Jacqui Hagidimitriou is TerryWhite Chemmart Samford’s resident Natural Medicines Pharmacist. With 12 years in the industry she has the experience along with a unique skill set that sets the pharmacy apart. We had the opportunity to catch up with Jacqu to find out a bit more about her and where her passion for the effective use of nutrition and natural medicine stems from. Read on to discover more….
• What is a Natural Medicines Pharmacist?
The Natural Medicines Pharmacist title was developed for myself as it was the best way to describe my role in the pharmacy. I provide a unique blend of traditional pharmacy services alongside an integration of nutritional and complementary medicines for customers that desire a holistic service.
• What benefits can you bring as a Natural Medicines Pharmacist to our local residents?
As a registered pharmacist with additional training in natural medicines, I can assist customers with conventional drug therapy alongside the safe and appropriate use of natural therapies to enhance their wellbeing. I discuss the benefits of medication and nutritional based therapies for each individual to guide them in a safe and non-judgemental environment and can liaise with their GP if necessary.
• Did you always want to become a Pharmacist?
Whilst at school I excelled at Chemistry, however upon finishing High School I had no idea what I wanted to do. I found out more about becoming a community pharmacist and the customer interaction really appealed to me, so I enrolled in a Bachelor of Pharmacy which is four years duration with one year of internship. I also have a very creative side and I find that assessing a person as a whole, with their lifestyle preferences like I do with my natural medicine consultations, enables me to provide creative solutions.
• What are the highlights of working in Samford?
I love the community spirit that is in Samford. We have regular customers that we look forward to seeing and discovering how their health is progressing. It’s fantastic to be able to go on a journey with them to aid them in better all round health.
• How do you keep up to date with developments within the industry?
There are a multitude of Pharmacy conferences that are on offer which I attend, as well as natural medicine symposiums. Participating in these are a great way to meet likeminded pharmacists and exchange tips and information about our industry. We also have an annual conference on the Gold Coast each year, whilst it’s great fun, it’s also a great way to discover more about what’s happening at the different pharmacies.
• Can customers book in for a consultation?
Yes, of course, they can call the pharmacy or visit our clinic website. We hold private Natural health consultations, which can help with skin health, digestive health, menopause, weight management plus more.
• What is in store for TerryWhite Chemmart Samford?
We have recently launched a state of the art health hub ‘The Clinic Hub’ which is redefining how people view their local pharmacy. The Clinic Hub will offer exclusive health services, parenting programs and numerous visiting Allied Health Professionals.
TerryWhite Chemmart Samford is an award winning wellbeing pharmacy that provides a high level of customer service and professional advice. For more information about the Clinic Hub visit www.theclinichub.com.au or contact the pharmacy on 3289 1559.