History of Hieber's Pharmacy

Locally owned. Locally operated. Locally loved.


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. Mr. Bettinger retired in 2019 when Hieber's was then purchased by the current, and only female owner, Dr. Rosemary Mihalko.

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 Rosemary Mihalko, PharmD and her talented, knowledgeable staff. We use state-of-the-art equipment coupled with continuous training to guarantee superior preparations 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


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 mum!


Zoë Lubow, PharmD

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


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!


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!


Marva Davis

Marva is compounding technician at Hieber's who joined us later in 2019! She is a very positive individual who says, "Only when you give up, do you actually fail."


Laura Klos

Laura has been working at Hieber's as a compounding technician since September 2018 and is currently pursuing her PharmD at Duquesne University. When she is not studying, Laura enjoys rock climbing, adventuring and trying new foods!


Steven Astrachan

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


Ellyana (Elle) Gomez

Elle began working as a front end associate at Hieber’s in 2018. She attends the University of Pittsburgh full-time studying social work. When not at work or in class, Elle enjoys trail running, oil painting, and exploring the city!


Marissa Noe

Marissa is a freshman at Oakland Catholic High School. She began working at Hieber’s as a pharmacy assistant in the summer of 2019. When she isn't at the pharmacy, she is keeping up with school work or spending time with friends and family. Marissa loves art and sketches in her free time too!

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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.

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.