Error when setting up reticulate

I am trying to set up reticulate on my computer and am having a hard time. I am following the steps outlined in " Python and R for the Modern Data Scientist: The Best of Both Worlds"

In the console:

install.packages("reticulate")
library(reticulate)
install_miniconda()
conda_create("modern_data")

I have then gone to Tools > Global Option > Python and selected the "/r-miniconda/envs/modern_data/" as my Interpreter

But when I fun the following code (just importing a Python package, but its the same error for any Python chunk) I get an error:

import pandas as pd

Error:

Error: unexpected symbol in "import pandas"
Error in python_config(python_version, required_module, forced = "use_python function") : Error 1 occurred running C:/Users/User1/AppData/Local/r-miniconda/envs/modern_data/python.exe

I have also tried:

use_python("C:/Users/MatthewLeonard/AppData/Local/r-miniconda/envs/modern_data/python.exe")

And when I check:

py_available()

It returns FALSE

I'm not sure what the next steps are for trouble shooting this, but would appreciate some help.