Laurie Wood's professional journey as a pharmacy technician began at age 15 when she applied for a clerk position at a CVS pharmacy in her hometown. Soon, she found herself training to become a pharmacy technician and earned her certification through PTCB in 2001. Since then, she has worked in the community pharmacy environment as a pharmacy technician.
"I became certified in July of 2001," said Wood. "At that time, certification was not required, but it was my personal goal to become PTCB certified."
In her current position as Lead Pharmacy Technician with Kroger Pharmacy in Richmond, VA, Laurie's responsibilities include data entry, processing prescriptions, managing pharmacy inventory, training pharmacy technicians and interns, and other day-to-day pharmacy operation tasks.
She also works as a Medication Therapy Management (MTM) pharmacy technician trainer for several Mid-Atlantic Kroger Pharmacies as part of the Kroger Resident Project, a program designed to utilize pharmacy technicians in helping pharmacists overcome logistical barriers to providing MTM services. In this role, Laurie trains pharmacy technicians to perform MTM administrative duties, including calling patients, scheduling pharmacist appointments, billing for services, training on MTM eligible services, and managing patient cases.
"The most rewarding part of my job is being able to teach other pharmacy technicians and interns, while learning along the way," said Wood. "Pharmacy is forever changing and we have the opportunity to learn something from every pharmacist we work with, technician we work beside, and patient we serve."
In addition to her work, Wood is actively involved with the Virginia Pharmacists Association (VPhA). She helped organize past VPhA Education Committee functions and has learned much from her pharmacy mentor, Cynthia Warriner, BPharm, VPhA Past President, who taught Laurie about the many different roles pharmacy technicians can take on within the profession.
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