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Archive for February, 2019

Pastor Terry Delivers Not Only Medicine, but The Gospel to His Community.

Many of you have probably had our delivery driver, Terry Basham, show up at your door with a bag of medicines and a smile. But did you also know that Pastor Terry serves the Plain City community in other ways, including his preaching commitments at New Life Baptist Church?

Here is a little bit about Terry in his own words.

Terry was born in 1955 to James and Betty Basham. He grew up in the small town of Humboldt, Illinois. Terry went to school at Humboldt Grade School and graduated from Mattoon Senior High in 1974.

Growing up, Terry loved to play baseball and basketball. You could call him an All-American kid with a temper.

Two major events changed Terry’s life. One took place in 1972 when he became a born-again Christian. The other, when at 17, in 1973, he surrendered his life to preach the gospel. This is what brought Terry to Plain City, Ohio.

Before he came to Ohio, Terry graduated from Fellowship Baptist College in 1983. He went on to pastor churches in Illinois, Virginia, Indiana, and Arkansas. Just before arriving in Plain City, he served as Executive Vice President at Blessed Hope Baptist College for almost ten years. He received his Doctor of Theological Studies during that time from the college. Terry left this position to return to his true calling, pastoring churches.

Terry was called by the New Life Baptist Church to serve as their pastor in August 2008. The church is now located at 128 West Main Street in Plain City.

In 2015, Terry came to work for Plain City Druggist as a delivery driver to supplement his income. Working for the drugstore has helped Terry become more acquainted with the community.

Terry has been married 43 years this coming June 22, 2019 to Kathy McKinzey Basham. They have two sons and eight grandchildren. Their sons, Terry II and Joel, are Baptist pastors, too. Terry II lives in Lawton, Oklahoma with is wife, Valerie, and their five children. Joel lives in Fredonia, Kansas with his wife, Christina, and their three children.


Meet the Compounding Mixer and Maker for Midwestern Compounding, Mario Martinez.

Most of you have seen Mario in both Plain City Druggist and hustling in the lab at Midwestern Compounding Pharmacy. Mario works alongside our pharmacist Meghan to make all the compounds for our patients.

Mario will be starting at Ohio State this coming fall. Here is a bit more about him.

Mario Martinez will be attending The Ohio State University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program in the fall of 2019. He transitioned from being a technician at Plain City Druggist to Midwestern Compounding Pharmacy’s lead technician/supervisor position in 2017.

Compounding has developed into a passion of Mario’s. He enjoys creating personalized medicines and solving patient’s problems in any way that he can, whether that patient is an adult, child, or animal.

Mario also loves the outdoors and spends his free time rock climbing, hiking, or backpacking in unique places across the country.

Mario looks forward to continuing to serve the awesome village of Plain City.


Meet Jack Duffner, Our First Year Pharmacy Intern, at Plain City Druggist.

Jack is a pharmacy intern who started working at Plain City Druggist in the summer of 2018. He is in his first year of pharmacy school at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy, and will graduate with his PharmD in May 2022.

Jack is from Grafton, Ohio, a small town in Lorain County to the west of Cleveland, and graduated from Midview High School in 2014. While there, he was a starter on the football team, playing tight end and defensive end, and also a captain on the basketball team where he played the center position (if you’ve seen him around the pharmacy, he’s quite tall). Jack was also involved with the school newspaper, becoming the editor his senior year, and student council. He graduated as the salutatorian of his senior class.

Jack  left home to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio through their Honors Tutorial College. Jack also obtained early admission to OSU’s pharmacy program before his high school graduation- he was determined to join the pharmacy profession even then!

While at Ohio University, Jack worked as a teaching assistant for several different chemistry classes and labs. He also worked as a student researcher in organic chemistry under Dr. Stephen Bergmeier. Jack’s work focused on developing new types of drug molecules that could potentially help to treat cancer. One thing that Jack learned from working in a lab for almost four years was that, although he loved the chemistry and concepts behind his work, he didn’t enjoy being cooped up next to his lab equipment every day and with little interaction with other people. This experience further strengthened his goal of working in a community-based health care setting where he could apply his passion for science. Even after this realization, his work eventually led to him completing an undergraduate thesis paper before graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 2018.

Barely two weeks after leaving Athens and moving to Columbus, Jack interviewed with Joe and Tayler at Plain City Druggist and started working in the pharmacy a few days later. Since then, he’s had a blast serving the Plain City community while learning more about the area and its awesome people and working with the rest of the wonderful staff! Jack hopes to be a friendly face for patients in the pharmacy for the foreseeable future.

Outside of pharmacy, Jack likes to spend his time playing pickup basketball with his classmates and rooting for all things Cleveland and OSU sports (especially the Cavs, Browns, and Buckeye football). He also enjoys video gaming with his two younger brothers (who both followed him to OU), biking, and caring for his three aquariums and over thirty pet fish.


Meet Our First Year Pharmacy Student at Karl Road, Hailey Baird.

Many of you have probably talked with Hailey at Happy Druggist on Karl Road. We wanted to tell you a bit more about her.

Here is what Hailey told us about herself.

Hailey is a first year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. She joined the Happy Druggist team as a pharmacy intern in September 2018 and has loved every second of it! She especially loves meeting new people and helping Happy Druggist patients receive the best care.

When Hailey isn’t in class or working at the pharmacy, you can find her teaching families about medication safety at the Generation Rx Lab at COSI.

For fun, Hailey enjoys playing tennis, cheering on her favorite Cleveland sports teams, and exploring Columbus with friends. Hailey hopes to continue to make an impact on her community throughout her next three years of pharmacy school and in her future career as a pharmacist.


Meet Our P3 Pharmacy Student, Vivian Pham, Who Currently Works at Happy Druggist, Karl Road.

A.J Zanyk Photography 2016

A.J Zanyk Photography 2016

We know that those of you who frequent the Happy Druggist Karl Road store in Columbus may have met Vivian. Therefore, we asked Vivian to tell everyone a little bit about herself. Vivian is a P3 pharmacy student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. She will graduate with her PharmD degree in May 2020.

Here is what Vivian tells us about her life and decision to be a pharmacist:

Hello, my name is Vivian Pham and I am originally from a suburb in Los Angeles called Hawthorne, California. I have a younger brother and my parents are Vietnamese immigrants who came to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam War. My parents taught me to speak both Vietnamese and English growing up and, as such, I am fluent in English and am also proficient at Vietnamese. Most of my extended family lives in California and I have a few relatives in Australia and Vietnam.

I chose to come to Ohio for pharmacy school because of the prestigious pharmacy program and to be a part of the Buckeye family. I am currently a P3 in the program and I am very pleased with my decision although I must say I really miss sunny, southern California whenever I have to trek through snow to get to class or work. I have never lived outside of California, but I feel I have adjusted well to living in Columbus, OH and have made many valuable friends. My pharmacy background before starting pharmacy school included being a certified pharmacy technician at Rite Aid Pharmacy.

I chose to apply to Happy Druggist Pharmacy – Karl Road after starting pharmacy school for a few reasons, but mainly because I wanted to experience what the world of independent pharmacy was like.

I have found the independent pharmacy experience extremely rewarding and love the personalized patient care that independent pharmacies are able to provide. For example, during flu season we drive out to the senior assisted living home nearby and educate the residents on over-the-counter cold medications that could cause drowsiness or raise their blood pressure. The fact that there is a high population of diabetics at our store compelled us to start our Diabetes Care Club where we provide free meters and glucose testing supplies.

One of the most pleasant surprises has been how many patients I’m able to help with my knowledge of Vietnamese. A few of our Vietnamese patients who struggle with English actually have my cell phone number so that I can help convey their questions and concerns to the pharmacy.

Some of the most fun projects my pharmacist has let me work on have been making informational pamphlets for patients to take home after any educational lectures, participating in a flu clinic, participating in a diabetes clinic, among many other exciting opportunities.

After a year of working at Happy Druggist, I decided to apply to a long-term acute care hospital called Select Specialty – Victorian Village to learn what pharmacy in a clinical setting is like. I enjoy learning about new drugs in this setting and having the opportunity to compound medications. I am also able to see what electronic medical charts look like and learn how to navigate them in this setting. I also enjoy watching the pharmacists figure out the best dosage adjustments and drug changes would best benefit the current patients.

For those of you who have made it this far in reading about me, I appreciate you letting me tell a bit about myself. I invite you to visit our pharmacy and let us help you with all your health and medication needs. We would love to help you.

I hope to see you soon!

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