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85% of our clients never held a job previously in the field they transitioned to.

From Retail to…

Keenan Rea, PharmD

From Retail to Ambulatory Care

Coaching gave me the tools to market myself better…

I applied and applied but I wasn’t getting any interviews. I was disheartened by the rejection so I decided that I needed help to figure out why I was not having success on my job search.

My coach helped build up my confidence and gave me the tools to market myself better. I fought for myself a little more.

I currently have a position in a community health system as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist — exactly what I was looking for.

Rachel Prescott, PharmD

From Retail to Community Care

I have a lot more job satisfaction

I saw coaching as an investment in continuing in pharmacy, and I loved that it was a pharmacist that was doing the coaching. Sometimes you need a coach in your corner to tell you you’ve got it.

Carl Muckerheide, PharmD

From Retail to Consulting

Keep the hope!

My previous position was unbelievably stressful and had kind-of caused me a nervous breakdown. When The Happy PharmD came in, it boosted my confidence and kept a mindset going to get where I’m where I am today — in a better place.

The biggest takeaway is never stop plugging away, don’t do it alone, lean on your fellow pharmacists and keep the hope.

Melissa Turner, PharmD

From Retail to Founder of a PGx Consulting

I want to tell everybody that coaching had been such a wonderful experience…

I felt trapped, like there was no way that I could leave because of what it can do to our finances. So there I am with my headphones, listening to this podcast, crying in the dark. I had to make a change, I can’t wait for things to get better.

I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I want and don’t want. I’m very happy with how things turned out. I didn’t know that I would be where I am right now but I’m happy that I’m here.

Marissa McInnis, PharmD

From Retail to Inpatient (No Residency)

Keep striving to not settle

After completing the class I got not only career improvements but overall improvements in my life. I’ve gained more of a positive attitude and outlook to see where I can go with this.

Yvonne Agyekum, PharmD

From Retail to Long Term Care

My happiness factor shot through the roof

Working with a coach you get accountability, you get people who want to help you, you get insight from other pharmacists. There are other opportunities out there, you just have to take that next step. You’re going to learn so much more than just putting out applications with no help. Go for it, make that investment!

Jennifer Aiken, PharmD

From Retail to Mail Order

I would not be in this place without The Happy PharmD…

I was a pharmacy manager at a grocery store chain and I felt like I could do more than make a multibillion dollar company more money. The work became overwhelming and I just felt terrible and crushed. Everyday, hopeless.

Then my husband said I am worth the money to do coaching.

My main focus is to open up a nonprofit pharmacy called Good Shepherd here in Nashville and there’s absolutely no way I would be in this place without The Happy PharmD.

If you’ve been trying to find something different and you haven’t been successful in doing that, go through this process because it’s definitely worth the money.

Ann Marie Mohan, PharmD

From Retail to Market Access Strategy

Enough of this…

That pivotal point where I said, enough of this, was when I realized that I needed to get to the frame of mind needed to take the next step.

I know I want it to happen but I don’t know how to get there, and coaching was that natural progression that gave me that focus that I needed to make that happen.

Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD

From Retail to Medical Writing

After coaching I have a lot more confidence

I feel like I have something to spring from now, I have momentum. If you want a mentor get someone who is doing what you want to do, they can point you in the right direction and it can really speed things up.

Miriam Opara, PharmD

From Retail to Medical Writing

I was a place in my career that I felt burnt out doing the same work for four years..

Family life is easier doing Medical Writing, it’s very mobile. Medical writing is also a great side hustle, you can do it from home on your own time. You stay really current on all topics, you don’t lose any knowledge you learned in school. I’m excited to see what it can turn into!

June Stevens, PharmD

From Retail to Medical Writing

Think of coaching as giving yourself specialized intervention…

​I was really in a negative place and was absolutely overwhelmed…any retail pharmacist would know where I was. There’s no amount of money that was worth it.

The biggest thing that coaching did for me was help me shift my mindset from just running away from this crappy job to running towards something that I was excited about. And when you are moving toward something that you’re excited about, you become a person that people want to hire.

Now I have so much more energy in the day. I do not dread my job. My husband says it’s so nice to sit with someone and say, “Hey, how was work” and it doesn’t turn into a 30-minute venting session.

Kelsa Benzing, PharmD

From Retail to Oncology Specialty

I got to a point where I was just ready to quit…

It was affecting my physical and mental health. I would tell my husband, “I don’t know what I want to do but it’s not this. It’s not what I wanted to do when I thought of being a pharmacist.”

I looked at other coaching programs and this is the only one I found which has pharmacists helping pharmacists.

The program was literally life-changing. I work from home now and I love it. I have better work-life balance, I don’t dread going to work anymore, I now have a lot more time with my husband and actually be a happy human!

John Stapf, PharmD

From Retail to Operations

Figuring out what you’re passionate about

With this new job I’m still learning but it’s such a huge step up, it’s a challenge and that’s what I thrive on, it gives me that purpose throughout the day. Coaching is an investment but the focus is on making you happier, finding you something that fits you better.

Rineil Perez, PharmD

From Retail to Outpatient Specialty

Gave me confidence to pursue any new challenge

Sometimes we’ll quit reaching for a tough goal when no-one’s watching, but if you have a coach you have someone to hold you accountable and at the same time redirect you so you don’t allow yourself to fail.

Imran Shaikh, PharmD

From Retail to Pharma

Trust the process…

I was sending applications all over the place but the only word that comes to mind when people ask me how I felt during my initial job search is: hopeless. It was brutal. It brought down my quality of life to the point where I started to seek mentorship.

I used the salary negotiation tactics from The Happy PharmD and working with a coach put me in a spot where I wouldn’t have been if I were just on job search by myself.

I ended up looking at Pharma companies and they offered me a full-time associate position.

You have to really want something for coaching to even be of any use to you. Trust the process and trust yourself.

Yustina Hong, PharmD

From Retail to Residency

I was afraid of being rejected.

I was not happy with my job, every day was a battle.

Chris helped me change focus: to improve myself rather than escape my current situation. The entire coaching program was very well structured and I really liked how my coach was always available when I needed help.

Just having a coach was a very, very healthy way to vent out your strength and refocus your direction. He was always an accountable partner.

Sebastian Latina, PharmD

From Retail to Digital Pharmacy

The program gave me the blueprint I needed…

I wasn’t happy with my career and decided to go with The Happy PharmD.

I thought my resume was good enough and I was applying like crazy on LinkedIn. I realized that it’s a tough thing to get to do and it’s not that simple. The program gave me the blueprint I needed to fix my situation. The pharmacy career is so competitive now so you need to go about it the right way. The program opened up my eyes to that.

If someone puts in time and effort to follow the program the way it’s written out, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t get want they want from this.

Nupoor Kalke, PharmD

From Retail

If I hadn’t worked with you, I would still be in retail, crying in a corner…

It was more like working in a sweatshop — it’s all metrics, 16-hour days with no lunch breaks, coming home just collapsing. I wasn’t doing anything that I enjoyed. I had severe anxiety attacks so I needed to get out but I thought I was only good enough for retail.

I found the Happy PharmD on Facebook purely by accident. I reached out and I am so glad that I did as the jobs started coming in.

The burnout was real but now I’m happier, I am energized, and renewed, and I started traveling — I want to be a part of life again. Even my mailman said, ‘You don’t look sad anymore”.

Do it, you will NOT regret this. It was money very well spent as my payoff was bigger — I am so much happier. To me, there is no amount of money to compensate for hating your job so. I can’t put into words how grateful I am that I found you guys. It has all the difference for me.

Eboni Ramsey, PharmD

From Retail to State Behavior Health Hospital

The best investment ever.

I was stressed, I was feeling like I was running on a hamster wheel with no way out. It was a rough time.

I was putting out application after application but either getting a rejection or getting nothing, not even a reply.

So I made a decision to invest in myself, I decided to take the leap and do the program.

I am now working in a State Behavior Health Hospital — the best case scenario set up that could have worked for my career and personal life, especially as a mom.

It was definitely the best investment ever.

Bernice Koo, PharmD

From Retail to Toxicology

My transition is totally worth it…

I started out pharmacy cashier and decided to go back to school to be a pharmacist. After that, I came back to retail but then I would go through this cycle of hating my life. I don’t want to come home dreading work, I needed to change something but I don’t know where to go from here.

I got connected with my coach, Janan, and we went through different pathways of pharmacy. That’s when I transitioned and learned to be comfortable with another company.

I told my parents my transition is totally worth it. It’s reinvigorating to learn all this stuff and rebuild myself.

Taylor Lucic, PharmD

From Inpatient to Poison Information Specialist

I felt very supported the whole way through…

The Happy PharmD opened my eyes to the other avenues of pharmacy that I really hadn’t thought about and approaching things from another angle of thinking — that was the biggest point.

I really enjoyed my time with HPD, Jackie was very supportive. I probably sent her a million drafts of my resume and she was happy to look over and get it back to me. I just felt very supported the whole way through.

Anna Schemel, PharmD

From Retail to Industry

My coach being a pharmacist made such a huge difference…

I was coming home crying and just absolutely miserable.

I never got an interview but when I applied with the resume that my coach and I made, I got hired the next day. My husband noticed that my confidence had gone up and kept saying he was glad I went into coaching.

My coach made me feel like I was valuable again…it was worth it.

What do you have to lose? Do you want to spend another day, another month, another year doing this? I didn’t. The fact that my coach was a pharmacist also made such a huge difference. That was amazing having someone who knew what I was talking about.

From Independent pharmacy to…

Michaela Hasan, PharmD

From Community Pharmacist (Compounding) to Hospital

Open your perspective of what possibilities there are…

I was a community pharmacist and my specialty was compounding. I just had a feeling I’m not a good fit and after 10 years, I decided I need to get out.

The coaching program really emphasized networking so I kept in touch with my preceptors and it really helped me. Because my preceptors knew me, I got a new position where I’m going to be the main pharmacist — it’s just something I would never thought would exist.

A coach can really open your perspective of what possibilities there are. If you are tired of everything, if you feel stuck, if you feel like you are in this little hamster wheel and you don’t even know where you’re at, definitely make that jump. I’m glad I did.

Sam An, PharmD

From Independent Pharmacist to LTC

Nothing’s ever going to change unless you start to make that change in yourself….

I wasn’t happy, I feel like something’s got to change. I would dread going to work every day but decided to take a more active role in changing my circumstances.

I realized things about myself that I had never thought about in a structured way before.

Now I’m working in managed care — the things that I was always best at in my previous job, I now get to do the entire time without any of the stresses of management.

Don’t think that you can do it on your own. Take an active role in enacting the change you want to see because you can sit on the sidelines and just complain but nothing’s ever going to get done.

Shama Patel, PharmD

From Compounding to Medical Affairs

I have my spark back

I knew I was meant to continue helping people and now at my new job I have a smile on my face every day. You have to have patience with the coaching process, you’re going to learn something from it no matter what!

AnnMarie Graziadio, PharmD

From Pharmacist to Senior Medical Science Liaison

I can’t say enough great things about it…

Being a sole proprietor of a pharmacy, I felt like I was never home and it was all-consuming so I wanted to transition my role back into industry as a medical liaison. But because I was out of the industry for so many years, I didn’t think it would be that easy.

I honestly feel like if it weren’t for The Happy PharmD, I would not have been able to transition this seamlessly and find the fit that I did during COVID.

From Hospital to…

Michelle Ndiulor, PharmD

From Outpatient Health System to Academia

I wanted to find a place where I can reignite my passion…

I came across The Happy PharmD and was inspired by their efforts to help pharmacists find the best version of themselves. So I reached out and it really helped me put a spark in my career again.

I got paired with a coach who was amazing because her expertise was extensive. She was able to bring a lot of insight into what academia is all about and has been a huge cheerleader in the background.

It’s been really exciting. I was able to move and am now closer to my family and loved ones.

Erika Gray, PharmD

From Hospital to Entrepreneur

You always gain from coaching. It will always take you to that next level…

Trying to do it on your own is often a recipe for disaster because you have no one to bounce ideas off. With a coach, you can discuss barriers and solutions.

I recognized that I was not going to get from point A to point B without someone guiding and helping me through the process.

There are substantial benefits, not only to the business but also personal development.

Tulsi Shah, PharmD

From Hospital to Remote Jobs

I now love being a pharmacist…

My job went from being my dream job that I couldn’t imagine ever leaving to completely something that urged me to look for something different. If I had to hear the word ‘pill’ one more time, I felt that I was going to explode.

My coach provided me with a lot of validation. She’s very experienced and knowledgeable and provided me with an understanding of what my experience really means. I learned how to mold what I’ve learned and what I’ve done.

My coach put things into perspective. She was my cheerleader. I now love being a pharmacist.

Side Hustles

Timothy Ulbrich, PharmD

From Asst Dean to Entrepreneur!

The learning experience has been incredible…

Most important takeaway is don’t underestimate the power of a coach to keep you accountable, somebody that is knowledgeable and can give you feedback, who asks really good critical questions that make you think on your own. The end product is always better if you’re patient to go through that process and get some feedback, and be open to that feedback.

 

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Jennifer Fernandez, PharmD

From Retail to Functional Medicine Business

It’s an investment in your present and your future…

It just got really overwhelming and I reached multiple breaking points — I needed to transition.

That’s where I found coaching. I needed help and I’d exhausted all other options. Instead of somebody telling me what to do, I found someone to guide me, to help me organize my thoughts.

I have launched my own functional medicine practice, it’s called Your Holistic Wellness. I’m still getting my feet wet but I’ve definitely gained a lot of confidence. Coaching is a financial investment, but it’s an investment in your present and your future.

Milena Murray, PharmD

From Clinical Pharmacist to Medical Writing

Put yourself in the best possible place to get that position…

People who come to The Happy PharmD don’t have to be unhappy with their job. Maybe they want to be more involved with the organization, they want to start a side hustle, or just want to get promoted. It’s putting yourself in the best possible place to get that position.

Jamie Wilkey, PharmD

From Physician Liaison to Pharmacogenomic Coaching and Functional Wellness Program Implementation

I was tired of doing the same thing for 11 years…

I felt like I was ready for a change. Now, I do pharmacogenomic coaching and functional wellness program implementation. I am working more than I have in my entire life but I love it. I know I am building something big…it’s amazing!

David Kingsbury, PharmD

From Retail to Entrepreneur

Think of coaching as an investment…

I used to work in one of the big retail pharmacies and it was very stressful and demanding. Right before COVID, I lost my job and what I have been doing wasn’t obviously working as it’s been a year since then.

I went into coaching with an open mind and from the very beginning, felt a connection with my coach. She was there to dig into the process of what I needed to do, she was very motivating, uplifting and inspirational…exactly what I needed at that time.

If you’re thinking about coaching, definitely go ahead and do it. Think of it as an investment because it’s definitely worth it.

Other Career Transitions

Juli Sanchez, PharmD

From Pharmacist to Academia

I’ve had it…

I was tired of dealing with prices, reimbursement, staffing issues, HR problems…you name it.

When I learned about the people that The Happy PharmD had helped, it seemed like the logical place to go. About a week ago, I got a position that will enable me to transition into academia: a part-time teacher at a community college teaching pharmacy technicians. I start in two weeks!

I’m thrilled to death to be able to use my education and knowledge and be able to help people the way I’ve always wanted to without all of the red tape that goes along with being in a community pharmacy.

David Steinberg, PharmD

From Licensed Consultant Pharmacist to Director of Pharmacy Insights

It’s a whole new different world….

I got to the point where I asked, what else can I do? So I started to apply to different jobs but realized I wasn’t successful in getting one.

So I went through the program, beefed up my resume and we talked about interview skills. I wasn’t on LinkedIn at all, that is where I found my current job, so that was something I learned a lot about.

Being a pharmacist, you can be stuck with your hours. My new job just took all that off my shoulders. I now have the flexibility, I can get my opinions in…I really like that a lot. It’s a whole new different world.

Konjit Zena, PharmD

From Senior Medical Information Associate to Medical Information Operation Specialist

Change is possible…

I came across the HappyPharmD and Alex’s book, Indispensable, and once I listened to the audiobook, I believed that change was possible.

That was really the one thing that hit home — the belief that change is possible.

Julianne Vanderhoogt-Davis, PharmD

From Clinical Pharmacy to MSL

I felt pigeonholed and stuck…

I felt like I wasn’t growing anymore. I wanted to do something different but I didn’t have an actual plan.

Coaching was a little overwhelming at first but once I got into it, I found it really useful and I enjoyed the relationship that I developed with my coach. It was a very holistic approach to me getting what I wanted out of my career and my life.

Now in my new role in MSL, the flexibility is great. I feel very reinvigorated with being passionate about what I do again.

So look at coaching as an experience to uncover your best selves. It’s an investment in yourself.

Bryant Cary, PharmD

From Pharmacist to Pharmacy Performance Manager

I was a place in my career that I felt burnt out doing the same work for four years..

I was having problems getting traction. The biggest thing that was really helpful to me in setting me up for success was learning what I am good at, what motivates me about my work, and what I want to do then finding roles that fit that. I don’t think it was something that I would have done on my own.

Laurie, PharmD

From Infusion Pharmacy to Specialty

As scary as it is, it was definitely worth it.

I was working in a home infusion company for 7 years and I wanted to see what is still out there. I started the program in April and I got a new job (they found me on LinkedIn) by July — it was the first step to get closer to what I wanted.

You are probably skeptical and think it’s a lot of money (and it is) but it’s an investment, you’ll get your money back essentially. There are so many invaluable skills that I’ve learned that cannot be taken away from me that I am using to progress my life and career in so many different ways.

So as scary as it is, it was definitely worth it. You get out of it what you put into it. It worth the dive, it pays off if you want it to.

Neal Hansel, PharmD

From Contracted Pharmacist to Retail

I learned a LOT from the program…

One thing that the course can do is help people find who they are as a person — are you an introvert or an extrovert? Do you like research or academia? Finding where do you fall in.

The thing that I’ve learned through the whole thing is that you take personal responsibility for your mistakes. You learn about who you were and who you want to become. The tips and the guides through the program on how to get through all that have helped me.

Tulsi Shah, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist to Managed Care

It’s 100% worth it!

My previous job was not something that suited my needs. There were aspects that did not bring me joy. The hospital was very stressful, there were a lot of demands and it affected me mentally. I was feeling hopeless.

What my coach was able to help me with the most was validation and putting into perspective how strong of a candidate I really am. She brought my confidence back.

I’m now in managed care. I work fully from home and I get to focus on the aspects of pharmacy that I like.

Coaching is not a program where you sit there and they look through all your stuff and get you a job. It’s a program where you will have to do a lot of work and the person is there to guide you.

Sam An, PharmD

From Community to Long-Term Care Pharmacy Consultant

Know how much power you have, know that you can always make a change…

I was the pharmacy manager at an independent compounding and community pharmacy in the Midwest. It got to the point where more and more of what I was doing was not fulfilling me.

Having worked with my coach, I figured out how to write resumes and CVs in a way that got me noticed. I have done more interviews in that period than just piddling along on LinkedIn and Indeed.

I can confidently say that I’m now content. I’m happy. I have high job satisfaction. I have good work-life balance.

Spouse Testimonials

Cassie Jenks

It is a worthwhile investment for my spouse…

My husband was trying to break out of the traditional path and do something different. He didn’t have steps laid out for him so it was really overwhelming to try and know where to go.

Interactions with his coach have given him a lot more confidence that his goals are doable. It kept him leveled through the ups and downs, which were an inevitable part when you are challenging yourself to do something new and different. The greatest return on the investment was more than the money — it’s the mindset shift.

Bill Murray

It is a worthwhile investment for my spouse…

My wife, Milena Murray, has always been very successful. When she came to me about signing up for coaching, I had questions. What will you get out of this? Will it pay itself back? How is this going to help you feel about yourself as a professional?

She made her money back in a few months — a crazy fast amount of time. It helped her push forward her side hustles and a lot of that, she credits back to this program. She feels better about herself professionally as well.

If anyone has the position to make this investment, know that it also takes internal drive. You have to invest in yourself too to actually get it to pay off. The amount of effort you’re willing to put in is just how successful you are going to be with the program.

Yes, you can think about the likelihood that you’re going to at least break even under return of investment but then also, how is your spouse? Is their demeanor going to change? Is this going to give them more confidence even if it doesn’t yield to an extra dollar earned? It can work that way too.

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Shelly Carter, PharmD

From Managed Care to Digital Health

I just felt like this was the place to be…

I was in retail for almost 17 years and I wanted to change. I was looking for a fresh start and I’ve heard so many positive things about The Happy PharmD so I decided to reach out.

The videos that you have and my coach doing the mock interviews with me…it was just amazing. One employer that I turned down, even after three/four months after that, emailed me still wanting to make me an offer.

I’m still in managed care with unlimited sick time, unlimited personal time, unlimited vacation, and being able to take my daughter to school every day. I just felt like this was the place to be.

The more you work to become a better version of yourself, the more you can blossom and grow. Be willing to take risks. Don’t even think about the money, trust me the money will come, and the job offers will come.

Emily Kirkworld, PharmD

Coaching completely changed my quality of life…

I liked my job but I was feeling like there was something missing in my career. If I’m going to be away from my kids for this many hours, I want to be doing something that I truly feel fulfilled by.

I have this passion and interest in natural family planning but my mindset was, “Well, I haven’t seen any job postings so I don’t know where to find a job doing that”. Then, my coach said to me, “You could create your own position as this could be an opportunity for you to make your own career path”. And so I started a business.

I’ve never would have considered this route for myself if I haven’t done coaching and this is priceless for me.

It’s completely changed my quality of life and I have a sense of fulfillment that what I’m doing is really my calling.

You can figure out a lot of things on your own but if you are really ready to make a change and you want the change to happen in the near future. hiring a coach is the best way to ignite that fire to get that change going.