David and Martha Shepard bought Hamdorff Pharmacy in April of 1981 and renamed it Dickson Apothecary. Joe Hamdorff, the previous owner, built the store in 1977. The goal was to move toward an apothecary setting by removing the gifts and cards and offering patient care services. The average prescription volume at that time was 45 prescriptions per day. 

In 1983, the opportunity arose to open Dickson Apothecary East pharmacy in a rural health clinic in Lyles, Tennessee. The clinic was operated by Jackson Clinic in Dickson. Originally, the pharmacy and clinic were only open from 5 PM to 7 PM. This small clinic and pharmacy quickly grew and expanded their hours of operation. In the years since the practice was opened, Hickman County recieved a government grant that enabled the clinic to hire new practicioners, remodel the current location, and double the pharmacy business. 

In 1984, David and Martha purchased Goodlark Pharmacy. The well-established pharmacy had served as the outpatient pharmacy in Goodlark Hospital (now Horizon Medical Center) since 1948. In 2008, Goodlark Pharmacy moved to its current location in Crestview Park. 

In October of 2006, Community Pharmacy Care, Inc. opened its fourth location in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. The pharmacy is located in a building with a medical clinic, dental office, and physical therapy practice. Kingston Springs Pharmacy is currently the only pharmacy located within ten miles of the community. 

The pharmacists of Dickson Apothecary have been compounding specialized medications since the store opened in 1977. Dickson Compounding Pharmacy was formed in 2006 due to the increased volume of compounded medications and decision to operate on a cash-only basis. The compounding center is located in the Dickson Apothecary building and markets services to area practitioners and offers classes for patients. Dickson Compounding Pharmacy now prepares a wide variety of non-sterile compounded formulations including bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, creams, liquids, sublingual tablets, and verterinary medications. 

Dickson Apothecary has always looked for innovative ways to improve our customers' health. Community Home Infusion operated out of the Dickson Apothecary building from 1988 to 1999. Both Dickson Apothecary and Kingston Springs Pharmacy administer immunizations against influenza, pneumonia, tetanus, pertussis, and shingles. Both pharmacies also offer medication therapy management services. 

Dickson Apothecary has been a clinical education site for students from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy and Mercer School of Pharmacy for many years. Dickson Apothecary employed its first post-graduate resident pharmacists in 1998. The preceptor program has now grown to include students from Lipscomb University College of Tennessee, East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. 

In 2012, the decision was made to sell Goodlark Pharmacy and Dickson Apothecary East to staff pharmacists John Kelsey and Christopher Konecny. The sale allowed John and Chris to reach their goal of owning their own pharmacies. 

Last Updated: 12/16/2016