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Class of 2012-2013


Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy is pleased to introduce its pharmacy residents and fellow for 2013-2014. Feel free to email any of the following individuals with program specific questions simply by clicking on their name!

Class of 2013-14


PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents

Alison Gray

Alison Gray

Dr. Alison Gray is a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. She received her PharmD from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy after completing a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  Even though she has not decided on an area of specialty, Dr. Gray is passionate about working with students and teaching.  She is open-minded about the different fields of pharmacy and excited about the opportunities and experiences being offered through her residency rotations.  In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike and spending time with friends.  As a transplant to the Chicagoland area, she loves exploring the city and crossing off items on her Chicago bucket list.

Nila Mahyari

Nila Mahyari

Dr. Nila Mahyari is a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA after obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Biology at Georgia State University.  She has great interest in chronic disease management and ambulatory care pharmacy.  Dr. Mahyari is very enthusiastic about improving patient outcomes, communication enhancements among the interdisciplinary team and process improvements specifically in medication safety and adherence.  In her free time, she enjoys outdoors activity in the city with her dog and friends, cooking, and shopping. 

Sheron Mui

Sheron Mui

Dr. Sheron Mui is currently a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy.  Her prior professional career began at Loyola University where she completed her pharmacy pre-requisites, after which she pursued her PharmD at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and graduated in May 2013.  Dr. Mui would like to pursue a career in academia and ambulatory care after she completes her residency.  She is very interested in working with underserved populations with low health literacy.  She was born and raised in Chicago and in her spare time she enjoys baking and cooking.

PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residents

Christina Cross

Christina Cross, Supervalu, Inc.

Dr. Christina Cross is a PGY1 community pharmacy resident with Jewel-Osco and Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, where she began her pharmacy career as a technician in 2007. Her decision to pursue a community pharmacy residency was strongly based on her passion for the continually expanding role of community pharmacists in providing clinical services. Dr. Cross holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her areas of interest include medication therapy management, heart failure, and diabetes care. She also enjoys teaching and playing an active role in the experiential education of future pharmacists. In her free time, she likes to read, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.

Paul Fina

Paul Fina, Supervalu, Inc.

Dr. Paul Fina recently graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from The Ohio State University.  He is a 2nd generation pharmacist who became interested in the profession because of the integral role pharmacists play in a patient's care.  The progressive nature of community pharmacy is what drew Paul to pursue a PGY1 community pharmacy residency with Jewel-Osco Pharmacy and Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Fina's clinical areas of interest are wellness and diabetes management.  In his spare time he enjoys crossfit, traveling, and spending times with friends and family.

Jatin Gandhi

Jatin Gandhi, Supervalu, Inc.

Dr. Jatin Gandhi graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Montana in May of 2013. Jatin Is currently completing a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency with Jewel-Osco and Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy.  Prior to beginning the residency, he worked for Jewel-Osco for 5 years as a technician and pharmacy intern.  Dr. Gandhi's clinical areas of interest include bone health care and asthma management.  Outside of pharmacy, he enjoys traveling and just about any outdoor activity.

Amulya Murthy

Amulya Murthy, Dominick's Pharmacy

Dr. L. Amulya Murthy is a recent graduate from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Her interest in pursuing a community pharmacy residency stemmed from the desire to serve as a patient advocate and the progressive nature of community pharmacy practice.  Clinical interests include diabetes, medication therapy management, and women's health. Dr. Murthy enjoys community outreach programs for underserved populations and reaching out to those in need. On a personal note, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring the city of Chicago.

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residents

Elise Gilbert

Elise Gilbert, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Dr. Elise Gilbert is originally from southeastern Michigan and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012 from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Dr. Gilbert's practice interests include public health initiatives and teaching. Following residency, she would like to work at an academic medical center associated with a college of pharmacy in hopes of having both clinical and academic focuses of practice. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time playing with her dog (Archer), traveling (and planning future travels), and spending time with friends and family.

Justin Wrin

Justin Wrin, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Justin Wrin received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012 from Purdue University. He completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. Wrin recently moved to Chicago to complete his PGY-2 residency in Infectious Diseases at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and Rush University Medical Center. His practice interests include fungal infections, antimicrobial resistance, and teaching. Ultimately, he hopes to obtain an infectious diseases position at an academic medical center that will provide teaching opportunities at a college of pharmacy and the chance to precept pharmacy students and residents. Outside of work, he is a huge sports fan, especially of Purdue football and basketball, Indianapolis Colts football, and Indiana Pacers basketball. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing the drums.

Infectous Diseases Pharmacotherapy Fellow

Jim Rhodes

Jim Rhodes, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Dr. Rhodes completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He also completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and an accredited PGY2 Infectious Disease Residency at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, where he practiced at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Rhodes is currently engaged in advanced research and methodologic training in the Infectious Disease Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. He is also engaged in additional education through Northwestern University's Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program, which is a 2-year Master's degree program. Dr. Rhodes is interested in elucidating the drug-exposure and disease-response profiles and associated outcomes of antimicrobial agents in an effort to optimize the use of these agents clinically. He is also interested in improving our understanding of the pharmacokinetic-toxicodynamic effects of antimicrobials and how clinical outcomes are modified by these interactions. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with friends.

PGY-2 Critical Care Residents

Olusola ("Sola") Apena

Olusola ("Sola") Apena, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Dr. Sola Apena is originally from Lagos, Nigeria. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Florida in 2010 and completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. He is currently completing a PGY2 residency in critical care through Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His areas of interest within critical care include neurointensive care. He would like to practice at an academic medical center that is affiliated with a college of pharmacy. He enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as playing and watching English football.

Michael Vertin

Michael Vertin, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Dr. Michael Vertin is originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago and enjoys being back in the Chicagoland area. He went to Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, graduating with a Doctor of Pharmacy. He then completed his PGY1 residency at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN. His areas of interest include emergency medicine, critical care and administration. Upon completion of his PGY2 training, Dr. Vertin would like to practice in a critical care or emergency department position, and get involved with professional organizations.  He is an avid sports fan, including the Chicago teams and the Butler Bulldogs.  His outside interests include anything outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Krystina Geiger

Krystina Geiger, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Krystina Geiger is one of Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy's PGY2 Critical Care residents at Rush University Medical Center. She grew up in upstate New York where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy in 2012 and from there completed her PGY1 training at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Geiger's areas of interest include infectious disease, neurocritical care, and medical/surgical intensive care. She plans on pursuing a critical care specialist position at an academic medical center following her PGY2 training and would ultimately like to obtain a faculty position at a college of pharmacy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Adam Linstedt

Adam Linstedt, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Adam Linstedt received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2012.  He completed his PGY1 pharmacy residency at NorthShore University - Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, IL. He is currently a PGY2 critical care pharmacy resident through Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center. His interests within critical care include cardiac and medical intensive care. After he is done with this year of residency, he hopes to find a critical care position at an academic medical center that is affiliated with a college of pharmacy. His outside of work interests include spending time with his wife, golfing, biking, traveling, and watching his beloved Green Bay Packers.

Former Pharmacy Residents and Fellows

Class of 2012-2013

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents

Rebecca Zaworski

Rebecca Zaworski

Dr. Becky Zaworski graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago-College of Pharmacy in May 2012. Before going to pharmacy school she completed at Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign.




Nicole Wegrzyn

Nicole Wegrzyn

Dr. Nicole Wegrzyn grew up near Hartford, CT and received her PharmD from Northeastern University in May of 2012.






Lisa Mackowski

Lisa Mackowski

Dr. Mackowski's prior professional academic career began at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, and she then pursued her PharmD at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy, graduating Summa Cum Laude in May 2012. 



PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residents

Brittany Hoffmann

Brittany Hoffmann, SuperValu, Inc.

Dr. Brittany Hoffmann graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration from Drake University in May of 2012. Prior to her professional studies, Brittany obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Saint Francis in 2008.



Courtney Ammons

Courtney Ammons, SuperValu, Inc.

Dr. Courtney Ammons is a graduate of Hampton University located in Hampton, Virginia.






Akanksha Dudeja

Akanksha Dudeja, Dominick's Pharmacy

Dr. Akanksha Dudeja recently graduated with her PharmD from the University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Pharmacy.






PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residents

Sonia Nevrekar

Sonia Nevrekar, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Sonia Nevrekar received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011 from Purdue University and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.





Nathanial Rhodes

Jim Rhodes, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Dr. Jim Rhodes received his PharmD at the University of Florida where he focused on substance abuse research. He completed his PGY1 residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.





Infectious Diseaes Pharmacotherapy Fellow

Milena Griffith

Milena McLaughlin, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Dr. Milena McLaughlin graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2009. After graduation she moved to Brooklyn, NY to complete her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Maimonides Medical Center.




PGY-2 Critical Care Residents

Mindy Joseph

Mindy Joseph, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Mindy Joseph began her educational career at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she enrolled as a Chemistry major. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. Mindy's initial interests were in the areas of critical care and infectious diseases, which has since been the same. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Olabisi Falana

Olabisi Falana, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Olabisi Falana is originally from Lagos, Nigeria. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) in Chicago.




Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Dr. Elizabeth Short is originally from southwest Michigan and obtained a bachelor's degree in biology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. She graduated from Creighton University School of Pharmacy in Omaha with her Doctor of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.



Ryan Van Engel

Ryan Van Engel, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Dr. Ryan Van Engel received his PharmD from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2011. He completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.




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