When she isn’t caring for patients as a pharmacist, you can find Adrianna Stevens crafting Vitamin C serums or hanging with her family. Read on to learn more about this Caring Pharmacist Mom on the Street.
Adrianna is a small-town girl from New Mexico, living out near Austin, TX. she has two kids and a giant golden doodle who rule her world, and she is also a pharmacist when she is not in the lab making serum or testing out new ideas. Her husband Marc works at Ft Hood as a sports psychology consultant.
Caring Pharmacist Career
You work as a pharmacist; what made you interested in being one, and how do you like the job?
My mom’s best friend was a pharmacist, and she always told me she thought I had the personality for it as a perfectionist, and because I wanted a family, she said I could have both. I also loved science and medicine. There are definitely times I have loved moments of my job. I adore people and love to interact with them, make them feel loved, and take care of their medicine. But to be honest my career choice has turned out to be one of the hardest challenges I’ve ever been through.
How do you feel you have grown as a pharmacist since graduating from school, What are some of the biggest lessons you have learned through the career and work-life balance, especially when raising a family?
I’ve grown quite a bit. Taming my people-pleasing needs, and trying to replace them with taking better care of my family at home. This switch came with some counseling about healthy boundaries I need to set with my patients and people in general. A lesson I have learned is truly to treat each day with care. Even if you only have a few moments with your kids before you have to work, make that time count. Look at your kids in their little faces more. Put the guilt away when you are at work, you are providing for your children and they are okay without you present every free moment of their lives. They also need time to grow and space to figure out their thoughts too.
Caring Pharmacist Challenges and Rewards
What are the biggest challenges and rewards of being a pharmacist?
A huge challenge for me has always been to know I am a doctor and could actually help a lot of people but to be treated like I knew next to nothing most of the time. I was a retail pharmacist for 8 years, and it was intense. At the end of those 8 years, I was having panic attacks multiple times a day at work. The pandemic obviously was major tough on all healthcare professionals, and retail pharmacy was thrown at the pandemic hard. We were doing over 100 covid shots daily, filling 700-800 scripts daily, 30 covid tests thru drive-thru, answering about 6 different lines at all times. Not to mention our lines never went away. I’ve never had so many questions in all my career.
People have always been a little less respectful to retail pharmacists, but the pandemic brought out the worst of people back there to us. I was getting screamed at multiple times a day by the end of last year. I recently made a change and work as a long-term care pharmacist now. I no longer deal with the public or a big company screaming to do more and more. My panic attacks have gone away. My mental state is recovering as we speak from all that daily intense stress we went through every day. My heart goes out to those who haven’t found a way out yet.
So to sum that up, I think God has me in this profession for a reason but it hasn’t been an easy road for me. I do think helping people feel cared for by knowing them on a first-name basis and handling their questions with love and care is one of the most rewarding things I ever got out of my job.
Caring Pharmacist Inspiration
Who are some of your biggest inspirations in work and life?
My dad is a huge inspiration to me as he started working for his dad’s company pumping gas to owning the whole company. He made his dad’s company bigger and better through working hard and taking care of people, especially during hard times.
My mom is also a huge inspiration to me because she knows no strangers and has always allowed people into our home with open arms. It inspired me to really look at people and just care where they are at in life.
Back 2 Bare Skincare Business
Along with being a pharmacist, you created your own business centered around skincare. When and why did you start up Back 2 Bare skincare?
I started my own skincare company Back 2 Bare Skincare in 2017. Currently, I only have one product, called Touch of C Face Serum, because it honestly took so much work to formulate it and work out all the details from safety to efficacy. I developed this product when I was working as a compounding pharmacist to help the pharmacy I was at make money, and for me to finally have a product I could use on my sensitive red-headed skin that worked!! I was also breastfeeding at the time so safety for my son was a big thought at that time in my life.
What are some of the benefits of Back 2 Bare skincare?
It is formulated using fewer fillers and chemicals than other brands. It uses as an ingredient that clears acne and prevents it all while making your complexion glow and preventing wrinkles. It literally is my favorite product I’ve ever used for my skin! I compound it in small batches in a lab so your bottles haven’t been sitting on shelves for months or years. I use an eco-friendly preservative system (usp 51 certified) and most of the ingredients are from organic sources. It is a highly potent serum so you don’t need a lot to see the changes in your skin. Also, I don’t charge what this serum is worth because I want normal people like myself to be able to afford to have healthy skin too!
Family Support and Lifestyle
How do your husband, family, friends, and coworkers support you in your business and life?
My husband is who found the lab for me to rent, got my business license for me, and helps me ship out bottles every night. He really believes in me! Lots of my friends and coworkers buy my serum and use it regularly! Or even just sharing with someone else about my product. It means a lot!
Do you feel that your children are inspired by you having your own business? or do you think their interests lie in different subjects?
My children are 6 and 8 and honestly, I think after all these years they just realized I actually make those bottles for my own business haha. They seem pretty proud and curious about science in general so hopefully, it inspires them.
Business Rewards, Challenges, and Goals
What are the most rewarding and challenging parts of owning your own business?
The reward is I get to have great skin with my serum. I get to help other men and women feel beautiful in their own skin without throwing away a bunch of money.
The most challenging part of owning my own business is time. It takes a lot of time to market my serum, make it in the lab, and ship out bottles all of the time. I am also terrified of negative feedback which is something I’m working on.
How do you wish to see your business grow in the future?
I hope my business will get big enough to at least sustain what I’m doing. I really love to know people are using a safe product that they can even use on their kids for acne or other skin ailments. There are a lot of pretty dirty chemicals out there in products.
Where can people find your business online or on social media?
Caring Pharmacist Style
Which three words best describe your style?
A step behind the latest fashion lol, comfy and cute mom but still got it, and leggings forever.
What are your favorite places to shop?
I love Amazon fashion the most!
Who’s your favorite style icon?
I love to see all of the different girls on Instagram with their different styles!
What’s your best style advice?
When in doubt, wear lipstick. I always look like I got ready because I wear lipstick every day lol.
What are 5 things you are most likely to have in your purse at all times?
Lipstick, hand cream, and gum.
What article of clothing/accessory would you not want to live without?
Which trend would you want to see make a comeback?
People looking a little more natural, you’re beautiful just as you are! I love all the makeup and contour, but sometimes it’s refreshing to see someone rocking a more natural look.
What should NEVER make a comeback?
What fashion/style icon did you love at the time but now cringe when you see old photos?
I am obsessed with Blake Lively and nothing she does has ever made me cringe lol.
What’s your best style secret?
My Touch of C Face serum keeps my skin healthy and glowing. And a good Maybelline lip stain.
Caring Pharmacist Family
What’s your favorite way to spend time with your family?
Anything out and about. We have the most fun when we are intentional about going somewhere like bowling or to the movies.
What’s been your best family vacation?
We went to Hawaii for 2 weeks when my kids were babies and it was pure magic! We go on lots of vacations, they are worth being poor for.
What were your favorite family traditions growing up and what are some of your favorite family traditions now?
Yearly vacations for sure!
Best parenting advice:
Be honest with your kids about your faults, imperfections, etc. this allows them to share their shortcomings with you and you all to grow together.
Parenting true confession: They say none of us know what we are doing and it’s true.
What’s your go-to family dinner?
Anything my husband cooks will do just fine.
What’s your favorite family restaurant?
Wasabi sushi is a local favorite here for us.
Caring Pharmacist Life
What’s your favorite show to binge-watch?
I love watching Teddy Lasso. Man, he is the best! We named our dog after him haha!
If you could pick anyone to star as you in a movie based on your life, who would it be?
Isla Fischer because she’s a wild redhead like me.
What’s your favorite beach read?
I honestly haven’t finished a whole book since pharmacy school!! Those 8 years of school kind of killed my love of reading sadly. I love mystery romance novels though!
What song would you dance to when nobody’s watching?
Anything Justin Bieber!
What’s at the top of your travel bucket list?
Norway because I’m almost half Scandinavian and I would love to see more about my grandmother’s culture over there.
What’s your favorite way to unwind at the end of a long day?
Clean up the house then sit next to my handsome husband and do nothing together
Pharmacist Mommy Life
We love how Caring Pharmacist Mom on the Street Adrianna Stevens has shaped her career and business around helping others through health and good skincare. Be sure to check out Adrianna’s business Back2Bare Skincare on Instagram, as well as her personal profile.
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