Theresa Tolle, owner of Bay Street Pharmacy in Sebastian, Fla., was named the 2018 National Preceptor of the Year by the NCPA Foundation at the NCPA 2018 Annual Convention in Boston. The National Preceptor of the Year Award honors a pharmacist who has made significant contributions to the education of student pharmacists by devoting time, talent, and effort as a preceptor.
Inside Bay Street Pharmacy, which Tolle has owned and operated for nearly 20 years, a sign on the wall reads: “We desire to impact the greater Sebastian community through patient education, community participation, and an integrative approach to physicians and other health care providers.”
Tolle demonstrated her commitment to the education of students by developing of a series of educational tasks and projects for students on rotation, including weekly presentations to pharmacy staff on drug information, counseling on new or changed prescriptions, and completion of medication therapy management cases assigned to the pharmacy through Mirixa and Outcomes. She guides students through compounding activities, immunizations, and adherence activities.
Tolle has trained dozens of student pharmacists from the local university and continues to stay in touch with many of them to help coach them in their careers. These future pharmacists consistently praise her knowledge, enthusiasm, work ethic, and commitment to the pharmacy profession.