Meet Our Pharmacists

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Robert L. Edwards, RPh

Robert (Bobby) is the previous owner of Northgate Pharmacy with his wife Ann Edwards.  He is originally from Florence, AL and a graduate of Coffee High School.  He attended the Unversity of North Alabama where he met his wife, Ann.  After graduating from Samford University School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, they moved back to Florence and Bobby began working at Northgate.  They eventually purchased the pharmacy, which has now been in business over 40 years.  They have two grown children, Angelynn and Brandon, both previous employees of the pharmacy and now currently residing in Nashville, TN.  In his spare time, Bobby enjoys playing tennis, fishing, scuba diving and spending time with his family. 


Chad Irons, RPh


Chad Irons and his wife Ann-Marie are the ownners of Northgate Pharmacy. Chad is proud to have grown up in Florence Alabama, the son of Dr. Ricky and Terese Irons.  He is a 1999 graduate of Mars Hill Bible School.  Chad attended the University of North Alabama for his undergraduate work while he worked as a pharmacy technician at Northgate.  He also met his wife, Ann-Marie at UNA.  After they married in 2003, the couple moved to Birmingham so he could attend Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.  Chad graduated with highest honors and received his doctor of pharmacy degree in 2007.  He and Ann-Marie returned to Florence to allow him to work as a pharmacist at Northgate, where he has been blessed to be close to friends and family again.  Ann-Marie works as a nurse educator at ECM hospital as well as UNA’s nursing program.  They have two children, Sam and Sara Beth.  When not spending time with them, Chad enjoys hunting and running.  


Jimmy McMillan , RPh

Jimmy is a graduate of Coffee High School.  He attended the University of North Alabama and graduated from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy.  He spent 31 years in Pharmaceutical Sales and Sales Management before joining Northgate Pharmacy.  Jimmy is married to Sandra Vaughn and they have one son, Andrew.


Michael Thomas, RPh

After graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 1987, Mike became a partner and eventually the sole owner of a community pharmacy in central Mississippi.  In 2008, Mike sold his pharmacy and moved to the beautiful shoals area.  Mike is an active member in the local and state pharmacy associations as well as a licensed parental pharmacist.

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