Raised in Bowmanville, Ontario, Douglas completed his degree in Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1989 and completed his internship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 1989-1990. After finishing his formal training and employment as a staff pharmacist with SHSC, he took a pharmacy manager position with an independent Community Pharmacy in Chelmsford, Ontario. After joining a group practice in London, Ontario in 1991, he discovered his passion for Community Pharmacy and moved to Port Perry in 1994 where he has been providing excellence in patient care ever since.
He has spent 30 years as a community pharmacist, but has also been involved with educating young health professionals, acting as a Teaching Assistant with the Lesley Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator for the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and developing Inter-professional Medical Education with the Rural Family Practice program of the Department of Family Medicine, University of Toronto. He has also worked closely with physicians and other health professionals on various projects, including the PAACT project and Interprofessional Collaboration with Dr. John Stewart.
He is a member of the Central East Association for Smoking Elimination (CEASE), a collaborative group of health professionals, including pharmacists, doctors, nurses and dentists focusing on public and professional education about tobacco addiction and cessation programs.
In his current role as a pharmacist within the Port Perry and surrounding community, he has worked to develop a unique and patient-focused practice with specialties in Long Term Care and Geriatric Pharmacy, Diabetes, Smoking Cessation and is also a specialist in Travel Medicine.
Douglas loves to get involved and works with various groups to help improve the community at large. He is well known for his role for supporting local healthcare through his involvement with the Port Perry Hospital Foundation (Past President and Board Member since 2004, member of Community Living North Durham's Right's Committee). In recognition of his work helping improve the delivery of healthcare to patients, he was honoured with the Ontario Pharmacists' Association 2017 Pharmacist of the Year, the 2010 Mortar & Pestle Award and OPA's 2015 Mentorship Award.