McWhorter School of Pharmacy has more than 5,075 alumni throughout the country and around the world. During the school’s celebration of its 90th anniversary, Dean Michael Crouch set out to visit 90 alumni-owned or operated pharmacies, and in doing so, we saw how our alumni are living out our vision of preparing pharmacists who transform lives.
Jean Coutu Pharmacies
During the final 90 for 90 visit, the McWhorter School of Pharmacy visited Francois Coutu, '81, president and CEO of Jean Coutu Group, Inc. and announced a partnership.
Many thanks to Jerry Newman ’65 for allowing us to visit him at Harbin Pharmacy in Mountain Brook. Jerry has been at the pharmacy since 1971 and has a long history of training students at the Mountain Brook location. We are so grateful for his dedication to training the next generation from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Many thanks for all you do, Jerry!
Spotlight on Samford University alum Maria Fandetti ’80.
Publix Pharmacy, Healthy Way
We headed over to the Publix on Healthy Way to catch up with Giselle Josof ’15. This bustling area of Birmingham is home to one of the only Publix pharmacies in town that utilizes a drive-through, and it keeps this location busier than ever!
Publix Pharmacy, Caldwell Mill
We had the honor to visit Dr. Emileigh Campbell ’14 at her pharmacy which is within the Publix on Caldwell Mill Road. Dr. Campbell loves her patients and feels so lucky to have landed at this location and as part of the Publix family. Her next goal? Precepting! We look forward to seeing McWhorter students in her pharmacy during our next visit.
Floyd Behavioral Health
Meet McWhorter School of Pharmacy alumna, Brooke Sumner ’14, who lives in Rome, Georgia and works at Floyd Behavioral Health.
Page Dunlap ’91 practically grew up at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, so it is no wonder that her love for the profession runs so deep. We found Dr. Dunlap at Walgreens in Jasper. Dr. Dunlap is passionate about carrying on her family’s legacy at Samford. To do so, she stays actively involved in a number of ways on campus – including currently serving as president for the McWhorter School of Pharmacy Advisory Board.
We had so much fun visiting with Kaih Brown ‘12 at this pharmacy in Cullman. Specialty Compounding and Wellness Pharmacy’s mission is to enable people to achieve their optimum health through high quality nutritional supplements and customized compounded medications.
We were so honored to have the opportunity to stop by Okie’s Pharmacy in Blaine, Tennessee to visit with Will Bunch ’89. Bunch named the pharmacy after his beloved grandmother and the store proudly displays the Ten Commandments on the side of the building near the main entrance in her memory.
Children's Hospital of Alabama
Our visit to Children’s Hospital of Alabama was absolutely overrun with McWhorter School of Pharmacy alumni. It was amazing! Although they were hard at work during the height of flu season, we were so grateful that so many of our alums stopped by to say hello before they started their day.
Johnny and Marcy Curren’s Samford story began nearly three decades ago when they met in pharmacy school at Samford University. Both are graduates of the class of 1989 and have now been happily married for 27 years. Johnny is well-known in the Birmingham community as the pharmacy manager at ACIPCO for almost 30 years. On the other hand, Marcy embarked on a relatively new venture opening up her own pharmacy in their hometown of McCalla, appropriately named Curren Pharmacy.
Druid City Vital Care, Corporate Headquarters
We met Logan Davis, '08, at the corporate headquarters of Druid City Vital Care in Mississippi. To our delight, we were also fortunate enough to also meet one of the company’s newest employees, Rob Nelson, ’95. These two McWhorter School of Pharmacy alumni are now working together to grow this home infusion company and we anticipate great results.
Jet Davis, ’92 and his partner started NuMedRx more than a decade ago and have now become a trusted resource for local doctor’s offices and hospitals. Their passion for their business and for helping the local community shined brightly during our visit and we are excited about their success. It truly couldn’t happen to a nice guy—or a better pharmacist!
North Sunflower Medical Center Pharmacy
In a small town in the Mississippi Delta, we found Samford McWhorter School of Pharmacy alum, Mike Gilbow, ’80. Gilbow's passion to make a difference brought him back to the place he’s always called home and, by working with others in his community, he has helped create the rural health care hub of the Delta at North Sunflower Medical Center. Gilbow is in charge of the pharmacy operations at the hospital, but is clearly contributing so much more.
Walgreens Specialty Store, Columbus
We had a wonderful time meeting Leah Hawthorn ’10 at her Walgreens Specialty Store in Columbus, Mississippi where they provide specialized services for a variety of patient conditions. Hawthorn and her team were so very warm and welcoming and we were instantly impressed with the close comradery that they obviously share.
Walmart Pharmacy, Louisville
Just south of Starkville, Mississippi, we found Michael Franklin, ‘07 at the Walmart Supercenter in Louisville. Franklin feels so blessed to be a part of the pharmacy profession. He attended pharmacy school after his first career and feels lucky to have a career where he can make a positive impact on people’s lives on a daily basis.
Magnolia Regional Health Center
Iver Vandiver, ’17 grew up in the small town and simply could not pass up the opportunity to become the first pharmacy resident for Magnolia Regional Health Center, his hometown hospital, after graduation. We were impressed with this multi-specialty hospital and even more captivated with Vandiver drive to succeed in reaching whatever goals he sets out for himself.
North Mississippi Medical Center
After graduating from Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, LeAnn Ladner, ’13 was thrilled to be starting her career with a residency at North Mississippi Medical Center. Little did she know that the hospital would also be where she would take the next step in her career. She now serves as the Advanced Practice Pharmacist and is clearly an integral part of the hospital’s team.