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Nathan Pope

Dr. Pope completed a Community Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2003, a joint initiative between the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and Walgreen Co., after completing his B.S. in pharmacy and Pharm.D. from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey. Since then, Dr. Pope has been managing and practicing in various innovative practice settings including Walgreens Patient Care Center, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, and Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in California. In 2010, Nathan opened his Independent pharmacy practice, Live Oak Pharmacy, in downtown Austin. Live Oak Pharmacy was named the one of the Coolest New Companies in Austin and won The Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin Readers Poll for 'Best New Local Business' in its first year of operation.

Currently, Nathan’s practice site is Forty Acres Pharmacy.  Forty Acres Pharmacy serves The University of Texas at Austin community as a source for prescription and non-prescription medications.  Nathan has increased educational offerings and patient care initiatives at Forty Acres Pharmacy. Forty Acres Pharmacy is a site for the Advanced Community Pharmacy Experience for The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. He is also a site preceptor for the Intermediate Practice Experience (IPPE) with emphasis on MTMS.  Forty Acres Pharmacy conducts telephonic Medication Therapy Management Services for the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area.

In addition to having completed APhA's certificate programs in the following, he is also APhA-certified faculty to teach these courses:

Nathan is the Residency Program Director for the H-E-B Pharmacy/University of Texas College of Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Residency Program (CPRP) which is dedicated to developing compassionate, confident, clinical providers of advanced patient care services in a community pharmacy setting.  Since 2008, 12 residents have completed the program with 5 residents currently working towards their certificate in 2014. Dr. Pope is an advocate for all Community Pharmacy Practice Residencies, developing innovative practice settings, and outcomes from those practices.

Current Projects

Continuing the development and enhancement of the H-E-B Pharmacy-Community Pharmacy Residency Program's 4 residency sites and residents.

Developing a non-profit organization to support Medication Take-Back Programs in Austin

Research focusing on the business development and sustainability of community pharmacy based services including:
* Medication Therapy Management Services (MTMS)
* Complementary and Alternative Medication (Herbal and Supplement Emphasis)
* Non-Sterile Compounding Services
* Proper Medication Disposal (Medication Take Back Programs)
* Geriatric Pharmacy
* Immunizations


Sharon Rush

Sharon Rush received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree in 1986.  Sharon Rush practiced as a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, Central Texas Immunization Coordinator and PGY1 residency preceptor during her 23 years with a large community pharmacy chain.  She has been involved with different patient care programs such as pharmacy-based immunizations, health screenings, Medication Therapy Management and Disease State Management. 

She is a certified instructor for the APhA “Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery” certficate program, the APhA “Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community” certificate program and is an American Heart Association Basic Life Support instructor.  She was honored with the “Friend of UT-APhA-ASP” award in 2010 and 2011 for her involvement with their health screening events. 

Professor Rush joined the faculty of the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice in July 2010.  Her focus is on the Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience in the P3 year where she coordinates the Clinical Skills: Community Care course.  She teaches the undergraduate course “Drugs in Our Society” and the signature course “The Savvy Healthcare Consumer”.   She serves as an advisor for three student organizations:  UT-APhA-ASP, Project Collaborate and Know Your Medicine.

Sharon Rush is a member of several national, state and local organizations such as the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists’ Association.   She was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Texas Pharmacy Association in 2012 and is the current Secretary on the local Capital Area Pharmacy Association board.  She serves on the Seton SW Hospital Advisory Council.

Sharon Rush's areas of interest include the clinical and direct patient care aspects of community practice and their impact on improving the health outcomes of her patients.  These aspects include Medication Therapy Management, immunizations and health screenings.


El Paso Instructors

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Margie E. Padilla, Pharm.D, CDE

Dr. Padilla received a BA degree from Our Lady of the Lake University and her PharmD degree from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. She completed her residency in primary care with the University of Texas at Austin/Blackstock Family Practice. She currently works as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program.

Dr. Padilla began her service to medically underserved populations almost 10 years ago. She has been recognized for her accomplishments in advancing disease state management and medication therapy management in a community health care setting serving a primarily Spanish-speaking lower- income population. She helps manage the medication needs of her patients and serves as drug consultant for the providers. She has also mentored students and community pharmacy residents. She is currently the residency director for a PGY 1 Community Practice Residency Program with the UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program.

Dr. Padilla has been a member of several national, state and local organizations such as ACCP, APhA and ASHP. Previously, she has served as a Board of Director with the Texas Pharmacy Association and president of the El Paso Pharmacy Association. She currently serves as the chair for the El Paso Immunization Coalition.

The Texas Pharmacy Association recognized her leadership and innovation with an invitation to attend the Texas Pharmacy Leadership Institute. More recently, she received recognition for "Best Practice" in the Texas Association of Community Health Center, and was a co-recipient of the APhA- APPM Presentation Merit Award.

Dr. Padilla's passion lies in working with traditionally underserved populations along the border. Her research interest include outcomes in immunizations, medication therapy management and chronic disease state management.

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Jacquelyn P. Navarrete, Pharm.D.

Dr. Jacquelyn Navarrete graduated from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 2009 and completed a Community Pharmacy Practice Residency with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in conjunction with Walgreens Co., in Boston, MA in 2010.

After residency, Dr. Navarrete moved back to El Paso, TX with her family to become part of the University of Texas at El Paso College of Health Sciences: Cooperative Pharmacy Program and The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Pharmacist-In-Charge of the UTEP Student Health Center.

She teaches several pharmacy courses including Experiential Pharmacy Practice and Patient Counseling as well as contributes to the Pharmacotherapy lecture series.
She has been involved with several patient-centered services including immunization and Medication Therapy Management (MTM). She has also received her teaching certification in both immunization and MTM through the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Recently she was nominated and awarded the APhA Immunization Champion Award-Partnership Category National Winner for 2012-2013. Her short-term goal is to provide pharmacy services for faculty and staff and to bill private insurance to bill for pharmacy services including Medication Therapy Management.

Her current research interests are Human Papillomavirus vaccination in the university student population and women's health. She is also the Association Director of the El Paso Pharmacy Association and has actively participated in the El Paso Immunization Coalition Steering Committee.


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Last Reviewed: April 29, 2015

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