Local pharmacists meet community’s needs
By Theresa D. McClellan
For The Star
When it comes to medicine, there is no one size fits all. Which is why Missouri City pharmacists Sulisa Chow and Lori Markel joined forces to open the Sienna Compounding Pharmacy on Texas Highway 6.
“The thing about compounding for me is that it’s so specialized for the patient. You are helping a population of patients who can’t receive the correct amount of care from commercially available strengths and dosages,” explained Markel from their small attractive store at 9029 Texas Hwy. 6. It is the only compounding pharmacy in the Sienna Parkway area.
Compounding combines an ancient tradition with modern technology, blending different medicines for individual needs. So working with a physician’s orders from inside their lab at the store, they will remove dyes from medicines that can adversely affect an autistic patient, or create alternatives to capsules such as lollipops or chewables, or develop a combination of cremes for hormonal issues.
Both Chow and Markel specialized in compounding in their studies. Markel, a Texas native, grew interested after job shadowing a family friend who owned a pharmacy in Tyler, Texas.
Trained at the University of Texas at Tyler and the University of Houston for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2008, Markel has more than four years experience working in sterile and non-sterile compounding. While studying, she held rotations at a specialty pharmacy focusing on women’s health and the Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine. As a result they can create individualized medicines for animals and humans.
Chow grew up in New York hearing her pharmacist uncle talk about helping patients. “You can really make an impact on people’s lives with compounding,” she said. She landed in Texas while working with a Christian non profit in Austin mentoring college students on their faith. “I wanted to give back before I started as a pharmacist. I fell in love with Texas,” Chow said.
While gaining her Doctor of Pharmacy from State University of New York at Buffalo in 2009, Chow developed a passion for natural hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging. “I loved being in the lab, thinking out of the box and meeting needs in creative ways,” Chow explained.
The store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check out their website for more information at www.siennarx.com or call them at 281-915-5055.