Should Pharmacists Use the Title Doctor?

If you are a RPh (registered pharmacist) who completed your pharmacy education in a Doctor of Pharmacy program, do you use your Pharm.D. to apply handle to your name? Do you expect others to do so as well?

After last week finishing up the Presidential Debates for 2016, I figured you’d be craving for more 😉 .  I am humbly offering a debatable topic in honor of American Pharmacists Month.  I am going to argue a bit on both sides and you will see why.

If you are a regular reader of PFL, then you know that I am a Community Pharmacist and I have been practicing with the same company for the last 10 years. 

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I don’t think the question “Should Pharmacists Use the Title Doctor?” has a black and white answer.  I truly think it depends on the setting, so let’s discuss!

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The Importance of a Professional Mentor and the Four Letter Word Networking

Can you tell when someone is befriending you?  I can, and it’s a great feeling.  Establishing  mentor relationships are the same way.  Matter of fact, the mentor/mentee roles often times cross the lines over into friendship.  This is a necessary relationship for everyone in any profession.  You might not have to reach out to a mentor, they may take it upon themselves to be your mentor.  You have to keep your ears and eyes open and listen out for any opportunity.  You never know what type of mentor will be able to help you progress through your career.

Often times, we can find mentors through the internet.  Your mentor doesn’t even have to know you exist, but you need to have a team of them.

It’s American Pharmacists Month, so I am talking about my pharmacy mentors.  However, I have additional mentors in the areas of Group fitness instructor, blogging, and real estate investing.   I have to mention that mentors are not just important professionally.  I, like most of you, probably have mentors for church, family, and life in general.  I can’t get enough of talking about mentors.  Nobody starts out any adventure knowing it all.  Where would we all be without a little help along the way!

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Meatloaf No Ketchup: 10 Year Pharmacy Reunion Recap & 10 More Customer Service Confessions of a Community Pharmacist

I’m really not as stuck up as onlookers give me credit for and neither are my 2006 South University Pharmacy School graduating classmates. I write this in honor of a classic moment this past weekend in Savannah, GA while we were celebrating our 10 year reunion. Our class president ordered meatloaf in Savannah.  Yes, I know but it was highly recommended by a classmate that lives in Savannah.  When it came out, it was just a loaf, nothing on top. She kindly offered it to us, to which the response from one of the husbands of my classmates “meatloaf is supposed to have ketchup on it!”  The whole table started in about never seeing meatloaf without ketchup.  Then we quickly reminisced on an earlier lunch at The Old Pink House where everyone was wishing for hot sauce for their fried chicken!

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I think we were pleasantly in agreement that it was good to be a part of a successful, yet grounded group of pharmacists.


October is American Pharmacists Month (APhM) with a goal of promoting the profession and getting the attention we deserve among our peers, patients, and communities.  There are so many ways to celebrate this month in practice and in the community.  I am choosing to blog through the eyes of my profession for the month.  I hope you enjoy!  What better way to start than share with you my reunion this past weekend and a walk down memory lane!  Just for fun, I’m throwing in more Customer Service Confessions of a Community Pharmacist, part 2 that is…

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How to Cut Your Wedding Guest List & 20 Wedding Pet Peeves

How can I cut this wedding guest list down?  Why are we spending so much money? Questions of a bride to be!

A bride can be intimidated into a much larger wedding guest list than her handbag desires when listening to parents, friends, family, etc.

I am going to give a very simple suggestion for combating this.



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An Uncontroversial Chiropractic Experience

Do you have a chiropractor on your health care team?  Do you view the practice of chiropractic care as unconventional?  When you mention going to visit a chiropractor, do you get responses that might comprise the word quack?

I do currently have a chiropractor on my team.  I did once view the practice as unconventional and I still get tossed quack statements if chiropractors come up.

Today, I am here to share my experience in adding a chiropractor to my health care team.


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35 Tips on How to “Live Healthy & Active. Be Prosperous.”

I turned 35 in June!  Hello September right?  I know this is late.  I wanted my birthday post to be a list of nuggets I’ve learned or developed to make life easier.  Here on PFL,  the focus is to deliver practical information and share the events along the way that accomplish the theme “Live Healthy & Active. Be Prosperous.”.  Welcome to my virtual birthday party where you get to receive the gifts!   Here are your party favors…

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Good Selfishness Will Allow You to Make Time For Your Hobbies

When I was a little girl, my mother took me to the library every week in the summer to switch out books.  I am not sure when the transition from parenting to flat out falling in love happened.  Somewhere along the way, reading became my favorite past time.  It was there long before I thought about bouncing a basketball and it has stood the test of time past the collegiate basketball years.   My reading has evolved since I was an adolescent.  I still read fiction novels, but as a collegiate and young adult, I grew more interested in non-fiction books and magazines, and then a few years ago, I fell heavily for blogs.  I also love to see creative writing displayed in programmed T.V., movies, and plays.  I am all about the art of writing.

Immediately, when I got out of pharmacy school, I was invited to join a book club, SWEET. It ended 🙁 .  Then I was invited to join another book club, YES.  It ended 🙁 .  Then I decided to create my own Book Club 😉 ! My experience with the former clubs led me to a few conclusions.

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3 Ways To Use A Challenge To Develop Your Fitness & Health Journey

Monday I finished up a 21 day challenge with my girl Janice Shephard and almost 250 other people within her circle of influence.  Janice is known as the Zumba princess and it’s nothing for 75 to 100 people to show up for her classes weekly.   Beyond her Zumba super powers, she is a stellar fitness and health influencer.  Her foresight to host these occasional challenges is much appreciated from people at all stages of their fitness journey.  Here were the rules….

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Black Women: There’s NO Room for Hair Shaming in Fitness

Hair shaming!  Are we really doing this?  Are the internet trolls really ignorant enough to judge the appearance of someone’s hair that has made the lifetime accomplishment of competing in the Olympics?  My struggling thoughts for the past week!

The Olympics are a series of games where the world’s top athletes compete for the opportunity to win medals while representing their country!    I know you know what it is.  I am just baffled that the internet is acting as if they don’t.  When you take a stab at Gabby Douglas and other women for the appearance of their hair, you hurt all of us.

I mean seriously, I was boiling, 38, big mad when I saw posts speaking on Gabby’s hair AGAIN. I take it personal and so should you if you are an African American woman.  I have written about it time and time again. One of the top reasons why black women will not work out is for fear of messing up their hair.  When a woman is competing at life (Olympics, WNBA, Hypertension, Diabetes, stress, etc.), she is not expected to look like Cookie on Empire, Olivia Pope on Scandal, or Mary Jane Paul on Being Mary Jane.  There is a time and place for everything and BLACK WOMEN: There’s NO Room for Hair Shaming in Fitness!

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Fitness Never Fails Me When I Wanna Be Stress Free

I read a shirt while I was teaching BODYPUMP the other day that said “Exercise??? I thought you said Extra fries!”, HA! I’m sure extra fries is an easy way to handle a stressful  day!  For me, even as a child it was always some form of fitness.

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