Current residents:

Anne-C├ęcile Mingle, PharmD

Dr. Mingle graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish before obtaining her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy. Dr. Mingle is presently in the first year of the 24-month PGY-1 Practice and Academic Leadership Residency at CUW, where she serves as an ambulatory care pharmacist and instructor in the School of Pharmacy. As part of the residency program, Dr. Mingle is pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree, emphasis in Teaching & Learning from CUW.

Practice/Scholarly Interests

  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Health Literacy
  • Clinical Documentation
  • Cultural Competency
  • Self Care

Practice Setting Description:
Dr. Mingle currently practices at Milwaukee Health Services Incorporated’s MLK Heritage Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) for the urban underserved. She provides patient-centered medication therapy management (MTM) services for patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.

Residency Project Description:
To be determined.

Special Interests/Hobbies:

  • Travel
  • Interior décor
  • Dance / Fitness

Why I chose the CUW PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program?
I chose CUW’s pharmacy residency program because of its mission and commitment to develop servant leaders. As one of the most accessible and most trusted healthcare professions, it is vital to continue fostering that spirit of caring and giving. The all-inclusive training afforded to me here at CUW, which includes instruction on how to be a proficient professor, will not only make me a better pharmacist clinically, but also personally as I pursue my long-term goal of being a pharmacy faculty member.

Francesca Napolitano, PharmD

Dr. Napolitano completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Napolitano is presently in her first year of the 24-month PGY-1 Practice and Academic Leadership Residency at CUW where she serves as an ambulatory care pharmacist and instructor for the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Napolitano is also pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning from Concordia as part of the residency program.

Practice/Scholarly Interests:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Cultural Humility
  • Health Disparities

Practice Setting Description:
Dr. Napolitano practiced at MLK Heritage Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) part of Milwaukee Health Services Incorporated that is dedicated to improving health outcomes and reducing disparities in a diverse urban underserved community. She provides patient centered medication therapy management (MTM) services and health education for patients with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.

Special Interests/ Hobbies:

  • Public health/ advocacy
  • Yoga/dance/fitness
  • Travel and world cuisines

Why I chose the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at CUW?
"My strong passion for ambulatory care, academia, and providing care/advocating for a diverse underserved urban community lead me to CUW’s 24-month PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and Academic Leadership Residency, as it seemed to align perfectly with my career goals. Upon learning more about the program and having the opportunity for an onsite visit, I knew this program would be vital to both my professional and personal development. CUW School of Pharmacy’s dedication to our community and the profession of pharmacy is evident in all the faculty and students do. I feel lucky to be part of this exceptional group of pharmacy faculty and know that completion of this program will help enable me to become the clinical pharmacist and faculty I aspire to be."

Kelsey Phipps, PharmD

Dr. Phipps graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL with a Bachelor of Science in Biology before obtaining her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Concordia University Wisconsin. Dr. Phipps is presently in her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) where she serves as an urban, underserved, ambulatory care pharmacist in a medical clinic and instructor in the School of Pharmacy at CUW.

Practice/Scholarly Interests

  • Patient Centered Care
  • Public Health
  • Health Literacy
  • Interdisciplinary Care
  • Teaching / Academia

Practice Setting Description:
Dr. Phipps currently practices at the AIDS resource center of Wisconsin (ARCW) in Milwaukee, a nationally recognized Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) that provides medical, dental, mental health, pharmacy, housing, legal, and food services to people living with HIV. She practices both in the medical clinic, providing ambulatory care services for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia, as well as in the retail pharmacy as part of an integrated patient health care team.

Residency Project Description:
Assessing the appropriateness of statin therapy prescribed by primary care providers based on ASCVD risk and ACC/AHA guidelines before implementation of a pharmacist driven statin initiation protocol. Aim to demonstrate a significant difference in patients on appropriate statin therapy with clinical pharmacist intervention. 

Special Interests/Hobbies:

  • Being active outdoors (kayaking/hiking/biking)
  • Food - ie
  • Yoga

 Why I chose the CUW PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program?

My personal interests in public health and career goals for providing patient centered care led me to discover the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at ARCW. ARCW’s medical home model grants me the unique opportunity to treat each patient individually and as a whole from start to finish. Working directly with primary care providers in the medical clinic as well as spending time in the community pharmacy allows me to provide tremendous continuity of care for our mutual patients. In addition, CUW’s program affords me the opportunity to pursue another passion of mine via the academic portion of the residency. I am confident I will be prepared for success in pharmacy practice faculty positions as well as a variety of non-academic ambulatory care practice positions after successfully completing of this program.

Alumni:

Hailey Keeser, PharmD

Dr. Keeser received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy.During her residency year, she practiced as an ambulatory care pharmacist in an urban underserved clinic and serving as an instructor and preceptor to students at CUW School of Pharmacy.

Practice/Scholarly Interests:

  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Interdisciplinary Care
  • Health Literacy
  • Global Health
  • Public Health

Practice Setting Description:
Dr. Keeser practiced at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) in Milwaukee, WI. ARCW is a nationally recognized Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) that provides medical, pharmacy, dental, counseling, housing, food, and legal services for people living with HIV. She practiced both in the medical clinic and the retail pharmacy to provide pharmacy services that are an integrated within patients’ health care team.

Special Interests/ Hobbies:

  • Traveling
  • Enjoying the outdoors
  • Reading

Why I chose the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at CUW?
“I chose CUW’s pharmacy residency program because it allows me to develop clinical skills in an urban underserved population I am deeply passionate about. Additionally, I have the ability pursue another passion via the academic portion of the residency. I am grateful for CUW’s all-inclusive residency training; the program provides instruction on how to be an excellent practitioner, educator, and learner. This will serve me well as I pursue future opportunities in clinical and/or academic settings.”

Nan Yang, PharmD

Dr. Yang graduated from Jilin University in China with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Literature and Language before obtaining her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. During this residency year, Dr. Yang  practiced as an ambulatory care pharmacist at a local specialty pharmacy where she will also serve as a preceptor to pharmacy students at CUW School of Pharmacy.

Practice/Scholarly Interests:

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice
  • Chronic Medication Management
  • Interprofessional Team Care
  • Clinical Documentation

Practice Setting Description:
Dr. Yang practiced at Evergreen Pharmacy in the West Allis Clinic, a local specialty pharmacy focused on rheumatology, dermatology, psychiatry, and gastroenterology for the urban underserved. She provided chronic medication management in the retail pharmacy and in the collaborative clinics.

Residency Project Description:
To be determined

Special Interests/Hobbies:

  • Cooking
  • Traveling
  • Oil / Acrylic Painting

Why I chose the CUW PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program?
“I chose the CUW community-based residency program because it allows me to develop skills both in teaching and serving underserved patients in both retail pharmacy and ambulatory care settings. Its dual mission of serving and giving inspired me. The full-year residency training afforded to me here at CUW provides me necessary experiences to pursue my long-term goal of being a specialty pharmacist and a pharmacy practice faculty member.”

Brian L. Nguyen, PharmD

Practice Site: AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) and Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) School of Pharmacy

Graduation Date: June 2017 

Project: Implementation of a Comprehensive Medication Management Service for People Living with HIV

Current Site of Employment/Residency: I am currently a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident with Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO)

How did the residency program help you grow into the practitioner that you wanted to be?
“This PGY-1 residency program was extremely instrumental in my professional and personal development. The multitude of interactions with patients, the entire care team, and preceptors allowed me to develop skills necessary to become an independent clinical practitioner. The preceptors and mentors are truly invested in leveraging my strengths, while also providing opportunities to improve my knowledge gaps. I believe that this is a well-rounded residency program that prepared me for multiple career paths upon completion."

Christopher Johnson, PharmD

Practice Site: Second-year site was Outreach Community Health Centers

Graduation Date: June 2017

Project: Identifying Student Learning Competencies for Urban Underserved Practice Using a Delphi Process

Current site of employment: Following my residency I was hired as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy.

How did the residency program help you grow into the practitioner that you wanted to be?
“The CUW Practice & Academic Leadership residency program helped me to gain experiences that directly relate to the practice of pharmacy practice faculty. The practice, teaching, and scholarship opportunities really set me apart from other applicants for academic appointments.”

James Lokken, PharmD, MS, M.Ed.

Practice Site: Second-year site was Milwaukee Health Services Inc., Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Clinic

Graduation Date: June 2016

Project: “Pharmacy Students’ Performance and Perception of Physical Assessment Skills as the Result of Receiving Instruction.” The education-based project was focused on the impact of instruction on students’ perceived confidence and rubric-based ability to perform cardiovascular and renal physical assessment.

Current site of employment: Following my residency I was hired as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at CUW-SOP.

How did the residency program help you grow into the practitioner that you wanted to be?
“The residency program provided the flexibility and autonomy to engage in experiences that I was passionate about. Also, I received the support I needed from my preceptors to advance clinically and academically in ways I needed to, but was also encouraged to leverage the strengths I already had. In receiving training that was not solely focused on correcting deficiencies, I was able to advance farther than I ever thought possible.”

Karena Creten, PharmD, M.Ed.

Practice Site: AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) and Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

Graduation Date: June 2016

Project: Implementation and preliminary outcomes of a clinic-based multidisciplinary smoking cessation program for people living with HIV.

Current Site of Employment: Recently moved to Denver, Colorado and currently looking for a job in ambulatory and HIV care.

How did the residency program help you grow into the practitioner that you wanted to be?
"The people I met during my 12 months were the most influential in my development. I grew from my experiences with so many different types of people: patients, pharmacists, residency project advisers, faculty, co-residents, nurses, doctors, pharmacy technicians, and case managers. All of these people taught me lessons that made me a more enlightened person and a more seasoned practitioner. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in such a well-rounded and diverse residency program."