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Our Team

Jim Kitagawa

Owner / Pharmacist

Jim, a University of Alberta Pharmacy graduate, has worked within the Pharmasave brand since 1983, and has owned and operated the Brooks Pharmasave since August 2010. He prides himself in the growth and involvement his Pharmasave has in the community. Jim is passionate about being proactive in health and wellness, and focuses on preventing illness before it occurs. His knowledge and expertise is captured in many radio segments such as 'Ask The Expert', which you can listen to here. Please come by and share in Jim's desire to promote a healthy you! 

Wendy Kitagawa


Wendy has managed the Brook Pharmasave since it first opened in August 2010. She loves the positive environment and the comfortable atmosphere. As she says, it's the home-like feeling she really enjoys. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys the outdoors from camping and hiking and loves to travel.

Syed Ali


Syed started working at Pharmasave in October 2018, he aquired his phamacy degree in Pakistan but after arriving to Canada got his license to practice pharmacy here. Syed has a wife and two daughters, his wife is currently attending SAIT in Calgary. 

Wanda Ranch

Front Store Supervisor

Since starting with Brooks Pharmasave in August 2010, Wanda really likes working in the front store and enjoys the people she works with. She especially loves serving her customers, who many of them she knows by name. When Wanda is not tending to the store she enjoyes scrapbooking, camping, being with her family and spending quality time with her 3 grandchildren. 

Sharon Louey

Pharmacy Assistant

Ever since joining the pharmacy in August 2010, Sharon has enjoyed the satisfaction she feels by helping the Pharmasave customers. When she isn't working, Sharon likes to volunteer her time shopping or just visiting with the lovely ladies at the Newbrook Lodge in Brooks. Sharon is a great supporter of the local Brooks Bandits hockey team and enjoys attending the games. Any spare minutes Sharon has, she spends them with her 6 grandchildren, soon to be 7. 

Tamzin Velasco

Lifestyle & Diet Coach

Tamzin is our Lifestyle & Diet Coach. She is very passionate about helping her patient's achieve their weightloss and healthy living goals. When she isn't in the store coaching her clients, Tamzin is out coaching her 3 children on the sports field. She and her husband play an active role in the Brooks community through volunteering with sports, BCHS Key Club, Kiwanis, as well as running a local support group which she started for anyone struggle with food related issues. Tamzin is always willing to answer and discuss any questions regarding The Ideal Protein Program and your weightloss and lifestyle goals! 

Tammy Matthews

Front Store Associate

Tammy moved to Brooks 12 years ago and has since made it her home. Tammy is a busy mother of 3, which keeps her running with extra curricular activies as well as voluntreering with the local Kiwanis Club. Tammy has been working at Pharmasave for 3 years and she really enjoys seeing the customer and making them smile daily. 

Jean Kazimir

Front Store Associate

Jean joined the Brooks Pharmasave team back in September 2010 as Sales Clerk. She loves adding to the friendly culture and takes pleasure in seeing customers receive the personal service that helps them live well. When not at the Pharmasave, Jean cherishes time with her grand-children and relaxes by knitting or crocheting.

Justine Castelo

Pharmacy Technician

Lana Butler

Pharmacy Assistant

Casey Bradford

Pharmacy Assistant

Casey started working at Pharmasave August 2016. She began in the front store but is now helping in the pharmacy, Casey enjoys the pharmacy because she is learning new things everyday. Casey enjoys basketball, running, music, horses and volunteering at her church. She is in her grade 12 year and her future plans are to travel and attend vet school.

Julie Nicholson

Front Store Associate

Julie began working with us in November 2018, she really like being in the front store and seing and talking with the customers. Living on an acreage keeps Julie busy but she likes to find time to camp, snowmobile and do some hiking in the mountains. She is also involved in a local bowling league and does volunteering at the Brooks Bandits games.

Traiya Caverly

Front Store Associate

Mackenzie Dyck

Pharmacy Assistant

Mackenzie started with Pharmasave in april of 2018, she is currently in grade 11 at the BCHS. Mackenzie is helping in the pharmacy after school and she enjoys learning about the different kinds of medications. In her spare time she is involved in dance and likes to hangout with her friends.  Her future plans are to attend the University of Lethbridge to become a Pediatric Nurse. 

Joely Petkau

Front Store Associate

Joely began working at Pharmasve in July of 2018, she enjoys working here because she feels it is a friendly, safe enviroment. Joely is in grade 10 at the BCHS, and in her spare time she is involved in dance and volunteeering at her church. in the future she would like to attend post secondary school possibly for Interior design or mathmatics. 

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