BHM Women in Healthcare Spotlight: Brittney Fusilier, Pharm D

Name: Dr. Brittney Fusilier
IG handle: @Brittfusilier

Tell me about yourself?
 My name is Brittney Fusilier. I am a 28 year old Baton Rouge native which is also where I currently reside. I am married to the man of my dreams, Dwight Fusilier and a mommy to the most incredible daughter Madison Kate and our goldendoodle pup Murphy Maximillion. I went to LSU for undergrad, where I had a full athletic scholarship in volleyball and earned my BS in Accounting. I then went on to pharmacy school at Xavier University of Louisiana where I received my Doctorate in Pharmacy. My husband and I have been  practicing retail pharmacy now for 2.5 years and are currently expanding our skin and nutrition business. 

Why did you choose your field?  
Ever since I was child I’ve always had a thing for math and science. I discovered early on, that I had a passion for helping others and I knew I wanted choose a career path that would allow me to work in the health care setting. I will never forget my freshmen year after a chemistry test, my teacher asked me to stay back after a class. I thought I was in trouble, when in actuality,  she wanted to congratulate me on scoring the highest grade on my chemistry test and to talk with me about the profession of pharmacy. I went home and researched the career and realized immediately it was the perfect fit for me! 

What motivates you? 
One of biggest motivators is helping others and improving their overall quality of life. I take great pride in providing the ultimate patient experience while making sure medication errors are prevented. Another huge motivator is my family, friends, and others who know me or know of me. I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am, and just want to be a positive role model and let any and everybody know that whatever they want in life,  it’s there if they are willing to work for it!  

What adversity have you faced as a woman of color in your field? Fortunately enough, I haven’t faced too much adversity at all. From a corporate standpoint, I’ve been blessed with a “fair” experience in terms of promotions and working in desirable locations.  I actually receive most of my pushback from customers. Pharmacy is a field that’s transitioned from being predominantly older white males, to a more youthful, mixed crowd. Even still, there’s been plenty of times I’ve asked by a customer if they can speak with the “real” pharmacist.

How difficult is was it to find mentorship in your field? What tips do you have for others in regard to mentorship? 
It wasn’t very difficult at all. The moment I realized I was interested in pharmacy, I reached out to a few women I knew who were actually enrolled in the pharmacy program I wanted to attend. I continued to follow their journey and check in with them, and once I was accepted, they gave me more insight on what to expect and how to make the most of my experience. I joined Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. and in my opinion that made all the difference.  The brothers of Kappa Psi were amazing and really took me under their wing and showed me the ropes and helped shape me to the pharmacist I am today. 

What advice do you have for young Black women interested in your field? Live in the moment, wherever you are, be there. Whatever you want in life, go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done. The sky isn’t even the limit to what you can achieve! 

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