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Michelle Aytay

Michelle Aytay

RPh, CDE, Region #21 Clinical Services, Walgreens Co., MPhA Past President

Michelle Aytay graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996 and has been practicing community pharmacy with direct patient care in Minnesota since that time. She currently advances clinical pharmacy services in her work with Walgreens. Her volunteer leadership roles span numerous organizations. Aytay is a MPhA Past President. She has co-chaired the MPhA Public Affairs Committee and she currently serves as a member of the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance. She served as President of the Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation and remains on the Board. She is active in numerous capacities at the College of Pharmacy, including Past President of the Pharmacy Alumni Society and board member of the Century Mortar Club. She is a preceptor, residency director, mentor and Leadership Networking Partner. Aytay actively promotes the role of pharmacists in patients’ health through community involvement with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Her leadership has been recognized through numerous awards, including the University of Minnesota Pharmacy Alumni Society Distinguished Pharmacist Award. She also serves on the Minnesota Department of Health Pandemic Preparedness Task Force.






Amanda Brummel

Amanda Brummel

PharmD, BCACP, VP, Clinical Services, Fairview Pharmacy Services

Amanda Brummel, PharmD, BCACP, serves as the Vice President of Clinical Ambulatory Pharmacy Services. Dr. Brummel has been employed by Fairview Pharmacy Services since 1999 when she graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Brummel is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. Currently Dr. Brummel has responsibility for the clinical development and integration of ambulatory pharmacy services in the Fairview Health System, including comprehensive medication management, transitions of care, anticoagulation services and health outcome measurement. Fairview Health Services is an integrated health care organization with an academic health center, 10 hospitals, 56+ primary care clinics, 65+ specialty clinics, 40+ retail pharmacies and a health plan. Fairview has over 32 thousand employees and 2,400 aligned physicians who completed over 1.8 million clinic visits last year. The company's comprehensive medication management program consists of 35 pharmacists in 46 clinic locations.





Craig Else

Craig Else

PharmD, MHSA, System Executive Director, COO, IntegraDose Compounding Services, Fairview Health Services

Craig Else is the System Executive Director for Shared Clinical Services and Chief Operating Officer for IntegraDose at Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1991 from North Dakota State University, Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in 2004, and a Master's in Health Service Administration from the University of St. Francis in 2010. Craig has held various technician, staff pharmacist, clinical and leadership roles at 17 different hospitals and 19 retail pharmacies over 38 years of pharmacy practice.





Buck Humphrey

Buck Humphrey

Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance Lobbyist, Capitol Hill Strategies

Buck Humphrey is an experienced government affairs and public relations executive with relationships and a track record with political leaders in Minnesota, throughout the Midwest and in our nation’s capital. For more than 20 years, Buck has worked at the intersection of the private and public sectors on issues at the federal, state and local levels. He knows and has worked with much of the Minnesota Senate and House legislative membership. He has similar relationships with state capitol leaders throughout the Midwest and around the country. Buck has been on the lobbying team that has passed MAC transparency provisions and build a bipartisan patient pharmacy network access coalition. He is an experienced lobbyist, knowledgeable about our issues and with a strong desire and commitment to move our agenda.




Speakers

Jeff  Bishop

Jeff Bishop

PharmD, MS, BCPP, FCCP, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

Dr. Bishop is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. He provides clinical and didactic education to pharmacy and medical trainees as well as clinical consultations regarding the use of pharmacogenomic tests in psychiatry clinics. He conducts research investigating the roles of pharmacogenomic tests in clinical practice as well as how genetic factors are related to treatment outcomes. Dr. Bishop has authored or co-authored over 100 peer reviewed publications, and his research is supported by local, foundation, and NIH grants.





Lauren  Bloch

Lauren Bloch

PharmD, Medication Therapy Management Pharmacist, University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy-Twin Cities

Dr. Lauren Bloch is a Medication Therapy Management Pharmacist currently working at the University of Minnesota Weight Management Clinic. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. After, she went on to complete an ambulatory care focused residency program through the University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services that specialized in Medication Therapy Management. She has a professional interest in obesity and diabetes management and enjoys working with people to optimize their medications in order to reach their health goals.





Tiffany Cheng

Tiffany Cheng

PharmD, Medication Therapy Management Pharmacist, Fairview Pharmacy Services

Tiffany Cheng is currently a Medication Therapy Management pharmacist with Fairview Health Services providing services to the Fairview Eagan Clinic. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She completed a postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Residency Program at Fairview Health Services at the Fairview Burnsville and Eagan clinics.





Nick Dorich

Nick Dorich

PharmD, Director, Client Services, Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc.

Nicholas (Nick) Dorich is the Director, Client Services at Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc (PQS) which operates the EQuIPP dashboard for pharmacies and health plans. He manages PQS relationships with pharmacy clients, as well as implementation and tracking of medication-related quality measure performance. In this role, Nicholas also works to develop and design reporting for pharmacy organizations along with establishing best practices for pharmacy improvement programs. Prior to PQS, Nicholas led activities related to professional affairs, education and research at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and NACDS Foundation. This included projects researching and implementing strategies to improve public health outcomes focusing on improving immunization rates, pharmacist engagement with transitions of care and responses to public health emergencies. Nicholas earned his PharmD from the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in 2011 and completed an Executive Residency with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation in 2012. Nicholas is an active member with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) including an upcoming term as APhA-APPM Executive Committee Member-at-Large (2020-2022).





Nick Dorich

Kate Erickson

MSW, Opioid Overdose Prevention Director, Minnesota Department of Health

Kate Erickson works for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on overdose prevention, harm reduction, and syringe services programs.  Prior to working at the MDH, Erickson worked in community health centers (FQHCs) and with an accountable care organization (ACO) as the Integrated Care Program Manager, running programs in care coordination, chemical health, advocacy services, and behavioral health integration.  Erickson’s work includes improving chronic pain management and opioid prescribing guidelines, as well as launching clinic-based buprenorphine programs.  Erickson has her Masters of Social Work (MSW), and Bachelors in Psychology, Expressive Therapy, and Intercultural Studies.  Erickson is a SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) trainer, and brings over 15 years of experience in community organizing, strategic planning, program development, group facilitation, staff supervision, advocacy, and teaching.





Denise Frank

Denise Frank

BPharm, RPh, FACA, Pharmacist/Consultant, Frank Consulting, LLC

Denise Frank has more than 30 years of experience as a pharmacist. She is the owner of Frank Consulting, LLC, and a Senior Associate with Gates Healthcare Associates. Ms. Frank is also an ACHC certified consultant and the Program Director for an ASHP/ACPE accredited online technician training program. Her consulting is in the areas of pharmacy practice, technician training, compounding, USP 795/797/800, pharmacy accreditations, and operational and regulatory compliance. Ms. Frank is a former member of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and prior to becoming an independent consultant, she served as a surveyor and then the Accreditation and Inspection Services Manager for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Prior to this, she was an independent pharmacy owner, worked for a health system, and was a pharmacy manager and district manager for a pharmacy chain.





Kylee Funk

Kylee Funk

BCPS, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy-Twin Cities

Kylee Funk is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. As a clinical faculty member, she practices two days a week where she provides comprehensive medication management at the University of Minnesota Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic. One of her research interest areas is around how teamwork impacts joy in work. Most recently, she led a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine which demonstrated the many positive ways in which pharmacists embedded in a clinic impact primary care providers' work-life and served as lead author for an article in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, "Team work and collaborative practice agreements among pharmacists and nurse practitioners."





Krista Gens

Krista Gens

PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, DPLA, Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health

Krista earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 2008 and completed her pharmacy practice (PGY1) and infectious diseases (PGY2) residencies at Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis. Krista is board-certified in pharmacotherapy with added qualifications in infectious diseases. She also graduated from ASHP’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy in June 2015. Krista serves as the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director and an infectious diseases preceptor for pharmacy residents and students. As an infectious diseases clinical coordinator, Krista helps maintain antimicrobial stewardship programs at Abbott Northwestern and at several Allina Health regional hospitals. Krista is actively involved in several multidisciplinary committees including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Infection Prevention and Control, Allina Health Infection Prevention and Control Program Committee, and the Clostridium difficile Task Force. Krista is an active member of Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Minnesota College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.





Candy Hadsall

RN, MA, STD Prevention Nurse Specialist, Minnesota Department of Health

Candy Hadsall is a trainer, nurse, and community advocate with over 30 years of experience in various areas of health care, social services, and community concerns. Her special interests include sexuality education and reproductive health care, sexually transmitted diseases, child and adolescent welfare, women’s mental health and other women’s issues, teen pregnancy, sexual assault, violence, family and relationship dysfunction, and recovery from chemical dependence.

She has worked in many community settings including schools K-12, churches, social service agencies, health clinics, and correctional facilities.

Candy is currently the Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening Specialist in the MN Department of Health’s STD & HIV section where she provides training on screening for, diagnosing and treating STDs at clinics across the state.

Candy received her RN from Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, IA, attended the University of Iowa, and received her MA in Holistic Counseling and Community Organizing from the University of Illinois at Springfield, Illinois.





Anna Henry

Anna Henry

MPH, RD, LD, CDE, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Fairview Health Services

Anna Henry received her Master's in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. Anna works for Fairview Health Services as a certified diabetes educator and supervisor of the diabetes education team. She volunteers for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Diabetes Care and Education dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.





Chad Hope

PharmD, Deputy Director of Purchasing and Services, Minnesotsa Department of Human Services

Chad Hope, PharmD, is a pharmacist with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and he is the Deputy Director of the Division of Purchasing and Service Delivery in the Health Care Administration. In his current role, he oversees a number of health care programs, including the outpatient pharmacy benefit. Chad has a combined 10 years of Medicaid pharmacy policy experience and worked as a home infusion therapy pharmacist and community retail pharmacist prior to joining Alaska Medicaid in 2009.





Lisa Hursin

RD, Clinical Dietitian at Health East

Lisa Hursin is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian working in comprehensive weight management and bariatric surgery. She received her bachelors of science from Madonna University in Livonia Michigan and completed her dietetic internship through the Minneapolis Veterans Affair Hospital. Outside of being an avid tennis player, Lisa was the past treasurer for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and is involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.





Daniel T. Jude

Daniel T. Jude

PharmD, AAHIVP, CSP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, North Memorial Health

Daniel Jude is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist within the Infectious Disease Clinic at North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale, MN. Working through TrellisRx, a specialty pharmacy company, he coordinates and provides specialty pharmacy clinical services and collaborates with providers on pharmaceutical care for patients living with HIV, HCV, HBV, and other infectious disease processes. He also He is a Certified HIV Pharmacist and Certified Specialty Pharmacist.





Tom Larson

Tom Larson

PharmD, Professor, University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy-Twin Cities

Tom has served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Rural Health Association. He is past Chair and is currently a member of the executive committee for the Minnesota Rural Physician Associate Program, Medical School, University of Minnesota, Duluth. He has been a member of several advisory task forces for the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, Department of Health. Tom has testified concerning Rural Pharmacy issues for Minnesota Senate and House hearings with special interest in workforce and reimbursement.





Jeff Lindoo

Jeff Lindoo

RPh, Thrifty White (retired), MPhA Public Affairs Co-Chair

Jeff Lindoo, RPh, grew up in the world of pharmacy. His earliest experience consisted primarily of reading comic books in the back of his Grandfather's and Father's pharmacy in rural Wisconsin. He later graduated to responsibility for emptying the trash and finally worked as a clerk, made fountain syrups, scrubbed the floors and worked as a technician (before the concept of technicians really existed) in the pharmacy, preparing prescriptions for his Father's final approval. He has been a member of MPhA since graduating from the NDSU College of Pharmacy in 1974. He worked his entire 42-year career in pharmacy for Thrifty White Pharmacies, serving in multiple positions and retiring in June 2016. He is a past president of MPhA, serving as co-chair of the Public Affairs Committee. He is a member of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy National Board of Advisors. He served on the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy from 1996 to 2000 and as Vice President in 1999. He is a former member of the Minnesota Retailers Association Board of Directors and Board Chair in 2010. He is also a member of APhA, ASCP and NCPA.





Joe Litsey

Joe Litsey

PharmD, BCGP, Director of Consulting Services, Thrifty White Pharmacy

Joe Litsey has worked with Thrifty White Pharmacy as a consultant pharmacist for 19 years. He is currently the Director of Consulting Services. In this role, Joe works with LTC communities and pharmacists developing best practice medication management programs. Joe earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 1994 and has specialized in geriatric medication management since the onset of his professional career. Joe is Board Certified in geriatric pharmacy, past president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists of MN, is a member of the MN Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians and routinely provides medication-related education.





Sara Massey

Sara Massey

Second-Year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Resident, PharmD, University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy-Twin Cities

Sara is a second-year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Resident practicing at MOBE, a health and wellness company focused on guided medication and self-management through telemedicine. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in Kansas City, Missouri. Throughout school she served as the President of the UMKC 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. During her residency, she has enjoyed working with diverse patient populations and is excited to continue to grow as a learner and focus on the development of pharmacy services and teams at MOBE.





Randy McDonough

Randy McDonough

PharmD, MS, BCGP, BCPS, FAPhA, Co-owner, Director of Clinical Services, Towncrest Pharmacy

Dr. Randy McDonough is co-owner of Towncrest, Solon Towncrest, and Towncrest Compounding Pharmacies. He is also co-founder/co-owner of Innovative Pharmacy Solutions and Thrive Pharmacy Transformations. He oversees Towncrest Pharmacy's clinical services including MTM services, nursing home consulting, wellness screenings, immunizations and adherence services. He is responsible for development, implementation and quality assurance for all aspects of the clinic and services. He is board certified in geriatrics and as a pharmacotherapy specialist. His areas of interest include community-based outcomes research, pharmaceutical education, geriatrics, disease state management, student development and the development of patient care initiatives in the community pharmacy setting. Dr. McDonough has published and presented extensively on the subject of pharmaceutical care and MTM in the community pharmacy setting. In particular, he is recognized for his efforts in developing and implementing patient care services. He has co-authored a book on pharmaceutical care and has written chapters for several other texts. He has presented nationally and internationally on pharmaceutical care, MTM services and Performance Measures in the community pharmacy setting. Randy is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, National Community Pharmacists Association, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Iowa Pharmacists Association. He has served in various roles in these organizations. He has been recognized nationally for his work and he has received the APhA Daniel B. Smith Award, NCPA Independent Pharmacist of the Year, IPA Innovative Pharmacist of the Year, and Paratas Entrepreneurial Pharmacist of the Year. He is currently on the Board of Trustees with the American Pharmacists Association.





Mary McGuiggan

PharmD, BCGP, Director, Preceptor Development, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Mary McGuiggan is the Preceptor Development Director at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She received a BS in Chemistry from Southwest Minnesota State University, a BS in Pharmacy and PharmD from the University of Minnesota. She is board certified in Geriatrics and certified in Medication Therapy Management. Her practice and precepting settings include long-term care pharmacy and consulting, community pharmacy, pharmacy benefits management, pharmaceutical industry, health plan, and inter-professional case management.





Jason Miller

Jason Miller

PharmD, Clinical Program Manager, Coborn's, Inc.

Jason Miller, PharmD, is the Clinical Program Manager for Coborn's Inc. Pharmacies, and has been with the company in different roles since 2005. Some of Dr. Miller's key areas of focus are medication therapy management, immunization services and precepting students and residents. Dr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, class of 2011, and is involved in several national and local organizations. He currently serves on MPhA's Board of Directors, the Peer Advisory Panel for the MedEdgeRx Network, Outcomes MTM National Advisory Board, and the Asthma Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Department of Health.





Richard Mullvain

Richard Mullvain

RPh, BCCP, BCPS (AQ-Cardiology), CCCC, Clinical Pharmacist, Essentia Health Heart & Vascular Center - Duluth, MN

Cardiology Pharmacist. Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacist. Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Cardiology), Certified Cardiovascular Care Coordinator. Anticoagulation specialist. STEMI Program Manager. Has worked at Essentia Health in Duluth, MN for 26 years. Provider of MTM. Currently has 15 publications related to heart attack care.





Laura Palombi

Laura Palombi

PharmD, MPH, MAT

Dr. Palombi is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Duluth. Substance use education is the focus of her practice, research and teaching and she has close working relationships with local public health, statewide public health and community coalitions that focus on substance use prevention and intervention throughout the state of Minnesota. Dr. Palombi has served as a clinical pharmacist on the Carlton County Drug Court team for four years, and has focused her scholarship on ways that the Drug Court experience can positively impact student pharmacists and ways that pharmacists can engage more fully in public health. More recently, Dr. Palombi has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health and rural Minnesota counties to work with pharmacists and prescribers on appropriate opiate and naloxone prescribing; she also works on interprofessional teams to provide opioid-focused technical assistance throughout northeastern Minnesota. Dr. Palombi is passionate about engaging pharmacists and pharmacy educators in finding solutions to the opioid crisis and developing community partnerships to prevent and address substance use.





Sam Robertson

Drug Overdose Prevention Coordinator, BA, Minnesota Department of Health

Sam Robertson is the drug overdose prevention coordinator for Minnesota Department of Health Injury and Violence Prevention Section, and studies at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Master of Public Health. Prior to joining public service, he coordinated infectious disease and overdose prevention programming for Minnesotans who use drugs at a local non-profit in Minneapolis. Sam’s professional and academic interests focus on improving and protecting the health of people who use drugs and other communities experiencing health disparities that stem from stigma and discrimination.





Raquel Rodriguez

Raquel Rodriguez

BS Pharm, PhD, Director, Experiential Education, University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy-Twin Cities

Dr. Raquel Rodriguez has been working with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy since 1995 as the Director of Experiential Education Program. She is also an Assistant Professor at the PCHS Department and teaches in the SAPh graduate program. She earned her BS Pharmacy degree in Puerto Rico, and practiced for four years as a community pharmacist in a geriatric setting. She came to Minnesota to obtain her MS in Social & Administrative Pharmacy (SAPh) in 1984. She returned to the U of M in 1985 to successfully complete her PhD in SAPh in 1989. Dr. Rodriguez received various awards such as Faculty of the Year Award from students as well as Faculty of the Year from the Pharmacy Alumni Society (PAS). In 2011, Dr. Rodriguez completed her training through the Center for Spirituality and received a Certificate in Integrative Therapies & Healing Practices: Health Coaching from the University of Minnesota. The Center was established in 1997 and Dr. Rodriguez has an Associate Faculty Appointment there. She practices as a Health Coach at Pillsbury House Integrated Health Clinic.





Natalie Roy

Natalie Roy

PharmD, Medication Therapy Management Pharmacist, Fairview Pharmacy Services

Natalie graduated from Drake University with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2016 and completed a two-year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership residency at the University of Minnesota in July 2018. During residency, she developed a new MTM practice with Fairview at the MHealth Neurology clinic and she now practices in this clinic full-time. Natalie sees patients with various neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington's Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis to optimize their medications. She is also on the care team for the new Headache Care Program, which launched at the MHealth Neurology clinic in 2019. Natalie is passionate about patient empowerment and she enjoys supporting patients on their health journeys using health coaching strategies.





Paull Rukavina

Paull Rukavina

RPh, Fairview Medication Therapy Management Provider, Fairview Pharmacy Services

Paull is one of the founding pharmacists who started the MTM program for Fairview 21 years ago. He is also one of the founding members of the MTM academy and symposium. He is currently a certified MTM provider for Fairview Highland Park and Apple Valley clinics.





Sean Stewart

Sean Stewart

PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacist, Park Nicollet

Dr. Sean Stewart received his PharmD degree from the University of Minnesota in 2009. He then completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency focused in ambulatory care at Essentia Health in Duluth, MN. Following residency, Sean spent two years as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacy specialist within an interdisciplinary preventive cardiology and lipid clinic at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Sean is currently practicing as a clinical pharmacy specialist embedded in an Internal Medicine practice at Park Nicollet. He is still actively involved in the National Lipid Association as a fellow and regional representative for the Midwest Chapter. He is a certified ambulatory care pharmacist from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties and a certified lipid specialist from the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology.





Stephanie Swanson

Stephanie Swanson

PharmD, Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Stephanie Swanson earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a Leadership Emphasis at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2016. After completing the two-year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Residency, she has continued her career with the College of Pharmacy, now serving as a course director for skills-based courses within the third year of the curriculum. Throughout her career she has remained enthusiastic about connecting with others and helping them achieve their goals, both as students and patients. She is grateful for experiences in residency to expand pharmaceutical care services to reach a variety of patients and enjoys continuing these efforts in currently implementing pharmaceutical care services at the University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic. She is committed to her dual passion of working with both students and patients and strives to include a focus on well-being in all her roles.





Brent Thompson

Brent Thompson

PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, FirstLight Health System

Dr. Brent Thompson has been Pharmacy Director at FirstLight Health System in Mora, Minnesota, since 2002, first starting in 2000 as the hospital's only Clinical Pharmacist. He began his career in chain and consulting pharmacy. In his time with FirstLight, the practice has grown to 9 clinical pharmacists, 9 certified technicians and a pharmacy resident practicing in the hospital, 3 ambulatory clinics, and a community pharmacy. He has also operated an independent pharmacy consulting practice for various long term/intermediate care and assisted living facilities since 1999.

Brent has served on the Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County since 2012 and completed his term as chair in 2015. The mission of the Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County is to promote healthy choices in the community through prevention and collaborative partnerships for the reduction of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse among youth and residents. For more than 5 years, he’s been focusing much of his attention on the prescription drug abuse crisis in America, speaking locally, around the state, and nationally to spread awareness.





Michelle Tran

Michelle Tran

PharmD, MTM Pharmacist, Fairview Health Services

Michelle Tran graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. More recently, she completed her post-graduate year one (PGY1) residency at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Residency Program at Fairview Health Services at the Fairview Uptown and Edina clinics. She currently works for Fairview Health Services providing comprehensive medication management (CMM) services at the Fairview Eagan and Apple Valley clinics in primary care.





Kyle Walburg

Kyle Walburg

Second-Year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Resident, PharmD University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy-Twin Cities

Kyle is a second-year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Resident practicing at North Memorial Camden Clinic, a family medicine clinic in North Minneapolis. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Twin Cities. Her previous residency experiences and current residency site have enabled her to expand her knowledge in caring for underserved populations, and she is excited to advocate for the role of a primary care pharmacist as she develops pharmacy services at her new clinic site.





Jordan Wolf

Jordan Wolf

PharmD, BCGP, LTC Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy

Jordan Wolf is a Long Term Care Consultant Pharmacist for Thrifty White Pharmacy, where he has been employed since 2012. He graduated from the North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences in 2012. He successfully obtained his Board Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy in November 2014. He currently serves as President for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. Through his current role as a consultant pharmacist, Jordan has extensive experience in medication management in a variety of settings, including: Community, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities, Group Homes, Correctional Facilities, etc. He is a certified trainer for the American Pharmacists Association's MTM Certification Course, and has taught this course on behalf of MPhA on multiple occasions.


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