Melissa Hozack, Class of 2001

Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmasave, Redcliff, Alberta
2016 Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Awardee

As a practicing clinical pharmacist and co-owner of Pharmasave #304 in Redcliff, Alberta, Melissa embodies the meaning of caring for her patients. In addition to providing excellent pharmacy care to customers, she is an integral member of the local health community in her southern Alberta hometown.

Melissa has played a lead role in helping her clients manage weight loss and the accompanying weight issues that go along with it. As an Ideal Protein Weight loss leader, she has helped more than 600 patients lose more than 25,000 pounds. Many of her patients have been able to reduce or completely eliminate the need for medications they once depended on. Her patients describe her as a great coach, mentor and they say she always treats her patients with "patience, kindness, compassion and respect."

She has won several awards such as the Canadian Commitment to Service and Care Award (2015) and has been invited to speak at several conferences and webinars including Canadian Pharmacists Association Conference (2016) and Alberta Pharmacy Registered Technician's Conference (2016).

Melissa also understands the value of communication in her role as a pharmacist using social media to spread the word about weight loss, healthy living which helps her make connections and build partnerships within her community.

Melissa's genuine care for her community shows how she goes above and beyond and continues to help others realize their potential for a healthy lifestyle.