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Pharm.D. Alumni

The value of a Fisher education is evident in personal stories of success told by students and alumni. Read what they have to say about the program and what they gained from their experience.

Joy Snyder '21

Chief Pharmacist of the Monroe County Department of Public Health

Joy Snyder

Joy Snyder

The Chief Pharmacist of the Monroe County Department of Public Health, Dr. Joy Snyder, is also a double Cardinal. After earning her doctor of pharmacy from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy in 2018, she went on to obtain her Master of Public Health from Fisher in 2021. Today, she works directly with the Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza. She attributes the opportunity for her current role to her time at Fisher because she met Dr. Mendoza at an on-campus presentation in 2019. During the presentation, Snyder asked the question: “How is the County’s Department of Public Health working with pharmacists?”

She became impassioned with the idea of integrating pharmacy into public health initiatives. “Because of our training and accessibility, pharmacists are well-positioned to aid in and lead public health efforts,” she explained in 2020. She was certainly well-positioned as her work in public health accelerated during the global pandemic. In her current role, she oversees vaccination clinics, creates training modules on vaccination storage for providers, and monitors and distributes the vaccine stock. She also focuses on project management and quality improvement.

She credits Fisher’s emphasis on the importance of service for her participation in medical mission trips and commitment to the local community. It was through these experiences that she developed a growing awareness of health care disparities and public health both in the United States and globally.

Snyder completed a fellowship encompassing research and teaching at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, clinical pharmacy work at Anthony Jordan Health Center, and project support at the Monroe County Department of Public Health. She credits the pharmacy program as a whole for “educating, supporting, and shaping” her into the pharmacist she is now. “The professors continue to support me,” she shared, emphasizing that faculty in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy are available to all alumni who have questions. “Fisher as a whole is student-centered. The professors in the MPH program were so accessible, and all of my professors really invested in me.”

Snyder appreciates the perspectives she gained through both programs at Fisher: “Pharmacy covers public health, but diving even deeper into that area has been critical for my current role. The MPH helped me dig into stats and epidemiology to focus on population-reaching work.” She further explained the advantages of integrating two areas of study because she has been able to build more connections and bolster her knowledge to be effective as a pharmacist in the public health sector.

“You hear a lot about the ‘Fisher family’ and it’s true. Professors and administrators care about you not only as a student but as a well-rounded person.”

Mackenzie Roberts '19

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident

Mackenzie Roberts

Mackenzie Roberts

No two days were the same during Dr. Mackenzie Roberts' pharmacy residency. Depending on the day, Roberts was working in a heart failure clinic, a primary care clinic, or working for GRIPA (Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association), all of which are part of Rochester Regional Health. Or she was in the classroom, teaching students at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. 

Since high school, Roberts has known she wanted a career in medicine. “I loved science and knew that I enjoyed working with people,” she shared. “I wanted to go into a career in which I could have a direct impact on patients. Pharmacy is a great fit for me as there are a variety of different positions available, and I’m able to work closely with patients and providers.”

As an ambulatory care resident Roberts worked with patients with chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and lung disease. She enjoys building close relationships with her patients and being a part of an interdisciplinary team helping patients effectively manage their conditions. She is grateful for the opportunity to gain experience in her residency and hopes to work in an ambulatory (also known as outpatient) setting in the future. 

Roberts describes her Fisher experience as an undergraduate and later at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy as one of the best decisions she’s ever made. She appreciates the supportive faculty who mentored her during her studies. “Having small class sizes and being able to connect with the faculty was very important to me when selecting a school,” she noted. 

Of all her learning experiences, she credits the rotations she completed in her final year of pharmacy school as being the most transformative. “My advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations really enabled me to prepare for my future and helped me to hone in on the area of pharmacy that I want to pursue for my career.”

Roberts advises future Fisher graduates to stay connected with faculty members and “never say never” when it comes to educational or professional opportunities.