Meet our Pharmacists

Ruth Higgins, B.S., RPh

Ruth is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Hudson, NC. She is a 1978 graduate of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After completing her studies, she located here in the Swannanoa Valley in Buncombe County, and has been practicing pharmacy here since that time. Her work experience included time in major chains and the county health department prior to opening HealthRidge Pharmacy in Black Mountain in 1995.

In addition to her pharmacy degree, Ruth holds professional certifications in diabetes, hyperlipidemia,...

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Drew Parker, PharmD

Drew was born and raised in North Carolina, just down the mountain in Marion. Drew joined the HealthRidge Pharmacy family in 2011 after graduating as a Doctor of Pharmacy with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Drew holds professional certifications in diabetes, medication therapy management and immunization administration.

Drew is commited to being at the top of his profession while serving his community with a genuine desire to educate about the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent lifelong...

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Meet Our Team

Certified Pharmacy Technician

Certified Pharmacy Technician

Jody, CPhT

Jody is the Senior Certified Pharmacy Technician for HealthRidge Pharmacy. He has been serving the Black Mountain community for 18 years. He specializes in the data entry of prescriptions and contacting the insurance companies to resolve issues with rejected claims.

Certified Pharmacy Technician

Certified Pharmacy Technician

Jenna, CPhT

Jenna is a certified pharmacy technician who has been working with HealthRidge for 12 years. She is a certified fitter of diabetic shoes, and specializes in durable medical equipment billing. She is your smiling face for deliveries.

Certified Pharmacy  Technician

Certified Pharmacy Technician

Karia Silver, CPhT

Karia was born and raised in the Swannanoa Valley. She is a certified pharmacy technician with an associates degree in Art. She brings 7 years of pharmacy experience to HealthRidge. She specializes in compounding medications for humans and animals and also assists in the many clinical services offered at HealthRidge.

B.S. Business Administration

B.S. Business Administration

Mark Carlson, Manager

Mark is a native of North Carolina, raised in Murphy, NC. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Asheville class of 1989. Upon graduation, Mark traveled the Southeast for Kmart Corporation for 3 years finally making Asheville his home. His career continued with Kmart in various levels of management before leaving the corporate environment for the more personal environment of small business in 2005. In addition to his managerial experience with Kmart, Mark also brings 10 years of experience in the pharmacy industry with an emphasis on Human Resources, Inventory Management, and Systems and Applications.

3130 US 70 HWY Black Mountain, NC 28711| P: 828-669-9970 | F: 828-669-9980

Monday-Friday: 9a.m. - 6p.m. | Saturday: 9a.m. - 1p.m. | Sunday: Closed

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