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About Birth Control Pharmacist

The role of pharmacists in delivering contraceptive care is exploding!

Most pharmacists who will be providing contraceptive services are not experts in the field of family planning nor are they expected to be.  As pharmacists specializing in family planning, we’d like to support our colleagues in providing competent and evidence-based contraceptive care.  The Birth Control Pharmacist project aims to provide education and training, resources, and clinical updates to pharmacists prescribing contraception. Relevant information and news on research, public policy, and products will be shared too. We also maintain the Birth Control Pharmacies site for women across the country to find a participating pharmacy where they can obtain contraception without a prescription.

We hope pharmacists and pharmacy students will find the Birth Control Pharmacist’s content useful.  We look forward to your comments, suggestions, and questions!

Who We Are

Birth Control Pharmacist - Sally Rafie Headshot

Sally Rafie, PharmD, BCPS, APh, NCMP
Founder and Expert

Dr. Rafie graduated from the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.  She has trained and worked with Planned Parenthood, University of California San Diego Medical Center, University of California San Francisco, and San Francisco General Hospital.  Dr. Rafie is licensed as a Registered Pharmacist and Advanced Practice Pharmacist in California.  She has also earned her Certified Menopause Practitioner credential from the North American Menopause Society.

Dr. Rafie founded The Pharmacists Clinic, the first pharmacist-run clinic in a community pharmacy, where she provides preventive health and health maintenance clinical services.  In addition, Dr. Rafie sees patients for contraception and more at the UC San Diego Health Women’s Health Services Clinic.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences at the University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she teaches and trains pharmacy students about emergency contraception, youth-friendly pharmacy services, and hormonal contraception.  She helped develop the California statewide protocol for self-administered hormonal contraceptives adopted by the Board of Pharmacy.  Dr. Rafie has a long record of research and advocacy in the field of reproductive health and has published in peer-reviewed medical journals.  See her full bibliography.

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Shareen El-Ibiary, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Expert

Dr. El-Ibiary is Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Arizona. She was previously a faculty member at the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy for 7 years. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of South Carolina and completed her general pharmacy practice residency at UCSF. Her areas of interest and publication include internal medicine and women’s health with a focus in contraception, preconception care and postpartum depression. Other interests include faculty development, work-life integration, burnout prevention, pharmacy curriculum and innovative teaching. She is involved in various local, state, and national organizations. Dr. El-Ibiary has spoken nationally and internationally on various topics, written book chapters and papers, and developed continuing education programs related to women’s health issues and faculty development topics. She is a graduate of the American  Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Rebecca Stone 2018

Rebecca Stone, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Expert

Dr. Stone graduated from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2010, and then competed at PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at VA Puget Sound in Seattle Washington, and a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Board-Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist. Dr. Stone previously worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Women’s Health High in both the Risk Obstetrics Clinic and Family Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Stone is now a faculty member at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, where she maintains a clinical practice at Mercy Health Center, an Adult Medicine Clinic which provides free care for the under-served. At this site she assists with medication access and chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. She is developing a Hormone Therapy clinic. She teaches women’s health content, including an elective course called Pharmacotherapeutic Issues in Women’s Health. Her research interests focus on emergency contraception access, contraceptive access, and medication use during pregnancy.

Kate Arriola 2018
Kate Arriola, PharmD Candidate
Summer Intern

Kate is a pharmacy student at the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Joint Chemistry and Biology from Harvey Mudd College and is expected to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2020.  Kate’s areas of interest include pediatric and obstetric pharmacy, as well as contraception.

Shadi Tehrani, PharmD Candidate
Summer Intern

Shadi is a pharmacy student at the Harding University in Arkansas.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Texas at Dallas.  Shadi is expecting to compete her Doctor of Pharmacy along with Master of Business Administration in Management and Business Ethics from the Harding University in 2021. She is currently gaining pharmacy practice experience as a Pharmacy Intern at CVS/Pharmacy.  Shadi’s areas of interest include clinical research, women’s health, and community pharmacy.

 

Join the Project

We welcome students and pharmacists alike to join us!  Whether it be a guest blog article, training partnership, or research collaboration, we’d like to hear from you! Send us a quick note using the contact form.

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