Every month, SpotRx wants to spotlight some of our best, brightest, and most interesting employees. Our company is made up of dedicated and unique individuals — we like to think that separates our company from the competition. This week, we’re talking to Robert Squire, the Pharmacist-In-Charge at SpotRx.
SpotRx patients know Robert Squire as a trusted local pharmacist assisting in their wellness, but he’s also a man of many surprises.
“I have a business degree in marketing,” confessed the pharmacist-in-charge for SpotRx, during a 20-minute phone call that discussed the pharmacy industry, his work in the IT and retail fields, and a few jokes about aviation. The way that Robert tells it, the journey is so winding, he almost sounds like he’s winging it.
“As I went into school…I had to have a job,” confesses Squire. “I had the opportunity to meet an orthopedic surgeon. We had a discussion of what I wanted to do when I grew up. I really had a passion for photography, and he said ‘Hey, have you ever thought about medical photography?’”
From there Squire got a job at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, doing jobs far different than medical photography.
“I ended up being there for 21 years, and I basically learned a lot about the healthcare field. I learned how to do autopsies, learned how to be a phlebotomist, learned histology”, said Squire. After college, he got a job working in a completely different field — retail — for JC Penney, but the hospital had a shortage of phlebotomists, so Squire decided to take both jobs at once.
After a while, he left JC Penney and went back to school to get his Master’s Degree in Computer Science. During this time, he still worked at TMC, becoming a jack-of-all-trades for them in many fields, including business development, clinical process improvement, writing programs for the hospital’s education department, and, of course, more autopsy work.
After 21 years, Robert wanted a change, so he joined Intuit and analyzed call center metrics. While there, he wrote a patented program that benefited call center employees for achieving good metrics. But while the change in life was rewarding, he felt the allure of patient care calling again.
“I started researching pharmacy and basically, I took my first chemistry class”, explained Squire. He grated with another degree (his third) from the University of Arizona; before long, Robert was a juggling jobs as a professor at the U of A and as a pharmacist-in-charge for SpotRx, the latter of which fills his day with so much joy.
“I want to be able to help people, continually learn and develop…it keeps me engaged in the community and keeps me going”, says Squire.
Outside of work, Robert describes himself as a guy who likes aviation and hiking, in addition “make stuff out and fixing stuff”. The identity of a maker defines Dr. Squire both in and out of his profession, and SpotRx is tremendously proud to have him as an employee.
If you see Robert at one of our clinics, ask him about his latest adventure!