July Faces of Pharmacy

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July Faces of Pharmacy:

Talin Arakelian, PharmD

Talin Arakelian, PharmD is a 2008 graduate from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy. She chose pharmacy as she wanted a career focused on educating patients and providing consultations to ensure that patients use medications properly. Working as a pharmacist allows her to act as a mediator between patients and physicians to advance medication adherence, yielding better patient outcomes. In addition, Talin is trilingual in English, Armenian, and Farsi, which allows her to develop a deeper connection with patients and their families. After graduating, Talin served as the designated Pharmacist in Charge at Pacific Medical Pharmacy, an independent community pharmacy. She spent the early part of her career developing and implementing pharmacy policies and procedures while maintaining accurate records regarding all transactions, prescriptions, and controlled drug inventory. From her first day as a licensed pharmacist, she has paid great attention to her ethical responsibility to her patients. This has formed long-standing loyalty amongst her patient population, as the majority of her professional relationships date back to over a decade. Such growth resulted in the expansion of her business, in 2016, to a second location: Pacific Medical Pharmacy #2. Through these two locations, Talin serves the greater Glendale community as a whole but takes a special interest in caring for the elderly. She goes beyond the duties of a pharmacist by also serving as a companion, friend, and even counselor for this vulnerable population. In fact, her elderly patients often refer to her as a “granddaughter” when entering the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions.

In the work environment, she ensures each of her patients is knowledgeable about their medication regimens, including how and why they should be taking the prescriptions. After numerous years of experience in the industry, she now also assumes the role of a preceptor for pharmacy interns from Loma Linda, California Northstate, and the University of Southern California pharmacy schools. She trains her interns to follow strict practices, as she does herself, when counseling patients. In addition, she oversees and mentors undergraduate volunteers who are interested in a PharmD program.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Talin has incorporated COVID-19 antigen testing as well as vaccination services at both locations. She plays a vital role in training the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in these COVID-19 protocols. She advocates for patient safety by educating others about the importance of vaccination to flatten the curve.

When not educating patients regarding their prescriptions, Talin is kept busy by her two kids—a two-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter. She spends her free time with her family, enjoying play dates, outdoor activities, and park visits with the kids. It is safe to say Talin loves both her pharmily at work as well as her family at home.

Megan Erdbruegger, PharmD

Dr. Megan Erdbruegger is a 2016 graduate from St. Louis College of Pharmacy at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy.  Throughout both graduate and undergraduate school, Megan worked at an inpatient hospital and an outpatient retail setting.
In the 4 years following graduation, Megan continued serving patients in the retail setting as a pharmacy manager at a local grocery store chain. Through her compassionate work, she was able to help build relationships with her patients. She helped patients with chronic medical conditions manage their health and better navigate the healthcare system.
Currently, she works as a pharmacist at Lemonaid Health, a telehealth company. She finds this very rewarding as she gets to work as part of a multidisciplinary clinical team alongside physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Here she is a part of a great team who help make healthcare easy, affordable, and accessible for millions of patients nationwide.  
In addition, Megan volunteers her time as an advanced pharmacy practice experience preceptor. She enjoys mentoring students to aid in their clinical knowledge and growth within the profession of pharmacy. As a first year preceptor, Megan was awarded a Preceptor Merit Award by St. Louis College of Pharmacy for her dedication to excellence in teaching, professionalism, and commitment to educating pharmacy students.
Megan has been fortunate enough to have been coached by many outstanding mentors during her career. They have helped to have shaped her into the hardworking, dedicated, and caring pharmacist she is today. Megan hopes to help pass this on to future generations of pharmacists. 

Melissa Shake, PharmD

Melissa Shake has been calling Las Vegas home for over 30 years. She graduated from University of Southern Nevada (now Roseman University) with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and has been working for Walgreens ever since. She has been an immunizations trainer with Walgreens since 2006, certifying pharmacists and technicians in immunization administration and organizing immunization activities. She served on the Nevada Board of Pharmacy from 2017-2019. She also served as treasurer on the Board of Immunize Nevada, the statewide immunization and health coalition. Besides spending time on pharmacy efforts, she loves being with her husband, Matt, and her two young boys, Austin and Maxi. 

Dominick P. Trombetta, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, FASCP

Dr. Trombetta received his BS from Temple University School of Pharmacy and his Pharm.D. from Shenandoah University. Most recently, he had completed a certificate in epidemiology and biostatistics from Drexel University. Dr. Trombetta is an Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice at Wilkes University. He teaches in the didactic curriculum and in the experiential program precepting introductory and advanced practice experiences at Allied Services Rehabilitation Hospital. He has precepted over 250 students, provided career counseling, and mentorship in his tenure at Wilkes University. Dr. Trombetta is a strong advocate for life-long learning and frequently provides tips to students to integrate into their professional lives once they complete their formal education. Teaching, the nobliest of professions, has allowed me to give back to pharmacy in a way that can be the nidus for changing professional practice. One individual student can impact many patient lives throughout their career through patient focused care. Cumulatively, the overall effect of the pharmacy profession can be exponential. His practice interests are geriatrics/internal medicine, pain management, central nervous systems disorders, and the impact of pharmacists in academic detailing. Dr. Trombetta is board certified in pharmacotherapy and geriatrics. He has contributed to the textbooks; Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs, Basics Skills in Interpreting Clinical Laboratory Data, and the Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program. Dr. Trombetta has published in Pharmacy Times, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, The Consultant Pharmacist, American Journal of Health System Pharmacy, and American Health and Drug Benefits. Prior to joining the faculty at Wilkes University, he began his career in hospital pharmacy as staff clinical pharmacist, clinical coordinator, and lastly as director of the hospital pharmacy. He has been a consultant for Alosa Health on various academic detailing projects. When not working, he enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with wife Donna and pet sheltie.