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A dedicated family man, established community member and a pioneer in the healthcare industry, Bob Mehr is a prime example of what hard work and forward thinking can accomplish. Since 1999 Bob Mehr has been the President and CEO of Pure Integrative Pharmacy. He and his wife, Mahtab, opened their first Pharmacy in Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island. Since then, Bob has gone to open 14 Pure locations in the Greater Vancouver area.
Beginning his career in healthcare as a Compounding Pharmacist, Bob has developed into a business innovator and industry leader. He began Pure Pharmacy from the understanding that our approach to health and wellness needed to head in a new direction. Focusing on preventative medicine and promoting vitality, Bob’s vision was to combine a holistic and integrative health model with traditional pharmacy services. In realizing his vision, Bob has managed to create pharmacies like no other.
Bob takes an active role in his community by participating in charitable events and holding regular health seminars. He has an enthusiastic, helpful and vibrant attitude, and it translates into every Pure Pharmacy location. In every store he has created an atmosphere that promotes the three things that Bob values most: family, community and health.
As the Pure Pharmacy group continues to expand, Bob remains a committed leader in the integrative healthcare movement. Bob has specialized training from the PCAA—the Professional Compounding Center of America, and his devotion to the profession earned him the title of Top Compounding Pharmacist in 2005. He has also received many other awards and recognitions Most notably, Bob received Outstanding Pharmacy Owner at the Commitment to Care and Service Awards in 2010. Bob is also a proud supporter of Inspire Health Integrative Cancer Care located in Vancouver. By dedicating his time as a volunteer clinical pharmacist, he is able to assist Inspire Health by meeting with cancer patients to review their medications and supplement.
2010 – Outstanding Pharmacy Owner or Manager
2008 – Award from B.C Pharmacy Association for Achievement Award
2005 – Pharmacist of the month
2014 – Integrative Health Retailer Magazine
2013 – Drug Store Magazine
2011 – Integrative Health Retailer Magazine
2010 – Pharmacy Practice Magazine
2009 – Drug Store Magazine
Markus Guggenberger is originally from Munich, Germany and has been living in Vancouver since 2006. He joined Pure Integrative Pharmacy in 2017 as the General Manager and brings with him a wealth of experience in the healthcare industry. Having worked in the industry for over a decade, Markus has developed a strong passion for holistic health and wellness. He enjoys creating long lasting relationships with vendors and other business partners and is skilled in operations management, inventory control, e-commerce, marketing and sales. Markus is proud to be part of a business that helps bring “Integrative Health” options to Canadians. He strongly believes that good health and wellbeing should not be as difficult to achieve and maintain as it is for so many. He believes community pharmacy can play a critical role in helping its customers better look after themselves, by providing relevant and innovative health solutions in a positive, professional and personal manner.
Kal Rahimi is a passionate pharmacist who completed his bachelor of Pharmacy at UBC in 2011 and was licensed to practice the same year. His eagerness to embrace an integrative patient-focused practice led him to Pure Pharmacy in 2012 where he took on the role of Pharmacy Manager at the Dunbar location.
Kal’s caring and optimistic nature allows him to develop strong relationships with his patients and address the root cause of their problems not just masking their symptoms. His proactive approach combines traditional pharmacy with nutritional supplements, lifestyle management, hormone assessment and food sensitivity testing. Throughout his career, Kal has continued to expand his skills and knowledge through continuing education. His areas of interest include bioidentical hormones, pain management, micronutrient deficiencies and pharmaceutical compounding. He also acts as a preceptor to UBC students during their clinical clerkships.
Kal was promoted to his current role of Pharmacy Operations Manager in 2016. He leads a team of highly motivated pharmacists ensuring that they all have skills and training to provide that same level of patient care. Additionally, he meets with local physicians, naturopaths, and other healthcare providers to promote multidisciplinary collaboration and innovation. Kal is passionate about spending time with his family enjoying nature, exploring new places and being active.
Elizabeth is very excited to bring the very best of health and wellness to others within the unique and progressive model of integrative pharmacy that Pure Pharmacy offers. She brings her experience in Nutritional Retail Management and Sales, that spans over 17 years, and she is passionate about many aspects of her work both on a personal and professional level. She has completed holistic studies in Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Reiki, and Yoga. Fostering trust and credibility are foundation to the relationships she builds toward helping others achieve their health and wellness goals. She welcomes the opportunity for others to discover the excellence of what Pure Pharmacy offers and is dedicated to contributing her experience and skills to furthering the success of this rewarding approach to modern Pharmacy.
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