- Class of 2005
- Yukon, OK
- Staff Pharmacist at Miller Drug
- Pharmacy Alumni Association Council – Past President
When asked what made you choose pharmacy as your degree, Jennifer said,
“I grew up in Weatherford always hearing about the exceptional pharmacy program at SWOSU. My first job after high school was as a clerk for Allen Pharmacy in Weatherford and I really enjoyed the pharmacy environment. I also knew that it would be a career that could provide for my family.”
Jennifer is a staff pharmacist at Miller Drug, an independent community pharmacy in Yukon. Before her time at Miller Drug, Jennifer stated, “I worked at Kindred (which became CuraHealth) long-term acute hospital in Oklahoma City for 3 years. Prior to Kindred, I worked for Walgreens as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager.” She also is SW Pharmacy Alumni Association’s Past President. During her time at SWOSU, she was Treasurer of SWPhA (currently APhA-ASP), Secretary of the NCPA student chapter ,and was also involved in PLS as well as Rho Chi. She came to SWOSU after her graduation from Weatherford High School. Now she resides in Yukon, Oklahoma with her family Troy, Rachel, and Ryan. To learn more about Jennifer, read the information below.
|| Weatherford, OK
|| Weatherford High School
|Current work, plus primary work history timeline, since graduation
||I have worked as a staff pharmacist at Miller Drug, an independent community pharmacy in Yukon, for the past 5 years. Before that, I worked at Kindred (which became CuraHealth) long term acute hospital in Oklahoma City for 3 years. Prior to Kindred, I worked for Walgreens as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager.
|Current/Past involvement (memberships, committees, etc) with SWOSU and/or the College of Pharmacy (including Pharmacy Alumni Association or Pharmacy Foundation), since graduation
||I have been a member of the Pharmacy Alumni Association for many years and am currently past-president.
|Community/Civic Activities, Special Interests, etc.
||I enjoy helping at my daughter’s school and am a charter member of the PTO.
|Activities you were involved in at SWOSU
||I was treasurer of SWPhA (currently APhA-ASP). I was secretary of our NCPA chapter. I was also involved PLS and Rho Chi.
|What made you choose pharmacy as your degree?
||I grew up in Weatherford always hearing about the exceptional pharmacy program at SWOSU. My first job after high school was as a clerk for Allen Pharmacy in Weatherford and I really enjoyed the pharmacy environment. I also knew that it would be a career that could provide for my family.
|What do you like most about being a pharmacist?
||I enjoy working with patients and providers to solve medication problems such as drug interactions and administration issues.
|Where was your favorite place to study or hangout during pharmacy school?
||I usually studied at my house during pharmacy school. Most of my friends went home for the weekends so I was able to get a lot of work done on Saturdays when everyone else was gone.
|What is the most important thing you learned in pharmacy school?
||The most important thing I learned was how to find and interpret medical information. I still don’t know the answers to all of my patient’s questions, but I do know how to find answers.
|What are your current hobbies/travels/activities?
||The only hobby that I currently have time for is also my favorite: “momming.” I love spending time with my kids and husband, especially at fun places like the zoo.
|Complete this sentence: “One thing you probably didn’t know about me is….”
||I cannot write with my paper straight up. I have to turn it upside down or at least to the side.
|What advice would you give a current pharmacy student?
||I would tell current pharmacy students to be flexible and prepared for change. In my opinion, the ever-changing nature of pharmacy is one of the best parts of the career. New therapies and medications are developed, and we have to be prepared to help and counsel our patients.
|List family members that also graduated from SWOSU:
||My father, Joe Shaffer, graduated with a degree in education from SWOSU.
|List immediate family names:
||Husband: Troy Barbee
Children: Rachel (age 10) and Ryan (age 4)
Posted: October 26, 2022
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