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Joel Shpigel, R.Ph.

Co-founder and Partner

With more than 40 years of experience as a pharmacist, manager, pharmacy owner, business executive, and clinician, Joel brings experience and knowledge to the leadership position at Focus Medical Supply Pharmacy.

Starting in 1973, as a pharmacy intern for a chain of retail pharmacies, Joel worked his way up to a store manager, general manager, and vice-president. Getting the entrepreneurial urge, he opened his own retail pharmacy in 1990 and, soon after, partnered with a friend to create a national mail-order pharmacy specializing in diabetes.

Along the way, Joel learned the value and importance of providing personalized attention to his customers. He ensures that his staff treats every customer as a friend, just like your pharmacist did at the neighborhood corner pharmacy years ago.

Combining that personalized attention with more than 25 years of specialized diabetes supply and pharmacy ownership, you can understand why customers love the service, convenience, and warmth of their everyday dealings with Focus Medical Supply Pharmacy.

Joel is a 1973 Temple University graduate with a B.A. in Psychology. He graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy with a B.S. in 1976. He is a member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society, Adelphi Lodge of B’nai B’rith, and Old York Road Temple-Beth Am. Married for 41 years, Joel and his wife Toby have two married sons and two grandchildren.

Joel and Toby established the Shpigel Family Scholarship Fund in 2011 to provide scholarships to students of Temple University School of Pharmacy who are pursuing a career in independent pharmacy practice and have financial need.

In early 2012, Joel spearheaded the formation and funding of the Fred B. Gable ’51 Endowed Cultural Fund to honor the former Assistant Dean of Admissions and “Champion of the Arts.”

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Nick Braccia,

Co-founder and Partner

A self-employed builder, contractor, businessman, entrepreneur and landlord, Nick has grown his business for over 40 years in Horsham, PA. A true workaholic, Nick is a “hands on” businessman and is always in complete control of all of his enterprises. From home, industrial, and commercial site building to cement contracting, to being the landlord for dozens of businesses and individuals, Nick is widely known for his business acumen throughout Montgomery county,PA and elsewhere. Nick’s expertise, knowledge and experience have been invaluable to the success of Focus Medical Supply Pharmacy.

A family man, Nick is married to his wife Lisa since 1996 and has three sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren.

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Ian Essen, R.Ph.

Pharmacist Manager

Ian Essen (pronounced “E-N”), with over 40 years of pharmacy and medical supply experience, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his job.
Ian primarily worked for independent pharmacies in Philadelphia early in his career. His career changed in 1993, when he joined a fledgling mail-order pharmacy where he could combine his expertise as a clinician with the personalized service that he was known for in retail.

We are fortunate that Ian’s career path led him to Focus Medical Supply Pharmacy where he is very dedicated to his patients and their ongoing medical conditions. His knowledge of chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, and more, as well as their treatment is unsurpassed. Ian and his staff pride themselves in knowing each patient personally just like he and his parents knew “Doc” at the corner pharmacy in their neighborhood.

Ian has been a volunteer at the world famous Philadelphia Folk Festival for over 40 years. And, he is an excellent pinochle player. As a member of Adelphi Lodge of B’nai B’rith, Ian’s bowling team has recently won the league championship. Ian received his Bachelors Degree in Science from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1975. He and his wife Michelle have two grown sons.

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Donna Courts,

Accounts Receivable Manager

With more than 25 years of experience in mail-order pharmacy and medical supplies in the back office, Donna assumes many roles at Focus Medical Supply Pharmacy. Donna oversees claims resolution, appeals to insurance companies, and collections. She also assists in customer service and is invaluable in verifying and getting pre-certifications for patients to receive insulin pumps and other expensive medications and supplies.

Donna’s experience, knowledge, and patience make her an extremely important part of Focus Medical Supply Pharmacy. Her patients are extremely important to her and she will fight tenaciously to get their claims covered and paid. Donna says that “coming in to work is a pleasure because you never know who you will be able to help that day”.

Donna and her husband Bob have two grown sons and one grandson. In her spare time, Donna loves trying new recipes from the Food Network or from magazines. Her hobbies include gardening, camping, and fishing.

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Jan Ceneviva,

Lead Pharmacy Technician

With almost 40 years of both retail and mail-order experience, Jan Ceneviva knows that taking care of the customer always comes first at Focus Medical Supply Pharmacy.

Jan is a very important member of the Focus Medical Supply Pharmacy team. She makes sure that each and every prescription is filled accurately and ships out on time by the most efficient and cost saving manner. She also calls each patient when they’re due for their refills. That way, nobody runs out of their medications or supplies.

Jan is responsible for inventory control; she makes sure all medications on our shelves are fresh and in date. And, she follows up to make sure all orders arrive on time and in good condition.

The boss thinks that Jan is better than most pharmacists he knows because she helps to fill prescriptions more accurately, with greater speed, has more medication knowledge, and is more patient oriented!
Jan and husband Mike have four children.

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Dianne Kotschneff,

Customer Service

Dianne wears many different hats at Focus Medical Supply Pharmacy. She is a valued member of our customer service team, she works in the accounts receivable department calling patients and insurance companies regarding claims, and she is in charge of sending out all of our billing to insurance companies. And, because Dianne is “very particular” and devoted to her patients, she excels in every aspect of her job. Dianne and her husband Emil have two grown children and three grandchildren.