Frannie Peabody Prevention – Thirsty Thursday: PrEP Blue Ribbon Happy Hour – PrEP Q&A
September 19 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Frannie Peabody Prevention & Blackstones are teaming up to present a Thirsty Thursday Talk + Q&A with some your local PrEP experts! Dr. Stephen Pagkalinawan aka Dr. Pags will lead a short talk/Q&Q/hangout along with Ren from Frannie Peabody Center, Justin and Rachel from Apothecary By Design and Katy from Virology Treatment Center/Maine Med. See below for bios.
There is almost no question this pack of advocates, service providers, clinicians and all around do-gooders can’t answers!
To make this event even cooler Blackstones will be serving up $2 PBRs to keep you PrEPared for a lovely and educational evening!
Whether you’ve never heard of PrEP, have the basics covered, or are a regular user prevention is changing fast nowadays so there is something for everyone! Got questions about Descovy? We got answers!
Come by and bring a friend! No, henny, PrEP is not just for the gay boys. We are trans inclusive! Ok?
Bios for the crew!
Ren works in the prevention program at Frannie Peabody Center doing testing, education, and outreach. He is a passionate advocate for sexual health, safer sex, PrEP, PeP, and treatment as prevention (TasP).
Justin Levesque, PharmD, C SP
Justin has been a pharmacist for five years at Apothecary by Design. He enjoys working through complex clinical and logistical situations to get patients their needed medications. Justin is also a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine Pharmacists (AAHIVP). When not working he enjoys boating with his family. Prior to becoming a pharmacist, Justin used to brew beer at Shipyard Brewing and he likes any beer that is an IPA.
Rachel is the Benefits Coordination Team Lead at Apothecary By Design (ABD) where she’s worked for over 3 years. She has worked in pharmacy and insurance since 2006. She loves problem solving and helping patients navigate our complex healthcare system. She is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community and has established herself within ABD as a resource on the subject. When she isn’t working she is adventuring with her husband and their dog, running a side photography business, and volunteering as a Wish Granter with Make-A-Wish Maine.
Katy Garrett, PharmD, BCIDP, Clinical Pharmacist, HIV and Viral Hepatitis
Katy is the clinical pharmacist at the Virology Treatment Center with a passion for PrEP. After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy she completed a 2-year fellowship at the University of North Carolina in HIV Clinical Pharmacology. where she worked on clinical trials to better understand how medications can be used for PrEP.
At the VTC, Katy works to optimize HIV medications for each individual patient by ensuring the medication fits the patient. She works on improving the overall care process so that patients can take their medications. Recently, in an effort to maximize the use of PrEP in Maine, Katy has started a pharmacist-run PrEP clinic at the VTC as a minimial barrier approach to accessing PrEP.