Wingate’s Pharmacy believes in getting to know our customers one by one. Just as we enjoy meeting and getting to know them, we feel it is equally important to share a little about each of one of us.
Derick began his career in pharmacy in 1997 with a part time job at Pelham Pharmacy in Brookline, Ma while attending pharmacy school at Northeastern University. Pelham introduced him to independent pharmacy and the compounding specialty. Derick was able to focus on the compounding skills during several co-op rotations at another local independent pharmacy, J.E. Pierce Apothecary.
During those co-op rotations he was able to learn not only about compounding pharmacy but also about management, teaching, and advocating for your profession under his mentor Steve Grossman. Derick has also served on many professional associations in leadership roles and on Boards of Directors as a way to advocate for quality and professional improvement in compounding pharmacy.
When the time came for Mr. Grossman to sell his store Derick and his wife Kristyn, who is also a pharmacist, purchased the business and quickly worked at growing the compounding specialty. A few years later Mr. Wingate approached Derick and Kristyn to purchase his pharmacy. Both Mr. Wingate and Mr. Anderson new the future of their businesses would be in their specialty business of compounding. In 2013 Wingate’s pharmacy began as a compounding-only pharmacy to focus all their efforts on this aspect of the profession. Derick upgraded facilities, training, and began adding a sub-specialty of nutraceuticals.
Wingate’s pharmacy now operates as a compounding only pharmacy with a nice selection of medical equipment and a growing line of nutritional supplements.
Joy has been working in pharmacies since she was in High School, first as a clerk and then as a Pharmacist. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. She has previous experience at several larger chain pharmacies, but enjoys the ability to tailor-make patient-specific compounded medications for clients at Wingate’s Pharmacy. One example of this patient-specific focus is her completion of a course concentrating in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women.
Due to her lifelong love of animals, she is particularly excited about Veterinary Compounding and the opportunity to help improve the health and happiness of clients’ sick or injured pets. She has attended animal-specific continuing education (CE) courses and seminars, such as the Exotic Animal Veterinary Symposium in Cleveland, Ohio. She also stays current on new trends and protocols by completing on-line CE courses such as ‘Pharmaceutical Care and Compounds for Veterinary Patients’ as well as ‘Advanced Pharmaceutical Care and Compounds for Canines’.
When not at Wingate’s Pharmacy, Joy enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, running, watching soccer, and playing with their two dogs and cat.