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March 2012 OPA Extern Profile: Larecia Knoerzer

Name:  Larecia Knoerzer


Pharmacy school: Ohio State University

 OPA Extern Larecia Knoerzer

Undergraduate degree/institution:  Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry with a Biology minor from Northern Illinois University

Hobbies: Horseback riding, Downhill skiing, Water skiing, Scrapbooking

How did you get interested in the profession of pharmacy? I was originally a biology minor aspiring to be a veterinarian when I took organic chemistry and fell in love with it. Once I changed my major to chemistry, I thought to myself now what? This is when I decided to explore the option of pursuing a career in pharmacy. After obtaining a technician job at Walgreens Pharmacy, I knew pharmacy was the right choice for me as it combined my love for math, science, and people.

Why did you choose OPA as a rotation? I chose OPA as a rotation site because I am passionate about advocating for the profession of pharmacy. I have been very active in pharmacy organizations at the local and nation level throughout my pharmacy education. One of my long term goals is to work at a state association to continue the advancement of the profession.

What was the most significant or surprising experience at OPA? Too many to list!

What other pharmacy associations/organizations do you belong to?
American Pharmacist Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP
International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF)
Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA)
Academy of Pharmacy of Central Ohio (APCO)
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP)
Central Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (COSHP)
Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP)
Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) Pharmacy Leadership Society

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