The development of a COVID-19 vaccine is something we have had our eyes on since the beginning. There are a few COVID vaccines that will be available nationwide, however, there are some important things we want you to remember about the vaccination process. Will Sona Pharmacy have the COVID vaccine? Yes! Operation Warp Speed, which … Continued
Author: Tasha Michaels, PharmD, BCACP Director of Clinical Services
Natasha (Tasha) Michaels, PharmD, BCACP is Director of Clinical Services at Sona Pharmacy + Clinic. Michaels received her bachelor of science in chemistry and biology and minor in mathematics from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC (2003). She received her doctor of pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (2007). Michaels completed her PGY1 community pharmacy residency at Kerr Drug in Raleigh and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (2008). Her research on North Carolina’s Medicaid Medication Therapy Management Program was published in the May/June 2010 issue of Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Michaels’ primary focus has been to provide clinical services to patients in the community setting including incorporation of these services into pharmacy workflow. These services consist of medication therapy management services, immunizations, point-of-care testing, and disease state management, including diabetes education. Michaels is passionate about vaccinations and expanding the role of community pharmacists.
Michaels joined the Sona Pharmacy team in 2015 and relocated to Asheville from the Triangle area in NC. Prior to joining Sona Pharmacy, Michaels practiced at Kerr Drug and Walgreens.
Michaels is also an adjunct faculty member at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and serves as a preceptor for advanced community experiential rotations for pharmacy students from various schools of pharmacy. She is a member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP). She is actively involved in NCAP and currently serves on the Immunization Committee and Editorial Board. She has served as a member of NCAP’s Community Care Practice Forum Executive Committee 2009 – 2014 including Chair in 2013, Membership Committee, Award Committee, and Strategic Plan Task Force. Michaels received the Community Care Pharmacist of the Year award in August 2010 from NCAP for her work with expanding MTM to all Kerr Drug pharmacists and stores. She also became a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist in 2012.
Posts by Tasha Michaels, PharmD, BCACP Director of Clinical Services:
Let’s be honest. When is the first image you think of when you hear someone is a pharmacist? Unfortunately, a lot of people see a person counting pills behind a counter. At Sona, our job is to flip that perception on its head! As a pharmacist, I do much more than verify prescriptions. My day … Continued
As the number of positive flu cases continues to rise, finding Tamiflu® (or generic oseltamivir) has become a real struggle in Western North Carolina. This is especially true for Tamiflu® suspension for younger children who have been diagnosed with the flu. If your pharmacy is out of Tamiflu® suspension, and your child meets the criteria … Continued
As a mom, wife, and pharmacist I’m always looking to add products to my arsenal to fight sickness in our house. In the last year, Elderberry Syrup has been that new addition. One of our pharmacists, Scott Henson, wrote a wonderful blog about Elderberry and how it specifically relates to flu treatment. Please give his … Continued
School has started and the mornings are getting cooler, so you know what’s coming…flu season. I know what you are thinking. “Really, it’s that time of year again?” Yes, it is! Here are the reasons you should get your flu shot now instead of waiting: After you receive the flu vaccine, it takes 14 days … Continued
Spring is a beautiful time of year, where new growth is evident every day as trees and flowers begin to bloom. However, with the warmer weather and new growth comes pollen and seasonal allergies. Each year more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies1. I have suffered from seasonal allergies since college, but this … Continued
One of my passions as a pharmacist is educating patients about the importance of vaccinations and answering their questions to make sure they are well informed and can make the best decision for themselves and their family members. So, I wanted to help answer some of the most common questions about the flu vaccine for … Continued
When I meet a new person and they find out I’m a community pharmacist, inevitably they want to know what I do as a pharmacist. “Do you count pills all day and talk to insurance companies?” is a common question I answer. Once I start explaining what I do, a common response is “I … Continued