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New Ulm Medical Center

Staff of new pharmacy has years of experience

When New Ulm Medical Center opened its retail pharmacy on January 20 almost everything was brand new – walls, carpeting, shelving, etc. One thing that is not brand new is the experience of the staff behind the counter.

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Pictured (l-r) are Pharmacy staff Amber Faerber, Certified Pharmacy Technician; Shawn Guymon, RPh; LuAnn Marti, Certified Pharmacy Technician; and Jenifer Kalis, PharmD.

The core staff of the pharmacy includes pharmacists Jenifer Kalis, PharmD and Shawn Guymon, RPh as well as Certified Pharmacy Technicians LuAnn Marti and Amber Faerber. Between the four of them, they share more than 50 years of experience.

Jenifer Kalis, PharmD

Kalis is the manager of the department and a New Ulm native. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. She earned her pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis. She and her family lived in Brainerd for ten years before moving back to New Ulm. She has worked in hospital and retail pharmacies over the years, including working in the NUMC hospital pharmacy on a part-time basis for the last three years.

She decided to become a pharmacist, she said, for a couple reasons.

“I liked not only the science of it but I also enjoy the one-on-one interaction with patients,” she said. She also noted that her very first job when she was a high school student was in the Dietary Department at NUMC. Her mother was a nurse at NUMC for 35 years. Beginning her job as the full-time manager of the new pharmacy, she said, is “like a homecoming for me.”

Shawn Guymon, RPh

Guymon most recently worked as a pharmacist at Walgreens in New Ulm and worked in the Kmart pharmacy prior to that. He earned his pharmacy degree at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. For Guymon, personal interaction is a perk of the job, also.

“I enjoy working with people, rather than being in a job where you don’t see people all day,” he said. “I like to make sure people understand their medications and I always ask if they have any more questions about their medications when they are picking them up.”

Guymon said he is excited for this new opportunity to work in a professional atmosphere with the providers in such close proximity.

“I think we’ve put together a good team,” he said.

LuAnn Marti, Certified Pharmacy Technician

Marti is also a New Ulm native and graduated from Cathedral High School in 2003. She graduated from Minnesota State University – Mankato in 2008 with a degree in Biology and has worked at the Cub Foods Pharmacy in Mankato for more than seven years.

Marti said she always knew she wanted to go into the medical field in some way and she wanted to make sure she could work one-on-one with patients. Being a pharmacy technician turned out to be the perfect fit.

“I’m excited to be working at NUMC not only to be done with my commute to Mankato but also, I know so many people here in the building,” she said.

Marti is also on the South Central College Advisory Board for pharmacy technicians. The board consists of a group of pharmacists and technicians from both the hospital and retail setting that helps to fine tune the pharmacy technician program at the college.

Amber Faerber, Certified Pharmacy Technician

Faerber is also a New Ulm native, graduating from New Ulm High School in 2001. She most recently worked at the Walmart Pharmacy for five years. More than ten years ago, she also worked at NUMC in patient services and business services. “I’m so glad to be back,” she said. “It feels like family.”

Faerber not only enjoys the interaction with patients but the challenge that working in a pharmacy presents. “There are always new medications coming out and things are always changing,” she said. “I enjoy helping patients understand their insurance, their benefits, and their medication. Things change from day-to-day. It keeps things interesting.”

The NUMC retail pharmacy will be open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.