I have been a pharmacist for over 20 years. This has been a very rewarding position because I have had the opportunity to develop wonderful relationships with people while helping them with their health. As a pharmacist, I have seen people catch and spread many things. My focus now is to help people catch and spread happiness! Throughout my career, I've witnessed the evolution of anti-anxiety drugs for the youth in America and the opiate crisis in our country, causing tremendous devastation. While medication is essential in many situations, as a pharmacist, I feel we are an over-medicated society. We need to fill our toolboxes with tools that can help us navigate this incredible journey called life. We should try to get the most out of life by using tools such as resilience, gratitude, exercise, restful sleep, healthy food, smiles, laughter, happiness and kindness. Being in the moment has been a huge gift to me, "The past is history, the future a mystery and the moment a present." Even though I do not know who to reference for this quote, this quote especially resonated with me after my third close to dying experience.
Having survived three nearly fatal incidents in my life, I know that God wants me to do more with my life. The spring of 2016, I was literally knocked in the head for the second time before the light bulb went off. Unfortunately, I have been dealing with daily headaches that affect my focus and memory which is not an option for a pharmacist. I am excited to be helping people with their health through Catch Happiness®!
I am certified by UC Berkeley in The Science of Happiness. I look forward to sharing scientifically backed data to help facilitate more happiness in our world. Also a HeartMath® Certified Trainer and I volunteer and teach Resilience training to the residents at a homeless shelter in Denver called Sacred Heart, and I try to volunteer for various other organizations as often as possible. Currently, I am on the Continuing Education Committee at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado and the RMRBIS Consumer Advisory Board at Craig Hospital.
I am originally from Florida, and I followed in my father's footsteps when I went to the University of Florida's Pharmacy school. In 1996, I decided to move to Colorado, where I enjoy the beautiful landscape and nature. I love outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, camping and snowshoeing. I have been very fortunate to have taken two six-month trips around the world! These trips became eye-opening experiences in my life. They taught me to be flexible and to recognize that each day is a gift and a wonderful new experience, even if plans may shift and veer off course. I have learned to be grateful, and I want to help the world Catch Happiness!