I was born and raised in North Carolina. I studied at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics before proceeding to earn my degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working as a cancer researcher, agricultural chemist and becoming a mother, I went back to graduate school to receive my Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As a first-year pharmacy student, I realized the critical need for veterinary pharmacotherapy training in the pharmaceutical community. From that point forward, I worked hard to fix what I saw as a major problem. In 2017, I partnered with Joey McLaughlin to create Realo Veterinary Pharmacy, a program with the fundamental goal of providing superior care for animal patients through collaboration with local veterinarians.
My route into veterinary pharmacy was the result of a number of unique opportunities that helped me develop a credible pharmaceutical extension to local veterinary clinics. Pursuing my passion to improve the care of veterinary patients in community pharmacies, I have been blessed to be mentored by some of the country’s best veterinary professionals and independent pharmacy thought leaders.
Throughout the years, I have led many veterinary-based initiatives, including building one of the first online veterinary toxicology resources available to the public and overseeing the numerous research studies and publications. After receiving my doctorate, I went on to become a Fellow for Hardy-White Pharmacies (Hayes Barton/Falls River Pharmacy) and Visiting Scholar at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I am the Vice President of the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists, an associate member of the Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists and actively involved with both the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and Junior League of Raleigh.
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