We bring another profile from our 2021 Women of Influence section. This installment features Louise Turman, Pharmacist and Manager at Magic Mart Pharmacy and four other pharmacies.
What is your full title and position?
I am a pharmacist and manager of Magic Mart Pharmacy in Indianola. I also co-own and manage four other pharmacies: Cleveland Medical Arts Pharmacy, Inc. in Cleveland; Rolling Fork Drug Co, in Rolling Fork; Leland Drug Company, in Leland and L&G Pharmacy in Greenwood.
What is your educational background?
I attended Delta State University in Cleveland for two years. There I pursued my Bachelor of Science degree, before transferring to the University of Louisiana Monroe where I received my Doctor of pharmacy degree.
When did you first know that you were going to go into pharmacy?
Guy Phillips, who is my current business partner, and uncle, played an integral role in my professional career. After working alongside him in college, I decided to pursue the pharmacy field and upon finishing my education, he offered me a pharmacist position at Magic Mart in Indianola.
In what ways have you been able to influence other women through your work as a pharmacist?
I often have young females reach out to me to talk about pharmacy and ask questions about pharmacy and what all it entails.
I often give them opportunities to shadow me on the job to give them real-life experience and to show them how the field of pharmacy can be rewarding.
I also try to relay the importance of establishing goals and believing in themselves to provide a successful future as well as being an active person in their communities.
What are some issues, directly related to women in our area, that you would like to help see addressed as a pharmacist?
We live in a small rural community where patient care and education is greatly needed and desired.
I believe we, as health care professionals, should work together to put our patients first and serve our community to the best of our ability.
The issues we as women face today are not that different than they were ten years ago. Women are trying to balance a family life and a career at the same time, both of which are challenging and rewarding.
As a professional woman, mother and wife, I would like to see other females encourage each other more.
We should lean on each other’s experience for guidance, ask for help and support when needed to better prioritize and delegate more in our homes and workplace. It is important for a woman to be bold and speak her mind on issues.
I find myself constantly referring to my pharmacies as one big team, as we are all on the same team.
Our team’s goals are all the same, we work together, and our mission statement is to provide the best patient care possible. Being a pharmacist is more than just a job, it’s a passion to help others, and a commitment to face the challenges ahead.
Who are some of the women who have influenced you over the years?
My biggest fan, and supporter, was and still is my mom, Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Pannel. Without a doubt, my mom encouraged me to get me where I am today.
Both of my parents worked full time while raising three children, but it was always my mom that stood out to me.
She did it all. She worked, she ran the house, she took care of us, and she always made everything ‘work.’
I can remember her working full time and going back to school to get her master’s degree in special education and later in childhood nutrition.
It could not have been easy, but she never complained.
She just did what she thought was necessary to be the best mother and provider that she could be. I am grateful to have had such an inspiring woman as a role-model and teacher who I get to call, “mom.”