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Trista Ross

Trista Ross

Genoa Healthcare

"I knew the only way I was going to get anywhere was to work as hard as I could...there is no free/easy road in life."

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Day In The Life

Pharmacy Site Manager

I handle the dispensing process for all prescriptions and manage the pharmacy also.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Plate Canyon High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English writing

    University of Colorado Denver

  • Doctorate

    Doctor of Pharmacy

    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Pharmacy Site Manager:

Bachelor's Degree: English writing

Doctorate: Doctor of Pharmacy

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I graduated high school and was working at a local gas station and living at home. I saw a flyer for an online pharmacy tech school. I decided to go for it and ended up getting certified on my own.

  • 2.

    I got a job in the pharmacy and worked as a tech, with every intention of going to pharmacy school. I ended up failing out of college at first. I just had no motivation.

  • 3.

    After getting out of a toxic relationship that lasted five years (with someone who discouraged me from school at every turn) I decided to enroll in college.

  • 4.

    This time, school was much easier for me. I was older and better able to manage my time. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do pharmacy though. I took pharmacy pre-reqs but also majored in writing.

  • 5.

    One of my dearest friends I met in college encouraged me to apply to pharmacy school. I decided that poetry probably wasn’t going to get me very far, so I applied and got accepted.

  • 6.

    While in pharmacy school, I worked for the same company I had when I was a tech. I had ambitions to be a manager and was accepted to a special management internship.

  • 7.

    I became a pharmacy manager pretty much as soon as I got licensed. I was discouraged at first because it was so overwhelming. I ended up job hopping a bit.

  • 8.

    I wanted more than anything to move to Austin, and I ended up finding a job in a mental health pharmacy. I love being here and I enjoy my job more than my previous ones.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Teachers:

    Pharmacists are just pill counters and that is beneath you.

  • How I responded:

    Some people minimize what I do or the value I can bring to patients. I deal with the “noise” by feeling proud of myself and my accomplishments. A pharmacy degree isn’t easy to get and working in a pharmacy is more difficult then it seems to the public. We really don’t just stand around! I know when I make a clinical intervention that helps a patient I can dispel any negativity from the outside. I have learned to feel confident with the education I worked very hard to achieve.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I grew up with very little money. I knew the only way I was going to get anywhere was to work as hard as I could. I was determined to put myself through school. I’ve had to work a lot. I’ve realized there is no free/easy road in life.