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, immunization, compounding, over-the-counter medications, medication therapy management, and pharmacy management.
Ruth has a career-long commitment to the pharmacy profession, having been recognized in local, state, and national venues. She is a life member of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, and the Western Carolina Pharmacy Association. Ruth’s current national memberships include the American Pharmacists Association and the National Community Pharmacists Association. She has been featured twice on the cover of Pharmacy Times magazine, and the alumni publication of the UNC Pharmacy School. Ruth was one of the original participating pharmacists in the nationally-recognized Asheville Project, which pioneered the concept of pharmacy-driven Medication Therapy Management.
Ruth has maintained a close relationship with the UNC School of Pharmacy, having served twice on the UNC Pharmacy Alumni Board of Directors. She has a long association with the School as a preceptor for pharmacy students at HealthRidge Pharmacy.
When she began practicing pharmacy, Ruth came to the Swannanoa Valley with the vision of a pharmacy that offered a personal touch, where YOU matter. Today that vision is HealthRidge Pharmacy, Black Mountain's locally owned, full-service retail pharmacy.