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March Faces of Pharmacy
Mon, Mar 22, 2021 6:00 PM UTC
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March Faces of Pharmacy:
Angela Cox, CPhT
Angela Cox, CPhT, began her pharmacy career in 2000 while in high school working as a pharmacy clerk stocking and zoning shelves after school. Upon graduating, motivated by the profession, she decided to continue her career in pharmacy full-time by accepting a position as a pharmacy technician at the same retail pharmacy. She worked there for 12 years and it is there where she established a passion for the field of pharmacy and saw the impact the profession could have on others.
In 2014, she took the next step forward in her career by accepting a research pharmacy assistant position at the Investigational Drug Service at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. As a research assistant, she supported the procurement, maintenance, and dispensing of investigational products for the 400+ active clinical trials conducted across Emory and Winship Cancer Institute.
In early 2018, she accepted a position as a Medication Access Specialist with Emory Healthcare’s Specialty Pharmacy, which is the position she continues to hold today. In this position she works closely with clinic-based pharmacy specialists and in collaboration with multiple care teams across the health system to ensure that every Emory Healthcare patient has affordable access to their high-cost, highly complex, specialty medications prescribed by their Emory providers. This unique role allows her to use her advanced pharmacy skills to help patients navigate and overcome the complexities and obstacles of the current healthcare environment by working on behalf of providers and clinic teams to deliver a patient-centered approach to prior authorization support and medication assistance. She currently services providers across the specialties of Multiple Sclerosis, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Rare Diseases.
Her role as a Medication Access Specialist has allowed her to take on several unique opportunities including establishing new workflows and procedures with clinic teams, supporting the pharmacy through URAC Specialty pharmacy accreditation, and assisting in the development of a protocol for Emory’s hepatitis C positive donor to hepatitis C negative recipient organ transplant program. In addition, Angela regularly trains new team members, pharmacy students, and pharmacy residents on medication access, prior authorization, and benefits investigation workflows to further advance their knowledge of these complex pharmacy systems.
Angela is dedicated to ensuring that every patient is given the highest level of care and treated with dignity and compassion, and always makes her patients her highest priority. Angela was recently peer-nominated and recognized as Emory Healthcare’s 2020 Ambulatory Pharmacy Technician of the Year. In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with her two children. Her hobbies include puzzles, camping, and spending time outdoors.
Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA
Dr. Euler has serves as the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Prior to arriving at WVU, she served for 4 years as McGee Chair for Doctoral Studies and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and 21 years as a faculty member and associate dean at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. Euler served for 20 years as Executive Director for Phi Lambda Sigma, stepping down in 2020 to turn over the leadership to a very worthy successor. She remains active as the Associate Executive Director to provide support and continuity to the society. She is recipient of many professional and community service awards including the 1997 APhA-ASP Outstanding Advisor Award, the 2003 APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award, the Missouri Pharmacist Making a Difference Award, the UMKC Mathew Wilson Award and the Phi Lambda Sigma-Procter & Gamble National Leadership Award. In 2011, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists’ Association. She is a co-advisor to WVU’s APhA-ASP chapter and through her administrative position she provides support for all professional and graduate students at the School of Pharmacy. A 1984 graduate of The University Kansas School of Pharmacy (BSPharm) and 2001 graduate of the UMKC School of Pharmacy ( PharmD) she is an avid supporter of her alma maters. Actively engaged in many pharmacy associations, she has chaired and served on committees for AACP, APhA and other national and state organizations. Most recently Dr. Euler was nominated as the 2022-2023 Honorary President for APhA. Dr. Euler enjoys yoga, biking, kayaking, gardening, and spending time with her three beautiful and smart grandkids.
Brandi N. Thoma, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP
Brandi Thoma received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from The College of New Jersey in 2004 and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 2008. She went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brandi continues to practice as an Advanced Practice Clinical Pharmacist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as the dedicated pharmacist for Cardiac Surgery, with her primary practice site in the Surgical Cardiovascular ICU. She works closely with nurses, nursing leadership, anesthesiologists and intensivists to optimize patient care, improve patient outcomes, and standardize approaches to care. Her research and clinical interests include ECMO and other mechanical circulatory support, in addition to cardiac vasoplegia.
Brandi is passionate about experiential teaching and precepts students along with both PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents. She became the PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program Director in 2013-2014. Residency interests include preceptor development and accreditation.
When not working, Brandi enjoys cooking, hosting family and friends, traveling and spending time with her husband, four-year old daughter and Golden Retriever.
Rhonda M. W. Toney, RPh, MBA, FASCP, PRS, CFE, CBC
Rhonda M.W. Toney is a licensed Maryland pharmacist with over twenty-five years of professional experience as a retail, consultant, hospice, and managed care-pharmacist, with additional experience consulting on national pharmaceutical pricing policy initiatives. More recently, she worked as a subject-matter expert providing analytical and clinical support for the investigation of Medicare fraud cases and qualified to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Ronda earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in pharmacy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The early years of her pharmacy career were spent managing large-volume retail pharmacies. She later owned her own independent pharmacy in Annapolis, Maryland. Her career path then transitioned to being a clinical-consultant pharmacist, specializing in elderly care, followed by serving as a clinical-managed care pharmacist for a Health Maintenance Organization. She later obtained her Master of Business Administration, specializing in Marketing and Management from Aspen University in Denver, Colorado, which aligned with her interests in retail pharmacy management.
Her career trajectory then led her to serve as Secretary and Commissioner for the Maryland Board of Pharmacy for three years. Working with the Board of Pharmacy further piqued her interest in regulatory oversight and she transitioned to the investigatory field as an analytical subject-matter expert. While developing her specialization as a CFE, she continues to work in retail pharmacy, and she is passionate about providing vaccinations to patients during the pandemic. She is also a registered responder supporting ongoing public-health initiatives through the Maryland Medical Reserve Corps.
Her joy in pharmacy is serving and communicating with patients in underserved communities and helping them understand their prescriptions. She enjoys collaborating with others and is devoted to recognizing pharmacy technicians for their unique contributions to the field of pharmacy. Her true passion in the field is to eliminate pharmaceutical overspending and provider fraudulent practices. She believes her career path reflects how diverse and meaningful a career in pharmacy can be. Rhonda is a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (FASCP), a Pharmacy Regulatory Specialist (PRS), and Member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) & Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).