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When: Sunday, June 10, 2018
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Braham Event Center
655 8th St SW
Braham, Minnesota  55006
United States

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Eastern Minnesota Pharmacy/MPhA Town Hall June 10, 2018

Come join your colleagues in the Braham/Mora area for a chance to network, learn and share with one another while having your voices heard! MPhA Past President Brent Thompson and Pharmacist Patty Lind will host the event at the Braham Event Center. You’ll have the opportunity to mix, mingle and visit with exhibitors while sharing fellowship before the dinner program.

You’ll hear Tina Larsen, PharmD, provide a program addressing pharmacogenomics and medication use. Then Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig will provide an update on Minnesota Pharmacy’s advocacy efforts in 2018 and lead a Town Hall. You can also share your thoughts and ideas for both future events. We look forward to seeing you there!


5:30 p.m. Registration, Social Hour and Exhibits
6:30 p.m.

CE Presentation and Meal: Pharmacogenomics and Medication — Applying to Practice

7:30 p.m. Town Hall
8:00 p.m. Adjournment

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Categorize common actionable pharmacogenomic polymorphisms.
  • Apply pharmacogenomic results to the following classes of drugs: analgesics, antidepressants and antiplatelets/anticoagulants.
  • Familiarize popular topics related to CRISPR, newly approved gene therapy.

Your Hosts

Patricia R. Lind, MS, Pharm D
FirstLight Health System

Dr. Patricia R. Lind, MS, Pharm D, holds her Masters of Science in Social and Administrative Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota. At FirstLight Health System, Patty takes care of patients in both the hospital and clinic settings.  She is the Co-Director of FirstLight Health System’s Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program.  She has diverse interest in pharmacy; practicing, researching, and publishing in several areas most notably in health information technology.  She is a former University of MN College of Pharmacy faculty member and today continues there as a Clinical Assistant Professor.   Her awards include Minnesota Pharmacists Association Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2009, University of MN Teacher of the Year Award 2003 and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Innovations of Teaching Award in 2002.   She was raised in Kanabec County and has returned to the area to help improve the well-being of the people and communities we serve.

Brent J. Thompson, PharmD
Pharmacy Director, First Light Health System

Brent Thompson, PharmD, has been Pharmacy Director at FirstLight Health System in Mora, Minn., since 2002, starting in 2000 as the only Clinical Pharmacist. In his time with FirstLight, the practice has grown to 8 pharmacists and 8 certified technicians practicing in acute, ambulatory and community pharmacy, caring for patients in a small rural hospital, three rural clinics and a community pharmacy. He has also operated an independent consulting practice for various long-term/intermediate care and assisted living facilities since 1999.

Dr. Thompson earned his PharmD at North Dakota State University and has been active in professional associations since his early college years. He finished a term as President of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association in 2011. In 2013, his FirstLight pharmacy team was the recipient of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) Excellence in Innovation Award. Brent was the recipient of the 2014 APhA Foundation Bowl of Hygeia Award. In addition to his professional work, he is passionate about our future. He introduces high school students to pharmacy through a Careers Exploration class, maintains a full schedule of interns and a residency. As a community leader, Dr. Thompson is a director on the Pine County Fair Board, bringing thousands of kids to the Pine County Fair each year. His passion, second only to pharmacy, is deer hunting, and he serves as Habitat Director for the Jim Jordan Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. This organization works to educate area youth through hunter education camps in Northern Minnesota. He has also served on the Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County since 2012 and recently finished his term as chair in 2015.

His mantra? “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” President Theodore Roosevelt

Marsha Millonig, MBA, BPharm
MPhA Interim Executive Director

In addition to her role with MPhA, Marsha Millonig is the President/CEO of Catalyst Enterprises, LLC, a health care consulting firm dedicated to creating change. It specializes in projects that allow pharmacy, distribution and manufacturing clients to be more efficient and value-added providers toward improved health outcomes. Prior to forming her company, Marsha was with the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) and headed the philanthropic HDMA Healthcare Foundation, and also the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS.) Her BS in Pharmacy is from the University of Minnesota and her MBA from the University of Maryland. She completed the American Society of Health System Pharmacy (ASHP) Executive Residency in Association Management as well. She is a practicing pharmacist and pharmacist immunizer, working with both independent and chain pharmacies. Marsha is also an associate fellow of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Center for Leading Healthcare Change. She’s a published author. Her last work, 100 MTM Tips for Pharmacists, was published by APhA.

Your Speaker

Tina Larsen, PharmD
Allina Health System

Tina Larsen is an MTM pharmacist at Allina Health System, providing comprehensive medication management services. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Practice from the University of Minnesota and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development. Her PGY1 residency was completed at FirstLight Health System in collaboration with the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Larsen will provide a very practical overview of the role of genetics in medication use.

Program Costs

Members: Complimentary
Non-Members: $15


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