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Tom DePietro, PharmD

Tom

PHARMACY: Owner, DePietro's Pharmacy, Dunmore, Pa.

AGE: 36

FAMILY: Married to Eugenia; two daughters, Dominica, 3; and Adriana, 7 months.

EDUCATION: Temple University School of Pharmacy, 2009

DESTINY: Tom's mother was a nurse. His dad was a pharmacist. Patient care was in the genes.

HE DIDN'T LISTEN: Tom opened his pharmacy three years after pharmacy school graduation, against the advice of many. "I wanted to give (patients) a totally different experience," he says. "All I heard was, 'Reimbursements are terrible. Don't do it!'"

EVER THE ADVOCATE: Tom had a simple goal – to be an advocate for his patients. "We treat them like family. They're not used to the experience we give them. We cut through red tape for them and make sure they understand the medications."

LOTS OF LOVE: Tom's passion for patient care has paid off in many ways. Business has steadily grown and DePietro's has been voted Business of the Year by the local Chamber of Commerce seven of the eight years it's been around.

SHINING LIGHT: Tom is a luminary for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network.

NCPA'S VALUE TO ME: "Knowing we have an army of advocates looking out for the best interests of independent pharmacies gives us such a strong line of defense against the chains and PBMs."