Residency Programs

PGY1 Community - Kroger/UC

Kroger Pharmacy, Cincinnati-Dayton KMA in collaboration with The University of Cincinnati, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, is conducting a Community Pharmacy Residency Program.

Residents will be selected for one year of training that will begin on July 1, 2015. The Kroger Pharmacy / University of Cincinnati Community Pharmacy Residency Program offers a unique and challenging post-graduate training opportunity intended to develop advanced skills in community pharmacy practice and to shape the future leaders of the profession.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Deliver high-quality patient care in a variety of areas including disease state management, patient education, and wellness promotion
  • Work collaboratively with health care providers, community organizations, employers, and insurers
  • Educate and precept pharmacy students in the classroom and in practice
  • Perform the duties of a manager in the community pharmacy setting while leading the advancement and expansion of community pharmacy practice

Graduates of this program will be well qualified to manage a community pharmacy with integrated patient care services and to obtain faculty positions within colleges of pharmacy.

The residency program consists of longitudinal learning experiences in direct patient care, teaching, and practice management in a community pharmacy; direct patient care in ambulatory clinic settings; participation in the University of Cincinnati's Certificate Teaching Program; teaching in the J. Richard Wuest Family Pharmacy Practice Skills Center; and completion of a major project which involves the advancement of community pharmacy practice.

Each resident has a primary training site at a Kroger Patient Care Center Pharmacy. The majority of each resident's training is conducted at their primary training site. Residents also spend approximately one day per week at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, and have rotational experiences at the St. Elizabeth Family Practice Center and Kroger Corporate offices.

Residency Benefits

Benefits include health insurance, one-week vacation, professional and education leave, and financial assistance to attend professional meetings. The resident will be provided with a one-year appointment as an Adjunct Instructor at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Residency Training Venues

Kroger Pharmacy - Cincinnati KMA

Kroger Pharmacy is a large supermarket chain that operates more than 100 pharmacy departments within the greater Cincinnati area. The Cincinnati/Dayton Kroger Marketing Area is committed to the provision of patient care and the advancement of the profession of pharmacy. Innovative pharmacy designs, including private counseling rooms, allow for improved pharmacist-patient communication. Immunizations and medication therapy management are offered at all pharmacies in the KMA. Additionally, more than 90 pharmacies offer health screenings using point of care testing.

Thirty Patient Care Center Pharmacies have been established and offer more advanced patient care services provided by a team of clinical pharmacists. These additional services include smoking cessation, diabetes self-management education, diabetes coaching, heart disease coaching, and fitness, nutrition, and weight management. Collaborative relationships have been built with various providers to allow the highest level of care. The Hyde Park, Anderson Towne Center, Queen City, and Blue Ash locations have served as residency training sites. Kroger Pharmacy is contracted with a number of self-insured employer groups and payers to provide many of these patient care services, adding to the success of these programs.

The James L. Winkle College Of Pharmacy, J. Richard Wuest Family Pharmacy Practice Skills Center

The Skills Center is an integral component of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program at the University of Cincinnati. Students rotate through stations that are utilized to provide practical experience and problem solving in sterile preparations, patient counseling, patient assessment, self-care, and drug information. Students develop pharmacy practice skills with increasing complexity over the two consecutive semester courses. Residents teach pharmacy students in small groups about ambulatory care issues including, but not limited to blood pressure measurement, immunizations, diabetes patient care, and patient counseling.

The Cincinnati Health Department

The Cincinnati Health Department operates health centers throughout the city with on-site medical, dental, behavioral, pharmacy and laboratory services. These health centers serve more than 35,000 patients, a majority of whom are indigent, working poor, homeless or uninsured. The clinical pharmacist serves as a member of the Primary Care Clinic’s multidisciplinary team dedicated to optimizing drug therapy to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Pharmacists meet with patients individually and provide consultative recommendations via interprofessional interactions and a shared electronic medical record.

The resident will be involved in a variety of direct patient care experiences with a focus on diabetes education and management in this setting. Residents will have opportunities to interact with patients of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, and gain experience in working directly with physicians and other health professionals.

Residency Program Preceptors

The residency program is administered and conducted by highly trained and experienced faculty with a strong vision for the future of community pharmacy practice. They are dedicated to providing each resident with an optimal learning opportunity so that the resident is able to progress to his/her full capabilities.

Stacey M. Frede, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Stacey Frede is the Residency Director for the Kroger Pharmacy/University of Cincinnati Community Pharmacy Residency Program, Clinical Coordinator for Kroger Pharmacy Cincinnati-Dayton KMA, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Cincinnati, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Frede earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Dayton in 2000 and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2004. She completed the APhA-ASHP accredited University of Cincinnati/Kroger Pharmacy PGY1 Residency Program with Emphasis in Community Care, becoming the first program graduate. Her residency project, "A Community Pharmacy Based Fitness, Nutrition, and Weight Management Program", was awarded the inaugural Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant by the APhA Foundation.

Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Frede accepted a position with Kroger as a Patient Care Pharmacist and served as a residency preceptor and site coordinator at the Hyde Park site. The following year, Dr. Frede was promoted to Residency Coordinator, overseeing the residency program for Kroger. Dr. Frede has continued to serve as a preceptor in the areas of project, practice management, and direct patient care for more than 15 residents. Dr. Frede became the Residency Director in September 2011 and the Clinical Coordinator in 2013. Her major practice responsibilities include: management of clinical services for the Cincinnati Kroger division, residency management and development, resident and pharmacy intern preceptorship, direct patient care, and teaching. She became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2011 and a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist in 2012. Her research interests include diabetes, disease prevention, transitions in care, interprofessional practice, and advancement of community pharmacy.

Leah Fuller, PharmD

Leah Fuller is a residency preceptor and patient care manager for Kroger Pharmacy Cincinnati/Dayton KMA. Her role as a residency preceptor is to provide training and guidance for the resident in the primary site. As a patient care manager for Kroger Pharmacy, Leah manages the Patient Care Clinic at the Norwood Kroger location. Dr. Fuller graduated from the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy in Cincinnati, OH in 2009 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. Following graduation, Dr. Fuller pursued and completed the University of Cincinnati/Kroger Pharmacy PGY1 Residency Program in 2009-2010. Her residency project, A Pharmacist Managed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Screening in a Community Setting, was published in 2012.

After completing her residency training, she accepted a position with the Kroger Company as a patient care pharmacist and practiced at the Dent location. In 2012, Dr. Fuller transferred to the Norwood Kroger to assume the position of patient care manager and later, residency preceptor. Her major practice responsibilities include residency precepting, providing patient care, and integrating the pharmacy staff to patient care. Practice interests include diabetes, insulin pump therapy, chronic disease state management and direct patient care.

Pamela C. Heaton, B.S., M.S., PHD.

Pam Heaton is Chair and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. She is a preceptor for the research project component of the residency program. Her current research focus is on the use of databases to evaluate clinical and economic outcomes of drug therapy for patients in a variety of disease areas such as asthma, adolescent depression or transplant.

Dr. Heaton received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati in 1985. After several years of practicing pharmacy and working at the corporate level of a large pharmacy chain, she returned to graduate school and completed her Master's in Social and Administrative Pharmacy in 1998 and Doctorate in Social and Administrative Pharmacy in 2003 at the University of Cincinnati.

In September 2003, Dr. Heaton joined the faculty of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Heaton is responsible for the Pharmacy Ethics course and co-teaches in Pharmacoeconomics. She is funded to conduct health outcomes research. She currently has several PhD students in Health Outcomes. She also has a MS/fellow in community pharmacy in partnership with Kroger Pharmacy.

Michael Hegener, PharmD, BCACP

Michael Hegener is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences and the Director of the J. Richard Wuest Family Pharmacy Practice Skills Center at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. He is the preceptor for the longitudinal academic and teaching component of the residency program.

Dr. Hegener received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky in 2005 and completed an APhA-ASHP accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency Program with Emphasis in Community Care with the University of Cincinnati/Community Pharmacy Care in 2006. Before coming to the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Hegener spent three years in community pharmacy practice.

Dr. Hegener joined the University of Cincinnati faculty in 2009. In addition to serving as director for the Pharmacy Practice Skills Center, he directs the Pharmaceutical Calculations and Pharmacy Jurisprudence courses at the College. Other teaching responsibilities include nonsterile compounding. He became a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist in 2014. His research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, anticoagulation management, and pharmacy history.

Bethanne Brown, PharmD, BCACP

Bethanne Brown is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Pharmacy. She is the preceptor at the Health Department practice site for the residency.

Dr. Brown received her B.S in Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1989 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati in 2004. Dr. Brown is a registered pharmacist in both Indiana and Ohio. Prior to starting her academic career in 2000, she worked in a variety of practice sites within the pharmacy profession including: community, acute patient care focusing on intensive care and operating room practice, and home infusion.

In 2000, Dr. Brown joined the College of Pharmacy to help in the development of a skills based, practice focused sequence of courses titled: Pharmacy Practice Skills Development. Additional responsibilities include: MTM education, cultural competence/health disparities and service-learning experiences. Her current practice site is at the Cincinnati Health Department, Primary Care clinics. She is the diabetes educator providing one-on-one counseling for patients of this federally qualified health center. Her research interests include cultural competence, service-learning and interprofessional education.

Kroger Pharmacy/University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy Residency Projects

Pharmacy Residency Projects



Project Title

 2016-17Meghan Hackerson Addressing Primary Nonadherence: A Collaboration Between a Community Pharmacy and a Large Pediatric Clinic
 2016-17 Nicole Chamberlain The Implementation of a Community Pharmacist-Led Targeted Monitoring Program for Patients at High Risk for Hypothyroidism


Katie Johnson

Identification and Management of Metabolic and Movement Abnormalities in Patients Prescribed Antipsychotic Medications in a Community Pharmacy


Tara Fehrenbach

The Implementation of a Standard Screening Tool within a Community Pharmacy to Identify and Improve Women’s Preventive Health Disparities


Brenda Barnes

Appointment based medication synchronization: A comparison of three model designs in a large chain community pharmacy setting


Aarthi Fracnis

Community Pharmacists and Chronic Pain: Developing and Implementing a Pain Medication Management Program


Lenny Llambi

Effect of a Pharmacist-Led Sleep Hygiene Coaching Program on Medication Possession Ratio of Sedatives Used for Insomnia


Courtney Bradley*

Medication Management Program in Pediatric Patients with Asthma: A Community Pharmacy and Children's Hospital Medical Center Partnership


Ashley Neltner*

Targeting Transition in Care Patients in a Community Pharmacy to Decrease Hospital Readmission Rates


Taylor Garber*

Utilizing a Medical and Community-Based Approach to Increase Enrollment in a Smoking Cessation Program


Andrea Santoro*

Utilizing Quality Measures in a Community Pharmacy to Improve Patient Care


Bonnie Hui-Callahan

The Impact of a Pay for Performance Model for Diabetic Customers in a Grocery Store Setting


Kimberly Arvin*

Development and Implementation of a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Management Program in a Large, Community Chain Pharmacy


Amy Honebrink

The Impact of a Mandatory Counseling Program in a Community Pharmacy


Rachel Shepard

Evaluating the impact of health literacy on health outcomes and patient perceptions of counseling


Joseph Wedig

Building the Pharmacist-Physician Relationship in the Community Setting


Erin Cournoyer

Evaluation of a Community Pharmacy-Based Comprehensive Foot Examination Program For Patients With Diabetes


Shelly Rosser

Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Pharmacist-Conducted Screening and Educational Intervention for Depression


Leah Fuller

A Pharmacist Managed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Screening in a Community Setting


Michael Pleiman

Quality of Chronic Disease Management and Community Pharmacy; A Review of the Literature


Jenny Endres*

Comparison of a Pharmacist-Administered and a Pharmacist-Facilitated Community Herpes Zoster Immunization Program


Jennifer Hendricks

Development of an Innovative Employer-Preceptor Training Program in a Patient-Centered Grocery Chain Pharmacy


Cameron Romans**

A Pharmacist-Initiated Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening Program Based in a Community Pharmacy Setting


Laura Lim

Expanding a community pharmacy based fitness, nutrition, and weight management program in a multi-site grocery chain pharmacy.


Erin Puening*

A comparison of cognitive services training techniques for pharmacists in a large, community pharmacy chain: live workshop versus computer-based methods


Jamie Fitch*

Development and Implementation of a Medication Therapy Management Service for Patients with Diabetes, Hypertension, and/or Dyslipidemia in a Grocery Store Chain Pharmacy.


Natalie Sims**

Development and Implementation of a Cardiometabolic Risk Assessment Program in a Grocery Chain Pharmacy”


Shawndra Jones*

Development and Implementation of an ADA Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education Program in a Community Pharmacy


Stacey McNeal**

A Community Pharmacy Based Fitness, Nutrition, and Weight Management Program

* APhA Foundation Incentive Grant Recipient
** APhA Foundation Incentive Grant and Foundation Award Recipient

Residency Application and Interview

Prospective candidates must be graduates of an accredited college of pharmacy or on track to graduate from an accredited college before June 30th of the application year.

Prospective candidates must be graduates of an accredited college of pharmacy or on track to graduate from an accredited college before June 30th of the application year. The Kroger/University of Cincinnati Residency Program accepts applications through PhORCAS™. All standard elements in this system are required. In addition, the optional Narrative Comments on the Standardized Reference form must be completed by each reference. Preference will be given to candidates whose completed application materials are received by January 10 in the application year. Select applicants will be invited for on-site interview in January or February.

For more information on the PhORCAS™ Application System

Residency Selection

The Kroger Pharmacy/University of Cincinnati Community Pharmacy Residency Program participates in the ASHP Residency Matching Program. Applicants will be selected based on academic record, practice experience, career goals, professional activities, and potential to have impact on pharmacy as a profession.



Dr. Stacey Frede, PharmD, BCACP, CDE
Residency Director
Kroger Pharmacy
Cincinnati-Dayton KMA

150 TriCounty Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45246
Phone: (513) 782-3384


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