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Current Residents

PGY1 Residents

Megan Austin, PharmD

Dr. Austin is from Marshall, Mo., originally, but has lived in Kansas City, Mo., for the past six years while attending pharmacy school. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in May 2013. Her practice interests include critical care and transplant. Dr. Austin plans to complete a PGY2 pharmacy residency and eventually would like to pursue a career in academia. She enjoys traveling, being outside and spending time with friends, family and her adorable bulldog, Hank.

Laura Gleason, PharmD

Dr. Gleason is from Schaumburg, Ill. She attended Truman State University for her pre-pharmacy requirements and obtained her pharmacy degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. Her practice interests include oncology, infectious diseases and pediatrics. Dr. Gleason plans to complete a PGY2 pharmacy residency in oncology. She enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, traveling, reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Beth Gripentrog, PharmD

Dr. Gripentrog grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D. She obtained her pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy in Brookings, S.D. in May 2013. Her practice interests include oncology, transplant, infectious disease and medication safety. Dr. Gripentrog plans to complete a PGY2 pharmacy residency in oncology. She enjoys traveling, watching movies, cooking and spending time with her family, friends and fiancé.

Kim Karwoski, PharmD

Dr. Karwoski was born and raised in Rochester, Minn. She spent six years at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, completing the pre-pharmacy and pharmacy programs. She graduated with her pharmacy degree in May 2013. Dr. Karwoski’s practice interests include emergency medicine, toxicology and critical care. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors playing volleyball, canoeing, hiking, camping and biking.

Carolyn Pfeifer, PharmD

Dr. Pfeifer grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa and completed her pre-pharmacy studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. She then moved to Charleston, S.C., where she earned her pharmacy degree from The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., in 2013. Dr. Pfeifer’s practice interests include critical care, emergency medicine and pediatrics, and she hopes to complete a PGY2 pharmacy residency in one of these specialties. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys making homemade pizza with her husband, crafting and gardening and live music.

Michele Simmons, PharmD

Dr. Simmons is from Dunn, N.C. She graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., with degrees in biochemistry and chemistry before receiving her pharmacy degree from Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Buies, N.C., in May 2013. Her practice interest is oncology, with an emphasis in bone marrow transplant. Dr. Simmons plans to complete a PGY2 pharmacy residency in oncology. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, running, reading and advocating for cancer survivors.

PGY2 Oncology Residents

Devon Greer, PharmD

Dr. Greer is from Washington, Mo. She attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., for her pre-pharmacy requirements and obtained her pharmacy degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in May 2012. After graduation she completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at The Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Greer’s practice interests include hematology/oncology, transplant, critical care and infectious disease, as well as academics. She enjoys playing piano, reading, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.

Ashley Huddleston

Dr. Huddleston grew up in Bedford, Texas. She received her pharmacy degree from University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 2012. Following graduation, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at The Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Huddleston’s practice areas of interest include hematology/oncology, internal medicine and geriatrics. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her two Labrador retrievers, spending time with friends and family, working out, cooking and traveling with her husband.

PGY2 Critical Care Resident

Michael Samarin, PharmD

Dr. Samarin is from Knoxville, Tenn. and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. He received his pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn., in May 2012 and went on to complete his PGY1 pharmacy residency at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Dr. Samarin’s practice interests include critical care with special interests in sedation and infectious disease. He enjoys participating in various sports including lacrosse and basketball, cheering on the Big Orange, reading and spending time with family and friends.