Happy American Pharmacists Month! Dr. Jade L. Ranger returns to the show today to talk about independent community pharmacy ownership, working with her pharmacist husband (Dr. Henry Ranger), services they provide, leaving a legacy, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, selling Battle Baskets, her book: Mustard Seed Mentality: Unscripted Pearls of Wisdom from a Wife, Mother, and Entrepreneur, and more. We cover a lot in our 45-minute interview!
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Bio – Dr. Jade L. Ranger, PharmD, ABAAHP, FAAMM, Co-Owner/Pharmacist, The Prescription Shoppe
Bowie, Maryland native, Dr. Jade L. Ranger is an accomplished scholar, entrepreneur and community leader. She graduated from Hampton University with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD.) in 2012. After spending almost, a decade of her career working for big chain pharmacies, she, alongside her husband, Dr. Henry Ranger, opened The Prescription Shoppe, a full-service mom and pop pharmacy in March 2019. Then, on September 1, 2023, they opened their second pharmacy, which is a long term care pharmacy and compounding lab. Together, they have impacted the Greater Williamsburg area by not only providing patient-centered care, but also supporting and engaging their community in authentic, tangible ways.
Dr. Ranger is a member of multiple professional and service organizations including the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), the Virginia Pharmacists Association (VPhA), Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and the York, James City-Williamsburg branch of the NAACP. In addition, she sits on the local board of directors for Literacy for Life, and just recently began her appointment (April 2022) at the national level as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) of Pharmacy Today, the American Pharmacists Association’s monthly magazine covering all aspects of the profession of pharmacy.
In September 2021, Dr. Ranger added author to her resume with the release of her published book, Mustard Seed Mentality: UnscRxipted Pearls of Wisdom from a Wife, Mother, and Entrepreneur which is available for purchase online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major retailers where books are sold. She is also a feature writer for the Virginia Gazette as a columnist for a monthly column entitled #ParentLife UnscRxipted.
Jade has been hailed a community leader for raising awareness regarding social justice issues and for her tireless support of local, small businesses throughout the pandemic. In 2021, she became a Top 15 under 50 recipient by the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce Business Council and a Top 20 Women in Business recipient by Hampton Roads Inside Business. She was also distinguished as a 2022 Top Forty Under 40 awardee by Hampton Roads Inside Business and inducted into the 2022 Class of the Forty Under 40 Alumni Recognition Society by her alma mater, Hampton University. In addition to receiving numerous accolades and awards, Dr. Ranger continued her education in 2022 by obtaining a board certification in Anti-Aging Medicine through the American Board of Anti-Aging Heath Practitioners. After which, she also completed a Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Metabolic and Functional Medicine (FAAMFM).
When her schedule permits, she loves reading, yoga, and above all, spending quality time with her family. She lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with her husband and their two children, Jacob and Joshua. The family attends New Zion Baptist Church where they have been active members since 2011.
Highlights from our conversation
During our conversation, we discussed the origin of The Prescription Shoppe in Williamsburg, VA, which is a full-service independent community pharmacy. The second location is a long term care pharmacy and compounding lab. The Prescription Shoppe (Williamsburg, VA) is also the first black-owned pharmacy in Williamsburg, Virginia.
What makes their pharmacy special is the services they offer. Beyond dispensing, they administer vaccines, provide MTM, offer a pill-packaging service, and do compounding. Jade enjoys compounding and collaborating with prescribers to dose patients.
Jade’s favorite thing about working in the community is her patients. She enjoys spending time with them, getting to know them, and taking care of their needs.
Not all pharmacists are married to another pharmacist, but Jade and her husband Henry are both pharmacists. They work together and so much more. They make excellent business and life partners.
Leaving a legacy is important to Jade. We discussed the articles she writes for the Virginia Gazette, her book Mustard Seed Mentality, opening two pharmacies in 5 years with her husband Henry, and Ranger Consulting.
Dr. Jade L. Ranger and her husband Dr. Henry Ranger mentor future pharmacy owners of color through Ranger Consulting. Their mentees feel a comfortable rapport with Jade and Henry, and they appreciate that mentorship cuts learning curve.
By setting an example of success, Drs. Jade and Henry Ranger give their mentees hope; they had faith that their independent community pharmacy would be a success, and they are sharing mustard seeds of faith with their mentees.
Toward the end of our conversation, we discussed Jade’s family history with breast cancer. Her older sister and mother are breast cancer survivors. ** Early detection saves lives. Get your routine screenings please.** Providing gift bags to her patients fighting breast cancer evolved into a business idea called, “Battle Baskets.” Inside each basket are little things to lift a person’s spirits. From resources to a blanket to an adult coloring book and more, The Prescription Shoppe creates baskets for different types of cancer: colon, ovarian, and uterine cancer, and also miscarriages.
We ended the interview with some comments about Jade’s Book, Mustard Seed Mentality: Unscripted Pearls of Wisdom from a Wife, Mother, and Entrepreneur. Fun fact! Jade typed out the book on her phone. Then, she turned it into a book! The book provides support and encouragement from one Mom to another, but everyone will enjoy it – especially men who want to understand women better.
Links from this episode
Website for The Prescription Shoppe (Williamsburg, VA) https://www.tpsva.com/
Jade L. Ranger, PharmD on LinkedIn
Book link 👉 Mustard Seed Mentality: Unscripted Pearls of Wisdom from a Wife, Mother, and Entrepreneur by Dr. Jade L. Ranger
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