Ted Parker along side Patsy Jetley (left) and Alina Ishikawa (right)
“I hate to see them go, and yet, I love tolet them go,” said Ted Parker, Brabu Pharmacy and Wellness Center’s Co-Owner and General Manager, “….as long as they study hard, grow, and of course I hope they come back to us. Our islands need more homegrown medical professionals.”
This fall, two more of Brabu Pharmacy’s staff will be pursuing careers in Pharmacy. Patsy Jetley will be leaving island on July 4th to attend the University of Colorado’s Pharmacy Program, which is ranked 24th in the nation. Jetley said, “I think I may cry when I actually leave, but at the same time I feel like this is going to be my own independence day.”
Ms. Jetley is a graduate of Kagman High school and a former student of NMC. She began work as a cashier at Brabu Pharmacy last October. “She was only with us a short time before she began demonstrating an aptitude for pharmacy. She mastered several skills very quickly with maturity and a quiet sense of humor,” stated Parker. “Patsy has an acute intelligence that she sometimes tries to hide. It will serve her well in college. We’re really going to miss her.” Ms. Jetley plans to return to the CNMI after earning her Doctorates in Pharmacy.
Brabu Pharmacy will also be saying goodbye to Alina Ishikawa who began as a volunteer over two years ago at the young age of 15. Ms. Ishikawa, an avid tennis player, and recurrent science fair and Mock Trial winner will be graduating from Marianas Baptist Academy this year. “Alina has been preparing for college for some time. It was no surprise to see her be accepted nearly everywhere she applied”, said Parker, “I was only half joking when I told her to choose U-Dub,” (sic) the University of Washington; Parker’s alma mater.
However, to ‘U-Dub’s’ loss, Ms. Ishikawa opted to enroll in Northeastern University’s Pharmacy Program. She will begin her studies in Boston this August. “It was a hard decision, but I was glad that my AP classes allowed me to get an early start in their Pharmacy school”, said Ms. Ishikawa. This will allow her to graduate with both a Master and Doctorate degree within just six years.
“It is still quite a commitment,” said Parker, noting that most pharmacy programs now require a doctorates degree. ‘PharmD’ programs can take up to eight years to complete. However, both the University of Colorado and Northeastern University, which rank in the top 40 Pharmacy Schools, have an accelerated six year program.
“We firmly believe in encouraging staff to keep learning and striving for better opportunities,” said Parker. “Both my wife and I get very attached to these young people. It’s hard to let them go, but we couldn’t be prouder of both Patsy and Alina…even if they aren’t ‘Huskies’.”
Anyone interested in learning more about Brabu Pharmacy’s commitment to our community, internship training programs, or just curious about pharmacy work, are invited to stop by Brabu Pharmacy and Wellness Center any time Monday through Friday 9 am to 1pm or call 233-(AMOT) 2668. “Go Dogs”.