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Meet Our First Year Pharmacy Student at Karl Road, Hailey Baird.

Many of you have probably talked with Hailey at Happy Druggist on Karl Road. We wanted to tell you a bit more about her.

Here is what Hailey told us about herself.

Hailey is a first year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. She joined the Happy Druggist team as a pharmacy intern in September 2018 and has loved every second of it! She especially loves meeting new people and helping Happy Druggist patients receive the best care.

When Hailey isn’t in class or working at the pharmacy, you can find her teaching families about medication safety at the Generation Rx Lab at COSI.

For fun, Hailey enjoys playing tennis, cheering on her favorite Cleveland sports teams, and exploring Columbus with friends. Hailey hopes to continue to make an impact on her community throughout her next three years of pharmacy school and in her future career as a pharmacist.


Meet Our P3 Pharmacy Student, Vivian Pham, Who Currently Works at Happy Druggist, Karl Road.

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A.J Zanyk Photography 2016

We know that those of you who frequent the Happy Druggist Karl Road store in Columbus may have met Vivian. Therefore, we asked Vivian to tell everyone a little bit about herself. Vivian is a P3 pharmacy student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. She will graduate with her PharmD degree in May 2020.

Here is what Vivian tells us about her life and decision to be a pharmacist:

Hello, my name is Vivian Pham and I am originally from a suburb in Los Angeles called Hawthorne, California. I have a younger brother and my parents are Vietnamese immigrants who came to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam War. My parents taught me to speak both Vietnamese and English growing up and, as such, I am fluent in English and am also proficient at Vietnamese. Most of my extended family lives in California and I have a few relatives in Australia and Vietnam.

I chose to come to Ohio for pharmacy school because of the prestigious pharmacy program and to be a part of the Buckeye family. I am currently a P3 in the program and I am very pleased with my decision although I must say I really miss sunny, southern California whenever I have to trek through snow to get to class or work. I have never lived outside of California, but I feel I have adjusted well to living in Columbus, OH and have made many valuable friends. My pharmacy background before starting pharmacy school included being a certified pharmacy technician at Rite Aid Pharmacy.

I chose to apply to Happy Druggist Pharmacy – Karl Road after starting pharmacy school for a few reasons, but mainly because I wanted to experience what the world of independent pharmacy was like.

I have found the independent pharmacy experience extremely rewarding and love the personalized patient care that independent pharmacies are able to provide. For example, during flu season we drive out to the senior assisted living home nearby and educate the residents on over-the-counter cold medications that could cause drowsiness or raise their blood pressure. The fact that there is a high population of diabetics at our store compelled us to start our Diabetes Care Club where we provide free meters and glucose testing supplies.

One of the most pleasant surprises has been how many patients I’m able to help with my knowledge of Vietnamese. A few of our Vietnamese patients who struggle with English actually have my cell phone number so that I can help convey their questions and concerns to the pharmacy.

Some of the most fun projects my pharmacist has let me work on have been making informational pamphlets for patients to take home after any educational lectures, participating in a flu clinic, participating in a diabetes clinic, among many other exciting opportunities.

After a year of working at Happy Druggist, I decided to apply to a long-term acute care hospital called Select Specialty – Victorian Village to learn what pharmacy in a clinical setting is like. I enjoy learning about new drugs in this setting and having the opportunity to compound medications. I am also able to see what electronic medical charts look like and learn how to navigate them in this setting. I also enjoy watching the pharmacists figure out the best dosage adjustments and drug changes would best benefit the current patients.

For those of you who have made it this far in reading about me, I appreciate you letting me tell a bit about myself. I invite you to visit our pharmacy and let us help you with all your health and medication needs. We would love to help you.

I hope to see you soon!

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Please Welcome Our January Student Pharmacist, Brayson Ramirez.


This month, we are joined in the pharmacy and lab by Brayson Ramirez, a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. Brayson will graduate in May 2019 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Brayson will be with us throughout January, so please stop by and meet him while he is in the store. Show him the Plain City hospitality!

Here is what Brayson tells us about himself:

My name is Brayson Ramirez and I am in my last year of pharmacy school at Ohio State. I am from Mansfield, Ohio where most of my family is still located today. I am the first on my father’s side to graduate from college with any type of degree. On my mother’s side, my uncle was the first to attend college. My uncle went to Ohio State for pharmacy, as well, and graduated about 20 years ago. In that time, he has had a huge impact on my life personally and professionally. Growing up, I always looked up to my uncle and, after talking to him many times about pharmacy, I considered joining the profession.

One day when I was in eighth grade, my little sister, who I have always been very protective of, became very sick. She was initially a little sick with strep throat but that appeared to have gone away. She progressively got worse to the point that my mother looked at her once in the morning and immediately took her to the hospital. Some tests were run at the local hospital, but nothing was very clear. At that point, she was taken to Nationwide Children’s here in Columbus. It was determined that she was in diabetic ketoacidosis and that she was a Type 1 diabetic. My family had no idea what any of that meant. All we knew was that my sister looked horrible, could not do anything, and we were all very scared and helpless. One of the first people to stop by and visit my family was my uncle the pharmacist. He explained the disease to my parents and helped assure them that she was going to be okay. Hearing from my uncle provided relief we desperately needed and made me decide I wanted to be equipped with the same knowledge to be able to provide the same relief to others.

Many people came to talk to us over the next few days at the hospital and everything went by so fast, way too fast. In the chaos of the situation, my family felt ill-prepared to handle this disease we knew my sister was going to have to maintain for the rest of her life. We knew there were a lot of pokes and shots but there was no comfort or confidence. It was not until we visited our local pharmacy that we could feel empowerment to take control of the disease. The pharmacist there noticed every new prescription and took the time to show us in a more relaxed setting how each thing worked including how to monitor glucose, inject insulin, carb count, and what to do in situations where glucose was too high or low. At this point, my family was able to overcome our collective fear for my sister and I decided that I wanted to be the one to address situations like that in my community as a pharmacist.

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Meet Meghan Nestleroth, the Assistant Manager of Plain City Druggist and Manager of Midwestern Compounding Pharmacy: The Woman Who Can Do It All, Including Making Balloon Animals!!


There have been some changes brewing at Plain City Druggist, but the faces stepping in to keep the pharmacy running like clockwork are familiar–only the position titles have changed. Tayler, as we reported last week, is becoming the pharmacist manager and Meghan Nestleroth, who has been with us since she was a student also, will be filling in as assistant manager for Plain City Druggist and manager for the compounding pharmacy.

Here is Meghan’s bio so you can learn a bit more about her.

My name is Meghan and I’m the new manager of Midwestern Compounding Pharmacy and the assistant manager of Plain City Druggist. I graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy in 2017 and started working with Plain City Druggist in October of 2017. If you’ve been in the pharmacy lately you have probably seen me behind the counter–if you can see me over my computer that is.

I grew up in Westerville, Ohio and made my parents very happy when I decided to stay in the Columbus area. I have a little bit of a commute to get to Plain City every day, but you can’t beat driving down country roads on a beautiful summer morning!

I decided I wanted to become a pharmacist when I was about 13 years old. I always knew I wanted to take after my mom and go into some sort of medical profession, I just wasn’t sure what. My mom suggested pharmacy and set up a shadowing experience with a pharmacist she worked with at OSU. After that day, I knew pharmacy was the career for me. My love for independent pharmacy was discovered while I was in pharmacy school at OSU. I started working at Joe’s second store, Happy Druggist Karl Road, as an intern and found my passion. I am beyond thrilled that I now get to continue that passion here in Plain City.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, playing in an adult kickball league, and going to local theater shows. My hidden talents include baking over-the-top cupcakes and making balloon animals.

I’m looking forward to getting to know all our customers better and learning more about Plain City. Who knows, if you stop by the pharmacy you might even get a balloon dog!




Meet Our Second Student Pharmacist for September, MiKayla Matheny.


We introduced you to Rebecca Miller in a previous post. Rebecca and MiKayla are both rotating with us for the month of September in the pharmacy. MiKayla is also a fourth year student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy and will graduate in May 2019 with her PharmD degree.

Here is what MiKayla tells us about herself:

Although I am originally from a small community in West Virginia, I moved to Ohio after deciding to pursue pharmacy school and Columbus has become my second home. I completed my BS in Pharmaceutical Science at The Ohio State University in 2015 and I am currently in my fourth and final year of the PharmD program.

I don’t know exactly when I decided I wanted to be a pharmacist. The interest developed gradually (sometime after I realized that growing up to be a marine biologist would be slightly impractical for someone who lived so far from the ocean). I largely credit my mother, a registered nurse, for helping develop my interest in the health professions. She encouraged me to explore pharmacy even before I decided I didn’t have the tolerance of bodily fluids required for medical school.

My most recent pharmacy work experience was with the OSU Medication Management Program, providing medication therapy management (MTM) services and counseling by phone to Medicare patients all over the country. It was fulfilling to speak with so many very different people every day and offer help with their complex medication regimens. And I can now offer myself as proof that not everyone who calls from a different time zone is necessarily a telemarketer or a scam artist.

I also enjoy volunteering in the pharmacy at Physicians CareConnection, a free clinic for uninsured patients in the Columbus area. The challenge of explaining medication regimens through an interpreter to patients who do not speak English often makes me wish to learn another language. Yet, I am always grateful when I can answer their questions which might not get addressed anywhere else.

Outside of pharmacy school, I try to find time for my other interests. I have something of a crochet addiction and I am recently teaching myself to sew and quilt–this in spite of the fact that both my younger siblings are convinced it makes me seem like an ‘old lady’. I always appreciate a good fantasy novel (or several), but sometimes I like science fiction for a change of pace. I have a very enthusiastic Australian cattle dog who loves to swim and can always wear me out with her playful energy.

I am excited to spend the month of September on rotation with all the wonderful people at Plain City Druggist and Midwestern Compounding Pharmacy.