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Analisa Garcia, Pharm.D

I was born and raised in Baldwin Park, CA. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from CSULB and my Pharm.D. from USC. My initial interest in pharmacy stemmed from my summer internship during my senior year of high school at an independent pharmacy named Compound Central. In this work environment, I witnessed a connection between the pharmacist and his customers. Whenever a customer walked into the pharmacy, my boss would greet him/her by the first name and strike up a conversation. He knew what medication each person needed and asked if he/she was improving. In fact, there was a whole wall in the pharmacy dedicated to thank-you notes given to the pharmacist from numerous patients. That wall inspired me to make a difference. As I progressed through pharmacy school, I developed a passion for acute care. During rotations, I was exposed to an array of complex conditions as a member of the ICU interdisciplinary team. These experiences drove my desire to pursue a residency to further develop my skills in a broad range of clinical scenarios in order to become a knowledgeable, confident professional. In my free time, I enjoy working out, going to Disneyland, and traveling.

Sandra Sanchez, Pharm.D

I was raised and currently reside in Lawndale, CA. Growing up, I knew that I wanted to form part of a healthcare team. Shadowing a pharmacist at an independent pharmacy during my undergraduate years solidified my decision of becoming a pharmacist. Being bilingual in English and Spanish has allowed me to identify language and cultural barriers during patient interactions that have resulted in positive health outcomes once addressed; experiences like these and helping the community were my driving factors for becoming a pharmacist. In addition, I gained interest in health-system pharmacy as a student while rotating in the ICU and emergency department. I am looking forward to working with the PVHMC team during my residency journey. In my free time, I enjoy adding makeup to my collection and trying out different looks!

Vesta Guiv, Pharm.D

I was raised in Irvine, CA. I graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and stayed in San Diego for pharmacy school at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. My personal interest in healthcare developed from a young age as I knew early-on that I wanted to go into a profession that made an impact on people’s lives and improved the well-being of others. After volunteering in undergrad at an inpatient pharmacy in San Diego, I knew that hospital pharmacy was the route that I wanted to pursue. I’m thrilled to be a part of the PVHMC PGY-1 program where I’m given the opportunity to grow and learn from experienced and dedicated pharmacists. The environment at PVHMC is welcoming and kind and I am lucky to be spending my residency year here. In my free time, I enjoy trying new foods/restaurants, baking, hiking, and traveling.

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