Each Friday in May 2022, I’m publishing an interview with a pharmacist mom in honor of Mother’s Day, which was Sunday, May 8. Today’s episode is an interview with Dr. Karine Wong.
Karine Wong, Pharm. D. is a clinical pharmacist with over 20 years of hospital experience. She is also the CEO of My Guiltless Treats, a company dedicated to providing diabetic-friendly desserts. Karine started the company in 2013 with the mission to help diabetics manage their diets better. She was frustrated with patients coming in and out of the hospital with the same A1C, poor medication compliance, and poor diet. When Guiltless Treats was born, it became a vehicle to deliver healthier desserts to diabetics and pre-diabetics. And soon, the target audience expanded to patients with cancer, celiac disease, obesity, and multiple food allergies. Now, Guiltless Treats are sold in select retailers, online, and at the local farmer’s markets.
Karine also creates content for TikTok, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook. She enjoys creating videos that either teach or inspire a healthier lifestyle. On LinkedIn, she’ll post videos about a pharmacy topic for her students. On TikTok, you will find a video of her cooking up a healthier version of a patty melt or a steak. Or on Instagram, you will find a video of her demonstrating the use of an enema (for consumers who might have to use that route but don’t know how to use it or afraid to ask).
In addition to the above, Karine is a mom to 3 kids, wife, author, podcaster, and creator of the Pharmacy Pearls iPhone app. The iPhone app is designed to help pharmacy interns prepare for their clinical rotations and licensure exam.
Thank you for listening to The Pharmacist’s Voice Podcast episode 150!
Links mentioned in this episode
Karine Wong, PharmD on LinkedIn
My Guiltless Treats ® business website https://myguiltlesstreats.com
Don’t Sit on Her! By Karine Wong (Barnes & Noble link 5-10-22)
Pharmacy Pearls App (iOS) https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pharmacy-pearls/id1529556418
Girl Talk Podcast with Karine Wong, CEO (Spotify Link)
Sex PharmD Podcast with host Nadia Archambault, PharmD, CST
Ava Fertility-Tracking Bracelet https://www.avawomen.com/fertility
Natasha Stamper, PharmD Infertility Coach & IVF Medication Expert Instagram Page
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Highlights from the interview
First, we talked about how Dr. Karine Wong uses her voice as a pharmacist. Then, we switched to Mom topics!
Karine is a TikTok Mini Star! She uses videos (59 sec or less) to teach or inspire a healthier lifestyle. Here’s a link to the enema demonstration video. Karine uses her sense of humor in many of the videos, and her fans suggest topics for future videos.
When the pandemic hit, hospitals canceled many pharmacy student rotations. Karine created Zoom-based hospital rotation experiences for pharmacy students. She has worked with over 40 students to date, and students love her rotation!
When Karine’s daughters were young, Karine wrote and published a book about sibling rivalry, called Don’t Sit on Her! It’s available through the Barnes & Noble website.
Pharmacy students need all the help they can get studying for their Board Exams! Karine created an (iOS) App called Pharmacy Pearls to prepare/quiz new grads for their Boards.
When Karine won a podcast pitch contest, she launched Girl Talk Podcast, which you can find on Spotify. There are 8 episodes. Karine talks about relationships.
Karine is the CEO of My Guiltless Treats ®. She sells a line of diabetic-friendly desserts made of panna cotta. Visit the website to learn more about flavors and pricing. Having a PharmD helped her develop the product. Karine’s customers and diabetic patients LOVE My Guiltless Treats ®! She sells online, in stores, and at farmer’s markets in Orange County, CA. She runs My Guiltless Treats ® in addition to her full-time pharmacist job.
Karine is a mother of three. Her son is in college. Her daughters are 12 and 13 years old. We talked about the following:
- Some challenges of raising kids
- Dealing with opinionated co-workers and family
- Keeping up with CE
- Advice for prospective Pharmacist Moms
- A good time to start a family and advice on spacing the birth of 2 or more children.
- Balancing work and family
- Advice about finding the right caregivers
- Her favorite part of being a Mom
- Cravings during pregnancy
- One child-rearing expense that surprised her
- A product suggestion for women who want to become pregnant
Thank you Dr. Karine Wong for being my guest on The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast episode 150!