Gai Williams, an Australian pharmacist, international author and a partner in a business called Willby's Wind and Colic which provides help, support, advice and natural solutions to new moms whose newborn babies are suffering the debilitating effects of wind, colic and reflux joins eHealth Radio and the Children's Health and Health News Channels.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Gai Williams discuss the following:
- What prompted you to change from the community pharmacy to your new business Willby;s Wind and Colic?
- What is colic, what causes it and how long does it last?
- How does your Willby's product differ from other commercially available products on pharmacy shelves?
- How did your book No More Tears Colic Relief come about?
- I believe you have a free advice service associated with your business - tell us about that.
Gai Williams, B. Pharm., A.F.A.I.P.M., is an entrepreneurial Australian pharmacist and author of the book “No More Tears Colic Relief”.
During her extensive pharmacy career, she has gathered experience from a multitude of business and pharmacy seminars and pioneered many pharmacy firsts. Twice she has offered her pharmacy premises to be the flagship for new pharmacy concepts, she has become a barista to install a Gloria Jean’s Coffees franchise within her pharmacy and established Pharm-A-Temp which was the first independent fee for service pharmacy locum business in Victoria.
Her passion for pharmacy began when she was employed as a Saturday morning girl in her local pharmacy and the desire to make a difference in the pharmacy world has never waned. She believes in offering the best products and advice possible and her search for excellence has culminated in her first published book about baby colic relief –a condition which affects 40% of babies and about which there has been little information until now.
Gai’s professional pharmacy career has been enhanced along the way by receiving awards such as an associate fellowship of the Australian Institute of Pharmacy Management, a finalist berth in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2000 and her achievement of becoming the first female chairperson of Guardian Pharmacies Australia.
She has been a speaker at many pharmacy courses and business conferences and continues to investigate every possibility to enhance the competitive retail health market.
Gai is committed to making a difference in the healthcare of her patients and believes that the community pharmacy model in Australia is the best in the world.
Her belief in making a difference and giving back has resulted in a lifetime commitment to parent committees during her children’s education and a leadership role as President of the Boronia Chamber of Commerce – a position she held for many years. She has also served as a business representative on many Knox Council committees. She is also the current Vice Chair of the Board of Mt Evelyn & Districts Financial Services which oversees the running of both the Mt Evelyn and Montrose branches of the Bendigo Community Bank network.
Gai is still a practicing pharmacist and, with her business partner Greg, has established Willby’s Wind and Colic –Australia’s only destination hotline for mums needing support, advice and treatment solutions for their babies suffering from the debilitating effects of wind, colic and reflux. Calls and emails are answered by a pharmacist with at least 15 years of experience in the wind and colic space so mums are always receiving the best expert advice.