Experts at our Store:
AMY FORD - Pharmacist & Owner
Hi I’m Amy, Pharmacist and owner of Hope Island 7 Day Amcal Chemist. As your local community Pharmacist, I'm here to help you achieve great health. I’m a qualified diabetes educator and have a keen interest in natural health and integrative medicine. My emphasis is on providing the best, up-to-date, quality, and practical advice whilst ensuring you have an exceptional customer experience in our store. I'm a dedicated mum of 3 small children and outside of my commitments to my businesses, I love spending time with my family and enjoying the great outdoors. I really love the Gold Coast and feel very lucky to be part of our community. I'm a wannabe triathlete, a keen Rotarian and loyal GC Suns supporter. I invite you to come and experience our pharmacy and meet our great team who are ready to help.
SHAYNA KHAN - Pharmacist
I have worked in pharmacy for almost 5 years. I love that pharmacy is such a versatile profession and there's always something new to learn. My area of interest is providing professional services. These services include sleep apnoea, diabetes health checks, vaccinations and more. I am passionate about helping the community become healthier. I am very friendly and approachable so come and see me at Amcal where the pharmacist is always available.
BERRA SEZGIN - Pharmacist
I have been in Pharmacy for more than 3 decades. I love being a pharmacist as it allows me to connect with people and help them to make a positive change in their lives, which is very rewarding. I love to learn from my customers and see them as more than their disease, sickness and their prescriptions. I also believe in the importance of a holistic approach in a pharmacy. My main focus is life-serving communication and to establish rapport with our customers. I am interested in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Program) and NVC (Non-Violent Communication) and Hypnosis. I love to see how the mind can change its perceptions by using different language to create new behaviour. At the Hope Island 7 Day Amcal Chemist, I feel that my values clearly and congruently line up with our pharmacy settings in a holistic way which means working there is not only a job but a JOY.
ALLANA BANKS – Dispensary Manager
My name is Allana, and I started working in pharmacy as an after-school job back in 2008. I have a passion for helping with all your health care needs but also love helping you find your perfect skin care routine.
The thing I love most about community pharmacy is being able to get to know all our customers on a personal level.
KAYLA PEARCE - Pharmacist
As a newly registered pharmacist and having over 10 years of pharmacy experience, I am extremely passionate about preventative health care and having a holistic approach when managing specific medical conditions.
My main interests are Diabetes and Sleep Apnoea. I love speaking to patients about their health conditions and developing a plan on ways to improve their management and understanding. I have realized the importance of not only being there for my patients but making sure they are involved in their own management. This will help them create a deeper understanding on why they need to take their medications and can improve their overall health. In my free time when I am not spending it with my two fur babies, I enjoy being active and going to group fitness classes. I also love cooking and trying new recipes especially sweets.
CAITLIN RUTHERFORD-HEARD - Pharmacy Assistant
After working in pharmacy for 5 years, I have developed a passion for changing peoples’ lives on a day to day basis. I love nothing more than watching customers take control of their health and wellbeing and become and advocate for themselves. As a registered Nurse and doctor-to-be, I love educating customers on how to manage their medications and empower the people I meet to ask what they can do for themselves. When not at work or in the books, I am a fur-mama to my little staffy, a lover of dance and an avid advocate for people with disabilities achieving their dreams and never holding back. If you see me in our store, come say hello and let me know what I can do for you.
CILLA MCFARLANE - Naturopath
Three years ago I completed a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Naturopathy. I have been passionate about natural health since my early teenage years and found that when I visited a Naturopath that I recovered remarkably. This instilled even more passion, belief, and trust in how your health plays a huge role in recovery from ailments and in prevention. I have previously worked as a pharmacy assistant for 15 years and enjoy being able to combine both naturopathy and pharmacy assistant together in the one workplace. I have reached my goals and look forward to meeting you and assisting you with your health needs.
CINDY BISHOP – Pharmacy Assistant
I have worked in community pharmacy for over 30 years. I love working at Hope Island 7 Day Amcal because their values align with mine. I enjoy helping our customers with all of their health needs. I have had a lot of experience helping people with all types of health conditions including anxiety and depression and wound care. I really enjoy helping customers pick gifts for their love ones and then gift wrapping them so they look extra special.
CYAN SUN - Pharmacy Assistant
Hi I’m Cyan, I’m currently a pharmacy student. I love working here at Amcal Hope Island and am really grateful to be part of this wonderful team. My favourite things to do are Webster Packing and dispensing and I’m also aiming to increase my knowledge in natural medicine. Would love to see you around and help out as best I can.
KATIE TONG - Pharmacist
Hi, my name is Katie and I have been in pharmacy for over 10 years. I am passionate on natural health and have a comprehensive knowledge in vitamins and supplements. As a mum of young twins, I also have a special interest in maternal and child health, food, and nutrition. I have always liked being a community pharmacist as I love interacting with people. So, feel free to come in and have a chat with me, not matter how big or small!
LARA FEWINGS - Pharmacy Assistant
I am a first-year university student currently undertaking a Bachelor of Pharmacy. I love studying in the field of medicine as it allows me to make a difference in the community by helping those around me. Within the pharmacy I love the connections I am able to make with the customers for a personalised experience in the store. In my free time I like to head down to the beach and enjoy the sun with my dog and doing some volunteer work at the surf lifesaving club.
LINDA KASTRATI – Pharmacy Assistant
I have been super lucky to be a part of the pharmacy industry for a few years & now a part of the Hope Island community. I am always meeting amazing new people every day & continuously learning something new from my customers which is a part of why I love working in community pharmacy. I am extremely passionate in finding a way to help you with any concerns you may have which is why am continuously learning and growing my skills to provide the best healthcare advice that I can. I love that I can be here to help you with some health care tips including natural health and other general health questions you may have. I also have a passion for skin care and helping you find the best product to suit your skin care needs! There are many products out there, so I want to help you find the right one! I would also love to help you with some beauty tips and tricks in our makeup aisle so come see me at Hope Island Amcal!
NATALIE CURRAN – 2IC
I have worked in pharmacy for about 14 years. Over this time, I have had various roles which allows me to be well equipped in being able to assist in almost everything. I love being able to help people and create customer relationships.
TANYA COFFEY – Retail Manager
I have worked in pharmacy for over 17 years. I strive to lead our team to provide the best customer service that they can. I enjoy getting to know our customers, listening to them and assisting with their every need.