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  • Pharmacy Residency Program


Pharmacy Residency Program


If you are interested in a residency program that will provide experience in a compassionate direct patient care setting, St. Rose Dominican is the place for you!

Application Process

Our residency program uses the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS), and we participate in the Resident Matching Program of the American Society of Health –system Pharmacists (ASHP).  If you would like to join our team, the following items are required:

  • A graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accredited program
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Completed application submitted via PhORCAS
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent describing the goals and interests for pursuing a residency program
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a preceptor of a clinical rotation)
  • Official copy of college of pharmacy transcript

Application deadline (including all required documents) is January 2nd.  Selected candidates are required to visit our facility for an onsite interview. 

Number of Positions: 2

For additional information, please contact:

Lisa Krautstrunk, Program Coordinator
lisa.krautstrunk@dignityhealth.org
702.616.5774

Available Rotations

Our PGY-1 residency program provides you with experience in various areas of the hospital, including:

  • Administration
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medication Safety 
  • Pediatrics/Neonatology

When you complete the residency program, you will be a proficient independent practitioner capable of providing broad pharmacotherapy knowledge to a multitude of acute care patient populations.

Pharmacist Bios

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Elizabeth Gonzalez, PharmD, BCPS, MBA

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Director
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Dr. Elizabeth González received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of California, Irvine, and her Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters in Business Administration degrees from Roseman University of Health Sciences. She completed her pharmacy practice residency at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

Dr. Gonzalez joined St. Rose Dominican hospitals in 2006 serving as a clinical specialist in infectious disease. Her primary clinical practice involves rounding with infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship initiatives, and precepting pharmacy students.

She is a full member of the American Society of Health – System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), the Nevada Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NVSHP), and the Nevada State Antibiotic Stewardship Program. Dr. Gonzalez serves as the Program Director for the Pharmacy Practice Residency.


Lisa Krautstrunk

Lisa Krautstrunk, PharmD, BCPS

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Coordinator
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Antimicrobial Stewardship
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Dr. Krautstrunk received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed an ASHP – accredited pharmacy practice residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Since completion of residency training, Dr. Krautstrunk has worked as a clinical specialist in critical care medicine precepting over both pharmacy students and pharmacy practice residents. She became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) in 2007.

Joining St. Rose Dominican in 2010, Dr. Krautstrunk served as a clinical specialist in critical care medicine until 2013. Her primary practice now involves rounding with infectious disease and specializing in antimicrobial stewardship and research.

She is a full member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), and the American Society of Health – System Pharmacists (ASHP). Dr. Krautstrunk serves as the Program Coordinator for the Pharmacy Practice Residency.


Ragini S. Bhakta

Ragini S. Bhakta, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiology; Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy

Dr. Bhakta received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from University of the Pacific.  She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Veterans Affairs hospital in Long Beach, California. Dr. Bhakta is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Roseman University of Health Sciences and precepts students on their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). She has more than 10 years of experience as a clinical specialist in cardiology. Her primary practice involves rounding with cardiology, providing formulary management, and coordinating policy and/or procedure updates as related to the Pharmacy and Cardiology departments. Her clinical research interests include antithrombotic medications as related to acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Dr. Bhakta has given professional presentations at California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), Nevada Society of Health-System Pharmacist (NVSHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and AHA Get with the Guidelines® seminars.  She is a member and Treasurer for NVSHP, as well as a member of ACCP and ASHP.  


JoAnne Dominguez

JoAnne Dominguez, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Disease

Dr. Joanne Dominguez received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy in 2005.  She then went on to complete a Pharmacy Practice Residency with Renown Health.  

Dr. Dominguez is a clinical pharmacist focusing on Infectious Diseases and antimicrobial stewardship. Her practice also involves precepting pharmacy students from Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy.  She is also a full member of the American Society of Health – System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Nevada State Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.


Tahnee Forlini

Tahnee Forlini, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Tahnee Forlini graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology in 2006. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011 from University of Southern California in Los Angeles and completed her pharmacy practice residency at University Medical Center in Las Vegas in 2012.

Dr. Forlini has been working at the Siena Campus since 2013 as an ICU clinical pharmacist. Her days in the Intensive Care Unit are fast paced and spent caring for a highly varied patient population, which includes trauma patients, as well as neurosurgical, cardiac, and general medical patients.  Dr. Forlini also holds Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and is licensed to practice pharmacy in the states of California and Nevada.


Christine Hackman

Christine Hackman, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Christine Hackman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She went on to complete a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Hackman completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency and an ASHP-accredited specialty residency in critical care at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.  

Upon completion of her residency training, Dr. Hackman joined St. Rose Dominican as a clinical specialist in the intensive care unit. She is a full member of the American Society of Health – System Pharmacists (ASHP). 


David Halterman

David Halterman, PharmD

Pharmacy Supervisor

Dr. David Halterman has over 20 years of experience in institutional pharmacy settings, including almost 17 years in various management positions. After receiving his PharmD from the University of the Pacific, Dr. Halterman did his residency at Washoe Medical Center (now known as Renown Medical Center) in Reno, Nevada, and from there moved into a number of different positions in all corners of the country. He has held positions as a Clinical Specialist, Pharmacy Manager, Director of Pharmacy, Regional Director of Pharmacy and Chief Executive Officer and has provided his expertise as a consultant to companies such as BBraun and MedAssets.

Dr. Halterman has always thrived in situations that offer an opportunity to move from ‘good to great,’ focusing primarily on pharmacy operations, optimization, and workflow. In his current position, he performs those duties as well as eagerly working to help advance the careers of students, technicians, and pharmacists as the Pharmacy Supervisor at the Siena Campus.

He is married with two children and if you want his absolute and undivided attention; simply start a conversation about ice hockey.


Karen Holmes

Karen Holmes, PharmD, BCPS 

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Karen Holmes received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2009.  She then completed a pharmacy practice residency at Forsyth Medical center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a specialty residency in critical care at U of A University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.  She became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2013.

After residency, Dr. Holmes practiced as a clinical specialist in critical care medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  In both positions she precepted residents in ASHP accredited residency programs.  In Saudi Arabia, she also precepted pharmacy students and lectured at the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. 

Dr. Holmes joined the St. Rose Dominican team in September 2015 as a clinical specialist in critical care medicine. 


Brett Krautstrunk

Brett Krautstrunk, RpH, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Antimicrobial Stewardship

Mr. Krautstrunk attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. After receiving his degree in pharmacy he practiced in many areas of hospital pharmacy including, ICU, Med/Surg, and pediatrics. In 2007, Mr. Krautstrunk became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and soon after began working as clinical manager for Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As clinical manager Mr. Krautstrunk contributed to various committees (Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Medication Management, Infection Control, and Antimicrobial Stewardship), precepted students and monitored drug use and acquisition.

After joining St. Rose Dominican, he initially worked to address Quality improvement. Currently, he is involved in antimicrobial stewardship and rounding with infectious disease physicians to ensure appropriate antibiotic therapy.


Travis Merkle

Travis Merkle, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care Medicine

As early as the age of six, Dr. Travis Merkle, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP, wanted to be a pharmacist. His father, a clinical engineer, had recommended the career after admiring the passion and knowledge of several pharmacist colleagues.

While an undergraduate student at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Dr. Merkle worked as a pharmacy technician at St. Rose Dominican, which cemented his dream to be a hospital pharmacist in the St. Rose system. Not ready to leave his native Las Vegas valley, Dr. Merkle applied to Roseman University of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy (formerly University of Southern Nevada). After graduating with his PharmD in 2007, Dr. Merkle began a pharmacy practice residency at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he piqued his interest in critical care. Moreover, he met his lovely wife Summer during his residency orientation.

When he completed his pharmacy residency in 2008, Dr. Merkle began working as an ICU clinical pharmacist at the Siena Campus. Dr. Merkle continues to practice in the Siena ICU. In his spare time, he enjoys playing games with his wife and two children, sampling delicious cuisine, and enjoying his dogs, a Great Dane and a Beagle.


Andria Peterson

Andria Peterson, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pediatrics/Neonatology; Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy;

Dr. Andria Peterson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, Nevada, in 2008.  She was awarded the Dean’s Award for an Outstanding Student at graduation. She completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and joined St. Rose Dominican in 2009 as the pediatric/neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) clinical pharmacist.  

Dr. Peterson maintains a full faculty appointment at Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. She currently teaches in the endocrine and pharmacokinetic blocks for first year students and in the endocrine, infectious disease and pulmonology blocks for second year students. She also offers an advanced experiential (APPE) rotation in the NICU for pharmacy students.  

Dr. Peterson serves as an NABP item-writer and consults with Free CE.com. She volunteers her time with the Horn of Africa Neonatal Development Services (HANDS) organization and is a full member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Societyof Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).    


Shannon Ruiz

Shannon Ruiz, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Emergency Medicine

Dr. Shannon Ruiz earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Roseman University of Health Sciences in 2006. She initially practiced clinical pharmacy at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, where her roles included critical care, pediatrics, emergency medicine, trauma, cardiology, and transplant services.

She has been practicing as a clinical pharmacist in the emergency department at the Siena Campus since 2007. She is currently involved with research and precepts pharmacy students. Her interests include emergency medicine, critical care, and infectious diseases. 


Julie Seidlinger

Julie Seidlinger, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Education

Dr. Julie Seidlinger received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy in Fargo, North Dakota in 2005. Following her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, then went on to do the George P. Provost Editorial Internship with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in Bethesda, Maryland.  

Her current role at St. Rose Dominican is Medication Safety Officer. This position involves measuring and improving medication safety, in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and individual clinicians. She evaluates medication events, quality metrics, and medication safety technology usage reports guides areas of focus. In addition, she precepts pharmacy students and develops nursing and pharmacy education as well as creates, edits, and provides lectures and patient education. Dr. Seidlinger is a member of ASHP and the Nevada Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NVSHP).


Erin Slack

Erin Slack, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist Quality Measures Specialist

Dr. Erin Slack received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, Nevada, in 2013.  She then went on to complete an ASHP accredited acute care PGY1 residency program at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, in which she also obtained her teaching certificate.

Dr. Slack joined St Rose Dominican in 2014 as the Clinical Pharmacist Quality Measures Specialist. She will serve as a preceptor for the Transition of Care rotation. Her areas of interest include cardiology, especially new oral anticoagulants and pain management. She is a member of American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).


Michael Ta, PharmD  Michael Ta

Clinical Pharmacist in Emergency Medicine

Dr. Michael Ta received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Pacific University School of Pharmacy, Hillsboro, OR. He then went on to complete his PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS, in which he also obtained his teaching certificate through University of Kansas School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Ta joined the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospital system in 2016 and currently serves as clinical pharmacist in emergency medicine at the Siena campus. His practice interests include critical care, infectious disease, and emergency medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, hiking, and traveling. 

Qualifications

To participate in our PGY-1 pharmacy residency program, prospective candidates must have a PharmD degree from an accredited school of pharmacy. Residents must be licensed by the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy as an intern at the time of hire, or within 30 days if from out of state, and be licensed by the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacist by October 1st. Residents are required to schedule the NAPLEX and MPJE exams by July 1st.

Salary & Benefits

Our pharmacy residents are classified as full-time employees of Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican.

  • Estimated stipend: $45,000 (with no state income tax, the take home equivalent is about $47,000)
  • Benefits package includes health, vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Educational travel allowance and professional leave for meeting attendance
  • Free parking

Teaching Certificate

The Teaching Certificate Curriculum is available through Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy. The curriculum is designed to provide pharmacy residents with the knowledge and training necessary to provide education to various health care professionals.

The teaching certificate curriculum is optional. A preceptor will be assigned to the resident, and the preceptor will guide the resident throughout the curriculum. The curriculum is designed so it can be completed during the residency year.

Interested candidates will be required to submit an application. A selection committee will choose candidates from the pool of applications.