Meet Our Leader & Current Residents

Meet the director of the Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center Pharmacy Practice Residency Program and get to know our current residents.

Jason Aulie

Jason Aulie, PharmD

Residency Program Director, Essentia Health Pharmacy Services

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Jason Aulie received his Bachelor of Science (2003) and Doctor of Pharmacy (2007) degrees from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, he practiced as a clinical pharmacist for seven years at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2014 he moved to Duluth, Minnesota, where he has continued practicing at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist. He was in that role for 3 years before becoming the Clinical Specialist/Residency Program Director in 2017.

His primary practice is in adult general medicine, and he serves as the preceptor for the residents in the general medicine and orientation experiences.

Lauren Lemke

Lauren Lemke, PharmD

Pharmacist Resident, Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center

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Lauren is from Wrightstown, WI, though she has called Minneapolis home for the past several years. While earning her PharmD from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Lauren enjoyed volunteering with the Minnesota Pharmacists Association and the Phillip’s Neighborhood Clinic. She also helped usher legislative action that expanded Minnesota’s medication repository program. Lauren’s clinical interests include pharmacogenomics, ambulatory care, critical care, and research. She is also interested in advancing the profession of pharmacy through policy and advocacy.

Lauren’s hobbies include hiking, camping, thrifting, traveling, and exploring new restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops. She also enjoys playing volleyball and attending live sporting events (pre-COVID-19, of course).

Amber Porter

Amber Porter, PharmD

Pharmacist Resident, Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center

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Amber grew up on a cattle farm in Rice Lake, WI. She then moved to Duluth in 2008 to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth. After receiving two Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and biochemistry & molecular biology, she found her calling to help others while working as a pharmacy technician in a retail pharmacy.

While completing the PharmD program at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, she worked as a Chronic Opioid Analgesic Therapy (COAT) intern at Essentia Health in Duluth, Pharmacist Development Program (PDP) intern at M Health Fairview UMMC in Minneapolis, and the general laboratory assistant for the College of Pharmacy. She graduated with her PharmD degree in May 2020. Her clinical interests are in oncology/hematology, emergency medicine, and critical care.

Amber enjoys spending time with her husband, 8-year old son, and six dogs, as well as gardening, fishing, and working on her muscle cars. Lastly, she is proud of her time spent as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder in Solway Township.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith, PharmD

Pharmacist Resident, Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center

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Elizabeth grew up in Duluth, MN before moving down to the Twin Cities to complete her Bachelor’s in Biology at the U of MN. After working as a microbiologist for 5 years she returned to the U of MN for her PharmD with an emphasis in clinical and experimental pharmacology research. Her clinical interests include infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, and critical care. In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She enjoys running, hiking, going to concerts, and watching football.

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