History of Hieber's Pharmacy

Locally owned. Locally operated. Locally loved.

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Albert and Ben Hieber originally opened Hieber's Drug Store in the Strip District around 1860. The pharmacy moved several times to various locations on Fifth Avenue, until Frank Stanish bought the pharmacy in 1945. He brought the store to its present location on the corner of Fifth and McKee. In 1948, Ed (Sonny) Kilkeary partnered with Frank Stanish and remained as the owner of Hieber's Pharmacy until Joe Bettinger acquired the store in 2000.

Hieber's has a long history of excellence in compounding and patient care. Some of our famous firsts are:

The first pharmacy in Pittsburgh to make progesterone and boric acid suppositories

One of the first pharmacies in the area to dispense the polio vaccine to neighboring schools in the late 1950's. Hieber's pharmacists worked directly with Dr. Jonas Salk, the original developer of the vaccine, to dispense the vaccine.

Hieber's Pharmacy continues to work closely with the neighboring hospitals to provide physicians and patients with quality compounds and medical supplies. Our tradition in excellence continues to this day under the direction of Joe Bettinger and his talented, knowledgeable staff. We use state-of-the-art equipment coupled with continuous training to guarantee superior products made uniquely for you!

Conveniently located in the heart of the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Hieber’s pharmacy is within walking distance to several area universities, hospitals, and public transportation stops.

Meet Our Staff

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Meet Our New Owner! Rosemary Mihalko, PharmD

Rosemary is a 2011 graduate from the Mylan School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University. She began working at Hieber’s in June 2017 before becoming the new owner of the Hieber’s legacy on April 1, 2019. Soon after purchasing the pharmacy, on May 9th, Rosemary and her husband welcomed their new baby boy, Gage, into their lives. She is enjoying her new life as both a woman-owned small business owner and mother!

Zoë Lubow, PharmD

Zoe is a 2017 graduate of Pitt Pharmacy School. She also has a degree in chemistry from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts! Zoe joined the pharmacy team in July 2019 and when she has free time, she enjoys logic puzzles, watching tv, and bowling!

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Tarang Patel

Tarang is the lead technician at Hieber’s Pharmacy. He has been with us since 2013! Occupying Tarang’s spare time are his wife of 16 years, Jalpa, his two handsome boys, Aditya and Shiv, and their newest addition, a baby girl named Radha. He enjoys hiking, being outdoors, bicycling and riding motorcycles. But we’re not sure when he fits any of that into his busy schedule!

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Sara Holmes

Sara is our sterile compounding technician who has been with Hieber’s since 2011. She enjoys spending time outdoors camping, kayaking, and hiking with her family. If you can catch Sara indoors, she will most likely be reading or working on one of her numerous craft projects like faux stained glass art or cross stitching and quilting. Even though Sara doesn’t particularly enjoy running, she stays active by playing Gaelic football!

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Eric Hansen

Eric has been the accountant at Hieber’s Pharmacy since 2015. His two adorable girls and family time keep him very busy! You might be surprised to find out that Eric is a pretty good cook! When Eric is not cooking or playing with his girls, he and his wife enjoy traveling and trying new restaurants.

Laura Klos

Laura is a pharmacy student at Duquesne University who began working as a compounding technician at Hieber’s in 2018.

Steven Astrachan

Stephen is a pharmacy student at the University of Pittsburgh who began working as a compounding technician at Hieber’s in 2019.

Seana Armstrong

Seana is a pharmacy student at the University of Pittsburgh who began working as a compounding technician at Hieber’s in 2019.

Madelaine Holmes

Madelaine is a compounding technician who recently started at Hieber’s in September of 2019.

Ellyana Gomez

Ellyana is a student at the University of Pittsburgh who began working as a front end associate at Hieber’s in 2018.

Nieve Sabol

Nieve is a student at the University of Pittsburgh who began working as a pharmacy assistant in 2013. Nieve now focuses much of her time in the pharmacy writing social media content and posting memes in the store!

Ella Adams

Ella joined the Hieber’s staff in 2017 as a pharmacy assistant. She helps keep the pharmacy in order by answering phones, making deliveries to local hospitals, washing dishes and much more! She is a senior at Oakland Catholic and enjoys learning about math and science. Ella is deep into her faith and loves mass, adoration, retreats and mission trips. When she is not working on homework, at the pharmacy or catching up on sleep she enjoys painting, writing, crochet and other hobbies. Surprisingly, even though Ella loves to read, she has yet to finish the Harry Potter series!

Maria Chaer

Maria is a senior at Oakland Catholic High School. She began working at Hieber’s as a pharmacy assistant in 2018.

Bennett Spencer

Bennett is a junior at Oakland Catholic High School. She began working at Hieber’s as a pharmacy assistant in 2018.

Marissa Noe

Marissa is a freshman at Oakland Catholic High School. She began working at Hieber’s as a pharmacy assistant in 2019.