Personal Pain, Inspiring Passion to Help Others

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Personal Pain, Inspiring Passion to Help Others

Sharzad Green Pharm.D. shares where her passion for Hormone Replacement comes from- her mother’s strength.

Sharzad Green, Pharm.D has come a long way in becoming The Valley’s leading hormone expert. Her life experiences have helped push her into providing premium, personalized care for women with expertise, passion, & the most advanced medication compounding. As she shares her personal experience, she hopes to connect with our community, who may be going through a similar situation.

This story is Part II, a continuation of Think Twice, Ask an Expert Before Taking a Hormone.

Staying Passionate about Being a Pharmacist
Right before graduating from pharmacy school in 1990, I promised myself not to go “Stale”. The thought was seeded in my brain when one of my professors,

Dr. Sam Yalkowsky, gave me a precious piece of advice. It went like this:

When you start celebrating weekends and dread going to work on Mondays, it is time to move on.

Sharzad Green, Pharm. D., is a hormone replacement specialist & pharmacist at Community Clinical Pharmacy, in Mesa, Arizona. She offers private Hormone Replacement Consultations to find a tailored solution that fits your needs. Sharzad has had the privilege of working with over 12,000 patients and providers in the Valley and around the world.

Building a Strong Foundation
I started my pharmacy career in retail, which taught me valuable lessons in dealing with real patients and real situations. You see, in pharmacy school, you learn about chemistry and  details of how drugs work in your body. It is all scientific based. You learn to always look for scientific studies backing up medical claims. They teach you to differentiate between a credible study versus one that you should not pay too much attention to.

Working in retail, my patients taught me to look for practical solutions to their problems. Yes of course scientific studies are very important and necessary but a patient with severe itching and a rash may not really care about all that.

An Impactful Mentorship
My journey in the field of pharmacy took me to many places, one of which was the honor of meeting my mentor, Lee in 1997. Lee had been an old fashioned “compounding pharmacist” who had a passion for problem solving. Lee had a gentle and caring soul. He truly cared about everyone around him and considered it a privilege to help his patients.

I found Lee’s practice of pharmacy fascinating and working beside him, I became especially intrigued about compounded bio-identical hormones. Shortly after I met Lee, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a lot of questions to ask and Lee was there for me to untangle the web of doubts and questions I faced.

Questions Left Unanswered
Did the hormones contribute to my mother’s breast cancer? What if she hadn’t taken them? Were there any other alternatives and if so, why didn’t I learn about them sooner (i.e. in pharmacy school)? Thoughts were racing through my mind as I eagerly stayed after work to help Lee wash the dishes and clean the lab (Compounding generates a ton of dirty dishes and utensils!). One day as I was drying the dishes, Lee stopped me with his words: “Sharzad, you are so enthusiastic about compounding and especially about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Would you like to go to a training in Texas to learn more?

That very same night, I made travel plans and two weeks later I was on my way to attend my first PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America ) training session.

My Mother’s Strength, a True Inspiration
During the months leading to my trip to Texas, I watched my mom go through radical bi-lateral mastectomy (she chose not to have re-constructive surgery), accompanied her to numerous chemotherapy sessions and watched her suffer the horrible side effects of such treatment.

All along, my mom was stronger than me. She was THE source of my strength. She was now on maintenance Tamoxifen and I was expecting my first child, Roya, when I headed out to Sugarland, Texas for the most intriguing training in the field of pharmacy at Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA).

To Be Continued:
Stay Tuned for the Continuation of Sharzad’s Personal Journey into Specializing in the Compounding of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapies. Sign up for updates so you don’t miss he next part of the series.

Continue Sharzad’s Journey-  Part III, The “Aha” Moment, Self-Reflections During Dark Times.

Are you or someone you know thinking about different options regarding Hormone Replacement Therapy? Know ALL of your options, and set up a consultation with our Hormone Specialist Sharzad Green Pharm.D.

If you have any additional questions or comments, please call (480) 969-0600 or you can ask a pharmacist a secure question here.

Community Clinical Pharmacy has served Mesa, Arizona for over 38 years and takes pride in improving our community’s quality of life.


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