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Grand Island Resident Bios

Jillian Murphy (

Hometown: Chaffee, NY 


Undergrad: University at Buffalo
Pharmacy: University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy  

Why the VA: I choose the VA for my residency because as pharmacists we can work at the top of our license.  Pharmacists are really valued as a pertinent part of the primary care team.  

Favorite thing: I didn't know before the match: I did not realize that Veterans have access to so many different types of care at the VA (acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga). 

Research Project: Nursing Metformin Protocol 

Career Interests: Ambulatory Care  

What I enjoy about Grand Island: Grand Island has hidden gems that are worth finding if you take the time to look for them!  I have participated in yoga classes, attended festivals and events on the weekends, and eaten at great local restaurants/breweries.   

Hobbies: Yoga, exercising, reading, hiking, traveling, spending time with family and friends

Shelby Boschult (

Hometown: Walthill, Nebraska 

College: University of Nebraska Medical Center 

Why the VA: The VA allows pharmacists to practice at the top of their license. Working in an interdisciplinary care team allows me to work closely with other providers to ensure the best possible care for our patients. Also, being able to care for our nation’s Veterans is very rewarding, and something that I look forward to every day.  

Favorite thing I didn't know before the match: How much teamwork there is at the VA! Everyone involved is more than willing to work together in order to ensure the patient gets the best care possible.  

Research Project: Evaluation of Tobacco Cessation Consult Service in a Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Clinic 

Career Interests: Ambulatory care 

What I enjoy about Grand Island: Grand Island has almost everything you need in terms of shopping and restaurants. There is plenty going on to keep me busy, whether it’s concerts, shopping at the mall, or attending the Nebraska State Fair.  

Hobbies: Outdoor activities, reading, spending time with family and friends 


Melissa Sutton (

Hometown:  Atlanta, Georgia 


Undergrad: University of Georgia
Pharmacy: South University School of Pharmacy  

Why the VA:  I love the autonomy and impact pharmacists can have on direct patient care.  

Favorite thing I didn't know before the match: I did not know how kind and welcoming the pharmacists would be. Everyone works together as a team and is extremely knowledgeable.  

Research Project: Liraglutide Use When Combined with Insulin therapy in VA Pharmacist-Run Diabetes Clinics  

Career Interests:  Ambulatory Care Pharmacy 

What I enjoy about Grand Island: Eating and exploring downtown Grand Island. The chocolate bar is one of my favorites! Grand Island also has a huge dog park.   

Hobbies: Exercising, playing with my two puppies and spending time with my family and friends.