Meet Our Pharmacists
Tom Beard, co-owner of Solutions Pharmacy, was raised in the state of Georgia, where he attended Emory University and obtained a bachelors degree in Chemistry and Anthropology. He then moved to North Carolina and completed his Pharm. D. degree at Campbell University School of Pharmacy. After graduating with highest Honors he practiced Nuclear Pharmacy for three years. In 2003 Tom moved to Chattanooga, TN to join the Solutions Pharmacy Family.
Tom enjoys speaking to doctors and patients about customized medications and finding solutions to problems. Tom prides himself in the knowledge of sterile compounding and is our Director of Aseptic Compounds. He shows his dedication to the art of compounding by studying countless hours to ensure that every patient receives the best customized medication for their treatment. Tom take pleasure in the everyday challenges that a compounding pharmacist experiences in all aspects of compounding. After hours he enjoys the outdoors and gardening.
Bonnie Guhne, DPh grew up on the plains of Canada. She graduated with honors from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Pharmacy in 1997. She practiced retail pharmacy for three years before moving to Chattanooga, TN to take on the challenges of compounding. After more than a decade working for Solutions Pharmacy, she still finds excitement and new experiences in the field of compounding. In her free time, Bonnie loves to spend time with her husband, Steve, and her two daughters, enjoy the atmosphere of downtown Chattanooga and read.
April Heitmeier, PharmD, has been in practice as a pharmacist for 4 years. She graduated from the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy cum laude in 2007. Upon graduation, she began her career as a pharmacist for Kroger Pharmacy. While there, she became certified in immunizations and lipid screening. She administered immunizations and participated in community health fairs by providing lipid screening and counseling in the greater Houston area. In addition to her work as a retail pharmacist, she also gave presentations on psychotropic medications for adoptive and foster parents with McClaugherty Consulting Services. In 2009, she relocated to the Chattanooga area and began working for Solutions Pharmacy as a compounding pharmacist where she still practices today. Personally, she enjoys running, baking, and spending time with her son Hayden and husband Brandon.
Barry Bates, DPh, is a 1991 graduate of Auburn University, Harrison School of Pharmacy. He worked in retail pharmacy for 8 years; first with Harco Pharmacy in Alabama, then Winn Dixie Pharmacy in Chattanooga TN. He first started working in compounding under Don Talley at Lakeside Pharmacy in Chattanooga, then with Randy Davis at The Wellness Pharmacy. He then returned to his current position at Solutions Pharmacy (formerly known as Lakeside Pharmacy). In his spare time, Barry enjoys the great outdoors by windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding. He also loves spending time with his wife, SIsty and his dogs.
Katie Dyer, PharmD, graduated from Samford University, McWorther School of Pharmacy in 2008. She began her career as the Pharmacy Manager at Publix Pharmacy in Ooltewah, TN. She routinely organized immunization clinics for employees and patients. As a trained Diabetes Educator, she provided lectures for her patients and the public on Diabetes, Food, and You. After building superior patient relationships at Publix for 4 years, she has now begun working for Solutions Pharmacy to challenge herself and become a more well-rounded pharmacist. On her days off, Katie enjoys softball, golf, racquetball, and exploring the outdoors.
Chad Hartman, PharmD, is a 2005 graduate of Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He began his career with CVS/pharmacy, becoming Pharmacy Manager at multiple locations and has also worked throughout Chattanooga as a floating pharmacist with Bi-Lo. He has been a part of community immunization clinics and serves on the Advisory Committee for Chattanooga State’s Pharmacy Technician Program. Following years of working as a community pharmacist, he joined Solutions Pharmacy in 2013. He welcomes the change with the desire to broaden his career and develop into a better pharmacist. During his leisure time he enjoys his family, playing soccer, and being involved in his local church.