Professional Affairs Committee 

The KPhA Professional Affairs Committee’s purpose is to develop and recommend educational programming, best practices, and legislative agenda items regarding contemporary pharmacy practice in alignment with the strategic plan of the Association. The committee provides a quarterly report to the Board of Directors and periodic updates to the general membership to ensure activities, goals and objectives are in the best interest of KPhA and the Association’s members.

Committee Members

Amanda Applegate, PharmD, BCACP

Practice setting:
Balls Foods Stores, Kansas City, KS

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site:

Immunizations, point of care testing, MTM, chronic disease management

Professional passions/interests:
Public health - how pharmacists can
contribute to the overall health and wellness of a community

Proudest moment as a pharmacist/student pharmacist:
Every time a
 recommendation I make is accepted and makes a patient's life better
- improving A1cs, eliminating side effects

Joe Heidrick, Pharm.D Assistant Dean of the KU School of Pharmacy

Experiential Education

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site: NA

Professional passions/interests: Progression of the practice of community and primary care pharmacy in a financially viable manner

Proudest moment as a pharmacist/student pharmacist: 2009 North Carolina Community Pharmacists of the Year

Brett Kappelmann, PharmD

Practice setting: Cooper Drug Store and Golden Plains Pharmacy
Services; Augusta, KS

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site:
Manager Medication Adherence Program, a full-scale compliance
program utilizing multi-dose strip packaging; SyncRx synchronization
program; immunizations

Professional passions/interests:
  My passion is advancing independent
pharmacy by exploring new avenues of patient care beyond that of the
traditional pharmacy, with a primary focus on medication adherence

Proudest moments as a pharmacist/student pharmacist:  As a second-
generation independent pharmacist, I am so fortunate to be able to
carry on the Cooper Drug legacy that my father, Cletus, had maintained
for almost fifty years.  I am also both proud and very blessed to have
been given the privilege to work alongside my dad for almost ten years
before he passed away in 2013.

Sandie Kueker, RPh

Practice Setting: Hesston Pharmacy, Hesston, KS

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site: MTM,
Immunizations, LTC Consulting, Adherence Packaging, Clinical Medication

Professional passions/interests: Finding new and innovative ways to
care for patients and work collaboratively with other healthcare
providers to improve our patients quality of life.

Proudest moments as a pharmacist/student pharmacist: Becoming an
owner of Hesston Pharmacy along with my pharmacist husband, Adam

Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP

Practice setting: Balls Food Stores, Kansas City, KS

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site: MTM,
immunizations (standard and travel), pharmacist-led employee wellness
program for health plan beneficiaries with cardiovascular disease and/or
diabetes, PGY1 residency training (3 positions), pharmacogenomic
testing, point of care testing for cholesterol, A1c, and blood glucose

Professional passions/interests: Expanding pharmacist scope of
practice, population health, MTM, precepting students and residents,
professional organization membership and involvement

Proudest moment as a pharmacist/student pharmacist: Receiving the
Distinguished New Practitioner Award from KPhA and Pharmacist’s
Mutual in 2013. 

Nick Schulte, PharmD

Practice Setting: 
Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, KS

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site: MTM at
HealthWise clinic; psychiatric medication counseling at Stormont Vail
Behavioral Health Center; post-discharge culture review to make
antibiotic de-escalation recommendations; about to start oral
chemotherapy patient education at Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center

Professional passions/interests: I am interested in process
improvement and waste reduction, MTM and CDTM, clinical service
development, and pharmacogenomics. I also enjoy precepting and
mentoring pharmacy students and being involved in professional
organization committees, planning, and events.

Proudest moment as a pharmacist/student pharmacist: I’ll say my
proudest moment as a Pharmacist was when I finally saw my residency
research project manuscript in print. It was a long and involved process,
and I am so grateful for my coauthors who helped take publication from
a possibility to a reality.

Molly Aldrich

Jody K. Reel, PharmD

Practice setting: Community Pharmacy, Northeast KS

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site: wellness
coaching, immunizations, integrative medicine consulting, MTM,
Medicare Part D Plan annual review, DMEPOS, diabetic shoe fitting and
foot exams, healthy meal options at soda fountain

Professional passions/interests: I strive to provide holistic wellness to
my patients, counseling on lifestyle while discussing medications.

Proudest moment as a pharmacist/student pharmacist: That's
a tie. Regarding policy, the passage of the Opioid Antagonist Bill
this session was significant for me professionally. KPhA worked
with a coalition, so it was truly a team effort. Additionally, it was
the first bill I had the opportunity to craft language for passage.
Clinically, my proudest moments are when I can truly create a
significant improvement on patients lives. I once had the privilege
of making nutraceutical and dietary recommendations to a
feeding clinic for a 3 month-old with failure to thrive. Within 2
months of following my recommendations, the infant
appropriately gained weight and made substantial improvements

Janelle Ruisinger, Pharm.D., FAPhA

Practice setting: University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Lawrence, KS

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site: Clinical
Pharmacist in the Atherosclerosis and LDL-Apheresis Center –
serve as a provider for patients referred to the clinic

Professional passions/interests: Community-based PGY1
residencies, Advancing pharmacy practice in Kansas, Lipid
disorders/dyslipidemia, and Educating pharmacy students

Proudest moment as a pharmacist/student pharmacist: 
Receiving the American Pharmacists Association Academy of
Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguished Achievement
Award in Pharmacy Practice in 2013

Tina Sarber PharmD

Practice setting: 
Dillons Pharmacy Lawrence KS

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site: Immunizations,
Employee Health Screenings, MTM

Professional passions/interests: Love advancing my clinical

Proudest moment as a pharmacist/student pharmacist: My
proudest moments in pharmacy are when gaps in care are
identified and with collaboration with patient and patients
physicians the gap can be closed. Especially love helping students
work thru this process. 

Jonalan Smith, PharmD, FASCP, Vice President, Health Plan

Practice setting: Sunflower Health Plan, Lenexa, KS

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site: Provide
payment of Medication Therapy Management Services for
members and beneficiaries enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare
with complex disease states and complex medication regimens.

Professional passions/interests: Care coordination, value based
service agreements, and population health

Kevin Wissman, Student Pharmacist at KU School of Pharmacy

Practice setting: Dillons, Lawrence, KS.

Non-dispensing services provided at your practice site: 
Medication Therapy Management, Smoking Cessation Coaching,
Health Screenings, Immunizations, Diabetes Coaching, Diet and
Weight Loss Coaching.

Professional passions/interests: I have a professional passion to
help provide quality healthcare and other basic life necessities to
the under-served people of our country and also to people from
underdeveloped countries abroad.  I have a wide range of
pharmacy interests, but currently have the most interest in
Ambulatory care, Intensive and Emergency healthcare.

Proudest moment as a pharmacist/student pharmacist: My
proudest moment as a student pharmacist would be receiving
the APhA Immunization Practice Incentive Grant.  The grant
funds are being used  to expand immunization services and
education for pregnant women at the JayDoc Free Clinic in
Kansas City, Kansas.

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