Kimberly and Natalie Kwan: Better than Twins, They are Sisters
It is common to hear about sibling rivalry and how it can lead to disputes and challenges. For Kimberly '12 and Natalie '12 Kwan, attending Pacific together couldn't be any better. Kimberly received her bachelor of science in integrative biology from University of California, Berkeley and Natalie was at Pacific in the three-three pre-pharmacy program. They were admitted into the doctor of pharmacy program in the Fall of 2009 and completed the program in May 2012.
"Many people thought we were twins or even the same person!" commented Natalie.
At Pacific, the Kwan sisters shared many similarities. They were recipients of multiple scholarships including the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation Scholarship, the Pharmacy Golf Scholarship, and the Donald Barker Scholarship. All were highlights of their leadership roles within the School and dedication to the pharmacy profession.
"I feel that the scholarships I received contributed to my academic success because they encouraged me to continue to work hard in school while staying actively involved in the pharmacy profession and in the community," said Kimberly.
Kimberly and Natalie both served as executive board members for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). In 2011, they created and organized the inaugural ASCP Senior Prom which welcomed nearly 100 senior citizens to campus for a night of dancing and fun. ASCP's goal is to encourage the senior community to be active, happy, and healthy.
"This event was a step outside of the box, recognizing that socializing, dancing, and happiness contribute to good health," said Kimberly.
The sisters said they couldn't have accomplished their goal without Dr. Joseph Woelfel '70, '72, '78, ASCP faculty advisor. "In addition to being my professor, Dr. Woelfel was a wonderful mentor to me", said Kimberly. "I admire his compassion for his patients," added Natalie.
They also attribute their success to the education they received here at Pacific and the faculty who served as mentors to them. Kimberly says Dr. Nancy DeGuire '89 "is the greatest cheerleader for all Pacific students, and her never-ending enthusiasm and support inspired me to be the best pharmacist I could be to my patients and to the profession of pharmacy." Natalie found inspiration in Dr. Rajul Patel '01, '06 through the Medicare Part D class and outreach events, saying "I admire Dr. Patel's dedication to his students and his passion for the profession, he continues to motivate me to be a great pharmacist."
Since graduation, they continue to follow in each others footsteps; participating in residency programs. Kimberly is a resident at the Veterans Affairs Loma Linda Healthcare System and Natalie is a resident in a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. In addition, they are both involved with the American Pharmacist Association (APhA), California Pharmacists Association (CPhA), American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), and California Society of Health System Pharmacists (CSHP). In the next five years, they both also hope to work in the ambulatory care setting. It's no wonder why some cannot tell them apart!
Today as licensed pharmacists, they now refer to themselves as "pharmacisters." With all their similarities, there are a few differences. Kimberly has a minor in linguistics and is known for her jokes while Natalie was a child actress playing roles as extras in movies and music videos. She also says she loves watching musicals.