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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:06 am

Terry Blasingame is on a new adventure. She has been a pharmacist for 35 years but is a newcomer to owning her own pharmacy, Pharmacy of the Woods, located in upper Lake Arrowhead Village.

The majority of her career has been as a hospital pharmacist—at Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio, where she is still on staff.

Blasingame has a background in oncology pharmacy, has done some home health pharmacy care and did the dosing of drugs for patients.

"When a physician runs into drugs that can be toxic to the liver, kidney or heart, he will call in a pharmacist to monitor the drugs and do the dosing," she said.

Her vision for Pharmacy of the Woods is "for people to be able to come to the center of Lake Arrowhead where it's convenient for them to get their prescriptions filled, stop in and ask medical questions I can answer from a pharmacist's standpoint, and do their errands—go grocery shopping, do their banking, pick up their mail, pay their water bill."

What patients will find when they enter the pharmacy is a well designed, relaxing space. Blasingame loves interior design, an interest that is evident in her new store. From the soft music playing in the background to the soft robes that are on display, the atmosphere is one of peace and luxury.

What she tried to do, Blasingame said, was create a gift line with things for all ages—from baby and bath accessories and towels to a small IT section, picture frames, fragrances for men and women, greeting cards, makeup, cookbooks (Blasingame loves to cook) and even some cute doggie items.

Blasingame has begun designing custom necklaces, which she is selling in the shop. On display this past week were four: a blue lace onyx one with crystals, an amethyst necklace with fresh water pearls and crystals, a black onyx one and one made of Italian glass beads with silver and fresh water pearls. All feature pretty clasps.

The pharmacy also has a selection of over-the-counter drugs and products, as well as walkers and canes. She will be able to order other durable material supplies—medical equipment—for patients.

At the heart of any pharmacy is, of course, having prescriptions filled. While patients wait, they can sit in the bright break room, enjoying a complimentary beverage and watch the HDTV. In the summer, there will be a table out on the deck, overlooking Lake Arrowhead.

FINDING LAKE ARROWHEAD

Blasingame, who has owned a home in Lake Arrowhead for 17 years, first came up to the mountain after a friend told her what a great place it was to spend the summer. "She had spent summers here since she was a child," Blasingame said. "I rented a house for a week with another family. My son, who is now 24, was a baby.

"I began coming every summer and stayed longer and longer," Blasingame said. She bought the house known as the Eye of the Needle as it sits in the middle of the street, which goes around the house.

Now her Lake Arrowhead home is her primary residence. "I love the close community," she said. "The people are wonderful. And I love the beauty of the area."

What she really loves is water-skiing. "I can lap the lake twice without stopping," Blasingame said. "I can ski for an hour without dropping." Both she and her son learned to ski at McKenzie Water Ski School.

Blasingame loves sports in general. She plays tennis, snow skis and loves to hike and jog around the lake. She also enjoys meeting with a group of friends for a monthly wine club. "We gather to enjoy some wine and one another's company," she said.

At the pharmacy Blasingame is being helped by Holly Quintero, her pharmacy assistant, and two pharmacy technicians—Cindy Boyce and Laura Green.

The most important thing, Blasingame said, is for people to be able to get their prescriptions filled correctly while they are running errands. "The area has a definite need for a third pharmacy," she said.

"My goal for people is overall health: a good diet, exercise and the use of medications to manage those things they can't manage with good healthy living."

Pharmacy of the Woods, located in upper Lake Arrowhead Village, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (909) 336-3999 .

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