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Woman to Watch: Tami Zinkin


Woman to watch: Tami Zinkin

 

 Arlene Hisiger, January 28, 2014 Herrochester.com

After taking a double study program at Simmons College and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Tami Zinkin graduated with a degree in chemistry and pharmacy, and by age 23, she was a practicing pharmacist.

Tami Zinkin
As a pharmacist, Tami Zinkin is on the front lines in the never-ending battle to help people stay healthy.

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Zinkin gravitated toward the medical field early on; the more she learned about pharmacy the more she knew it was the right niche for her. After taking a double study program at Simmons College and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, she graduated with a degree in chemistry and pharmacy. By age 23, she was a practicing pharmacist.

While working at Harvard University's Health Services, Zinkin met her future husband — Adam, a Rochester native. In 2003, she and Adam moved to Rochester where she was hired as a pharmacist by Wal-Mart; she has worked there ever since.

"I love working as a pharmacist," Zinkin said. "I love working with all age groups, from the young to the elderly." That fondness is reciprocated by Zinkin's customers. Some have made a point of learning her schedule and come in to the pharmacy only when she is there.

Zinkin recalled the time a woman came into the pharmacy requesting a prescription refill. Zinkin took one look at her, felt that her skin was warm to the touch, and told her to go to the hospital right away. She suspected that the woman was suffering from cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection. Her hunch was correct. Once released from the hospital, the woman wrote a letter to Wal-Mart extolling Zinkin's expertise and professionalism and thanked Zinkin for "saving her life."

"I think being a pharmacist is a vital service to the community," Zinkin said. "I think people tend to undervalue the role of a pharmacist. They don't realize how accessible and knowledgeable pharmacists really are."

She also finds pharmacy to be a good profession for working moms. "It's the type of work that you can leave at work so that when you come home you can be fully engaged with your family. And, as the population grows older, it is a profession that is always in demand."


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