Ohio Pharmacists Association announces 2019 awards and honors

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May 15, 2019

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Faculty and alumni of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy were named recipients of the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) 2019 awards and honors. Honorees were recognized during OPA’s Annual Conference and Trade Show on April 12-14, 2019.

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Brigid Groves, RPh, PharmD, MS, was installed as president of the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA). Groves earned her PharmD and Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and completed a two-year community pharmacy practice and administrative specialty practice residency at Ohio State. She currently practices as a population health pharmacist at Partners For Kids (PFK), a pediatric accountable care organization affiliated with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Groves has served as the Appointed Member-at-Large of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) New Practitioner Advisory Committee and has taken a leadership role in establishing OPA’s New Practitioner Experience group. Additionally, she has served as a New Practitioner Mentor for the APhA student chapter at Ohio State and as previous OPA Trustee, Vice President and President-Elect.

Karlyn Neff, RPh, PharmD, was elected to the OPA Board of Trustees representing District 7. Neff earned her PharmD degree from the Ohio State. She has completed certification programs in Medication Therapy Management and diabetes care. Neff is the lead pharmacist at Schieber Family Pharmacy in Circleville, OH.

Sarah Adkins, RPh, PharmD, BCACP, was honored as the 2019 recipient of the Upsher-Smith Excellence in Innovation Award. This award honors pharmacists who have demonstrated innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care by providing effective patient counseling. Adkins earned her BS in pharmacy at the University of Toledo and her PharmD degree at Ohio State. She is board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy. She developed a unique and innovative professional practice in Southeastern Ohio, serving patients and educating healthcare professionals. Adkins serves as a pharmacist liaison with the Athens City and County Health Department, Ohio Health O'Bleness Hospital, Appalachian Behavioral Health and Hopewell Health Centers. She has faculty appointments at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Health Sciences and Professions where she teaches introductory pharmacology and clinical applications to medical and physical therapy students. She also coordinates the pre-pharmacy program at Ohio University's Department of Chemistry.

Jennifer Rodis, RPh, PharmD, was honored as the 2019 recipient of the Keys Award for her long-standing commitment to the association. Rodis is an associate professor of clinical pharmacy, director of partner for promotion and assistant dean for outreach and engagement at Ohio State. She earned her PharmD degree at Ohio Northern University and completed an ambulatory care/community practice residency at Ohio State. She is a past recipient of OPA’s Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award and Distinguished UNDER 40 Award.

Kelli Barnes, RPh, PharmD, was honored as the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. Sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, the award recognizes a pharmacist who has graduated in the last 10 years and made significant contributions to the profession of pharmacy. Barnes is a specialty practice pharmacist in ambulatory care at The Ohio State University Division of General Internal Medicine where she practices at the university’s Martha Morehouse General Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinic. There she has advanced the care of patients with many chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and anxiety, and helped patients transitioning to their homes from the hospital. She has engaged in research in various areas to help her patients and has been an inspiration to the many student pharmacists who work with her. Barnes received her degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy.

Stuart Beatty, RPh, PharmD, was honored as a distinguished UNDER 40 Award recipient for professional achievements and vision in the practice of pharmacy. Beatty earned his PharmD degree at Ohio Northern University, followed by a community pharmacy residency at Ohio State. He established an innovative practice within The Ohio State University General Internal Medicine Clinics. Over the last 10 years, he has advanced the care of patients with many chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and anxiety, and helped patients transitioning to their homes from the hospital. This has led the clinics to hire additional pharmacists with a model of one pharmacist for every five physicians. Beatty is also a leader in pharmacy education and pharmacy residency training.

Kelly Reilly Kroustos, RPh, PharmD, CGP, CDP, was honored as a distinguished UNDER 40 Award recipient for professional achievements and vision in the practice of pharmacy. Kroustos earned her PharmD degree and completed pharmacy residency training at Ohio State. She is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Ohio Northern University and practices at Vancrest Assisted Living Facility. She teaches pharmacy students how to provide comprehensive medication reviews, ensuring patients are taking their medications correctly. She also assists with senior care focused initiatives.

Timothy Ulbrich, RPh, PharmD, was honored as a distinguished UNDER 40 Award recipient for professional achievements and vision in the practice of pharmacy. Ulbrich earned his PharmD degree at Ohio Northern University, followed by a community pharmacy residency at Ohio State. He is a clinical professor of pharmacy and director of the master’s in health-system pharmacy administration program at Ohio State. Ulbrich is a founding member of OPA’s New Practitioners Experience group for students transitioning to their careers. He served on the Board of Trustees as a District 11 representative for six years and is currently the treasurer of OPA.