Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Deven Jackson and I am a Clinical Coordinator at Sona. My role involves a mix of staffing and clinical responsibilities including immunizations, health coaching, and much more!
I grew up in northwest Georgia but claim Rydal, Georgia as home. I completed two years of undergraduate studies and received my doctor of pharmacy from the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! I moved to Asheville 3 years ago to join the Sona team for my PGY1 residency and stayed on afterward.
What is your passion within Pharmacy?
My primary motivation is to push independent pharmacy forward! People often think of pharmacists as pill pushers, but we truly are front-line healthcare providers who can help people manage their total health. The future of community pharmacist-led patient care is exciting!
What do you love about working at Sona?
First and foremost, delivering excellent patient care is the top priority for everyone on our team. We are committed to understanding the unique needs of each person and doing everything in our power to ensure these needs are met.
Sona is also a forward-thinking pharmacy and our team is constantly exploring new ways to serve patients beyond dispensing medications. Some of the most exciting opportunities we have are working in the PBM space, collaborating directly with physicians, and having pharmacist-led health coaching services. There is little monotony in my work, and that makes every day exciting!
What makes your personal skill set unique?
I have a big personality and I love using it to develop relationships with our patients! I love helping patients learn about their medications, chronic conditions, and engaging them to become a part of their own healthcare team.
What are your hobbies?
I am an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Falcons. Truly, it is an obsession and I admit I have a problem. I also love enjoying the outdoors, video games, movies, and concerts.
What is a fun fact about you?
I initially applied to UGA as a physics and astronomy major. Ironically, though, it was my high school physics teacher who encouraged me to look specifically into pharmacy as a career. I took his word for it, changed my major, and stumbled into a profession that I truly love.
Finally, what should patients remember about your blog post?
The Sona team is here for YOU! Whether you need routine refills or have complex medication problems, we are happy to work our hardest to ensure you get the care you deserve.