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 provides education and training, implementation assistance, resources, and clinical updates to pharmacists prescribing contraception, as well as engaging in advocacy, research and policy efforts to expand the role of pharmacists in family planning. We also maintain the Birth Control Pharmacies site and directory for people 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
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 is a Pharmacist Specialist at UC San Diego Health. She sees patients for contraception and more at the UC San Diego Health Women’s Health Services Clinic. Dr. Rafie founded The Pharmacists Clinic, the first pharmacist-run clinic in a community pharmacy, where she provides contraception and other clinical services. 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.
Shareen El-Ibiary, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
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, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
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.
Natalie DiPietro-Mager, PharmD, MPH
Dr. DiPietro Mager earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy and a Master of Public Health (epidemiology concentration) from Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. She also completed a fellowship in women’s health through the Visiting Scientist Program at Eli Lilly & Company.
Dr. DiPietro Mager is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy and is a licensed pharmacist in Ohio. Her research interests include the intersection of pharmacy and public health, especially as it relates to opportunities to improve maternal and child health. Her greatest area of expertise is in preconception care, and she has extensively presented and published on potential roles for pharmacists in the provision of preconception and contraceptive services. Dr. DiPietro Mager is active in a number of professional and volunteer organizations and has held leadership positions with the American Public Health Association Pharmacy Section, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Public Health Special Interest Group, and the Ohio Public Health Association.
Sharon Landau, MPH
Public Health Guru
Ms. Landau is a reproductive health advocate and consultant with over 20 years of public health experience, particularly in the area of pharmacists prescribing contraception. She provides states with technical support to facilitate changes in policies and practices to improve access to hormonal contraception and helped states integrate youth-friendly pharmacy strategies into their initiatives. As former Director of Pharmacy Access Partnership, Sharon designed, implemented, promoted and evaluated innovative pregnancy prevention strategies, policies and programs at the local, state, and national levels, including California’s Emergency Contraception Pharmacy Access Program. She conceived and launched “Pharmacy Forward” the nation’s first leadership program for pharmacist champions for reproductive health. She has studied and published on women’s and pharmacists’ interest, experiences, and concerns around contraceptive access. Previously, Sharon worked for Kaiser Permanente and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. She earned a Masters in Public Health, Health Services Management and Policy from UCLA and has a degree in Women’s Studies and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Sharon served as a Fellow of the California Women’s Foundation’s Women’s Policy Institute and is an alumna of the Center for Collaborative Planning’s Women’s Health Leadership program.
Atena Moosavi is a digital marketing specialist who has over 10 years of experience working with agencies and brands throughout the US. Her specialities are in content marketing, media marketing, digital strategy, and public relations. She has a Dual Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Psychology from Keene State College in New Hampshire.
KATE ARRIOLA, UCSF | AGNES SUH, UCSD
KAREN CHEUNG, UCSD | HILARY VELAZQUEZ, UCSD
ANNIE CHANG, UCSD | MY HANH PHUNG, UCSD
NIAMH O’GRADY, UCSF
ARIANA RHOTEN, UCSD | VICTOR TANG, UCSD | VALENCIA ZORA, UCSD
ANGIE ATAYA, UCSD | NATALIE TRAN, UCSD
Pharmacy Student Interns and Research Assistants
LIDA KHOSHNIAT-RAD, SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY | JASMINE NGUYEN, UCSD
Pre-Pharmacy Undergraduate Student Interns
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