|The Özdemirs, from L-R: Ayşe, Feride, Halil & Feriha|
With a pharmacist father Halil Özdemir, A-grade chemistry student Feriha Ibrahim knew which profession she wanted to pursue before she had even left school. Pharmacy was her ideal career, as it combined her passion for health care with business.
She graduated from
Kings College, , with a Masters
Degree in Pharmacy in 2004 and did a year of vocational training at Whipps
Cross hospital. She then worked in several chemists
in southeast University
before taking up a permanent post in her family’s pharmacy in Leytonstone,
which has served the community since 1982. London
A few years ago her sister Ayşe also qualified as a pharmacist, and together with their younger sister Feride, they decided to expand the family business. Earlier this year, the Özdemirs opened a second Woodside Pharmacy branch also in Leytonstone E11, which Feriha now manages.
Feriha said: “With it often taking days before patients get to see their GP, people are increasingly turning to their local pharmacists for good advice on a range of health issues.”
She joins our editorial team, so look out for her topical health-tips in T‑VINE’s Wellbeing section online each month and bi-monthly in the magazine.