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

Proudest moment as a 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: N/A

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: Med Manager Medication Adherence Program, a full-scale compliance program utilizing multi-dose strip packaging; SyncRx synchronization program; immunizations

Professional 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 solutions.

Proudest moment as a 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 50 years. I am also both proud and very blessed to have been given the privilege to work alongside my dad for almost 10 years before he passed away in 2013.

 

Sandie Kueker, RPh

Practice setting: Hesston Pharmacy, Hesston, KS

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

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

Proudest moment as a 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 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: I’ll say my proudest moment as a Pharmacist was when I finally saw my residency esearch 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, PharmD

Practice setting: Continental Pharmacy, Topeka, KS

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

Proudest moment as a 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 cognitively.

 

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

Proudest moment as a 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 interests: Love advancing my clinical services

Proudest moment as a 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 Operations

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

Proudest moment as a pharmacist: 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 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: 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, KS.

 
 
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