I’m Paul Roberts, a registered pharmacist and nutritionist.
I grew up in the water & winter wonderland of Minnesota. Graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1987, I was licensed as a pharmacist there and also in California, where I relocated.
Going the traditional route, I worked in a retail pharmacy for several years, both as a staff pharmacist and as the manager. One day it occurred to me how much time I spent out front, helping customers choose the correct vitamins . . . and how much I enjoyed helping them.
Well, I went on to study herbal medicine. I did this on my own, as there were no courses for pharmacists in the U.S. at that time. I had tried to take a course when I was in college, but it was only open to graduate students! I did some work with herbal medicine for several years. I am a contributing author to the Natural Medicines Database®, the most comprehensive database of herbal medicine in the English language.
It quickly became apparent that knowledge of herbs wasn’t enough . . . people had so many questions about vitamins and nutritional supplements. I needed to know more, and neither my fellow pharmacists nor the doctors I worked with could answer the questions that I had.
So I went on to obtain my Masters Degree in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. They’ve had this program since 1979. I really enjoyed the camaraderie and learned a lot. Needless to say, I got all my questions answered and more!
But in addition to being a student, I also have experience as a teacher. In my 20+ years with a large HMO, I have enjoyed teaching many classes, as well as working with patients one-on-one in the clinic. Some of the classes include diabetes, tobacco cessation, congestive heart failure, asthma care, and others.
I continue to volunteer as a guest speaker at support groups for people with various medical conditions (like diabetes) around the region.
With all this I still place a high priority on friends and family. I like to relax with movies, bike riding, yoga, watching Minnesota Vikings football and, of course, reading.
With my years of experience I stay on the cutting edge with nutritional and pharmaceutical care for my clients.