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Lester L. Carter, Jr., R.Ph.
Herbology
Milwaukee, WI
“When someone needs a solution, I go to my chemistry book and come up with a preparation to fit his or her needs.”

Bad cough that won’t go away? Itchy skin that can’t be relieved? Rash that won’t heal? According to Dr. Lester Carter, Jr., it may be time to try a new, natural remedy.

The pharmacist and herbologist has been making and providing natural products and formulas since he opened Carter Drug Store in 1968. The only African American-owned drugstore in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the store is known for its healing remedies. It is a hub for people seeking natural remedies based on science.

“When someone needs a solution, I go to my chemistry book and come up with a preparation to fit his or her needs,” said Carter, who still works behind the counter, consulting with clients and making his products, which he ships across the country.

“My products are all natural, so you don’t have to worry about side effects.” Carter’s diverse career in pharmacy began at the Creighton School of Pharmacy in Omaha, Nebraska. While in pharmacy school, he ran the soda fountain at a Rexall® drugstore and made nighttime deliveries on the wealthy side of town. His upper-class clients were impressed by his deep knowledge of herbology. They called Rexall and demanded he be hired as a pharmacist.

As the store’s only African American pharmacist, Carter was assigned to making the ointments and salves in the back of the store. That is, until customers started asking to meet the person making the medications. That was the start of his loyal client base, which continues to grow.

“Pharmacy is the greatest profession in the world,” he said. “You get to use your education and scholastic work to help people solve their problems. I’ll always enjoy that.”

Herbology: The use of herbs and plants to provide health benefits.