About Us

The saturated job market shouldn’t control your career options.

That’s why we created The Happy PharmD – to help pharmacists transition into new careers.

Our coaching clients love their new careers for the higher work satisfaction, more work-life balance, more focus on patient care, and less metric-driven work. They care about patients, how work influences their family and friends, so they don’t want to settle with a “job”, they want a career they love. 

By using our Career Coaching Programs our pharmacist clients find their dream career. Doing what we love fringes on working with pharmacists towards an Indispensable career and in turn, improving our profession, one pharmacist at a time. That’s why Happy PharmD is dedicated to finding pharmacists who really care about their work – those who value their patient care, value doing work that matters, and who also happen to be genuine human beings.

When I’m not drawing monsters with my girls or watching anime, I’m experimenting on career development, helping pharmacists create inspiring careers and lives.

Alex Barker, the Founder

The Happy PharmD was born out of a burdensome, burnout, and grateful hope for pharmacy. Alex Barker, PharmD started his career with the same hopes pharmacy students hold when graduating: I hope I can find a decent job.

After his residency, he worked as an ambulatory care pharmacist at the Veteran’s Affairs Administration. He discovered three things: 

  1. He didn’t love his job
  2. He was bullied 
  3. He felt like a failure as a pharmacist

This almost stopped him in his tracks as he struggled with burnout, bullying, and feeling stuck. But he decided to use his creative energies to build businesses on the side. After quite a few failures and lessons learned, he discovered coaching and decided to hire coaches. He thought,

“If someone else knows how to accomplish my goals, why wouldn’t I invest to fast-track my progress?”

He received feedback from his coaches that he would have a natural talent for coaching. After multiple classes, coaching over 150 people and helping them achieve life, career, and business goals, he realized that pharmacists probably felt the same way he did when he started his career: confused, frustrated, dissatisfied with pharmacy, unable to find fulfilling work and that they would benefit from coaching to achieve their career goals.

After over 300 phone calls with pharmacists, dozens of pharmacy manager interviews, and questioning hiring executives and association leaders, Alex discovered that pharmacy had a gaping hole: How to create a fulfilling career in pharmacy. Most pharmacists told him they felt dispensable, like at any moment their hospital could close or their manager would fire them. They felt like the medicine they dispensed: disposable, replaceable.

Alex mapped out The Happy PharmD path, based on his coach training, experience, and the pharmacy job market, to help pharmacists create Indispensable pharmacy careers. Fast forward to today, The Happy PharmD has grown to over 20 team members, including 10 pharmacist career coaches. No one has a crystal ball on the pharmacy job market. But that won’t stop us from helping pharmacists, like you, to stop the guessing game and instead intentionally build a career where the job offers come to you.

Meet the Happy PharmD Team

 Alex Barker

Alex Barker

Founder

Sarah MacGregor

Sarah MacGregor

Chief Operations Officer

Erik Wilson

Erik Wilson

Career Adviser

 Jackie Boyle

Jackie Boyle

Lead Coach

Janan Sarwar

Janan Sarwar

Chief Content Officer

Brandon Ausbrooks

Brandon Ausbrooks

Marketing Manager

 Merge Somes

Merge Somes

Operations Director

John Jesner Palmes

John Jesner Palmes

Social Media Manager

Aira Jane Ondoy

Aira Jane Ondoy

Administrative Support

 Laura Licari

Laura Licari

Facebook Group Manager

Erika Ellis

Erika Ellis

Marketing

Emmanuel Obaseki

Emmanuel Obaseki

Content Writer

We have a few values that guide us…

Integrity
We are authentically transparent; We own our mistakes.
Grit
Long-term passion and perseverance for goals.
Disrupt
Move fast, break things. Progress over perfection. We aim to disrupt how pharmacists achieve fulfilling careers. 
Results First
Our decisions and goals are driven by data.
Fun
We aim to make all experiences exciting.
Resilience
Our work environment supports well-being.

Start Your Indispensable Career Journey Today!

Not sure where to start or what you need to get a better job and career? By completing The Happy PharmD Career Assessment you will be connected with a Happy PharmD Career Advisor to help you choose a coaching program based on your skills, interests, and passions, find jobs that match your uniqueness, and become a top candidate.

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PHARM CAREERS

Identify over 40 pharmacy career paths available to those with a PharmD or BSPharm degree.

SALARY GUIDE 2021

Get up-to-date salary data, sector comparisons, job satisfaction data, and more in this free salary guide.

NON-TRADITIONAL JOB COMMUNITY

Join others who are looking to build a non-traditional Rx career in our Free Facebook Group.

FREE EVENTS

Join other pharmacists in our free event series. Pick your topic and mark your calendars or watch our replays.

INDISPENSABLE

This book is your prescription to getting a fulfilling and indispensable pharmacy career, by Alex Barker PharmD.

NEGOTIATION GUIDEBOOK

Learn how to increase your salary and benefit offers by thousands of dollars in this free guidebook.