I was born and raised in Gettysburg, SD. After graduating high school, I attended Jamestown College in Jamestown, ND to obtain an accounting & management information systems degree. In the middle of my 2nd year of college, I decided that these majors were just too easy and I needed to find something more challenging. I had always wanted to go into the medical field but just never knew what. I had shadowed a few different fields and felt like pharmacy is where I was meant to be. In turn, I transferred to South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. From here, I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science. In 2009, I then graduated with my Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.)
After graduation, I started my first job right here at Vilas Pharmacy in Pierre, SD. I work at both the retail location and the long term care location in Pierre. I also do the pharmacy consulting for Kelly’s Retirement Home in Pierre. I enjoy working in the two different types of atmospheres, there is always something different and exciting every day. I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life because of the satisfaction of being able to help people young and old!
My husband, Cody (originally from Onida, SD) and I have two beautiful daughters. Brylee Marea was born Sept. 28, 2012 and Hayven Alene was born Feb. 20, 2015. As a family, we love the outdoors. Camping, fishing, hunting, and just playing in our backyard are just a few of our favorite things to do.