The New Practitioner of the Year Award 2021 recognizes a pharmacist who has been practicing for less than five years and whose commitment to patient care and innovative practice has resulted in positive changes.
Tiana is recognized for enhancing access and clinical care for marginalized patient populations, guiding the professional development of pharmacy students, in addition to diverse advocacy efforts. While earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto she participated in national and international advocacy efforts while interning at the World Health Organization (WHO), OPA, and St. Mary’s Hospital in Uganda.
During her residency at St. Michael’s Hospital, Tiana implemented the department’s first pharmacist-led opioid stewardship program. The program has since been expanded across all six academic family health team sites at Unity Health.
Tiana’s research on opioid treatments was published in the peer-reviewed BMJ Open Quality journal and received several awards from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Furthermore, she has impacted numerous students as a pharmacy preceptor, a Clinical Lecturer and Course Co-Ordinator for the University of Toronto’s Medication Therapy Management Course and the International Pharmacy Graduate Professional Practice Lab. Most recently, Tiana partnered with an Indigenous Health organization to develop infographics bringing awareness to NIHB coverage of OTC items when recommended by a pharmacist. These infographics have been shared nationally with hundreds of pharmacists and have since been integrated into pharmacy school curriculums and reviewed by NIHB. Through her few years of practice, Tiana has made significant contributions to patients and pharmacists across the country and internationally.