GA-PCOM Faculty Profile December 8, 2016
Sara (Mandy) Wilson Reece, PharmD
Dr. Mandy Reece is a certified diabetes educator (CDE).
The following is the first in an occasional series of profiles on faculty, staff and
students on the GA-PCOM campus. This debut profile features Sara (Mandy) Wilson Reece, Pharmd, CDE, CDE, BC-ADM, vice-chair and associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is mentoring students and colleagues.
What drew you to GA-PCOM?
I was drawn to the opportunity to be a part of developing a pharmacy program from
the ground up and developing multiple healthcare programs within the university.
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant
in your career.
I became a certified diabetes educator (CDE) and was elected to Board of Directors
for the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
“Be proactive rather than reactive in each area of life.”
If there is one thing that students could take away from your teaching, what would
you want it to be?
Learning is a journey that starts as a student and lasts a lifetime.
What do you do like to do in your free time?
I enjoy gardening, traveling, hiking outdoors and running.
What are some of the things/people who inspire you?
My faith as a Christian inspires me daily to live life for an audience of one.
If you specialize in an area/topic, why did you choose to do so?
I specialize in diabetes with a focus in gestational diabetes mellitus and insulin
pump therapy. I first developed my passion for diabetes when I was managing an employee
based diabetes program. My passion for diabetes has grown over the years and become
more focused in recent years.
What are some lessons you’ve learned over the course of your career?
It is okay to say no. Early in my career, I said yes to many opportunities. Through
the years, I have narrowed my focus and said no to many opportunities outside my expertise.
Discuss the professional activities you are currently involved in outside of work.
- American Association of Diabetes Educators: Board of Directors; Communications Chair
for Atlanta Networking Group
- American College of Clinical Pharmacy: Ambulatory Care PRN Membership Committee and
Endocrine & Metabolism PRN Communications Committee
- Georgia Pharmacy Association: Cannabis Working Group and Leadership GPhA Vetting Committee
- Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce: Healthcare Committee
- Northeast Georgia Health System: Diabetes Advisory Committee
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
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