Pharmacist Spotlight: Kechia and Daren Reese
This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Daren and Kechia Reese of K’ and D’ Pharmacy in Arkansas City, Kan. They spoke with us to share why they love working in their small town and what they find most rewarding about working in independent pharmacy.
When did you realize you wanted to become a pharmacist?
Kechia: I wanted to be a pharmacist once I realized that being a physician would occupy too much of my time. I wanted to stay in health care though and that’s when I knew pharmacy was my path.
Daren: My brother was a pharmacist and I decided that physics wasn’t for me and chemistry was more of my interest so I chose the pharmacy path.
What made you want to become an independent pharmacist?
The chain scene wasn’t meeting how we wanted to care for patients. We couldn’t treat them like family and outcomes weren’t the goal, only dollars.
What do you find most rewarding about working in independent pharmacy?
Patient relationships. We know each person who walks in. If we haven’t seen someone for a while, we are on the phone checking on them to see how they’re doing.
What advice would you offer to those still in pharmacy school who may be considering becoming a pharmacy owner one day?
Concentrate on business classes, accounting, marketing, and developing a business plan. Develop the skills to handle patient issues and have a heart for helping patients.
What are you most proud of that your pharmacy and staff have accomplished?
The relationships we’ve made with patients is the thing we’re most proud of. In addition, we developed a successful packaging system which has improved outcomes for patients.
We also have a good med sync program and work hard to help patients with transition care – which is so important.