Our names are Donna and Michael Barsky and we own Texas Star Pharmacy. We have lived in Plano for over 30 years and wanted to provide a service back to the community. We want to invite you to come and experience a real pharmacy, run by people who care.
People continually ask us, “How do you compete with all the large chain stores in town?” The fact is, most people these days have prescription cards that manage their costs regardless of what pharmacy they frequent. The co-pay that is paid to one pharmacy will be the same at any pharmacy that one chooses to use. Therefore, it’s nice to know that you can choose the type of service you want at any pharmacy and we’re hoping that you like us well enough to give Texas Star Pharmacy a chance to serve you.
Our philosophy has always been that patient healthcare is more than just a prescription. What Texas Star Pharmacy offers is an independently-owned, family-run pharmacy that also provides specialized prescription compounding, durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc.), children’s and adult immunizations, orthopedic braces and supports for both children and adults, acute wound care, wellness care, consultations and education.
If you have a healthcare problem, let us help you solve it; or if you need a specialized product and we don’t have it, we will try to locate it and get it for you. Please, come by and become part of our family.
Credentials: American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Member, Doctor of Pharmacy, MTM (Medicine Therapy Management), Certified Diabetic Counselor, Pharmaceutical preceptor (trains pharmacists) functional medicine expert, compounding “guru” for sterile and non-sterile compounds.
Dr. Donna Barsky received her Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1972, her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1979 and completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 1999. She ran her own pharmacy relief service for independent pharmacies and nursing home consulting practice from 1980 until April 2006. She opened Texas Star Pharmacy, a full-service independent pharmacy, in Plano, Texas in June 2006. Donna also has been a compounding pharmacist for over 30 years and has worked with many doctors developing unique solutions to assist patients in improving their health.
Christina Reiter is a certified clinical nutritionist at Texas Star Pharmacy, located at the corner of Parker Road and Independence in Plano, Texas.
Christina lives to help people. At the age of 16, she was the first Teen Volunteer at the local hospital (they called them “Candy Stripers” back then) to reach 5,000 hours of service. Her academic career began in Psychology at the University of Chicago, but soon heard her naturopathic calling from bowels of the rodent lab. Three years later, Christina graduated from Bastyr University in 1996 with a degree in Dietetics and Nutritional Sciences. In 1997, she helped write and illustrate the manual used by the Nutritional Therapy Association and brought the course to Texas with the help of Biotics Research Corporation. In 2000 she moved into private practice and created a diet plan called The Metabolic Profiling System Diet, copyrighted that same year.
Christina has been working in the field of nutrition and functional medicine for over 20 years as a healthcare practitioner and advisor to physicians and patients on nutritional solutions, laboratory testing and compounded hormones. She is a member of the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN) and certified as a clinical nutritionist through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board.
Experience the difference of combining the best of nutritional science with traditional medicine in an easy-going, natural pharmacy setting. Trust her with your life; she'll take better care of it than you do.
Dr. Crystal Blade is the Pharmacist-in-Charge at Texas Star Pharmacy, where she manages the operations of up to 12 employees. She has been a pharmacist for 8 years and has over 20 years of pharmacy experience. Dr. Blade received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN and completed her Bachelor of Science in Natural Science with a concentration in chemistry from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. Crystal is also heavily involved in teaching and mentoring students. She holds adjunct faculty positions at 11 pharmacy schools across the country where she is a preceptor for Plano and Richardson ISD high school students and has provided extensive training to foreign students and has provided extensive training to foreign pharmacists working on US licensure. Dr. Blade also has certifications in CPR, immunizations and sterile preparations.
Dr. Diane Ethakkan is a compounding pharmacist at Texas Star Pharmacy. She attained a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Texas Southern University in 2014. She completed her undergraduate studies in Bio-Chemistry at Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas. Dr. Ethakkan has been a compounding pharmacist for 3 years and is passionate about personalized medication for patients as she sees that the field of pharmacy is moving in that direction. Diane is also certified CPR and immunization certified.
Dawn obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry, Biology and Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma and earned her license to practice pharmacy in 2000 from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. She worked for many years as a traditional pharmacist for a nationally-recognized, retail (“big box”) pharmacy, and most recently, for a busy, specialty surgical center. During this time, she ascended to managerial ranks and supervised all pharmaceutical needs of hospitals, assisted care facilities, nursing homes, outpatient surgery centers in and around the Dallas and Plano areas. It was through her experiences Dawn recognized a need for something other than the insurance-driven, disease-based model for care and felt a higher calling. In the 20 years since obtaining her certification in Pharmaceutical Compounding in 1997, she has been an integral part of creating customized solutions for patient-directed, quality of life care and optimal health. Dawn has continued to pursue her passion for custom compounding within an integrative, collaborative and functional medicine care model working alongside Dr. Donna Barsky and other providers through Texas Star Pharmacy. She brings her extensive experience in Assisted Living Pharmacy, Nursing Home Consulting, Surgical Interventions and Intravenous and Sterile compounding practices and preparations within a retail environment. Dawn’s interests and expertise includes Bioidentical Hormone Replacement management and therapies, Pain management and alternatives, Integrative and Nutritional medicine, creative problem solving and formulation of Sterile and Non-sterile preparations and Veterinary formulations. Her passion and sense of pride for ethical practices ensures strict adherence to all local, Federal & State regulatory rules, laws and regulations. Dawn’s dedication to excellence through precision and providing legendary customer service helps to differentiate her from traditional pharmacists. Her desire to meet the unique needs of patients and their practitioners further exemplifies Dawn’s abilities as pharmacist at Texas Star Pharmacy.
Preceptor of the Year, CVS – 2016
Certified in Sterile Pharmaceutical Compounding & IV Therapy – 2013
Lifestyle and Weight Mgmt Specialist, NESTA - 2007
OTC Advisor Certificate – Amer. Pharmacist Association - 2006
Certified in Pharmacy-Based Travel Immunizations – Amer. Pharmacist Association - 2005
Certified Advisor in Smoking Cessation, Association for the Treatment of Tobacco use 2005
Certified in Pharmacy-based Immunizations – Amer. Pharmaceutical Association - 1997
Certified in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers – Amer. Heart Association – 1997
Certified in Pharmaceutical Compounding – Prof. Compounding Ctrs of America – 1997
During the day Dawn works tirelessly to provide the legendary customer service that make her stand out as a pharmacist at Texas Star Pharmacy; by night, she becomes full-time Wife to her doctor husband, and Mommy to her 13-month old Baby Boy, Sebastiano (“Sam”), whose favorite new trick is to make the chocolate from his mother’s purse disappear.
Our technicians are all certified by the State of Texas and have a combined experience of over 30 years. We strive to make your visit a pleasant one and consider ourselves the problem solvers for your issues. Please, let us know if we can be of service to you.