By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2013
Ron Maggard, pharmacist and men’s health specialist, along with Marsha Hipp, pharmacy tech, have joined the friendly team at Claremore Compounding Center.
Claremore Compounding Center is more than just a pharmacy. In addition to filling any medicine your doctor prescribes, it is the only real compounding pharmacy in the area. This isn’t, however, the only thing that sets the independent locally-owned retail pharmacy apart from others. Ask Ron Maggard, pharmacist and men’s health specialist at Claremore Compounding, and he says, “When you walk in the door, you’re greeted with a smile. Our pharmacists are also available to talk to customers and can fill prescriptions in 15 minutes or less.”
Add free local delivery, two drive-thru lanes and emergency 24/7 service to the mix and you have the perfect combination of convenience, caring and customer service.
Maggard, along with Pharmacy Technician Marsha Hipp, joined the team at Claremore Compounding this past summer. Both have followed a similar path, beginning with jobs at Drug Warehouse, then Chelsea Family Pharmacy before coming to Claremore Compounding. “Marsha has been a pharmacy tech for six years,” says Maggard. “She is a wonderful addition to our staff.”
Maggard’s path to Claremore Compounding actually began in the public school system. As a coach and science teacher for 10 years – from 1995 to 2005 – he began to feel a need to apply the science principles he was teaching in biology and chemistry. Returning to college, he earned his doctor of pharmacy from Oklahoma University, graduating in 2011.
Excited about the direction his career has taken, Maggard is also bringing his passion for a healthy lifestyle to the job. “We will be working with doctors as a team to help our customers achieve their maximum health potential.”
One way Claremore Compounding will achieve that goal is by adding sports nutrition products to its shelves after the first of the year. “Everyone wants to lose weight and get in shape,” he says, “but we want them to do it in a healthy way by offering free consultations for anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle, not just athletes.”
Of personal interest to Maggard is the area of men’s health, especially the aging aspect. “A lot of men think it’s a part of getting older –feeling tired all the time,” he says. “As men grow older their hormone levels, especially testosterone, decline. Doctors have discovered in the past several years it’s the number one cause of male depression.”
Commercial over-the-counter products can help men with low hormone levels – and some do work – but Maggard points out that “not all are safe. Men need to be checked to see where their hormone levels are at. After pinpointing the exact dosage each individual needs, we can compound something specifically for that individual.”
Maggard, who has been attending seminars and symposiums on men’s health issues, will be working with doctors, including Dr. Dwight Korgan, who is a leading physician with expertise in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) in this area, both in men’s and women’s health.
With the use of BHRT, “We can determine exactly what the body needs,” he adds. “Topical creams have big benefits.” Although there is a fee for the consultation and test, the first prescription is free. Hormone levels are checked via a saliva test.
Claremore Compounding will be hosting a free seminar on October 15 at 7 p.m. to discuss HRT, ED and other men’s health issues. Dr. Korgan, as well as other health care professionals, will be on hand to discuss options and answer questions. Pamphlets with more information about the process involved and the steps to take to get hormone levels checked will also be available. Everyone is welcome to come, and refreshments will be provided.
Claremore Compounding Center, which has been in business for 14 years, is also a supporter of RSU and Claremore Public Schools sports programs. “We offer a $5 prescription discount program for RSU students,” he adds. The pharmacy has been recognized by the State of Oklahoma with the Innovative Practice Award.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.