Our Longville Pharmacy

GuidePoint Pharmacy’s values reflect the beliefs of our pharmacists by helping guide customers, pointing them in the direction of good health.

While all GuidePoint Pharmacies share a common focus of concentrating on patient-centered healthcare, our Brainerd lakes area locations have been able to specialize their clinical services to fit the unique needs of the patients in the communities they serve.

Brainerd and Crosby locations can provide a wide range of immunization services for the community. This is achieved in their participation in state-funded programs such as the Uninsured and Underinsured Adult Vaccine Program (UUAV) for adults and any eligible child through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program (MnVFC). This will help ensure that all pharmacy-eligible patients will have access to vaccines for disease preventable illnesses regardless of their insurance status.

Our Brainerd location has developed a pharmacist residency program with an emphasis on providing medication therapy management (MTM) services to patients who are among the highest healthcare risk. This residency has allowed us to reach many more of our patients in our community who would have likely needed to use advanced specialized health services because of their medical conditions.

Our Nisswa location is the home base for one of the area’s most unique pharmacies located in Longville, a community too small for a traditional pharmacy. Their pharmacy services are provided through the utilization of telepharmacy technology. Having the ability to obtain pharmacy services locally, not only supports the community and its clinic but prevents the need for patients to travel long distances in sometimes dangerous conditions to obtain their necessary medications.

Since 2001, when we (Mike and Laura Schwartzwald) purchased our first stores, we have continually strived to add new clinical services to enhance our patient healthcare. Our newest service now available at our Brainerd location is Pharmacogenetic testing.  We realize that all people are unique and not all medications work the same for everyone.  Pharmacogenetic testing can help ensure that the medication that they are taking is right for them.

Now, as we enter the later stages of our pharmacy careers, it is our hope to keep family-owned independent pharmacy alive by transitioning our stores to the next generation of progressive thinking pharmacists. While not all GuidePoint Pharmacies are owned by us, the heart of GuidePoint Pharmacy is alive and well within each and every site.

Mike Schwartzwald, R. PH.

Mike received his Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 1988 and has been moving up the pharmacy ranks ever since. He started as a pharmacist in rural Wisconsin where he received management training and soon he found himself working as chief pharmacist in a busy Twin Cities pharmacy.

 

Since the beginning of his pharmacy career, Mike has thrived to provide hands-on, personalized care to his patients, creating an educational environment focused on patient wellness.

 

Under that premise, Mike has successfully managed many pharmacies in Minnesota through the years, before purchasing what is now GuidePoint Pharmacy in Brainerd, Minn., in 2001.

 

Mike is one of two Minnesota Ambassadors for HealthMart International, he’s on the advisory committee for Parata, a company that designs and sells pharmacy robotics. He was also named a finalist for the Parata Systems/Pharmacy Times 2011 Next-Generation Pharmacist Award.

Rebecca Piekarski, Pharm.D.

Rebecca graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy in May of 2014. While going to school she interned for GuidePoint Pharmacy in Brainerd and took a full time pharmacist position with them after graduation. In March 2016 she became the pharmacist in charge for the Nisswa and Longville store locations.

 

Rebecca grew up on a small dairy farm near Randall, MN. She has had a love for caring for both people and animals throughout her life. When she isn’t “pharming” in the pharmacy, she tries to help her husband on the farm while raising beef cows, planting and harvesting crops, and enjoying time with their children.

 

Rebecca loves the small-town atmosphere and has enjoyed getting to know her patients and being able to bring them personalized one-on-one care; helping them learn more about their medications, offering immunizations and smoking cessation are just a few services she enjoys bringing to the community. She is also working toward offering health-fairs and informational newsletters that will cover various health topics.

Melissa Johnson, CPhT

Kelly Wheeler, C.PhT

Longville Pharmacy
(218) 363-2640
(855) 315-7474

1472 County Road 5
Longville, MN 56655

Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am – 5pm
Sat: Closed
Sat: Closed

Our Services
Blood pressure screenings
Telepharmacy
Free vitamin program
Free delivery
Free Mailing
Flavored Rx
Compliance packaging
Vaccinations