November 27, 2018

Meet our Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptors: Neris Palunas

Neris Palunas, PharmD, BCPG

Neris Palunas, PharmD, BCGP

Neris M. Palunas, PharmD, BCGP, is a Consultant Pharmacist with Consonus Pharmacy, serving people in the Seattle area. Neris consults as a clinical pharmacist to senior living communities at all levels of care.  “I love teaching and have been a preceptor in all my roles as a pharmacist, specifically as a Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptor for 4 years,” she told us.

She chose to specialize in geriatric pharmacy to, “honor the wisdom of our elders, advocate and bring comfort to the lives of older adults, optimize the use of medications in geriatric practice, and collaborate with the interdisciplinary health care team at transitions of care, pain management, rehabilitation and end of life.”Her research interests are in transitions of care and palliative care.

Previously, Neris worked in Global Health/Pharmacy Service in Central America, as Director of Professional Affairs for the WSPA, and in Professional Services and Drug Information for biotech giant Immunex Corporation.

Neris is a proud Husky alumna having earned her PharmD at UWSOP. For her undergrad degree, a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she focused on Pharmacy Administration. Additionally, Neris has piloted an airplane, is an outstanding cook and Lithuanian dancer. She enjoys annual backpacking trips with her son Kovas and daughter Vaiva. As for her coffee, she likes extra hot, triple shot venti lattes.

 

Are you interested in working with the top-rated faculty and preceptors while studying geriatric pharmacy with preeminent student peers?

Click here for more information about the Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate or click these links to learn about the UW PharmD program.