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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Pharmacy Residency Leadership

Kristine K. Gullickson, PharmD, FASHP
Director of Pharmacy

Kristine K. Gullickson serves as the primary preceptor for the Practice Management – Department Leadership rotation. Ms. Gullickson is responsible for leadership of a progressive pharmacy department supporting a 626 bed teaching and specialty care hospital, multiple hospital-based clinics and 2 ambulatory surgery centers. The pharmacy department was a recent recipient of the ASHP Best Practices Award in 2011. Ms. Gullickson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University and completed an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She currently serves as a guest Clinical Instructor for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Institutional Practice Management Course and volunteer leadership mentor for the Leadership Network Partners program. She has held various pharmacy leadership roles across the Twin Cities and is an active member of several pharmacy professional organizations. Ms. Gullickson currently serves as the Past-President of the Minnesota Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP) and member on the Finance Committee. Ms. Gullickson is active at a national level currently serving as Vice-Chair on the ASHP Council on Pharmacy Practice and member of the Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers SAG on Quality and Compliance.

Paul Glynn, PharmD, MHA, BCPS
Pharmacy Clinical Manager

Paul earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 2000. Following graduation, Paul moved to the Dallas Fort-Worth, TX area, working at 2 different hospitals as a staff pharmacist and clinical pharmacy specialist. In late 2004, Paul moved to the Twin Cities area and obtained Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy. He spent 4+ years as Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at HealthEast Bethesda Hospital and became a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist in 2007. In November 2009, Paul joined Abbott Northwestern in his current role as Clinical Manager. He is an active member of ACCP, ASHP, MCCP, and MSHP/CMSHP, serving as treasurer of CMSHP from 2008-09 and gaining acceptance to the ASHP Foundation's Pharmacy Leadership Academy Class of 2009.

Steven Kastendieck, RPh, MS
Pharmacy Operations Manager

Steven Kastendieck is a Pharmacy Operations Manager and PGY1 Residency Program Director. He is responsible for purchasing, sterile products, surgery satellite services and pharmaceutical oversight of Abbott Northwestern’s clinics and surgery centers. His 35 years of experience include pharmacy and hospital-wide leadership roles in hospitals ranging from 200 to 1000 beds, and five years as pharmaceutical contracting director in a group purchasing organization. He earned both a Bachelor of Science with high distinction in Pharmacy and Master of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa and completed an ASHP-accredited residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His professional service includes 10 terms as a member of the ASHP House of Delegates, Board Member and President of the Iowa Society of Health System Pharmacists, and membership on numerous professional committees and task forces. Kastendieck is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and is a recognized expert in the field of hazardous pharmaceutical waste.

Matt Kresl, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Manager

Matt Kresl, PharmD, BCPS received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Minnesota College Of Pharmacy. Afterward, he completed a one-year Pharmacy Practice Residency at Abbott Northwestern. Following his residency, he took a staff pharmacist position at Abbott Northwestern in the Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care Units. Since then, he has transitioned to the Oncology and Cardiovascular teams. He is the primary preceptor of the institutional externship rotation with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and a primary co-preceptor of the Internal Medicine residency rotation. Kresl is board-certified in pharmacotherapy and has interests in oncology, cardiology, and internal medicine. Kresl was named Preceptor of the Year by the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in May 2009 for his work with PharmD students.

Laura Richardson, PharmD., BCPS, AQ-Cardiology
Clinical Coordinator for Cardiovascular/Intensive Care
PGY-2 Cardiology Residency Director

Laura earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and completed her pharmacy practice residency at Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota. Laura is board certified in pharmacotherapy and has added qualifications in cardiology. She practiced as a decentralized pharmacist in the areas of ICU and Cardiology from 2003 to 2009 at United Hospital. In 2009, Laura started at Abbott Northwestern as the ICU/Cardiology Clinical Coordinator. Laura also has prior experience as adjunct faculty for pharmacology at a local college, and now enjoys teaching through precepting of students and residents at Abbott. She is involved clinically with the Advanced Heart Failure Team with the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern, and specializes in the care of heart failure and left ventricular assist device patients on this team. Laura is currently involved as a member of ISHLT, MSHP, ACCP, past-president for MCCP, and a board member (president in 2009) for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Alumni Society.

Jay Eidem, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Coordinator for Transplant Services

Jay Eidem's responsibilities at Abbott Northwestern are providing inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services for heart and kidney transplant recipients. Eidem graduated from the University of Minnesota's College of Pharmacy and completed a specialty residency program in nephrology and kidney transplantation at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Jay recently became board certified in Pharmacotherapy in 2011. He serves as the preceptor for the PGY2 Cardiology/Infectious disease and PGY1 residents during nephrology/solid-organ transplant elective rotations. His areas of interest are solid organ transplantation, renal medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology and ambulatory care.

Jessica Holt, PharmD, BCPS, AQ - Infectious Disease
Pharmacy Coordinator for Infectious Diseases/HIV
PGY-2 Infectious Disease Residency Director

Jessica earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and completed her pharmacy practice and infectious diseases residencies at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. As the Infectious Diseases Coordinator at Abbott, she led the development and implementation of a pharmacist driven antimicrobial stewardship program, which received one of the 2011 ASHP Best Practice Awards. Jessica is actively involved in several multidisciplinary committees at Abbott and across Allina Health, including co-chair of the Allina Health Infectious Diseases Physician/Pharmacy Task Force. Jessica serves as the PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director, preceptor for the PGY1 infectious diseases rotation, and student mentor and preceptor for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She teaches the infectious diseases pharmacology lectures in the Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and has provided several continuing education seminars for pharmacy and medical staff. Jessica is an active member of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and Minnesota College of Clinical Pharmacy (MCCP). Jessica’s areas of interest include antimicrobial stewardship, antimicrobial resistance, and precepting residents and students.

Maria Zarambo, Pharm D, BCOP
Pharmacy Coordinator for Oncology Services

Maria Zarambo’s primary responsibilities at Abbott Northwestern are providing inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services for the oncology and palliative care patient population. She also provides education for the elective oncology residency rotation and is involved with oncology student rotations. Maria is also involved with the investigational studies that are offered through the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and Minneapolis Heart Institute. Maria graduated from the Rutgers University, College of Pharmacy and completed a residency at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Maria became Board certified in Oncology in 2007.

Christina Askew, PharmD, BCPS

Christina Askew serves as a primary co-preceptor for the critical care residency rotation. She earned her B.S. in Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation, she practiced as an ICU pharmacist for one year before returning to complete a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Fairview University Medical Center. Following her residency she practiced as a decentral pharmacist at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisc. staffing critical care, cardiology and internal medicine units. Askew returned to Minneapolis to practice at Abbott Northwestern and currently works as a pharmacist on the Critical Care team. She has also staffed as a secondary team member on the Cardiology and Renal Medical Surgical teams. She is the primary preceptor for a 10-week acute patient care advanced practice experience for University of Minnesota pharmacy students. She also precepts a five-week acute care rotation for students from Creighton University Medical Center. In 2005, Askew received her Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy. She is involved in several local and national pharmacy organizations as well as the Society of Critical Care Medicine. She is an active member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, serving as an international Supervisor and as current Regent for the Minnesota Graduate Chapter. Her primary areas of interest include critical care, sedation, nutrition support, student education/mentoring and risk management.

Angel Becker, Pharm.D., BCPS

Angel Becker is a primary co-preceptor for the emergency medicine residency rotation. She has worked at Abbott Northwestern in many capacities since 2000. After she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy-Worcester in 2006, she returned to Abbott Northwestern to complete a PGY1 residency. Following residency Becker was hired on as a staff pharmacist working primarily in oncology. At Abbott Northwestern she is very involved in many department committees, and is currently serving as chair of the training and education committee. In 2010 Angel won the MSHP Rising Star New Practitioner Award.

Gwendolyn Bisek, PharmD

Dr. Bisek received her Doctor of Pharmacy from North Dakota State University. She completed an ASHP accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency with the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. After completion of an Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Residency with the Mayo Clinic, she joined the clinical pharmacist staff of Abbott Northwestern Hospital on the Neurology/Orthopedics/Spine decentral team. Bisek serves as primary co-preceptor of the Neurology residency rotation.

Kara Boyko-Frandson, PharmD, BCPS, AE-C

Kara Boyko-Frandson, PharmD, BCPS, AE-C, earned a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) from Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND, in 1999. She gained experience as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in all areas of laboratory diagnostics, spending the majority of time in Microbiology and Hematology areas. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2005 from the University of Minnesota, and subsequently completed a PGY1 residency in Managed Care Pharmacy with HealthPartners. Kara focused her residency on the establishment of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) practices throughout the HealthPartners Medical Group clinics. Kara is also a Certified Asthma Educator. She is currently a member of the Emergency Department team at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, as well as co-preceptor for the Emergency Medicine PGY1 and APPE rotation. She is also a secondary member on the Neurology/Orthopedics/Spine team as well as Mental Health/Rehab decentral team. Her major areas of interest include patient education/interaction and disease state management/prevention.

Jen Hanson, PharmD

Jen Hanson serves as a primary co-preceptor for the critical care residency rotation. After earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Jen started at Abbott Northwestern as a staff pharmacist, where she co-developed a new practice area in mental health and rehabilitation during her first year in practice. Jen has staffed as a secondary team member on the orthopedics and medical/surgical teams. In 2006 she was nominated by her peers at Abbott Northwestern for the ASHP New Preceptor Award for Pharmacy Residency Excellence Awards. Jen was named the residency preceptor of the year by the 2010-2011 residents. Jen currently staffs as a primary critical care pharmacist and is active in multiple committees at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Kelly Moritz, PharmD, BCPS

Kelly Moritz graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She completed a General Pharmacy Practice residency at Abbott Northwestern. After her residency, she began working as a staff pharmacist at Abbott Northwestern, primarily in Cardiology. She currently serves as the co-preceptor for the PGY1 cardiology rotation and the primary preceptor for the PGY2 electrophysiology and general cardiology rotations. She is currently president of the University of Minnesota Pharmacy Alumni Society and the Scholarship Chair for Minnesota Graduate Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. She also teaches pharmacology for nursing and respiratory care students at St. Catherine University. Her areas of interest include anticoagulation and electrophysiology.

Sara Telander, PharmD

Sara Telander, PharmD earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She completed a one-year, ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Sara focused her residency in Psychiatric pharmacotherapy and joined the Mental Health/Rehab team at Abbott Northwestern as a staff pharmacist. Telander serves as a co-preceptor for the Psychiatry rotation for both residents and pharmacy students. Her areas of interest include psychotropic pharmacology, treatment of thought, mood, and substance use disorders, and teaching/mentoring.

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