My interest in natural medicine was peaked as a child when my friend’s dad was given only a few weeks to live due to liver failure. My friend’s dad refused to accept his fate and began a vigorous holistic regimen with milk thistle to reverse his condition. Amazingly he is still alive today due to his dedication to this protocol! I was fascinated by his miraculous recovery, but I was more curious as to why the doctors who told him he was going to die were not more interested in investigating the herbal preparation that saved his life. This situation shaped my thinking and I became more open-minded to natural therapies instead of quickly dismissing them because of my unfamiliarity with the topic.
I began reading as many books and articles as I could find on nutrients, herbs and healthy living. Without realizing it, I was educating myself on what I do for a living today. Before entering pharmacy school, I attended nursing school. Working as a nurse, I again became frustrated with the paradigm, only medications can help the sick, while discounting the benefit of supplements and other natural therapies.
I wanted to change this way of thinking and instead focus on disease prevention through proper nutrition and supplementation. I enrolled in pharmacy school at Butler University, and while I was in school, I intensely studied holistic and natural therapies on my own. During a course in natural medicine, a local physician was a guest lecturer and gave a talk regarding his clinical experience with natural products and root cause medicine. I was impressed and stayed after to speak with Dr. Guyer. Fortunately, Dr. Guyer was looking to expand his practice, and after graduating I was hired as the pharmacist at The Guyer Institute.
It’s been nearly four years since I started working at The Guyer Institute. I’m so glad to have a career where I can incorporate my passion for holistic pharmacy and make a positive difference in patients’ lives. I look forward to what the next four years will bring!