Lakewood Apothecary – Open for Business


Contributing Writer
Walt Pickut

“We’re still here for everyone who needs us,” Jim Rovegno, registered pharmacist, and owner at the Lakewood Apothecary, told the Jamestown Gazette last week, “We just want to get the word out.” Today Jim’s enthusiasm and his caring outlook for his community and customers has become stronger than ever through decades of service and experience in meeting their medical and nutritional needs.

“We simply made a decision to shift from the prescription pharmacy side of our business to a stronger focus on nutrition and alternative strategies of care that are more and more recognized and favored by many in the medical community,” Jim added.

“Over the years I have become very interested in alternative therapies and I trained myself in that discipline,” Jim explained. “As a pharmacist I saw that the science of nutrition was something worth knowing more about for the sake of our customers and the medical community we serve.”

As a result, Rovegno, a classically trained pharmacy graduate of Pittsburg’s renowned Duquesne University, has made Lakewood Apothecary a well-known and unique regional hub for a wide range of natural and alternative care products and supplements. “A lot of what was once called ‘traditional medicine’ is now entering mainstream care, and we’re here more than ever for physicians and customers who recognize those advances.”

An unintentional clerical publicity error by the company to which Rovegno sold his prescription branch of Lakewood Apothecary may have created the impression that his popular and respected apothecary practice had closed. In fact, the shift in focus is slated to broaden the spectrum of care and products offered by this regional nexus of community healthcare services.

Among a small number of nearby nutritional and alternative care sources, Jim Rovegno’s Lakewood Apothecary is the only one led by a registered pharmacist able to collaborate at the scientific level with the many medical doctors who now regularly refer their patients to him for special needs.

Rovegno’s outlook is as old and revered as the Hippocratic oath that has guided the practice of medicine for at least the last 2,500 years. The original Greek contains these words: ‘I will apply dietetic and lifestyle measures to help the sick to my best ability and judgment; I will protect them from harm and injustice.’

“More and more people today understand the value of our core business,” Rovegno told the Gazette. Those values are also consistent with Rovegno family values as exemplified in the work of Jim’s wife, Maureen Rovegno, M. Div., Director for Religion at Chautauqua Institution.

“We’re still here for everyone who needs us,” Jim Rovegno, repeated, “We just want to get the word out to all the friends we’ve made over the years. As the clock tower right outside our door on Chautauqua Avenue reminds everybody, Lakewood Apothecary is still—and always will be—the place ‘Where We Always Have the Time for You.’”

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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.