Tara Gilliland, PharmD
Hometown: Mandeville, LA
Undergraduate Education: Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, LA
Pharmacy School: University of Florida – Gainesville, FL
In Her Own Words
I grew up in Mandeville, Louisiana—a town just outside of New Orleans. Being raised in a small town allowed me to appreciate small town values, such as a sense of community and helping each other. I was introduced to pharmacy at a young age, as I am a third-generation pharmacist—all graduates of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. I became interested in pursuing pharmacy after witnessing how pharmacists aided patients in understanding their medications. While attending pharmacy school, I completed a rotation in ambulatory care and I realized that this specialty allows pharmacists to build long term relationships with patients and providers, and that fully aligns with my values and interests.
I am excited to start working with the patients of Turley Family Health Center as well as the medical residents and healthcare professionals within the clinic. During this year of residency, I hope to build upon the skills I developed throughout pharmacy school to serve my patients to the best of my ability.
About Dr. Gilliland
Going into pharmacy school Dr. Gilliland wanted to get involved on campus and learn as much as she could about field of pharmacy. She became President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy UF Chapter and held several chair positions within the UF Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists.
Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as cooking and trying new restaurants. She is always looking to try new recipes however her favorite meal to cook is jambalaya. She also enjoys cheering on the LSU Tigers, Florida Gators and New Orleans Saints.