PGY1 Community-Based Residency Program - Kroger Health / UC

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

Residents will be selected for one year of training that will begin on July 1. The Kroger Health/University of Cincinnati Community-Based 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 community-based settings;
  • Work collaboratively with health care providers, community organizations, employers, and insurers;
  • Educate and precept pharmacy students in the classroom and in practice;
  • Manage a community pharmacy with integrated patient care services while leading the advancement and expansion of community pharmacy practice

Practice Sites:

Kroger Community Pharmacy - Cincinnati KMA

Kroger Pharmacy is a large grocery chain community pharmacy that operates more than 100 pharmacies within the greater Cincinnati area. The Cincinnati/Dayton Kroger Marketing Area (KMA) 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, health screenings and medication therapy management are offered at all pharmacies in the KMA. 

Select locations have been established and offer advanced patient care services. These additional services include, but are not limited to smoking cessation, diabetes self-management education, and diabetes and heart disease coaching. Self-insured employer group contracts and collaborative relationships have been built with various providers to allow the highest level of care. Each resident has a primary training site at one of these locations and the majority of each resident's training is conducted here. 

The residents will also learn what is involved in managing a community pharmacy and build the foundation for practice leadership and management skills in the community pharmacy setting. Additionally, they will have a rotational experience at the Kroger Division office and an ambulatory clinic.


  • Mike Pleiman, PharmD, CDE
  • Kelly Rogers, PharmD
  • Matt Jensen, PharmD

University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

The J. Richard Wuest Family Pharmacy Practice 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. 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. Residents will also obtain their Teaching Certificate. In addition, residents have the opportunity to develop and teach an elective pharmacy course at the College of Pharmacy.


  • Michael Hegener, PharmD, BCACP
  • Katie Johnson, PharmD, MS, BCACP

Recent Residents and Projects:

Past residency graduates have gone on to complete fellowships and work as pharmacy managers and division coordinators, managers of clinical program development, assistant professors at colleges of pharmacy, and clinical specialists in the community, hospital and mail order setting.

Twenty one of the college's residents have been the recipients of the APhA Foundation Incentive Grant with four of them being awarded the Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant. This is awarded annually to a community pharmacy resident or recent pharmacy graduate who is working to expand pharmacy services for which pharmacists are compensated. Listed below are the last five years of residents’ projects.

  Residents Project

Gadeer Hanbali

Ranelle Coffman

Evaluating the Impact of Pharmacist Led Continuous Glucose Monitoring Educational Interventions on Markers of Quality of Life and Device in a Large Community Pharmacy Chain

The Evaluation of Mandatory Alerts on Long-Acting Opioid Prescriptions and the Use of a Community Pharmacy Naloxone

  Residents Project

Ariela Zmoira

Sarah Huster

Implementation of a Depression Screening as Part of a Holistic Adherence Assessment in a Large Community Pharmacy Chain

Implementation and Evaluation of a Certified Technician Training Program for Advanced Technician Services in a Large Community Pharmacy Chain

  Residents Project

Lauren Klein

Brandon McCrea

Implementation of a Formal Registered Dietitian Referral Process for Patients with Diabetes in a Large Community Pharmacy Chain

Pharmacy Technician Involvement in Adherence Conversations for Star Ratings Medications in a Large Community Pharmacy Chain

  Residents Project

Rebecca Lahrman

Taylor Ellis

Assessment of Community Pharmacists Confidence, Foundational Knowledge and Coordination of Care Activities in Patients with Cancer as a Chronic Condition

Implementation and Evaluation of Preconception Focused, Community Pharmacist Provided Interventions to High-Risk Women of Childbearing Age

  Residents Project

Meghan Hackerson

Nicole Chamberlain

Taylor Mathis

Addressing Primary Nonadherence: A Collaboration Between a Community Pharmacy and a Large Pediatric Clinic

The Implementation of a Community Pharmacist-Led Targeted Monitoring Program for Patients at High Risk for Hypothyroidism

Phamily Matters: A look at the role social support plays in improving the outcomes of pharmacist-delivered disease state management services

  Residents Project

Katie Johnson

Tara Fehrenbach

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

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

  Residents Project

Brenda Barnes

Aarthi Francis

Lenny Llambi

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

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

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


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

Application Information and Requirements:

The Kroger Health/University of Cincinnati Residency Program accepts applications through PhORCAS™. All standard elements are required. Preference will be given to applications received prior to January 2, 2024. Select applicants will be invited for onsite interviews in January or February. Requirements for application include:

  • Graduate of an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy
  • Eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the states of Ohio and Kentucky

The Kroger Health/University of Cincinnati PGY1 Community-Based 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.

More Information

Headshot of Dr. Ashley Johnson, PharmD, BCACP

Dr. Ashley Johnson, PharmD, BCACP

Residency Program Director, Cincinnati-Dayton KMA

3255 Eden Ave Ste G10 Cincinnati, OH 45229