October 1, 2021
What inspired you to pursue the pharmacy profession?
I obtained a BS in Health Administration and worked in the field for several years when I realized that I wanted to be a healthcare provider rather than an administrator. I researched the various roles and chose the profession of pharmacist. I am so happy that I did since it provided me the opportunity to care for patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting, and allowed me to be an educator and an innovator.
What is the best part about being an independent pharmacist?
Change. I carry a lot of energy and being able to be as flexible as possible is the best. It keeps my pharmacies on the cutting edge of patient care. When our state allowed pharmacists to provide Tuberculosis testing, we did, and when COVID vaccines were available, I fought hard to bring them to my rural part of the state. I love being an independent pharmacist because of the freedoms it allows my business to strive and grow.
What advice would you give to women who would also like to pursue a career in pharmacy?
This industry, like many others, is very challenging for women at times because of the perception that most pharmacists are men. I would encourage women not to let that mindset discourage them from pursuing a career in pharmacy, where the rewards are so great.
What are some ways you have developed your leadership skills in your role as a pharmacist?
Leadership skills are developed by learning to be a good listener. Align yourself with good mentors. Learn to inspire and motivate your employees and lead by example. Build good relationships with your employees by being aware of their needs. Be honest and have an open line of communication with your employees. Always thank them and tell them how much you appreciate all they do for you and your customers and community. Care for and treat them like family. Anyone can be a boss, but not everyone can be a leader. A good leader gains respect by giving respect, and thus gains loyal employees. And as a leader, always remember that your employees are your greatest business asset.