All in the Family
Published on 21 May 2022
As students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in the mid-1990s, siblings Seamus Kloos, B.S. ’94, Pharm.D. ’97, owner and pharmacist at Moody Pharmacy and K&S Pharmacies of Southern Illinois; Kristina Kloos Bryowsky, B.S. ’96, Pharm.D. ’97, pharmacy director at SSM Health DePaul Hospital - St. Louis; and Mike Kloos, B.S. ’97, Pharm.D. ’98, associate director of global medical affairs, allergy and immunology at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, supported each other as they pursued their Doctors of Pharmacy just years apart.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ST. LOUIS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY?
Seamus: I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I had never thought of pharmacy until I visited the college during my junior year of high school and met with an admissions representative who encouraged me to take part in a summer institute experience on campus. After that, I decided to enroll.
Kristina: I always knew that I wanted to go into pharmacy. When I was younger, I had a neighbor who owned his own retail pharmacy with a soda shop in it, and he inspired me. As I grew up, I also heard what a great career choice pharmacy was for women. Knowing Seamus was already in pharmacy school at the college also helped steer my decision.
Mike: I was the last of us to enter the college. Originally, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer, but I realized there were already too many lawyers in the world. My high school guidance counselor pushed me toward pharmacy school, and it was the right decision.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING SIBLINGS PURSUING THE SAME DEGREE AT THE SAME SCHOOL SIMULTANEOUSLY?
Kristina: I think many siblings go to the same colleges or universities, but St. Louis College of Pharmacy was a bit unique because it’s such a small community. During our time at the college, my brothers and I were together a lot, and they helped me all the time.
Mike: My siblings and I had a great time going through the college together. Seamus and I pledged a fraternity together, and we all hung out a lot and relied on each other. Interestingly, we all married pharmacists, so now our group of sibling pharmacists has increased from three to six!
HOW HAVE YOUR INDIVIDUAL CAREERS IN PHARMACY EVOLVED?
Seamus: For 16 years, I have been the owner of Moody Pharmacy in Sparta, Illinois, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In addition to owning the pharmacy since 2004, I’ve worked at the pharmacy since 1996. I’m now filling prescriptions for the grandchildren of customers who were coming to the pharmacy when I started. I’m deeply committed to this community and its people, and I plan to serve them as long as I can.
Kristina: When I graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, I moved to Boston and did a pediatric pharmacy residency at Boston Children’s Hospital. After that, I worked in the Newborn/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for 10 years. That led to my next position as Pharmacy Director at SSM St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Missouri. At the start of the pandemic, I took on additional responsibilities as the Pharmacy Director at SSM Health DePaul Hospital - St. Louis in Bridgeton, Missouri, for six months, so I was managing both pharmacies simultaneously. Now, I’m working exclusively with SSM Health DePaul Hospital, where my work includes implementing new forms of automation, updating processes, managing the pharmacy budget and overseeing other significant changes.
Mike: Like Kristina, I took the residency route. After pharmacy school, I did a specialty pharmacy residency in drug information. Following my residency, I worked for Neil Schmidt, B.S. ’73, at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center. After leaving SSM St. Mary’s, I held a few jobs in pharmacy industry with Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim and Bristol Myers Squibb. For the past four years, I have been with the allergy and immunology team at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Working there through the pandemic has been a life-changing experience. The monoclonal antibodies that were used to treat the Delta variant of COVID-19 were created by Regeneron, and I was part of the team that was able to help isolate the antibodies and move them into human trials in just 77 days.
HOW DID ST. LOUIS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREERS?
Mike: I think my siblings agree that we all received a top-notch education, and lots of practical and hands-on experience, which prepared us to go out into the world and become successful pharmacists.
Kristina: We all also built a strong network of pharmacy colleagues during our time at the college and those connections have been an invaluable resource to us throughout our careers.