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Lori Kearney, RPh
Owner / Pharmacy Manager
Lori Kearney is a 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, and has been a practicing pharmacist in the local community since 1986. She purchased Rivergate Pharmacy in 2010 out of her passion to provide personalized care and expertise in a professional and welcoming environment. Lori is the face of Rivergate Pharmacy; people love to come in and talk with her, and her voice is recognized around town from her frequent radio spots.
Renee Byrnes, PharmD
Renee is originally from Savannah, GA and relocated to Durango in 2012 with her husband. She has practiced pharmacy in corporate retail, infusion pharmacy, and now community/compounding pharmacy. On her days off Renee enjoys being outside exploring our beautiful slice of heaven.
Whitney has been a Pharmacy Technician since 2006. She worked at North City Market Pharmacy for 6 of those years, gaining a lot of experience before joining our family at Rivergate Pharmacy in 2012. Whitney heads our free No-Wait Refills program and will be happy to work with you about how you can get all your medications filled at the same time each month. ~ “Working at Rivergate has been an amazing experience because I have the chance to compound and do different things every day. I enjoy being a tech and having the opportunity to meet and help a lot of different people. When I'm not at work I have a sweet son and a handsome boyfriend who I love spending time with in beautiful Durango.”
Darin joined the Rivergate team in March 2016. He greets our customers with a friendly smile and helps to make sure they have what they need. Darin moved to Bayfield in 2010 and graduated from Bayfield High School. He became a certified pharmacy technician in November 2015. ~ “I decided that I wanted to be a technician so I could help patients thrive in every aspect of their lives, starting with their health.”
Rebecca is new to Durango, moving here from Virginia after traveling for a year. She enjoys the outdoors, including hiking, kayaking, driving through the mountains, and dogs. ~ "I am so excited to be able to be a part of such a great place and will hopefully put smiles on faces while helping the community."
Lisa recently joined the Rivergate team after relocating to Durango with her husband. Lisa has always had an interest in chemistry and working as a pharmacy technician. ~ “I am blessed to be in training with the wonderful group of people at Rivergate Pharmacy, where supporting the community and helping people is paramount.”
As a recent Fort Lewis graduate, Bryan feels his job at the pharmacy is an exciting opportunity to begin exploring the industry. He has lived in Durango for almost five years and enjoys music, hiking, and skateboarding.
Nate moved to Durango in 2013 to attend Fort Lewis College. He graduated in 2017 with a Biochemistry degree. His enjoys snowboarding and martial arts, as well as science.
Celeste has lived in Durango for 30 years and attended Fort Lewis College. She has worked at Rivergate Pharmacy since 2010. She enjoys organizing the Project Merry Christmas event each year. Our team adopts two families and we have a wrapping party to giftwrap what we’ve purchased for them.
Muriel moved to Durango in 2008 and provided private care for patients. She joined our team in May 2018 and now continues working with the community through her role at the pharmacy. Muriel enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband and three children.
Deanna is a long-term resident of La Plata County. A graduate of Durango High School in 1988, she has lived here ever since. She works behind the scenes to help Lori and the team with the day-to-day operations and administrative details of running the pharmacy