Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Kay Sparks

Kay Sparks - 2000

Kay Sparks, like her husband David, has been very dedicated to the practice of pharmacy compounding and has played an especially critical role in the training and education of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and college of pharmacy students in the Houston area.

Her professional career began in the late 1960s as a hospital pharmacist at Hillcrest Hospital/St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa. She then worked as a pharmacist in the community practice setting at Scott Robison’s Prescriptions in Tulsa.

In 1989, she joined Professional Compounding Centers of America, Inc., as the V.P. Associate Director of training. Today, Sparks also serves as director of student training for P*Ceutics Institute, PCCA’s provider of college of pharmacy student training and online courses. She has been a member of PCCA’s Board of Directors since 1992.

Every year, more than 1,500 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and college of pharmacy students attend PCCA’s compounding training classes. Participants learn to compound formulations, including gels, lip balms, topicals, suppositories and capsules in PCCA’s in-house training laboratory. Students also attend classroom lectures, covering a variety of topics such as quality assurance, legal issues and marketing.

Sparks obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in pharmacy from Southwestern in 1966. She is a Fellow of the American College of Apothecaries and of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. She is a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Texas Pharmaceutical Association. She is a lifetime member of the SWOSU School of Pharmacy Alumni Association.

In 1997, Sparks was awarded the PCCA Eagle, which is the company’s highest honor and is presented to those individuals who have dedicated themselves to the company, their colleagues and to pharmacy compounding.