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Pharmacy residency leadership

Jill Strykowski MS, RPh

Jill Strykowski is director of pharmacy at Mercy Hospital and Unity Hospital, part of Allina Health. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and her Master of Science in hospital pharmacy (experimental pharmacotherapy) from the University of Minnesota.

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Jessica Swearingen, PharmD, BCPS

Jessica is the clinical pharmacy manager at Unity Hospital and the residency program director at Mercy and Unity Hospitals. Jessica received both her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Heather Blue, PharmD, BCPS

Heather Blue earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation she completed the ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency here at Mercy and Unity hospitals.

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Jeralyn Furst, PharmD, BCPS

Jeralyn is a staff pharmacist at Mercy Hospital and a co-coordinator for the residency program at Mercy and Unity hospitals. She obtained her PharmD from the University of Minnesota.

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Kim Glasoe, PharmD

Kim Glasoe obtained a Bachelor of Science in psychology from North Dakota State University in 1997 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2002. After graduation she was employed at Hennepin County Medical Center having opportunities to work in both family practice, internal medicine clinics and outpatient pharmacy settings.

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Kelly Ruziska, PharmD

Kelly received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 2006 and completed her pharmacy practice residency at Mercy and Unity hospitals in 2007. She works as staff clinical pharmacist primarily in the ICU and cardiology units, with some time in the emergency department.

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Venessa McConkey PharmD, BCPS

Venessa is a staff pharmacist and residency coordinator at Unity Hospital. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in 2007 and completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited pharmacy practice residency at Mercy and Unity Hospitals in 2008.

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Nicole Nelson PharmD, BCPS

Nicole Nelson earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2005 from the University of Minnesota.

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Justin Hora, PharmD

Justin received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University in 2006.

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Brent Kosel PharmD

Brent Kosel is pharmacy operations manager at Mercy Hospital. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in May of 1994.

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Dan Niznick PharmD

Dan is the pharmacy operations manager at Unity Hospital. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2005.

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Peter Nyhus, PharmD, BCPS

Peter Nyhus received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota-College of Pharmacy. Following graduation he took a staff position at Mercy Hospital working in the oncology, med/surg, intensive care unit, cardiology and operating room areas.

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Sarah Thunselle, PharmD

Sarah Thunselle graduated pharmacy school with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She went on to do her PGY1 residency at the Puget Sound VA Hospital in Seattle, Washington.

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Ann Wigton, PharmD, BCPS

Ann attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota where she earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Chemistry in 2006 before moving on to pharmacy school at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Ashley Philibert PharmD

Ashley completed the Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2010. She went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Mercy and Unity Hospitals prior to taking on her current position as a clinical pharmacist at Mercy hospital.

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Jenny Chapeau PharmD BCPS

Jenny Chapeau received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2004. She also completed a specialized residency in critical care at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis in 2005.

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Jenna Paulson, PharmD

Jenna earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011 from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She completed her PGY1 residency at Mercy and Unity Hospitals.

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Jenna Phelps PharmD

Jenna Phelps is an emergency medicine pharmacist at Unity Hospital.

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Jeannine Asp PharmD

Jeanine Asp earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from North Dakota State University in 1987 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in 2011.

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Joe Kristoff, PharmD, BCPS

Joe received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2011.

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