Today’s episode is an interview with Dr. Jerrica Dodd. She’s a pharmacist, entrepreneur, coach, and leader. I invited her on the podcast because she uses her voice as a patient advocate and because she coaches women pharmacist entrepreneurs.
Dr. Dodd earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Science with a focus in Applied Pharmacoeconomics from the University of Florida. She completed her pharmacy practice and administration residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center.
Dr. Dodd has been a pharmacist for 22 years. She transitioned into full-time entrepreneurship after a 17-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, where she had multiple roles within Medical Affairs. She has also managed a hospital pharmacy, and has experience in retail pharmacy.
Recently, she completed a Nutrition Health Coaching Certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. And, currently, she is enrolled in the Institute of Functional Medicine. She aims to introduce a functional medicine perspective to the management of patients in her care at Your Pharmacy Advocate, LLC, where she is the Founder and CEO. Dr. Dodd has also spoken on many stages across the country and is the proud Executive Editor of PharmaSis Magazine, which Celebrates Women in Pharmacy.
Dr. Dodd enjoys traveling, reading, teaching Zumba, cooking, and attending cultural events.
With her background in pharmacy and leadership training and her passion for people, Dr. Dodd enjoys encouraging people to be their best and to get the most out of every opportunity that life presents. Her favorite scripture is Luke 12:48…”to whom much is given, much is required,” and Dr. Dodd endeavors to live life giving back from the abundant ways in which she has been blessed.
Websites and social media links mentioned in this episode
Purchase PharmaSis Magazine https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0874L1X73/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_a1VLEbF88E49H
Highlights from the interview
Dr. Jerrica Dodd advocates for patients in her consulting practice.
She educates women pharmacist entrepreneurs how to pivot in their careers and build a business that will help them live a life they love. She also advocates for them to become their own advocates.
Jerrica and I met for the first time at the first Medipreneurs Conference in Asheville, NC in April 2018.
Jerrica’s Dad told her that, “Every challenge or obstacle is there to prepare you for the next one.”
Jerrica serves a number of roles:
- Coach women pharmacist entrepreneurs
- Functional medicine care provider
- Leader and public speaker
- Executive Editor (PharmaSis Magazine)
A typical week involves a mix of her many roles: from working with a patient to coaching a single client or a group of clients to public speaking and networking.
Jerrica shared a success story about a patient she coached. Using Jerrica’s input and ideas, the patient lowered her Hemoglobin A1C from 10.1 to 6.3, without changing her medications! Good food-shopping and preparation choices, dietary and nutrition changes, movement/exercise improvements, and more led to the lowered Hemoglobin A1C. The patient’s trust in Jerrica and the patient’s meaningful changes led to the success.
How do patients and coaching clients find Dr. Jerrica Dodd? Website, word-of-mouth, and social media. Check out the links (above) in the show notes!
PharmaSis Magazine celebrates women in pharmacy. The first issue went from idea to print in 90 days! To buy a copy of PharmaSis Magazine, shop the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0874L1X73/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_a1VLEbF88E49H.
COVID-19 and racial injustice have affected Dr. Jerrica Dodd’s business. She lost two family members as a result of the coronavirus, and she counsels her patients about making good food choices instead of comfort food choices during the pandemic. Recently, she took a break from social media in response to racial injustice in the US. In 2020, she will Chair a Task Force for Racial Equality with ASCP (American Society of Consultant Pharmacists); the goals are to make changes within the profession of pharmacy through education, awareness, and research.
If you are interested in working with Dr. Jerrica Dodd, visit her website or social media links (see above). An initial consult is available at no charge to explore whether a working relationship and the timing of the coaching is right for both her and her clients. Patients need to be ready to take charge of their health, and pharmacist entrepreneurs need to be ready to dream.