Pharmacy Residency Program


Polina Lipnik joined Children's of Minnesota in 2000. She is a 2005 graduate of Drake University.

She started at Children's - Minneapolis as a technician and intern, and then transitioned to Children's - St. Paul as a resident, and then came back to Children's - Minneapolis as a staff pharmacist for 1 year. In July 2007, she became the primary pharmacist for the Intermediate Care Unit.

"What I like about Children's," says Polina "is that every day you come to work you feel as though you can make a difference in each patients' life. Whether its adjusting a dose based on kinetics, based to renal/hepatic function, or just working with the healthcare team to determine the best therapy for each patient."

In addition to Children's, Polina has worked at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines and at Walgreens.


Mary E. Hendricks is a graduate of South Dakota State University and is currently the preceptor for the Emergency Department at Children's - Minneapolis.

Prior to Children's, Mary has completed her administrative residency at United Hospital. She also worked as manager of clinical operations at PCS Healthsystems and as Pharmacist in Charge at Children's West.

Among what she enjoys most in her role at Children's, Mary says, "Collaboration among physicians, nurses, AND pharmacists and a commitment to providing excellent care for children."


Katie Meyers Katie Meyers is currently the Primary Pharmacist for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on the St. Paul campus of Children's Hospitals and Clinics.

Katie has been with Children's - St. Paul since starting as a pharmacy technician and intern in 2001. Katie completed pre-pharmacy coursework at Augsburg College before graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2006. Katie completed the PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in 2007. After completing her residency, Katie joined the pharmacy staff on the St. Paul campus of Children's and in 2009 transitioned into her current role in the NICU.

One of Katie's favorite things about working at Children's is the relationships she has built with her pharmacy co-workers, as well as with other members of the health care team. She enjoys rounding with the interdisciplinary team in the NICU and likes being the "go-to" person for pharmacy-related issues.


Charlet Allen joined Children's of Minnesota in 2006, currently working on the Children's - St. Paul campus. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (1975), a board certified oncology pharmacist and a preceptor to students and residents in the Ambulatory Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

Charlet counts "Collaborative work relationships" as one of aspects of her role at Children's she appreciates most.

In addition to Children's Charlet has worked at retail sites and Bridgeport Hospital.


Julie Palmquist currently works on the Children's - St Paul campus. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is a preceptor for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Julie says "walking rounds" is among her favorite duties at Children's.

In addition to Children's Julie has worked at United Hospital and Snyders.