Location: Ray’s Town North Arlington
Certified to give immunizations. PCCA Courses, Hormones, Pain Management.
Currently looking for organizations in the community to promote hormones.
Sonia Chemmachel, Pharm D., was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She started her pharmacy prerequisites at the University of Houston and then continued at Palm Beach Atlantic where she completed her Pharmacy Doctorate in 2012. She is a member of Kappa Psi and the National Community Pharmacy Association. She was in West Palm Beach, Florida for 5 years. It didn’t take long before she realized there is no place like home which is why she came back after graduation. She comes from a large family and grew up in the Catholic faith. She strives to make God and family the most important part of her life.
Sonia loves traveling and misses the beach. Another interest includes baking which led to her particular interest in compounding. She has a passion for serving others and loves making individual connections. This is why she sees a great opportunity with Ray’s Pharmacy. “Its rewarding when we can provide personal services when other pharmacies can’t.”
Randy Faulk, staff pharmacist, was born and still resides in Ft. Worth, Texas. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1969. He attended TCU and graduated with a degree in Biology in 1972. He continued his education at The University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, graduating in 1975.
Randy returned to Ft. Worth to begin his career in pharmacy. He has worked at all the Ray’s Pharmacy locations as a relief pharmacist specialist for over 10 years. He has done extensive relief pharmacist work in Texas, having logged work in over 75 pharmacies. Ray’s Pharmacy remains his favorite place to work. He states: “Pharmacy is a very rewarding profession because you continually get to help people.”
Randy and his wife Marisa have one daughter, Nikki and one grandson named Kaleb. Randy and Marisa love to travel to the Caribbean and South Pacific when he’s not working 50 plus hour weeks. Randy is an avid scuba diver, having logged over 100 dives among sharks, manta rays, sting rays, and many shipwrecks. His deepest dive has been at 140 feet at the blue hole in Belize, and his most exciting with over 100 sharks in Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
Randy coached girl’s fast pitch softball for over 20 years and his teams were always ranked in the top 20 nationally. In 1996 his 18-under team played a televised game in Ft. Worth against the United States Olympic Team while they were on tour prior to the 1996 summer Olympics. “To put it in pharmacy terms – the U.S. team went through us and everyone else they played, like Milk of Magnesia.” That same year the U.S. team won Olympic gold and Randy’s team finished 5th out of 130 at the American Fastpitch Association (AFA) National Tournament. In 1997, Randy’s Texas Travelers team, competing against 140 teams, finished 1st and claimed the 18-under AFA National Championship in Shawnee, Kansas.
“Coaching and interacting with kids has been one of the most rewarding parts of my life, I’ve coached over 100 players who attended college on athletic scholarships. Many of whom are High School and College coaches today.”
Honors & Awards:
Tarrant County Outstanding Pharmacist Award
President – U.T. College of Pharmacy Alumni Association
Member – U.T. College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council
Board of Directors – Texas Pharmacy Association
President – Tarrant County Pharmacy Association
Board of Directors – Tarrant County Pharmacy Association
Deputy Junior Olympic Softball Commissioner – ASA Ft. Worth
Location: Ray’s Pharmacy Mansfield
Mark Alexander was born in Greenville, Texas. He graduated from Southwest High School in Ft. Worth, Tx. in 1973, attended UTA for his pre-pharmacy courses and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his professional career with a residency in hospital pharmacy at Harris Hospitalin Ft. Worth, Tx. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge to Ray’s Pharmacy having been a pharmacist for the past 30 years, 20 of those in a hospital environment and the last 10 years in a retail setting. His wife is a registered nurse and they have 2 children currently attending Texas A&M University. “The best thing about working at Ray’s Pharmacy is having the ability to provide a service to the community that is satisfing to both myself and my customers.”
Location: Ray’s Town North Arlington
Vince Piper was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1984. He received an associate of arts degree from Southeastern Community College in 1986. He continued his education with The University of Iowa in the College of Pharmacy graduating in 1989. While in high school, Vince started working for Witte Drug as a camera salesperson. He continued to work in photography at Henry Louis Photography while attending the University of Iowa, and still enjoys photography today. He said “working in the pharmacy, and dealing with the chemistry involved in photo developing sparked enough interest for me to apply for the pharmacy program at the University of Iowa.” After a quick 3 years in Iowa City, he started working for Walgreens in Muscatine, Iowa. Vince moved to Texas in the early 90’s and has lived in Arlington since that time. After working at independent pharmacies in Fort Worth for several years, Vince took a job with Ray’s Pharmacy in order to work in his own community in Arlington. He has been with Ray’s Pharmacy for over 11 years now.
Vince and his wife Paula met while attending the University of Iowa. They have 3 children. Their second child, Kevin, is epileptic and severely autistic. “All children affect our lives, but Kevin’s disabilities have served as an even greater influence.”
Before children, Vince was very active in the Tarrant County Pharmacist Association. He served on the board and as Vice President for several years. Playing golf, baseball, softball, camping, hiking and biking were big pre-child day activities. More recent hobbies include Texas Rangers baseball, attending Clayton’s (oldest child) sporting events and Sarah’s (youngest child) dance recitals.
Location: City Drug Hamilton
I attended the University Of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Graduating in 1992. I have been a pharmacist for 17 years. My father was the main influence in my decision to become a pharmacist. He owned and operated several pharmacies for over 20 years, until his retirement.
I was a pharmacy technician in two of his pharmacies during high school and during my pre-pharmacy college coursework. I have worked for Ray’s Pharmacy (Hamilton City Drug) in Hamilton, Texas since 2002.
Location: QIC Mansfield
Lesli Morrow was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She was raised in Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and New Jersey. Her father Tommy was in pharmaceutical sales for 38 years. Lesli’s husband and brother are also in pharmaceutical sales. “I guess you could say pharmacy runs in my family.” Lesli graduated with high honors from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1990. She is a member of the Rho Chi Honor Society and Phi Lambda Sigma Honor Society.
Upon graduation she and her family moved to Texas. Lesli worked for Minyard’s Pharmacy for 6 years & Merck-Medco Counseling Center for 3 years. Lesli has worked for Ray’s Pharmacy for 2 years. “I love working for Ray’s Pharmacy because it is very rewarding to help and care for people in your community”. She and her husband Chris have a son, Andrew and a daughter, Chloe. Hobbies include running, traveling and going to my children’s activities (baseball & ballet). I’m involved in our church and in both of my children’s schools PTA.
David Cleveland was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He grew up in Dublin, Texas where his dad, a pharmacist, established the pharmacy of Hall & Cleveland RX Lab, which served Dublin for 48 years. “I grew up in and around drug stores and proudly joined my father in the family owned business and profession, in 2002.” David has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Tarleton State University along with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Houston. He began doing part time and relief pharmacist work for a variety of area stores, as well as counseling patients in drug therapy, and assisting them with health care. “My profession is truly rewarding, I enjoy visiting with customers and establishing a personal as well as a professional relationship.”
When David’s not working as a pharmacist, he enjoys gardening, woodworking and tinkering with his collection of old cars. “I get lost in the 50′s with classic cars and classic rock and roll.” A great deal of time is donated to my life-long interest in Scouting. I work with the Dublin Boy Scout Troop as well as the Order of the Arrow and Council Leadership. I am an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver, and received the God and Service Award. In 1977 David was named Dublin’s Man of the Year. He also chaired the Texas Pharmacy Association’s House of Delegates in 1982, and is past president of the West Texas Pharmacy Association. David is an active member of the Dublin First United Methodist Church and the Dublin Lions Club. “My wife, Annette, daughter, Adrian, son-in-law, Raymond, and grandson, Joe share my full and active life.”
Michelle Merchant was born in Garland, Texas. She graduated from Mabank High School in Mabank, TX in 1987. She attended 1 year of college at East field College in Mesquite, TX. And is currently a student at University of Phoenix where she is working towards a Bachelor degree in Health Administration Michelle began her pharmacy career in 1995 at Anderson Drug in Athens, Texas. She began as a Pharmacy Technician and moved up to Office Manager in 1997. She moved to Mansfield Texas where her and her husband came to start a church as missionaries for the BMA of Texas. She has been employed with Ray’s Pharmacy since January 2000. Michelle is the Long Term Care Pharmacy manager of QIC Pharmacy, and is also a CPHT. Michelle enjoys motorcycle riding with her husband of 26 years. (High School sweethearts) She has two wonderful children, Chris (25) and Candace(21). She enjoys spending time with her two Chinese pugs and two Siberian Huskies.
Location: Ray’s Pharmacy Kennedale
D. D. Lowe was born in Cisco, Texas. She graduated from Cisco High School, attended Cisco Jr. College and then graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. D.D.’s parents Lloyd and Betty McGrew, both pharmacists, owned their own pharmacy in Cisco, Texas. That particular pharmacy, “Dean Drug”, was bought into by D.D.’s mother’s grandfather Thomas Dean in 1909. She says, “After working in my parent’s pharmacy all my life, I finally decided I loved what we did there and how we took care of the great people of Cisco and surrounding areas, so I knew that was what I wanted to do.”
D.D. and her husband Ed Lowe, Student Minister and Associate Pastor of Retta Baptist Church, have one son – 5 year old Jadon, and a cat named Spot. D.D. says the pharmacy business is all about helping people, “I especially have a soft spot for my diabetic patients since I’ve been a Type I diabetic for 35 years. God has taught and blessed me an awful lot in those years.” She has worked for Ray’s Pharmacy since 1996. She and her family reside in Burleson, Texas. Something unique about D.D.: her middle name is Dean, her great grandfather’s last name was Dean, his daughter’s (her grandmother’s) middle name was Dean, her mother’s middle name was Dean, her dad’s father’s middle name was Dean and her dad’s middle name is Dean. And now her son’s middle name is Dean…. I guess she makes the Deans list.