I grew up just outside the small town of McCammon in southeastern Idaho on our family’s 80 acre dairy farm. My Dad bought the farm from my grandfather in hopes of having a few strapping young men to help him run it but instead he got seven girls and one boy! The talk around town was that we were the toughest girls in all of Marsh Valley. I’m not sure if that helped or hindered us from getting boyfriends in high school. ☺ We did everything from milking cows, moving sprinkler pipe and hauling hay to helping cook and take care of things around the house. My Mom is pretty much my hero for raising eight rowdy kids and taking care of the dairy cows during the day while my Dad drove truck to support us all! My favorite part of the farm was being able to get out of the milk barn and help my dad fence and haul hay on the weekends when he was home from work. Mostly because we would get to go eat cheeseburgers and fries at the local café when we were done!
I graduated from Marsh Valley High School in 2004 and started college at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho about 30 minutes from my home town. I really enjoyed my biology and science classes in high school and knew that I wanted to go into the medical field but I was not keen on having to touch people, blood or other bodily fluids so I decided Pharmacy was the way for me to go. Little did I know, I don’t mind it as much as I thought. ☺ I started searching for pharmacy technician jobs to see if I would like pharmacy and ended up working for Super Save Drug as a phlebotomist and then a technician. In 2006 I transferred to Smith’s Food and Drug where I worked as a pharmacy tech and intern throughout the rest of college. I love that pharmacy is challenging and I am always learning something new. I graduated from the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University in 2013 and I am still learning something new every day!
I continued my pharmacy career with Smith’s Food and Drug as a retail pharmacist in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and during that time my husband and I were blessed with a little boy named Gunner. In 2015 we were blessed again with a little girl named Lauren and decided to move back to Idaho to be closer to my family. We have lived in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho for the past 5 years. We had strong hopes that my husband would be able to come home from working in the oil and gas fields of Wyoming but after a few years we decided it was time to move back to Wyoming and be closer to him.
I have enjoyed my time at Smith’s and I have learned a lot but I feel that as they have become bigger more corporatized they are losing sight of what is at the heart of pharmacy, the patient! Therefore, I am very excited to be back in a small town and getting the opportunity to work in a pharmacy that cares about their patients and employees.
When I’m not working I love spending time with my two beautiful children and gaining a new perspective on life through their growth and happiness. We enjoy getting outside, riding bikes, swimming, camping and reading together. One of our favorite things to do is to make cheesy popcorn, snuggle up on the couch and watch movies with Dad! We are very excited to be back in Wyoming and starting this new journey in the beautiful town of Pinedale.