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The Utah Pharmacy Association 2018 Annual Convention & Expo scheduled for August 9-11 at the Dixie Center in St George Utah. UPhA will be providing 12 hours of ACPE approved education, as well as golf, networking and more. 


Registration OPEN - click on link below to register





Agenda for the 2018 Annual Convention & Expo


Thursday - August 9th


Pre-Conference Activity: Golf


2:30pm-5:30pm - Expo Hall (Ballroom EF)


3:00pm-4:30pm -

The Pharmacist Care Process: Comprehensive Medication Management

Presented by Kyle Turner, PharmD.


7:00pm - Awards Dinner


Friday - August 10th


7:30am-8:30am - Continental Breakfast


8:00am-9:00am -

Future of Pharmacy


9:00am-12:00pm - Group Education Rotation


Handling Hazardous Drugs - Sterile and Non-Sterile
Presented by Scarlett Eckert, PharmD.
Ballroom AB


Moving On from Opioids: Non-Opioid Options for Chronic Care

Presented by Nicholas Cox, PharmD., BCACP

Ballroom CD

  • Group A (Red) - Handling Hazardous Drugs - Sterile and Non-Sterile
    Group A begins at 9:00am in Ballroom AB; 10am - Ballroom CD; 11am - Garden Room

  • Group B (Blue) - Moving On from Opioids: Non-Opioid Options for Chronic Pain
    Group B begins at 9:00am in Ballroom CD; 10am - Expo Hall; 11am - Ballroom AB

  • Group C (Yellow) - Garden Room - Expo Hall
    Group C begins at 9:00am in the Garden Room (Expo Hall) - 10am - Ballroom AB; 11am - Ballroom CD



12:00pm-1:30pm - Scholarship Lunch & Product Theater


1:30pm-2:30pm -

Combating Drug Side Effects Naturally

Presented by Megan Milne, PharmD., BCACP


 2:30pm-3:00pm - Expo Hall - Final Call

3:00pm-4:30pm -

To Breath or Not To Breath - Update in Asthma & COPD

Presented by David Young, PharmD.



4:30pm-5:30pm -

Immunization Update

Presented by Denise Kunkel R.Ph.



5:30pm-6:30pm - Keynote Session with Griff Neilson


7:30pm-9:00pm - Wholesalers Dinner and Entertainment featuring Lawndarts


We would like to specially thank our Wholesalers, Cardinal Health, and McKesson for their generous donations to UPhA each year to make our special events like our Wholesalers Dinner & Entertainment a huge success.


We invite you to stick around following dinner for some great entertainment provided by Lawndarts, a local band out of St George.


Saturday - August 11th


8:00am-9:00am -




9:00am-10:00am -

Diabetes Treatment: An Update

Presented by Aesha Drozdowski, PharmD., BCPS



10:15am-11:15am -

Pharmacists Dispensing: S.B. 184

Presented by Aesha Drozdowski, PharmD., BCPS


11:15am-12:45pm - USP 800 Update

USP 800 Update
Presented by Jon Pritchett, PharmD., R.Ph.






































Don't miss our Keynote Speaker, Griff Nielson. 


Keep Your Best & Brightest Engaged & Motivated: Increase Retention & Productivity
Has traditional “Leadership Training” failed your organization? Could your employee’s use a little shot of enthusiasm, vision and most importantly…ACTION? What if the lack thereof is coming from a different source than purely mental? In this original speech, Griff addresses how the lack of leadership and productivity/creativity often stem from unconventional means. In this presentation the participant will be introduced to:


  • How diet affects ambition, energy levels, burnout and mediocrity
  • How sleep affects hormonal levels that affect concentration and decision making skills
  • How lack of hydration can cause tension headaches, poor decision making and other ailments
  • How exercise affects executive function, will-power and clarity
  • Are You Tired of Goal Setting with Nothing to Show for It? How To Command Your Unconscious Mind To Achieve Your Goals Every Time

Do you ever cringe when you hear the words “goal setting?” What most of us don’t know is that there is a reason for the pain, and it stems from PAIN! What pain you ask? The pain that comes from setting goals the wrong way and not achieving them. When we are approached with “goal setting” from an external source, our tendency is to run the other way and avoid the pain of yet another failure. Is there an effective way to set and achieve goals? Griff Neilson thinks so, and in this presentation, he will show you how to:


  • Learn how to set goals from the RIGHT part of your brain, and hit them every time!
  • Learn to love goal setting by using the power of emotion rather than reason.
  • Learn what part of the brain is responsible for goal setting sabotage, and how you can avoid it
  • Learn how to master goal setting in ANY area of your life



Don't miss the Early Bird Pricing! (Ends July 13):

Pharmacists full conference (includes meals, CE, etc) - $299.00

Technicians full conference (includes meals, CE, etc.) - $189.00


We look forward to seeing you there - Click HERE for Attendee Registration


Vendors and Sponsorships:

We are also currently offering exhibit space and sponsor opportunities.

Please click here for an information packet, floor layout, and registration form.



Everyone is welcome - whether you golf or not! We will play at the Sunbrook Championship Golf Course, shotgun start at 7:00am, and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and prizes! Separate registration ticket required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Proceeds from our Golf Outing help fund our scholarship fund. Come play a round of gold and help out our pharmacy students.



Information coming soon


 Speaker Bio's

 Kyle Turner, PharmD.

Kyle Turner is a Assistant Professor (Clinical) at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy and is a practicing clinical pharmacist in primary care at University of Utah Health. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Utah and completed the two-year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Residency at the University of Minnesota. His teaching and scholarship interests include leadership development, effective teaching, pharmacy practice innovation, interprofessional education, and building health care teams. He is currently assisting in the implementation of CMM across 15 primary care clinics at University of Utah Health.

 Scarlett Eckert, PharmD.


 Nicholas Cox, PharmD., BCACP

Nick completed his undergraduate studies at the College of Eastern Utah (go Eagles!), and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Utah. He completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency and a PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency at University of Utah Health. He is now a pharmacist at the Intensive Outpatient Clinic (University of Utah Health) and the Department of Population Health (University of Utah Medical Group).


The majority of chronic pain management occurs within primary care clinics, and as an ambulatory care pharmacist formerly in a family medicine clinic and now at a primary care “high-utilization” clinic, Nick works with patients and providers daily to help manage chronic pain. He has published research in family medicine journals on pharmacist engagement in chronic pain in the primary care setting.


 Megan Milne, PharmD., BCACP

 Megan is a third-generation graduate of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. While a teen, Megan started her career in the pharmacy behind he counter with her father and grandfather who started Jolley's Pharmacy in Salt Lake City. She is a pioneer in the field of Medication Therapy Management, or MTM, starting the MTM program at a Fortune 500 managed care company from scratch and growing it to support dozens of pharmacists employed doing MTM for thousands of patients. UPhA honored her work in MTM by awarding her the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award. She is board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy. While a student pharmacist, Megan was a national officer with the National Community Pharmacists Association and traveled around the country visiting pharmacy schools and advocating in Washington DC on behalf of the pharmacy profession to legislators and federal agencies. Megan was recently offered a faculty position at the new medical school, Rocky Vista University, in southern Utah. As a resident of southern Utah, Megan enjoys hiking and biking through the red rocks.

 David Young, PharmD.


 Denise Kunkel, R.Ph.

Denise is currently the Pharmacy Member Operations Manager for Associated Food Stores, headquartered in Utah. Denise is responsible for the operations and strategic initiatives for 482 Independent and Regional Chain pharmacies in 25 states.

Denise remains very connected with the medical community in Utah and works to partner Associated Food Stores Pharmacies with the plans, providers, public health and key stakeholders in the regional medical community.

 Aesha Drozdowski, PharmD., DCPS:

Aesha Drozdowski, PharmD, BCPS is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Roseman University College of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman College of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 residency through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and HIV/AIDS Specialty Residency through SUNY at Buffalo at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Immunodeficiency Clinic. She currently practices at the Utah Valley Hospital - Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Clinic in Provo, UT where she holds a collaborative practice agreement for diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia management.

 Jon Pritchett,

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