I was born and raised in North Kingstown, RI, a very tight knit community where everyone my friends and I led a fast paced lifestyle from kindergarten up through middle school. Not having a job meant I could play all the sports I wanted to, including soccer, baseball, lacrosse and ice hockey. I remember one spring I had practice every night of the week and on some weekends three different games. It was madness but I loved it.
Growing up on the water was a luxury I can only hope I never have to go with out. As members at the Bonnet Shores Beach club, my parents would have to pry my sister and I out of the water because we simply didn't want to go home. Growing up in south county was amazing and it helped mold me into the person I am today.
I attended North Kingstown High School from 2004-2008 where I stayed very, very busy. Hockey season was basically every season; if we weren't playing games we were training for next years opener. Never had I been pushed harder, both mentally and physically by my coaches. Some people say they were hard on us but I like to think that they gave me the structure and discipline necessary for the future I'm striving for today. In addition to hockey, I played lacrosse. We were a power in the state, being the only public school who could confidently destroy any private school we faced, earning the title of Division I state champs twice in my four years there. Other activities I participated in included the symphonice band, where I played alto saxophone. My sports friends always joked with me saying that I was a "band geek," yet I embraced it, it made me, me.
After only applying to two schools (URI and Providence College,) I was almost certain I would have gone to PC if it weren't for one thing. I had always wanted to get into the health field, possibly going pre-med, so I selected Pharmacy on the URI application knowing it was the hardest school to get into and taking a shot in the dark. Much to my surprise I was accepted into the program with a full centennial scholarship. After a few months of friends and family telling me how crazy I would have been if I were to turn it down, I accepted the spot at URI and the rest was history. As my tenure at URI went on I began to love the pharmacy profession more and more, seeing parallels with my personality and what I need to succeed in the industry everyday.
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Complimenting the 20Ways (a quarterly publication), the 20Ways Mobile App serves to educate pharmacy management on products and services that improve patient care or improve a pharmacy's financial bottom line while distilling and presenting this relevant information in a quick-review format
URI Continuing Education
From CE & Ski in New Hampshire, to Seminar by the Sea in Newport, to the June Minicourse Series, there is always something happening at the URI College of Pharmacy. Stay connected with the College of Pharmacy's CE opportunities and upcoming events.
URI CE App
Free app with extensive information on drugs, drug interactions, pill identification, manufacturer information and dosage calculations.
Micromedex Drug Information
More extensive information than epocrates but more difficult to navigate at first. What I like about the app is the comprehensive mechanism of action as well as pharmacokinetic parameters.
During my time at North Kingstown High School I played on the varsity ice hockey team as a forward all four years. During my time our team was able to win a state championship at the Division III level.
Attackman on the University of Rhode Island club lacrosse team from 2008 to 2009, traveling to play different schools across the northeast during my freshman and sophomore years. The only reason I didn't continue with the team was because of my increased activity in the pharmacy industry.
Attackman on the North Kingstown High School Varsity Lacrosse team from 2004-2008. During my time the team and I were able to win two state championships at the highest Division I level.
University of Rhode Island President's Office Executive Assistant I Search Committee
In 2010 I had the privelege of being the student representative on the search committe for the new executive assisstant in the president's office. I was very happy to be placed on the committee because it showed that the staff, as well as the president, Dr. Dooley, respected my opinions as well as my input.
University of Rhode Island Staff Excellence Award Selection Committee Member 2008-2013
As a committe member for the staff excellence award at the University of Rhode Island, I worked with a team of previous award recipients to choose an exemplary member of the University of Rhode Island staff to honor yearly at th Excellence Awards Ceremony.
University of Rhode Island
Professional Pharmacy Courses
Cancer Chemotherapy and Toxicology
Integrated Pharmacy Lab V
Interactive Learning Session VI
Health Systems II
Foundations of Disease VI - Hematology Oncology
Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, and Biotechnologic Drugs
Integrated Pharmacy Lab IV
Interactive Learning Session V
Foundations of Human Disease: Endocrinology
Pharmacotherapeautics of Gastrointestinal and Endocrine
Health Systems I
Advanced Neuropsychiatric Pharmacotherapy
CNS Drug Pharmacology and Medical Chemistry
Family and Community Health
Nutrition and Disease
Interactive Learning Session IV
Foundations of Human Disease: CNS
Human Disease III
Pharmacology and Med Chem Lab II
Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry of Anti-infective and Respiratory Agents
Interactive Learning Session III
Pharmacy Resources for Practicum
Pharmacotherapy of Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary Disorders
Self Care I
Drug Metabolism and Bioanalysis
Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry Lab I
Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry: Cardio and Renal Drugs
Interactive Learning Session II
Drug Information and Analysis of Literature
Foundation of Human Disease
Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Pharmacotherapy of Renal and Cardio Drugs
Dosage Forms I
Dosage Forms II
Dosage Forms III
Foundations of Human Disease: Immunology
Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
Pharmacy Tech Laboratory
Principles of Pharmacology and Auto Pharm
Pharmacy Practice in Continuing Health Care
University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy 2008-2014
- Currently completing doctor of pharmacy degree
- Rigorous courses based around foundations of disease, pharmacology and therapeutics
- Selection rate at time of admission was around 10%, as approximately 1,200 applicants vied for 100 spots
North Kingstown High School 2004-2008
Honors Studies with Advanced Placement in Spanish, English, United States History, Calculus and Biology.
University of Rhode Island President's Office 2008 - Present
- Served under two different university presidents, Dr. Robert L. Carothers and Dr. David M. Dooley
- Multiple responsibilities including student ambassador to high level guests of the University, advertising, and drafting letters for the president
CVS Pharmacy - Pharmacist Intern 2010-Present
- Worked at several stores with different team leaders and teams including store #621, one of the busiest in the nation
- Able to assimilate into any environment, which is key in the pharmacy industry today as pharmacists change stores more regularly
- As an immunizer, I am able to give several vaccines to patients without them having to leave the pharmacy
Bonnet Shores Beach Club 2007-2013
- Worked in every role imaginable in the food service industry from a busser to a waiter and a bar-back but most notably line cook and sous chef
- With my hard work in these positions I was able to support myself and pay for tuition throughout my time at URI
- The fast paced, high pressure environment proved invaluable for future job experience as long shifts on my feet and customer service are commonplace in the pharmacy industry
Kappa Psi - Beta Epsilon Chapter
Kappa Psi (Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity) is the oldest and largest professional pharmacy fraternity in the world. Kappa Psi was founded on May 30, 1879 in New Haven, Connecticut, and currently there are 155 chapters (90 Collegiate and 65 Graduate chapters), more than six thousand collegiate members, and over eighty seven thousand graduate members across the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas.
As a freshman in college, instead of going to the gym, I would hit the dining hall. By the end of the year I realized the error of my ways and vowed I would get a gym membership come Septmember. Ever since then I have made it a point to eat as healthy as possible and make it to the gym as often as I could. Something that I enjoy most in regards to fitness is the Blessing of The Fleet 10 mile road race every year in Narragansett. It's such a scenic run that you find yourself dazing off and crossing the finish line in the blink of an eye. My father has always been an avid runner and I can proudly say i'm following in his footsteps after completing the race my fourth time this year.
Working in the restaurant industry for the past nine years, i've tought myself how to cook. Now I don't see it as a job but more of a hobby. One of my favorite dishes to cook is seafood fra diavolo. It includes pan seared sea scallops, littlenecks, muscles and lobster meat in a spicy marinara sauce over linguine cooked al dente.
Cooking is something I can see myself doing for as long as I live and I look forward to passing it down to my family.
Went through a rigorous training course well before necessary to ensure I was able to administer vaccines to the public.
Pharmacist Intern License - State of Rhode Island
Valid until June 2014
Summer Christian Work Camp
During high school, I was deeply involved in helping the community through my church, St. Bernard's. In the summer of 2007 I traveled to Lyons, NY, for a full week to devote my time to community service and faith.
Community Pharmacy Consultation
As a future pharmacist, I'm able to do anything that a pharmacist on duty deems me proficient at, including consultation. I've become proficient in counseling patients on adherence and drug interactions, as well as treating disease states with over the counter medications.
The University of Rhode Island
URI has taken me in and fostered my growth since I was a freshman in 2008. With a wide array of scholarships that I was very lucky to recieve, I was able to learn and grow into the confident young pharmicist-to-be that I am today. With my position at the President's office, I was able to get to know two different presidents of the university, Dr. Robert Carothers and Dr. David Dooley, as well as a vast number of professionals across the campus. I am forever endebted to this institution and I will remember them throughout my career.
Most fledgeling companies today are too cash poor to invest in marketing and I have had the privelege of beign a campus rep at URI for a men's clothing company called Social Primer. They had previously made their own bow ties for Brooks Brothers (who doesn't like a pharmacist in a bow tie right?) which originally garnered my attention. As a campus rep I promote their brand over social media sites such as twitter and facebook in exchange for a few ties here and there. I get free clothes and they get free advertising, a beautiful combination. All in all, Social Primer is a wonderful company with a little something for everyone. In addition to their ties, they offer publications on etiquitte as well as frequently updated blog. I highly recommend checking them out.
Currently up to date with seasonal flu, MMR, Hep. B series, tDap, and Varicella
CVS Pharmacy: Student Intern (Community Pharmacy Externship) 2012
Preceptor: Kristi Lato
Aside from pharmacy business metrics and DEA regulations, my preceptor and I focused on the upcoming flu season and all that it encompassed. With her help I became a certified immunizer much earlier than most of my peers. Together we arranged her store to facilitate the best possible workflow come flu season. We also went over all the CDC regulations for the current flu vaccine as well as others such as tDap and pneumococcal.
RXinsider: Student Intern (Entrepreneurial Externship) 2013
September - October 2013 (6 Weeks) West Warwick, RI
Preceptor: Gregory Cianfarani
South County Hospital: Student Intern (Institutional Externship) 2013
July - August 2014 (6 weeks) Wakefield, RI
Preceptor: Joshua Guerin
I've played the alto saxophone since the sixth grade, taking part in several ensembles including jazz, concert, and symphonic bands.
Medication Therapy Management
As the demand for primary care physicians increases, pharmacists are beginning to take a more active role in patient care and outcomes. With medication therapy management, pharmacists sit down with patients and discuss, assess, and review patients' medication regimens. During this presentation, I discussed the five pillars of MTM as described by the APhA: the medication therapy review (MTR), the personal medication record (PMR), the medication-related action plan, intervention or referral, as well as documentation and follow up.
I discussed the two business segments of the McKesson Corporation; Distribution and Technologies, with emphasis on the HealthMart Pharmacy brand and InterQual Clinical Criteria Solutions
CVS Caremark Corporation
I discussed the three business segments of the CVS Caremark Corporation; CVS Caremark pharmacy services, CVS retail pharmacies, and MinuteClinic.
Babesiosis due to b. microti
While at South County Hospital in Wakefield, RI I discussed the disease state of Babesiosis; it's epidemiology and risk factors, signs and symptoms, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Alpert Medical School - Brown University (2012-13)
Through continued collaboration with other healthcare schools in the area, The University of Rhode Island was able to partake in a multidisciplinary training program where future pharmacists, doctors, nurses, social workers and physical therapists work on a team to achieve the best patient care possible.
With my 9+ years in the service industry, I've assisted all walks of life, making it easier for me to assimilate myself into any situation presented to me. I pride myself in the ability to make important decisions under pressure in several different fast paced situations, whether it be in the pharmacy or in the kitchens that i've managed.