Meet Our Preceptors
Cassandra Leightner, PharmD earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from University Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011. She earned her PharmD from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2017 and then went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Francis Campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2018. Currently, she is a staff pharmacist for Ascension Wisconsin - St Joseph Campus is Milwaukee Wisconsin as well as Sam’s Club Pharmacy in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She is a co-preceptor for the Oncology rotation and is cross trained in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and internal medicine.
Elizabeth Papa, PharmD, CPPS is a Lead Pharmacist at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital and is the preceptor for the elective medication safety rotation. Liz earned a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Temple University then went on to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2014. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Shore Medical Center in New Jersey and a PGY2 in medication use safety at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Liz is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety and her interests include medication safety, behavioral health, and quality improvement.
is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. He completed his Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2013. His clinical interests include emergency medicine, critical care, toxicology, and medication safety.
John Day, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist and the investigational drug pharmacist at Ascension SE WI Hospital- St. Joseph. He received his B.S. degree in Biology in 2013 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and his PharmD from Midwestern University- Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2017. He completed a Pharmacy Practice PGY1 Residency at Ascension SE WI Hospital- St. Joseph. He has been a pharmacist at St. Joseph Hospital upon completing residency in 2018. Currently, he is the primary preceptor for the NICU/Women's Health rotation for APPE students and PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residents. John's professional interests include neonatal intensive care, women's health, infectious diseases, and nutrition. In addition to caring for preterm infants, one of his favorite parts of his job is precepting students and residents and witnessing their growth throughout his rotation.
Katie Valdovinos, PharmD, BCPS earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in 2004. She then went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy residency with Aurora Health Care at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center. She became board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2008. Katie worked as a clinical pharmacist at several hospitals within the Aurora Health Care System and at Concordia University Wisconsin's School of Pharmacy before beginning her role as a clinical staff pharmacist at Ascension Elmbrook Memorial Hospital in 2014. She precepts the geriatrics rotation and co-precepts the cardiology rotation. She also serves as a preceptor for APPE students from Concordia University Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. Her clinical interests include internal medicine, geriatrics, and neurology.
Kyle Piscitello, PharmD is the regional pharmacy lead for antimicrobial stewardship and infectious diseases - he has precepted the antimicrobial stewardship/infectious diseases rotation since 2016. Kyle graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy with his PharmD in 2014. He also completed two years of residency, first at legacy Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph Campus (PGY-1), and then at UnityPoint Health - Meriter (PGY-2 infectious diseases). His practice sites include the following Ascension Hospitals in SE Wisconsin: St. Joseph Hospital, Elmbrook Memorial Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Franklin Hospital/Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee, and Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee. In addition to regional responsibilities, Kyle manages Ascension Wisconsin antimicrobial stewardship with his colleague, Jim Davis, and is a voting member of the Ascension Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee (AHAS). Kyle plans to take the BSP-ID exam in 2021 and will eventually pursue a Masters in Public Health in the upcoming years.
Natalie Matthews, PharmD, BCPS is the Inpatient Pharmacy Manager at Ascension SE WI Hospital - St. Joseph Campus which includes oversight of the infusion pharmacy at Wauwatosa Ambulatory Clinic, and precepts the pharmacy administration rotation. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in 2015. Natalie completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Legacy Ministry St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield, WI, between 2015-2016, followed by a regional PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency for Ascension - Ministry Health Care between 2016-2017. She received her Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2016 while completing her PGY2. Her professional interests include pain management, medication safety, and technician advancement.
Robert Mueller, PharmD, BCPS is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist at Ascension St. Joseph campus. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Portuguese Studies in 2008 as well as his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012 from the University of Minnesota. He completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Froedtert Hospital in 2013, and became board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2014. At St. Joseph hospital, Robert is a preceptor for the internal medicine rotation. His professional interests include Spanish for pharmacy professionals, preceptor development, and clinical topics related to internal medicine.
Ryan Stormont, PharmD, MS, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist with primary practice sites in the intensive care unit and infectious disease. He received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry in 2005 from Oklahoma City University, his M.S. in Physiology in 2010 from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and his PharmD from Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in 2016. He completed a Pharmacy Practice PGY1 at Ascension SE WI Hospital - St. Joseph. Upon graduation Ryan's primary practice sites has been in the intensive care unit and infectious disease, while also staffing in emergency and internal medicine. Ryan's professional interests include delirium prevention, alcohol withdrawal treatment, antibiotic pharmacokinetic optimization, sedative agent selection, and selection of appropriate antimicrobials in complex cases.
Zoe Smith, PharmD is a clinical staff pharmacist at Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - St. Joseph Campus. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in 2019 and completed her PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - St. Joseph Campus in 2020. Zoe is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. Zoe’s clinical interests include oncology, emergency medicine, and acute care medicine.