Past Pharmacy Residents at Kootenai Health
Audrey Nordness, PharmD (2019-2020)
Audrey completed her pharmacy education at Washington State University. Audrey is now an Ambulatory Oncology Pharmacist with the Kootenai Cancer Center.
Oliver Withers, PharmD (2019-2020)
Oliver completed his pharmacy education at Idaho State University. Oliver is now a Float Pharmacist at Walgreens in southeast Idaho.
Drew McMillan, PharmD (2018-2019)
Drew completed his pharmacy education at University of Wyoming. Drew now practices as a clinical pharmacist in Arizona, serving as an emergency medicine and pediatric pharmacist.
Evan Sainsbury, PharmD (2018-2019)
Evan completed his pharmacy education at Washington State University. Evan practices as a clinical pharmacist in Washington.
Maria Nigro, PharmD (2017-2018)
Maria completed her pharmacy education at Washington State University. After completing her residency, Maria remained on staff as a pharmacist at Kootenai Health.
Derrick Schoeben, PharmD, BCPS (2017-2018)
Derrick completed his pharmacy education at the University of Montana. After completing his residency, Derrick remained on staff as a float pharmacist at Kootenai Health.
Preston Taylor, PharmD (2016-2017)
Preston completed his pharmacy education at Ferris State University in Michigan. He now practices as a clinical pharmacist in cardiology and internal medicine, as well as in outpatient infusion services.
Rachel Zander, PharmD (2016-2017)
Rachel completed her pharmacy education at Washington State University. After completing her residency, Rachel practiced as a pharmacist in Alaska before returning to Kootenai Health as a float pharmacist.
Kaitlyn McDonald, PharmD (2015-2016)
Kait completed her pharmacy education at the University of Montana. After completing her residency, Kait remained on staff as an Emergency Medicine pharmacist at Kootenai Health.
Nathan Bertsch, PharmD (2014-2015)
Nate completed his pharmacy education at Washington State University. After completing his residency, Nate remained on staff as a clinical pharmacist and faculty with the Family Medicine Residency Program.
Jesse Wageman, PharmD (2014-2015)
Jesse completed her pharmacy education at Idaho State University. She is now the assistant director of the Idaho Falls Community Hospital pharmacy department.
Testimonials from Residents
Kootenai Health pharmacy residents enjoy a challenging and rewarding experience as part of the program. Hear from our three pharmacy residents on why they chose Kootenai Health.
“I cannot express how excited I was when I received my match notice for the Kootenai Health Pharmacy Residency. As a candidate, I was looking for a staff that would help guide me in the right direction and help me decide my long-term goals as a hospital pharmacist. Here at Kootenai, the flexibility is amazing and opportunities are endless. I was able to customize my year as a resident to fit my passions and goals as a clinician. The staff is energetic and genuine; they all made me feel at home on day one. It is evident they encourage overall well-being and happiness.”
Jesse Sue Wageman, Kootenai Health Pharmacy Resident 2014-15
“I chose Kootenai Health for my pharmacy residency because I felt a strong connection with the people who are a part of this organization during my interview process. The staff has proved to be extremely welcoming, helpful, and happy with their jobs. This entire community is focused on maintaining a healthy life through relationships, exercise, and the pursuit of happiness. Coeur d’Alene also offers a pristine environment for community involvement and recreational activities. I am thrilled with my decision to be a part of this new residency program and I look forward to continuing my personal and professional development here in the Gem State.”
Nathan Bertsch, Kootenai Health Pharmacy Resident 2014-15
“I chose to complete my PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Kootenai Health because they offer a well-rounded experience in an acute-care hospital, and provide many opportunities to positively impact patient care. Kootenai Health has been expanding to accommodate the growing community of Coeur d’Alene and its surrounding areas. As a pharmacy resident, I am excited to play a role in increasing clinical pharmacy services on all patient units. Another aspect of the residency program at Kootenai Health that I appreciate is that the learning experiences are customizable, allowing me to create a personalized program that specifically fits my interests and goals as a clinical pharmacist. From day one, the staff at Kootenai Health have been welcoming and supportive. It is a wonderful environment to learn in.”
Kaitlyn McDonald, Pharm.D., PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2015-16