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Gloria Yueh
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., is professor and chair of biochemistry in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Linda Walters
Professor of Anatomy, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Linda Walters, Ph.D, is an anatomy professor in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Kathleen O'Hagan
Department Chair and Professor of Physiology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kathleen P. O'Hagan, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences
Kevin Quinn, PT, MPT, MS, ATC, is adjunct faculty in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Mitchell Emerson
Interim Chair, College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Mitchell Emerson, Ph.D., is Interim Chair in the College of Pharmacy–Glendale at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Shridhar Andurkar
Associate Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Shridhar Andurkar, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Jennifer D'Souza
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, is assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Brad Smith
Associate Dean, College of Dental Medicine-AZ
Brad Smith, D.D.S., B.Sc., is Associate Dean in the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
David Luce
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Sciences
David Luce, M.M.S., PA-C, is assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Donald Jarnigan
Dean, Arizona College of Optometry
Donald Jarnigan, O.D., is the Dean of Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Phil Huang
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Tolu Akinwale
Chicago College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus
Tolu Akinwale is a 2013 graduate in the Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Allison Rushing
College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove Campus
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Sam Funk
Arizona College of Optometry
Sam Funk is a student in the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) campus.
Laura Sibrava
College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
Laura Sibrava, D.M.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Heather Thoreson
College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Hillary Carnell
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hillary Carnell, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Danny Wu
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Danny Wu is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Jared Techau
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Jared Techau is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Safi Mohammed
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Safi Mohammed is a student in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Diane Baldemor
College of Health Sciences – Downers Grove
Diane Baldemor is a student in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Chessa Calabrese
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Chessa Calabrese is a student in the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Eder Garavito
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Eder Garavito is a 2013 graduate in the inaugural class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences.

The following is an interview from when Heather was a student at Midwestern University's College of Pharmacy-Glendale. 

For many health professions students, deciding on a specific career path can be difficult. For Heather Thoreson, the decision was easy, after she spent time getting to know herself.

Finding Her Way to the Perfect Career

As a kinesiology and physics major at Colorado University, Heather completed internships in both respiratory therapy and physical therapy. After graduation, she started work in a hospital as a telemetry technician, but realized the hospital environment wasn't for her. When a friend suggested she try pharmacy, she did-and loved it. Soon, she was working as a pharmacy tech at Walgreen's, which she did for five years before applying to MWU. She especially loved the compounding, the variety, the excitement, and the new avenue in which she could work with people.

The Many Faces of Pharmacy

"The more I'm in class, the more I'm open to lots of new areas," says Heather. "I'm thinking I might do less retail when I graduate and more specialization. That's what I like most about pharmacy school: finding out the possibilities. I always thought I would do hospital or retail work, but we've learned about so many other options . . . in school, you hear about lots of things that sound interesting, like nuclear pharmacy."

I really like MWU's open-door policy. Our deans and the faculty are so open, welcoming and friendly."
— Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., CPG Class of 2012

Honing her Skills

Before entering the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, Heather spent a year doing research in MWU's Master of Biomedical Sciences program, where she reviewed microbiology, immunology, physiology, and other basic sciences. She also learned how to study, how to best utilize the faculty members, and how to manage her course load. "I really got to know the faculty," she says, "and it especially helped me to prioritize my studies. Now I can manage my classes and even watch football sometimes!" she laughs.

"I really like MWU's open-door policy," she adds. "Our deans and the faculty are so open, welcoming and friendly."

Family Matters. . . at Home and at MWU

With three half sisters, a half-brother, and thirteen cousins, Heather is used to a friendly family environment, with a focus on health care. One sister is a nurse, the other in nursing school. An uncle works in the dental field. Many of them were in town for her graduation when she was accepted into the pharmacy program, so they were able to stay and celebrate her first days of pharmacy school. "They had to entertain themselves, but I was so happy about getting into pharmacy school, it didn't matter," remembers Heather fondly. "I still try to make it home (to Walsenburg, CO, just over the New Mexico border) every month," she adds.

Challenging Research

During her time in the M.B.S. program, Heather enjoyed her research on herbal medicines. She worked with Pedro Chavez, Ph.D., Professor, Biomedical Sciences; Carleton Buck Jones, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences; and Kathryn Leyva, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, to study the cytotoxicity of specific drugs that could potentially treat diabetes. "It was kind of challenging," she says, "because there's not a lot of scientific research done yet on many herbals. But a lot of communities use these products."

As a pharmacy student, Heather hopes she can still focus her research on diabetes and the field of pharmacy. She serves as the Arizona Society of Health Systems Pharmacists diabetes chair, and has participated in the American Diabetes Association Walk to Fight Diabetes on campus as well as the Tour de Cure fundraising bicycle ride.

From Rocky Mountain High . . . to Desert Treks

She also hopes to spend some time on another interest garnered at Colorado University: snowboarding. An avid skier and outdoor enthusiast, Heather plans to visit Flagstaff during her time at MWU, as well as re-visit the Grand Canyon for the first time since she was a child. "I miss the snow in Colorado," she laughs, "but I bought a bike and hope to get into biking here. I also like walking north up 59th Avenue by Pinnacle Peak, and I hope to climb Camelback Mountain soon."

With her proven determination to find her own way, scaling Camelback Mountain should be no problem. And patients of the future Dr. Crump are sure to benefit from her decision to choose the path of pharmacy.


Thoreson, Pharm.D.Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, located on the Glendale Campus of Midwestern University. 


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