I have wanted to help people live happier and healthier lives since before I can remember. After graduating with my Bachelor of Arts in physiology, I went through pharmacy school. Thoughts of getting to know my patients, helping them with their medications, and consulting with physicians regarding optimal medication choices were all things I wanted to do in my career.
After graduating with my Doctor of Pharmacy degree, I did all of those things and more. I helped prescribers make better medication and dose choices, and I helped patients learn to take their medications in ways that would work better for them. Little things like taking the medicine in the morning or at night, with food or on an empty stomach, with other medications or by itself...all of those things (and so many more!) can make big differences in how well the medications work. Also, the more medications someone is taking, the more likely they are to be having unsafe drug interactions. Working with patients to prevent these problems has been very important in protecting their health.
While counseling my patients over the years, I came to a bigger understanding. So many of the medications I was sending off with patients were for conditions that could have been prevented. It is frustrating to have to give so many expensive and cumbersome medications to people, when some lifestyle modifications could prevent a lot of the problems in the first place. Simple life changes could make it so that many of the medications would never be needed. Simple changes in diet, exercise, vitamins, smoking, time outdoors, time with family and/or friends have all been shown to improve health and decrease the need for prescription medications.
I would love to be able to help people live healthier, happier, and cleaner lives. Whether you want guidance in how to take medications correctly, look for drug interactions and suggest safer alternatives, or want assistance preventing or treating conditions naturally through lifestyle modification, I want to help. I’m looking forward to helping you live a healthier life!