COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS


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Forrest J. Young
CEO

University of Minnesota; in practice since 1997

“I wanted to follow in my Grandpa Young’s footsteps to become a pharmacist and own a pharmacy in Wausau. I’ve lived here my whole life and enjoy being involved with the community. Along with helping people with their health care, an especially rewarding part of my job is the relationships I have developed with my coworkers over the years. I’m married to Debby, and have two great kids. Away from my job, I enjoy sports, especially Brewers baseball, and have a great time coaching my kids.”

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Jon Smith
President/COO

University of Wisconsin-Madison; in practice since 1995.

“In my 22 years of practice, I’ve worked in hospital and retail environments, and now in long term care. I’m glad that my interest in chemistry and sciences led me to this profession. As a pharmacist I’ve always enjoyed answering people’s questions and that we are an approachable profession; no appointment, just ask the question.  In my current role, I work to support professionals and make sure staff is trained appropriately, so pharmacists are equipped to deliver great care.”

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Jim Becker
Pharmacy Manager, Merrill Location

Ferris State University School of Pharmacy; in practice since 1981.

“I have spent my entire career as a retail pharmacist, owning a pharmacy in McHenry, IL for 20 years before I moved to Wisconsin, where I’ve spent the last 10 years mostly working in Merrill, but also filling in on occasion in Nekoosa, Wisconsin Rapids, Wausau, Mosinee and Phillips. I became a pharmacist because of the opportunities to affect people’s lives in a positive way. I get the most satisfaction when I can make a suggestion for a patient’s therapy that makes a difference in their quality of life. I live in Weston with my wife Natalie and daughter Sarah. Our son Kyle is in the Navy and son Eric is a U.S. Marine. In my leisure time I enjoy hiking, biking, camping, reading and building models.”

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Michelle Smith
Pharmacy Manager, Wausau – Bridge Street Location

University of Wisconsin-Madison; in practice since 1996.

Michelle has over 20 years experience in community pharmacy practice. Having worked in Wausau for nearly 10 years prior moving to a Tomahawk opportunity, Michelle was excited to move back in the Wausau area in 2016.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve many of the same great Wausau customers in a setting as professional and welcoming at Young’s Drug Store.”

 ”I love taking care of families. Helping moms with sick kids, daughters with aging parents, or wives with those stubborn husbands is why I love coming to work. You should be able to pick up a prescription, get the information you need, smile, and know your pharmacy truly cares about you.”

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Brian Stieber
Pharmacy Manager, Wausau – Grand Avenue Location

University of Wisconsin-Madison; in practice since 1981.

"I literally grew up in my father's pharmacy in Marathon, and still call Marathon home. I've been in community pharmacy practice my entire professional career and welcome as much pharmacist to patient interaction as possible. I take great pride in getting to know my customers and their families and never take their loyalty to my pharmacy for granted.

One of the most important aspects of being a community pharmacist is being accessible to answer questions from your customers. At Young's Drug Store we take the time to address those questions and concerns. We are never too busy to try and improve the healthcare of our customers.

Outside of the pharmacy, I have three children who enjoy live sporting events, I am heavily involved in the music ministry of my parish, and I love going to shows at the Grand Theater.”

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Mary Lou Prange-Jones
Staff Pharmacist

University of Wisconsin–Madison; in practice since 1982.

“I have been a pharmacist for over 30 years.  One of the things I enjoy about being a pharmacist is getting to know my patients and their individual needs.  This gives me the opportunity to make a difference in their healthcare.  It’s all about improving someone’s life.  Whether it’s coordinating with the doctor to find a better prescription regime, offering healthcare advise or just leaving the pharmacy with a smile.”