Current Rush Pharmacy Residents

Current Residents

PGY1 Residents

Rush PGY1 pharmacy residents

PGY1 2021-2022 class: Miranda, Brooke, Mary, Dan, Nicole, Darrick, Jessica, Kaley, Lisa and Alexis

Alexis Tandyk
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Dr. Tandyk is from Chicago, Illinois and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Alexis’ professional interests include hematology/oncology, solid organ transplant, and academia. Outside of pharmacy, Alexis enjoys winter sports (specifically traveling to go snowboarding/skiing), trying new restaurants in the various Chicagoland neighborhoods, and watching the Chicago Bears/Iowa Hawkeyes!

“I chose Rush because of the large resident class size, the diverse rotation opportunities, and the preceptors I met during my interview. As a Chicago native, I knew that Rush had an outstanding reputation for being a leader in patient care, with a strong clinical pharmacy structure. As someone who is also interested in academia, it was important to also find a program with a teaching certificate component as well as opportunities to precept pharmacy students. In addition, I was very excited about the 24-hour on-call program to further advance my pharmacy critical thinking skills and autonomy.”


Brooke Smith
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Smith is from Houston, Texas and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Brooke’s professional interests include critical care, research, and academia. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys playing with her dog (James), her munchkin cat (Jack), and riding horses.

“I wanted a residency that had strong clinical, research, and precepting aspects. Rush is known to provide learners with a robust, well rounded residency through it’s on-call program, research certificate, and opportunities to explore teaching. Additionally, the people at Rush are top notch. I felt at home already during my interview and the support I’ve received from preceptors and management is unparalleled.”


Darrick Emery (Chief Resident)
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Dr. Emery is from Mascoutah, Illinois and obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Darrick’s professional interests include Critical Care and Toxicology. He is completing his research project on the efficacy of vitamin K therapy in correcting cirrhosis-related coagulopathy. Outside of pharmacy, you can find him at a local brewery with friends or shopping for new Trader Joe’s treats to bring in and share with his co-residents.

“I chose Rush primarily for two reasons: the appreciation for pharmacy services and the commitment to equality within the organization. During recruitment, I could sense how large of a role pharmacy plays at Rush and the respect for pharmacy overall as part of the multidisciplinary team. Since coming to Rush, I can confirm that our opinions are valued and this allows us to make meaningful interventions on our patients. Rush also places a heavy emphasis on equality. We serve a diverse population on the west side of Chicago and the organization strives to make all patients feel welcome, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, income-level, or any other factor.”


Daniel Fecher*
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Fecher earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. His professional interests include pediatrics and transitions of care. In his free time, Dan enjoys walking along the lakefront, caring for his numerous houseplants, and finding the best coffee Chicago has to offer.

I chose Rush because of the diverse patient care experiences, dedicated preceptors, and robust on-call opportunities that would allow me to function as an independent pharmacy practitioner from early on in my residency.”


Jessica Kulawiak
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Dr. Kulawiak is from Chicago, IL and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jessica’s professional interests include pediatrics and oncology. In her free time, she enjoys trying new coffee shops and breweries, a good Netflix binge, and testing new dessert recipes.

I chose Rush because of my interaction with the pharmacy team during my interview. It was very clear how much the preceptors, director, and managers cared for the residents and enjoyed working with them. Everyone was welcoming and it was evident that Rush provided a great work environment!”


Kaley Deichstetter
University of Cincinnati, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

Dr. Deichstetter is from Naperville, Illinois and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Cincinnati, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include critical care, emergency medicine, and mentorship. Outside of pharmacy, Kaley loves trying new restaurants, karaoke bars, and rooftops around Chicago. On Sundays, you can find her at one of the beaches on Lake Michigan, at the Diversey driving range, or running on the lakeshore path! She also loves spending time with her family at their lake house in northern Wisconsin and traveling (even studied abroad in Australia)!

“I chose Rush because the wide variety of rotations and projects would challenge me as a resident. I was excited for the 24-hour on call program which has enhanced my autonomy and exposes me to the high acuity needs of patients here at Rush. The preceptors here have a passion for teaching and are extremely involved in the residency program. Not only does Rush have multiple affiliations to colleges of pharmacy in the Chicagoland area, but we also have the opportunity to complete a teaching certificate. I also found 14 new amazing residents and friends within the large pharmacy class. We all support each other and have so much fun along the way!”


Mary Clay*
Purdue University College of Pharmacy

Dr. Clay is from Georgetown, Indiana and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Her professional interests involve infectious disease and critical care, and her research project is assessing antibiotic prescriptions at discharge/appropriate durations of therapy. Outside of pharmacy, Mary enjoys investing in her vinyl record collection, doing yoga, baking cookies, and hanging out with her chonky cat, Pippin.

“I chose Rush because I wanted the opportunity to learn in a diverse academic medical center with an interprofessionally-focused environment. I wanted a residency that would help me gain the skills I need to be a successful, well-rounded pharmacist regardless of where my career takes me. The wide range of rotation options and experienced preceptors told me Rush would be the best place for me to thrive. The on-call program sold me as well since it is an unparalleled way to build autonomy as a new pharmacist. As I go into my second year of residency at Rush, I know I made the right choice!”


Miranda Kopfman
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Dr. Kopfman is from Charleston, South Carolina and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include solid organ transplant and internal medicine. In her free time, Miranda enjoys exploring the Chicago food scene, attending Broadway musicals, and sending her co-residents photos of her cat.

“I picked Rush because of the large variety of rotation options and the encouraging learning environment with supportive and dedicated preceptors. After my overwhelmingly positive interview experience, I knew that I wanted to continue my training at Rush!”


Nicole Poirier
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

Dr. Poirier is originally from Canton, GA and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include pediatrics and emergency medicine, and she is completing her research project on the safety of heparin SQ 7500 units in patients with indwelling neuraxial catheters. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys playing tennis, adding to her extensive book collection, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs (Go Dawgs!) and Atlanta Falcons.

“After interviewing with Rush, I instantly felt at home and knew the culture of the program matched what I was looking for in a residency. I was further drawn to the program because of the amazing preceptors and because of how clear it was that they each enjoy what they do here. The on-call program and PGY2 residency opportunities were additional opportunities that led me to choose Rush. I’ve also loved being able to work in the city of Chicago and work with some of the best people in their chosen fields.”


Lisa Wendt
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Dr. Wendt is from Chicago, Illinois and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa’s professional interests include hematology/oncology, pediatrics, and academia. Outside of pharmacy, Lisa enjoys running, reading, and hanging out with her cats Obi and Ana.

I chose RUSH for its great preceptors, on-call program, and its oncology and pediatric rotation opportunities.”

*PGY1 nontraditional residents, 2020-2022

PGY2 Residents

Rush PGY2 pharmacy residents

PGY2 2021-2022 Residency Class: Angelina, Daria, Emily, Qiqi, McKenzie

Angelina Raimonde (Oncology)
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science College of Pharmacy

Dr. Raimonde is from Chicago, Illinois and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Rush University Medical Center. Her professional interests include hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant. Reality TV, Starbucks coffee, and shopping are her guilty pleasures. Angelina also enjoys running, yoga, barre workouts, and taking her dog on long walks.

I chose Rush because I was an APPE student here and loved the learning and professional culture that the department of pharmacy exemplified. My preceptors were phenomenal teachers and truly prioritized my learning, which I knew would serve me well throughout my residency training. I also loved how well-respected pharmacists are at Rush and how deeply they are involved with patient care. I feel very fortunate to have been a resident at Rush for two years, as I have been afforded many exceptional learning, research, and professional opportunities that have shaped who I am as a persona and as a pharmacist.”


McKenzie Young (Pediatric)
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Dr. Young is from Russellville, Kentucky. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Her pediatric professional interests include the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, but please don’t ask her to decide between them. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, trying to find the world’s best macaroni and cheese, and being a Kentucky sports fan.

“The pediatric PGY2 at Rush checked all of the boxes for me and then some! The support of the entire pediatric pharmacy team and the interdisciplinary cooperation among the physicians, dieticians, and respiratory therapists at Rush Children’s Hospital encourages constant learning and growth in a resident. I love the challenges that this program provides, the teaching opportunities, and the diverse patient population - I couldn’t imagine training anywhere else!”


Daria Szczepanek (Emergency Medicine)
Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Szczepanek is from Grayslake, Illinois and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Butler University where she also played for the Butler University Woman’s Soccer team. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

Her professional interests include emergency medicine, psychiatry, and toxicology. Daria enjoys working-out and traveling. She also loves her dog Torres more than anything in the world.

“I always wanted to have a direct role in patient care by working with providers. At Rush, pharmacists are wanted and expected to contribute to patient care by providing our recommendations and being a great drug information resource. I love the pharmacy-friendly environment here. I chose to do Emergency Medicine at Rush specifically because of the various roles the ED pharmacist participates in, some of which include following up with patients regarding their cultures to ensure they are being appropriately managed on the outpatient side, assisting nurses at bedside by drawing up medications and collecting the appropriate materials to start a pump, and attending EM conferences for the resident physicians as a pharmacy resident. Rush is a fantastic institution to train due to the many unique specialties provided.”


Emily Morgan (Solid Organ Transplant)
University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy

Dr. Morgan is from Benton, Arkansas. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at UAMS Medical Center. In addition to solid organ transplant, her professional interests include complications in the post-transplant population and various opportunistic infections. Outside of pharmacy, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, searching for the best places to eat in Chicago, reading, and watching all sorts of different TV shows.


Sheng Qi (Qiqi) Xiao (Critical Care)
University of California, San Francisco College of Pharmacy

Dr. Xiao is from Alameda, California. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of California, San Francisco and completed her PGY1 training at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California. Her professional interest is critical care, but she also enjoys learning more about emergency medicine, toxicology, cardiology, hematology, and infectious diseases. Outside of residency, QiQi enjoys playing with cats, going to the zoo and science museums, and exploring new coffee shops and restaurants.