Andrew Gonzales ’14
On his way to becoming a Pharmacist for Marsh supermarkets and Pharmacist Consultant for the Indianapolis-based non-profit organization HealthNet, Andrew Gonzales ’14 had several eye-opening experiences at Butler that helped shape him both as a person and as a professional.
One was during a medical mission trip to Ecuador, where he encountered children living in abject poverty who “really had no type of medical care other than us.” Another was meeting and helping Indianapolis residents who came to Butler’s Community Outreach Pharmacy to get medical attention.
Both made him acutely aware of the need for the services he would provide once he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
“I saw things that I would not have seen otherwise,” he said.
Gonzales, who grew up in nearby Carmel, Indiana, said Butler also helped improve his people skills.
“Before I started at Butler, I didn’t have a lot of professional leadership type of skills,” he said. “I wasn’t president of any club in high school. Butler helped me to jump in and understand leadership, and that you definitely have to be able to communicate with people. I jumped in after a couple of years and I haven’t looked back since.”
He saw the value of connections when one of his Pharmacy professors, Jeanne VanTyle, put him in touch with the medical director at HealthNet.
“He was looking for somebody who could be really adventurous and willing to oversee something a lot of pharmacists don’t really know a whole lot about,” Gonzales said. “She brought my name to him.”
The result: In addition to working four days a week for a Marsh pharmacy, he also works another 15 hours for HealthNet, which provides primary care health services to the medically underserved. There, he consults on HealthNet’s 340B program, which requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations/covered entities at significantly reduced prices.
“Butler really did an excellent job getting me connections and teaching me how to talk to people, knowing what to say and how to network with people,” he said, “because that’s what’s important in the long run.”