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Matt Herbst, RPH grew up in Lyons, NY and graduated from Lyons High School in 1985. He graduated from Ithaca College in 1989 with a BA in Physics. While at Ithaca, Matt was a 3 year letter winner on the varsity football team and started at linebacker in his final 2 campaigns. A highlight of his career at Ithaca was winning the Division III National Championship in 1988. Matt continued his education at Albany College of Pharmacy, graduating in 1995 with a B.S. in Pharmacy.

Matt currently resides in Skaneateles with his wife and four children, ages 21, 19, 10 and 7. His interests include boating, ice hockey and exercising. Matt is delighted to be part of the Port Byron community and is dedicated to providing professional pharmacy services to the area.

A 'Better Way' To Fill Your Needs
The Citizen, staff writer Samantha House 
PORT BYRON - For two decades, Matt Herbst went the corporate route.

The Skaneateles pharmacist took care of customers from behind the counter of retail pharmacies, working for Rite Aid and Wegmans. While working at Walmart's Auburn pharmacy in 2010, Herbst realized it was time for change. 

"I decided I wanted to strike out on my own," he said. 

Starting a business had never really appealed to Herbst before. But as the years went by, he became frustrated with the sometimes erroneous policies imposed by his corporate employers, he said.
"It seems like it gets in the way of taking care of the customer and doing what you went to school for."
"I wanted to practice pharmacy, but I wanted to do it on my terms."

So he set out to pursue "a better way."

After shopping around, Herbst decided the newly refurbished hotel on Port Byron's Church Street was the perfect place to set up shop. he moved into the historic building and, in May 2011, opened his doors. 

Using his 23 years of experience, Herbst offer his customers a range of traditional and more modern pharmaceutical services. Along with providing typical prescription-filling services, he gives vaccines and does non-sterile drug compounding. 

Herbst also focuses heavily on creating pain creams, which he said help patients avoid addictive painkillers. 

When he sees a need among his patients, Herbst tries to fill it. He can bill for diabetic shoes, wheelchairs and walkers, and can fill mail-order prescriptions. 

"We're expanding," he said. "We're dabbling into different things to make ourselves stand out." 

Recently his hard work was recognized. 

This spring, Herbst Pharmacy won a small business excellence award from the U.S. Small Business Association. With the trophy sitting in his pharmacy, Herbst is excited to see what comes next for his business. 

But no matter what new options Herbst Pharmacy offer in the future, Herbst said his pharmacy will continue to offer quality customer service. 

"Every town needs a pharmacy," he said. "It makes things simpler."
staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 
(315)-282-2282 or samantha.house@lee.net
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