BScPharm, Advanced Prescriber
Hi there, I’M SHANNA!
… On a farm where I grew up competing on the Equestrian horse show circuit and working oilfield construction during the summers. My mentor was my mother who was fiercely driven and who inspired change in our community.
My curiosity of human physiology and helping people is what drove me into the field of pharmacy. As a Pharm Tech I became the chemotherapy IV trainer at the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton and President of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians - Alberta Chapter, also Chairing the Annual Conference….
Here, I provided optimal migraine treatment while conducting patient assessments and med reviews in collaboration with the neurologist. I also had the opportunity to aid in training Physicians on effective migraine treatment using Botox injections. Providing relief to migraine sufferers and the fulfillment of hands-on medicine are what motivated me to continue advancement in the field of aesthetic injections and cosmetic fillers.
In the Anticoagulation and Heart Function Medical Specialty Clinics, alongside amazing allied health team members, I manage heart failure and blood thinner medications to improve patients’ quality of life and prevent further hospitalizations.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 2006 from the University of Alberta. As a VP on Pharmacy Student Council I promoted community spirit, sport and career opportunities for fellow students while also participating on the intramural teams such as basketball and hockey. It wasn’t unusual to see me clip-clop into the lab in a skirt and lab coat, with a hockey stick and skates slung over my shoulder!
Working at the inner city Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton in orthopedics, neurotrauma, and general internal medicine, I rounded with physicians to treat complex patients. In my “spare time” from raising horses and children, I also worked in independent community drugstores serving the rural area.
In 2013 I moved to beautiful Lacombe to provide my kids the opportunity of a French immersion program while fulfilling my desire to continue practicing “Big City” medicine at the Red Deer Hospital and still be true to my rural roots.