Current Residents (2017-18)
I did most of my growing up in Kamloops, BC, before moving to Vancouver to attend UBC. There, I finished 2 years of general sciences before making the transition into pharmacy and have not looked back! It feels surreal that I entered the BSc Pharmacy program just 4 short years ago, and here I am starting my pharmacy residency at VIHA. I can’t wait to begin this journey; to grow from the challenges and to relish the opportunities that lie ahead. I am looking forward to expanding my clinical skills and practice, and learning as much as I can from my preceptors. Particular areas of interest for me include infectious disease, emergency medicine, and cardiology. If I have some free time over the upcoming year, you can find me outside. I’m either running, biking, hiking or walking, and usually in search of the next best cup of coffee.
Having been born and raised in Nanaimo, I am ecstatic to be back home on Vancouver Island to begin my pharmacy career. I completed two Bachelor of Science degrees at UBC Vancouver (General Life Sciences 2011 and Pharmacy Class of 2016). Following my third year of the pharmacy program, I was lucky enough to work as a summer student at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, where my passion for clinical pharmacy was sparked. Since graduation, I have been working as a hospital pharmacist at Victoria General Hospital. In this setting, I have been afforded the opportunity to gain invaluable clinical experience and to achieve a deeper understanding of research. What excites me the most about the residency program is the chance to explore various specialized areas of pharmacy practice, while learning from some of the most respected clinicians in our field. My personal areas of interest include anticoagulation, pain management, infectious disease, and nephrology. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring our beautiful island, riding my bicycle, going to the gym, and I consider myself to be a pretty darn good fantasy hockey general manager.
I grew up on the east coast of Canada, specifically in the small town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 2014 with a BSc in physiology and pharmacology. During my time at Western I developed a strong interest in pharmacology and patient care, and decided to pursue a career in pharmacy. As a result, I ended up back home in Nova Scotia to complete a degree in pharmacy at Dalhousie University, graduating in 2017. During this time I had the opportunity to work in the hospital setting as part of both clinical placements and a summer research job. Throughout these experiences I realized how diverse and exciting the hospital pharmacist role can be, and this inspired me to pursue a career in the hospital setting. Some of my clinical areas of interest include cardiology, anticoagulation, and critical care. I’m looking forward to learning from the experienced pharmacists here at VIHA, and also exploring the beautiful west coast. Outside of pharmacy I enjoy running, volleyball, and baking treats.