Education and Certifications
- Doctor of Pharmacy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of New Mexico Hospitals
- PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency, University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
- Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP)
I was raised in Belleville, Illinois and my high school chemistry class sparked my passion for pharmacy. I began working as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens when I was 16 years old; I loved seeing how pharmacists were able to talk to patients and help patients understand their health and their medications better. I completed my doctor of pharmacy degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy and went on to complete a Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice residency at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Hospitals followed by a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at UNM College of Pharmacy. After residency, I joined the faculty at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
My greatest clinical passion is improving the care for people who are transgender and gender diverse. I spend half my time at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington where I have an ambulatory care clinic to care for patients with diabetes and other chronic medical conditions. As a pharmacist-provider, I operate under a scope of practice which allows me to initiate, titrate and discontinue medications. My passion for gender-affirming care began during my PGY2 ambulatory care residency when I worked in a gender-affirming clinic. Through this experience I learned about medications for people who are transgender and heard first-hand from my patients how barriers to health care and stigma affected them. I became passionate about educating students and health care providers about medical care for people who are transgender as well as cultural competency to create affirming spaces for people who are transgender. I now teach transgender care in the WSU pharmacy curriculum and have presented on this topic at national pharmacy organization meetings. I am also a member of the Gender Resource Alliance of the Inland Northwest—a group that focuses on improving the care of transgender patients—and have given national presentations to pharmacy organizations on the use of gender affirming hormone therapy.
Additionally, I teach Pharmacotherapy IV, a course for which I am the instructor of record, and lead an elective courses, Advanced Diabetes Management. I also precept students for their final year of clinical ambulatory care rotation and serve as the site student coordinator for all pharmacy students at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center.
In my spare time I like to…
I love living in the Pacific Northwest with so many outdoor activities to enjoy year-round. I like to stay active by running during the warm months and have completed several half-marathons. I also love to travel to explore and learn about new places. I’m passionate about personal growth and nutrition. I enjoy reading books and listening to podcasts on these topics.
When I came to interview for my position at WSU, one faculty member was giving me a tour of the campus and while we were walking around, many students greeted her, and she greeted them back by name. That stuck out to me because I wanted to be somewhere where the students and faculty had close relationships, not where the students were numbers. I was also interested in working as a pharmacist in a state with a very advanced practice act for pharmacists, like Washington and was excited to get into academia because I love mentoring students and teaching students in the clinical setting to see their confidence grow as they can apply their knowledge to improve patient care.
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