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School of Pharmacy alum Frances Schneider, PharmD ’13, demonstrates exemplary service to her patients at the Smithton Pharmacy, her independently owned pharmacy in Smithton, Ill. Utilizing the entrepreneurial interests of her husband, fellow alum Bryan Schneider, PharmD ’10, the pair have created a flourishing business.

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Opened in December 2015, the Smithton Pharmacy provides prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, immunizations, nutrition supplements, general hygiene items and more. After thorough research, the Schneider’s selected Smithton as the ideal community.

“Smithton could support at least two pharmacies but didn’t have one yet,” Bryan said. “I purchased property and provided the business resources necessary to help Frances open her pharmacy.”

Since its opening, service to patients is what sets the Smithton Pharmacy apart from others.

“Frances is willing to do anything for anyone, and will go anywhere to get what the townspeople want,” Bryan said.

That caring and service-oriented nature is what drove Frances to establish an independent pharmacy.

“I worked in retail pharmacy previously,” Frances said. “Having my own business, I now feel I know my patients better, and I’m doing my job more thoroughly.”

The importance of these interactions was evidenced recently when Frances became concerned for one of her patients undergoing cancer treatment. While speaking to her by phone, Frances sensed confusion and knew something was not right. She contacted the patient’s husband to express her concerns, and as a result her patient was hospitalized later that day with an infection.

“The School of Pharmacy definitely emphasized the clinical nature of pharmacy,” said Frances. “I feel that I am putting that to good use and doing everything I can to provide the best care for my patients.”

More than a local business, the Smithton Pharmacy is establishing itself as a community friend.

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