If you’re someone who recognizes that healthcare is changing and even have some creative new ideas to introduce to the world of pharmacy, then we welcome you with open arms.
We are three smart, fierce, and pretty quirky pharmacists who chose to get out of the box, become entrepreneurs, and find freedom by starting our own businesses. This allowed us to pursue our passions, and approach health care holistically with the focus where it should be – on the patient.
The three of us joined forces to help each other through the journey from traditional pharmacist to business owner and from this we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly along the way. We spent years working to create business models and systems that work; to understand the marketing strategies necessary for growth; and to grow our highly successful businesses.
We made a choice to forge new paths in healthcare, and take back the power to heal that a pharmacist should have. Although we’re each following our own unique passion, we are united in our purpose: To give other medical professionals the tools to do things differently and join us as leaders in this new movement in pharmacy.
We work and network with many pharmacy entrepreneurs and INTRApreneurs, and we are witnesses to how THESE are the pharmacists who are not only finding true autonomy and are able to provide real patient-centered care, as they should be, but they’re also finding greater financial success doing so.
This event is at The Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort, in Asheville, North Carolina (the mecca of pharmaceutical entrepreneurship and holistic medicine) is currently the only one of its kind. We’re excited to bring brilliant minds together to train, learn, and network and help you reach the next level. There will be big Aha’s, the forming of new, lasting relationships, as well as a variety of workshops and actionable training you need to begin developing and implementing new models and processes as soon as you get back home.
Dr. Anna Garrett has been a clinical pharmacist for over 20 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings. While traveling her career path, she discovered that working with women in midlife is her true passion.
In 2011, she had a “leap and the net will appear” moment and started her own business, Dr. Anna Garrett. She offers a variety of services including hormone balancing, weight loss and health coaching designed to help women in perimenopause and menopause escape from hormone hell and feel amazing in their bodies so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. Her approach to working with her clients is based on lifestyle changes, movement, supplements and mindset work.
Most recently, she has begun mentoring and coaching pharmacists who are ready to blow up the box and create practices that provide freedom, flexibility and most of all, AMAZING care for their patients.
Dr. Anna holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UNC-CH and is Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is also a Certified Intrinsic Coach®, and has studied through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, Dan and their Wonder Dog, Max.
Michelle Fritsch, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCACP has a passion for healthy aging and education. She is a specialist in medication use in people over 60. She is founder and CEO of Meds MASH, LLC, a company dedicated to reducing risks posed by medications and falls in mature adults. She is a Purdue University graduate with post-doctoral primary care training in Madison, Wisconsin. She is board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy and geriatric pharmacy. She has been a faculty member, a founding department chair of a pharmacy school, a member of robust interprofessional geriatric teams, a workplace wellness team, and founded a pharmacy-managed nonprofit clinic within a community health-system. She is an author, a teacher, a mentor, a speaker, a blogger, and embraces her weird.
Danny, Meg, and Ellie are her precious kids. And, Ken is an amazing supportive husband.
After over 25 years of academia and academic administration she took the leap to find new, creative ways to promote healthy aging. She is also founding a company providing a new format for continuous professional development of health professionals. She is excited about this conference and each of you in attendance. Let’s encourage each other to reach new heights!
Sue Paul is a pharmacist, entrepreneur and small business owner with over 20 years experience in the industry. She is following a non traditional path by assisting physicians in managing chronic disease state medications, implementing pharmacogenetic testing/analysis for complicated patients, and compiling current medication lists for their patients. She enjoys educating clients on all aspects of medication which empowers them to take control of their health. Current worksites include physician’s offices, nursing homes, employer groups, independent drug stores and in-home patient visits.
D. Greg Alston has enjoyed a long, interesting career in community practice pharmacy and education. A 1977 PharmD graduate of the University of the Pacific, he went on to serve as a pharmacist, pharmacy manager, corporate training manager, corporate marketing manager and seasonal category manager for the Sav-on Drug chain, a regional pharmacy manager for Thrifty Drug Stores and the California Regional Pharmacy manager for Smith’s Food and Drug before owning and operating Best Pharmacy and Medical Supply for 12 years.
Along the way he founded a chain of Halloween Shops, a medical billing company, an internet-based lead generation business, and a property management firm. He also served on the Board of Directors of Independent Pharmacy Coop in Madison, Wisconsin and several other volunteer boards including the Menifee Valley Hospital Foundation Board, the Pharmacist Recovery Network, and the Matthews Free Medical Clinic.
After divesting his retail business in 2007 he returned to academia as the Assistant Dean at Wingate University School of Pharmacy and is currently the Associate Dean for the Savannah campus of South University school of Pharmacy. He has authored multiple best-selling books, multiple peer-reviewed publications, is an editor for McGraw-Hill’s pharmacy management textbook. He is the originator of the Relative Value Model that teaches pharmacists how to create of valuable goods and services.
He has developed, The Value Prescription Platform, that will allow interested pharmacists to learn the four Key Management skills, Managing Teams, Managing Metrics, Managing Value and Managing Mindset. In addition, he helps individual pharmacists develop their own unique value strategy to enhance their ability to generate more income, have more control over their time, and gain the freedom to practice the profession as they wish.