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Community Highlights: Meet Hillary Howell of Apothecary

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hillary Howell. 

Hi Hillary, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
Founded in 2018 by myself, Hillary Howell, PharmD, Apothecary&Company has come to be a reality after my husband, James, was diagnosed with an extremely rare, incurable cancer, leiomyosarcoma. With this diagnoses, James and I made the difficult choice to treat the aggressive cancer holistically hoping to increase his odds to 30-40% versus the 5-10% with traditional chemotherapy and radiation. Being a pharmacist for the past 15 years, I knew this was going to be a risky endeavor, however, it was a risk that James and I were compelled to take. James was treated holistically with supplements, vitamins, infra-red sauna, diet, IV vitamin therapy, reiki, meditation, among many other treatments. Ultimately James made the choice to go to Mexico and California to the world-renowned Issels Medical Center for immunotherapy. Sadly, James lost his “battle” with cancer in May of 2018. During our journey, my interest in alternative medicine heightened, and I decided to pursue my own business, incorporating what we had learned. I was more dedicated and determined than ever to guide and consult more patients with illnesses such as James who are interested in the prevention side of health and wellness. In honor of my late husband, James, Apothecary& Co proudly opened its door in July 2019. Over time, we have grown to where we are today. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Opening 6 months prior to the COVID pandemic, building a new business has been a struggle. We are so very blessed that we still have our door open today. In 2021, the main highway (M-24) in front of the store was closed for many months and then again for a short time in 2022. 

As you know, we’re big fans of Apothecary & Co. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about the brand?
Our mission is to increase the awareness of integrated and functional medicine specifically to the practice of pharmacy and the community. It is also our intention to provide make lower-cost medications available without the use of insurance as well as offer the best compounding service possible. We are thrilled to be one of the first “cash” only pharmacy and wellness center in the state. 

We carry professional brand of supplements such as Ortho Molecular Labs, Designs for Health, Metagenics, Davinci Labs, and many more. 

Apothecary & Co. is proud to have a dedicated USP 795 and USP 800 compounding lab; what this means is that we uphold high standards for compounding quality non-sterile medications, both veterinary and human. 

Hillary Howell PharmD, FACA, CCN is a functional medicine practitioner that believes the importance of listening to a patient’s story. After her 20-year retail experience as a Doctor of Pharmacy, she saw the need to address the root cause rather than symptoms of each individuals’ concerns while combining current trends in natural healthcare and science. Her areas of interest are Hormones, HPA Axis Dysfunction, Gut Health, and Thyroid. 

Apothecary and Company’s own herbal apothecary, Olde Thyme Apothecary, seeks to connect our community with herbal medicine by providing raw materials, education, and carefully crafted products. We believe in getting back to the fundamentals of your health by using natural and holistic solutions by offering loose herbs, tonics, tinctures, bitters, salves, teas, and much more. 

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out.
My advice is to believe in yourself and your business. There may be many bumps in the road ahead, but you can persevere. Stay true to yourself! 

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