Pharmacist Spotlight: Marla Mooney
We spoke with one of our members, Marla Mooney, to get her thoughts on the path that led her to becoming an independent pharmacist. Marla works at Cardinal Pharmacy in Hoisington, KS.
When did you realize that you wanted to become a pharmacist?
I chose the pharmacy profession when I was a senior in high school and once I committed to that decision it’s been a remarkable learning experience.
What made you want to become a pharmacist?
I knew that I wanted to do something in the medical profession. I had a chemistry teacher that mentioned to those of us that liked chemistry (yes, I really did enjoy learning about chemistry), pharmacy would be a good profession to consider.
What made you want to become an independent pharmacist?
My path has been directed toward independent pharmacy from the beginning. Originally I worked at Seitz Drug under Terry Kepka, then continued to Key Rexall in Salina where I complete an EBE (Experience-Based Education) credit while attending Bethany College. While in pharmacy school I worked at Orchard Drug and then took my first job as a pharmacist at Gregwire Drug Store in Russell. And now here I am, an owner.
I grew up a small town girl and I am happy to be able to serve my community and the surrounding communities that include some of the wonderful people that I knew growing up.
What do you find most rewarding about working in independent pharmacy?
I love my interactions and relationships with our patients! It is then that I truly feel that I am making a difference. Sometimes it doesn’t have anything to do with tangible medicine, it is a listening ear or a comforting hug while sharing tears.
What advice would you offer to those still in pharmacy school or those considering becoming a pharmacist?
Be passionate about your profession and do it for the right reasons. We are here to take care of people and help them along what sometimes can be a difficult road.