Meet Kim Kelaher

By Leslie Moore

Meet Kim Kelaher

Kim Kelaher always knew she wanted to work in the medical field, and during her college years at U.S.C., this McCormick, South Carolina, native found her niche in pharmacy. After receiving her Pharm.D. degree (a doctorate in pharmacy), this kind and soft-spoken young woman moved to our area and worked in a local chain pharmacy. She became friends with Willie and Melissa Lee, owners of Lee’s Inlet Apothecary, and when they decided to open the area’s only compounding-only pharmacy, they offered Kim the lead job. After traveling to Houston, Texas, for specialized training in compounding, Kim became one of the only pharmacists in the area to focus exclusively on this relatively new field.

Kim, what’s different about a compounding pharmacy?

Each prescription is made, or compounded, specifically for each patient. We start with the raw chemical and go from there. We make your medication to suit your needs. For example, if a child or adult has a sore throat or tonsillitis, we can make a tetracaine lollipop to relieve the pain. If a hospice patient can’t swallow or is nauseous, we can compound a gel medication that is rubbed into the skin – any alternative dosage or form can be custom-made, as long as your doctor writes a prescription.

What is your most popular request?

Bio-identical hormone replacement is very popular now, especially after Suzanne Sommers’ books became best sellers. We offer saliva and/or blood tests that check levels of hormones and other substances, and patients complete an in-depth evaluation form. Then, after you see your doctor, we can compound hormones specifically for you and your symptoms. Bio-identical hormones are the same chemical structure as the ones your body produces, something that is very important for many women. Please be careful about what you read on the internet. I’ve seen “facts” listed on some websites that were just not true.

We also offer free hormone therapy seminars the first Thursday of every month. The August topic is thyroid function. We have a good relationship with local physicians and, actually, there are four locally that are A4M certified, which means they’ve had special training in anti-aging studies.

And, believe it or not, we do a lot of medicine for pets. If an animal will not take pills, we can compound treats or flavored liquids. Some cats are really picky, and we can make an ear gel you rub on and the cat just thinks you’re being nice! We’ve had some unusual patients too – a frog with a skin infection, a snake who’d had lip surgery and an orangutan!

What do you do when you’re not working?

My husband, Tommy, and I have a two and a half year old daughter, Kate, and she is so cute and lots of fun. Between spending time with her and working, that’s about all I do. We do enjoy boating, but there’s just never enough time. I love to read, and we’re involved with Christ the King Waccamaw Church in Pawleys Island. My husband’s father, Ed Kelaher is the rector there.

Contact Kim at Pure Compounding Pharmacy at 843-293-7979 or visit www.pure-compounding.com.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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