Northwest District

Cities included in this district are those within the northwest region of the state, extending from the Cumberland Mall area of the metro-Atlanta perimeter to Dalton and Rome.


District Director

Maria Miller Thurston, Pharm.D., BCPS


 Maria Thurston, Pharm.D., BCPS is from Athens, Georgia and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2010.  She completed a PGY-1 residency with the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care residency with the University of Georgia/Charlie Norwood VAMC, where she also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy.  Dr. Thurston’s areas of interest/expertise include: cardiovascular risk reduction, diabetes, patient education, adherence, interprofessional education, and professional development. Dr. Thurston was named the GSHP Outstanding Young Health-System Pharmacist in 2012. She is currently serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice with Mercer University College of Pharmacy where she coordinates the Nervous Systems Disorders II course and teaches various didactic lectures.  She actively practices in a collaborative outpatient internal medicine clinic at Atlanta Medical Center’s Sheffield HealthCare Center, where she precepts both pharmacy students and residents. She serves on committees for multiple regional and national pharmacy organizations and is a peer reviewer for scholarly journals.  Her regional and peer-reviewed publications are focused on topics relevant to primary care practice, and she has research and grants in the areas of medication adherence, health literacy, diabetes, heart failure, interprofessional education, and professional development.


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