Hypertension Update

Don’t forget to register for one of our two upcoming sessions of Hypertension Update with guest speaker Kyle Frazier, Pharm.D., Pharmacotherapy Research Resident in Medication Optimization at the WSU College of Pharmacy.

One hour of CE credit will be provided, approved by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy.

Option 1: Dinner Option 2: Breakfast
Monday, March 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Sign in and dinner 7:00 p.m. Sign in 7:00 a.m.
Dinner will be provided Breakfast will be provided
Washington State University Spokane
Nursing Building Room 205
412 E. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Perkins Restaurant
12 E. Olive Street
Spokane, WA
Register Online
Register Online

SPA members – No charge
Non-members – $25

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SPA is looking for a makeover!

Help us by submitting your idea for our new Spokane Pharmacy Association logo.

Elements to incorporate into your logo idea include:

  • Spokane
  • Pharmacy
  • Our key values of: Education, contribution, awareness
  • Our tagline: Advancing patient care since 1921

For more inspiration, read about the SPA mission and values here: About Us.

Please send your logo ideas to info@spokanepharmacy.org by Friday, March 24.

Winner gets a free membership for 2018! (more…)

2016 Wrap-Up

SPA Newsletter: 2016 Wrap-Up

We ended our year with a later-than-usual, but better-than-ever Annual Awards Meeting. We had great vendors representing many different companies and organizations, a WSU student poster, and fun raffles! We had some truly deserving people recognized for the work they are doing in the world of pharmacy, and of course, we had an exceptional group of people gathered to celebrate SPA.

The highlight of the evening was an engaging and energizing presentation by Dr. Tomkowiak, dean of the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, who encouraged all people in the pharmacy world to use innovation, imagination, and futuristic thinking to move OUR profession into a new era. Some of the current changes would have been unthinkable a few years ago, and his recommendation is to push past today’s limits and reach out to create new and different applications of pharmaceutical medicine that are “bold and audacious!”

A HUGE thank you to Heather Homchick and Anna Mucker, co-chairs of the 2016 Annual Meeting, and to Sue Kellogg, SPA’s Executive V.P. and ever-helpful organizer of details.

A big part of the Annual Meeting was to give thanks to as many members as possible who shared their expertise during the year, because it is the contributions, large or small, that make any organization an interesting, dynamic community. Even being present at CE and networking events is participating, as is following Facebook and posting our faxes about activities at work for all to see. Especially important to building our professional connections is volunteering to help with SPA activities, whether in the background or up front, whether one hour or four – everyone’s participation is a gift to our organization and our profession. So a special thank you to each of you who makes SPA a vibrant professional pharmacy organization!

Changes on the SPA Board of Directors
Outgoing board members are:

  • Brett Haney – who has done an awesome job with CE organization in the last two years and infused great energy into SPA.
  • Chris Greer – has been our president and past president, and provided SPA with superb leadership in several key directions.

It has been a pleasure to work with both of these outstanding people and we hope they continue to be a presence in SPA.

Kendra (Demaris) Hall will become your new SPA president, and I will become the past-president. It has been my honor and my true pleasure to work with the amazingly talented and dedicated people that are your SPA Board of Directors.

To all the members and volunteers: please know that you are the “Red Bull” for the SPA association – you energize us and help us be an innovative professional association for our members! Connecting with patients and pharmacy colleagues, and sharing ideas and information by personal interaction is a key aspect of professional satisfaction.

Incoming: your new board members are

  • Jennifer Czapinski – your new president-elect
  • Shurrie Morris – your new CE chair-elect

The SPA website at www.spokanepharmacy.org has a list of the many and varied CE and networking events held during 2016 for our members. Be sure to check the SPA website and Facebook for AAM photos – coming soon!

Donations from SPA to the WSU student groups included: the annual donation to the SPA-Marguerite Villars scholarship, and donations to: the NAPLEX lunch, Legislative Day, Resume “speed date” event, WSU Career Fair, NCPA dinner, student-pharmacist networking events.

Recipient of the SPA-Marguerite Villars Scholarship at WSU for this year is
Mira Kim, who happens to be the PY-3 SPA student representative.

2016 Annual Awards Recipients

  • Student of the Year: Miguel Toscano, PY-3 at WSU and Shopko intern
    Key comment: “He asks many questions to improve his knowledge and performance as an intern pharmacist. He is innovative, has made suggestions and is an asset to our team.”
  • Technician of the Year: Briget Thompson, CPhT at Tick Klock Drug, Colfax, Wash.
    Key Comment: I could not ask for a more competent, caring and hard-working pharmacy technician who goes above and beyond every day.”
  • Community Pharmacist of the Year: Lee Funkhouser, R.Ph at Rite-Aid; has served the Spokane pharmacy area at several local community pharmacies over the years.
    Key comment: “providing for the individual needs of each patient and molding the minds & habits of future pharmacists year after year make Lee an excellent candidate of the year.”
  • Pharmacy of the Year: Valley Mission Home Care Pharmacy, David and Karen Redmond; John and Mary Lou Redmond
    Key comment: “VMHC Pharmacy completely embodies the idea of an ideal pharmacy. The staff provides outstanding patient care on a daily basis at the highest level.”
  • Health Systems Pharmacist of the Year: Steve Goodner, R.Ph at St Lukes Pharmacy & Valley Hospital Pharmacy
    Key Comment: “Steve is a true definition of a lifelong mentor, and has my recommendation for pharmacist of the year because of his earnest concern for the sell-being of the patients and also the students under his care.”
  • CE Speaker of the Year: Casey Claypool, O.D., specialist in dry eye disease, glaucoma, corneal refractive surgery, and optimizing integrated ophthalmic care at Empire Eye Physicians.
    Key Comment: “Dr. Claypool provided two presentations this year which were very well received and we appreciate him sharing his expertise with us.”

Thank you to those members who honored fellow co-workers and employees by nominating them for a SPA Award. Remember to also check the SPA website from time to time during the year for our “Pharmacy Focus” for an in-depth spotlight about one of our local pharmacy colleagues.

Wishing each of you a “bold and audacious” New Year!
Landa Vierra
2017 SPA past-president


It’s time to renew your membership

We look forward to another great year in 2017, and your membership is essential for us to continue to offer quality education and activities for our members and the Spokane community.

Our membership year runs from January to December, so if you have not renewed your Spokane Pharmacy Association membership for 2017, all 2016 memberships expired on December 31.

Three ways to renew

Spokane pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists, and associate members can renew their SPA membership one of three ways:

If you have already renewed your membership for 2017, Thank you! We appreciate your ongoing support of the Spokane pharmacy community!

Best regards,
Spokane Pharmacy Association Board of Managers

Questions about your membership? Email us at info@spokanepharmacy.org

January CE and social events

We have some great events planned for the new year! Check out the line-up and register today!
See full event details on our Continuing Education and Social Events page.

January 5, 2017


Speaker: Lauren Blair, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison, Oncology at AstraZeneca
This program does not provide continuing education credits.

January 17-18, 2017

Veterinary Pharmacy: Dispensing and Compounding for Pets

Speaker: Shelby Denney, WSU Pharm.D. Candidate 2017
One hour of CE will be provided (WA and ID).
January 17, 2017 — REGISTER ONLINE
January 18, 2017 — REGISTER ONLINE

January 24, 2017




October is a curious month – outside the fall foliage and garden produce is present in wild abandon, and yet we all know that we’re about to enter the winter season. All around us, activities at work, school or play of all kinds proceed at a feverish pace, and yet we’re all aware that we’re nearing the end of the calendar year. So if we “start with the end in mind,” let’s look at the SPA events and activities for the remainder of 2016.

Everything always looks better if we can look forward to a party at the end, so let’s do that…

 picture1 Please plan on attending our
Spokane Pharmacy Association Annual Awards Meeting December 1, 2016!

We are planning a fabulous event at the Grand Hotel. The pre-dinner networking features vendor interaction, no-host bar, hors d’oeuvres, and the winning WSU student poster. After the elegant buffet dinner, our keynote speaker is Dr. Tomkowiak, dean of the new WSU medical school. The focal point of the evening then follows with the announcement of the awards for Pharmacist and Pharmacy of the Year, Technician of the Year, Speaker of the Year, Student/Resident of the Year. You’ll be getting more details soon, or you can see the information on www.spokanepharmacy.org. Register early and gather up a table of friends! (Buy tickets now!) (more…)

October Continuing Education

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Medications in Pregnancy and Lactation

Presented by: Alyson K. Blum, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist in Obstetrics
Washington State University College of Pharmacy

One hour of CE credit will be provided, approved by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy

SESSIONS — Both sessions are on the on Same Day
Option 1: Breakfast Option 2: Dinner
October 19, 2016, 7:00 a.m. October 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Sign in 7:00 a.m. Sign in and dinner 6:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided Presentation at 6:45pm
Perkins Restaurant
12 E. Olive Street
Spokane, WA
Washington State University
Student Academic Center, Room 20
Spokane, WA

SPA members – No charge
Non-members – $25


2016 Pharmacy Technician Day

Registration for Technician Day is now closed.
The CE’s earned at Tech Day will be reported to CPE monitor and NABP. Be sure to have your NABP e-profile number as you will need it to register for this event.


Spokane Community College
N. 1810 Greene St.  MS 2090
Spokane, WA 99217
Bldg. 9, Room 003
WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2016
TIME: 8:30am to 4:00pm


ACPE logoThe Washington State Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


SPA or WSPA members $65
Non members $100

Fee includes light breakfast, lunch and six hours of ACPE accredited CE.

We tried to keep the cost as minimal possible. If you are not a member of either SPA or WSPA, we recommend you become a member first. Then sign up for the Tech Day. Listed below are the websites to join either Association.  JOIN SPA | JOIN WSPA