Meet Our Residents

Natalie Matthews, PharmD

Education:

Associates Degree in Arts/Science (2009) – University of Wisconsin, Waukesha
PharmD (2015) – Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy 

A little about myself:

I am originally from Milwaukee, WI, but have resided in Waukesha, WI, the last 15 years. I am a proud mother of four children who in her spare time enjoys reading, writing poetry, singing, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family (when I actually have free time).

Why did I choose to do a residency?

Pursuing post-graduate pharmacy training is a way to continuously build-upon the clinical knowledge necessary to be a well-rounded pharmacist. Not only will I expand my current knowledge, I will strengthen my time management and leadership skills which will be beneficial both in life as well as in my future career. With the backing of a strong foundation of education from the didactic, to experiential rotations, and finally to post-graduate training, I will feel much more prepared and will be more confident to stand on my own two feet as a clinical pharmacist. Since I currently have so many areas of interest, a residency is a way to continually be exposed to other areas of pharmacy I may not have had the opportunity to see if I came right out of school and began my career.

Why did I choose Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital?

What drew me to pursue a pharmacy residency at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital was the wide array of rotations offered including pediatrics since it is affiliated with Ministry St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Also, the administrative rotation is not just one rotation but rather is incorporated into every rotation, and the pharmacy residency offers a good work-life balance which is really important for my success as a Pharmacy Resident. Also, there are opportunities to contribute to the education of our future pharmacists as I will be precepting other student pharmacists, and doing some volunteer work at St. Vincent de Paul’s free clinic in town.

What rotations will I be doing?

The rotations I will be completing include Ambulatory Care, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Adult Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care, Formulary Management, and Infectious Disease. For my elective rotations, I am interested in Intensive Care Nursery or Pediatric Intensive Care, and Pharmacokinetics/Nutritional support. Throughout the course of the residency year, I will also be staffing in a clinical pharmacist role every 5 weeks.

Future plans/interest:

My future plans are yet to be determined, but my interests include an intensive care environment, adult or pediatric, pharmacy management and leadership, and precepting students. Also, it is in my plans to become BCPS certified not long after residency is completed.

 


 



 

Christine Kujak, PharmD

Education:

Bachelor of Science – University of Wisconsin, Madison
PharmD – University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy 

A little about myself:

I am originally from the Milwaukee area, but have enjoyed moving farther north this year! I love spending time outdoors and have been having fun exploring the Marshfield area. I try to spend my spare time with family and friends and cheering for the Packers and Badgers!

Why did I choose to do a residency?

I felt a residency would provide great opportunities to improve my clinical skills in addition to providing experiences in leadership and project management. I knew a residency would help me to challenge myself to keep learning, which I think is essential to becoming excellent clinical pharmacist.

Why did I choose Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital?

I knew the residency at Ministry Saint Joseph’s hospital would provide me with opportunities to work with a diverse patient population in a supportive learning environment. Saint Joseph’s provides level II trauma services in addition to pediatric care, and accepts referrals from many smaller community hospitals in northern Wisconsin. I also decided to complete a residency in an academic medical center in order to learn and grow alongside other professionals.

What rotations will I be doing?

Right now I am focusing on completing my core rotations. I am considering taking electives in medical intensive care, oncology, and pharmacokinetics/nutritional support.

Future plans/interests:

I am ultimately interested in practicing in a hospital setting. I am considering pursuing a PGY-2, but would also be excited to continue my career as an inpatient clinical pharmacist. I plan to pursue board certification at the end of my residency year and hope to precept students in the future.

 


 



 

Katie Kotz, PharmD

Education:
Undergraduate/Pre-pharmacy – University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
PharmD (2015) – Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

A little about myself:
I am originally from Rice Lake, Wisconsin. In my free time I enjoy reading, shopping, and hanging out with friends and family. I also enjoy the occasional movie or TV marathon while relaxing at home.

Why did I choose to do a residency?
I learned an immense amount during my fourth year rotations but always knew there was so much more that I was not going to be able to experience. I saw residency as an opportunity to continue to build upon my knowledge and previous experiences to help me grow into the well-rounded clinical pharmacist that I desire to be. Completing a residency not only allows me to continue to explore a variety of clinical areas but also to further refine my communication and leadership skills in a challenging, yet supportive environment. I know this year will provide me with knowledge and experiences that will be valuable in the future.

Why did I choose Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital?
I chose the residency program at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital for a variety of reasons. Saint Joseph’s Hospital is a level II trauma and academic medical center located in rural central Wisconsin with many opportunities to work with other health care providers and to precept students. They also have a great variety of clinical and longitudinal rotations to offer, including many in pediatrics, which is an area that I wanted more exposure to. I knew that the flexibility of the program would allow me to maximize my residency year experiences while pursuing my interests, even if these changed throughout the year. Upon graduating from this program I know that I will have knowledge and confidence I need to start my career.

What rotations will I be doing?
I will be completing core rotations in pediatrics, cardiology, surgical intensive care, formulary management, infectious disease, and ambulatory care. I am considering taking elective rotations in medical intensive care, nutritional support, and pediatric/neonatal intensive care. I will also be staffing the internal medicine floor every 5th week.

Future plans/interests:
After completing the PGY-1 residency program, I plan to work as a clinical pharmacist in a hospital setting where I will be able to continue to precept students. I am also considering pursing a PGY-2. I am currently interested in critical care.


 



 

Robert Schumacher, PharmD

Education:
Bachelor of Science – University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
PharmD – Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

A little about myself:
I am originally from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin which is between Milwaukee and Madison. I was a commercial fisherman in Alaska for six summers. I enjoy outdoor activities, running and working out. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Why did I choose to do a residency?
I chose to do a residency to increase my clinical knowledge base in various practice areas. The environment of continued learning and clinical opportunities was the primary reason I decided to pursue a residency. Additionally, with my future plans of continuing to specialize in pharmacy practice in critical care and emergency medicine, residency provides further training and differentiation in to other clinical areas.

Why did I choose Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital?
I chose Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital because of the wide variety of rotational experiences offered. Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital is a tertiary care teaching hospital that is also uniquely equipped with opportunities in the children’s hospital. Offerings in rotational experiences in adult, pediatric, and neonatal care units were a large influence in choosing Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

What rotations will I be doing?
I will be doing the core rotations such as formulary management, SICU, pediatrics, infectious disease, ambulatory care, and cardiology. For elective rotations I am interested in NICU/PICU, oncology and adult medical ICU.

Future plans/interests:
I am interested in pursuing a PGY-2 residency in critical care/emergency medicine pharmacy. I enjoy precepting students and would continue in my future practice. Additionally I would like to become BCPS in the near future as well.

 


 



 

Jonathan Kempfert, PharmD

Education:
Pre-pharmacy/PharmD – University of Wisconsin, Madison 

A little about myself:
I am originally from Weyauwega, Wisconsin. I enjoy running, going to Brewers and Badger games, playing tennis, and going to concerts. Go Pack Go!

Why did I choose to do a residency?
Although during pharmacy school I got a solid foundation to prepare me for a career in pharmacy; I felt that a residency would be a great opportunity to expand my clinical knowledge and build my leadership skills. Additionally I wanted an experience to prepare me for a future practice within the acute care setting and allow me to be able to provide patients with the highest level of care while practicing.

Why did I choose Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital?
The atmosphere created by the people at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital was one of the things the stood out to me during my interview at the site that moved Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital to the top of my list. Another reason was that patient care is a number one priority among the staff, which is something I felt was necessary for a site where I would complete a residency. Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital also has numerous characteristics allowing for outstanding clinical development since it is an academic tertiary care medical center with many different acute care specialty rotations. Finally the opportunity for residents to precept pharmacy students prepares residents for a future of teaching within the profession of pharmacy.

What rotations will I be doing?
I will be completing required rotations in cardiology, ambulatory care, surgical intensive care, formulary management, infectious disease, and pediatrics. Additionally I am planning on completing elective rotations in hematology/oncology and in a primary care setting in association with my project. For my last elective I am considering metabolic support, pediatric intensive care/neonatal intensive care, or medical intensive care.

Future plans/interests:
I plan on either seeking a clinical pharmacist position within an academic medical center or completing a PGY-2 within oncology/hematology.

 

 
 
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