PGY-1 pharmacy residency leadership


Kristen Benkstein, PharmD
Pharmacy Senior Manager and PGY-1 Residency Program Director

Kristen received her PharmD at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and completed a PGY-1 residency at the VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System in Reno, Nevada. She then became a Clinical Pharmacist at the Portland VA hospital and worked in a variety of areas, including the Nursing Skilled Care Unit, formulary management and disease state management in several specialty clinics (dyslipidemia, erythropoietin, anticoagulation and heart failure). She was also the Director of Experiential Education. She then came to CareOregon and was responsible for formulary benefit management, P&T Committee, the Part D Medication Therapy Management Program, several special projects and developed a collaborative with practicing pharmacists in the surrounding community before becoming a manager. When she is not busy chasing her twins around, she enjoys playing tennis, running, reading and travel.


Melissa Joy BrewsterMelissa Joy Brewster, PharmD, BCPS
Columbia Pacific CCO Pharmacist and PGY-1 Residency Program Coordinator

Melissa received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Utah in 2011. While at the University of Utah, she was awarded the Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize — recognizing an outstanding woman in the health sciences — for her work initiating and passing syringe legislation in the state of Utah. She completed her pharmacy practice residency at Alaska Native Medical Center, where she focused on the psychiatric needs of patients in rural areas. Melissa continued her clinical pharmacy practice at the VA in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she developed and managed multiple clinics for patients with serious mental illness. She was instrumental in the creation of the VA’s National Opioid Safety Initiative and was recognized by the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists for her innovative work implementing the first broad-scale, pharmacist-managed naloxone program in the country. Melissa also serves as a consultant and lecturer for regional Burning Man events and other festivals, to assist in training staff in providing harm reduction services. Her professional interests revolve around reducing the harms from prescribed, recreational and illicit substances and include opioid safety, naloxone distribution, drug policy and psychedelic research. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys working on her small farm, fishing, canyoneering, yoga and dancing wildly under the full moon. 


PGY1 managed care pharmacy residents

Marine Schmitt

Marine Schmitt

Though originally from Mulhouse, France, Marine grew up in Irvine, California. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Oregon State University and Oregon Health and Science University in June 2018. Marine chose to pursue a PGY-1 managed care residency at CareOregon following AMCP-Nexus, where she became inspired by population health principles and strategies used in managed care to optimize patient outcomes and health care resources. Her professional interests lie in population health, data analytics, formulary management and quality improvement. Marine enjoys spending time with her wife and cat, eating her way through Portland, traveling and playing board games.

Kali SchweitzerKali Schweitzer, PharmD

After growing up in Minnesota, Kali moved to Tucson, Arizona for her undergraduate studies and later received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona in May 2018.  Although Kali worked in a retail setting throughout pharmacy school, she gained interest in managed care primarily through lectures at school and APPE rotations. This interest in managed care, particularly formulary management and population health, inspired her to pursue a PGY-1 managed care residency at CareOregon. Her professional interests include quality improvement, formulary management and population health. Kali enjoys traveling, exploring Portland’s many restaurants and craft breweries, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

PGY-1 managed care alumni

Sierra-FungSierra Fung, PharmD
PGY-1 Class of 2018

Clinical Advisor, CVS




Daniel-HendricksonDaniel Hendrickson, PharmD
PGY-1 Class of 2018 

Clinical Pharmacist, Bay Area Hospital

Cassandra MillerCassandra M. Miller, PharmD, MSHI, 

PGY-1 Class of 2017 

Informatics Resident, PGY-1, Vizient, St. Louis, Missouri

Kofi AsanteKofi Asante, PharmD

PGY-1 Class of 2016  

Health Systems Administration Residency, PGY-2, Kaiser Permanente, California


Andrew HibbardAndrew Hibbard, PharmD

PGY-1 Class of 2016 

Ambulatory Care Clinical Coordinator, CareOregon, Portland, Oregon