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Meet Our Student Pharmacist, Stephanie VanHouten, for the Month of June at Karl Road.


This month, we are joined in the pharmacy on Karl Road by Stephanie VanHouten, a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. Stephanie will graduate in May 2020 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Stephanie will be at Happy Druggist on Karl Road throughout June, so please stop by and meet her while she is in the store. She may also be at Plain City on various days to learn about independent pharmacy.

Here is what Stephanie tells us about herself:

Hi! I’m Stephanie VanHouten, a current P4 at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. I am excited to kick off my summer of rotations at Happy Druggist – Karl Road. As a first year pharmacy student, I had the opportunity to spend a little time here on my initial community rotation and I couldn’t be happier to be back. I hope to learn as much as possible and get to know as many of you as I can while I am here!

I am unsure where I will end up when I graduate next spring, but I have a desire to serve the community as a pharmacist; the most accessible healthcare professional. Currently, I work as an intern for Walgreens and my favorite part of the job is getting to know my patients. I love being there to answer their questions, fill their prescriptions, and help solve their medical issues.

A love for science is what got me interested in pharmacy as a senior in high school. However, my path to pharmacy has had its twists and turns. After high school, I worked as a nurse aide for six years in the Dayton, Ohio area. This is where I developed my strong desire to help patients and serve my community. I realized early on that nursing was not the best fit for me and soon decided to refocus on pharmacy. I received my bachelors of Science degree in chemistry at Wright State University and, after touring many pharmacy schools, fell in love with the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State University. Go Bucks!


Currently, I live here in Columbus with my wife and our two cats, Simon and Lucy. In my free time, I love to relax with a good book, kayak a scenic river, or get dinner and drinks with my wife and our friends at one of Columbus’s many wonderful restaurants (I’m always looking for recommendations!). I also look forward to vacationing on Lake Bellaire in Bellaire, Michigan every July with my wife and in-laws. I am at home on a boat of any kind! And of course, I try to go to as many Ohio State football games as I can while I still get the student discount! My guilty pleasure is watching way too much reality TV.

I am looking forward to a great June with Kristie and the rest of the team here at the Karl Road Happy Druggist! There is something special about the relationship Happy Druggist has with their patients so I hope to learn how to take a piece of that with me into my career as a pharmacist. I also hope to gain some insight into what type of pharmacy I’d like to eventually pursue.

Please feel free to stop in and let’s talk “Big Brother” or “Real Housewives” and then I’ll answer all of your medication questions! Hope to see you soon!