RUTH HIGGINS, B.S., RPh
Ruth is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Hudson, NC. She is a 1978 graduate of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After completing her studies, she located here in the Swannanoa Valley in Buncombe County, and has been practicing pharmacy here since that time. Her work experience included time in major chains and the county health department prior to opening HealthRidge Pharmacy in Black Mountain in 1995.
In addition to her pharmacy degree, Ruth holds professional certifications in diabetes, hyperlipidemia, immunization, compounding, over-the-counter medications, medication therapy management, and pharmacy management.
Ruth has a career-long commitment to the pharmacy profession, having been recognized in local, state, and national venues. She is a life member of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, and the Western Carolina Pharmacy Association.
Ruth’s current national memberships include the American Pharmacists Association and the National Community Pharmacists Association. She has been featured twice on the cover of Pharmacy Times magazine, and the alumni publication of the UNC Pharmacy School. Ruth was one of the original participating pharmacists in the nationally-recognized Asheville Project, which pioneered the concept of pharmacy-driven Medication Therapy Management.
Ruth has maintained a close relationship with the UNC School of Pharmacy, having served twice on the UNC Pharmacy Alumni Board of Directors. She has a long association with the School as a preceptor for pharmacy students at HealthRidge Pharmacy.
When she began practicing pharmacy, Ruth came to the Swannanoa Valley with the vision of a pharmacy that offered a personal touch, where YOU matter. Today that vision is HealthRidge Pharmacy, Black Mountain's locally owned, full-service retail pharmacy.
Taylor Jones, PharmD
Taylor was born and raised in Winston-Salem, but he says he has always had mountain blood, as his ancestors are from the mountains of Wilkes County. During his last year of Pharmacy school with UNC Chapel Hill in 2012, Taylor was placed in western North Carolina for his advanced rotations. During that time he fell in love with the area, as well as his future bride. He and his wife have lived here since 2014 and are the proud parents of a rescued dog and cat. When he is not serving folks at a pharmacy or walking the dog, you will find him playing guitar, Frisbee, bicycling, or working outside.
Professionally, Taylor is passionate about finding a healthy balance of lifestyle, natural supplements, and traditional pharmaceutical treatment options for any symptoms or needs. He also is expertly skilled in the science, and art, of compounding medications including bioidentical hormones, low-dose naltrexone, thyroid medications, transdermal pain creams, nasal sprays, and much more. Sharing how custom, made-from-scratch compounded medications can benefit patients is a professionally gratifying opportunity. After all, it was St. Francis of Assisi who wrote, “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, head, and heart is an artist.” Ask Taylor how a custom compounded medication may help you!
JODY EMBLER, CPhT
Jody is the Senior Certified Pharmacy Technician for HealthRidge Pharmacy. He has been serving the Black Mountain community for 18 years. He specializes in the data entry of prescriptions and contacting the insurance companies to resolve issues with rejected claims.
KARIA SILVER, CPhT
Karia was born and raised in the Swannanoa Valley. She is a certified pharmacy technician with an associates degree in Art. She brings 7 years of pharmacy experience to HealthRidge. She specializes in compounding medications for humans and animals and also assists in the many clinical services offered at HealthRidge.
SAM COBB, CPhT
Sam was born and raised in Asheville. He graduated from Mars Hill University with a B.A. in Music, but has found a passion for pharmacy. He is your smiling face on deliveries.
CARRIE RICH, CPhT
Carrie is a native of Buncombe county, and she brings 13 years of pharmacy experience to Healthridge. She manages our Med Pack Program and Sync program and enjoys connecting with patients.