Preceptors

Our team of experienced preceptors provide the framework for our residency training program. Learn more about the people that make St. Cloud Hospital an exciting and rewarding place to complete a PGY1 pharmacy residency.

Alyssa Augst, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota Duluth College of Pharmacy (2009)
  • Professional Memberships: HOPA, ASHP, MSHP
  • Practice Interests: Oncology, infectious disease, anticoagulation
  • Rotations Offered: Oncology (Preceptor-in-Training)

fDr. Augst provides clinical pharmacy services to ambulatory patients receiving chemotherapy and immunotherapy at Centracare Plaza. Prior to her current position, Dr. Augst worked as an inpatient clinical pharmacist at St. Cloud Hospital for 8 years. She serves as the resident preceptor for the ambulatory component of the oncology rotation. Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys cooking, reading, shopping, and spending time with family.

Mike Akers, PharmD, Transitions of Care Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (2011)
  • Residency: PGY1, University of Minnesota – Essential Health (Ambulatory Care), Duluth MN (2012)
  • Practice Interests: Transitions of care, heart failure, teaching, research Rotations Offered: Transitions of care

Dr. Akers provides clinical pharmacy services in transitions of care. He also oversees a five-week patient care APPE rotation and is a primary preceptor for a PGY-1 ambulatory care pharmacy residency program through the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy. Dr. Aker’s exceptional precepting abilities have been recognized in recent years. In 2015 and in 2016, he was a nominee for the North Dakota preceptor of the year award. In 2016, he received the Preceptor of the Year Award, (Parliament of Distinction Award) from University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy for his preceptorship of residents within the PGY-1 Ambulatory Care residency program. In 2017, he received the Preceptor of the Year from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy for his preceptorship of APPE students. Outside of work, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and taking on do-it-yourself projects at home.

Patricia Aubert, RPh, BCPS, BCOP, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Bachelor of Pharmacy - University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (1989)
  • Professional Membership: HOPA, ACCP, MSHP
  • Practice Interests: Oncology, anticoagulation, performance improvement
  • Rotations Offered: Oncology

Patti provides clinical services to oncology, orthopedics, neurology and surgical units. Patti’s exceptional precepting skills and dedication to the pharmacy residency program earned her the inaugural preceptor of the year award from our first class of residents. In her free time, Patti enjoys time on the river, hiking, traveling and following Minnesota Golden Gopher football.

Aaron Barthel, PharmD, BCPS – Application System Analyst - Advanced Degree (Willow)

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Minnesota, Duluth (2008)
  • Practice Interests: Informatics, infectious disease
  • Rotations Offered: Med Safety and Intro toInformatics (Preceptor-in-Training)

Dr. Barthel has been employed by CentraCare since 2000. He has served our patients in various roles including; nursing assistant, pharmacy intern, staff pharmacist and most recently as an application analyst for the Willow (pharmacy) team. Outside of work, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, the American pastime of baseball, football, playing and listening to music, brewing beer and board games.

Jennifer Clark, PharmD, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (1996)
  • Residency: PGY1, Hennepin County Medical Center (1997)
  • Professional Memberships: MSHP
  • Practice Interests: Critical care, kidney disease, emergency medicine
  • Rotations Offered: Critical Care

Dr. Clark provides clinical pharmacy services to patients in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care units (adult, pediatric, and neonatal). She also serves as the pharmacist member of several St. Cloud Hospital Critical Care Committees. Dr. Clark has a passion for caring for complex critical care patients and teaching. Dr. Clark's dedication to the intensive care unit earned her the Intensive Care Colleague of the Year for 2019. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with her husband and three children.

Jesse Greenlee, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (2013)
  • Residency: PGY1, Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire, WI (2014)
  • Practice Interests: Anticoagulation, infectious disease, pharmacokinetics
  • Rotations Offered: Mega Medicine

Dr. Greenlee provides clinical pharmacy service to medical patients requiring general and progressive care. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys watching movies, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Victoria Hammond, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy (2015)
  • Residency: PGY1, Fargo Veterans Affairs Health Care System (2016)
  • Practice Interests: Emergency medicine, critical care, pharmacy education
  • Rotations Offered: Emergency Medicine

Dr. Hammond practices in the emergency medicine, pediatric, and cardiac care areas. She finds working with students and residents in the emergency department particularly rewarding. When not at work, Victoria enjoys crocheting, playing piano at church and visiting friends.

Paul Huiras, PharmD, BCPS, Program Director – PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (2008)
  • Residencies: PGY1, Boston Medical Center (2009); PGY2 Critical Care, Boston Medical Center (2011)
  • Professional Memberships: ASHP, MSHP, ACCP
  • Practice Interests: Internal medicine, quality improvement, pharmacy education
  • Rotations Offered: Mega Medicine

Dr. Huiras recently (early 2019) began providing regular clinical pharmacy services for the Family Medicine Health Center Inpatient Medicine Service. This teaching service is staffed by the Family Practice Medicine Residents and Faculty. Over his pharmacy career, Dr. Huiras has precepted numerous APPE students, PGY1 and PGY2 residents and has a passion for mentoring, teaching and writing. He currently serves as Director of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at St. Cloud Hospital. Paul is a member of the St. Cloud Hospital P&T Committee and serves locally as the MSHP Regional President for Heartland Chapter (2019-2020). Outside of work, Paul enjoys cooking, traveling, wine tasting, hunting and fishing.

Jessica Lind, PharmD, BCACP, Ambulatory Pharmacist, Residency Site Coordinator – University of Minnesota PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program (Ambulatory Care), Centracare Health, St. Cloud

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (2011)
  • Residencies: PGY1, University of Minnesota – First Light Health System (Ambulatory Care), Mora, MN (2012); PGY2, Ambulatory Care, Hennepin County Medical Center (2013)
  • Professional Memberships: MPhA, ASHP
  • Practice Interests: Ambulatory pharmacy practice development and rural pharmacy practice
  • Rotations Offered: Ambulatory Care

Dr. Lind is a clinical ambulatory pharmacist for CentraCare Family Health Clinic. Dr. Lind began providing care for patients at CentraCare Paynesville in 2013 following completion of her residency programs. In 2016, she transitioned her role to St. Cloud to assist with the continued development and expansion of the ambulatory pharmacy department at Centracare. Jessica is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Pharmacists’ Association. Her pharmacy interests include ambulatory pharmacy practice development and rural pharmacy practice.

James Mahowald, PharmD, Director – Hospital Pharmacy Services

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions (1994)
  • Residencies: PGY1, University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview (1995)
  • Professional Memberships: ASHP, MSHP
  • Practice Interests: Inpatient pharmacy practice, quality improvement, automation, staff and student development, regulatory compliance
  • Rotations Offered: Pharmacy Management & Leadership

Dr. Mahowald is the Director of Hospital Pharmacy Services. He serves on a variety of multi-disciplinary committees and strives to continually advance pharmacy practice at St. Cloud Hospital. Outside of work, Jim enjoys spending time with family, golfing, coaching, and traveling.

Lance McNab, PharmD, BCCCP, Supervisor – Clinical Pharmacy Services

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy (2002)
  • Professional Memberships: ASHP, MSHP
  • Practice Interests: Hemodynamic and renal replacement support in critically ill patients, toxicology and overdose management, performance improvement
  • Rotations Offered: Pharmacy Management & Leadership

Dr. McNab is the coordinator of clinical pharmacy services, overseeing the clinical activities of our growing department. Dr. McNab is a pharmacy representative on multiple hospital committees and plays an integral role in electronic medical record maintenance and order set development. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. McNab spent many years as a clinical pharmacist specializing in critical care medicine. He is currently a preceptor for APPE students and residents rotating though pharmacy management and enjoys teaching about the role of leaders in improving patient care. Outside of work, Lance enjoys boating, fishing, golf, and escaping the cold weather during the winter.

Sara Olson, PharmD, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (2000)
  • Practice Interests: Critical care, infectious disease, pediatrics
  • Rotations Offered: Critical Care

Dr. Olson has over 15 years of hospital pharmacy experience. She provides clinical pharmacy services to patients in the intensive care unit (adult, pediatric, and neonatal). She also provides pharmacy services to cardiac patients as well as surgery patients by staffing the operating room pharmacy satellite. Outside of work Sara enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading and working out.

Kaia Ringwald, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (2003)
  • Professional Memberships: ASHP
  • Practice Interests: Anticoagulation, pediatrics
  • Rotations Offered: Pediatrics & Neonatal Medicine, Cardiology

Dr. Ringwald provides clinical pharmacy services for a variety of areas. These include the adult intensive care unit, cardiology intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit - as well as the emergency trauma center. She is the preceptor for the pediatric rotation and cardiology rotation of the PGY-1 residency program. She also precepts APPE pharmacy students. Outside of work, Kaia enjoys time with family, going to the cabin, running and biking.

Samantha Shoop, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota (2004)
  • Professional Membership: MSHP, ASHP
  • Practice Interests: Internal medicine, emergency medicine, oncology
  • Rotations Offered: Medicine I (Preceptor-in-Training)

Dr. Shoop provides clinical services in the emergency department, medical units, surgical units and oncology floors. When not at work, Samantha enjoys gardening, traveling, reading and camping.

Matt Seil, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacist Educator

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, North Dakota State University (2003)
  • Practice Interests: Neonatal kinetics, neonatal pharmacology, informatics
  • Rotations Offered: Orientation

Dr. Seil provides clinical pharmacy services to medical/surgical units. As the department’s Pharmacist Educator, Dr. Seil is heavily involved in the training of all new pharmacists. He uses technology to simulate staffing and order verification scenarios. This allow trainees to gain experience in a low-stakes environment prior to online training. Dr. Seil’s practice experience, affinity for technology and his welcoming demeanor make him a very effective pharmacist educator. Dr Seil’s skill and dedication to the pharmacy residency program earned him thePreceptor of the Year award from the resident class of 2018-2019. Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, investing and playing video and board games.

Ted Simper, PharmD, BCPS, Pediatric Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Utah College of Pharmacy (2007)
  • Residency: PGY-1, Children's Minnesota (2008)
  • Professional Memberships: ASHP, ACCP
  • Practice Interests: Pediatrics (critical care, emergency medicine), pharmacy education
  • Rotations Offered: Pediatrics and Neonatal Medicine

Dr. Simper provides clinical pharmacy services to the pediatric ICU, pediatric general medicine unit, neonatal ICU, and family birthing center. He has over 10 years of experience as a pediatric pharmacist, practicing in a variety of settings, from the emergency department to medical and surgical units. He has been a preceptor to multiple pharmacy residents and students. Ted remains active in didactic education as a lecturer in the Pediatric Course at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. He recently completed a teaching certificate program through ACCP. When not at work, Ted enjoys traveling, hiking, mountain biking, playing piano, and spending time with his wife and three kids.

Hannah Thompson, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, South Dakota State University (2017)
  • Residency: PGY1, St. Cloud Hospital (2018)
  • Professional Memberships: ASHP
  • Practice Interests: Infectious disease, anticoagulation, quality improvement
  • Rotations Offered: Mega Medicine (Preceptor-in-Training)

Dr. Thompson provides clinical pharmacy services to the medical, surgical, and oncology patients. Hannah is one of the first graduates of the St. Cloud Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program and has continued to be a pioneer for our department through her involvement in a variety of quality improvement projects. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Joy Ward, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (2005)
  • Professional Memberships: ASHP, ACCP
  • Practice Interests: Oncology and infectious disease
  • Rotations Offered: Oncology

Dr. Ward provides clinical pharmacy services to a variety of areas of the hospital, including the Emergency Trauma Center, oncology, orthopedics, neurology and surgical units. She serves on the Antibiotic Stewardship committee and precepts students and residents. While not at work Joy enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as yoga, cooking and gardening.

Jennifer Watson, PharmD, Medication Safety Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Washington State University (1999)
  • Professional Memberships: ASHP
  • Practice Interests: Medication and patient safety
  • Rotations Offered: Med Safety and Intro to Informatics (Preceptor-in-training)

Dr. Watson serves as the Medication Safety Pharmacist at St. Cloud Hospital and has been in this role for nine years. She serves as Co-Chair on the Medication Safety Committee, having a large role in reducing medication errors, improving patient safety, and advancing pharmacy practice within the hospital through a wide variety of projects and initiatives. Outside of work, Jen enjoys camping, cycling, golf, curling and cooking with her family.

Anthony Wieland, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy (2012)
  • Residency: PGY1, Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center (2013)
  • Practice Interests: Critical Care, quality improvement, informatics, electrolyte replacement
  • Rotations Offered: Cardiology

Dr. Wieland provides clinical pharmacy services to a variety of areas of the hospital, including the Emergency Trauma Center, neonatal ICU, pediatric ICU and cardiac care units. He precepts students and residents and has a passion for managing critically ill patients. When not at work, Tony enjoys traveling and spending time at the lake with family.

Ann Wigton, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, Antimicrobial Stewardship / Infectious Disease Pharmacist

  • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions (2010)
  • Residencies: PGY1, Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center (2011); PGY2 Infectious Disease, Abbott Northwestern Hospital (2012)
  • Professional Memberships: ACCP
  • Practice Interests: Infectious disease, critical care, education
  • Rotations Offered: Infectious disease

Dr. Wigton co-chairs the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at St. Cloud Hospital and is involved with initiatives to improve antimicrobial stewardship throughout the hospital. She is also a member of several other St. Cloud Hospital committees, such as the P&T Committee and the Infection Prevention and Control Committee. Dr. Wigton will also be taking over as chair of the Collaborative Multi-Site Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, which includes CentraCare regional facilities and affiliate facilities.Outside of work, Ann enjoys spending time with family, reading, crocheting, traveling and biking.