Lifestyle Before Medication

A pharmacist's perspective on health and metabolic disease

About me

I’ve registered as a New Zealand pharmacist in 1998 and have worked in many different roles.  These include being a “traditional” community pharmacist, an internet-based pharmacist, a hospital pharmacist specializing in older adult mental health and working as a clinical pharmacist with older adults in residential care facilities.  I have also had a number of more “industrial” roles, including working with software upgrades (DOS to Windows!), compliance packaging and robotic dispensing.

I love problem solving – especially health problems.  Over the years I have become a “technical specialist problem solver”.  I’ve been told I have a unique way of looking at things, probably influenced by being the wife and daughter of engineers (electronic and marine respectively).   If I don’t know what is going on, return to “First Principles” and try again.

Currently I am a PhD candidate at AUT looking at how high insulin levels affect metabolic disease and how we should be measuring this.  This certainly takes problem solving to a whole new level!


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