About FMS

"Providing more than just prescription services since 1959"

Founded in 1959, as Jefferson Health Foundation, our company planted its roots in the coal-mining city of Birmingham, AL. We were more than just a pharmacy back in those days; we were a group of small, non-profit medical clinics funded by the National Black Lung Grant. As the city and its industry began to grow and develop, so did the need for our services. We opened additional clinic locations in the surrounding communities of Bessemer (FMS Pharmacy) and Jasper (English Plaza Pharmacy), offering a variety of specialized pharmacy services at each location.

By the mid-1980s, all clinic operations were ceased. With new growth in the upcoming communities surrounding Birmingham, the company expanded its operations and in the late 1980s, Family Medical Services purchased Montevallo Drug. Family Medical Services remains dedicated to providing more than just prescription-filling services. We want our customers to be proud to support and recommend a business that is still locally owned and operated.

We do things differently than most other pharmacies. You can always expect to be personally counseled by one of our pharmacists on your prescription medications. The specialized services we provide are personable, unique to your needs and unlike any found in larger chain drug stores.

We are a patient education and health resource destination. Identifying your needs and finding ways to overcome medication barriers, developing relationships and providing world-class customer service are at the heart of what we do. We are a full service diabetes resource center; focusing on specialized diabetic products. We offer custom-fitted diabetic shoes, socks, diabetic testing supplies and diabetes education classes designed to help you live and maintain a healthy life with diabetes. Our mission is to always take the extra steps necessary to support our customers and bring value to our community.

We care about your needs and have even had one of our pharmacists selected as a 2012 One to One Patient Counseling Recognition Awardee. Congratulations to Patrick for this awesome award by the American Pharmacy Association.

 

 

Meet Our Pharmacists:

Patrick Devereux, PharmD

  • Earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2005 from Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

  • Both prior to and during his years as a pharmacy student, he worked in the retail pharmacy environment, gaining a wealth of experience he later brought to FMS Pharmacy.

  • Patrick joined FMS Pharmacy in 2006.

  • His professional interests are heavily concentrated around elevating the practice of pharmacy to developing a more collaborative relationship with physicians and working together to prevent patient hospitalizations and readmissions.

  • Upon joining FMS Pharmacy, he integrated his professional intrests by implementing various clinical services.

  • Patrick presents continuing education seminars throughout Alabama regarding his professional interest and how he has successfully implemented additional clinical services at FMS Pharmacy in Bessemer, AL 35020. 

  • He lectures periodically to students at  Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

  • Patrick is active in most aspects of pharmacy; including consulting on successful pharmacy niche's in the community.

  • He holds multiple leadership roles in the Jefferson County Pharmacists Association, the National Community Pharmacist Association and currently serves on the advisory board for Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

  • Patrick is currently the primary preceptor for McWhorter School of Pharmacy Community Pharmacy's Residency Program

  • In 2011 Patrick was named a leader in Pharmacy by B-Metro
  • He was awarded the Samford University’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2012.

  • He resides in Helena with his wife, Maggie, two sons, Joseph and Colin, as well as soon to be baby daughter!

Zach Wood, PharmD

  • A 2011 graduate of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University in Birmingham, AL.  

  • He obtained an Associate Degree in Science from Bevill State Community College before attending Auburn University, where he obtained a B.S. Degree in Biomedical Science. 

  • Zach joined the Family Medical Services, Inc. team in July 2011. 

  • He currently serves at all three Family Medical Service locations: FMS Pharmacy (Bessemer, AL 35020), English Plaza Pharmacy (Jasper, AL 35501) and Montevallo Drug (Montevallo, AL 35115). 

  • Zach received additional training in compounding at the Fagron Compounding Matters Academy in Scottsdale, AZ.  

  • Zach is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, and the Alabama Pharmacists Association.

Anthony J. Bolus, PharmD

  • Born and raised in Birmingham, AL

  • Doctor of Pharmacy earned in May of 2013 from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University in Birmingham, AL

  • PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Trained 2014-2015 from Samford University and Family Medical Services, Inc. 

  • Joined Family Medical Services, Inc. as Clinical Coordinator in July 2015, serving all three Family Medical Services locations: FMS Pharmacy in Bessemer, AL, English Plaza Pharmacy in Jasper, AL and Montevallo Drug in Montevallo, AL

  • Trained as a Lifestyle Coach from the American Association of Diabetes Educators in April 2015

  • Member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, American Pharmacists Association, and the Alabama Pharmacy Association

  • Currently resides in Birmingham with his wife, Victoria