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Karyn Hemphill, PharmD, RPh
Director of Pharmacy
Karyn Hemphill was born and raised in Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona and went on to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from The University of Houston. She has a background in pharmacy management in a retail setting. She has a heart for her patients and loves helping them find alternative solutions for their pain, scar and wound needs. She has two young boys who keep her and her husband very busy. She loves to hike, dance, and go to musical theater productions and above all else spend time with her family.
Bob Governski, RPh
Bob Governski attended the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy before joining Sunshine Pharmacy as a Pharmacist in 1998. Bob is an avid traveler, and recently returned from several missionary trips to provide pharmaceutical care in Mexico and Guatemala. He enjoys skiing and hiking, and the many outdoor activities that Telluride offers.
What is Compounding?
Compounding offers solutions to patients with specific and unique needs. Compounding is the process of customizing medications or altering specific ingredients. Compounded medications require a written prescription from a licensed physician. Prescriptions filled in a compounding pharmacy are prepared, mixed, and assembled according to the specification of the prescriber. Compounding plays an important role in providing medications to meet individual needs that cannot be met by a commercially available medication. It may provide a different strength, dose, or delivery system, or it my allow a medication that is otherwise poorly tolerated to be essentially reformulated and delivered in an alternative form (eg, capsules, troches, vaginal cream, suppository, nasal sprays, sublingual drops, topical gels/creams, rapidly dissolving tablets, or transdermal creams). From a child not liking the flavor or having an allergy to a common additive to an elderly patient who is unable to swallow the medication, Sunshine Pharmacy is here to provide solutions to treatment challenges.
General Compounding in the areas of:
PAIN IS INEVITABLE…SUFFERING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE!
Acute and chronic pain can be debilitating. Pain can occur from a variety of reasons including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Soft tissue inflammation
- Mouth pain
- And many more!
Pain can sometimes be difficult to treat and patients may not respond well to traditional treatments. Many commonly prescribed and manufactured pain medications can result in many side effects. Oral pain medications can cause stomach irritation, constipation, drowsiness, dizziness and even addiction if taken for long time periods.
Compounding offers a personalized approach to treating pain and allows patients to regain the quality of life they so desire. Alternative methods of delivery and dosage forms bypass the gastrointestinal tract to avoid systemic absorption and unwanted side effects while delivering concentrated medicine where is needed. Topical cream or gel can be formulated with multiple synergistic pain medicines, which can be applied directly to the site of pain and absorbed through the skin.Other options include: custom flavored troches that dissolve under the tongue, a nasal spray or suppository. Sunshine Pharmacy offers a variety of compounding solutions that are tailored to each patient’s specific needs.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, OR ARE NOT RESPONDING WELL TO TRADITIONAL MEDICATION, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR PRACTITIONER OR OUR PHARMACY.
Hormone Replacement for Men and Women:
BRINGING THE VITALITY BACK TO YOUR LIFE!
Our team of pharmacists can provide support and consultation in a variety of conditions that affect men of all ages including: testosterone deficiency, infertility, male menopause (Andropause) and erectile dysfunction (ED). While a variety of manufactured medications may work for some men, a compounded medication that can be provided in additional dosage forms may provide optimal results.
Many symptoms that men experience on a daily basis may be treated from customized compounding. Some of these symptoms include:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Low libido
- Decreased muscle mass
- Loss of zest for life
- Prostate and bladder symptoms
- Heart disease
- Sleep disorder
- Aches & Pains
- Hair loss
- Excessive sweating
- Aging skin
- And many more!
BALANCING HORMONES, WHILE ENHANCING A PATIENT’S QAULITY OF LIFE AND LONGEVITY!
Hormone replacement therapy is the replacement of deficient hormones that the body has stopped or decreased production. In order for a replacement hormone to fully replicate the function of hormones, which were originally produced and present in the body, the chemical structure must exactly match the original. Structural differences exist between human, synthetic and animal hormones. Natural hormones include estriol (E3), estradiol (E2), progesterone, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and pregnenolone.
Bio- Identical hormone (BHRT) offers a patient specific approach to providing both short-term and long-term relief.
Treatable Symptoms Include:
- Bone loss
- Loss of muscle mass
- Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Post-partum depression
- Weight gain
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Sleep disturbances
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Decreased libido
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
Our compounding pharmacists work with patients and practitioners to provide customized hormone therapy that provides the needed hormones in the most appropriate strength and dosage form to meet each woman’s specific and unique needs. We understand and respect the needs of each unique men and woman…like you!
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or would like more information about compounding, please contact your practitioner or our specialty pharmacy.
Sunshine Pharmacy offers dentists and their patients customized dental solutions. Patients have unique needs and may not respond well to traditional treatment. Often having to cope with a variety of symptoms from gag reflex, dry mouth, oral ulcers, and burning mouth syndrome. Fortunately, we are able to provide a variety of medications that can improve your experience in the dentist’s chair.
Our Pharmacists will work with your dentist, periodontist and oral surgeon to customize medication for any oral condition including:
CREATING SMILES & PROMOTING GOOD ORAL HEALTH, WHILE REDUCING ANXIETY AND DISCOMFORT!
- Procedural anxiety
- Pain relief
- Dry socket treatments
- Fluoride treatments
- Gum disease
- Burning mouth syndrome
- Cold Sores
- Gag reflex suppressor
- Plaque removal
- Oral ulcers
- Canker sores
- Tooth whitening
- Unique Dosage Forms
- Flavored Medication
- And more!
We can customize your prescription in a variety of dosage forms, including:
- lip balms for viral lesions
- topical muscle relaxants/analgesics
- topical anesthetics
- non-staining antibacterial rinses
- oral sedation in lollipops and freezer pops
- lollipops for oral thrush
- mouth rinses for aphthous ulcers or chemotherapy-induced stomatitis
- mouth rinse to stop oral bleeding during dental procedures for patients who take anticoagulants
- dry socket preparations
- “mucosal bandages” to cover ulcerated, infected, or tender mucosa
- lozenges that help to prevent gagging
- and many more unique preparations
“HELPING ANIMALS LIVE HEALTHY AND STRONG LIVES”
Sunshine Pharmacy takes the stress out of medicine delivery with animals. We understand that animals have different needs, and will compound your pet’s medication in a variety of dosage forms to improve treatment outcomes. From modifying the flavor to adding or adjusting dose or dosage form. We are here to care for all of your animals needs from bunnies to exotic birds.
Sunshie Pharmacy can prepare medications in a variety of veterinary areas including:
- Behavioral medicine
- Pain management
- Seizure control
- Seizure Control
- Chicken, Beef and Liver flavored chew treats and oral solutions
If your pet is not responding to traditional treatment Sunshine Pharmacy may be able to help.
“MAKING MEDICINE MORE ENJOYABLE AND PERSONAL”
We understand the challenges parents and physicians face when prescribing medication for children. Children often resist taking their medication because of taste, texture, difficulty swallowing and fear. Sunshine Pharmacy can compound medications into pleasantly flavored suspensions, lollipops, transdermal creams and effervescent drinks. Improving compliance is the first step towards better results. Compounding plays a significant role in pediatric medicine in a variety of therapeutic areas.
- Diaper Rash
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Topical Anesthesia
- Head Lice
- Acid Reflux
- Oral Thrush
- Skin Disorders
- Cold Sore/Fever Blisters
- And many more
If your child is not responding well to traditional treatment, Sunshine Pharmacy may be able to help.
In addition to prescription services, refills and over-the-counter medication, our store includes homeopathic remedies, natural and organic products, tinctures and body products. Special order items are available upon request, with rush orders available within 24 hours in most cases.
Some of our popular homeopathic & specialty items include:
- Shining Mountain Herbs & Tinctures
- Cell Food
- Source Naturals
- Nature’s Way
- Umcka products
- Olbas products
- All Highlands Homeophatic products
- Altitude Adjustment
- Boost Oxygen
All Insurance Accepted:
Sunshine Pharmacy is contracted with all available 3rd party insurance companies.