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College Faculty Recognized by the Missouri Pharmacy Association

Published on 21 October 2019

The Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) recently recognized three St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty during its Annual Conference and Trade Show in St. Louis. Alicia Forinash, B.S. ’00, Pharm.D. ’01, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, professor of pharmacy practice, Michelle Jeon, Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and Roxane Took, Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, all received awards for their dedication to excellence in pharmacy practice and education.

Forinash was the recipient of the Pharmacist Making a Difference Award, which is presented to pharmacists who have demonstrated a desire to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide quality pharmacy care and make a difference in the quality of life of patients. Forinash is the residency program director for the College’s PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital. Additionally, she practices at St. Mary's Health Center in the Maternal-Fetal Care Center and the Women and Infant Substance Help (WISH) Center. Her primary responsibilities include managing chronic medical conditions in high-risk obstetrics, evaluating medication safety during pregnancy and lactation, managing acute pregnancy conditions and preventive health issues and providing patient and health care professional education.

Jeon’s contributions to the practice of pharmacy were recognized with the 2019 STLCOP Faculty Member of the Year Award. She serves as the primary coordinator for the College’s Introduction to Patient Care course, which focuses on the topics of self-care, dermatology and nutrition. She also serves as an advisor for the College’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists chapter and participates in the delivery of the immunization certification training program to student pharmacists. Jeon’s clinical practice site is located at Walgreens Pharmacy in St. Louis City, where she focuses on patient care activities related to HIV management, travel health and expanding immunization services. Jeon also serves as the Walgreens Pharmacy site coordinator for the College’s PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency program.

This year’s Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award was presented to Took in recognition of her dedicated efforts in the field of retail pharmacy and her work to educate students at the College. Took joined the College in 2017, and she is responsible for coordinating the College’s Skills Lab 1 course for first-year pharmacy students. Her practice site is at Schnucks Pharmacy in St. John, Missouri. There she provides medication therapy management, delivers patient education through the Schnucks Diabetes Care Center and assists in post-discharge education and medication reconciliation through Schnucks’ pilot transitions of care service. Took initiated this program, which gives recently discharged patients from SSM Health DePaul Hospital the ability to review their medications over the phone with a clinical pharmacist. Took also precepts student pharmacists and pharmacy residents at Schnucks.

In addition to College faculty who were recognized during the event, P4 student Rachel Marchi received the 2019 STLCOP Student Member of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a student from the College in recognition of their commitment to pharmacy and community service. During her time at the College, Marchi has been involved in several student pharmacist organizations and recently served as MPA’s student president, a role that gave her the opportunity to advocate for the profession of pharmacy and grow as a future leader in pharmacy. 

“We are so fortunate to have such outstanding faculty and students at our institution,” stated John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College. “This recognition from MPA is well-deserved. I congratulate our award winners on their success and thank them for their continued service to the pharmacy profession.”

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