Our Team

Ms. Paula Shaffer

Ms.Shaffer completed her Doctor of Pharmacy didactic requirements and received her BS in Pharmacy from University of Montana School of Pharmacy and Allied health in 2002, graduating with honors and recognized by the prestigious Rho Chi society. She commenced her career in the Reno/Tahoe market, promptly taking a pharmacy management position. While excelling in that capacity, she became the lead immunizer in Northern Nevada, acting as one of the first immunizing pharmacists in the state. She was then entrusted with additional roles in training, education and recruiting capacities. To advance her career, Shaffer moved to Boise and was promoted to Pharmacy District Manager of Idaho, Wyoming, eastern Oregon and Utah, overseeing pharmacy operations in those markets. She was awarded the Rookie-of-the-Year Pharmacy Manager in 2003, Special Recognition Award in 2007 and the Idaho Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award the same year.

Shaffer was recognized on the Distinguished Women in Pharmacy Panel for Idaho State University, served on the Idaho Pharmacy Leadership Council as well as the Medicaid Advisory Committee, and was a member of the ISU Dean’s Advisory Council. She was elected President of the Idaho State Pharmacy Association, an organization predominantly composed of independent pharmacy practitioners throughout the state.

An Idaho resident for the past 18 years, Shaffer is home in Ketchum with the loves of her life: children, Huntley (8) and Luella (6), and their goldendoodle, Sunny Love. When they are not road tripping to their native Montana, the family is happy discovering new destinations and exploring the local mountains.

Dr. Catherine Swink

Dr. Catherine Swink obtained her B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California in 1994. During her undergraduate studies she traveled around the world with the Semester at Sea program visiting 9 countries in 3 continents in 100 days. She later returned to University of Southern California to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) in 1999. During her graduating year, she was awarded the prestigious Ralphs Company Award for outstanding performance in clinical pharmacy for her class. She then completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency for Providence Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She was recruited back to USC to be Director of the USC Pharmacy at Doheny Eye Institute. While on faculty at USC she was also an Associate Professor at the school of pharmacy where she was in charge of the pharmaceutical care curriculum. In 2002, she moved to Idaho to start a family. She worked at Karen’s Family Pharmacy for 2 years where she initiated the Valley’s first pharmacy provided immunization practice. She later became manager of a large retail chain. During her 7 years there, she has been named Rookie Pharmacy Manager of the Year and twice was honored as Manager of the Year. Dr. Swink has been voted best in the Valley for essential workers in 2020, and was runner-up for Woman of the Year in 2021 in the Wood River Valley.

She has called the Wood River Valley home for the last 21 years. When not at the Apothecary you can find her skiing, hiking or playing a round of golf. She lives in Hailey with her daughter, Jesse (17) and son, Will (15).

Dr. Taylor Chavez

Taylor Chavez

Taylor received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Idaho State University in 2017. She got her start in pharmacy as a technician at Valley Apothecary in 2012. Intrigued by the profession, she continued her path to become a pharmacist at the College of Southern Idaho, where she helped create and later became president of the school’s first Pharmacy Club. After completing her associate’s degree in Pre-Pharmacy, she attended Idaho State University. During her breaks from school, she continued to work at Valley Apothecary as a student pharmacist. She graduated with honors from the Rho Chi Society. After graduation, she worked at Walgreens for three years in Twin Falls, ID. She was recruited back to Valley Apothecary after the birth of her daughter. She is excited to be back to serve patients in the Wood River Valley to provide point of care testing. She currently lives in Carey with her husband, Tyler, and daughter, Tori (2).

Norah Keefer-Lee, CPhT/Pharmacy Specialist


Norah Keefer-Lee just celebrated 6 years with Valley Apothecary. As a born and raised local with a wife of 10 years she has raised her own family here in the WR valley. She shares her home in Bellevue with a pack of 3 chihuahuas. A love of Math and science steered her from a career as a waitress to becoming a pharmacy technician. She enjoys spending her free time with her family locally, in Camas County and in Twin Falls. Her passion is compounding medications, using her experience from the kitchen to perfect formulas in our lab.