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Please Welcome Robert, RJ, Rosia As Our Student Pharmacist from Ohio State for June.

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This month, we are joined at Plain City Druggist by Robert, RJ, Rosia, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

RJ will graduate in May 2022 with his PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. RJ will be with Meghan and the staff here in Plain City throughout June, so please stop by and meet him while he is here.

Here is what RJ tells us about himself:

Hello everyone! My name is RJ Rosia, and I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University. I will the be student pharmacist for the month of June and look forward to my time spent here at Plain City Druggist!

I am from a small town called Alliance, Ohio, which is in northwest Ohio. I went to a small farm school and I even had “bring your tractor to school” days at my high school.

I went to OSU for undergrad in 2010 with a major in Molecular Genetics, where I wanted to be a Genetic Counselor. Unfortunately, that plan did not work out and in 2014 when I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, I started working at a pharmacy.

My first job in pharmacy was at Giant Eagle Pharmacy in Columbus. I came to love learning about the medications and being able to help people save money through finding discounts and helping them manage their overall quality of life.

I worked at Giant Eagle for four years and decided it was finally time to start thinking more about my future and to apply to pharmacy school. I was accepted to OSU before I even applied to any other school and decided it was the right fit for me.

While in pharmacy school, I added a lot more knowledge on how medications work in the body and when to choose one over another for certain reasons. I continue to work at Giant Eagle, and I have gotten to know my staff well. I also help other stores in the Columbus region and work closely with our Clinical Pharmacist who helps organize vaccination clinics in the area. Being there for eight years, I have learned a lot about how a pharmacy operates day to day and have seen many people come and go, both patients and staff!

Near the end of my second year, I also started working at Equitas Health Pharmacy. This pharmacy is a specialty pharmacy that focuses on HIV care, people who are experiencing body dysmorphia, and those who are underserved in the community. This pharmacy also serves anyone in the public as a regular community pharmacy and they offer many programs that others do not, such as counseling on all new medications, free delivery to anywhere in the state of Ohio, and options on ways to get medications covered when they cost too much.

During my time at school, I was involved with a lot of student organizations and different events that took place. I helped run the Columbus Free Clinic every other week during my second year. This clinic provided free medical services to those who needed healthcare and we had a pharmacy that dispensed medication.

During my third year, I was President of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). This organization is dedicated to helping students find alternative roles that pharmacists can do, such as working for an insurance company, in law, or the pharmaceutical industry, or even doing specialty compounding!

I also helped by being a teaching assistant to the first year students’ lab, where I assisted students with how a community pharmacy runs, such as dispensing medications and how to compound prescriptions.

I plan to go into the pharmaceutical industry field when I graduate. I will apply for a fellowship that involves working with a pharmacy manufacturer. An example of a job that might be available from this career path would be a Medical Science Liaison (MSL). This job would entail a pharmacist going to different doctors, pharmacies, or events in the community and providing the clinical knowledge on patients’ medications and answering questions when needed. It is a very niche role for a pharmacist, but that is what makes it so exciting!

I also really like helping those in the community like the pharmacists here at Plain City do every day! I look forward to this month and hope to meet some great people and learn new things while I am here. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to ask! I won’t bite!

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Please Welcome Aaron Reed Our Student Pharmacist at Karl Road in Columbus for the Month of June.

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This month, we are joined at Happy Druggist on Karl Road by Aaron Reed, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Aaron will graduate in May 2022 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Aaron will be with Kristie and the staff on Karl Road throughout June, so please stop by and meet him while he is in the store in Columbus.

Here is what Aaron tells us about himself:

My name is Aaron Reed and I am a fourth-year Doctorate of Pharmacy student at Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. I have been at Ohio State now for eight years as I completed my undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in conjunction with my minor in Substance use and Addiction Studies. Obtaining this minor played right into where my interests in pharmacy began with drug abuse and addiction recovery.

Growing up in northwest Ohio during the peak of the opioid epidemic had a tremendous impact on my initial inclinations for pharmacy. Witnessing how the opioid epidemic impacted enveloped communities and ravaged the life of active users pushed me to pursue a career in pharmacy in hopes to join the recovery process and limit substance abuse.

My pharmacy journey began at CVS in Bexley where I started as a pharmacy technician during my undergraduate studies at Ohio State. I then proceeded to join Walgreens pharmacy in Shawnee Hills once I began pharmacy school. I have been working there as a pharmacy intern for the last three years.

Being able to serve the community through pharmacy has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. As I continued my journey through pharmacy school, my interests have shifted slightly towards the side of ambulatory pharmacy with a special focus on serving Veterans of service.

Following the passing of my grandfather in 2019, my focus on Veterans intensified after seeing the level of care that was provided to him and witnessing the trauma that these individuals can face from returning to civilian life after war. These traumas can last a lifetime and I hope to have the ability after I graduate to serve these individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifices for our freedoms. Seeing the impact that war and active service can have on the mental health of veterans, I have increasingly been intrigued by psychiatry and the treatment of mental health disorders. In the upcoming year, I hope to pursue a residency program through the Veterans Administration (VA) or in psychiatry following my rotations in both settings.

In my time away from pharmacy, there are many things that I enjoy, many of which include spending time with my newly engaged fiancé and our three-year-old boxer, Harvey. I recently proposed two weeks ago and have been enjoying the engaged life so far! Once the wedding planning begins, I am sure that this might change.

In addition to my engagement and my fiancé,  my personal hobbies include golf, both traditional and disc, bowling, playing guitar, and all aspects of video games.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a Student Pharmacist this month with Happy Druggist and can’t wait for all of the wonderful opportunities I will experience.

Please Welcome Meghanne White, Our Student Pharmacist, at Happy Druggist on Karl Road in Columbus.

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This month, we are joined at Happy Druggist on Karl Road by Meghanne White, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Meghanne will graduate in May 2022 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Meghanne will be with Kristie and the staff on Karl Road throughout May, so please stop by and meet her while she is in the store in Columbus.

Here is what Meghanne tells us about herself:

Hello everyone! My name is Meghanne White and I am a current fourth year (P4) Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) student at The Ohio State University with a graduate minor in Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research. I graduated a year early from Ohio State in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences as a STEM scholar. I originally chose Ohio State because I wanted a big state school with ample opportunities and research funding in a metropolitan area (and great school/football spirit!). I lived in Delaware, OH until the age of 7 when my family moved to the suburbs of Chicago.

Throughout pharmacy school, I worked as an inpatient pharmacy intern at Riverside Methodist Hospital. I enjoyed the inpatient world of pharmacy, specifically sterile IV compounding and medication reconciliation. I learned a lot from the residents and skilled pharmacists there who are practicing at the top of their licenses, especially during the pandemic.

I also worked the past four years at an independent pharmacy, O’Reilly Family Pharmacy in Worthington, OH. I loved my experience there and hope to continue working there post-graduation next May. Our pharmacy packages medications for assisted living facilities, while also providing traditional retail pharmacy offerings to our community. O’Reilly Family Pharmacy is currently enrolled in the Partners for Promotion program, as well as Flip the Pharmacy, where they focus on expanding their clinical offerings through collaborative practice agreements and point of care testing. This is the area I would like to help expand post-graduation and one day become board certified in, so my Partner for Promotion rotation at Happy Druggist aligns perfectly with this goal!

Outside of school, I love to cook! I recently discovered Indian food during quarantine and quickly became obsessed! I also love coffee and visiting independent coffee shops throughout Columbus. A few of my favorites are Staufs and Winans.

Additionally, I love to run! I ran the Columbus Half Marathon in 2018, and hope to train for another half marathon throughout my P4 year.

In the very scarce spare time that I have, I have been planning for my wedding in April 2022! My fiancé proposed to me on New Year’s Eve 2019; we thought 2020 might have gone a little differently. My fiancé and I have been together for 4.5 years and engaged for 1.5 years, so we are very excited for our friends and family to get vaccinated so we can finally be married next spring!

 

Please Welcome Laken Barnette, Our Second Student Pharmacist for the Month of May, from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

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This month, we are also joined at Plain City Druggist by Laken Barnette, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

In a previous post, we introduced you to Aricca Senkow, who is doing a rotation with Joe in Plain City this month, and now we’d like you to meet Laken.

Laken will graduate in December 2021 with her PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Laken will be with Meghan and the staff here in Plain City throughout May, so please stop by and meet her while she is here.

Here is what Laken tells us about herself:

Hi all! My name is Laken Barnette and I’m a P4 (and a half) pharmacy student at The Ohio State University. I graduated from OSU in 2017 with a degree in pharmaceutical sciences and started in the PharmD program at the University that fall.

When I started my undergraduate coursework, my major was biochemistry/pre-med. I felt lost within that major. It wasn’t truly what I was looking for and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a physician. During my second year, I took organic chemistry and I immediately fell in love. One of my closest friends told me that he was majoring in pharmacy and that I should check it out. And I did and I loved it. It was exactly what I was looking for and I decided to apply to pharmacy school.

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Once in pharmacy school, I was a bit overwhelmed. I had no idea all the things a pharmacist could do. At the time, I had only worked at CVS and that is all that I thought pharmacy was: big chain retail pharmacies.

I wanted to make the most of my four years in pharmacy school and find my true passion. I’ve worked multiple jobs throughout and got to have experiences that a lot of pharmacy students don’t get. I worked at Mount Carmel West for a little over a year and, even though, I loved making IVs, I knew that hospital pharmacy wasn’t for me.

During my third year, I got the unique experience of working at a medical marijuana dispensary under the Board of Pharmacy. Throughout the state and potentially the country, I was one of only two pharmacy students who had received this type of experience. I learned a ton working there and I felt that I was truly making a difference in patients’ lives. I was not only having one-on-one counseling sessions with patients on the products that we sold, but also their prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Since I was under a pharmacist’s supervision, I was able to answer questions that they may have not been able to ask their busy, overwhelmed local pharmacist when picking up their scripts. During my time there, I definitely found my calling. Expanding the role of pharmacists is extremely important to me. I want others to be able to have these types of unique experiences and open the door for pharmacists in different fields outside of traditional pharmacy.

During my P2 year, I decided that I wanted to explore the business side of pharmacy and thought doing a dual PharmD/MBA would greatly benefit me. I didn’t have much experience when it came to business, so I was excited to learn something new and out of my science-oriented comfort zone. I am officially halfway done with my MBA now and this is my fourth APPE rotation (which explains the P4 and a half). I will graduate with my PharmD “early” in December 2021 and my MBA in May 2022. My current plan for post-graduation is to work for CVS and continue to explore any unique opportunities that come my way.

P.S.: Just some fun things about me: I have 5 black kitties that my fiancé and I adore. I enjoy traveling, crafting, and gardening. If you can’t tell by my three degrees (and tons of loans), I love Ohio State.

Below are photos of two of my kitties, Spooky and Salem.

Spooky and Salem

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Please Welcome Aricca Senkow, Our Fourth Year Student Pharmacist for May, from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

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This month, Joe will be working on management issues with Aricca Senkow, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Aricca will graduate in May 2022 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Aricca will be with Joe and the staff at Plain City Druggist throughout May, so please say hello if you see her out and about with Joe. He plans to take her to his many, many meetings and show her what it looks like to own a pharmacy.

Here is what Aricca tells us about herself:

Hi there! My name is Aricca Senkow. I am a fourth year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University. I will be the student pharmacist on rotation here at Plain City Druggist for the month of May.

I am originally from upstate New York where I received my Bachelor’s degree at Nazareth College in biochemistry.

When I was interviewing for pharmacy schools and interviewing at Ohio State, it was love at first sight. I immediately fell in love with the area, the people, and all that both Ohio State and central Ohio have to offer. I have lived in Columbus for about three years now and hope to stay long after I graduate.

When I was younger, I originally wanted to be an ESPN sportscaster, but I didn’t like the idea of being in the limelight. As I got older, my interest grew towards the healthcare field. Pharmacy especially stood out to me because I could interact closely with patients. I could meet with patients, chat with them, and watch them grow.  

Another appealing aspect of going into pharmacy is the medication itself. It is amazing how one small little pill can help with someone’s blood pressure, diabetes, etc. It is wild to think how far science and technology have come to help us do these things!

During my time in pharmacy school, I have worked as an intern at Uptown Pharmacy in Westerville. I love pharmacies like Plain City Druggist and Uptown Pharmacy, because independent pharmacy environments allow me to connect with patients on a deeper level than most other settings.

I am excited to spend the month here getting to know new patients!

My rotation here at Plain City Druggist is my first of several rotations to follow. I am unsure of what I would like to do in the future, but I am excited to discover more throughout the year!

An ideal position I would like would be at an independent pharmacy or in the ambulatory care setting, but I am open to new experiences, as well. One of my passions is helping those with substance use disorders, and I would love if I could find a position that could combine these two together.

Outside of pharmacy, you can often find me at Cyclebar taking spin classes! I recently hit the 250 ride milestone and my next goal is to reach 500 rides. The atmosphere is positively contagious and sweating it out in a dark room with people has been my go-to stress relief during pharmacy school.

I also enjoy exploring new places around Columbus! Any and all recommendations for places to check out are welcomed! I especially love ice cream, tacos, and queso.

I also love sports. I am a huge Buckeye fan and a Green Bay Packers fan. Growing up, my Dad and I would connect through sports and I feel like I have learned some great life lessons through sports. One of my favorite things is the game-day experience when the Buckeyes are playing in the Shoe. The city becomes electric.

So that’s me! I look forward to getting to know everyone at Plain City Druggist this month and to learn new things!

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