We have a Uconn pharmacy student for the month of March, Lisa Meijer. She is a Granby resident and has worked at our local Granby CVS. It is very nice to be working with a student who is familiar with our community.
Lisa Meijer, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy student:
Hi! My name is Lisa Meijer and I am a PharmD student in the final year of the UConn School of Pharmacy program. I will graduate from the program this May and look forward to being a pharmacist soon thereafter. My community pharmacy experience begins in July of 2007 as a pharmacy technician at CVS here in Granby and I have worked there regularly ever since. I have also worked in the surrounding towns on occasion and can sincerely say the people of Granby are amazing individuals to help.
I have also completed advanced experiences at UConn Health Center in Farmington in psychiatry, general medicine, and pharmacoeconomics (research that helps figure out ways to save costs on a procedures, services, or medications provided.) I also helped low income individuals at Holyoke Health Center in Holyoke, MA with the management and extensive education of their medications and diseases. I also spent a month at the Center of Metabolic Disorders at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britian, where I helped initiate, educate, monitor, and evaluate diabetic treatments. I completed general hospital rotations at Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MA, and as well as a corporate community pharmacy management rotation with CVS Health. My last rotation will be teaching experiences at the UConn School of Pharmacy this April.
I have always been interested in serving individuals in our community and therefore will continue to do so as a community pharmacist with CVS Health in Northern CT. Outside of work, I enjoy being apart of nature, whether it's hiking at Enders in West Granby or walking on the Rails-to-Trails paths in East Granby and throughout CT, or enjoying the beaches of Rhode Island. I also enjoy reading, art, cooking, and spending time with my family and boyfriend!
Meet Jeff Sonneborn, our Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy student:
I am currently a first year student at the Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy in Hartford. This is the first year that Saint Joseph College has offered a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and I am thrilled to be a member of the inaugural class. This accelerated program allows students with a Bachelor's degree to get their PharmD in three years.
Prior to my rotation at Granby Pharmacy, I had rotations at St. Francis Hospital and Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. I also have experience working at an independent compounding pharmacy in New Hampshire. I enjoy exploring the different career paths that are available to me once I become a pharmacist.
Outside of pharmacy school, I enjoy spending time with my wife and my 5 week-old son, who was born on March 22. I am an avid bicyclist and Boston sports fan. I look forward to seeing you in the pharmacy during my month here!
Granby Pharmacy would like to welcome Sarah Livings to our store. For the month of March, Sarah Livings will be interning at our store under the direction of Jean Keating, her preceptor.
Sarah originally decided to pursue a career in pharmacy when she had ambitions of entering the field of drug research. Her experiences in pharmacy school, however, have led her in another direction. Her true passion is to help patients which she has been able to do in both the community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy settings.
Sarah has completed advanced pharmacy practice experiences in cardiology, oncology, infectious disease, emergency medicine and clinical research in addition to the required general medicine and ambulatory care rotations. She will graduate in May with her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.
Upon completing pharmacy school Sarah hopes to complete a PGY1 general pharmacy practice residency to further her education and increase the breadth of her experience. She then hopes to pursue a PGY2 residency in Emergency Medicine to focus her practice.
When she is not on rotation or studying, Sarah enjoys reading, soccer, hiking and spending time with her two nieces, Eleanor and Amelia, and her black lab Sophie.