Where did you go to pharmacy school? St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Trace your professional history since graduation: where have you trained/worked, any special accomplishments? I am currently on faculty at the SIUe School of Pharmacy and I practice at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. I was recently promoted to Clinical Associate Professor. I completed a Pediatric Specialty Residency at Texas Tech University HSC. My first faculty position was with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where I practiced at Arkansas Children’s Medical Center. I also worked for SSM St. Mary’s Hospital for 6 years.
Describe your current area of practice and practice setting. I provide care for children on the Pulmonary and Cardiology services and one of the Medical services at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. My major interest is acute and chronic medication management of children with cystic fibrosis. I also assist attending and resident physicians in obtaining and understanding drug information.
What initially motivated you to get involved, and what benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as ICHP? I initially began working with ICHP through my role as Student Advisor to the SIUe SSHP. What I found was an active group of great pharmacy professionals. The benefits I gain from ICHP and what I highlight about ICHP to the students I advise are: 1) the vast opportunities for networking and building friendships, 2) the excellent programming at state and local meetings, and 3) the opportunities for growth in becoming a pharmacy leader.
What advice would you give to a new practitioner eager to become more involved within ICHP, to the new grad, and to the student? Start early, speak up, and stick around.
Is there an individual you admire or look up to, or a mentor that has influenced your career? Absolutely. Dr. Michelle Condren, who is now Interim Pharmacy Chair at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in Tulsa, OK. She was one of my residency preceptors who started me on the path of teaching and practicing in pediatric pulmonary medicine. I have been given so many gifts personally and professionally thanks to the foundation Michelle helped build.
As a newer practitioner, what would you like to see accomplished within pharmacy? My hope is for the expansion of the number of true professionals in pharmacy. We have enough pharmacists, but we do not have enough pharmacists who get involved, specialize, and/or lead.
What three adjectives would people use to best describe you? Loud, passionate, friendly.
Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of pharmacy/work/school? You can find me on the volleyball or basketball court most evenings.
Do you have a favorite restaurant/food? I must admit that I am truly from St. Louis with a great love for White Castles.
What is your favorite place to vacation? Florida, specifically Captiva/Sanibel Island where you must have orange cake from the Bubble Room and Gator Stew (ice cream) from Pinocchio’s.
What is the most interesting/unique fact about yourself that few people know? I have a playlist on my iPod with only commercial songs.
Anything else that you would like to share? I’ll tell you what I won’t share, my Dairy Queen blizzards.