Helping in Times of the Pandemic

Jessica Sharpe '04
Director of Alumni Relations
August 3, 2020

I have found myself feeling helpless during this uncertain time of Covid-19.  With very limited social interactions since March, I have turned to my sewing machine to make masks for family and friends. It feels like a small part in helping those close to me. I recently caught up with Canterbury alum Sarah Galliher '17, who has moved way beyond helping family and friends.  She is a tenacious, hard-working college student who turned these uncertain times into a new business venture, Clinicians Choice. Clinicians Choice provides a resource for schools, teachers, and families to find basic Personal Protective Equipment. Sarah is an inspiration and I am grateful our Canterbury alumni are doing such astounding things. Stay well, my friends. 

Tell me a little bit about yourself. 

I graduated Canterbury in 2017, and was part of the 17 year club. Go Cavs! I am a rising senior at Depauw University. I am majoring in Communications with a double minor in Art History and Education Studies. I am also the Chapter President of my sorority, Pi Beta Phi. This summer, I was planning on having an internship in Washington, D.C., however, when COVID-19 occurred, my plans quickly changed. 

How did you decide to make this shift and start a business? What pushed you and your friends/colleagues to fill this need?

Because my plans for the summer changed, I was asked by one of my best friends at DePauw, Carter Gillie, to join him and two of our other friends, Ellie Carlson and Sophie Hensley, to work for Clinicians Health Solutions in Indianapolis. The four of us were brought on to create a website, run social media, marketing, and gain sales for the company. However, we created our company, Clinicians Choice, as a part of Clinicians Health Solutions. We focus mainly on giving schools, students, teachers, parents, and staff access to all of the needed products today. As college students, we know how nervous students, teachers, staff, and parents are for the return to school. We wanted to make sure that these people had access to everything they would need to be safe, especially because the products are so difficult to find. We have focused our company, Clinicians Choice, on providing top quality products at the best prices possible. 

What was it like at the beginning, which was only several months ago. How have you grown this business?

In the beginning, we had no idea what we were doing. The four of us have skills, which allowed us to work together and accomplish what we have so far. I headed the social media and marketing because of my experience from my internship last summer in Washington, D.C.  We began by creating our website, and getting our products and name out for consumers. Currently, we are working with a not for profit in Indianapolis, Veteran Industries and Arts, focused on helping veterans with reintegration and finding therapy through work and arts. This nonprofit means so much to us because we are able to give back directly to such an amazing cause. We are also selling their bottles on our website, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit! We hope to continue to use our company to provide customers with amazing products and with the ability to give back to our own communities. 

What are the future plans? What is next for you?

My future plans are to move to D.C. and focus on social media and marketing specialties for private companies for a few years, and later to go to law school for Education Administration. However, we will continue to run Clinicians Choice, especially during this school year when all of the products are needed. 

Do you recall any Canterbury experience that helped prepare you for where you are today?  

There are so many aspects of Canterbury that I can thank for getting me to where I am today. One teacher that greatly impacted my life was Mrs. Rupp. Mrs. Rupp always believed in all of her students and challenged them to be their greatest. One of my favorite memories was when I would stop by her room to grab Skittles on my walk from the middle school to the carpool lane in the Lower School. Everyday Mrs. Rupp hugged me when I walked in and genuinely cared about what was happening in my life. She showed me compassion and respect, from how she treated everyone. She was the only teacher at Canterbury to have all four of the Galliher kids, so there was always a deep connection between my family and her! 

What Canterbury tradition, experience, faculty, or class puts the biggest smile on your face?

A Canterbury experience that always puts a smile on my face is how dedicated the school, teachers, and faculty are to all students and families. I am so grateful to have gone to a school where I could easily talk to my teachers, meet new friends, and be myself at all times. The Canterbury family is one that we all need to cherish because we are so lucky to have such a strong community with amazing resources and people!