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    Tuesday, September 19, 2017-7:06:50A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

Brabu: Your one-stop shop for total wellness

ATTRACTING a steadily increasing number of clients since it opened its doors two years ago, Brabu Pharmacy and Wellness Center  in Gualo Rai, Middle Road is approaching another milestone in meeting its vision of providing total wellness to the community.

Brabu Pharmacy owner Ted Parker pose with wife Kathy, fourth from left, and prarmacy staff and volunteers. Photo by Raquel C. BagnolBrabu Pharmacy owner Ted Parker said since they opened on June 18, 2009, they have not done much advertising but mainly relied on word-of-mouth from satisfied clients who have been using their services.

“The whole point of our existence, of being ‘brabu,’ is to focus on the well-being of people and we started that with the clients who had been coming to us for the past couple of years,” Parker said.

Not all people who step into the Brabu Pharmacy are regular clients. Some of them just come in to browse through the well-stocked shelves, ask for counseling, get a free blood pressure or blood sugar check or chat with friends.

“We have a lot of people who come in here asking for advice and we are happy to offer them advice,” Parker said.

He added that one of the things that may sound contradicting to the business is that they actually want people to get off medication.

“When you have people come in and ask for example what pills they can take to lose weight, we would suggest a lifestyle change like eating less and exercising more instead of prescribing pills,” Parker said.

He cited for instance that from the clients who have hypertension or diabetes which is very common here in the CNMI, at least two of them now no longer take medication.

“They changed their lifestyle, their diets, they are now exercising more,” Parker said.

For the past two years, Brabu has been instrumental in encouraging total wellness.

“A sense of wellness means to be content with yourself and everything around you,” he added.

Sophisticated systems

Brabu’s software system, a state-of-the-art pharmacy computer system allows for electronic data storage that works very fast to refill prescriptions.

Parker said that their software system, a paperless operation, registers a patient, prescriptions and refills with short waiting times, and stores a scanned copy of all the prescriptions and images so that the risk of filling errors is eliminated.

Eco-friendly services

Brabu’s co-owner and Parker’s wife, Kathy Yuknavage, has a Master’s of Science in Environmental Health, and said that with Brabu’s vision to support healthy living and a healthy environment, they adopted the site at the 13 Fishermen Monument last year under the MINA’s adopt-a-bin program to celebrate the pharmacy’s first anniversary.

Since Brabu opened, they have been using paper bags and reusable bags. Brabu is also currently recycling their cans, glass, and paper, and have a limited supply of reusable styrofoam coolers, and ice packs to share with the community upon request.

Brabu Pharmacy and Wellness Center also carries a line of organic and earth-friendly products ranging from personal hygiene to household products.

Community involvement

As part of its community service, Brabu pharmacy has accommodated lots of volunteers including students who can use the experience as they prepare for a lifetime career.

“This is our way of giving some people training and let them come back and work for us after school, the volunteers are learning all the ropes of running a pharmacy including filling prescriptions, recycling, using the cash register, how to apply medications, friendly customer service which is really necessary in any business.

“People who come here are often not feeling well or have a family members that are sick.  We try our best to brighten their mood and help them feel better,” Kathy said.

Brabu Pharmacy and Wellness Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, call 233-AMOT (2668), or e-mail brabumeds@gmail.com