Toronto, ON (May 30, 2016) – Thunder Bay pharmacist Bryan Gray has been named the 2016 Achievement in Specialized Practice Award winner by the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). The award will be presented on June 11, 2016, at the Association’s annual conference in Toronto.
“The commitment to patient care that Bryan Gray has demonstrated by actively expanding his skills and knowledge to meet his patients’ needs sets an outstanding example to pharmacists across the province,” says Dennis Darby, CEO of OPA. “We are pleased to present him with the 2016 Achievement in Specialized Practice Award.”
In 2014, Gray became the pharmacist owner of River Terrace Medical Pharmacy – an independent pharmacy that is partnered with a local family health team and that is close to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. He immediately set out to introduce new and innovative pharmacy-based programs to support the needs of patients in the community.
Gray says that initially, his goal was to create programs to serve patients in three areas: heart health, diabetes, and respiratory care. Today, the pharmacy offers more than 10 programs that patients and other healthcare providers seek out in order to support their health and wellness needs, including an Anticoagulation Management Clinic, Pain Optimization Program, Osteoporosis Bone Density Screening Program, and a Smoking Cessation Clinic (using a Smokerlyzer device). Most recently, Gray and his team have incorporated an ECG pen into their Cardiovascular Program to screen for arrhythmias in patients. Data has been tracked for all the programs and each of them has shown positive results.
“I hope to eventually have a clinical program and standardized consultation for every therapeutic area, and I’ve put a pretty big dent in the list,” he says. “I don’t ever look at the norm, but look to create my own opportunities. It is achievable and manageable and highly rewarding.”
In addition to his work in the pharmacy, Gray is an advocate for his profession in the community and among other healthcare practitioners. He is a committee member with the Ontario Pharmacists Association, a Board member with the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy, and regularly contributes to Pharmacy Practice Plus and the Canadian Pharmacists Journal.
Bryan received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University and his Master of Business Administration from Lakehead University. He has earned his Certified Diabetes Educator credential and completed a number of professional development certificate programs including training in travel medicine, injections, methadone and addictions, and smoking cessation.
About The Ontario Pharmacists Association
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession, and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care. As Canada’s largest advocacy organization, and continuing education and drug information provider for pharmacists, the Association represents pharmacy professionals across Ontario. By leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy professionals, enabling them to practice to their fullest potential, and making them more accessible to patients, OPA is working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system.
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