Twenty-one years of professional experience has made Stacey Curtis, Pharm.D., a champion of community pharmacy. Inspired by her own community pharmacist who was always a phone call away, and her aunt, who balanced her responsibilities as both a pharmacist and a mother, Curtis achieved both goals.
Curtis, a clinical assistant professor, has won Mother of the Year every year since 1999, when she had her first child, but in 2018–19 she’s added the title UF College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year.
There’s a lot Curtis has learned from her patients over the years that she instills in her students. “The most important thing I’ve learned is you don’t know where people are in their life, in their home, their health or in their family,” she said. “I am here to teach students how to be a patient’s advocate and to remind them of the important impact a pharmacist can make within their community: helping people live healthier and happier lives.”
UF College of Pharmacy Dean Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., singled out Curtis’ teaching excellence in the first-year skills lab. “Walking into skills lab as a first-year student can be overwhelming; however, when students are met with Curtis’ vibrant smile and contagious enthusiasm, they are put at ease, and their confidence in learning the material is bolstered.”
Curtis is a lifelong Floridian. Before coming to the UF College of Pharmacy, she was a pharmacist at a Winn Dixie in Tallahassee, a Target in Jacksonville, and Best Drugs in Newberry and Trenton and continues her community pharmacy career at a Walmart in Gainesville.