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