Our Team

With over 82 years of combined experience, our leadership team embodies our dedication to the communities and residents we serve. Along with our pharmacists, consultants, technicians, nurses, billing experts, and couriers, they never stop working to improve the care and services we provide 24/7/365.

David Brown, Pharm.D.

Co-Founder and Co-President

David has overseen the growth of ETPS which now services approximately 6,000 patients. David has led the expansion of the Tennessee footprint, opening LTC pharmacies in both Memphis and Knoxville. He now focuses on business operations and pharmacy leadership.

Russ Spivey, DPh.

Co-Founder and Co-President

David and Russ partnered together in January of 2006 to launch the new company. Russ has been an integral part in the growth of East Tennessee Pharmacy Services. He now focuses on business development and account management.

Rick Emerson

Vice President of Pharmacy Services

Rick is vice president of pharmacy services for East Tennessee Pharmacy Services and supports the efforts of operations and business development. Rick utilizes years of pharmacy experience to provide support and resources for administrators and directors of nursing in Knoxville and East Tennessee.

June Tucker

Director of Finance and Administration

June is responsible for financial activities including planning, reporting, and HR. June joined Guardian Pharmacy in 2018. She comes to Guardian with extensive experience in accounting and financial planning in the health care industry.

Robin Smith, Pharm.D., MHA, FASCP

Director of Pharmacy Operations

Robin joined ETPS in 2014 and has worked in the long-term care/assisted living arena since 2000. She works daily to ensure we are providing exceptional service and personalized care to our facilities and residents.

Kelly Hansel, RN

Senior Nurse Account Manager and Nurse Educator

Kelly joined East Tennessee Pharmacy Services in 2014. She provides educational in-services and support to equip our customer communities and their staff with the education and support they need to best care for their residents.

Angela Tackett, LPN

Nurse Account Manager

Angela joined the Guardian team in 2016 and works closely with our customers. Angela conducts med cart audits as well as med pass observations to assist compliance with state laws and state surveys.