VSHP Membership Spotlight
What initially motivated you to join VSHP?
I joined VSHP in order to build a network with pharmacy professionals across the state. I was especially interested in VSHP’s various opportunities to give back to the profession through continuing education webinars and mentorship programs.
Where did you go to pharmacy school?
I attended Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Buies Creek, NC. One of my favorite aspects of attending school there was the opportunity for various learning opportunities and community service activities with other health care professional students such as DO, DPT, nursing, PA, etc.
Where have you trained or worked?
I completed my PGY-1 residency at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA and have continued to work there after finishing my residency.
Describe your current area of practice and practice setting:
I have recently transitioned into a clinical staff pharmacist position that focuses on oncology, pain management, and palliative care. I am looking forward to establishing an advanced internal medicine rotation for students and residents that exposes them to the unique challenges of caring for patients with multiple co-morbidities such as cancer and chronic pain.
What advice would you give to student pharmacists?
Consider what facet of pharmacy practice interests you and pursue it! It may be a certain area of pharmacy practice that you research and eventually publish a paper or perhaps you may spearhead an interprofessional endeavor with other healthcare professional students to provide clinical services for an underserved area. Do not just focus on checking off boxes to make yourself a competitive candidate for residency rather pursue opportunities where you can make a difference in your school and community!
Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?
I am an avid musician and love being able to combine my passion for classical music with Christian music as I play piano and lead choir at my church.
What is your favorite place to vacation?
Anywhere with my family! I especially enjoy international adventures and serving on medical mission trips.