About Carol Daniels, RPh
Carol Daniels is the pharmacy manager of Tunkhannock Compounding Center located in Tunkhannock Pennsylvania.
Carol began her pharmacy career at the soda fountain of her father’s drugstore in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. She graduated from The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1982. Afterwards she worked in various aspects of pharmacy including hospital and long-term care, but eventually found that retail pharmacy was the most rewarding for her.
In April 2011, Carol left her position at Winola Pharmacy, Lake Winola, PA, to concentrate her efforts on compounding only at Tunkhannock Compounding Center. Carol’s passion is educating men and women about the benefits of bio-identical hormones.
My hormone journey began in 2002. I was feeling exhausted all the time, due to lack of sleep. I would come home after work, and if I didn’t fall asleep watching tv, I would go to bed and fall asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. Around 2-3am, I would wake up – no hot flashes or concerns to wake up about – and I would not be able to go back to sleep until the alarm clock went off. Then I’d drag myself out of bed and get ready for work.
I went to my primary physician and complained of my inability to fall back to sleep. He told me I had the classic symptoms of depression. I argued that I wasn’t depressed, just frustrated over the fact that I couldn’t get enough sleep. Nevertheless I filled my prescription he had written for an antidepressant and began to take it. Yes, I slept all night but I also wanted to sleep all day. Nothing bothered me, not even the hair of my five dogs blowing like tumbleweeds across the floor as I lay on the couch and watched it. Without the antidepressant I would vacuum twice a day. With it, I had no gumption to do anything. My coworkers said I had become “numb” to everything – not particularly happy or sad. I was afraid I was going to make a prescription dispensing error.
In the meantime, the pharmacy where I was employed became a member of PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America). I packed my suitcase, along with my antidepressant, and went to Houston for compounding training. Here were instructors for the different specialties of compounding such as veterinary, pain management, autism, and bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT). When the instructor started speaking about our female patients in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who all of a sudden were needing anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, and sleeping pills I thought “this is me”. He spoke of the need for progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. I couldn’t wait to go home. I did a saliva test and made myself some progesterone cream (after convincing my primary doctor). I threw away those nasty anti-depressants and the rest, as they say, is history.