Dave Mason, D.Ph., Owner – A native of Stuttgart, Arkansas, Dave attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater before moving on to the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center’s School of Pharmacy. After graduating in 1986, he worked for Hospital Discount Pharmacy in Edmond, where he cultivated an interest in compounding and problem-solving. Dave has completed specialized training in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, clinical nutrition, and various forms of pharmaceutical compounding. In August of 1998, he opened Innovative Pharmacy Solutions, in order to focus on these specialties. Outside of health and nutrition, Dave’s primary forms of relaxation include mowing and maintaining his two-plus acre yard and taking naps in movie theaters. He lives in Edmond with his wife, Kristen, also a pharmacist and a member of the OUHSC School of Pharmacy faculty. They are active in their church and enjoy spending time watching their talented kids perform in sports, fitness, and music theatre competitions. Dave and Kristen are the proud parents of two daughters and two sons, along with a Bichon Frise named Lilly.
Kyle Panter, Pharm D. – Raised in Fort Gibson, OK, Kyle attended Northeastern State University and received a B.S.in Chemistry in 1996 and then graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in 2000. In the Spring of 2017, he became certified as a Veterinary Specialist through the Comprehensive Core Concepts in Compounding program by Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA). Kyle joined IPS in the summer of 2019 bringing his extensive knowledge of compounding pharmacy with the focus on Veterinary care, wound care, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and so much more! His career experiences include working in independent retail, chain retail, hospital and compounding pharmacy practices. He has also served as a consultant to chemical wholesalers and pharmacies across the country for compounding-related issues. Kyle has been married to his beautiful wife, Michele, for 22 years. Michele and Kyle have two children, whom they adopted, which helps keep them young and on the go! In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, reading, and spending time with family.
Melissa Bolek, Pharm D. – Raised in the Milwaukee area, chances are you’ll know it’s Melissa when she answers the phone just from the accent alone. A graduate of Purdue University School of Pharmacy, Melissa joined IPS as a temporary relief pharmacist back in 2011 when another pharmacist went on maternity leave. After seeing how the patients immediately took to her, we knew we couldn’t let her get away! Melissa lives in Guthrie with her husband, Matt, a professor at OSU, whom she’s been with since shortly before dinosaurs became extinct. Her hobbies include reading, coffee, traveling, fitness, coffee, glamping, laughing, and coffee. One of her biggest regrets in life is not investing in Starbucks in the 90s. She loves winter and competed in The Abominable Snow Race in Geneva, WI in January 2017 and 2018, along with Warrior Dash and Rugged Maniac. She is planning to run in the OKC Memorial Half Marathon in 2020. During the spring, you can often find her glued to the nearest radar screen, even if the storm system is still over 100 miles away. Matt and Melissa are parents to three very spoiled dogs, Thora, Lilly Bell, and Luna, in addition to P. Kitty, who has since become the “landlord” of their house!
Christie Cowden, Office/HR Manager – Originally from Perkins, Oklahoma, Christie has lived in the Guthrie area for over 14 years and has worked as a pharmacy technician since 2006. She joined the IPS team in the spring of 2016. She loves working with patients and meeting new people, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafts, and knitting, and can name all 50 states in alphabetical order. Christie has been married to Matt for 22 years, and they are the parents of two daughters, one son, and four dogs: Barney, Sully, Finney and Daisy. Christie and her husband are very proud of their 1st grandson, Easton, and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first granddaughter due in January.
Jes Coffey, Pharmacy Technician – Jes is a native of Cushing, OK. She attended OSU in Stillwater before earning a Massage Therapy Certification from Meridian Technology Center. She joined us on a part-time basis in 2015 moving to full-time in 2017, while she maintains a part-time job in the bar and restaurant industry by night. Jes enjoys reading, writing, photography, grunge music, motorcycles, tattoos, comfy pants, random acts of kindness, puns and cheesy Dad jokes (which Dave continuously provides), thunderstorms, classic cars (specifically Mustangs), low-budget horror movies, and vodka (because as Betty White once said, vodka is kind of a hobby, and you just DON’T question Betty White). She reads Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea every year and names Garfield the cat as her favorite cartoon character, because she really connects with his love for strong coffee and frequent pining for lasagna. Jes is married to Seth, and they live in Cashion with their two fur kids—a yellow lab named Sid and a wolf named Nashoba—who take up 1000% of her free time.
Laurie Budig, Pharmacy Technician – Originally from Billings, Montana, Laurie already had over two decades of pharmacy experience under her belt when she joined the staff of IPS in the fall of 2016. In addition, Laurie is certified as an Administrative Medical Assistant and also in Fitness and Nutrition as a Personal Trainer. Her hobbies include weight training, interior decorating, and floral arranging. She and her husband, Robert, are the parents of two grown sons and two overweight, but very happy French bulldogs. Laurie and Robert’s family is still growing with the addition of an amazing daughter-in-law and the sweetest, happiest, and cutest granddaughter, Rosie Kate.
April Hollie, Director of First Impressions – Born and raised in Newcastle, OK, April is number 3 of four children, with two older brothers (one being her twin) and a younger sister. She graduated from OSU-OKC in 2017 and plans to keep continuing her education. She has over 4 years of customer service, inventory and management experience. Her favorite thing is calling or facetiming with her “pride and joy”, her 4-year-old niece Adalynne Rose! She also enjoys action packed movies, comedies, reading and DIY projects. April is currently in the works to buy her first house. April’s home will be full of life and happiness with her four dogs, Kriket, Lillie, Barney, and Katie.