I knew by the age of 12 that I wanted to pursue a career in pharmacy. My local hometown pharmacist at that time was someone I looked up to and admired! I decided I wanted to be just like him. As soon as I could I began working at the local drug store and later the hospital. This work confirmed my passion for pharmacy. I eagerly chose a profession in which I could make a difference in the lives of others. After graduating high school, I attended Campbell University where I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and was accepted into Pharmacy School at Campbell. I graduated with my Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree in 1998. I was sure I was going to go into Hospital Pharmacy at that time since I had been working for many years in that arena and loved it!
However, God had different plans for me and I was offered a job at Baldwin Woods Pharmacy where I had performed one of my rotations while in pharmacy school! And .......here my lab coat has hung since then. Things have definitely progressed and changed over the years and I am proud to be a part of the Baldwin Woods Pharmacy Team.
I have several American Pharmaceutical Association Certifications which include Diabetes, Immunizations, and Medication Therapy Management. I am also CPR certified. These certifications allow me to broaden my scope of pharmacy practice from just filling and dispensing medications all day to a more clinical role. The joy of making a difference in patients' lives makes my career so rewarding!
Outside of my job that I love, I am fortunate to be a wife and mother of three daughters who each have a piece of my heart. I have also coached softball for the past 10 years and am very involved in my local church.
When I was young, my father instilled in my sister and me the love for the outdoors and nature. With that being said, what most of my patients are surprised to hear is that I am an avid sportsman, especially deer hunting. I also love to exercise by walking, running and riding bikes on a regular basis.
Also, I have some special ladies at my home in Lake Waccamaw that get special attention daily.....my flock of 9 chickens! Yes, I am one of those crazy chicken ladies!
Come see me and let the Baldwin Woods Pharmacy team become your pharmacy family.
For my education, I attended UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology in 2011. For Pharmacy I attended Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and graduated in 2015 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) in 2015.
I decided on pharmacy because, through my dad, I saw all the good that could be done in a retail pharmacy. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors of North Carolina Mutual Drug Wholesaler. I have additional certifications in Non-sterile compounding, Diabetes care, Veterinary Pharmacy and Medication Therapy Management (MTM).
I love to travel and have been to 4 of the 7 continents (lacking South America, Australia, and Antarctica at this point). The most recent countries I've been to are Iceland, South Africa, Ireland and Scotland.
A wonderful recent trip was with my Dad, stepmother, sister and wife to see where the McNeill family originated in Scotland.
My overall favorite places I've visited have been Iceland and Thailand.
I also love scouring thrift shops for vinyl records (its hard to beat the sound of a good classic rock vinyl) and I'm a big movie buff! One note about this past year: 2020 was a bit of a long and rocky road but we have made it through. For me, it's not hard to see the high points for the year because I was able to marry my amazing wife Bethany on May 2nd. I hope that all of you made it through without too much complication and remember, the vaccine is here, we can see the light through COVID!
Al is a native of Columbus County. Born in Whiteville, he attended Whiteville High School and Southeastern Community College. He has been with Baldwin Woods Pharmacy for 20 years.
Since graduating from Campbell University School of Pharmacy, he has worked in many different pharmacy positions including hospital, long-term care, consultant, rehabilitation, retail chain and community.
While serving as clinical coordinator in his hospital experience, Al was certified in Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support(ACLS) for which he served as instructor for cardiac pharmacology. In addition, he provided ongoing nutrition in-service and continuing education for the local dietetic association. Al is also a certified pharmacist immunizer.
Outside of work, Al enjoys quality time with his family. Other interests include movies, gardening, dogs and music. He has played piano since the fourth grade and sings with a traveling gospel choir from Wilmington NC.