Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness is lead by Joe Lorello, Cassi Brooks and Meredith Downing. Combined, they have over 80 years of experience in the field of pharmacy.  With this experience and expertise, they welcome the opportunity to help provide a full line of pharmaceutical care and support to both patients and practitioners.

Dedicated to Staying Local

Joe, Cassi, and Meredith are passionate about their community and want you to be well. They believe in Portland’s Buy Local movement and love being part of it. Although operating an independently owned business may be challenging, they believe in the value it offers the community.

What’s also important is treating their team with value and respect. The entire team takes pride in being an integral part of this and make it a pleasure to come to work each day.

Everyone at Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness is here for YOU.

Joe Lorello, RPh

Joe has specialized in pharmaceutical compounding and patient care for more than 40 years. He has a passion for good health and the benefits compounding can provide to patients. Joe has been a compounding resource for Portland practitioners and patients in need of the individualized dosing compounding can provide.

Joe is the former principal of Portland Professional Pharmacy and was one of the founding partners of Apothecary by Design. He received full Fellowships from the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and the American College of Apothecaries (ACA). He is also certified for specialty training in women’s healthcare by ACA. He received his degree in pharmacy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and graduated in 1979 with a BS in Pharmacy.

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Cassi Brooks

Cassi has nearly 30 years of experience in pharmacy, with 19 of those years in pharmaceutical compounding. Prior to owning Coastal, she was the Operations Manager for Apothecary by Design where she established efficient and effective operations within the compounding labs. This entailed the creation and implementation of extensive policies and procedures. With those procedures in place, she elevated their compounding to the next level and lead the team to two compounding lab accreditations. At that time, ABD was the only pharmacy in Maine to earn this type of status.

When Cassi learned ABD was going to sell its Marginal Way operations, she led the charge to form Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness. Cassi continues to lead our operations today. You’ll find her working in every corner of the store, from helping customers and staff to taking out the trash. The woman is everywhere. 

When not at Coastal, you’ll find her hiking, biking, or gardening.

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Meredith Downing, PharmD

Meredith has over fifteen years of pharmacy experience, including six years in long term care and sterile compounding. She started her pharmacy career in high school as a technician at Hall’s Pharmacy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  This is where she discovered a passion for independent pharmacies and compounding.

She attended The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and graduated with her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2011. Before joining the team at Coastal, she spent some years in both retail and long term care, including three years managing the IV department for Omnicare of Maine.

When not at Coastal, Meredith can be found enjoying the Portland area foodie scene or cooking up something tasty herself.

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