Fellows and Members

Special Benefit for New Members

2024-05-14T07:56:18-05:00July 6th, 2023|Categories: Continuing Education, Fellows and Members, Member Benefits|Tags: , , , , |

*does not apply to Student Pharmacist Members

For new ACA members, the bundle is accessible at no additional cost through a special code provided in the welcome email upon joining.

Current members and non-members interested in this valuable educational offering can purchase the bundle through the provided link: https://www.lecturepanda.com/a/NewMember.

The ACA New Member Bundle presents an excellent opportunity for both new and seasoned pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to advance their professional skills and earn continuing education credits. Accredited for 3.0 contact hours (0.3 CEUs), the bundle includes three insightful modules, each providing 1 CE credit.

The first webinar, “Opportunities in Wellness: Integrating Advanced Point of Sale Functional Testing in Community Pharmacy,” led by Hillary Howell, PharmD, CCN, FACA, explores innovative approaches to health screening and wellness monitoring directly at the point of sale. This session is particularly beneficial for professionals looking to expand their services beyond traditional dispensary roles, thereby enhancing patient care and pharmacy practice.

Next, “Long Walk Out of the Woods: A Physician’s Story of Addiction, Depression, Hope, and Recovery” by Adam Hill, MD, offers a profound personal narrative that sheds light on the critical issues of mental health in the healthcare profession. This presentation not only provides key insights into overcoming personal struggles but also emphasizes the importance of support systems and resilience in professional life.

The third webinar, “Implementing Personalized Nutrition into Pharmacy Practice” by Lara Zakaria, PharmD, MS, CNS, CDN, IFMCP, delves into the integration of nutritional counseling and personalized diet plans in pharmacy settings. This course is designed to equip pharmacists with the necessary tools to offer tailored nutritional advice to their patients, thereby contributing to better health outcomes.

Our Speakers:

Dr. Hillary Howell, PharmD, FACA, CCN worked as a pharmacy technician until graduating high school in 1998. Her passion for medicine led her to enroll in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Ferris State University and graduated in 2004. Shortly after graduating, she married her high school sweetheart and took a position as a retail staff pharmacist at a local pharmacy chain. This ultimately led to a manager position with the same company.

Hillary has two children, Hunter and Tanner, which she adores. 10 years into her position as a manager, her husband James was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, leiomyosarcoma of the prostate. During his journey, the family decided to look into alternative treatments using both conventional and alternative therapies. Sadly, James’ journey ended 18 months later.

As a single mother, Hillary decided to take her career in a new direction. She opened Michigan’s first integrative cash based pharmacy, Apothecary & Co, in 2019, focusing on helping others to find their root cause instead of applying a “bandaid”. Apothecary & Co proudly specializes in compounding, point of care testing, and functional medicine consulting. Since opening in 2019, Hillary received her Certified Clinical Nutrition designation in 2021. She is currently pursuing a certification program through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Besides the love for functional medicine, her other passion is medicinal herbalism leading her to complete coursework through Rosemary Gladstar’s The Science of Art and Herbalism program.

Dr. Adam B. Hill, MD is a palliative care physician at Riley Hospital for Children. He is a proud Hoosier, a Butler Bulldog, and an IUSM graduate. He completed his pediatric residency training at St. Louis University, a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Duke University, and a palliative medicine fellowship at IUSM. His work in palliative care is focused on allowing patients to live the best quality of life possible in the midst of chronic, life-limiting, and/or life-threatening medical conditions.

In addition to palliative care, Dr. Hill is passionate about physician wellness/self-care, physician education, and international medical work. His international work has allowed him to work in Belize, Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, and Australia over the past several years. In addition, as part of his work in palliative care, he serves as the medical director for a week-long summer camp for children affected by childhood cancer.

Dr. Lara Zakaria, PharmD, MS, CNS, CDN, IFMCP is a Pharmacist, Nutritionist, and adjunct professor specializing in Functional Medicine and Personalized nutrition. After spending 10 years in pharmacy community practice, she noticed that her patients were all getting worse, not better. She realized that the pharmaceutical-based guidelines she was trained in were intended only to manage chronic disease not prevent progression. That led her to FxMed and the power of nutrition. Dr. Zakaria is passionate about gut health and preventing and reversing metabolic, kidney, and autoimmune diseases. She splits her time between clinical practice, teaching, and mentorship in service of expanding awareness and access to FxMed and Personalized Nutrition.

Three Questions With . . . Eddie Lau, PharmD, FACA, FACVP

2021-01-03T19:14:38-06:00January 3rd, 2021|Categories: Fellows and Members|

1) What drew you to independent pharmacy?

I always envisioned owning my own business and when I graduated from pharmacy school in 2010, that was my long term goal.

I really enjoyed my compounding rotation in 2009 and decided that’s exactly what I wanted to focus on. Luckily, my preceptor (and fellow independent pharmacy owner) sat down and asked me what my career goals were. When I told him I wanted to open a compounding pharmacy just like his, he took a real interest in teaching me the business side of things. During that rotation, I was blessed with the opportunity to not just learn how to compound medications, but also how to start a business. I believed in creating a business in my own community where you can really make a difference. Every decision I make has a real impact on how healthcare is done in my small town and I think that is a really great thing. It has been the best decision I made in my professional career.

2) Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise your pharmacy colleagues?

I am proud to say I am a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. It feels surreal to even say those words but this is something I get the craziest looks when I mention it. I was training to run my first half marathon in 2017 so I signed up for a smaller 10k run first. Towards the end of the race, I saw the finish line approaching and was enjoying the scenery. The next thing I knew, I woke up from what I thought was a long nap not knowing where I was. I was in shock when my wife told me what happened. In the end, I needed heart surgery to fix a rare congenital heart mutation and I am back to 100%. My wife and I are so grateful for my 2nd chance at life and that contributes to my positive attitude when I go into work everyday.

3) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I ever received was to do things the right way and not cut corners. This advice can apply to all aspects of life, but it is definitely helpful in my pharmacy. We always invest in staff training and new pharmacy equipment so our compounded medications will be the best quality possible. In the end, your patients will have better outcomes and the great feedback will eventually get back to their doctors.

Eddie Lau

Eddie Lau, PharmD, FACA, FACVP
Feel Good Compounders
Pacifica, CA
Region 7

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