Meet Our Leaders & Current Resident

Meet the residency director and coordinator of the Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center Pharmacy Practice Residency Program and get to know our current resident.

John Grygelko

John Grygelko, PharmD, BCPS

Residency Program Director, Essentia Health Pharmacy Services

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John Grygelko received his Doctor of Pharmacy (2013) from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. After graduation, he completed his PGY-1 Acute Care Residency at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. Following his residency, he worked at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center for several years. During this time, he obtained his BCPS and advanced in the pharmacy profession through engagement in the local MSHP chapter and by precepting pharmacy students. He then moved to Brainerd in 2017, became the residency program coordinator in 2019, and became the residency program director in 2022.

His primary practice is in intensive care and general medicine. He serves as a preceptor for the residents in the general medicine and behavioral health rotations. His interest in individualized patient care drew him to obtain a pharmacogenomics certificate through ASHP in 2019.

John grew up in Greenfield, Minnesota. In his free time, he enjoys reading insightful books, exercising, and enjoying the outdoors. He cherishes spending time with his wife, his wonderful children and his yellow lab.

Chenise Meyer

Chenise Meyer, PharmD

Residency Program Coordinator, Essentia Health Pharmacy Services

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Chenise Meyer completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, before receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2017 from the University of Iowa. After graduation, she completed the PGY-1 Residency Program here at Essentia Health - St. Joseph's Medical Center. She enjoyed the area, the hospital, and her colleagues so much, she stayed on as a staff pharmacist. After residency, Chenise had the opportunity to complete an ambulatory care pilot project, demonstrating the utility an ambulatory care pharmacist would bring to the Brainerd Lakes Area; and we now have two!

Her primary practice is in intensive care and general medicine, but she is working mostly evenings for the time-being for her family life. Chenise serves as the residency preceptor for orientation and the longitudinal staffing and drug information rotations.

Chenise grew up in Le Center, Minnesota. In her free time, she likes to read, watch movies, and enjoy the plentiful outdoor activities offered in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Most of all, she appreciates time with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs.

Leif Mann

Leif Mann, PharmD

Pharmacist Resident, St. Joseph's Medical Center

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Leif is originally from Cross Plains, WI, and received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Wyoming in 2023. His professional interests include internal medicine and infectious disease. Leif appreciates the excellent learning environment at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and the opportunity to serve a wonderful rural community.

In his spare time, Leif likes spending time with his family. He also enjoys all the opportunities to golf, fish, and explore the outdoors in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

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