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Logan SmithRaised in San Rock, Alabama, by parents Kyle and Rhonda Smith, who have been staunch supporters of her education, Logan Ann-Marie Smith, PharmD, moved to Jacksonville to study at Jacksonville State University, where she was drawn to the pharmaceutical field by the diversity of career options it offered. She began her career as a pharmacy technician at CVS Pharmacy in 2012, a position she held until 2015, when she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry and achieved certification in immunization from the APhA Foundation. From there, Dr. Smith relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, where she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the School of Pharmacy at South College in 2018.

Licensed by the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy that same year, Dr. Smith joined PharMerica as a pharmacist, rising to become pharmacist-in-charge by the time she left in 2022. During this period, she was licensed by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy in 2019 and certified in CPR, AED use and first aid by the American Red Cross and in basic life support by the National CPR Association in 2020. With a longstanding interest in the medicinal side of health care and a passion for optimizing patient therapies and outcomes, Dr. Smith places emphasis on her work collaborating with patients and other health care professionals to ensure the proper course of treatment needed to improve quality of life.

In 2021, Dr. Smith joined AspenRx Health, where she works as a pharmacist doing online medication therapy management. She also recently joined ContinuumRx in 2022 as a pharmacist and the pharmacy director. Between these two roles, her duties involve providing medications and IV therapy compounds to nursing, assisted living and rehab facilities as well as working with nurses and doctors to help patients, though she doesn’t see the patients first-hand. In order to keep abreast of new developments in the field, she maintains professional affiliation with The Rho Chi Society, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Throughout her career, Dr. Smith has attributed much of her success to the clinical pharmacy environments in which she has worked, which have allowed her to excel and grow as a professional.

Dr. Smith stands out for her accomplishments as a young person in the pharmaceutical field. With a strong personal drive and a list of things she wants to accomplish before she turns 30, she is continually motivated by the desire to simply be the best that she can be. Additionally, she notes that, due to her youth, she brings fresh eyes and a new perspective to ongoing issues and questions in the field. Early on, during her undergraduate studies, she participated in the Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science program, a two semester, discovery-based research course, that resulted in the publication of the paper “Whole Genome Comparison of a Large Collection of Mycobacteriophages Reveals a Continuum of Phage Genetic Diversity” with ELife in 2015.

For her excellence, Dr. Smith was presented with the Merck Award for Excellent Patient Care by the South College’s School of Pharmacy in 2018, something she considers to be the absolute highlight of her career thus far. Being recognized for outstanding patient care means a lot to her, as her favorite part of her job is being involved with patients, particularly as she gets to know the patients through her affiliation with long-term care facilities. Looking toward the future, she hopes to continue to be an advocate for patient care and grow in her professional skills through staying on top of new research and therapies, as there is always something new coming out. Dr. Smith would advise young and aspiring professionals to work hard, find your passion, and listen to other people’s advice, but don’t let them hold you back.

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