Title: doctor of pharmacy and owner/operator of Hope Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy inside the newly opened The Market @ 25th grocery store in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood

Born: 1978 in Richmond

Education: Howard University for pre-pharmacy degree and for doctor of pharmacy degree, 1996-2003

Career: owner/operator Hope Pharmacy, established in April 2018 and opened in April 2019; pharmacy manager, Sam’s Club in White Oak, October 2008 to January 2018; staff pharmacist at Sam’s Club, March 2008 to October 2008; staff pharmacist, Ukrop’s Pharmacy, May 2005 to February 2008; director of clinical services, Edloe’s Professional Pharmacy, May 2003 to March 2005.

In which part of the metro area do you live: Henrico County

Best business decision: “My best business decision was the decision to leave Edloe’s Professional Pharmacy in order to gain more experience. It was the hardest decision, but also the best decision when I think about where I am now in my career. I was able to learn more about different demographics and cultures, and how medications affect people differently based on where they live and what they eat.”

Mistake you learned the most from: “Not delegating. It puts more on you, but it also doesn’t allow the others around you to grow. When you don’t delegate and think that only you can do something the right way, you’re not teaching those around you. Now I’m able to see how others grow, and I can look back and see that I’m not the only one who can do the job. It’s about teaching others, sharing and showing them that they have the same opportunities as I did.”

First job after college: Edloe’s Professional Pharmacy

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “I should’ve learned more about the operations of the business while I was working under an independent pharmacist. This whole experience of opening Hope Pharmacy has shed light on what I don’t know. Learning how to implement certain things, understanding business risks — I’ve pretty much had to learn all of that within the past year. So I wish I would’ve taken the opportunity while under an independent pharmacist to learn more, not just about filling prescriptions and the day-to-day work, but about the operations of the business.”

Book/movie that inspired you the most: “Hidden Figures.” “It sheds light on women and what we’re truly able to accomplish when given the opportunity.”

Favorite/least favorite subject in school: “My favorite subject was algebra, and my least favorite was geometry.”

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