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The slow, meticulous push of the door signifies another patient at Miller’s Medicine Cabinet. He meanders down the checkered, brown and navy floor eager for care. He takes a quick detour at the card station—he laughs at a birthday card with a dog. Finally, he reaches the front counter. He spies a woman behind the glass. She lines up pill bottle by pill bottle by pill bottle. He steps up to receive his prescription and is face to face with Miller’s newest recruit: Malissa Ringdahl.
Ringdahl is a pharmacist from Solon. She started at Millers Medicine Cabinet on May 1. She replaced different floaters who had been in and out. In Kalona, Ringdahl said she has time to focus on individual patients and care for their needs. She does this by finding drug interaction, nutrient depletion and treatment.
“I pursued small-town independent pharmacies because I can best use my knowledge helping the patient,” Ringdahl said.
Prior to her position in Kalona, she founded Solon Drug in Solon. She worked there for 15 years. Earlier in her career, she worked at a few chain pharmacies, including Abbott Laboratories in north Chicago.
It was at Abbott Laboratories that Ringdahl discovered her love of pharmacy while working as a quality supervisor. No one in Ringdahl’s family had worked or pursued a career in the medical field before her.
“I love having a positive effect on my patient’s health,” Ringdahl said. “I love being able to make the patient feel better.”
From there she attended the University of Wisconsin for her pre-pharmacy courses and then transferred to the University of Iowa for her doctorate in pharmacy with an emphasis in business.
Ringdahl said she uses her knowledge to make things easier for the patient by educating them regarding their medication profile, possible drug interactions and nutrient depletion cause by their medicine.
Outside of her career, Ringdahl has two children: a daughter, 16, and a son, 19.
Her daughter plans on following her mother’s path and pursuing a career in the medical field through dermatology and psychiatry.
Ringdahl’s values correlate with the Millers Medicine Cabinet’s mission statement: “The Medicine Cabinet of the greater Washington County area offers the hope of maintaining and reaching optimum health.”
The pharmacy will also be remodeling within a year to better serve customers.