Marisella Guerrero ’98, PharmD, assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice, joined the faculty in July 2017, but her Pacific experience began in 1993 when she entered the pre-pharmacy program.

After earning her doctor of pharmacy from Pacific, she honed her experience in pharmacy practice at Green Brothers Pharmacy and CVS Pharmacy. Since 2008, she has been a member of the California Pharmacists Association and the San Joaquin Pharmacists Association (SJPhA). She served as a board member for SJPhA for several years and as president in 2009.

She loves traveling, going on bike rides and trying unique restaurants with her family. She is passionate about learning about other cultures — their traditions, values and cuisine.

What originally led you to pursue a career in pharmacy?

“I knew at a very early age that I wanted to pursue a career in health care. I find fulfillment in helping others and sharing my knowledge to help improve the lives of others. I hadn’t considered pharmacy as a career path until several of my friends mentioned it to me as an option. As I learned more about it, I realized that it was a great fit for me.”

Who has influenced you the most in your career?

“My father on several different levels. When my father fell ill, I served as a primary caretaker for him. I was there throughout his various hospitalizations and doctors’ visits. It allowed me to see the many sides of health care. I learned what worked and what didn’t and how things function in different settings. I also came to appreciate the importance of taking care of patients and their families. My father also influenced me by having a strong work ethic and teaching me to help others whenever possible. My father helped many people throughout his life in a very selfless manner.”

Why do you love teaching at Pacific?

“I enjoy the process of teaching and developing the pharmacists of tomorrow. Pacific helps to facilitate that with its supportive and collaborative atmosphere. I also enjoy teaching at Pacific because the faculty members are dedicated to improving the educational advancement of their students and helping them achieve their goals.”

Please share something about yourself that people might not know.

“I’ve known my husband since I was 12 years old, although we didn’t date until we were in college.”

“I was once on several billboards in town and in a commercial for my local bank.”

By Anne Marie H. Bergthold
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