Dr. Boka was raised in an underserved rural community in Missouri. Experiencing this rural health disparity as an adolescent, she recognized her passion for helping people who lacked access to healthcare. She committed to pursue the delivery of healthcare to the underserved which motivated her to complete her doctor of pharmacy degree at University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She went on to complete her post-graduate year 1 residency training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then her post-graduate year 2 residency in Ambulatory Care at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver.
After her training, she established her clinical practice site at Denver Health as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Wellington Webb Adult Clinic, a safety net healthcare system. She was the first clinical pharmacy specialist at this clinic and has served this diverse, low income, underprivileged patient population for almost eight years. In her current role, she has proven successful in increasing access and quality of care by providing clinical pharmacy services for chronic disease state management for diabetes, hypertension and anticoagulation for our underserved patient population. The services she has worked hard to develop aim to achieve health equity by working in collaboration with her integrated care team, as well as across the organization to improve access to care, optimization of medication management and outcomes for all patient populations.
Dr. Boka’s patient care services, committee involvement, research and quality improvement projects focus on optimization of medications and medication adherence with a focus on diabetes-related health outcomes. She is also passionate about training students and residents to provide high quality healthcare services to the underserved and accelerate the elimination of inequities in health care.