undergraduate research. Between her second and third years of pharmacy school, she also worked as the antibiogram intern for the South Dakota Department of Health and published the state antibiograms for 2016. Kylea worked as an intern in a community pharmacy throughout pharmacy school and picked up her interest in ambulatory care during an IPPE experience in her third year of her pharmacy program. After this experience, she also had the chance to be exposed to a variety of ambulatory care settings while on APPE rotations. She enjoys the patient interactions that she is able to have in the ambulatory care setting and knew that she wanted to pursue a PGY1 pharmacy residency with an emphasis in ambulatory care. Outside of pharmacy, Kylea enjoyed her time as a communication partner for the English Second Language program at South Dakota State University. She is grateful for the relationships she was able to build and the time she was able to spend learning about other people and their cultures. In her free time, Kylea likes to spend time with friends and family, travel, and be outdoors.

Site: Community-University Health Care Center

Brenda Shih, PharmD
shihx074@umn.edu

Brenda ProfileBrenda was born in Indiana, but grew up in Cary, North Carolina and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 2019. As a student, she was involved in professional organizations, volunteering in the community, and research. Her collective experiences inspired her to pursue a career in ambulatory care pharmacy, a career path where she values the role of the pharmacist in forming strong connections with patients and helping them reach their health goals. She believes that preventative health and health education are key components in providing care to patients. Her current interests include chronic disease management, psychiatric pharmacy, and public health. In her free time, she enjoys ballroom dancing, photography, drawing, traveling, and food adventures. She looks forward to serving the patients at Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) and exploring the Twin Cities. After completing her PGY1 pharmacy residency, Brenda hopes to work as an ambulatory care pharmacist or pursue a PGY2 in ambulatory care.

Site: Community-University Health Care Center

Vicky Wongbi, PharmD
forch021@umn.edu

Vicky Profile

Vicky was born and raised in Cameroon, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at the University of Buea in 1998. Being a non-traditional student, she earned her PharmD degree from the University of Minnesota‚ College of pharmacy in 2019. Growing up in her home country, she experienced first-hand the impact of poorly controlled chronic conditions on the health, economic and social wellbeing of families; partly due to a lack of understanding of the disease states by the patients and partly due to a lack of resources to manage these conditions. Her interest in medications, coupled with her passion for the medically underserved people became her motivation to pursue a career in pharmacy. Her desire for direct patient care was reaffirmed during her APPE ambulatory care rotation where she had the privilege of serving medically underserved populations in the East St. Paul area. Every patient encounter left her with a sense of fulfillment, and she wishes to continue to make a difference in the lives of every patient she encounters. Vicky is looking forward to this opportunity as a PGY1 resident at CUHCC, where she will be working in an interprofessional care team to provide culturally sensitive, patient-centered care. Upon completing her residency training, Vicky would like to continue to serve medically underserved communities in Minnesota as an ambulatory care pharmacist. She would love to eventually move back home to Cameroon to start her own MTM practice and continue to positively impact people’s health. In her free time, Vicky loves to cook and hang out with friends and family, including her 5 daughters. She looks forward to every summer because she loves to grow her own fruits and vegetables right in her backyard. Besides the English language, she is a fluent speaker of Dutch, Pidgin English and her native dialect (Ngweh). She hopes to polish up on her French and then learn a new language in a few years to come.

Site: Essentia Health

Anna Hanson, PharmD
klost049@d.umn.edu

Anna ProfileAnna grew up in the small town of Breezy Point, MN and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul in 2014. She then made the move to Duluth to complete her PharmD at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Throughout pharmacy school, Anna gained an appreciation for the impact pharmacists can make in chronic disease state management, working alongside patients and providers to optimize care. She is excited for the opportunity to be a part of this at Essentia Health in Duluth. Outside of pharmacy, Anna enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends. Her perfect day is a day on the lake skiing, fishing, and paddle boarding with her dog.

  


Site: Essentia Health

Megan Tapp, PharmD
tappx017@d.umn.edu

Megan ProfileMeg grew up in a small rural community near Dexter, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Wartburg College in 2016 and her PharmD from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (Duluth campus) in 2019. Meg first discovered MTM via her internship and fell in love with the process during fourth year APPE rotations. She is incredibly passionate about face-to-face patient care, relationship-building, and strong interprofessional collaboration. In her spare time, Meg is an outdoors enthusiast and enjoys traveling, swimming, kayaking, and hiking with her dog. She has loved northern Minnesota for as long as she can remember and looks forward to working with Essentia to improve the health of patients in Duluth and the surrounding communities!

 

Site: Fairview Pharmacy Services

Sarah Pupkes, PharmD
pupke004@umn.edu

Sarah P ProfileSarah graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. Sarah is passionate about working with diverse patient populations and advocating for the underserved. Throughout pharmacy school she worked with low income patients at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Medication Assistance Program, she held various leadership roles in the Pharmacy Global Health organization, and she was a course coordinator for the Health Care in Diverse Communities course held in the School of Medicine. Along with peers and faculty at the School of Pharmacy, Sarah worked to create an interprofessional course titled Topics in LGBTQ Healthcare. Working as an ambulatory care intern at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics solidified Sarah‚Äôs love for direct patient care and her desire to pursue a career which allows her to build patient relationships and manage medication therapy and chronic diseases. Originally from South Minneapolis, Sarah is excited to move home and to have the opportunity to serve patients within the community where she grew up. In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, playing with her puppy, family time up north, cooking with her husband, and game nights with friends. 

Site: Fairview Pharmacy Services

Sarah Shockley, PharmD
sshockle@umn.edu 

Sarah S ProfileSarah grew up in Salisbury, Maryland before moving to North Carolina to pursue her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University in 2015. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2019. Sarah served in various leadership roles in her local student chapters of ACCP and APhA, as well as being an active member in ASHP, and the pharmacy fraternity PDC. Sarah also had the opportunity to service as a global ambassador during her rotation in Chisinau, Moldova. Though Sarah has additional background working in research and community pharmacy, her passion for ambulatory care grew with her interest in chronic care management and building patient relationships. In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, spending time with friends, going to the theater, and meeting new dogs. Sarah is looking forward to joining the pharmacy team at Fairview Pharmacy Services.

Site: FirstLight Health Services

Alicia Smith, PharmD
smit6731@d.umn.edu

Alicia ProfileAlicia grew up in Isanti, MN. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2015 and her Doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota - Duluth in 2019. As a pharmacy student, Alicia was involved in the Phi Delta Chi fraternity and the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance. She was also a teaching assistant for the Pharmaceutical Care Skills Lab course and worked as a pharmacy intern at Fairview Lakes Medical Center. The most influential experience of her time in pharmacy school was volunteering at various health fairs and having the opportunity to work one-on-one with patients to help them understand their medications. Alicia is looking forward to beginning her residency at First Light Health System, where she will be able to continue to build relationships with patients and help them understand their medications and achieve their health goals. During her free time, Alicia enjoys spending time outside hiking, kayaking, golfing, and spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys a competitive afternoon of board games.

Site: Goodrich Pharmacy

Emily Hulke, PharmD
hulk0020@umn.edu 

Emily ProfileEmily grew up in Saint Peter, MN. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and stuck around for pharmacy school earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2019. Emily's time spent at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic and her APPE rotations are what inspired her to pursue a residency. Following residency at Goodrich, she plans to work in an ambulatory care setting developing relationships with patients and working with them to manage their chronic health conditions. In her free time, Emily enjoys finding new TV series to watch, playing board games, cheering on our disappointing Minnesota sports teams, looking at houses on Zillow, and spending time with her family, boyfriend, and dog.

  


Site: GuidePoint Pharmacy

Ally Kingsbury, PharmD
kings175@d.umn.edu

Ally ProfileAlly grew up in the small town of Lewiston, MN which is located in South-Eastern Minnesota. To earn her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2014, she headed north to Duluth. She continued her education in Duluth by obtaining her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in 2019. She was first introduced to ambulatory care through an elective course. Applying her clinical knowledge and developing close connections with patients led her to pursue a career in ambulatory care. She also developed a passion for mental health and completed the mental health focus through the University of Minnesota. Outside of pharmacy, Ally enjoys hiking, watching true crime shows, and anything that involves her dogs. Following her PGY-1 residency, she hopes to complete a PGY-2 in psychiatry or obtain a job as an ambulatory care pharmacist that focuses on mental health. 

 

Site: Minnesota Community Care

Sara Maki, PharmD
makix373@umn.edu

Sara M ProfileSara earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2019. 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. As a pharmacy student, she co-chaired the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, a student-run interprofessional clinic with over 1,000 patient encounters per year. During residency, she looks forward to learning with and from her patients, improving clinical outcomes, and further developing her Spanish language skills at MN Community Care primary care clinics in Saint Paul.

  

 

Site: Minnesota Community Care

Txia Xiong, PharmD
xiong378@umn.edu

Txie ProfileTxia is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota. She has a passion for serving the community and improving patients' medication experiences. During pharmacy school, she spent much of her time participating in various community outreach opportunities with the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance, Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization, Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, and Kappa Epsilon Alpha. Txia also held three different internships at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, CVS Pharmacy, and Phalen Family Pharmacy. The most rewarding experience from her time in pharmacy school was her role as a community researcher with the Somali, Latino and Hmong Partnership for Health and Wellness (SoLaHmo). At SoLaHmo, she learned about the significance of inviting communities not often represented in research to participate in studies aimed to improve their health outcomes. Additionally, her involvement with SoLaHmo gave her the chance to work directly with the diverse patient population at Minnesota Community Care. After residency she hopes to continue her career in ambulatory pharmacy in the Twin Cities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking, and traveling.

Site: 2nd Year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Resident/MOBE

Sara Massey, PharmD
smassey@umn.edu

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Site: New Ulm Medical Center

Kelly Beneke, PharmD
benek041@umn.edu

Beneke profileKelly grew up in Glencoe, MN. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University (SDSU) in May 2019. During her time at SDSU, she was actively involved in many professional organizations and held various leadership positions. She learned valuable leadership and communications skills that she will bring to her residency and future pharmacy career. Kelly’s passion for serving rural health communities started while interning at Coborn’s Pharmacy in Belle Plaine and First Choice Pharmacy in Gaylord, and continued during her pharmacy rotation in Sitka, AK. She is excited to provide patient care to the New Ulm community and help her patients reach their health goals. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys gardening, fishing, and spending time with her finance, Austin, and two puppies, Olle and Kona.

 

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

Kyle Walburg, PharmD
walbu015@umn.edu

Kyle Profile

Kyle grew up in Golden Valley, MN. She completed her undergraduate degree at the U of MN Twin Cities and graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology. She worked for four years in a preclinical medical device research lab at the University specializing in cardiac devices. After involvement in preclinical drug studies, she became interested in pharmacy and left preclinical research for pharmacy school. 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. After completing her first year of residency at Broadway Family Medicine clinic in North Minneapolis, she has moved a few miles north to North Memorial Camden Clinic, and is excited to have the opportunity to develop a practice with a great provider team. Her interests also include academia, transgender care, and serving underserved populations. In her free time, Kyle enjoys recording acoustic covers of rap songs with her guitar, spending time with her two dogs (Malibu and Izabo, Italian greyhound/rat terrier crosses), and exploring the Twin Cities brewery and food scene, including the quest for finding the best pad thai... ever.  
 

Site: Park Nicollet Health

Kaylin Maddy, PharmD
maddy016@umn.edu

Kaylin ProfileKaylin grew up in Lino Lakes, MN and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of St. Thomas before pursuing pharmacy school. In 2019, Kaylin graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota and knew early on she wanted to further her education as a resident in the clinical setting. She was involved with many organizations during her time as a pharmacy student and was most drawn to ambulatory care through her internship at an oncology clinic and as a volunteer at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. She completed a 10-week ambulatory care rotation at Park Nicollet Clinics, and is excited to continue serving patients in the Park Nicollet community. Upon completion of residency, she plans to pursue an ambulatory care career in the primary care or specialty clinic setting. In her free time, Kaylin enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors with her goldendoodle, trying various exercise classes across the Twin Cities, and traveling. Her most recent travel adventures were to Tanzania, Africa for an APPE rotation and Thailand to celebrate the completion of pharmacy school.

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

David Bunch, PharmD
bunch032@umn.edu

David ProfileDavid 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 most notably with the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, Washington State Pharmacy Association, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. He became interested in academia while serving as a co-instructor for a Practical Politics in Pharmacy class during his second and third year. During his final year rotations he developed a strong passion for ambulatory care and chronic disease state management. David is excited to develop his skills in patient care at Smiley's Family Medicine and teaching at the University of Minnesota. He plans to pursue a career in ambulatory care and academia after residency to continue to invest in both patients and student pharmacists. Outside of pharmacy David likes to play music, watch sports, travel, and be active.

Site: St. Cloud VA Medical Center

McKenzie Moore, PharmD
mlmoore@umn.edu

McKenzie ProfileMcKenzie attended Texas Tech University where she earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in 2015 before transitioning to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2019. McKenzie is originally from Coahoma, Texas, a small town of 900 people without a single traffic light. She is passionate about ambulatory care and greatly enjoyed her rotations in the clinic setting. She is excited to move to St. Cloud to gain additional experience in ambulatory care by serving veterans at the VA. McKenzie is currently a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Rho Chi Honor Society, and an alumni member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Throughout pharmacy school she enjoyed serving as a class representative to student council and participating in summer camps such as Camp New Day for children with type one diabetes and The Zone Camp for children with asthma. In her free time she enjoys drinking coffee, watching movies, hosting game nights, and walking her springer spaniel Finn.

Site: Walgreens/UMP Bethesda

Anh Nguyen, PharmD
nguyenth@umn.edu

Anh ProfileAnh grew up in Joplin, Missouri and completed her pre-pharmacy prerequisites at Missouri Southern State University. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in May 2019. As a pharmacy student, Anh was involved in student organizations such as ASHP, APhA-ASP, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. While on APPE rotations, she developed a passion for specialty pharmacy and ambulatory care, particularly women’s health. Anh will be doing her post-graduate training at Walgreens and Bethesda Family Medicine Clinic. She is excited to work for an institution that strongly strives for pharmacist-driven patient care and continuous community health outreach. After residency, Anh hopes to pursue a career in specialty pharmacy or ambulatory care, with a focus in women’s health. In her spare time, Anh enjoys baking, playing volleyball, traveling, and trying new restaurants.