Press Releases FirstLight Pharmacist-Kati Dvorak honored by State Pharmacists Association_2017 Kati Dvorak, Pharm D FirstLight Health System Pharmacist Dr. Kati Dvorak Honored by State Pharmacists Association Dr. Kati Dvorak has been named the 2017 Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year in Minnesota. The prestigious award was conferred on the FirstLight Health System pharmacist at the recent meeting of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association. “Kati Dvorak sets a high bar for the FirstLight team with her commitment and service to our patients and her strong leadership both at our organization and in her profession,” said FirstLight Health Care System’s Director of Pharmacy, Brent Thompson. “We thank the Minnesota Pharmacists Association for recognizing and honoring her talent and expertise through this well-deserved award.” Dvorak has worked at FirstLight Health System for eight years and has served in leadership roles in both state and national associations. She has served as the Speaker of the House for the Minnesota Pharmacists Association for the past two years, exhibiting poise and grace in the role. One of her colleagues remarked, “Watching Kati skillfully lead the House was like watching a conductor bring beautiful music from the musicians.” This leadership experience builds on her work as a Minnesota delegate to the American Pharmacists Association’s House of Delegates, which helps to shape policy for the profession. Dvorak graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and then went on to complete the University of Minnesota Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency Program. In her residency, Dvorak focused on Medication Therapy Management (MTM), which aims to optimize drug therapy and improve the therapeutic outcomes for patients. With her expertise, Dvorak has helped to build MTM into a full-time service for FirstLight Health System. The Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year award is presented annually to a pharmacist in each state for individual excellence and outstanding contributions in state pharmacy association activities, community affairs and in professional practice. The award is sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Companies. About Pharmacists Mutual Pharmacists Mutual, rated Excellent by A.M. Best, is a nationally recognized leader and provider of insurance products and risk management solutions for pharmacists and pharmacies, dentists and dental practices, associated businesses, and professionals. For over a century, Pharmacists Mutual has provided peace of mind to its policyholders through comprehensive, quality products and services.