Employee Spotlight

Susan Shepard


Congratulations to Susan Shepard, Dickson Apothecary’s October Employee Spotlight. It is an honor to work with Susan as she celebrates 30 years.  


Susan was born in Dickson to the late M.O. and Pat Shepard. She is the youngest of 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls with a 17-year span between oldest brother and pharmacist David to Susan. Donna, the only other girl, is also a pharmacist. Susan and Donna are often referred to as the “Pharma-Sisters” to family and friends.


Susan is a 1982 Graduate of Dickson County High School. She did Undergraduate work at University of Tennessee at Martin. She graduated Samford Pharmacy School in Birmingham, Alabama in September 1987. She immediately joined Dickson Apothecary working as a staff pharmacist alongside brother and sister-in-law, David and Martha Shepard. She later became part owner and Pharmacist-In-Charge of Dickson Apothecary.


If you ask Susan what her favorite part of working in pharmacy for 30 years, she would say something about helping someone everyday. She has made a tremendous difference to so many patients and friends over the years. She’s known to make the broken smile or share tears of understanding with others going through a rough patch. I feel her biggest asset to Dickson Apothecary is her compassion towards the less fortunate. On any given day behind the scenes in the pharmacy, you may find her paying for someone’s prescription out of her own pocket, making smiley faces on another person’s label to brighten their day, shopping for some random kid’s upcoming birthday, or greeting every person that steps foot in the door with a loud, jolly “hello.” She is a real day Santa Claus. Dickson Apothecary is blessed and better because of her.


Away from Dickson Apothecary, Susan enjoys the outdoors whether on the lake or on a lawn mower, but especially at the beach. She enjoys building sand castles and boogie boarding. Her hidden talent is putting puzzles together. It helps her unwind after a busy day and focus on one thing rather than having to multitask.


Over the years Susan has been actively involved in our community. She has served on Board of Zoning, Board of Developmental Services, and Board for Dickson County Humane Society. She has also been a member of Rotary Club and Tennessee Pharmacists Association.


Susan’s favorite food is Mexican or Italian. Her favorite restaurants are Maggiano’s, Dale’s Steakhouse, and Jimmy Kelly’s. Favorite books include anything by John Grisham. Her favorite movies are Cold Mountain, The Holiday, and Australia.


Susan loves to travel especially to a beach. She has a pretty cool passport with lots of stamps in it, but hopes to get lots more. She has traveled many places including Europe and Australia. She often talks about her most memorable vacation when she completed pharmacy school. She and her mother and sister went to Europe. That was before Hard Rock Café’s were in the states. They brought Hard Rock Café London shirts back to about 30 friends and family.


I asked Susan, “What would be your perfect day?”


Her response, “70 degrees. It doesn’t have to be anywhere special. Wake up, say my prayers, have my health and maybe a laugh or two. Oh yeah, we have to mention Freckles, my side kick border collie. I love that sweet canine!”


Stop in for a visit, and be sure to congratulate Susan, and tell her “thank you” for 30 years of service. 

Last Updated: 9/30/2017
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